Before the first game was over there was a change in the lineup for game two as the Reds announced that Robert Dugger would not be starting game two. Instead, Cincinnati will turn to Dauri Moreta to start the game. He’ll match up against Mitch Keller and the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Reds look for their first winning streak of the season after picking up a 9-2 victory in the earlier part of the of the day’s doubleheader.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this evening’s NL Central contest:

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cincinnati Reds

Ben Gamel – LF Tyler Naquin – RF
Bryan Reynolds – CF Brandon Drury – 3B
Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B Tommy Pham – LF
Daniel Vogelbach – DH Mike Moustakas – DH
Yoshi Tsutsugo – 1B Colin Moran – 1B
Diego Castillo – SS Kyle Farmer – SS
Jack Suwinski – RF TJ Friedl – CF
Andrew Knapp – C Matt Reynolds – 2B
Cole Tucker – 2B Aramis Garcia – C
Mitch Keller – SP Dauri Moreta – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Mitch Keller 23.2 5.32 1.44 7 21
Dauri Moreta 12.1 5.11 1.05 6 13
Links: Dauri Moreta’s Stats | Mitch Keller’s Stats

Dauri Moreta

Dauri Moreta has never started a professional baseball game in his life…. until today. The right-handed reliever will open up for the Reds this evening.

Mitch Keller

The Cincinnati Reds have had plenty of success against Mitch Keller in his career. Keller has a 6.69 ERA against the Reds in eight starts and they’ve hit .321/.415/.515 against him in that span.

This year the righty has been hit well by right-handed hitters. Lefties have hit for a solid average against him, but they’ve shown very little power – just one extra-base hit against him this season.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 47 13 2 0 2 3 12 .296 .340 .477
LHH 57 14 0 0 1 4 9 .264 .316 .321

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 96.3 87.4 91.9 80.4
Usage 56.3% 18.0% 12.3% 13.4%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 59°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Aristides Aquino clears waivers, sent to Triple-A

The Reds have outrighted Aristides Aquino to Triple-A after designating him for assignment on April 30th. Aquino cleared waivers and will now head to Louisville to try and get back to the guy he once was.

Nick Lodolo not yet ready to return

After being expected to start today for the Reds, Nick Lodolo’s back soreness returned after throwing yesterday and he will remain on the injured list.

128 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Pitcher management will be critical in the night-cap game. I think we all know who excels at that from past experience.

    The IL-induced patchwork line-up is going to be challenging. Hoping we can ride the euphoria of the blow-out into this game.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Almost certainly he’ll be in this game.

      • Hanawi

        Not sure why he didn’t start given the options.

  2. Tom Mitsoff

    It was such a jolt of excitement when Sims came through in the eighth inning of the opening game to shut Pittsburgh down with bases loaded and zero out, and then Stephenson came through with a clutch go-ahead hit in the bottom of that inning.

    Not surprisingly, those are two of the players the team expects to lean on heavily this year. Players with the capability of being game-changers actually did so. Cincinnati didn’t have to hope that Class AAAA players would make a difference.

  3. Tom Mitsoff

    WOW! I didn’t see that coming!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      It seems that Bell is trying to get a lefty against Pittsburgh’s lefty batters with a man in scoring position. But that seems like a strategy for later in the game, not the first inning. Very interesting.

  4. Mark Moore

    As I noted, how DTBell manages the pitching will be the tale of the tape tonight. Diehl better be able to go 2 innings at least.

    Or not with that HR as I typed … SMH!! 😮

    • Kevin H

      I shouldn’t be surprised, as Bell hasn’t been able to manage his pitching staff last 3 years.

  5. Bet on Red

    Well i see we have reverted back to normal…. how many days will this streak last

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    I think the “starter” idea needs to be put in the garbage can and left there.

  7. Mark Moore

    Is this the first time we’ve seen that dreaded 4-run inning in the 1st?

    Not sure how much I’ll be able to take. Our line-up was thin to begin with. This seems like a pretty deep hole for 2/3’s of an inning.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m checking the MiLB.tv feed to see what might look interesting as an alternative.

  8. Hanawi

    Might be the worst handling of a pitching staff I’ve ever seen. Was encouraged after the first game that Reds could get some momentum with the schedule easing up a bit. That went right out the window.

  9. Melvin

    From a previous thread today.

    “Like I’ve been saying, TS needs to be the DH when not catching. Even if a previous comment is correct and he’s out tomorrow, let him hit while he’s hot. What have we got to lose? By the way as I’ve said before, Sparky even had Bench start the second game of a DH in CF on one occasion to keep his bat in the lineup.”

    If Stephenson IS available this game, no injuries or sickness whatsoever, but just not playing, then him not being in the lineup the second game as the DH is another example of how David Bell does not know how to win and is NOT a winner. Mark it down.

    • Mark Moore

      Who is your emergency catcher? We just watched JVM really struggle in the first game.

      I think we could go with a Buster Posey plan for TySteve, but I’m not convinced this is the year or that DTBell would manage it properly.

      • Melvin

        Farmer is the emergency catcher and even if he wasn’t it’s worth the risk considering how much TS means to this team and how far we’re behind.

      • Mark Moore

        Just asking, Melvin. How long has it been since Farmer caught a game?

        I’m on the fence about TySteve on this point. A big part of that is not trusting DTBell and company to manage it well at all.

      • Melvin

        Well if you’re worried about trusting David Bell I can understand that but if that’s the case it kind of proves my point don’t you think? As far as Farmer not having caught a game in a long time that’s very true but he is a “catcher” and would be better than most who aren’t in an emergency situation. That’s a luxury most teams don’t have.

    • Daytonnati

      He is coming back from the concussion and got his bell rung again late in the first game. I figure it could be precautionary. I would have him playing first instead of DH to avoid the Pirates fate in the earlier game.

      • Melvin

        That’s what Tom said too. If he’s a little woosy I can understand of course. However that hasn’t been the case in previous games when TS didn’t play.

      • Mark Moore

        1B makes it easier if you need him to strap on the gear at some point.

      • Melvin

        I do think people worry too much about losing the DH though. It’s a rarity. Worst case scenario you use pinch hitters or even a pitcher has to hit once or twice. Seems like I remember that happening not too long ago. 🙂 Our pitchers by the way can’t be too much worse than our regulars have been so far anyway. lol

      • Mark Moore

        No, Melvin. They really can’t be.

        I’d still like to see the Buster Posey path for TySteve. But I’ve already expressed my thoughts on the mis-management of same.

  10. Mark Moore

    Binghamton Rumble Ponies at the Hartford Yard Goats …

    Nice way to make them make a throw, Naquin.

      • Mark Moore

        Aren’t they?

        Percentage wise, the Hartford fans have more seats filled than in GABP. Maybe actual as well … 🙂

  11. Mark Moore

    And we get the Good Mr. Moose at least for his first AB. And no risk of his glovework hurting us.

  12. Redsfan4life

    How many pitchers are on this current staff that has business pitching in the majors?
    8? 9? 10? or more?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Diehl does not. We’ll find out more about Dugger shortly.

  13. Mark Moore

    Just watched a Binghamton hitter single due to the banned shift. Almost forgot that kind of thing happened at one point everywhere.

    • Melvin

      The “Cowboy” was commenting on that recently when Farmer did it one game. He was saying, this is not an exact quote, ” More players are starting to do that again. There are people saying these days that you can’t do it anymore because they throw too hard or whatever. Yeah you can. They’ve been doing it since the beginning of time.”

      I agree with him. Maybe not on the beginning of time part. 🙂

      • Melvin

        Of course he was talking about hitting the other way WITH the shift.

  14. Indy Red Man

    Good ole GABP. Moran golfed the ball with his arms only and technically still put it over the fence….but the guy caught it. I bet Reds Over 3.5 and that would’ve won it for me right there. I still like my chances! My man Mitch sucks

  15. centerfield

    Why didn’t Duggar start the game as original scheduled? Another case of Bell attempting to be clever and failing or was Duggar sick?

    • Mark Moore

      I’d wager it was DTBell and his “thinking” routine.

    • Votto4life

      Bell was being clever. We are getting better in a weird way.

  16. Mark Moore

    After 5 innings, Goats 3 – Ponies 1

    Just looked up the Hartford stadium. Pretty sweet for AA. Too bad it’s a little far away.

  17. Mark Moore

    The Biscuit is the best hat??? Not even close, Sadak. Not even remotely close.

    • Old-school

      I muted Sadak
      Its hard to make 4-23 worse than it is
      They actually brought him back

      Memo to reds sponsors during commercials- we dont watch or listen because its on mute

      Might want to talk to guy born on 3b

  18. Mark Moore

    Next season the Dough Boy has himself a base hit on that one, right?

  19. Mark Moore

    Sadak and Larkin reminding us of the pending national spotlight embarrassment that will be the 2022 “Field of Dreams” game … 😮

    • Bet on Red

      I was so pumped last year when i heard we had got that game. Now… I Just hope the line up is more heathy so we have a fighting chance lol

      • Mark Moore

        So totally agree. Not sure I can award you all the points you deserve for that comment.

    • Votto4life

      That’s a stupid gimmick anyway. MLB is getting what it deserves.

  20. Mark Moore

    Farmer is in a deep, deep funk at the plate.

    Meanwhile, in Hartford, the Rumble Ponies have tied it up in the 6th

    • Daytonnati

      I wonder why the Ponies rumble? Shouldn’t they be the Sharks or Jets?

  21. Mark Moore

    I just switched to the WLW audio feed. I generally like Larkin (loved him as a player). But Sadak just won’t improve or learn how/when to SHUT UP sometimes.

    • Votto4life

      Drives me nuts when he keeps calling Larkin “Lark”.

    • Votto4life

      I like Tommy Thrall and either Chris Welsh or Jeff Brantley. I can’t listen to Larkin, Sadak or Jim Day.

  22. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking it’s time to watch something else on the TV. I mean, we have to expect Dugger to give up a run. It’s that hole we dug in the 1st that will be the end of us tonight.

  23. VaRedsFan

    He might eventually get blown up, but Dugger mixes his pitches 71-91 mph, in out, up down. Very Arroyo-esque.

    • Mark Moore

      Minimalize the nibbling and you can do that when you have enough movement.

      Of course, Gamel hammers that right as I’m typing.

    • VaRedsFan

      nevermind.

      Maybe final year Arroyo

  24. DataDumpster

    I guessed I missed this boat but why is Larkin allowed to be an “announcer?” He is not irritating but not particularly interesting either at that job. More importantly, why would he be allowed to do that since I assume he is still part of the Red’s “brain trust” of half a dozen or so 1980s Red’s former players that comprise the only known baseball expertise in the team FO?

  25. Joe P.

    Am I watching golf instead of baseball?

  26. LDS

    Got to love those trash heap pick ups.

    • JB

      Reds are very good at them. And then when nobody else wants are garbage , Reds recycle their own garbage and hope it doesn’t stink anymore.

  27. Indy Red Man

    “The ball is dead. Hrs are way down….there is something wrong with the ball?”

    Reds pitching staff: “Hold my beer”

  28. DataDumpster

    It will make for a pretty good story about how the upper deck guy got a free MLB ball for a $5 seat as long as you embellish the circumstances of getting that ball.

    • Redsfan4life

      I thought he had a chance to be a solid player. He had been in the past.

  29. Bet on Red

    how many years of control do we have on drury?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Only this year. He reaches six years after this year.

  30. Mark Moore

    And then THAT happens … glad I flipped the game on via my laptop.

  31. JB

    Drury should split time at third with Schrock when he comes back. Unfortunately Bell won’t see it that way.

  32. Mark Moore

    For those of you who care, Binghamton has pulled ahead of Hartford. It’s 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th.

  33. Indy Red Man

    Always liked Drury’s swing. I was calling for him on here when he was at Yankees AAA 2-3 years ago. Maybe the Reds got lucky for once? He can replace Farmer if Barrero can’t hack it or they could try Barrero in the OF

  34. Tom Mitsoff

    Through five innings, Reds pitchers have thrown 116 pitches.

  35. Ryan

    Heath Hembree being in the majors tells you all you need to know about the lack of talent

    • Daytonnati

      A few years ago, in the “Ask Hal” feature Hal McCoy did for the Dayton Daily News, I asked Hal if he thought MLB would expand to 32 teams to make the it easier to create divisions, etc. He replied, “There isn’t enough pitching for 30 teams now.”

      • Votto4life

        I always thought the game was perfect when there were 24 teams comprised of four 6 team divisions and no inter-league play. It made the Word Series very special even if your team wasn’t involved. At least it did for me.

        If baseball ever contracted and went back to 24 teams, I’m afraid Cincinnati wouldn’t make the cut.

      • Votto4life

        I’m sure inter league play gave teams a little financial bump the first few years, but I wonder if it does anymore? I bet it almost certainly doesn’t for small market teams.

        I mean would anyone attend an inter-league game because the Reds were playing the Royals?

  36. Old-school

    Kyle farmer .207 with a .543 OPS

    Now is the time for the kyle skipschufarmer delusional fan club to admit they were wrong…

  37. Mark Moore

    Yard Goats trying to battle back. First batter in the B9th hits a ground rule double (9th batter). Announcer joking that the warning track might just be frozen right now.

    I had the extra pleasure of muting Sadak on that screen 🙂

  38. Joe P.

    Good to see Santillan finally throwing that slider for strikes.

  39. Mark Moore

    Bad carom and the Dough Boy scores. If Pham picks it cleanly, I think he’s out at home.

  40. Daytonnati

    I would hope Ty Steve would not try any heroics with Tommy Boy “all ahead full.”

  41. Joe P.

    Pham went too hard at that one given that Vogelbach was the runner. Be quick but don’t hurry. Just play it cleanly and Vogelbach doesn’t score.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Too hard. Bad carom. Slightly off-line relay.

      Just glad TySteve didn’t get plowed udner.

  42. Mark Moore

    How quickly things turn in a matter of 6 hours or so …

  43. Mark Moore

    Do we count that as a productive out for Mr. Moose … in a weird way?

  44. Bill J

    I see Gray pitched 4 scoreless innings for the Twins today

  45. Mark Moore

    Well, that was a disappointing inning.

  46. Tom Mitsoff

    Getting the first two on in the inning and scoring nothing feels like a wasted opportunity that will haunt.

    • Mark Moore

      Not even a single run. Very Sad Panda face.

  47. Votto4life

    I guess I am just an old man who likes the way things used to be, but I really miss the baseball I knew growing up. I’m afraid baseball’s best days are behind us. I hate it, because I truly loved this game.

    I loved watching the Big Red Machine, or listening to Marty and Joe on my transistor radio in my bed room late at night. I remember following Hank Aaron’s quest to pass Babe Ruth at the end of the 1973 season. If the atmosphere was just right I could pick up the Braves game on Radio.

    I miss reading the Baseball Encyclopedia cover to cover. Reading every issue of baseball digest, the Sporting News and the Sunday Enquirer when they posted all of the league stats.

    I missed playing Strato-O-Matic with my buddies growing up. I miss driving all day with my college roommates to see a game at Wrigley Field or when pressed for time, Old Cominsky Park because we didn’t have to drive thru downtown Chicago.

    On weekends when we didn’t have any exams coming up, we would drive to Detroit and take in a game at old Tiger Stadium and then spend the night chasing girls in Windsor, Canada.

    Sometimes we would drive to Pittsburgh, St. Louis or Cleveland. When I graduate college and landed my first professional job, I would live traveling for work. My first thought was taking in a game somewhere.

    Baseball has always been such a big part of my life. I miss it more and more.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      We have a lot of similar memories, though I didn’t travel as much as you. One of the big ways the game has changed is the length and pace. Tonight’s game is creeping its way to a 4-hour gem. 😉

    • Daytonnati

      Good stuff. I remember my first job out of college, a corporation located in Dayton, we had a guy in our training class who told management he would accept any assignment in the US as long as it was a National League city. He was from Cincinnati and said he would get to see the Reds “at least some”. He was sent to St. Louis. The happy ending was he eventually worked his way back to Cincinnati as the site manager.

    • TR

      Baseball, regardless, is always a big part of my life coming from a big family where the Reds and politics were usual subjects to talk about around the dinner table. When I know the date, I never fail to mark Opening Day in my calendar. Too many good memories of playing high school and American Legion baseball.

  48. LDS

    Farmer hasn’t had a hit in a long time. The man needs a rest, maybe some time on the COVID list

    • Mark Moore

      Something has to change. He’s just not squaring it up when he hits it.

  49. JB

    Well we got our one win this week. I mean we really can’t ask for more than that. Last thing we need is being spoiled.

    • Mark Moore

      One win per week … and you’ll LIKE it that way!!

  50. Mark Moore

    I’m sorry, but to my eyes, Farmer definitely needs a couple days off.

  51. Mark Moore

    Anyone else still hanging in there?

  52. Mark Moore

    And so it ends. I may find I prefer Goats and Ponies and Trash Pandas.

    Night all!

    • Moon

      Trash Pandas beat the Lookouts tonight. McLain and Hopkins, the guys I was looking forward most to watching, both went 0-4. Lookouts only had 5 hits and the Pandas beat up the pitching pretty good. Rocket CIty is a good team but the Lookouts looked bad tonight.

  53. Harold

    I think we should use an opener every game since it’s working so well for us. I hate it when managers try to show us how smart they are. Baseball is over 150 years old, but David Bell keeps perfecting his managing technique. He is sooo much smarter than all the other managers. Joe Madden used to drive me crazy when he worked so hard to show everyone how smart and creative he could manage. Bell drives me crazy. None of our player know what their role is. Every lineup is different and it has to drive the player crazy. He is just a poor manager!!!!!!

    As for Larkin and Sadek, the mute button is a great idea. Pitiful!!!! Larkin C- / Sadak F. Can’t wait until we have new ownership! Phil F / Bob F / Krall F. SELL THE TEAM BOOB sorry I meet Bob!!! I could resist.

    • JohnnySofa

      I’m surprised to see so much activity here over a team that’s 4-23. If the most interesting topics are Brandon Drury and the radio analyst, then it’s time for everyone to turn their attention to the real buzz: we are witnessing historic awfulness this season. Historic!!! No records for “worstness” are out of the question. Should be exciting!