After last night’s shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds will look to grab their first 3-game winning streak of the season. Starters Tyler Mahle and Mitch Keller will be seeing the same team as they saw their last time out, though the two didn’t match up in the same game. First pitch is set for 6:35pm ET.

Starting Lineups

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

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

TJ Friedl – RF Ben Gamel – LF
Brandon Drury – 2B Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
Tommy Pham – LF Bryan Reynolds – CF
Mike Moustakas – 3B Daniel Vogelbach – DH
Tyler Stephenson – C Michael Chavis – 1B
Colin Moran – 1B Jack Suwinski – RF
Tyler Naquin – DH Diego Castillo – SS
Kyle Farmer – SS Michael Perez – C
Albert Almora Jr. – CF Rodolfo Castro – 2B
Tyler Mahle – SP Mitch Keller – SP

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle 30.2 6.46 1.57 17 32
Mitch Keller 28.0 6.11 1.54 10 24
Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Mitch Keller’s Stats

Tyler Mahle

It’s been a tough season for Tyler Mahle, who currently has an ERA of 6.46. He’s struggled at times to put left-handed hitters away as they’ve walked 13 times against him while striking out just 14 times. He’s limited the power output of opponents so far, but he’s still been touched up for a bunch of runs. Mahle is coming off of a solid start against Pittsburgh the last time out, giving up two runs on one hit and three walks in 5.0 innings.


RHH 65 16 5 0 1 4 18 .262 .308 .393
LHH 74 15 2 2 1 13 14 .250 .378 .400

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Slider Splitter
Velo 93.4 86.6 83.9 85.6
Usage 49.9% 11.6% 13.4% 25.1%

Mitch Keller

The splits this season for Mitch Keller are pretty big. Right-handed hitters have been much better against him, posting a .901 OPS while lefties have been at a .657 mark this season. That’s a borderline MVP caliber hitter compared to a bench bat. Keller pitched last week against the Reds and allowed five earned runs in 4.1 innings while allowing 10 baserunners and striking out just three.


RHH 59 16 3 0 3 6 13 .302 .373 .528
LHH 68 17 1 0 1 4 11 .270 .324 .333

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 96.1 87.0 91.8 80.3
Usage 58.5% 18.9% 10.7% 11.8%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 76°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

Vladimir Gutierrez to the bullpen

David Bell said that Vladimir Gutierrez would be moving to the bullpen and that Connor Overton would be staying in the rotation. With off days on both Monday and Thursday, the Reds don’t need to have five starters in the rotation until the Chicago Cubs series – nearly two weeks from today.

95 Responses

  1. Melvin

    TS batting 5th again. Hm Glad he’s at least playing. 🙂 He’s getting fun to watch.

  2. Bet on red

    Not surprised by the move to the bullpen. Obviously what can be read into by this is that Hunter greene will not be demoted anytime soon.

  3. Mark Moore

    A win tonight puts us in pretty good shape to win the series either Saturday or Sunday. That would feel pretty good at this point.

  4. Mark Moore

    Man!! Hit hit that right on the screws!

  5. Mark Moore

    Still not thrilled to see Moose with a glove on his hand …

  6. VaRedsFan

    Judging by the top of the 1st, this ump didn’t give Keller any close pitches. That doesn’t bode well for Mahle the nibbler.

    • Mark Moore

      No, it definitely does not. He’ll have to be really sharp and we’ve yet to see that Mahle.

  7. Mark Moore

    My alternate game tonight is the Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs. the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Cats up one to zip so far.

    • Doug Gray

      I don’t know if it’s the same ballpark or not, but Bimghamton was the first minor league baseball stadium I ever saw a minor league game in. I was in Bimghamtom for a trade show back in 2003 or 2004 (pretty sure it was 2003) and went by the stadium on the way back from grabbing an early dinner. No clue they had a team there when I went. Watched about half of the game.

      • Mark Moore

        AA Mets club. They are in NH tonight.

      • Doug Gray

        Yeah – they were still the Binghamton Mets back then.

      • JB

        It is the same ballpark. Opened in early 90s. About 45 minutes from my house. Mets affiliation.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Almora moves him over and TJ sac fly for the run.. 4 productive ABs this inning.

  9. Mark Moore

    OK, Tyler. They boys staked you to a lead. No nibbling now …

  10. Roger Garrett

    Good hitting by the bottom of the order.I like he way we are playing the game as of late.Small things add up.Its still all about fundamentals.

  11. Bet on red

    Naquin,farmer, and TJ all producing, great.

  12. Mark Moore

    Kind of hung one there … but it’s only one run

  13. Roger Garrett

    Mahle is just so puzzling to me and I don’t know where to start with him.Too many pitches for sure and just seems like he just isn’t in the game sometimes.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde routine.

    • Old-school

      Thats a novel fit for a Richard Fitch deep dive.

      A root canal….. but on average…. better off ……usually.

    • Doc

      Nolan Ryan threw a lot of pitches. 1,000 more walks than any other HOF pitcher. However, opposition didn’t hit his very well.

      Back to back quality starts by Reds pitchers. Good outing by Mahle.

  14. Mark Moore

    Ponies just homered in the 4th. Up 2-1 now.

  15. Mark Moore

    Completely hung that one to Tommy Boy after falling behind. Why don’t you just go after him early? He’s average at best. Practically put that on a tee.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Keller made the cardinal sin….down and in to a lefty.

  17. Mark Moore

    Thanks for the clear communication out there, guys. Obvious Pham called Farmer off.

  18. Mike Adams

    Is Mahle getting worse?
    He is called “the nibbler” but tonight his pitches are all over the place.
    He will throw the 4 seam fastball way inside then throw it outside.
    It is agonizing watching him pitch.

    • Mark Moore

      And it isn’t “effectively wild” either

    • VaRedsFan

      They are called non-competitive pitches. Easy takes….not close enough for them to chase

  19. Votto4life

    How does Tommy Thrall and Chris Welsh not know that Pee Wee Reese was the Brooklyn Dodgers Shortstop?

  20. VaRedsFan

    Naquin has hit 2 off the wall tonight.

  21. Roger Garrett

    Can’t always move the runner over but we needed Farmer to hit that ball to the right side.

    • VaRedsFan

      Yup, he had to know they were going to pitch him inside…should have just taken it and looked for something better.

  22. Mark Moore

    Fisher Cats battle back and now lead the Rumble Ponies 3-2 starting the 5th

  23. Mark Moore

    Slapped that one right down the line. Got to love it!

  24. VaRedsFan

    Drury picks up his teammates…2 run double!

  25. Daytonnati

    Friedl’s hustle provided two runs there.

  26. Mark Moore

    Did some damage. Back to see if Mahle has figured anything out whilst he’s been sitting.

  27. Mark Moore

    Could really use another 6-inning outing from a SP tonight

    5th inning is looking better to start

  28. Mark Moore

    Thrall … every Polish city in the country has pierogis. Every.Single.One. And the vast majority are only cheese.

  29. Mark Moore

    And The Nibbler makes his mark on the 5th. Hoping he can nail it down right now and get out of the inning.

  30. Mark Moore

    Sumo wrestling between innings in NH … fun to watch.

  31. Mark Moore

    And another mythical, elusive “quality start” emerges.

    Nicely done, Mr. Mahle.

  32. Mark Moore

    And the New Hampshire Fisher Cats have blown it open over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies. 5-2 in the bottom of the 7th. Fun to watch these games from all around the country.

    Meanwhile, Drury puts us up by a bunch. Hope our BP can manage to hold the Pie-Rats at bay.

  33. Roger Garrett

    Big fly by Drury.He and Friedl went 0 for 5 last night but getting it done tonight.

  34. Mark Moore

    A 2 homer night for the Moose!!!

  35. Roger Garrett

    Ty Steve is 0-4 with 3 punchouts and we have 8 runs.How about that?

  36. VaRedsFan

    Different hero every game lately…The whole team picks up TySteve tonight after the roll he’s been on.

  37. Bet on red

    Moose…and assosiates open this game up. The path for.the 20 game win streak continues.

  38. VaRedsFan

    Not sure why Diaz when it’s 8-2. Must have been his turn.
    I understand a little, with what happened Sunday

    • Kevin H

      This is why I get frustrated with Bell and bullpen usage. I realized he plays who he has, however you make a good point. Why Diaz, your best bullpen pitcher and not someone else.

      • greenmtred

        Maybe he needed the work. I’ve heard that some/many BP pitchers don’t do well if they don’t pitch for too long. And..8-2 is nice, but maybe not all that safe for this year’s Reds.

  39. Bet on red

    Going to give moose a pass on that drop. 1 it was a hard catch 2
    Moose has 2 HR tonight.

  40. Moon

    It is a lot more fun to see Hembree pitch against the Reds rather than for us.

  41. VaRedsFan

    Pham has crushed 3 balls tonight with nothing to show for it (107, 105, 101)

    • VaRedsFan

      Naquin got a single on 39.3 exit velo

  42. Dennis Westrick

    How can Mahle “The Nibbler” throw 106 pitches in only 6 innings with one (1) walk?

    • VaRedsFan

      We aren’t going to ask why….we well just accept it.
      He did have 8Ks FWIW

  43. SOQ

    Nibbling can be a wonderful thing–if it results in K’s

  44. VaRedsFan

    Lots of hard contact, but Kuhnel escapes it.

  45. Dennis Westrick

    So, my follow-up question is how many of Mahle’s 8 SOs were on full counts?

    • VaRedsFan

      I can’t find it, but my eyeball test says there weren’t a ton of 3 ball counts

  46. Dennis Westrick

    I’m on the question warpath tonight! Again, Diaz threw 11 pitches in the 7th inning with NO hits allowed and NO walks according to the ESPN game box score! So, why is Diaz not at least given the chance to start the 8th inning?
    Bell’s management decisions are perplexing, maddening, infuriating (PICK ONE)!

  47. Mark Moore

    And there you go. At least a split in Pittsburgh. Chance for a series win tomorrow or Sunday.

    Great spending time with y’all again tonight.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Gotta get all the wins we can against the Pie-Rats!

      • Mark Moore

        And get more monkeys off our backs 🙂