Cincinnati has won three straight games, including the first two games of this series against Pittsburgh. The Reds will look to pick up a win tonight over the Pirates and guarantee a series win behind Luis Castillo. Pittsburgh will send Zach Thompson to the mound at 6:35pm ET for the first pitch.

Starting Lineups

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

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

TJ Friedl – RF Josh VanMeter – 2B
Brandon Drury – 2B Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
Tommy Pham – LF Ben Gamel – LF
Mike Moustakas – 3B Daniel Vogelbach – DH
Tyler Stephenson – C Yoshi Tsutsugo – 1B
Colin Moran – 1B Jack Suwinski – CF
Tyler Naquin – DH Rodolfo Castro – SS
Albert Almora Jr. – CF Diego Castillo – RF
Matt Reynolds – SS Andrew Knapp – C
Luis Castillo – SP Zach Thompson – SP

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo 4.2 5.79 1.29 3 5
Zach Thompson 20.1 7.08 1.77 10 19
Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Zach Thompson’s Stats

Luis Castillo

After missing the first month of the year, Luis Castillo returned earlier this week and had a solid start. He’ll look to take that next step forward against the Pirates tonight with a little bit of a longer leash on his pitch count than he had in his first start of the season.

Splits (2021)

RHH 395 96 16 3 12 21 96 .264 .312 .423
LHH 408 85 18 4 7 54 96 .245 .349 .380

Pitch Usage (2021)

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 97.3 97.4 88.5 86.5
Usage 28.4% 23.9% 17.4% 30.4%

Zach Thompson

The splits are quite extreme for Zach Thompson this season. The sample size is pretty small, but right-handed hitters are crushing him, posting a .953 OPS against him so far this year. Lefties are not having a ton of success, hitting just .227 with an OPS of .700 against him. Last season the roles were revered as righties had .557 OPS against him, but lefties had an .807 OPS against him.


RHH 50 16 2 0 2 5 11 .356 .420 .533
LHH 51 10 1 0 2 5 8 .227 .314 .386

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Change Curve
Velo 92.5 92.3 86.5 86.2 77.9
Usage 19.7% 20.5% 32.3% 16.9% 10.5%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 77°, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain

News and Notes

Joey Votto begins a rehab assignment in Louisville

Cincinnati sent Joey Votto to Triple-A today to begin a rehab assignment. He last played on May 1st and has missed nearly two weeks while on the COVID injury list. Votto is leading off for the Bats tonight and is their designated hitter.

Ross Detwiler called up, Robert Dugger DFA’d

Cincinnati also made some roster moves at the big league level. They called up left-handed reliever Ross Detwiler from Triple-A and to make room for him on the 28-man and 40-man roster the team designated Robert Dugger for assignment (for the second time in less than a week).

Updates on Nick Senzel and Nick Lodolo

74 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Almora will get squeezed out by Votto/Senzel, but I’d like to see him hang around. He’s easily their best defensive OFer and I like his baseball IQ. He came up last night with Farmer on 2nd/nobody out and obviously was trying to shoot the ball the other way to advance Farmer and he did. Our normal at-bat there is someone trying to drive the ball and rolling over 5-3.

    Loving these Over 1.5 thru 5 inning bets vs these lousy pitchers. Reds already got Brubaker & Keller. Thompson isn’t much better. No bet is a lock, but if a lousy pitcher could regularly hold teams to 0-1 runs thru 5 then he wouldn’t be a lousy pitcher.

  2. Mark Moore

    Not thrilled to see The Moose with a glove, but if he hits, it won’t matter that much.

    Good to see Farmer get a day off. I’m thinking that was overdue.

    Let’s go for the series win tonight and then not worry about needing a win tomorrow (though I’d love a sweep).

  3. Kevin H

    So I read Farmer is spread likely out two games for rest. My question, why not bring up a position player? If Famer doesn’t play next two games, you only have a 2 man bench.

    • Mark Moore

      We have a long history of playing short-handed, don’t we?

      • Roger Garrett

        Reds just march to their own beat of the drum.Its a given for them to play shorthanded.

    • VaRedsFan

      Who goes down when you bring a guy up?

    • Melvin

      Must be killing poor David Bell. 🙂

  4. Mark Moore

    Let Cy Thompson off the hook with just 7 pitches … a rather auspicious start for our boys tonight.

    Let’s see if La Piedra can match him.

  5. Mark Moore

    OK, that worked out pretty well for us.

    Time to hit. Patience would be a virtue right about now.

    Oh, and I have Mud Hens at Bats cued up so I can see Joey V.

    • VaRedsFan

      We will need AB play by play for JV

      • Mark Moore

        I’ll do what I can. May even have to pause the Reds feed for a bit when he’s at bat.

  6. Roger Garrett

    Got better that inning,took 10 pitches to retire us.Maybe we see 12 in the 3rd at bat.

  7. Mark Moore

    Can’t pitch around Tommy Boy … he’s just not that good when you go after him. But it appears he is patient and has a fairly good eye for the zone.

  8. Mark Moore

    Could have forced Suwinski and then thrown to tag out Tommy Dough Boy … in hind sight.

  9. VaRedsFan

    3 replays…and i still don’t see the balk

    • Mark Moore

      It’s a complete judgement call … and it can’t be challenged or reversed because the rules surrounding it are intentionally vague.

  10. Bet on Red

    Well looks like i made the bets on the wrong day

  11. Roger Garrett

    Its obvious the Bucs will have the better of this tonight.Just not ready to pitch or hit or play and after two nights of just the opposite.

  12. Roger Garrett

    I guess I needed a reminder of who we really are as a team.Hope we can bounce back.

    • SOQ

      This team has a “Come Back” Mentality
      However, we should not be losing this game at this point

      • Mark Moore

        Nope. The balk. The nibbling at Tommy Boy. Just not a good showing. Add our impatience at the plate early on and … here we are.

  13. Mark Moore

    Bats are a delayed start tonight.

  14. Mark Moore

    Disappointing so far. Then again, the reason it is disappointing is because of what we’ve seen of late.

  15. Mark Moore

    Well POOP!!! That’s not something we wanted to see.

  16. Redsfan4life

    They have got to get Stephenson to another position ASAP.

    • earmbrister

      What kind of injury are we talking about?

      • Mark Moore

        Looked to me like he just took a hard one off the mask and it may have injured a tooth or something. I don’t think it’s a concussion thing, but who knows?

        This is where I’d be more of a fan of the hockey goalie mask then the standard one. I think they absorb more shock by design.

      • earmbrister

        Thanks Deb. Didn’t he miss time with a concussion? Are am I confusing him with another player?

      • Mark Moore

        Nope. He did miss some time under concussion protocol.

    • SOQ

      Agreed. Concussions ended Luke Kuechly’s career to soon. I don’t want to see that happen to Ty Steve

      • MK

        Had to look it up to see who the devil that is.

      • Mark Moore

        Or LB for the Carolina Panthers … 🙂

      • SOQ

        And a local boy from St. X. Fortunately had the smarts to quit while his brain still was working. Also an all around nice guy

  17. Melvin

    Well, that puts me one step closer to the “move Tyler Stephenson camp”. Not there yet….but closer.

  18. Mark Moore

    Nibble around and then hang one to Tommy Boy. Yep, that’s a formula for success.

    I’m almost ready to Clete at this point tonight. Seems their hearts aren’t in it. Not sure if the Bats will play or not.

    Frustrating …

    • Mark Moore

      Took a hard foul-tip off the mask. Looked like he may have injured his jaw or teeth.

  19. Mark Moore

    That was some hustle by Castillo

  20. Old-school

    Ive seen enough

    Stephenson is the future

    Without him… there is none

    Move him to first base for 10 years

    Sorry Joey

  21. Mark Moore

    At least that breaks up the no-no

  22. Mark Moore

    Wasted no time getting Detwiler some work

  23. Mark Moore

    I see Ross followed Castillo’s book on how to pitch to Tommy Boy … 😮

  24. Mark A Verticchio

    I have said they need to move Stephenson to DH and first base for awhile. He is concussion prone and that is a problem for a catcher.

    • VaRedsFan

      I wouldn’t call it a problem. He had 1 in high school, and 1 in A ball… That’s about 1 every 5 years. Probably less than average for a catcher

      • Mark Moore

        I’d agree. “Concussion prone” probably doesn’t describe it. He is playing the one position in baseball that has a higher propensity for concussions than any other by quite a margin. But if what we saw was his 3rd total, that’s not a huge number.

        Still, the more we learn about them, the uglier they appear to be. I think the opportunity is there to move him out of “harm’s way” and keep him in the line-up. I’m sure his young bride (married in December) would be happy with that arrangement.

    • greenmtred

      I think I’ve read that you are more susceptible to concussions after you’ve had one, at least for a while.

  25. Mark Moore

    Nice hit and heads-up running by Almora. Gives us at least a chance to tie it up.

  26. Mark Moore

    Bats are now warming up. Joey at DH. Ashcroft is pitching.

    • Mark Moore

      Looks like they will play, but so far the warm-up seems a little sluggish.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Strickland keeps it a 2 run game
    Pleasantly surprised.

  28. Votto4life

    Scary McGarry hit his 11th bomb tonight for Dayton. His OPS is now 1.193

    • Votto4life

      3 for 3 and is now hitting .333

  29. Mark Moore

    Upright stance. Fairly wide. Took a BB on a full count.

  30. Votto4life

    Nice outing by Andrew Abbott making his first start at AA. 5 1/3 shout out innings allowing only 3 hits. 12 strike outs 0 walks. Yes, you read that right.

  31. LarkinPhillips

    Good job tonight by the bullpen of keeping the Reds in the game and giving them a chance to come back. The offense sure looks different without TySteve in it!

  32. Mark Moore

    Turn my attention to the Bats and an episode of Law & Order

  33. Mark Moore

    Opposite field RBI half-swing flair for Joey on his second plate appearance.

    • VaRedsFan

      Good result….not happy to hear about check swinging

  34. Dennis Westrick

    I’m always perplexed how a team (Reds) which averaged 6 runs per game over their last 10 games struggles to score but a single run against a team like the Pirates. Need to win the final game tomorrow!

  35. Mark Moore

    Chased the Mud Hens starting pitcher in the 2nd. Bats up 2-0.

    • Mark Moore

      Joey scored from 2nd on a base hit. Bats now up 3-0.