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.
Here are the lineups for this evening’s NL Central contest:
|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|
|Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Zach Thompson’s Stats
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.
Pitch Usage (2021)
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.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- 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
David Bell says Kyle Farmer is dealing with soreness and will benefit from being out of the lineup today.
Nick Senzel is a few days behind Joey Votto but was working out at GABP.
Nick Lodolo has played catch but hasn’t thrown a bullpen and a rehab start is possible.
— Charlie Goldsmith (@CharlieG__) May 14, 2022