The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound from Sunday’s no-hitter loss as they head to the northern part of Ohio to take on the Cleveland Guardians. Connor Overton will face off against Zach Plesac to begin the 2-game series between the clubs. First pitch is set for 6:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s interstate meeting:

Cincinnati Reds

Cleveland Guardians

TJ Friedl – CF Myles Straw – CF
Brandon Drury – 3B Steven Kwan – LF
Tommy Pham – LF Jose Ramirez – 3B
Mike Moustakas – DH Owen Miller – 1B
Tyler Stephenson – C Amed Rosario – SS
Colin Moran – 1B Andres Gimenez – 2B
Tyler Naquin – RF Richie Palacios – DH
Kyle Farmer – SS Oscar Mercado – RF
Matt Reynolds – 2B Austin Hedges – C
Connor Overton – SP Zach Plesac – SP

Starting Pitchers

Connor Overton 17.0 1.59 1.06 6 8
Zach Plesac 32.2 4.68 1.35 10 20
Links: Connor Overton’s Stats | Zach Plesac’s Stats

Connor Overton

Through three starts, Connor Overton has gotten the job done. He’s posted a 1.59 ERA and the Reds have won two of the three games. He’s not going to miss many bats, which is a rarity in today’s game. He’s coming off of a game in which he didn’t give up a run, but had four walks with just one strikeout against Pittsburgh. Lefties have done next to nothing against him – posting a .469 OPS against him despite walking more often than they’ve struck out.


RHH 24 6 1 0 0 2 5 .237 .333 .318
LHH 38 6 1 0 0 4 3 .177 .263 .206

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.4 91.0 89.3 82.1 85.3 79.6
Usage 25.1% 24.3% 2.1% 17.7% 17.3% 13.6%

Zach Plesac

Left-handed hitters have had the better of Zach Plesac this season. They are hitting for a quality average while also getting on-base at a solid clip. Right-handed hitters aren’t hitting much, or getting on base often against him, but they are hitting for plenty of power.

He’s made three starts at home and three on the road this season, and the splits there are weird. At home he’s got an .830 OPS against, but a 3.71 ERA. On the road he’s got a .665 OPS against, but a 5.74 ERA. Hitters are doing more damage against him in Cleveland, but it has not yet resulted in scoring more runs.


RHH 67 16 7 0 2 4 11 .239 .282 .433
LHH 64 18 1 0 3 6 9 .281 .347 .438

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.0 84.3 84.6 78.4
Usage 43.1% 21.5% 25.2% 10.3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:10pm ET
  • Where: Progressive Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 61°, mostly sunny, 1% chance of rain

News and Notes

Updates on Lodolo, Minor, and Barrero

Joey Votto plays in the field tonight

Votto is moving his rehab assignment to Dayton tonight after spending two days with Louisville. Tonight will be the first time he’s going to play in the field, and he’s back in the leadoff spot.

159 Responses

  1. Bet on red

    Lucky i looked at this because I thought it was a 640 start time. Is there a concert in Cleveland or something? Unusual start time 610 is

    • Mark Moore

      Everything I’ve read says he’s about ready to start a rehab assignment.

    • MK

      Hopefully to a team that can keep him healthy

  2. Mark Moore

    Hoping to see some extended consistency from Overton tonight. And since “Major League” was about a Cleveland team, let’s hope Jobu wakes up bats for us and not them tonight.

  3. LarkinPhillips

    Every day I look at the lineup and wonder at what point during this season of “building for the future” that the Reds will actually begin playing more than one or two young guys and actually start building towards the future. Hopefully around the Allstar break we trade a couple “veteran role players” and actually see what these young guys are capable of. When/if Barrero returns and is successful at the AAA level will also push the Reds to backup their statement of building towards the future.

    • Mark Moore

      I’d prefer to see the younger crowd given where we’re likely headed, but who on the current position player roster are you going to play that isn’t playing?

      • Bet on Red

        I would like to see Lopez get more playing time but otherwise with the injuries you are right

  4. LarkinPhillips

    Lorenzo Cedrola and Ronnie dawson. Won’t happen until Pham is moved. Lopez over Phillips. Start from there.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Wrong thread. But that was to Mark.

      • Mark Moore

        I got it. Thanks.

        I don’t know the names aside from Lopez. I realize he hasn’t had much playing time (not a good thing), but his spot pretty much belongs to India when he’s back. Not sure who the Phillips you noted is.

        Moving somebody like Pham is a domino that needs to fall. We’re aligned on that one.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Sorry. I meant Reynolds. I don’t think Lopez is the long term answer to anything. But he should get a chance over Reynolds while India is out.

    • Bet on Red

      Phillips? you mean that dude BP

  5. Mark Moore

    Guardians’ catcher showing TySteve his hockey-style mask. I still think that’s the way he should go if he’s going to continue catching. Good to get input from another MLB catcher, not just coaches.

  6. Old-school

    Stephenson wearing a mask with absorbing springs and also considering a hockey mask

    Overton 6 outs on 16 pitches

  7. Mark Moore

    That helps. Good to break the scoring drought. Let’s keep it up.

  8. Kevin H

    Reading about lodolo. He can’t catch a break.. Hopefully he can return sometime mid June..

    • LarkinPhillips

      Pretty alarming when we consider him a cornerstone of our future.

      • Kevin H

        Stuff like that happens though. At least it isn’t his pitching arm.

  9. Bet on Red

    If it stands its a great play, if it doesn’t then it was still a good play

    • Old-school

      I agree

      But maybe just touch the bag at 3b and taking the easy force and lead runner

      Now its 2/3 1 out

      • Bet on Red

        thats gravity and inertia right there. Drury was moving in the opposite direction from the bag

  10. Mark Moore

    Dan’s nephew Zach has scattered 4 Reds hits. Overton is pitching well. Neither one is racking up a high pitch count so far.

  11. Mark Moore

    Forgot the Dragons had started. Joey’s first AB was a long fly to LF in the little notch.

  12. Doc

    Only can follow the game on Gameday, but it is so nice to watch a pitcher who appears to know how to pitch.

  13. Mark Moore

    Note: The Dragons’ logo is cool. The QC River Bandits have really upped their game with their logo. Used to be just a baseball with a red bandana over it. Much better now and includes a “trash panda” (aka racoon).

  14. Mark Moore

    I just like TySteve. I really do. Great plate discipline and willingness to go with the pitches he’s given.

  15. Mark A Verticchio

    Moran is looking bad, time or Votto to come back.

  16. Bet on Red

    is anyone else having issues with the sound for the tv broadcast

  17. Mark Moore

    Joey still looks “off” to me. This isn’t elite pitching and he’s not recognizing the pitch well. Just K’d on one we’d usually see him foul off or flare to LF.

  18. MK

    After two at bats Joey is hitting .122 better in big leagues than High A with a 50% strike out rate.

  19. Old-school

    Overton just ruined his no K start

    6 innings
    2 hits
    0 BB
    1 K
    73 pitches

    This is what I want to see

  20. William

    Connir Overton is pitching like the Reds ace right now. It is a strange year so far.

  21. Old-school

    Any comps on Overton?

    Dan Straily?

  22. William

    Can he pitch with this command over a long period of time, or is he in his zone?

    • Mark Moore

      I’m willing to find out. He’s looking like the 2nd coming of Arroyo at this point.

  23. Old-school

    Bullpen has pitched one inning since saturday

  24. William

    I like this guy so far. I just do not know how he will pitch over a longer period of time. I never heard of Overton until recently.

  25. Magnum 44

    Overton is Dan Straily 2.0…….which I don’t mind by the way.

  26. Bet on Red

    Overton just Bronson Arroyoed his way into the rotation permanently I think

  27. JB

    Overton is going to make this a very interesting decision when Minor and Lodolo come back. Do they go 6 starters? Who do you send out? Right now he is their best starter.

    • Votto4life

      To me, Mike Minor is the odd man out. Overton has earned a spot in this rotation. I’m sure there will be an injury and/or a trade by then though.

  28. Mark Moore

    Almost slid right into LF on that one

  29. Mark Moore

    Pham shoots one through the oppo gap.

    Joey hits a humpback liner into RF.

    Two good AB’s.

  30. LarkinPhillips

    Grounding into 5 DPs in one day is a hitting philosophy problem. Today isn’t an isolated incident either.

    • Kevin H

      Putting ball in play, no problem with that. Not sure how that is a hitting philosophy problem

      • LarkinPhillips

        Rolling over pitches trying to pull them instead of staying back and driving the ball to opposite field.

    • greenmtred

      Might have something to do with the pitcher, too. Hitting them where they ain’t is probably harder than it looks against MLB pitching.

  31. Mark Moore

    Nope. Late to the bag. He’s safe.

  32. JB

    Anybody got any updates on India or Schrock? Haven’t seen any lately. I thought Bell said India was coming back last week.

  33. Magnum 44

    I’m always too drunk when I watch I got my contacts out does he have long hair or a 68 mile an hour curveball?

  34. Mark Moore

    A good night for Overton. Let’s see if the BP can bail him out and finish this off.

  35. Bet on Red

    another quality start. Now the bullpen needs to come through for the win.

  36. Eddie

    Coming a huge fan of Overton pitching style remind me of cubs Hendricks in a way. Tony got lucky with a pop-up to get out of the inning shock no Diaz

  37. Kevin H

    Y not Dettweller, why not Diaz, why not cesa… Y bring in Satallin..

  38. LarkinPhillips

    Definitely rooting for 4-5 runs in top of 9th!

  39. Old-school

    What an inning

    Manufactured run with 2 outs

    Winning baseball!

    • LarkinPhillips

      2 straight innings with great fundamental baseball! Love watching the game played right!

  40. magi210

    Insurance runs are always nice. Let’s go bullpen.

  41. Jim t

    Great at bunt and stolen base by Naquin to generate a run.

  42. Eddie

    God I hope we don’t lose this bc bell wanna put Warren in to get a save. We need sign someone as a closer this mindset of no closer been hurting us

  43. Mark Moore

    Joey looks at a 3rd strike. Dragons should win (up 6-1). I’ve seen enough for tonight.

  44. Mark Moore

    Got a bit distracted … which one of you called for Warren?

    • Stoney

      We can only hope. What a joke this. Night after night. Worst manager in baseball by far. No way we’re going to ever win with this guy.

    • Eddie

      Kevin totally wish he is terrible when they have hand him the extension I knew was a rebuild in making

  45. Eddie

    Wow feel sorry for Greene and Overton who been lights out wow Warren sucks Tony got lucky previous inning with pop up wow

  46. Mark Moore

    I don’t care what anybody says. That’s on Bell for bringing in Warren. Completely wasted Overton’s great effort. SMH!!!

  47. JB

    Bell and his bullpen. Diaz, Cessa …no he calls on two guys thst have been struggling this year. And now he has Diaz up.

    • Kevin H

      Frustrating to watch, or follow on gameday or just be a fan of ur team when you have a manager who doesn’t have a set bullpen

  48. JB

    I believe that’s the 2nd game the bullpen has screwed Overton out of a win this year.

  49. Votto4life

    The Reds are just not a very good team. Nice outing for Overton though.

    • Kevin H

      While I agree not good, however when u have a manager who can’t guide his bullpen. Diaz is ur best pitcher, and yet he is no where to be found to start 9th inning

  50. Daytonnati

    I guess Diaz is the blown saves mopper-upper?

  51. Mark A Verticchio

    How in the world is Bell still employed? The clear choice in this situation was Diaz but Bell for some strange reason goes to the same guy who did poorly on Sunday. I am getting to the point where I just won’t care until Bell is gone.

  52. RedsFanInFL

    For all of the Bell defenders: This is all on Bell. He just pitched Warren on Sunday. Why bring him and his 6+ ERA back when everyone else is well rested.

  53. Dennis Westrick

    Again, walks kill! Always a lead off walk, despite how many runs the Reds may be leading, then BOOM, a game tying HR. Bell is clueless OR doesn’t care if his young starters get a win!

  54. LDS

    Well I checked in thinking the game would be about done. Sadly, I see we’re getting another David Bell special. What happened to going with the team’s best reliever in the bottom of the ninth with a one run lead?

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell’s handling of the Reds BP last year probably cost the Reds 20+ wins! Inexcusable not to use Cessa or Diaz in the bottom of the 9th with a 2 run lead!

      • LDS

        I agree. Certainly, he cost them a shot in the playoffs. At least, we won’t have that to worry about this year. Making the “playoffs” this year means not finishing in last place.

  55. William

    The owners like Bell. I love the Reds, but cannot stand the owners. They care about their money, not the fans.

  56. Old-school

    I get everyone loves Diaz and great for him

    But Cessa is a veteran who pitched for the Yankees . Where is he?

    Perhaps bell and Krall are saying see what Warren and Santillan have

    I dont have an issue with Santillan. You need to put him in high leverage situations and see what he does but what we are finding out is the Reds are trying out guys for the bullpen because they didnt spend any money on the bullpen

    Bullpen doesnt have a pitcher that makes more than $3 mil

    • Kevin H

      I agree Cesa your closer, Diaz 8th inning guy, or flip flop. My thought is you need a 8th and 9th inning guy. Look at Brewers.

  57. William

    I use to defend Bell. Nice guy. I cannot defend him anymore. I would lose all credibility.

  58. Mark Moore

    OK, Tommy. You have ONE JOB here.

  59. Joe P.

    I’m convinced Bell bets against the Reds or possibly he has friends that bet against the Reds. Has to be. No other possible explanation for the way he manages a game.

    He used his two worst relievers in this game – a game the Reds were winning and should have won – allowing the opponent to score 3 runs in the 8th and 9th innings.

    • LDS

      +1000. Said the same thing a time or two myself

    • Votto4life

      Come on man, I am not a fan of David Bell, but it’s not cool making those type of accusations.

      • LDS

        It’s not complicated. Either Bell is simply clueless despite his experience and baseball knowledge. Or he makes these inexplicable decisions for other reasons. I’m open to suggestions.

      • Votto4life

        There is a big difference between disagreeing with a manager’s decision and accusing the manager of throwing games. It’s a classless thing to do or defend.

      • LDS

        You didn’t give me a countervailing explanation.

      • Votto4life

        it’s a ridiculous assumption that because David Bell makes poor decisions with his bullpen that he is actually throwing games because he has money bet on the Red’s opponents. It’s simply ridiculous and slanderous.

        I have no idea who Joe P. is, but I have always enjoyed reading your comments. Come on, you’re better than this.

      • LDS

        Thanks V4L, while I agree it doesn’t have to be gambling, there does need to be some explanation beyond not knowing the game. As many have pointed out, he knows more about baseball than I and most of the other fans here. Nonetheless, he makes “odd” decisions that can’t derive from baseball knowledge, e.g. Warren had pitched more recently than Diaz and generally not as well. Is it “analytics”, that absurdity that is destroying sports? Again, the vast majority of analytics are descriptive not inferential, e.g. changing your launch angle doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll hit more home runs nor does increasing spin rates guarantee you become a better pitcher. So again, another viable explanation for Bell but regardless of the reasons, he’s not going to make the Reds a competitive team or even a better one.

      • Votto4life

        LDS, I absolutely agree David Bell makes a lot of bad decisions. I was disappointed the Reds gave him an extension. I thought for certain after their long losing streak this season they would fire him. It baffles me that he still has a job.

        I apologize if I was too critical of your comments. I think we all are a bit frustrated with this team. At least I know I am. I really do enjoy your posts. I love talking baseball with knowledgeable people like yourself and many others here.

        If it wasn’t for this blog I would be suffering through this season alone. Hopefully better days are ahead.

      • LDS

        Yeah, tough season, This and Doug’s minor league site are my main sources. But hey it’s only been 30 years or so since the Reds won the World Series. At this rate, maybe I’ll see it again for my 100th birthday. And no apologies needed and no offense taken.

      • greenmtred

        With the benefit of hindsight I can observe that you guys should have waited before blowing your stacks. The Reds won, and Diaz pitched, but he nearly blew the game.

      • LDS

        Sorry Green but Diaz should have been in earlier. Big difference between facing a team in the bottom of the nineth and bases empty and coming in 10th with the ridiculously stupid “ghost runner” BS. Dress it up however you choose but this is another example of Bell’s feckless management.

      • greenmtred

        Not trying to dress anything up. I was noting two things: The Reds won. Diaz and Warren BOTH nearly blew the game.

  60. Mark Moore

    OK, Mr. Moose. Just lift one, please.

  61. Bet on Red

    weird zone for the ump. Up and down contracted, left right extended

  62. Bet on Red

    lets just take a moment and thank Renyolds, who seemed to come out of nowhere to end up on second, scored the run to take the lead

  63. Oldtimer

    Reds had Dusty Baker. MLB quality manager. One of a dozen with 2000 career wins.

    Replaced by Bryan Price. Now David Bell. Neither is MLB quality manager.

  64. JB

    Sandlin is the type of pitcher Krall would trade for after the game.

  65. Mark Moore

    Tough break on that checked swing call.

    OK, Colin, bust one loose here.

  66. Mark Moore

    Need these outs in the worst way

  67. Mark Moore

    If the “ghost runner” scores here, is that charged to Warren or DTBell?

    Asking for a friend 😮

  68. Bet on Red

    I had full faith in Daiz the whole time!!!! With this being a 2 game series, we have secured our 4th non losing series in a row

  69. Dennis Westrick

    Walks, walks walks! And with 2 outs!

  70. Mark Moore

    A win is a win … even if Overton’s stellar effort was squandered by you-know-who.

    Glad Diaz settled in and that that WP went into the dugout. Made it a non-factor in the end despite the walks.

    Back at it tomorrow.

  71. Dennis Westrick

    I have COPD but thanks to that final out I can breathe again!

  72. Jim t

    Hopefully Bell sticking with Diaz there will help give him the confidence to pitch in those situations.

  73. J

    Gotta give Bell credit for this one. Saving his best pitchers for extra innings was brilliant. A lesser manager would have tried to win the game in 9 innings, but Bell is always thinking two steps ahead.

  74. Moon

    The definition of a travesty. Overton pitches a fantastic game and exits after 8 innings with a 2 run lead.. Warren comes in, pitches one inning, and blows the lead, yet gets the win. I do not understand why Diaz wasn’t pitching in the ninth. It isnt like he is tired. He hasn’t been used that much. His ERA is 0.50. So it is not like he isn’t pitching well. I guess since he struck out the side Bell will sit him for another couple weeks.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! Won’t see Diaz again until next week at the earliest!

  75. Roger Garrett

    Diaz has thrown 16 innings and given up 1 earned run so for now he the best coming out of the pen until he isn’t the best.Bell sent Warren back out there after Sunday’s game and he does the same thing he did Sunday and walked the first guy.We know about Warren don’t we so why do we need to find out more?We know nothing about Diaz so why not him?Warren had room for error in the ninth and Diaz started with a runner at second .Yeah he made it interesting but would anybody bet he gets their best hitter with the game on the line?Let the young guys pitch and play.

    • greenmtred

      Do we know about Warren? How many innings has he pitched this year? He has good stuff and his issue seems to be control. The same could be said for Diaz in this game. Beware the small sample size. My guess is that the Reds are trying to figure out whether he can become a reliable bullpen guy, and this is the year to do it.

  76. Old-school

    Lance mcCalister on his twitter feed has MLP pipeline video of Matt McClains inside the park HR last night. There’s some reason for optimism.