The Cincinnati Reds are hitting up the American League East tonight as they begin a 2-game series with the Boston Red Sox. Cincinnati will send Luis Castillo to the mound to take on one of baseball’s best offenses. The Red Sox will counter by sending Michael Wacha to the mound, who has historically pitched very well against the Reds (2.81 ERA in 23 games). First pitch is set for 7:10pm.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s interleague contest:

Cincinnati Reds

Boston Red Sox

Tyler Naquin – RF Enrique Hernandez – CF
Brandon Drury – 3B Rafael Devers – 3B
Nick Senzel – CF J.D. Martinez – DH
Joey Votto – 1B Xander Bogaerts – SS
Tyler Stephenson – C Alex Verdugo – LF
Kyle Farmer – SS Trevor Story – 2B
Mike Moustakas – DH Franchy Cordero – 1B
Albert Almora Jr. – LF Kevin Plawecki – C
Matt Reynolds – 2B Jackie Bradley Jr. – RF
Luis Castillo – SP Michael Wacha – SP

Tommy Pham was originally in the lineup, hitting 3rd and playing left field. But he was a scratch just after 5pm due to calf discomfort. Nick Senzel was put in the lineup in the 3rd spot and Albert Almora Jr. was moved from center over to left.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Luis Castillo 20.2 4.35 1.11 5 18
Michael Wacha 35.0 2.83 1.09 14 24
Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Michael Wacha’s Stats

Luis Castillo

After missing the first month of the season, the first start back for Luis Castillo was a bump in the road. Since that debut, he’s made three starts and posted a 3.94 ERA while throwing 16.0 innings, walking just two batters, and striking out 13.

This season right-handed hitters have not been able to do much so far against Castillo. Lefties, though, have put up MVP-type numbers so far. They are hitting for average, have gotten on base at a high clip, and they are slugging the ball against him. Even if we remove his season debut, lefties are still hitting .308/.333/.500 against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 46 7 3 0 0 1 11 .156 .174 .222
LHH 38 11 3 0 2 4 7 .324 .395 .588

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 95.8 95.7 85.8 87.1
Usage 17.5% 34.8% 18.4% 29.3%

Michael Wacha

Through May 25th, Michael Wacha had only allowed six runs all season. But in his last start the White Sox tagged him for five runs and he didn’t make it out of the 5th inning for the second consecutive start. Over the span of his first five starts he had only allowed three extra-base hits, but in his last two starts he’s given up six of them.

Left-handed hitters haven’t gotten many hits, but they have walked as often as they’ve struck out against him and they’ve been hitting for power when they do get hits. Righties aren’t doing much of anything against him this season so far.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 74 15 4 0 1 4 14 .217 .257 .319
LHH 66 9 1 0 3 10 10 .161 .288 .339

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Change Curve
Velo 92.9 92.8 88.6 84.8 75.1
Usage 30.1% 13.3% 13.9% 33.0% 9.7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Fenway Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 58°, cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

The Reds are abysmal against Boston*

Prospect Joe Boyle is having a crazy good start to 2022

This morning Joe Boyle was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. He’s spent the first two months of the season with the Dayton Dragons where he’s made seven starts. Opposing hitters are hitting .058/.242/.068 against him on the season. You read that correctly – through seven starts his opponents are slugging .068 against him. I wrote more about his season at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you wanted to read more about his season and the dilemma the Reds may be facing with regards to keeping him in Dayton versus promoting him to Chattanooga.

Jake Fraley is in a walking boot

167 Responses

  1. Jim t

    My sons and I just arrived in Boston. Going to see if we can bring home a couple of wins. We are staying at The Verb literally right across the street from Fenway. Lots of Reds fans on our plane.

    • CFD3000

      I loved the Verb last time I was there. You saw a good one Jim. Thanks for the win!

  2. LDS

    So where is Senzel? Injured again? So either Bell didn’t mean it when he said the Reds were better when Senzel was in the lineup or he’s choosing to play a weaker lineup?

    • Doug Gray

      He’s in the lineup now after Tommy Pham was scratched. But sometimes match ups mean someone isn’t going to play every day. “Nick Senzel in the lineup makes us better” is a general statement. It’s not a statement that applies to every single game, though.

      There’s a lot to criticize Bell for when it comes to bending the truth to the public…. this isn’t one of them.

      • LDS

        Maybe a Pham trade? Bends when the truth would serve him better.

      • Doug Gray

        Larry – Senzel was not in the original lineup. When Tommy Pham was scratched from the lineup because of his calf muscle that’s when Senzel was put into the lineup.

  3. Optimist

    TBH – one of those Fenway wins was more important than the others.

    • JB

      Never forget it. My brother was a Red Sox fan.

    • earmbrister

      I’ll happily trade those 1975 wins for a run of regular season futility.

      • LDS

        I was in college during the ‘75 series. When Fisk hit that home run, the guy a couple of dorm rooms down tossed his color TV out the window. He had a new TV for game 7. I’m not saying alcohol was involved…

  4. DataDumpster

    Calf discomfort? Hasn’t Max been “riding” that injury for nearly 2 months now? Well, even after some early enthusiasm I wouldn’t mind seeing Pham on extended hiatus as he pretty much threw himself under the bus. But, of course the team just wastes another large paycheck for nothing. (There is a good competition for all 3 outfield slots even without Pham). It was noted that the Reds have the 4th oldest lineup but the other 3 teams are all playoff competitive. What will it take for this team to stop pretending to be competitive and just play their youngsters and then prepare to spend significant sums to fill holes once all the dead wood goes green in a year or two?

  5. Mark Moore

    Too bad about Fraley. That kind of stuff does happen.

    Time to see if we can score early and often against Wacha in the storied confines of Fenway. Hope Almora can handle whatever the Monster deals back to him. Hope our guys bash balls up against it all night long.

    Buckle up, friends. It’s time to Kick this Pig!!

  6. JohnnyTV

    Must say I’m a bit surprised Bell didn’t let Pham cool his jets a little bit before starting him again, particularly with how the Almora / Senzel D has been performing. Divining Bell’s shuffling lineup card is about as fruitful as seeing a drunken Tarot card reader. “Jake Fraley in a walking boot after injuring his toe…..” During his rehab assignment for a bum knee. You can’t make this kind of stuff up.

    • Mark Moore

      “Drunken Tarot card reader” 🙂

      I love that phrase. I think that’s way better than my use of “Tinker” by a wide margin.

      +1,000 for the smile and excellent turn of a phrase.

  7. Ryan

    Ken “The Toe” Henderson missed several months with a similar injury

  8. Bet on Red

    What was the lineup with Pham in it. I like fenway park, watching this one more for the park rather then the game

    • Mark Moore

      Pham in Senzel’s spot. Almora in CF, Pham in LF. No other changes.

      • Bet on Red

        ok, on a side note, I did look it up, and i am also black out for Baltimore game

  9. TR

    The Reds make an infrequent visit to Boston. It used to be a common occurrence for the Reds to play at Braves Field when the Braves were in Boston from 1871 to 1952,

  10. Bet on Red

    Oh I almost forgot. I believe that the Royals Dropped under us to become the worst team in Baseball.

  11. Bet on Red

    meet the new umpires…. same as the old umpires

  12. Mark Moore

    I swear I cannot stand watching yet another game where the HP umpire is nearly clueless about a proper strike zone. We suffered through three straight games of this crap. Aren’t there any umpires who show consistency anymore and actually care about the true strike zone?

    C’mon, man!!!

    • Old-school

      Senzel great at bat, plate discipline, and umpire misses it bad,,,then wants to escalate. As one flawed great Red used to say..”A ball is a ball is a ball”.

  13. LDS

    Fraley in a boot. Dunn, acquired with a pre-existing injury. Brandon Williamson really needs to show something in the coming years, or this trade will be like waiving Suarez and Winker.

  14. Melvin

    Well, Tyler Stephenson WAS hitting 3rd recently. 🙂

  15. Old-school

    Castillo filthy on the 98 Mile heater on the black to K JD martinez

  16. VaRedsFan

    Reds never seem to hit Wacha….that hasn’t changed so far. I guess that’s why he’s 12-2 vs the Reds

  17. greenmtred

    Does it seem plausible that the game would be blacked out for me? I have a single-team (Reds) mlb.tv package and live in VT. Game in Boston.

    • VaRedsFan

      Does your local cable carry NESN? If so, that’s probably why

    • RedsMonk65

      According to MLB’s twisted logic, yes, sadly, it does seem plausible. I live in southern Indiana (near Evansville) — which is 3 hours away from Cincinnati. All Reds games are blacked out for me, home or away. (Same for the Cardinals). Just maddening.

  18. Bet on Red

    mlb website has a portion on its website that allows you to put in your Zip code and see who is blacked out in your area. I am going out on a limb here and saying that the red sox might be for you

    • Bet on Red

      this was supposed to be for greenmtdred

  19. VaRedsFan

    When the Reds were going good…they here hitting oppo on all the soft stuff. No such thing happening against Wacha’s change up tonight.

  20. Mark Moore

    Still like that Senzel went with the pitch. Lifted it a little too much, but the right idea. I’m in the camp that says it will work for him over time.

  21. Mark Moore

    Castillo looking pretty sharp tonight. 45 pitches and 6 K’s so far. Keep it up.

  22. Old-school

    2 observations:
    1.) Reds hitting from the left side isnt performing and i dont know what internal solutions exist now or in the near term.

    2.) Luis Castillo looks really really good.

  23. MBS

    The Bally app won’t work in Colombia, no baseball for me for 10 dias.

  24. Mark Moore

    OK, Moose. Time to earn your keep.

  25. Indy Red Man

    7:10 – Cool…. Reds are in Fenway

    7:40 – Bunch of Reds Ks and dribblers later. Hey the neighbor kids are throwing the football around

    We get 20 runs or something ridiculous at Gabp vs bad pitching in our division and we forget the Reds are toothless and hopeless on the road against anyone decent and I mean anyone

  26. Joe P.

    Bad break there for Votto. He hit that ball hard.

    I don’t know why some of the right handed batters for the Reds don’t back up off the plate a little bit when it’s obvious Wacha is pitching them inside. Back up a bit so you can get better wood on the inside pitch.

  27. Indy Red Man

    I have been on the Wacha bandwagon for some time. He’s always had good stuff so I have no idea why he’s struggled so much? Lifetime 2.7 K to walk ratio is pretty good

  28. VaRedsFan

    Naquin left quad strain…Aquino in

    • Mark Moore

      Thanks. Too bad for Naquin. Upgrade in defense, but with how Wacha pitches, might be a little ugly at the plate.

      • Old-school

        I like Naquin but he makes Nick Senzel look like Cal Ripken. A quad strain is not a day to day thing. Fraley is in a boot. Pham might beat up the clubhouse attendant and be out another ten games. Aquino and Senzel and Almora and Friedl should get some more opportunities.

  29. Roger garrett

    Wacha is just not that good.Never have understood how this team can go down so easily.Wacha has 15 outs on 55 pitches but we should have expected that since Castillo is pitching.Don’t be surprised if we get shutout on a complete game with under 90 pitches.Offense is just awful

    • Indy Red Man

      Wacha was under 3 coming in which ain’t bad in Fenway/AL East, but the Reds hitting sucks. We knew that already

  30. LDS

    So another outstanding start to be squandered by Bell and the Bullpen Boys?

  31. Mark Moore

    Almora says, “This is what you’ll get if you keep on playing me.”

  32. Mark Moore

    OK, AA … you have ONE JOB here

  33. Bet on Red

    Yea, that was on house setting the run on contact with that. still have 2 on I suppose

  34. Joe P.

    After he got in the rundown, Almora should have kept running. Run to the plate and draw one more throw. He had a chance to get Reynolds to 3B.

  35. Roger garrett

    Dumb base running regardless

  36. Bet on Red

    I thought that on an overthrow that goes out, you get the base you were going too and one more

    • Mark Moore

      That’s always been my understanding when it goes out of play. Base + 1.

      • Mark Moore

        But that puts them on 2nd and 3rd I believe. It might be base + 2 from the OF.

  37. Joe P.

    Can we please get one more hit right here, right now? I’ll also take a wild pitch or a passed ball.

  38. Indy Red Man

    Aquino 105 mph on that ball. AAJ now at .333. I can’t get on board with all the Senzel backers on here when he’s hitting .195. Has Senzel hit a ball 105 since 2019? Maybe 3 or 4

    • Joe P.

      What I see with Senzel is that he’s swinging more with his arms than using his hands. Not turning the bat with his hands enough to generate bat speed.

    • Old-school

      I don’t think it’s either/or….its both. I m done with Pham and Fraley is in a boot and a long way to go to prove hes an every day OF and Naquin has just found a way to the IL every year since 2015 for long periods of time. I’d personally part ways with Pham now and go with Almora/Senzel/Aquino/ Friedl and see what FA dollars need to spent option to 2023. Hint- big lefty bat. When Shrock is ready, hes my left fielder Rf or DH against righties.

  39. LDS

    Rather unimpressive inning. At least they got 1.

    • Indy Red Man

      The guys fastball was tailing off so he kept throwing sliders and I figured Tyler would walk or hammer one, but the ball can never get down when we need it to. Would’ve been 3 runs there. Or 2 since everyone scores from 1st in mlb except Votto

  40. Roger garrett

    Awful to only get a gift run.

    • Indy Red Man

      Aquino and Tyler both hit bullets. It happens. Gotta use the Monster in Fenway

  41. Bet on Red

    LC running out of Gas, time to buckle down and get out the inning

    • Jim

      It a Shame that this team Cannot produce runs for the recent fine starting pitchers. A lot of money paying out for Moose and Votto! Look at their batting averages and Runners Left on Base this year so far! ! It is a Shame!’

  42. Bet on Red

    Great Job, didnt doubt it for a minute

  43. Indy Red Man

    Devers fouled off obvious ball 4 on 3-1. You need a break now and then. Hate to lose Castillo because guys with Cy Young caliber stuff don’t grow on trees. Mahle can go tomorrow for the right price

  44. Old-school

    Castillo, Mahle, Ashcraft, Greene the last 2 weeks look pretty darn good. MInor coming up as filler but maybe Lodolo can get healthy and fill that spot in 6 weeks.

    • Mark Moore

      Get Lodolo healthy and let him roll for the 2nd half of the season. He was on an innings limit anyway. This avoids that issue and he can replace somebody else – maybe somebody who gets dealt away.

  45. VaRedsFan

    Sox shut out by Baltimore yesterday. Reds need to repeat that if they want to win

  46. Mark Moore

    3 innings from the pen with only a 1-run lead. Why do I feel so nervous.

    • Old-school

      No- lets let Diaz and Santillan see if they are up for pitching in Fenway in high leverage situations. This is what this year is about.

      • Jim

        Aquino is hitting .111. WHY is he in the lineup??

      • Mark Moore

        It worked for Diaz in the 7th. He handled the Sox pretty well.

      • Indy Red Man

        Aquino came in because Naquin pulled something

      • greenmtred

        And that .111 is largely due to his futility before being sent down. He’s been a bit better since, and he’s a defensive force in RF.

  47. LDS

    Wonder why it is that the players new to the team this year, like Almora, Reynolds, Drury all hit better than the guys that have been around the Reds longer? I’m sure it’s a coincidence.

    • greenmtred

      They aren’t hitting much better–or as well-as Stephenson or Naquin. India isn’t playing right now, but would hold his own with them if he were. Who’s left? Joey is starting to hit, and the other guys–possibly excepting Senzel–are basically temp workers. Still might be a conspiracy, but that isn’t clear…

    • wkuchad

      Pham, Moran, Garcia, and Fraley also new to the team.

  48. Bet on Red

    BUT BUT BUT….. maybe not….maybe monster…. I dont know anymore

    • LDS

      Another runner to strand . Team 0-8 with RISP tonight

  49. Mark Moore

    Votto can’t catch a break here. Let’s see what they rule. Red line doesn’t make any sense to me.

  50. VaRedsFan

    Talk about bad luck for Votto…twice off the top of the wall.

  51. Mark Moore

    On a somewhat brighter note, Joey is now tied with Larkin for all-time doubles.

  52. Mark Moore

    Cowboy is bringing the density of this year’s balls into question for those two by Joey. Thrall said the harder balls would have just been out of the park.

  53. Old-school

    Diaz looks like a really big positive for this year. He is a legit bullpen arm. Hopefully Strickland get 2 outs.

  54. VaRedsFan

    Bell feel Diaz is toast after 16 pitches.
    We’ve seen this story before.

  55. Mark A Verticchio

    What is Bell doing, Diaz was doing fine?

    • wkuchad

      You all realize there’s only one Diaz in our bullpen, right? He can’t pitch every inning after the starter comes out.

  56. Mark Moore

    Somebody who has a clue about these things, I have a question.

    AA cleared waivers and went back to AAA L’Ville. He was in the arb process this year, but I never heard any result.

    Is he up making the minimum, or are we still waiting on the arb numbers? What happens if/when we send him back down?

    Just curious is all.

    • Bet on Red

      my understanding is as the Arb arguments are going on the players are paid the minimum, once there is an agreement then the player is paid the prorata difference in a lump sum

      • Mark Moore

        That would make sense. Does AA’s situation alter things at all?

      • Bet on Red

        no because he was on the roster long enough to make his Arb salary garrenteed

  57. Bet on Red

    Strickland has looked better this month

  58. Mark Moore

    I’m as baffled as the rest of you as to why Diaz is out. Strickland handled it and, we can only hope, will be back for the 9th as well. But I’m really baffled at the decisions DTBell makes in this way.

    • Indy Red Man

      He wants to use again in the next 2 days. You go 25-30 pitches and you probably need 2 nights off

      • Mark Moore

        The only plausible explanation. Let’s hope Diaz gets the chance. At least he didn’t leave any runners for Strickland to muck around with.

    • Old-school

      I forget where I heard this today but basically analytics shows pitchers who go 100% on every pitch are better so teams limiting length to maximize the short term

  59. Mark Moore

    PR for Moose. That’s a good call. Lopez gives us a chance.

  60. Mark Moore

    Thrall’s talk of lobster rolls is making my mouth water. I need to get back up to NE. Perhaps October in Maine if we can work it all out.

  61. Bet on Red

    Almora really playing himself into supplanting Senzel when Pham finally returns

    • Mark Moore

      I think he’s making Pham extremely expendable. Plus I wouldn’t bet Naquin comes back from the quad very quickly.

    • Indy Red Man

      Swung at ball 4 though. Thats his Achilles heel offensively

    • Joe P.

      I was negative on Pham after his latest incident, but in thinking about it some more, I’d keep him. Gives us the option of putting his bat in the lineup, as he has hit better than Senzel. If Senzel continues to struggle at the plate, then platoon the 3 of them, use Almora some in center. Plus Pham can DH.

  62. Mark Moore

    C’mon, Matt. Just a flair or a gapper to score Lopez.

  63. Bet on Red

    BOOOOOSSTON just cannot seem to throw to first…. great job lopez/renyolds

  64. Mark Moore

    And we luck our way into another run.

  65. Mark Moore

    It wasn’t an ugly whiff from Aquino. That’s a small positive.

  66. Hanawi

    Feel like the roles should be Strickland, Santillan, then Diaz rather than the way they pitched tonight.

    • Hanawi

      But really I just hate the rotating pitchers until you find one that doesn’t have it. No reason to pull Diaz after one batter or not send Strickland out for the 9th.

    • Joe P.

      Or Santillan, Strickland, then Diaz. Problem with Bell is that he never wants to use any guy for more than one inning.

      • Mark Moore

        Or sometimes more than 1 batter for 3 pitches like last weekend.

      • west larry

        bell hopes he can use those three again in tomorrow’s game

      • Joe P.

        @ west larry
        Saving guys to be able use them the next game is a good idea but not if costs you today’s ball game. I’ll take a win every time over saving a guy to have him available the next day.

      • Melvin

        Good point Joe especially considering how hard wins are to come by this year.

      • greenmtred

        But Joe P: The choice doesn’t present itself in those terms. You won’t know that the new pitcher costs you the game until he does. Diaz could have cost them the game if he’d stayed in. When bullpen options are limited, you have to think about not burning them up. It’s also good to remember that the pitches a relief pitcher throws in the game aren’t the only pitches he throws–he’s got to warm up, sometimes multiple times.

  67. Mark Moore

    I have to think somebody else like Reynolds or Lopez makes that play. Votto let it eat him up.

  68. Mark Moore

    Make Story look like a Rocky not in Denver anymore.

  69. Mark Moore

    47-year drought is erased. Onward to tomorrow’s battle.

  70. Bet on Red

    Not the Prettiest but I will take it. And We surpass the KC Royals moving us out of the MLB Basement, Postseason here we come

    • Mark Moore

      Not pretty at all. But it chalks up a W on the board and sheds another 47-year-old bloated corpse of a monkey.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Mark, you are obsessed with monkeys! Are you related to Jane Goodall? Or, maybe you are a reincarnated zookeeper!

  71. Dennis Westrick

    Is Strickland allowed to pitch more than 10 pitches? Asking for a friend!

    • Mark Moore

      No. No he isn’t. I believe it’s in his contract. DTBell would have to switch mid-batter if the situation came up.

  72. RedsMonk65

    Great pitching all around tonight. Reds’ batters still need to pick up the slack, but tonight they scratched out just enough to get it done. Really thought they were about to blow the whole thing there in the 9th! Glad to see them pull it out.

  73. LDS

    Still just the one shutout by the Reds this year (Overton vs. Pirates). But, at least it’s a win.

    • wkuchad

      That may be your most positive comment I’ve seen when it comes to the Reds
      🙂

  74. Indy Red Man

    Good game. I was thinking extras at best with 2nd/3rd nobody out and the meat of their order coming up.

  75. Tom Mitsoff

    I didn’t get to watch the game tonight, but I was able to listen to the ninth inning. Sounded like the Reds may have found a closer in Santillan. Got ahead of every hitter with a first-pitch strike. Came back after giving up hits to the first two batters. Retired J.D. Martinez and Trevor Story with the game on the line.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Tom, Strickland could be “The Guy” but we will never know due to the way Bell is using him, especially in the last couple of games! Don’t get me wrong, I like Santillan as well but it’s still relatively early in the season!

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I truly don’t care who gets it done. 😉 Strickland would be fine. But as I was listening, I kept waiting for Santillan to fall behind hitters and then have to groove a fastball. Didn’t happen. That was a true late-game pressure cooker and Santillan just kept dealing.

      • Melvin

        I thought last year that Santi would turn into the “closer”. He looked like one tonight.

  76. Indy Red Man

    I’ll try to defend Bell a little bit. He caught hades Sunday, but he can’t run Diaz/Santillan/Strickland out there every day? They don’t score enough to get big leads when they’re winning so our A team is very essential. If you start using Diaz for 25-30 pitches then he’s not available. Nobody wants Warren or Cessa in high leverage right now so you get what we’ve got. Quite often I don’t agree with it, but now we won and Diaz can pitch again

  77. JohnnyTV

    I went in to clean the kitchen with none out, Botox on 2nd and 3rd thinking it was all over but the second guessing.
    The Seguin Kid pulled it out.
    Kudos, too, to Louie Castle, who seems to be in mid season form.
    Don’t trade that guy, not at least until he teaches Hunter Greene his changeup.
    He’s too much fun to watch pitch.
    Nice win, Bell and his bullpen “Tarot-lytics” notwithstanding.

    • Votto4life

      I would love for the Reds to extend both Castillo and Mahle. Having said that, I don’t think the Reds will extend either of them.

      The Red’s front office should make their best offer to Castillo for an extension. If he says no, then the need to trade him before the deadline.

      Keeping Castillo until the off-season just diminishes his value. He will be the biggest name on the market and the Reds could get quite a haul in return.

      I agree with you I hope they extend him.

    • Indy Red Man

      Sounds like Orange County Housewives….Botox on 2nd and 3rd

  78. Tom Mitsoff

    I noticed from the box score that Aquino came in defensively for Naquin early in the game. Did Naquin get hurt?