After exploding for eight runs in a win last night the Cincinnati Reds will look to Mike Minor in his 2022 debut after the lefty missed the first two months of the season. The Washington Nationals will face off against the Reds 2018 2nd round draft pick Josiah Gray. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET tonight at Great American Ball Park.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s showdown:

Washington Nationals

Cincinnati Reds

Cesar Hernandez – 2B Nick Senzel – CF
Lane Thomas – LF Brandon Drury – 3B
Juan Soto – RF Tommy Pham – LF
Nelson Cruz – DH Joey Votto – 1B
Josh Bell – 1B Tyler Stephenson – C
Maikel Franco – 3B Mike Moustakas – DH
Riley Adams – C Albert Almora Jr. – RF
Luis Garcia – SS Alejo Lopez – 2B
Victor Robles – CF Matt Reynolds – SS
Josiah Gray – SP Mike Minor – SP

Starting Pitchers

Mike Minor (2021) 158.2 5.05 1.24 41 149
Josiah Gray 51.1 5.08 1.36 25 54
Links: Mike Minor’s Stats | Josiah Gray’s Stats

Mike Minor

We are going to finally get a chance to see Mike Minor take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds after missing the two months of the year. In his last rehab start with Triple-A Louisville he allowed a run in 6.0 innings with nine strikeouts and he walked no one.

Last season teams limited how many lefties they sent to the plate against Minor, but even the ones who were sent out there didn’t do a whole lot against him. Right-handed hitters didn’t get on base much, but they showed good power against him.

Splits (2021)

RHH 569 133 30 3 24 36 123 .252 .301 .456
LHH 100 23 5 1 2 5 26 .253 .313 .396

Pitch Usage (2021)

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 90.9 85.6 85.2 80.4
Usage 42.8% 21.9% 19.6% 15.7%

Josiah Gray

Drafted by the Reds to the Dodgers, then traded by the Dodgers to the Nationals, Josiah Gray has been around quite a few organizations for someone who has only been in professional baseball for a handful of years.

Right-handed hitters hadn’t had a lot of success against Gray this season, though when they have gotten hits they have tended to be for extra-bases. Left-handed hitters, though, are crushing the ball against him. They are also getting on base against him at a high rate as he’s struggled with walks to lefties on top of giving up tons of extra-base hits to them.


RHH 120 22 4 0 5 8 32 .206 .275 .383
LHH 101 23 3 2 8 17 22 .277 .406 .651

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 94.0 85.1 87.8 82.3
Usage 46.1% 26.3% 3.5% 24.1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 79°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

TJ Friedl optioned

Mike Minor needed to be added to the 26-man roster and that led to outfielder TJ Friedl being optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Justin Wilson undergoes Tommy John surgery

The Reds announced today that left-handed reliever Justin Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery. He’ll miss the rest of the 2022 season and at least part of the 2023 season.

Injury and rehab updates

Reds Prospect Wins Pitcher of the Month

Dayton Dragons pitcher Joe Boyle was named as the Midwest League Pitcher of the Month for May after posting a 1.09 ERA in five starts that covered 24.2 innings where he struck out 34 batters.

142 Responses

  1. CFD3000

    Nice recognition for Joe Boyle, even better to see how much success he’s having. I’m very interested to see how he fares against the hitters in AA. At the rate he’s going, he may find out later this year. And exciting to see the Reds developing so many dominant young pitchers. That’s really encouraging for the next 6-8 years in Cincinnati.

    Reds need to take at least 3/4 from the Nationals. Win #2 tonight. Go Reds!

  2. SteveO

    Farmdog, 2 hits, 3-run HR yesterday and out of the lineup today? He definitely doesn’t have any significant track record against Gray. Bell didn’t need the LH baton Lopez yesterday against the RH starter, what changes today? General soreness? Lol

      • Wayne Nabors

        Thats a david bell trait,he says he makes his line 3 days in advance, one reason why the reds will never be winners under bell leadership

      • TR

        Joe G. has moved on as manager of the Phillies.

    • JayTheRed

      Somewhere I read or head he was having some Back issues. I think it was on the TV broadcast last night. I heard he had a cortisone shot about 4 days ago to help with the pain he is experiencing. If it has flared back up that is not good news.

      • Tom Reeves

        Cortisone doesn’t fix back issues. It masks them and not for long.

  3. Old-school

    Reds young pitching is a reason for excitement. Lodolo needs to get healthy and log some innings. Greene and Johnson need to sit down and figure out a way to take 2 steps forward.

    Jeff Passan has an article up at ESPN and lists the Big 3 trade candidates. He starts with Castillo and his 2023 control which brings in a long line of interest.

    Castillo, Montas, and Contreras.

    This should be an interesting next 8 weeks.

    • LDS

      I’m not sure about the DJ idea. On average, his results haven’t been stellar.

      • Old-school

        I hear you. Ive been pretty vocal on Johnson. The guy sat at Vanderbilt and took the best 5 pitchers in high school every year in the SEC and beats up on teams and he’s a guru and pitching whisperer. But, he does have a great reputation and by all accounts his players love him. He’s not going anywhere and Greene is still a 5 star talent at 22… Greene and Johnson need to find a way to build on Greene’s immense talent and take some steps forward. This is a great year to develop without the pressure of having to stay in playoff race. I view Greene’s progress more about Johnson than I do Greene

  4. Tom Reeves

    First 25 games: 3-22 (.120)
    Second 25 games: 15-10 (.600)
    Third 25 games: ???

    What’s your prediction?

    • Old-school

      10 of 13 against the Nats/Dbacks. I’ll go 14-11.

    • Joe P.

      I’d like to think 20-5, but I’ll go with 18-7.

      The Reds have to win at home and this is the time to do it.

    • Melvin

      How many times Minor pitches in that time frame could be a big factor. 🙂

  5. Bet on Red

    basically anticipating the ball being hit a lot. I got “hit every inning” the Reds score first and the over of 10.5. Maybe Minor will surprise, but I doubt it. Do see the reds winning this game

    • Old-school

      I dont know. Votto is seemingly back to Mr Hyde hitting but no other lefties? Moose is 2-36. Maybe he goes 3-4 with some GABP bombs.

      • Bet on Red

        its not a reds hit every inning, its either team making one hit per inning

    • VaRedsFan

      At the park tonight. People still coming in, but pretty sparse crowd tonight

      • Votto4life

        Beautiful night though I’m on 128 great night for a game.

  6. Roger Garrett

    No Aquino no like.Dude needs to play every day.Pham and Mose taking away at bats from him.He had 2 hits in Weds game.

  7. Tom Mitsoff

    I like an 8-pitch first inning!

  8. TR

    Have a good game and then sit is often the DB lineup style.

    • greenmtred

      For a lot of Reds players, a good game is almost an accident and shouldn’t be taken as a sign. Votto doesn’t sit. India didn’t sit. Castellanos didn’t and Winker didn’t, except against lefties. Farmer doesn’t often except, apparently, when his injury issues require it.

  9. JB

    I hope The Nats didn’t get rid of Turner because they thought Garcia was ready. Guy can’t throw

  10. Bet on Red

    Hit every inning alive. Reds score first won. HRE over 2.5 won. I just won 50 bucks on the PHAM BAM

  11. Bet on Red

    Hey Mike if you see this I found a way around the Media blackout

  12. JohnnyTV

    HR # 454 for Nellie Cruz. HOF numbers for the man with the gray beard?

  13. Old-school

    Pham trade value inching from the negative back to zero
    Minor could be an August/ September starter depth for a $200 million team needing SP depth.

    • JohnnyTV

      Moose on the train towards Mendoza. He had a week or so there.
      Shogo tearing it up in AAA. Maybe a tonic for the big guy?

  14. Mark Moore

    Back from my post-dinner walk. See I missed a couple of dingers. Tuned in just in time to see Mr. Moose being Mr. Moose.

    I’m thinking 13-12 or 12-13 over the next 25. Basically .500 ball.

    Time to Kick this Pig!!

  15. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds need to find a way to get Mr. Moose out of the line up.

    • Jim Walker

      How about the manager just doesn’t write his name in the starting lineup?

      • Mark Moore

        You really thing DTBell has that much control over whether the $16-million-dollar man plays or sits? I personally don’t.

      • Melvin

        Come on now. Be realistic Jim. 🙂 You probably already now this but he has more PA than Stephenson by 9 I think. I know TS was out for a while with the concussion but still……

  16. Bet on Red

    Hit every inning alive through three

  17. Roger Garrett

    Moose not competing at the plate.Feel for him but I fear this is going to get real ugly over the next year and a half

    • JohnnyTV

      Yessir. But I think it is already pretty ugly.
      When you’re taking advantage of the DH with a guy hitting .202 something is deeply out of sorts.

  18. Mark Moore

    Hate to see possible injuries. Robles was wincing pretty good there.

  19. Tom Mitsoff

    Minor absolutely cannot pitch up.

    • Roger garrett

      Batting practice at 87 belt high.Game over and we paid how much for this.

    • Melvin

      Do you mean Minor needs to pitch in the minors? 🙂

  20. Bet on Red

    Yep, this game is living up to expectations. Minor should receive a 5 game look and be either traded or DFA’ed

  21. LDS

    I know it’s early but Minor looks like another stellar Reds acquistion.

    • greenmtred

      But it is early and is his first game this season, due to injury. He may be no help, but it’s too early to say.

  22. Mark Moore

    Gee, I’m glad my standard Norton VPN allows me to see this stuff … 😮

  23. dhmorgan

    Minor needs an early shower.
    Right now.

  24. Jim Walker

    And this is starting to look a lot like a spring training or rehab “getting his work in” start for Minor.

    And another one flies out of the park as I was poised to click the SUBMIT button

  25. Old-school

    Minor trade value back to Moose level. Ive seen enough of Minor in a Reds uniform in literally 2 innings. M&M boys are horrible.

    Derek Johnson obviously had input on this signing as his former pitching coach at Vanderbilt.

    • JohnnyTV

      A $10M signing. Yikes. That is stunning.
      On the receiving end of a salary dump.

  26. Dennis Westrick

    Minor might have better luck throwing batting practice! Yikes!

  27. Tom Mitsoff

    His stuff will not play high in the zone. He must keep it low.

    • JohnnyTV

      I think he’s had a pretty fair amount of time to learn that about himself by now.

  28. Old-school

    Derek Johnson to ex Vanderbilt players is eerily becoming Walt Jocketty to ex-St Louis players.

  29. JB

    Let’s not wave the white flag yet Bell. Bring in Hoffman.

  30. Mark A Verticchio

    This is what happens when you trade for a fly ball pitcher in Cincinnati. Minor’s stay here should be a short one. Hopefully they can come back tonight, I thought a win would give them a small chance for a great home stand 7 and 1, 6 and 2. A loss and it might lead to an average or worse home stand.

  31. Tom Mitsoff

    So how about Matt Reynolds? It’s going to be interesting when Barrero comes back. It would seem to be Reynolds or Drury who would have to go. I’m not sure either will clear waivers and get to Louisville.

    • Chris Holbert

      I wonder if they will activate Barrero and option him. Sheldon was only talking about Solano not needing the entire 20 days of rehab on the radio last night and coming up…no mention of Barrero…..go young or go home

  32. Doc

    What was Minor’s ERA the past two years? 5+? How could one expect any different this year?

    • Melvin

      How much are we paying him again? 🙂

  33. Old-school

    You absolutely trade Castillo and Mahle for as many top prospects under 25 you can and clear the roster of players over 30 x Votto. Moose can play out this year and then is DFA’d. It’s all about 2023 and 24 now.

  34. JB

    I thought the runner had to go back to first on batter interference?

  35. Melvin

    More batting practice. That was deep.

    • JB

      Outfielders are going to need tomorrow off for general soreness.

      • Old-school

        And infielders for neck spasm.

        Mike Minor trade made no sense at the time in the context of what was going on with a roster purge and it makes no sense now.

        Organizational schizophrenia.

        What were they thinking?

  36. Bet on Red

    Hit every inning alive through 4. So we are all in agreement that Minor deserves a 5y 150 Million Extention from this Front Office? lol

  37. LDS

    So, all you Bell, tell us why Minor is still in the game to be further shelled?

    • greenmtred

      Who knows? He may not want to burn up the pen in an obviously lost cause. He may want Minor to work on his location in a game situation. He may want to prove a point to the FO, though he’s smart enough to recognize that a first start of the season after injury–and for a pitcher who needs pinpoint control–is apt to be rocky.

  38. Mark Moore

    60 pitches is rather efficient for 4 innings. Especially given all those dingers.

  39. Votto4life

    I feel bad for Mike Minor, coming back from an injury is never easy, but it’s hard to see what the Reds saw in him from tonight’s performance.

    • JohnnyTV

      Minor’s changeup has looked pretty good as has his slider down low. Anything above the knees is getting clobbered.

      • Doc

        Unfortunately, it needs to be at or above the knees to be in the strike zone!

  40. JohnnyTV

    Gray’s curveball is killing JV.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      And others as well. Gray is keeping it low, and the hitters look befuddled.

  41. Old-school

    Moose is 4-44…but Sadack says still walking some and just in a rut. Larkin says he will pull out of it. It’s amazing how Reds announcers are just narrative manipulators….instead of calling what happens. Phil Castellini still working behind the scenes.

    This team needs another 2-8 stretch to drill into ownership the season is over and bengals training campo and UC/OSU football start soon . Reds arent reacting to 2022. Moose and Minor are still key cogs in the plan.

    Castellini’s just crush hope.

    I do like Gutierrez here.

  42. Bet on Red

    Hit every inning alive through 5. Could have gotten a homer every inning it seems

  43. Melvin

    Great American Launching Pad. This is why Ashcraft is so valuable keeping the ball on the ground.

  44. Dennis Westrick

    4 HRs in 5 Innings! Washington batters are fighting each other to get to the batters box!

  45. Bet on Red

    No Miami Valley gaming, I am not betting through you. BTW I heard that Ohio will be a sports betting state come the new year

  46. JB

    I’m tired just watching the outfielders run. Bell just waving the white flag now.

  47. JohnnyTV

    Overton going on the IL is just killing me right about now.

    Oh, and Lodolo, too.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Reds medical and training staffs are killing me!

  48. Bet on Red

    I think we can add Vlad to the list of people in danger or losing their MLB spots

  49. Melvin

    Might as well get the batting cage out.

  50. LDS

    From the looks of things Minor & Gutierrez both need a new venue.

    • Bet on Red

      Vlads could be louisville, there is salvageable with him. Minor, I wouldnt mind if he was DFA’ed tomorrow

  51. Joe P.

    Big called strikeout right there on Reynolds. You could see the pitch was low and the catcher lifted his mitt. Just ridiculous.

  52. RedsGettingBetter

    I think it is time to send Vlad to AAA for working on some physical and psychological issues that are affecting him so he can recover his best shape…
    The offense is harmless tonight until now

  53. Bet on Red

    Lopez still getting on base. I know the power isnt there and probebly never will be, but he still is a useful tool to get on base. He really should get more playing time

  54. Tom Mitsoff

    Gray is locating his slider very well low in the zone (and low outside of the zone with two strikes). Reds are going to have to hope they can get to some of Washington’s relievers.

  55. Bet on Red

    uh oh…. my hit every inning now in the hands of the reds side of the lineup that has been silenced since the first….. will it happen.

    • Bet on Red

      and no it will not. Still will end the day ahead roughly 15 dollars

  56. Mark Moore

    I’m not invested at all in this game. I’ll catch you all tomorrow.

    The “sorting” continues … where/if it leads nobody knows.

  57. Tom Mitsoff

    Good chance Gray is going to at least start the seventh. He’s rolling.

    • JohnnyTV

      While Homer Bailey is probably riding out to herd the cattle back in from grazing.

  58. Moonmadness

    I don’t like to dump on players. But I will leave this here. I have a good friend that is a huge Braves fan. He laughed when the Reds picked up Minor and was rolling on the floor when he heard Minor got 10 M. His words “Minor was with the Braves and we could not get rid of him fast enough. We tried him for a few years. Starter, bullpen, hot dog stand. Nothing worked. We called him Mike please stay in the Minors. When the Braves dump a bullpen guy, that guy is trash. Batting practice Bob.” So this is about what I expected. I imagine he will have a decent game here and there between shellings. Paying 10 M for that is what is puzzling. These type pitchers are a dime a dozen.

    • Roger garrett

      Yep but who is making these decisions.As fans we think they are trying to shed salaries then you pick up Minor and Pham.Why when their best years are behind them and why for so much money.

  59. Roger garrett

    Reds hit 3 homers last night and you knew what was going to happen after Pham went deep in the first.Nothing is going to happen.Gray gets hammered by just an average hitting team

    • JohnnyTV

      Lane Thomas apparently likes it here.

  60. Tom Mitsoff

    The “legendary slugger” Lane Thomas is doing damage.

  61. Old-school

    The “good vibes” just ended today.
    Blown out by the Nats with mike Minor pitching and Mike”Mendoza” Moustakis playing every day.

    This gets ugly if the Reds lose this series.

    • JohnnyTV

      Easy big fella. I don’t think there were very many who didn’t see this coming.
      I was crossing my fingers, lighting votive candles but the “bull in the China Shop” move to trade Amir for Minor was a panic move after letting Sonny and Miley go and fearing Castillo wouldn’t be ready.
      Bad bad move.
      This has been in the works for quite awhile.
      Manana es una otra dia.
      Miguel Mendoza? No me dejes empezar….

  62. Joe P.

    I don’t know why the Reds keep throwing fastballs to Lane. The guy’s setup is similar to Adam Duvall. Throw him the breaking ball on the outside. If you can’t execute the pitch, then that’s on you.

  63. LDS

    5 hrs allowed, 3 to Thomas? I’m sure the Reds could embarrass themselves further but I’d rather not think about how.

    • JohnnyTV

      Just last night somewhere in our Nation’s Capital someone was typing “How do you let a Farmer hit a 3 run dinger to bury your comeback chances?”

  64. Old-school

    Barrero 0-3 with 3 k’s

    Leave him there for June

    • LDS

      Why? He’d fit right in. The same argument that justifies Greene being here applies equally to Barrero regardless of his performance. The Reds aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. They can’t beat the mediocre teams like the Cubs, Pirates, and Nats so they should be playing every feasible young guy they can. Bench the 30 and overs regardless of who they are and what they are hitting

      • Bet on Red

        No, if they cant Perform in Tripple A then they shouldn’t be up here. Good players should get starts. There are many problems on this team. Farmer aint one of them. And even if he were there is still Renyolds who came out of nowhere. Berrerro and his carreer sub 1 batting average with no Homers can stay in AAA until he is ready. Not get ready here

      • LDS

        Some would argue that Greene wasn’t ready either. I’d probably agree. At this point, it hardly matters if the Reds lose 90 or 100 or 110 games (or even more). As for Farmer? No, he’s not the problem and he should be playing ahead of guys like Moose or even Votto but he isn’t the future either.

      • Melvin

        I would like to see him come up especially if Farmer goes on the IL which I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens.

    • JohnnyTV

      Not sure why that “keep them in Louisville until they’re ready” wouldn’t apply to Hunter Greene, then.

      • Bet on Red

        It should, once there is someone to replace him, which there is not right now.

  65. Indy Red Man

    More good news from Louisville.

    Barrero 0-3 with 3 Ks and Shrock nowhere to be seen. Billy Ray Cyrus batting cleanup so that alone deserves a Yo Mama style joke for the Bats.

    How dumb are the Riverbats? So dumb it takes them 2 hours to watch 60 Minutes

  66. Roger garrett

    I am sure what’s worse tonight watching the pitchers throw up all over the mound or the hitters do the same.Just a terrible performance tonight.The Nats are a bad team and well we are too but tonight is worse then bad.Done for a few games.

  67. JohnnyTV

    Pitching around Moose with a six run lead?

  68. Indy Red Man

    For those gambling enthusiasts:

    Reds 16-7 Over at Gabp

  69. Old-school

    It’s really amazing how every post degenerates into

    1.) A moratorium to debate David bell as a manager
    2.) A moratorium to debate the greatness of Kyle Farmer as an MLB shortstop.

    I’m Cleting out. Until tomorrow.

  70. Indy Red Man

    Watched some of the Cubs/Cards today. Kind of depressing to see these young guys blowing up for St. Louis. Gorman hit a bomb 2/3 up the stands in RF and looks like a serious threat up there. Edman .281 with 14 steals and some kid named Donovan .296 and .430 obp. Idk?

    • Votto4life

      The Ghost of Branch Rickey. He was from my hometown of Portsmouth, about 2 hours from Cincinnati. Too bad the Reds didn’t hire him back in the day. If he would have built the Red’s farm system, we would still be winning pennants.

  71. Bet on Red

    Barry Larkin talking about wait until there is a capacity crowd at GABP….. lol that is hillarious

  72. Votto4life

    It’s beginning to look like a wasted year for Jonathon India. One year closer to free agency.

    • Melvin

      One should be careful about “bulking up” and gaining weight in baseball muscle or not especially if you’re a middle infielder.