The Cincinnati Reds come back to Great American Ball Park tonight to open up an 11-game home stand that takes place over the next 10 days. Atlanta will be the first team to roll through town and the defending World Series champions will be sending left-handed starter Max Fried to the mound. Cincinnati will counter with a lefty of their own in Mike Minor. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET and for those out of market the game will be available on MLB Network.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this evening’s contest:

Atlanta Braves

Cincinnati Reds

Ronald Acuna Jr. – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Dansby Swanson – SS Brandon Drury – DH
Matt Olson – 1B Tommy Pham – LF
Austin Riley – 3B Joey Votto – 1B
Travis d’Arnaud – C Kyle Farmer – SS
Marcell Ozuna – LF Donovan Solano – 3B
Adam Duvall – RF Albert Almora Jr. – RF
Orlando Arcia – 2B Nick Senzel – CF
Michael Harris II – CF Michael Papierski – C
Max Fried – SP Mike Minor – SP

Starting Pitchers

Mike Minor 25.2 7.71 1.60 10 21
Max Fried 94.1 2.77 1.05 16 92
Links: Mike Minor’s Stats | Max Fried’s Stats

Mike Minor

It’s been a tough start to the year for Mike Minor after missing the first seven weeks of the season. He’s allowed 22 earned runs in 25.2 innings this season and given up 10 home runs in five starts. Both lefties and righties are crushing the ball against him, but lefties aren’t getting on base too often against him.


RHH 83 22 5 0 7 8 15 .314 .386 .686
LHH 36 9 2 0 3 2 6 .265 .306 .588

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Change
Velo 90.5 84.2 84.3 79.7
Usage 46.1% 26.9% 19.9% 7.1%

Max Fried

One of the best starters in the National League, Max Fried has been dominant this season. The lefty has been very good at home in Atlanta, but he’s been even better on the road where he’s posted a 2.48 ERA and held opponents to a .180/.205/.239 line on the season in five starts where he’s given up just one home run and walked just four batters. His splits against righties and lefties both show dominance, but he’s been better against lefties. That’s not a surprise for a lefty, of course, but he’s given up just two extra-base hits to left-handed hitters all season and walked just two of them.


RHH 288 64 11 0 5 14 67 .239 .278 .336
LHH 88 19 1 0 1 2 25 .221 .239 .267

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 94.4 93.9 87.3 86.8 74.6
Usage 30.7% 13.5% 22.7% 12.3% 20.8%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, MLB Network (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 88°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

Justin Dunn to make another rehab start tonight

The right-hander is set to make his second rehab start tonight. His first start came in High-A with the Dayton Dragons on Sunday, but tonight he’ll take the mound for the Triple-A Louisville Bats in Toledo.

Scherzer and Lodolo return

Early this afternoon it was announced that Max Scherzer would return from the injured list on Tuesday to start against the Cincinnati Reds. Just after 4pm the Reds announced that Nick Lodolo would also be returning from the injured list to start on Tuesday.

Tyler Stephenson to begin rehab on Monday

115 Responses

  1. Moon

    I guess the Mets kind of figure that using Scherzer against the Reds is like another rehab start

  2. Dennis Westrick

    In a season of many losses last night’s fiasco in Chicago was one of the worst efforts by this current Reds team. It’s obvious the bullpen is an Arson Squad, incapable of holding a lead or maintaining a tie or even a small (1 or 2 run) deficit! Don’t hold out much hope for tonight against Max Fried and the Braves! Fully expect Mike Minor to get lit up again early and often! Will check back in at the end of the game to see how many runs Minor allows and how many runs the Bravos score on the Reds bullpen! Let the fireworks begin!

    • Moon

      Minor seems to be ok the first time through the lineup but then he gets lit up like drunk on st patricks day

  3. Old-school

    Bobby Nightengale has a pretty good primer on Reds tiers of players at the deadline as the Reds are obvious sellers

    Castillo 1
    Mahle 2
    Decent hitters 3- Pham and Drury
    Platoon hitters 4- Farmer, Solano, Naquin

    None of these 7 will be Reds on Opening Day 2024 or on a future winning Reds team and on a current 100 loss team in 2022 and a 2023 team with no chance to win….all 7 need to be traded to gain maximum roster return and also open up opportunities for younger players. I’m ok with running out this lineup till the AS break in 3 weeks to showcase for scouts, but a month from now….no way.

    • Mark Moore

      You left 3M off that list. I’m assuming it’s an oversight on your part … (sarcasm font off)

      • Old-school

        Schrock needs some time as a regular lefty DH. Hes hit well in the minors and for minute in MLB. Can he hit at the MLB level profiling as a DH? I have no idea. I’m not in the camp that anyone can be an OF and so I dont want him in the OF rotating. We neHed good defensive OF’s. Hes not an infielder either. So, Moose is blocking information and the future. Pham is blocking guys. Solano was a Good idea but not anymore on a 100 loss team. He’s blocking guys.

        The only reason to watch this team is youth and draft and trades in July and we are finally in July.

      • Mark Moore

        Yep. Blockers, blockers, and more blockers.

        Not what a 100-loss team needs.

    • Votto4life

      Not sure why they need to trade Tyler Naquin. They are going to desperately need outfielders next year, they have none ready in the minors, he won’t be expensive to sign and he isn’t going to bring much back If they trade him.

      Now, if he doesn’t want to come back, then trade him, but if he isn’t opposed to it, extend him. He is better than what they will get at the end of Spring training next year, when they make all of their free agent signings.

      • Old-school

        Naquin is a free agent. He’s not a Red after this year.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    The Braves lineup looks as Goliat and Minor is David. Is really Minor going to make the David´s feat? Well, we’ll see tonight… I have low hopes…

    • Mark Moore

      Plenty of opportunities for HR lovers to watch tonight. Sadly, few of them if any will come from our lineup.

  5. Bet on Red

    Is it really Minor day again……smh Betting the over

  6. Kevin H

    Am I Mistaken or did Reds split their four game series with Braves. I admit this place is becoming depressing

    • LDS

      yes, they split the 1st 4 but a lot has changed since opening day.

  7. Bet on Red

    The double play inspired confidence….. this inspired confidence with my bet

  8. Mark Moore

    To quote Theoden Kink in the Two Towers … and so it begins.

  9. Mark Moore

    The good news is, it looks like I won’t miss anything much when I choose to go take my evening walk. We shall see if we can at least fill in that hole Minor started to dig.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. Just a routine GIDP by the guy who should be our fulltime DH at this point.

      I’d hate to Clete early two nights in a row.

  10. Roger Garrett

    Not even a fair fight.Minor should be released right now.He has nothing to even compete against major league hitters

  11. LDS

    Votto in the #4 slot, particularly against a LH’er clearly isn’t helping the team. It’s kind of becoming Suarez 2.0. Bell really needs to man up and manage this team to win or resign. It’s clear he’s not going to be fired.

    • Bet on Red

      hey we have a job where you get paid a couple million to produce a subpar product but if you quit you will walk away from your money

      Bell aint resigning, and I do not blame him for that. Blame Krall

      • Roger Garrett

        Its what Bob wants or he would fix it.He must be making money to accept the performance he gets from those running the team.I am not sure if you want to win why you would want anything to do with this organization.I understand there are only so many major league jobs and maybe its not about winning as much as I would like to believe.I see no way to ever get better unless new ownership arrives.

  12. Joe P.

    I’d like to see the splits on scrubby faced Joey vs. clean shaven Joey. I’m thinking scrubby faced Joey has better numbers.

    • Daytonnati

      Good point! I would like to see the splits on “Jolene” versus “Paint It Black”.

  13. Old-school

    Joey Votto with the lame 4-6-3 78 mph jam shot dribbler.

    Can the Peter Pan people with their Disney magic fairy dust just stop with the nonsense that Joey Votto is coming back from the dead. Not hating on him. Love the guy. One of my favorite players of all-time. But as a Reds fan, at some point realists have to decide its time to move forward at first base if you truly want the Reds to win. Sure, he might hit 8 home runs in July. He might homer today. He might get to .255. He’s not going 0-243 the rest of the year but every hit or double or home run is not validation that hes not a 39 yo in rapid decline. It’s July and he’s 30/31 in MLB at first base in WAR. Those are facts.

    It’s time to start looking for the Reds next first baseman. Like really soon.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      They don’t need to look far, Tyler Stephenson is there. They can’t continue to lose him to catcher related injuries.

      • Old-school

        I’m with you Mark. Reasonable people can disagree on Stephenson’s best role. With his injuries, I’m in the first base camp and use Castillo to get the next catcher.

        Reasonable people cant come to the conclusion that Joey Votto will be a productive first baseman and hitter at a premium hitting position in 2023. Thats just not happening. Time to aggressively move forward on Votto’s replacement. I’m open but the solution is going to be external in some way shape or form- whether its trading for a catcher and moving TS to first or keeping TS at C and trading for a 1b.

    • Hanawi

      Dude. You do this every game. It’s getting old.

      • Old-school

        What’s getting old ????
        Other than playing a 39 year old man who is the worst first baseman in baseball? Do you want the Reds to win? if you want the Reds to win…its not with Joey votto at first base. RIGHT? I get people dont like to hear that truth. But, if you are a true Redsfan, you want to win. The truth hurts…I get it. That means the Reds need a real first baseman.

      • Votto4life

        Not sure Tyler Stephenson is the answer either, unless you want your first basemen hitting 12 home runs a year. Stephenson is valuable as a catcher, not a corner infielder.

  14. Roger Garrett

    He will fall of a cliff if he hasn’t already so it will come down to what he wants to do and I just hope he doesn’t want to hang around and embarrass himself.Reds will lose and do that without him just fine.He deserves better but truth is he really isn’t helping the team.He will get a cookie to hit every now and then to remind us but it just is what it is.

    • Mark Moore

      DH only against RHP with maybe a start at 1B on some rare occasions.

      • Roger Garrett

        Yeah of course Mark.Joey has already earned his contract and will get paid regardless.Maybe they can work it out and for me looking at him its not about winning cause the Reds will not even win if he goes part time.

      • Old-school

        It’s becoming an issue. 70.5 mph dribbler in Ab #2

        Votto isnt competitive in certain situations. Roger is correct. Reds need to protect him and his legacy.

        Needs to start resting against lefties.

  15. Mark Moore

    I call batting practice … anybody with me?

  16. Mark Moore

    Do our guys not pay attention to how the umpire is calling the zone? I mean, it does appear to be bigger tonight, but at least it isn’t moving all around … yet.

  17. Mark Moore

    Time to go take a walk in this wretched humidity. At least we got one back that inning.

  18. Bet on Red

    Well got a run back…. and made him throw alot of pitches. That is a succesful inning

    • Mark Moore

      Small victories. Especially lately.

      • Jim

        I just cringe when Votto comes up.
        I know we are not very good with or without him now, but I know you are saying that the Reds are for some reason afraid to take him out of the lineup or move him down out of the 3 or 4 hole!
        Look at his Left on Base compared to RBI’s
        Look at his defense, his Base running, how many stolen bases has he had the last 5 years? Maybe 1 a year, when the catcher drops the ball! What an exciting player the past 4 or 5 years to lead the Reds. Forget about the 25 Million this year and next. Build a New Team !!!

  19. Roger Garrett

    Farmer and Solano are not the answer tonight against this lefty for sure.

  20. Roger Garrett

    Sometimes the best decisions for us are made for us by others.If the Reds have anybody with Joey’s best interest in mind then they will make it for him.I see no reason to continue this with Joey unless they don’t really care about him and they may not.

  21. Earmbrister

    Who else would’ve signed up for two ERs given up by Minor through five innings?

    • Moon

      Minor has been able to wiggle out of some tough spots

  22. Roger Garrett

    WOW Olsen swinging on 3-0 with Riley on deck.I love it even if it didn’t work.Just shows how a manager shows his players he’s in the game.

  23. Roger Garrett

    Senzel battled hard but lost.Already with a hit and our only run scored.Small steps but I have to pull for him.

  24. VaRedsFan

    See how Olson didn’t fall down and try to ole’ that pick at 1B. That was gold glove caliber.

  25. Bet on Red

    Mike Minor pitching a quality start? I thought I was watching the reds not the twilight zone lol

    • Earmbrister

      He’s sporting a shiny new 6+ ERA. Baby steps.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Today is Bobby Bonilla day. Another 1.1 million to the bank account.
    If he would agree to it, Votto could take next years contract and ride off into the sunset, and collect a paycheck the next 25 years.

    • Bet on Red

      32 million, as he has a 7 million buyout for 2024. So you would have to offer more then that at 1 million per year to get it done

  27. Mark Moore

    I’m back. Happy to see the Bravos haven’t scored and Minor went 6 innings. Too bad we didn’t push another one or six across.

  28. Earmbrister

    Kuhnel. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Earmbrister

        I actually typed that before the home run, as I’m on a lag.

        Kuhnel needs a break from MLB, or maybe we need a break from his recent performances.

    • Mark Moore

      Debbie says THAT could go wrong. Very wrong.

  29. Mark Moore

    And that’s a Clete for me. Can’t toss cookies to guys like Swanson, especially with runners on.

  30. Bet on Red

    Just when I thought the over was in trouble…. bullpen to the rescue…need 4 more

  31. VaRedsFan

    Larkin said getting the leadoff out is most important. Out #3 seem kinda important too…Kuhnel thinks so anyway

  32. Votto4life

    The Reds have a

    1. 3B/DH who hasn’t earned a nickel of his $64 Million dollar Contract the past three years
    2. An OF who gets into fights over a fantasy football disputes
    3. A 34 year old pitcher earning $7.5 million dollars who has been miserable every time he takes the mound.
    4. A number 2 pitcher who gets rocked every single time he pitches in his home park
    5. A utility guy who came up as a catcher playing shortstop the past two seasons
    6. A bullpen that couldn’t shut down their opponents if their collective lives depended on it
    7. A manager who refuses to play anyone under the age of 34
    8. A TV broadcaster who is apparently paid extra for every pop culture reference he makes
    9. A GM who I wouldn’t trust to run my Strat-o-matic team while I ran to the restroom
    10. An owner who tells fans to F off

    And all you guys want to do is complain about the team’s Hall of Fame First Basemen. Really?

    • Mark Moore

      +1,000 and a bonus +50 for each one … total +1,500

      I’m right there with you. Joey is aging before our eyes, but he’s not the biggest problem by a long shot. 7, 9, and 10 are the biggest. 8 is just freaking annoying.

    • Bet on Red

      Objection on the reference to Farmer who has clearly pulled his weight. Agree with the rest

  33. Daytonnati

    Sounds like a Braves home game on that Swanson homer.

  34. Dennis Westrick

    And the Reds bullpen strikes again! Game, set match!

  35. LDS

    So is Bell’s strategy to let them pitch until they give up some runs? Or is he just incapable or unwilling to remove a pitcher when he’s in a jam? Don’t want to bruise their egos?

    • Votto4life

      Remember when Dusty refused to take Zack Cozart out of the #2 hole? Dusty said “Cozart was just going to have to learn to hit there!” LOL

  36. Mark

    Kuhnel has not been pitching good at all he needs replaced now.

    • JB

      Has given up 3 homers and all have been killers.

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Gents! The bottom line is: Good teams find a way to win! Bad teams find the many, often creative, ways to lose!

  38. Joe P.

    The official Reds Bullpen song: “It all comes undone with a walk and a homer”

  39. JB

    Cessa gets the bullpen back in order. 4 pitch walk to first batter.

  40. Old-school

    Is this a home game or a road game?

    What an embarassment.

  41. LDS

    Here’s another example. If Cessa doesn’t shut it down on batter #3, get him out of there.

    • JB

      Ozuna did him a favor. Fuy can’t throw a strike and he swings

  42. Jeff Morris

    How long are the Reds going to fool with Kuehnel? Time to go back to AAA. Bell seems to always bring him in, only for him to fail!

  43. Bet on Red

    Cessa going to get me paid….. just need 3 more runs

  44. JB

    Come on Cessa , only a double? You’re better than that. You can’t keep the ball in the ballpark. Groove one for crying out loud.

  45. Votto4life

    Tyler Naquin has a couple of hits tonight and Dunn with 3 no hit innings.

    • Votto4life

      One of Naquin hits was a home run. Dunn has pitched 3 perfect innings with 4 strike outs.

  46. Joe P.

    A hanging slider is about the only breaking ball Duvall can hit. Come on Cessa, quit throwing junk!

  47. Old-school

    This really is the new low of the last 8 years. Atlanta fans screaming in GABP in an 8-1 game. Reds bullpen awful and the offense a bunch of utility 30 year olds or overpaid vets playing out their contracts,.

    thats the equation for a 100 loss team.

    At some point, things need to be blown up

    • SOQ

      Sadly, I’m beginning to wonder if there will EVER be a winning Reds team again, under the current ownership.

  48. JA

    First of all. This team urgently needs a new coach.

  49. LDS

    Sorry folks, but the last 6 runs are all on Bell. He may not have a great bullpen but he exacerbates the problem with no real grasp of their usage. When they aren’t pitching well, get them out of there. He’s not a manager by any stretch of the imagination. He needs to learn from “Capital Hook”.

    • JA

      I am sure most of the participants in this blog have seen baseball many years, not only in the MLB, but in minors, school leagues,etc.. and all of them should be in agreement with you: the manager is terribly bad.
      He’s not even being competitive at all for a while.. . He should resing tonight.

      • LDS

        +1000, excluding myself, I’d trust any number of folks on here to manage the team better. And on some days, I don’t even exclude myself. That’s just how bad he is.

    • VaRedsFan

      Let’s not forget…if they do happen to have a good inning, they must be removed immediately.

  50. Doc4uk

    Batting average against Cessa now over .300! Cessa is horrible

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Well, at least Minor got his ERA under 7.00!

    • Daytonnati

      It’s the little things, Dennis 🙂

  52. Bet on Red

    and the over is reached…. good job reds… if you cant win, at least let me get paid……now hurry up and get this over

  53. JB

    Just an update for everyone- THE WHOLE BULLPEN STINKS! THAT IS ALL!!

  54. Old-school

    This is really the lowest moment since 2014.
    Worst team in baseball
    Atlanta fans cheering in gabp blowing out the last place Reds.

    Wake up ownership

    • JB

      July 4th weekend Old School. Ownership is at the lake for the long weekend.

  55. DataDumpster

    Give credit while its due. Mike Minor had a really good performance today. It may be his only decent start this year but with the rumblings from the rest of the SP, we will probably need him more than anybody realizes to not get close to that triple digit number that has long term implications.

  56. Joe P.

    It’s funny how the umps have to check the hand and glove of our relievers. I guess they could be cheating, but somehow I doubt it.

  57. Bet on Red

    positives, Minor actually was servicable, and I got paid.

  58. Roger Garrett

    Guess the bus to Louisville is broke down.I would imagine somebody in Louisville or Tennessee would walk to GABP just for a try out as a pen piece.Pitch one inning and let it rip ain’t much to ask.

  59. JohnnyTV

    I’ll be the first to say I have no confidence in Bell, but maybe he’s just depressed, too, given the management he’s committed to working with.

    But the Luis Cessa performance was the epitome of everything that is off the rails this season.

    After weeks and weeks of subpar, way below par, bullpen performance and the disasterous consequences of walking the first batter you face…..what does he do: walk the first batter he faces.

    No direction from the manager, not direction from pitching coach, no consequence from either.

    It’s happening over and over and over the same way, again and again.

    Bell is too stoned, or stunned or somnabulent to break the chain.

    Tonight’s game story was absolutely, completely, utterly predictable:

    “Veteran pitcher struggles his way back from injury to first decent start……only to be undone by (historically bad) bullpen assembled by completely inept management team, in the office and on the bench.”

  60. Mark Moore

    Went off to play a game with the fam … fireworks outside the house and for the Braves. Nothing that exciting for our Queen City Redlegs … again.