The Cincinnati Reds will look to build on their walk-off win last night as they try to win tonight and take the series from the New York Mets. Cincinnati will turn to Graham Ashcraft with the hopes that he can continue to pitch well at home. The Mets are going to send David Peterson to the mound to try and grab the series for themselves. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

New York Mets

Cincinnati Reds

Brandon Nimmo – CF Jonathan India – DH
Starling Marte – RF Brandon Drury – 1B
Francisco Lindor – SS Tommy Pham – LF
Pete Alonso – 1B Kyle Farmer – SS
Jeff McNeil – LF Donovan Solano – 3B
Dominic Smith – DH Matt Reynolds – 2B
Eduardo Escobar – 3B Nick Senzel – CF
Luis Guillorme – 2B Albert Almora Jr. – RF
Tomas Nido – C Michael Papierski – C
David Peterson – SP Graham Ashcraft – SP

Starting Pitchers

Graham Ashcraft 43.2 4.53 1.24 9 28
David Peterson 58.1 3.24 1.20 22 60
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | David Peterson’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

Not shown below are the home and road splits for Graham Ashcraft. While we are talking about just four starts for each, his four starts at home have been significantly better. He’s held hitters to a .575 OPS and has a 2.59 ERA while pitching in Cincinnati this season. Ashcraft has dominated lefties this season, but right-handed hitters have had plenty of success against him, hitting over .300 and slugging .500.


RHH 92 27 4 0 4 4 13 .314 .359 .500
LHH 97 18 2 0 1 5 15 .200 .247 .256

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 96.9 97.4 85.9 89.8
Usage 17.2% 49.6% 32.1% 1.1%

David Peterson

A road warrior this season, Peterson has dominated away from New York. He’s held hitters to a .592 OPS and has a 2.17 ERA in his 29.0 innings on the road. The lefty doesn’t face many lefties, and he’s not scheduled to tonight, but they don’t pick up many hits against him but when they do get them they go far. Righties haven’t had a ton of success against him, posting just a .652 OPS against him on the year.


RHH 185 39 9 0 2 16 45 .241 .319 .333
LHH 58 9 1 0 4 6 15 .177 .276 .431

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 93.3 93.1 84.1 85.7 77.6
Usage 36.2% 14.9% 26.8% 17.1% 5.1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 82°, isolated thunderstorms, 33% chance of rain

News and Notes

Tyler Mahle placed on the injured list

The Reds placed Tyler Mahle on the injured list earlier this afternoon with a right shoulder strain. The good news, if there is any here, is that he had an MRI and that things showed no serious issues and that he expects to return before the end of the month according to Mark Sheldon of

Joey Votto’s dealing with back tightness

123 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    No Votto, no 3M … interesting

    • JB

      There’s nothing interesting with this team.

      • Mark Moore


        I’ll grant you that one 🙂

    • Hanawi

      Looks like I was right about my speculation on Votto. Think he has been injured since the Arizona series.

      • MK

        Not like performance has been worse. That would be impossible.

      • Hanawi

        Huh? He was really good in May and early June after coming off of the DL. He has been poor since that road trip to Arizona and got multiple days off in a row after that. Seems pretty reasonable that something was affecting his performance.

      • MK

        Or it could be left handed pitcher itis

      • Hanawi

        Did you miss where it says that he has back tightness above?

  2. Kevin H

    Let’s go Reds make it 2 in a row!!! I feel a winning streak coming on…

    • LDS

      Yet another one? Didn’t you call for 20 in row not that long ago? I actually have a feeling you may be right tonight. Then I also have a feeling Farmer leaves the game early. Probably wrong on both counts.

  3. Daytonnati

    India sans man bun! Now if we can get Joey to ditch “Jolene”.

    • MK

      Are you John Sadek’s clone? He constantly talks about the players hair.

    • Hanawi

      Showing some power is huge. Curious if he changed his approach or made any adjustments.

    • MBS

      When did they sign that guy, seems to be pretty good.

  4. Old-school

    Bad storms and no power

    Was senzel a GABP lucky special or a nice hard hit ball

    • Daytonnati

      He jacked it. Left field. No doubter.

  5. MK

    Is Senzel finally going to become the player we’ve been waiting on?

  6. Indy Red Man

    Same game parlay with both teams to get 3+ and a Farmer hit. Looks like cash $

    Like Ashcraft, but 75% fastballs isn’t going to cut it. How do these guys get thru the minors with 1.5 pitches and can’t even show a 3rd?

  7. Old-school

    I cant get power like 90000 others

    Not sure what s being said but tornadoes in cincinnati and bad damage

    I was out in it today and it was ugly

    Some neighborhoods hurting

    • JB

      Be safe and be careful. Lookout for down power lines.

    • Votto4life

      I am sorry Old School, power here is NKY usually goes out when there is a storm. I need to buy a generator. I hate when the AC goes out. I have a couple of battery operated fans that has helped. My fiancée is from the U.K. she can’t imagine why anyone needs central air. She will fine out next July when she is living here.

  8. dhmorgan

    If there is such a thing as a perfect throw, the pickoff of Senzel was it.

    • KDavis

      Nick has gotten picked off more than once. Has to clean that up.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Wow. What a throw by their catcher. I challenge Aaron Rodgers or Brady or Burrow to put a ball in a 6 inch window like that. Rodgers could do it in his prime on his back leg, but still some of these catchers are unbelievable with their accuracy.

  10. Jeff Morris

    Does anyone know if Moustakous is a free agent after this year 2022 or is it after next year 2023?

    • Votto4life

      Rest easy Jeff, We have him all to ourselves for another year and a half. Think we should move him at the trade deadline next month to ensure maximum return? Lol

  11. VaRedsFan

    Sandy Leon was in Louisville earlier this year, pitched 2 perfect innings for Cleveland in their blowout loss yesterday.

    The Reds obviously have been calling up the wrong guys from AAA

  12. Old-school

    Someone give me an in game synopsis

    Hows ashcraft

    + or –

    • VaRedsFan

      Per Sam Lecure….8 hits…4 off his sinker, but not a lot of hard hit balls. No walks is the key. Alonso just put a dent in the wall at 107….his 3rd hit of the game.

      • Bet on Red

        Senzel getting his grove back and farmer proving he never lost his

  13. Jeff Morris

    Thanks for the info on Moustakas. So Reds have Moustakas all this year, and all next year too…..unless they can trade him somewhere along the way.

  14. JB

    Be nice if Ashcraft goes the 6th and 7th. Save the bullpen some before tomorrow.

  15. Votto4life

    It sure didn’t take Donovan Solano long to get in the .220s with the rest of the team.

    • Mike Adams

      It took some time for the coaches to work on his swing and get him hitting like everyone else on the team.

  16. Mark A Verticchio

    Ashcraft did a nice job tonight working around trouble. However, a huge part of the problem was he was not getting anything from the umpire, high strike or low strike.

  17. Indy Red Man

    Stephenson 2-4 and Fairchild is 2-3, but Barrero 0-3 with 2 Ks again. He’s not ready.

    • Bet on Red

      agreed, Farmer looks more confident every day, and Reynolds as the designated backup, Barrero must produce to be brought up, unless we trade farmer. What position is Fairchild again?

      • Indy Red Man

        Fairchild is an OFer. Has good speed and can play CF. Not sure about his arm?

    • JB

      No way Farmer gets traded now with Barrero struggling.

  18. SteveO

    Nice game by Ashcraft! He must be the hardest thrower with the least amount of strikeouts. Pitching to weak contact plays. There were 3-4 hard hits of the 10 and some hard hit outs, but he went 6 and leaves with the lead. No walks were big.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Not smart baseball Nick? Can’t get thrown out twice on the bases in 1 game? Our outfield is too small and he got to the ball too quickly

    • Kevin H

      It was a bang bang play. Great hustle by Nick and great throw by McNeil. Both throws were literally perfect. Nick making stuff happen no issue with that.

      • Indy Red Man

        Ball beat him easily….throw was up the line a little. Idk? A guy with wheels should have atleast a 70% steal rate and with the way the ball beat him there…..wasn’t even 50/50 there.

    • Joe P.

      I’m okay with him trying to make it to second on that one, although I’d have preferred that he slide head first to get a hand in around the tag.

  20. Mark Moore

    Not entirely disappointed with Senzel trying to stretch that one

    • Old-school

      I cant watch the darn game but if senzel was aggressive trying to take an extra base on a worthless 100 loss team…, ok if hes out and its a bang bang play

      Not ok if hes out by 3 feet

      • Kevin H

        I must be watching a different video. That’s okay as to me it was a hustle play. Not too long ago people complaining players weren’t hustling or going for extra base. When it happens people complain that he is out by “3ft” according to Some or not close according to some

        Can’t please some in RLN

  21. Jeff Morris

    I would bring in Hoffman to close out the 9th inning, I would not bring in Strickland. But….only if it gets to that…

  22. Roger Garrett

    Fairchild 3-4 tonight with his 7th homer.TySteve 2-4 so when do we see both players in the big leagues?Senzel doing his thing.Stay healthy please.

    • Old-school

      Pham needs to be traded

      Hes done all he can and adds nothing in july and unapologetically says hes is it in for his bank account

      • Roger Garrett

        Yep and soon.Low level prospect and we move on.

      • VaRedsFan

        I agree, but I don’t think anybody wants Pham

      • Indy Red Man

        Naquin too if they can get somebody they like. He’s good, but he’s always got leg issues and he’ll be mid 30s by 2024

  23. SteveO

    Showcasing Strickland before the trade deadline hoping he’ll pitch well to increase his trade value.

  24. Indy Red Man

    This ump? My God some of these guys are completely blind? Korean umps are 10x better

  25. AMDG

    It’s crazy the Reds’ “closer” has only 3 saves, a 1.66 WHIP, and an ERA over 5.00

  26. Bet on Red

    So close…..and yet so far away

  27. Jeff Morris

    Bell…..I TOLD YOU, it should have been Hoffman to close!

  28. SteveO

    Why was Solano not playing on the line to prevent the double? Single to left puts runners on first and second. Ugh!

  29. VaRedsFan

    Marte been missing sliders down and away all night…Strickland hangs one inner half

  30. LDS

    Quite evidently, Strickland is not a closer. I get momentarily optimistic and predict a victory, and Bell takes it away from me – again.

    • Indy Red Man

      Who’s your suggestion? Wasn’t like that double was hammered. Just a bouncer in the right place

      • LDS

        I think Hoffman maybe. Strickland hasn’t delivered since being named the closer

  31. JB

    And Bullpen blows another one for our starters.

    • Kevin H

      Not even mad at Bell. Who does he have. How many games is that this year. 5 games at least? They can still win of course, but at least 5 games

  32. VaRedsFan

    I’ve seen umps call that bouncer down the line foul 95% of the time…especially when the last bounce lands in foul territory.

    • Bet on Red

      agree that the umpiring has been suspect all night

  33. Beaufort Red

    Listening to the play by play is painful. It’s almost as if they self ordain a loss.

  34. Indy Red Man

    Needed both teams 3+ to win my parlay. Now its time for another Reds walkoff.
    Not sure why you burn Naquin here with 2 outs/nobody on? Gabp is a bandbox

  35. LDS

    That should do it. The bullpen difference is rather telling

  36. Joe P.

    That’s too good of a pitch to hit by Moreta on an 0-2 count to Smith.

  37. Indy Red Man

    Yeah why use anti-double shifting there? If Drury isn’t so far off the bag thats 3 unassisted? The 4th run shouldn’t be a killer, but the 5th one probably is

  38. Bet on Red

    well I have confidence we get the one run back……but this is just extending the game. Starting to get real annoyed by the lets go mets chants.

  39. Ryan

    .214 BA bests our 6.94 ERA stiff; who’d a thunk?

  40. Indy Red Man

    How confident are you we’ll get the 5 runs back?

  41. Indy Red Man

    Did i call it or what? Not a big shocker

  42. Joe P.

    When Moreta misses, he misses right down the middle in the heart of the plate.

    Just horrible pitching at the end of this one and a bad, bad loss.

    • Indy Red Man

      Last pitch to Marte was nasty. 88 mph change or split? 97 on the heater. These guys have arms, but just can’t pitch? Wild within the zone

      Never seen a kid center cut the plate like Greene. He’d clean people out at darts. Maybe should’ve been a QB

    • TR

      Sanmartin got it done in the 7th. and 8th. innings. Why not let him try to close it out in the 9th.?

  43. Indy Red Man

    Nimmo FA….get out the checkbook and give him a Castellanos deal

    • Greenfield Red

      Reds were to get him for Jay Bruce. Last second switch to Dilson Herera did not work out for the Reds.

  44. Daytonnati

    Weren’t we supposed to get Nimmo for Bruce at one time?

  45. Mark Moore

    I’m done. No more arson for me.

  46. Indy Red Man

    Brighter note….Stuart Fairchild 3-4 with a tying HR late and a walkoff sac fly too. He was one of the top 5 hitters in NCAA when he came out. Reds 2R pick. Deal Pham and/or Naquin and give him 200 at-bats! Naquin and Pham will both be middle-aged by the next good Reds team….unless Pham is killed in a fantasy football knife fight

    • JohnnyTV

      Time to play that guy.

      Of course, Bell will never do it.

      Reds haven’t had an outfield prospect since……

      Senzel doesn’t count as he was an IF prospect.

      I must say, in the midst of a miserable season (though I would attest the Driessen-Oester 100L Reds were a whole lot DULLER) seeing Senzel’s production over the last couple weeks has been enjoyable.

      I hope it continues.

      It’s like memories of Riverfront. Everything was great but the stadium itself….okay the plaza was great.

      It’s like the city itself….you pick and choose what you are able to enjoy.
      And there is plenty there.

  47. JohnnyTV

    This is the pattern: two games every night with the Reds:

    Innings 1-6 will be interesting, competitive.

    Innings 6-9 will be a horror show.

  48. LDS

    I see we’re back to the “leave him in until the game’s out of reach strategy”. Pittsburgh, sweep tomorrow?

  49. Mark A Verticchio

    Senzel not in the line up, I know it’s a doubleheader but I want to see him as much as possible.