The final game before the All-Star break may not happen  with thunderstorms set to roll through St. Louis all day long. But if the game does take place the Cincinnati Reds will look to avoid being swept. They’ll send Graham Ashcraft to the mound, while the Cardinals will counter with Steven Matz. First pitch is scheduled for 2:15pm ET. Update: The game has been postponed. It will be made up on September 17th as a part of a doubleheader

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

Jonathan India – 2B
Brandon Drury – 3B
Tommy Pham – LF
Joey Votto – 1B
Tyler Stephenson – C
Kyle Farmer – SS
Donovan Solano – DH
Nick Senzel – CF
Matt Reynolds – RF
Graham Ashcraft – SP Steven Matz – SP

As of 1:20pm ET the Cardinals still hadn’t released their lineup for the day. We’ll update this when they do.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Graham Ashcraft 54.2 4.45 1.35 12 32
Steven Matz 37.1 6.03 1.39 8 44
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s StatsSteven Matz’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

After a disastrous start to end June against the Cubs where he couldn’t make it out of the 3rd inning, Graham Ashcraft has pitched well the last two times out against the Mets and Yankees.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 117 38 6 0 4 6 15 .349 .393 .514
LHH 124 24 3 0 1 6 17 .209 .258 .261

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 96.8 97.4 85.9 90.0
Usage 18.2% 51.3% 29.4% 1.1%

Steven Matz

Two really poor starts have the ERA for Matz over 6.00, and he also missed five weeks from mid-May until late June before he returned for a minor league rehab stint. Today will be his first big league start since May 17th.

The lefty hasn’t faced many left-handed hitters this year, but when he has the hitters have gotten the best of that match up, hitting over .300 and showing a little bit of pop. Right-handed hitters aren’t getting on base a lot against him, but they are hitting for a solid .275 average and they are hitting for plenty of power, too.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 126 33 5 0 7 6 32 .275 .310 .492
LHH 38 11 2 0 1 2 12 .314 .368 .457

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 94.4 89.6 85.2 77.6
Usage 48.3% 3.2% 28.7% 19.8%

When and Where

  • Game time: 2:15pm ET
  • Where: Busch Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 78°, thunderstorms, 90% chance of rain

News and Notes

The 2022 MLB Draft

The draft begins tonight with rounds 1 and 2. It will continue on Monday with rounds 3-10 and finish on Tuesday with rounds 11-20. We’ll have all of the coverage you want to see with as much information as we can get on all of the draft picks over the next 72 hours at RedsMinorLeagues.com. We’ve got a preview with a bunch of information, including mock draft results, right here to get you ready for tonight’s 1st and 2nd rounds.

48 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    I’m watching Sam and Annie now. They are talking like the game will happen, but you can’t fight good old Mother Nature.

  2. Mark Moore

    Now they are showing exterior shots and the rain. Questionable first pitch and Annie says “don’t know” but I’d trust Nightengale’s report.

    • Jim Walker

      A blue seal Cardinals beat writer tweeted the same as Bobby,

      Gotta remember Annie and Sam’s producers don’t want everyone switching channels on them. And the “talent” themselves at this point only know what pops up in their ear or the laptop they use to monitor the active screen going over the air.

      Plus this is the pregame. It could have been recorded well in advance. For instance when I do a game thread/ preview here on RLN, most of it is written the night before and I am back in as the lineups drop to clean up changes and do timely updates.

      • Mark Moore

        Yep. I get it. It was all live and then Day confirmed it. Besides, any excuse to watch Annie …

  3. Mark Moore

    Day confirmed to Annie and Sam. No game today. Onward to the break!

  4. JB

    Bummer. No game today. What in the world am I going to do for the next few days. As bad as our Reds are, I still enjoy watching them. Have a good week everyone.

    • Mark Moore

      “Enjoy” is a bit of a loaded word at times, JB … 😀

  5. Joe P.

    Aww man. I was looking forward to watching Steven Matz. Lol

  6. PTBNL

    Nothing to do until the Reds make their 4 picks tonight after 7pm.

  7. Mark A Verticchio

    What will the rotation be next weekend? Need to start Castillo Saturday or Sunday, if he is still on the team. Most likely Ashcraft and Minor unless Mahle can go.

  8. Mark A Verticchio

    What will the rotation be next weekend? Need to start Castillo Saturday or Sunday, if he is still on the team. Most likely Ashcraft and Minor unless Mahle can go.

  9. LDS

    Excellent, a rainout. Now if the Cubs would lose to the Mets, the Reds would go into the All-Star break in 4th place. Better lucky than good has never been more on point than today. And I saw that Schrock was sent back down. What was the corresponding roster move?

    • Jim Walker

      All Nightengale’s tweet says is that Schrock was optioned after the rainout. A skeptic would guess there were benefits he would have received during the break as a member of the active roster that he won’t receive now by being on option. The Bats are also off until Friday after today, so the move was not to get him some PAs 😉

      • LDS

        Thanks. I guess the expectation is that Moustakas is back after the break and Schrock is expendable again.

      • Doug Gray

        They don’t have to pay him as much money.

      • JB

        Flea market Bob saving some more pocket change. Lord we are in trouble.

      • Jim Walker

        Thank you Doug for saying it in black and white. 😉

      • LDS

        That new CBA really solved the abuse of minor leaguers.

      • Jim Walker

        LDS, Well the minimum they have to pay a 40 man roster player on option did increase from around $80K (per season) to $114K. But the minimum base salary for active MLB players and MLB IL is just over $700K.

  10. Redsvol

    Someone mind telling me what Jake Cronenworth is doing in the All Star game over Brandon Drury. Boy, what did he do to the MLB managers. I hope he uses it to fuel a good 2nd half.

  11. John Ring

    Well, look at it this way. The Reds bullpen can use the rest and maybe someone, somewhere can teach them how to throw strikes.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      an this team go at least 29 and 42 the rest of the way to avoid 100 losses? I would like to say yes but I doubt it.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Justin Dunn gave up 5 in the first for Louisville. I was kind of excited to get him back. Was being the key word

    • LDS

      He’s not looking great in rehab thus far

    • Old-school

      Reds are going to have to pay for pitching. Yes- developing young pitching is important and there will be some guys that press forward… but maybe 5-6 . Others going to have to be a few external proven guys at the right price point at the right time . Now isnt that time

      • LDS

        Truthfully, if Krall doesn’t do any better than the ruinous Minor acquisition then don’t bother.

      • JohnnyTV

        The “Trade Mahle!” and “Trade Castillo!” was sounding more promising when the Reds’ young turks looked more promising.

        Buying pitching is always expensive and risky.

        Miley was a deal but they couldn’t make it work.

        Strailey was a find. Overton for a couple weeks.

        They’re not going to luck into anything any better than what they’ve already got.

        Plenty of Minors out there at the right price point.

        Or guys with bum shoulders “That we knew about when we traded for him…..”

        (Okay, of all the Bell inanities, that one ranks near the top.)

        I would bet the chances of the Reds even having spoken with Castillo or Mahle are about nil, given the Castellanos saga.

        Sign one or sign both.

        But don’t let both walk away and them go bargain hunting trying to find ‘innings nibblers’ to replace them.

        MLB is an expensive club, and nothing more expensive than pitching.

        Castellini can put a nickel surcharge on every tomato and zucchini he sells in the city and pitch it as “produce pitching” or something more clever.

  13. LDS

    Cubs won and Reds end the half in last place

    • Jim Walker

      Right where they deserve to be from the front office effort and also a lot of shockingly poor play on the field beyond that caused by lack of talent.

      Talking TOOTBLANs and not knowing how to run the bases. Lack of focus when trying to run the bases, Poor mental execution of basic defensive play. Tines when they looked like they would rather be somewhere else doing something else. And so on and so forth.

      • LDS

        Agreed. Easy to fix and no willingness to do so.

      • Mark A Verticchio

        Your right Jim, not that it matters but this team deserves to be in last place from ownership to the front office to the coaches and last but not least the players. I just don’t know how they are going to get better. I agree with Old-school they are going to have to go out and get some pitching via trades and or free agency. They may develop a few but that isn’t going well, even though there is some talent. As for position players for the next few years, I see 4 maybe 5 that look solid. India, Stephenson, Senzel, maybe Drury and hopefully EDLC. For those that say he is to young look at Juan Soto in 2019 he was 21 and that is how old he will be next year. Last, but not least, I don’t know what I am going to do until Friday and I am not talking about the games, it’s conversing with you guys. Hang in there fellow Reds fans.

      • JohnnyTV

        I’m going to roll out my ‘team psychology’ thesis once again.

        Not that it’s any more convincing than the first time, but I still think it holds come cred.

        Before the (non) ST the Reds offloaded: Gray, Miley, Castellanos, Barnhart, Suarez and Winker.

        Six guys, who from all explicit and tacit anecdotes, interviews and quotations were the glues that held the team together. They were the cheerleaders, the motivators, the activators, the friends, the role models.

        For all the chest beating about what Farmer’s role is with the team, multiple that by six and then subtract it from the overall team vibe and energy.

        That’s were the Reds were at in April

        Votto playing sluggishly?

        Who were his prime movers: Suarez and Winker and Castellanos.

        Certainly as a young turk, India did his job to light a fire under JV.
        But how many weeks was he out in the first half?

        Pitching unmotivated? What role did Gray and Miley play in the clubhouse? Hint: a big one.

        Add Barnhart…and Casali before.

        Anyone who has played a team sport knows that the intangibles are very very tangible.

        I’ll contend it had a huge influence on the 3-22 start. And continues.

        I know folks will say “They’re professional athletes who are getting paid millions and trades are part of the game and there’s no excuse for not performing no matter what!”

        Likely the same folks who road Votto into the ground years ago after his father passed and his performance curtailed.

        “Pete Rose always suxxxed it up!” Yeah, along with his PEDs.

        Six guys who were the heart and soul of this team were offloaded.

        It’s taken a long time for a team mentality and vibe to regenerate.

        Sorry, Tommy Pham is not going to be the one to rally around.

        This likely isn’t going to be a popular theory around here amongst the
        “The only thing thing that counts is performance!” crowd here.

        I’ve been a construction project manager my whole career. Sometimes it isn’t just about ‘performance’ and rolling heads that makes a (project) team work.

        Castellini and Krall blew that up last off-season to save a few bucks (which Krall went out and blew busting up a china shop.)

        I think the effects will be lingering for some time.

    • JayTheRed

      Good the owners deserve it. The players do not. They are putting as best an effort as they can.

      • Jim Walker

        Jay> We do not agree about the quality of the players’ efforts. IMO, the one thing any player can do is minimize mental errors, regardless of the level of his physical skills.

        I cannot recall when or even if I have ever seen a Reds team that day in and day out seemed unprepared mentally to play to the best of their given physical skills.

  14. Mark A Verticchio

    Some are saying the Reds just got the steal of the draft with 17 year old Cam Collier, wow, this team needs all the good news it can get.

    • Votto4life

      I look forward to seeing him in a Reds uniform in 2030.

      • Rednat

        exactly. the draft has become such a joke. hard to improve your team with the draft alone. And now the best established players in the league are too expensive so teams like the reds are basically doomed.

      • Indy Red Man

        I hate the current system and its getting worse, but did Atlanta have a bigger payroll last year then the Reds w/Bauer, Nick C., Sonny, Miley, Shogo, etc?

        With Acuna & Ozuna sidelined they definitely didn’t have the big star power names on the field.

    • TR

      There should be an opening by the time Cam Collier gets to the Bigs.

  15. William

    GM did well with the Reds first pick in the draft. I give credit where it is due. Maybe he is growing in the job. I can only hope.

    • Doug Gray

      The GM doesn’t make the draft picks.

      • Danny

        I am guessing this is incorrectly. I would tend to think the GM makes the final call on a first round pick- it’s just too important to the teams overall success.

        Now. In the lter rounds I think you might be correct, but in atleast round 1 the GM most likely has final say on who gets selected.

      • greenmtred

        Which is why the scouts–the guys who have actually seen the guys play and evaluated them–make the call. I very much doubt that Doug is wrong about this.