After a blowout win last night, the Cincinnati Reds will look to guarantee at least a series split with a win tonight. They’ll send Hunter Greene to the mound. The Miami Marlins will turn to Pablo Lopez to try and even things up at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:

Miami Marlins

Cincinnati Reds

Joey Wendle – SS Jonathan India – 2B
Willians Astudillo – 2B Brandon Drury – 3B
JJ Bleday – CF Tommy Pham – LF
Avisail Garcia – DH Joey Votto – 1B
Lewin Diaz – 1B Mike Moustakas – DH
Bryan De La Cruz – RF Tyler Naquin – RF
Jesus Sanchez – LF Kyle Farmer – SS
Luke Williams – 3B Nick Senzel – CF
Jacob Stallings – C Michael Papierski – C
Pablo Lopez – SP Hunter Greene – SP


Starting Pitchers

Hunter Greene 90.1 5.78 1.35 40 113
Pablo Lopez 109.0 3.14 1.09 35 107
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Pablo Lopez’s Stats

Hunter Greene

It’s been an inconsistent rookie season for Hunter Greene. When he’s been on, he’s been unhittable. But at times this season he’s been quite hittable and he leads the league in home runs allowed.

Greene has pitched much better against lefties this season than righties. Left-handed hitters are hitting for a lot of power against him, and they draw walks at a better than average rate, but Greene has held them to a .778 OPS. Right-handed hitters, though, are doing a lot better. Most of the difference comes in the power department as they are slugging .528 against him. Righties walk less, but also strike out less, while hitting for a higher average.


RHH 197 45 9 0 13 16 53 .256 .325 .528
LHH 195 37 9 0 10 24 60 .222 .323 .455

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change
Velo 98.6 87.8 89.5
Usage 52.2% 42.6% 5.2%

Pablo Lopez

A pitcher you may not have heard much about, Pablo Lopez has a 3.21 ERA over the last three seasons in 50 starts. He’s been very good and he’s getting it done again this year. His splits aren’t that different overall with right-handed hitters having a 13 point advantage when compared to lefties. Lefties do hit for a little more power, while righties get a few more hits overall.


RHH 201 40 11 2 4 15 58 .221 .299 .370
LHH 239 44 10 2 8 20 49 .204 .276 .380

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Change Curve
Velo 92.8 92.9 88.4 87.2 80.1
Usage 38.5% 7.2% 12.5% 36.8% 4.9%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 76°, cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jonathan India would like his grand slam baseball

105 Responses

  1. LarkinPhillips

    Pham, Votto, Moose as 3-4-5….

    • ryan

      Well Barry did say last night that Joey is tinkering again with things

  2. Kevin H

    34-36 since their awful start. Something must be working.

    Seriously I do believe if Reds had a bullpen they would have 10 more wins at least. Like was mentioned though a day or so ago. Seems like this team or organization does poorly and then plays better after the season is basically over and no chance of a playoff spot. Why, who knows but it does seem to happen that way.

    • Oldtimer

      1970 Reds started 70-30 and finished 102-60. Finished 32-30 mostly in Riverfront.

      1973 Reds started 39-37 and finished 99-73. Finished 60-26 (thanks PH Hal King).

      1975 Reds started 20-20 and finished 108-54. Finished 68-34 (thanks 3B Pete Rose).

      1990 Reds start 33-12 and finished 91-71. Finished 58-59 (thanks Nasty Boys).

      • LDS

        Those teams all had a competent team manager. The same can’t be said of today’s Reds.

      • Jim t

        Yea that’s the difference between those teams and this one. LMBO!!

      • Votto4life

        The first three teams mentioned were chock full of hall of famers.

        I guess I am a sour puss, because I am just not buying that this team is much better than they were when they were 3-22.

        After that miserable start, the team has been playing under no pressure at all. It’s easier to play well when there are no expectations.

        We have seen it with this team in years past, they get off to a bad start, fall out of the race early, and play close to .500 the second half and we get all excited about the next season. The next season comes around and it’s rinse and repeat.

        The Bengals did that for a decade straight.

        Do I think this team is as bad as 3-22? No.

        Do I think they are a .500 team? Again no.

        They are somewhere is the middle. Probably a team with some luck could win 70-75 games. Without some luck, they are 21 games under .500.

      • LDS

        The Bell apologists here keep discounting the importance of good management, hiding behind roster disparities The 1970 Reds were hardly the BRM. The Phillies, the Blue Jays and other having fired underperforming managers this year. The nepotistic Reds just keep doubling down.

      • greenmtred

        Others have made the salient points, LDS, but I’ll add, as I have before, that when Sparky and Lou had bad teams, they had bad records. This blows your contention out of the water. You’ll keep repeating it, God knows why, and I’ll keep repeating this, God knows why. We’re both allowed to be tiresome.

  3. Old-school

    Ashcraft and Lodolo came off the break with strong performances. Greene had some time to
    Work on things. Its the Marlins. I think he bounces back.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    This lineup is out of current standards, as 3 RHH are opening followed by 3 LHH and finally 2 RHH and a SH….I think Bell is a little bit inflexible being stucked with Pham at 3rd spot and an overvalued Moose as 5th batsman

  5. Mark Moore

    Let’s see what Greene looks like, especially without TySteve calling him. And on that note, let’s see if Pap can put his issues from last night behind him. Good, bad, or indifferent he’s part of the catching crew.

    Just about time to Kick this Pig … or Minnow!!

  6. Mark Moore

    That shot of the near-empty stadium behind the guys during the pre-game is telling. I seriously doubt many Phish Phans are in the house tonight. Will be interesting to see the liar’s poker attendance number for the night.

  7. J

    No matter who’s pitching today, what the rest of the lineup looks like today, or who’s been hot or cold lately, Pham hits third. It’s hard to believe any serious person who’s actually giving any serious thought to the lineup would somehow wind up making this same decision each and every day.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. A little depressing that we have to witness this for at least a few more days. You have to figure somebody will need him, so he’ll move. But the batting 3rd is baffling. And it’s not due to long-term loyalty like our #4 hitter.

      • Daytonnati

        Bell must be afraid of jinxing Senzel by moving him up.

  8. Mark Moore

    I guess we won’t be facing Astudillo on the mound tonight. Loved that 40 MPH knuckle-ball.

  9. Mark Moore

    11 pitches … not a bad way to start.

    Let’s pick up right where we left off yesterday. I believe RoY needs a triple. He also needs the GS ball he hit, but that’s another story.

  10. Mark Moore

    And he whacks ball 4 the other way for a bleeder of a single. Great focus!

    • PTBNL

      Maybe Pham threatened to slap DB if he didn’t hit third in the lineup?

      • LDS

        Nah, all he’d have to do is remind Bell that he’s 34 and unlikely to make any club’s Hall of Fame.

    • Mark Moore

      Just checking to see if the eyeroll characters work


  11. Mark Moore

    Seems to me Joey is racking up the backwards K’s lately. I hope I’m wrong. I really do.

  12. Kevin H

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a batting order of India, Senzel, Solano and Drury clean up.

      • JohnnyTV

        If Bell is locked in with Slappy and JV where they are,
        I’d be happy with Senzel batting ninth.
        Then it would be Senzel, India, Drury often enough.

  13. Roger Garrett

    Just like last night Pham and Joey strikeout with India on second base.Maybe we score 11 and they get a single each after we get up by 5 or 6.I will take a repeat of that again but its so hard to watch sometimes knowing neither one of them should be hitting 3 or 4.Guess we play on.Solano should DH.Dude should never set and watch.

    • Roger Garrett

      My mistake Pham struck out with India on third.Never even made contact.

  14. Mark Moore

    OK, definitely a wild pitch, but Pap looks like he did last night just waving at that one instead of trying to block it.

  15. Roger Garrett

    We know Pham and Joey will play and we know the reason why they will play but Bell surely doesn’t believe he is putting the team first by hitting them 3 and 4.He needs to get his best hitters,not used to be but right now today,the most at bats.He hit Naquin lead off the other night and now he hits 6th tonight.No sense to the order.

    • Mark Moore

      If I scratch my head anymore due to DTBell’s lineup decisions, I’ll probably break my fingernails. Or go bald.

  16. Beaufort Red

    If I hear Sadak talk about another 100 mph pitch I’m gonna scream. Shows he doesn’t realize there’s a difference between a thrower and pitcher. We all know that but Sadak doesn’t I guess.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      Explain how Greene isn’t a pitcher and do it in detail that makes it very easy for us all to understand.

      • JohnnyTV

        I did see that Greene did throw a changeup in there.
        Went into the dirt but it is a noteworthy.
        A legacy of great Reds’ changeup pitchers from Soto to Castillo…two of the best.
        Would love to see Greene join that select club.

      • Beaufort Red

        Watch the difference between Greene and Castillo or even Lodolo. Pretty obvious.

  17. Mark Moore

    3M being 3M again … another hard eye roll

  18. Mark A Verticchio

    4 straight strike outs, come on boys.

  19. Mark Moore

    Sorry, guys. Those all look to be strikes. I know we love to rank on the HP Chumpires, but so far tonight, he’s getting it right (at least as I see it).

  20. Bet on Red

    Pham did actually bait that there nice work

  21. Roger Garrett

    Make that 5 straight and Farmer never swung.Lopez is good and his numbers say he is good so I would take a cut just for the heck off it.If they aren’t strikes then somebody get tossed for arguing.Do something other then watch.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m pretty sure I saw one for a 3rd strike. 91 MPH at the top of the zone. Froze the hitter.

      • Roger Garrett

        It only helps if they see another speed off the fastball other then the slider.Doesn’t even need to be a strike just down and at a different speed.Hunter is a work in process and all know he needs one more pitch as does Ashcraft.Promising future for both at 22 and 24 years old.

  22. Mark Moore

    Pham definitely has a good arm. Somebody needs that for the chase.

    • Roger Garrett

      Please somebody call the Reds and take him.

  23. Mark Moore

    Settled in nicely that inning. He owes Pham dinner somewhere nice. Here’s hoping we can get 6+ out of Hunter tonight.

    Time to get the bat off the shoulder and put the ball in play.

  24. Roger Garrett

    Aquino goes deep first time up tonight.Come on August 2nd.

      • Mark Moore

        Hit consistently. We know he can sometimes. But more and more it appears that magical first month was a mirage.

  25. Roger Garrett

    Well we did put it in play that inning.

  26. Mark Moore

    Another nice inning of work by young Jedi Greene

  27. JEB

    Glad the veterans in the 3 and 4 hole are taking a lot of pitches so Greene can rest.

  28. VaRedsFan

    Something going on with Senzel’s shoulder.

    • JohnnyTV

      He’s hitting on the button lately.

      Are you referring to his throwing?

  29. Roger Garrett

    Pitching duel is over but still like what Greene has done tonight.Work in process but its always baby steps with young pitchers.

  30. Mark Moore

    The two runs are my fault. I went for my evening walk (rain shortened).

    • Roger Garrett

      Well gets us 3 this at bat and all is forgiven.I skipped mine this morning and was going this evening but well you know.

      • Mark Moore

        I did my morning routine. Saw the most beautiful rainbow as I started. I was heading West and soon found out the rising sun was reflecting of the rain curtain coming in. I finished my 2 miles and was soaking wet.

  31. Mark Moore

    Nice AB by 3M to run it up to 9 pitches and them mash it over the fence.

  32. Roger Garrett

    Thats one so get us 2 more.Got to believe you can do it Mark.

  33. Mark Moore

    This AB should tell us how Senzel is really feeling.

    • Mark Moore

      Looked like he got a good swing at it. We shall see. That was some jam on his shoulder on that play.

    • JohnnyTV

      I’ll be honest, I never liked the move of Senzel to CF.

      Sure, he’s athletic and has good coverage, but he’s a brave bull out there, and the diving / wall or Pham or Naquin crashing is only going to shorten the man’s career.

      His brief tenure at 2B a couple years ago also saw him very productive at the plate.

  34. Roger Garrett

    ESPN says he lined out to short

    • Mark Moore

      SS made a pretty good play to snag that. A couple inches higher and it goes into LF for a single.

  35. Old-school

    I never dont watch the Reds

    But if Pham votto and Moose are playing in august and september hitting 3/4/5… i will change

    Hope is why you watch

  36. Roger Garrett

    Lets get Hunter through the 6th and call him done for today.Great point by JohnnyTV in that so far he hasn’t walked anybody.

  37. Bet on Red

    Not a bad start so far by Greene, lets see if the bats can pick up

  38. Roger Garrett

    Guess I should have not said anything about the walks but 1 in 6 innings with 7 strikeouts and only 2 runs is a good day for him.Lets pick up a couple and get him a win.

  39. Roger Garrett

    Pap takes two strikes and swings on one out of the zone.Just not a good at bat at all.No Kolo since he homered Saturday,now 3 games ago.I don’t know why guess it doesn’t matter but Pap has struggled the last 2 nights on defense.

  40. JohnnyTV

    Reds have a pair of sub .150 hitting catchers that Bell platoons LH / RH.

    That’s playing some razor thin odds.

    The bitmining of baseball analytics.

    • Roger Garrett

      I thought so too but the guy that pitched last night was lefty I believe.

  41. Roger Garrett

    That was not a good inning at all.

  42. VaRedsFan

    Lopez is hitting corners and edges with every pitch in his arsenal. Changing speeds….tough to barrel him up tonight.

    • Roger Garrett

      Guy is tough and has the stats to prove it.Let hope he makes a mistake or two and we can get him.

    • JohnnyTV

      Good point.

      Lopez is locating.

      Hunter Greene is spraying the ball right now.

      Interesting comparison.

      Greene’s slow growth this season has been highs and lows, but mostly very engaging to watch…particularly in such a dreadful summer.

      Time for Bell to get out the hook.

      But inheirited runners? The curse of this bullpen.

  43. Moon

    Lopez is mowing the entire Reds lineup down. But Papierski seems particularly overmatched.

  44. Roger Garrett

    Kind of surprised Greene was sent back out.Not up to me but was surprised.Like to see him go out on a high note and he may still.

  45. Roger Garrett

    Farmer is not my choice right here.So I will shut it down and go away.Bell knows what he is doing and well I hope it works.I just think you go with your best right here to keep it close and Farmer is again not my choice nor would I have sent Greene back out to start the 7th.

  46. Mark Moore

    Thanks, Buck. That should help.

    Now to chase Lopez and get into the Minnows’ bullpen.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Buck has been solid since the recall.

  48. Daytonnati

    I just like to say, “Buck Farmer”.

  49. Old-school

    Reds cant hit righties

    Last year Winker All star and destroyed righties. Votto top 5 OPS in mlb against righties

    Throw in naquin and india and stephenson and Castellanos and a tough lineup .

    This year Winker Gone
    Castellanos gone
    Votto .730 against righties
    Moose sub .650
    Incomplete line up

  50. LY

    For old time shake, good to see Billy steal a base, but let’s not go too far and steal your way to score, ok Billy? Keep it closed bullpen. Offense will come alive in the next 2 innings.

  51. Old-school

    Barry larkin delusional with his arrogant lectures. Hes saying Billy Hamilton speed changes the game. Guys a step different on defense because of a pinch runner

    No. Good starting pitching changes the game Barry . Marlins pitcher mvp of this game . Good hitters with plate discipline changes the game.
    Strike throwing bullpen arms change the game Barry

    Sadak and Larkin are worst announcers in team history

    Not even close

    • Mark Moore

      Speed is important IF he was able to get on base at a reasonable clip. But it’s nothing if the SP isn’t dialed in. Lopez was dialed in tonight. One PR by BHam meant nothing … not even a score.

      I loved Larkin as a player. As an announcer … I loved him as a player. Sadak is another matter entirely.

  52. Bet on Red

    I will say that this game is competitive

  53. LT

    That’s some good pitching by Farmer to strand Billy at 3rd.

  54. JB

    Why would you bat Senzel 8th and Papierski 9th? Let’s get the slowest runner on the team between Senzel and India. Maybe Bell knows Papierski won’t get a hit anyways.

  55. Mark Moore

    Shaping up to be a tough loss tonight. Too bad we couldn’t borrow a couple from last night’s beat-down.

    One more AB after we sit them down in their half of the 9th.

  56. JB

    You’re not going to win with 2 hits. To be down a run is incredible

  57. Bet on Red

    shame Greene did not deserve that loss

  58. LT

    Good game, just happened to be in losing end today. Go fry them fish tomorrow Reds.