After losing the first two games of the series, the Cincinnati Reds will be looking to avoid a sweep this afternoon against the New York Mets. The Reds will send T.J. Zeuch to the mound as he makes his first start in the big leagues this season and the Mets will turn to Taijuan Walker to try and pick up their 73rd win of the season. First pitch is set for 1:10pm. The game is available on MLB Network this afternoon.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s contest:

Cincinnati Reds

New York Mets

Jonathan India – 2B Brandon Nimmo – CF
Nick Senzel – CF Francisco Lindor – SS
Kyle Farmer – DH Pete Alonso – 1B
Joey Votto – 1B Daniel Vogelbach – DH
Donovan Solano – 3B Jeff McNeil – 2B
Albert Almora Jr. – RF Tyler Naquin – RF
Jake Fraley – LF Mark Canha – LF
Jose Barrero – SS Luis Guillorme – 3B
Michael Papierski – C James McCann – C
T.J. Zeuch – SP Taijuan Walker – SP

Starting Pitchers

T.J. Zeuch (AAA) 41.2 7.34 1.87 21 46
Taijuan Walker 104.1 3.45 1.19 28 80
Links: T.J. Zeuch’s Stats | Taijuan Walker’s Stats

T.J. Zeuch

When the season began for T.J. Zeuch he was in Triple-A with Memphis as a part of the Cardinals organization. His stay didn’t last long there as he allowed 39 hits and 26 runs in 19.1 innings before his release in late May. The Reds signed him shortly after and sent him to Arizona where he made a few appearances before being moved to Triple-A Louisville. Once he joined the Bats he seemed to be a different pitcher than the one he was with Memphis and has posted a 3.63 ERA in 22.1 innings while getting back to being a ground ball pitcher. In his final outing in Louisville last week he struck out a career best 12 batters.

Splits (Triple-A in 2022)

RHH 100 23 3 0 4 10 36 .256 .330 .422
LHH 106 36 7 1 4 12 18 .391 .462 .620

Taijuan Walker

The splits for Walker are noticeable. Both righties and lefties don’t pick up many hits – both are hitting in the .240’s, but lefties walk significantly more often and they are hitting for a lot more power, too. Righties haven’t been able to do much against him this season in any capacity with a low average, low walk rate, and very little power.


RHH 269 61 11 0 4 13 45 .241 .286 .332
LHH 159 35 7 1 5 15 35 .245 .321 .416

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Curve Splitter
Velo 93.8 92.9 88.6 85.0 74.9 88.9
Usage 30.0% 9.7% 6.8% 17.5% 7.6% 28.3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:10pm ET
  • Where: Citi Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, MLB Network (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 872°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Ryan Hendrix to Triple-A

The Reds officially called T.J. Zeuch up this morning so he could start today’s game. That meant they would need to create a roster spot, which led to the team optioning reliever Ryan Hendrix back to Triple-A Louisville.

87 Responses

  1. VaRedsFan

    Senzel can’t throw that to 3rd

  2. JB

    Doug you have the temperature at 872°. Is that a misprint? Stay hydrated!

  3. Indy Red Man

    Nimmo to score cashed again, but that should’ve been it. Lindor clearly took strike 3, but the ump missed it. Its hard enough for the little guys to compete, but then the umps disregard them too. Robo umps!! I’m 1000% for it!

  4. GreatRedLegsFan

    Barrero with 12 K in his first 21 AB, I hope he’ll right the ship.

    • Mark Moore

      At some point you can’t write things off to the hamate surgery

  5. Mark Moore

    A little late to the party today. I see I missed what has become the typical 2-run hole to the Metros this week.

    I’m ready for the Stupid Cubs and the corn field at this point.

  6. Daytonnati

    That hit looked like vintage Joey.

  7. Mark Moore

    And we’re watching some BP today. That’s a HUGE hole we’ve excavated and filling it in plus getting to a lead will be challenging at best.

  8. A Former West Sider

    4-0 in the 2nd…

  9. Chris

    So with all this hoopla surrounding Barrera and his defense; he’s not looking very impressive thus far. Not anywhere to be found on a cutoff, and now completely fans on a line drive that should have been caught. That isn’t so good when matched up to 12 K’s in just 21 AB’s.

      • Chris

        Of course he did. If I bash a player, he’s going to hit. Works every time. 🙂

      • JB

        Keep it up brother , we are counting on you.

  10. Chris

    Mets announcers bashing Bell for hitting for Barrera last night. Yes, I think there is concern with Barrera, but hitting for him with everything that is going on last night, was just foolish. No surprise coming from Bell though.

    • Lt

      I have, for the most part, been defending Bell, but the move last night pinchhitting Lopez for Barrero was insensible. I understand that he needs to win games to keep his job, but Lopez for Barrero?

      • VegasRed

        Bell doesn’t have to win games to keep his job—-Clearly!
        And that is a big part of the problem because he’s never won anywhere and won’t, With his nonsense.

    • burtgummer01

      Pinch hitting for him is fine but not sure I’d use Lopez

  11. Beaufort Red

    Who did we get for Naquin? Either way he says thank you Mr Krall

  12. JB

    Here I thought Zoinks era of 22.60 couldn’t get any worse and he showed me for doubting him. Never again Mr. ZOINKS.

  13. Mark Moore

    Nice hustle by the Farm Dawg and a good piece of hitting by Joey.

    • Daytonnati

      This is no place for positivity, Mark 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        Thanks for the reminder. I’ll dial it back … 😀

  14. LDS

    Zeuch, another amazing acquisition from dumpster diving.

  15. Mark Moore

    Feels a little better to get a couple of them back. Now to go an inning where THEY don’t score on us. May be a tall order.

  16. Melvin

    The bat of Stephenson is really missed in this lineup.

  17. Hanawi

    This series has been one of just but being able to get the hit when needed. So many LOB.

  18. Melvin

    I think it’s safe to say Naquin likes playing for the Mets.

  19. Melvin

    Not a good play by Barrero or Votto there unfortunately.

    • Kevin H

      Nope barrero made the throw. His job is to throw the ball. Not Votto job.. LOL

      All kidding aside what happened. I am on gameday so I don’t see it

      • Melvin

        Barrero had no chance of getting the runner and bounced it. Votto should have gotten his body in front of it but instead tried to scoop it when again there was no chance.

    • VaRedsFan

      With nobody on, Votto can try to scoop. With a guy at 3rd, he had to know the batter was going to be safe…Come off the bag…save your SS an error and team a run.

      • Chris

        It doesn’t matter if anyone is on base or not. Runner had already passed through the base, get off the darn bag. I love Votto, but despite the one GG (who knows how he got that) he’s always been a bad defensive 1st baseman.

      • VaRedsFan

        And no….Barrero shouldn’t have even attempted a throw.

  20. Chris

    I love listening to Keith Hernandez. He breaks down a lot of stuff, and makes no bones about lousy play. Just ripping the Reds for bad baseball.

    • Kevin H

      Yes, cause I am sure Keith Hernandez never made bad baseball decision’s in his career. He should probably worry about the team he announces for.

      • VaRedsFan

        He won 11 gold gloves…he knows what he’s talking about.

      • Chris

        Might be the best defensive 1st baseman who ever played the game, but okay.

    • Newman

      “Keith Hernandez??? I despise Keith Hernandez!!!”

    • VaRedsFan

      Agree about Hernandez…love when they play the Mets so I can hear their broadcast. Ron Darling, when he did games too.

  21. Kevin H

    Saw the play on video. Barrero needs to not throw the ball. He had no chance and left Votto out to dry. Bad play there by Barrero.

    • VaRedsFan

      Votto could have erased the Barrero error if he just used common sense baseball IQ

    • Chris

      True, Barrero never should have thrown the ball, but I’m not sure how you can suggest she left Votto out to dry. What does that even mean? You mean he forced Votto to have to make a decision that he clearly should have known what to do, like get off the bag and block the ball?

  22. Pablo

    After the Field of Dreams game it’s onto football season fulltime (but will root for the Seattle Reds to stomp the Yanks)

    • LT

      8 innings o run. Castillo is taking his game to the next level.

  23. Mark Moore

    yeah … this isn’t fun to watch anymore today. off to the Iowa Cornfield and the Stupid Cubs.

    Later, y’all!

  24. Melvin

    Hmmm. Bases loaded, not outs. Doesn’t look good.

  25. Melvin

    At least we got an out in all that mess. Never mind giving up two runs with two outs to go.

  26. Melvin

    Mets showing their superiority over the Reds today.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Bell warming up the closer (Detweiler) in a 10-2 game

  28. LT

    There is no shame losing to the Mets. I am glad it’s not a 4 game series though. Facing Degrom? Yuck

  29. Roger Garrett

    Just saw enough of the bottom of the 6th to say we are just awful.Lack of effort by Barrero on the line drive is followed by Votto just falling as he attempts to do whatever he was trying to do as the ball goes by him.Won’t watch this type of effort.Reds are not trying just going through the motions.I would pull them both.

    • LDS

      When does Bell and the coaches start getting the blame for lackadaisical performance and poor fundamental baseball?

  30. LDS

    Alright, little league time. Start handing out the participation trophies.

  31. Old-school

    Look at the bright side. Reds pitchers only had to cover 8 innings 3 days in a row.

  32. TR

    Not an impressive Reds debut for Zeuch.

    • Moon

      He was Mike MInor in June without the 10 M salary

  33. Old-school

    Reds will be 44-66 after this game , an even .400 winning percentage with 52 games left. Thats a 65-97 projection and finishing 21-31 if they maintain .400 winning percentage. With Mahle and Castillo gone as well as Drury and bad bullpen and no offense, 21-31 may be a stretch.

    • Moon

      Reds schedule is not that tough the rest of the year. But with the trades they made at the deadline, and the numerous injuries, the current team they are putting out on the field is truly a bad one. They play 8 games over 6 days in Sept. It will be interesting to see how Bell handles that with the pitching staff with his philosophy of using 5-6 pitchers a game. We may end up with Votto pitching a few innings.

      • Moon

        He was Mike Minor in June without the 10 M salary

      • LDS

        The Reds schedule last year wasn’t 5hat tough and we saw how that worked out.

  34. LarkinPhillips

    It’s obviously such a little thing, but why did Reynolds replace India and Lopez replace Votto in the 7th. Very odd to switch them in that manner considering Lopez went to second in place of India and Reynolds to first to replace Votto.

    • Old Big Ed


      Maybe because they were down 8 runs, India is banged up, Votto is 38 years old, the team has been on the road for 11 days, and it was hot in New York this afternoon?

      • Old Big Ed

        Does it matter which guy hit in India’s spot?

      • burtgummer01

        There are a couple posters that do nothing but whine about Bell,while ignoring what the front office has done to the team.They’re better left ignored

      • LarkinPhillips

        My point was that it intentionally made sure Reynolds hit in the 9th. I was okay with giving India and Votto the time off. Just weird to not do a direct substitution and to invert the players to intentionally give Renolds an AB and not Lopez.

        Also, burtgummer, I am not one that criticizes Bell nonstop. I even started that out as saying it’s a very minor thing. Just a weird quirky substitution.

  35. JB

    I’m not sure I need to see anymore this year. I’ve got alot of stuff to do before winter. This team is not good.

    • TR

      I don’t expect much the rest of the season after the trades and changes. With the Reds now stocked farm system, I’ll expect some positive moment after next years Spring Training.

  36. Mark A Verticchio

    For the first time all year I am ready to quit watching. Might watch the field of dream game, don’t know why, and when they play the Cardinals. The truth is they are at least 2 years away from respectability and as long as Bell is around that number goes up. Met’s announcers hit hard on Reds fundamentals and lack of effort, that must fall squarely on Bell. Today may have been the worst game they played all year. So sad.

    • Chris

      Agree. This was just sloppy play. Also, I’m just not sure about Barrero. This kid seems pretty cocky, as if too many people have told him he’s good. Not sure I’m seeing the effort from a kid who has tons of talent, and tons of talent on his heels who are looking to leap-frog him.

  37. LT

    I said it before this team is built to lose 2 out of 3 games, so I am not upset when they lose, rather cheer when they win no matter what bad decisions Bell makes.