T.J. Zeuch will be looking to rebound from his 2022 debut tonight as the Cincinnati Reds aim to even the series up against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight after dropping the series opener on Monday night. Kyle Gibson will be the Phillies starter tonight as he hopes to help give Philadelphia a guaranteed series win. First pitch is set for 6:40pm.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:

Philadelphia Phillies

Cincinnati Reds

Bryson Stott – SS Jake Fraley – DH
Rhys Hoskins – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Alec Bohm – 3B Kyle Farmer – 3B
Darick Hall – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Nick Castellanos – RF Albert Almora Jr. – CF
Jean Segura – 2B Aristides Aquino – RF
Brandon Marsh – CF TJ Friedl – LF
Garrett Stubbs – C Jose Barrero – SS
Matt Vierling – LF Michael Papierski – C
Kyle Gibson – SP T.J. Zeuch – SP

Jonathan India is back in the lineup and he’s hitting second for the first time in his career. Almost all of his playing time has come out of the leadoff spot, with one plate appearance in the 3rd and 5th spots, then between 10-59 plate appearances in the spots between 6th and 9th in the lineup.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
T.J. Zeuch 4.0 13.50 2.00 2 4
Kyle Gibson 121.2 4.29 1.18 34 91
Links: T.J. Zeuch’s Stats | Kyle Gibson’s Stats

T.J. Zeuch

The first start in the big leagues this season for T.J. Zeuch didn’t go well. He gave up six runs on six hits, two walks, two hit batters, and a home run in 4.0 innings as the Reds got blown out by the Mets 10-2 last week.

In his time in the minors this season left-handed hitters have crushed him. In limited action in the big leagues, lefties have hit .329/.440/.488 against him. During his time in the minors this season he pitched solidly against righties, and in the majors in his career they’ve hit .239/.298/.485 against him – showing plenty of power, but not a ton of hitting or walking.

Splits (Triple-A)

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 100 23 3 0 4 10 36 .256 .330 .422
LHH 106 36 7 1 4 12 18 .391 .462 .620

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 93.4 87.1 83.0 81.7
Usage 58.0% 14.0% 20.6% 7.3%

Kyle Gibson

After a rough start on July 2nd where he allowed four home runs, Kyle Gibson has been quite good of late. In the six starts since he’s posted a 2.89 ERA while allowing just two home runs in 37.1 innings.

His splits are interesting. Not shown below are his home and road splits where he’s got a higher ERA on the road (4.73 to 4.03) despite allowing far more home runs at home. What is shown below is that while the results in the end wind up similar against both righties and lefties, he gets there differently. Lefties walk more often and make far more contact, but they also hit for a lower average by 20 points – which is also the difference in the slugging percentage.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 277 63 10 0 9 16 60 .247 .300 .394
LHH 228 46 8 2 6 18 31 .227 .304 .374

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.8 91.2 88.9 83.2 84.3 79.0
Usage 13.2% 28.5% 21.7% 20.1% 10.0% 6.6%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 79°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

TJ Friedl in, Donovan Solano out

The Reds called up TJ Friedl this afternoon to take the spot of Donovan Solano on the roster after he was placed on the paternity list. Friedl was then put right into the starting lineup.

137 Responses

  1. Bet on Red

    Congrats to Solano, obviously not mad not to see him for the next few days for that reason, but even better news, India is back

    • Mark Moore

      Apparently he wasn’t thinking far enough ahead about 9 months ago. Or he didn’t realize he’d be the #1 hitter on whatever team would sign him. 😀

      Congratulations, Donnie Barrels!

  2. Mark Moore

    Zeuch aside (who knows what we’ll see), I’d love to see India get the chance to advance Fraley on the basepaths. Hoping his little layoff helps him to focus and not press so hard.

    Let’s Kick some Phanatic Pig tonight!!

  3. Old-school

    Sounds like Senzel is back soon but I like Bell giving the 4OF’s reps with Fraley at DH.

    Fraley is certainly trending up and his OBP and plate discipline separates him. He also hits left handed which is a major weak spot.

    I ‘d like to see the Reds transition the OF in 2023. DFA Aquino. .190 BA and .221 OBP and 4% BB rate and 42% K rate at age 28 is enough.

    Sign hometown hero Andrew Benintendi to a 3 year deal for 2023-25. He has elite BA and bat to ball skills and elite OBP and a GG left fielder with speed. Reds have $$ and Akiyama is off the books. Fraley platoons in right 75% of the time as a young cheap lefty bat OF with good OBP with upside and some pop. Senzel stays in CF with Almora as a righty plug-in everywhere. Give Freidl some more reps.

  4. Mark Moore

    3 balls, 2 strikes, 1 cookie …

    And now the HP Chumpire is going to squeeze him? That’s a formula for success.

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    What can we expect from Zeuch tonight? If the Reds offense can score more than 6 runs maybe there is a chance to win tonight…

  6. Mark Moore

    It’s fun watching Pap try and throw out a runner … NOT!

    • SteveAreno

      How can a veteran catcher like Austin Romines not be the primary catcher? It’s so baffling from a coaching standpoint. It’s like Pap has something on the GM.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Pregame said that Hunter Greene will throw a bullpen on Sunday. It also showed Greene giving out cleats to the youth.
    He’s such as great, mature young man. Really hope he has a great career in Cincy.

  8. Mark Moore

    I’d chalk that up as another DRS for Jose. Really hope he can settle in at the plate and hit a little bit. I know there are 3,000,000 SS prospects waiting in the wings, but August/September 2022 is his opportunity.

    • Bet on Red

      I notice that everyone’s inflation of numbers of Legit SS prospects increases every day

      • gusnwally

        If I have said it once, I have said it 10 million times. STOP EXAGGERATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. VaRedsFan

    Which one of the pitching gurus is in charge of a plan to hold runners on? So many stolen bases where the catcher has no chance.

    • Mark Moore

      Combine that with Pap having a noodle for an arm and that’s a predictable result.

    • SteveAreno

      Yes, the catcher has a chance, but not a very good one at all compared to Romines

  10. Mark Moore

    I like Fraley. I like his bat control and plate discipline.

  11. Old-school

    Jake Fraley easy line drive to left center. More of this.

  12. Mark Moore

    Hmmm … I thought he snuck his hand in under the tag.

    • JB

      I did as well but Bell will challenge something when they are 5 runs down.

  13. Roger Garrett

    First India and then Farmer never made contact.

  14. Mark Moore

    Block it … block it … block it!

    Same saying “tough hop” but that he needed to either back up or be aggressive. The sideways move obviously didn’t cut it.

  15. Mark Moore

    Yep … walk the #8 guy … that’s also a great strategy.

  16. Old-school

    Votto looked really old on that error. Lower body didn’t work.He’s already easily the worst 1b in MLb on Fangraphs fWAR. It will be interesting to see how things look objectively at the end of the season. I say keep hitting him 4th and playing 1b every day the rest of 2022 and let the chips fall where they may.

  17. Mark Moore

    The rain from the CF camera is baffling … now it’s hitting the rest of the ballpark … all through the sunshine.

    😮

    • Harold

      Lowest batting averages I have seen in a long time. The bats are in AAA I guess or maybe not. We will lose more than 100 games. Pitiful team. We do have some talent in the minors. HOPE we can make some additions over the winter.

  18. JB

    Votto error changed to a hit. Home cooking at its finest.

  19. Jim Walker

    Zeuch on the ragged edge at best, seems to have been undone by the Votto Olé.

    But good. A nice recovery by Zeuch to emerge unscathed. For a second or two there, I thought Z was going to run that ball over to 1st himself rather than trust Votto to catch a toss.

  20. Roger Garrett

    I am beginning to agree Old-school and after last night’s performance by Votto,which i felt would get some kind of reaction by Bell or the Reds its just sad.Unless a sore back or leg force him down or out we will watch Votto just fade away.

    • Old-school

      No one can tell Votto it is time except him.
      Hes hitting .207 with an OPS now at .695 and
      terrible defender and 1% speed.

      He has earned the right when to say “No Mas”.

      Reds are paying him $32 million more after this year no matter what and in last place.

      Very sad.

      Jay Bruce and Lorenzo Cain were 2 great players who literally retired mid-season. Teams paid them there contracts.

      • Jim Walker

        Do you think it would do any good if the Reds had ARod give him a call?

        Didn’t he just basically say No Mas, I can’t be myself anymore so I won’t play anymore?

        That would be a guy of similar or greater stature saying it happens to us all

      • LDS

        Only Votto can decide to retire – that’s true. But, a good manager would tell him that he isn’t starting anymore. That’s part of the manager’s job. I guess Bell doesn’t have what it takes to bench a Reds legend.

      • Old-school

        No one can tell votto what to do.
        Hes got $32 mil more coming and has earned the right to finish on his terms … at least until Memorial day of next year

  21. Roger Garrett

    Votto never made contact and goes down looking.Never thought he would go out this way

    • JB

      Instead of “Punisher” they should call him slider. God knows he can’t hit one.

      • LT

        Reds players, in general, are not good at hitting off speed or breaking pitches

      • Mark Moore

        Can’t hit them, can’t lay off them.

  22. Jim Walker

    That was about as a pathetic of a 3K inning by an offensive team I have ever seen when the pitcher wasn’t a lock HOFer in waiting.

  23. Roger Garrett

    Five straight punch outs and nobody even made contact.Time for me to go and go for good on this season.

      • Daytonnati

        Tell me where you guys are going so I can join you 🙂

  24. Mark Moore

    And we’re into BP time. A Blastellanos to entertain all.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m thinking the evening walk is in order pretty soon. And I won’t take the game audio with me at this rate.

  25. RedsGettingBetter

    Always the Reds pitchers allowing homers and homers in the GABP…

  26. Mark Moore

    6 K’s for Cy Gibson so far (hard eye roll)

  27. Old-school

    Where can I get my Jake Fraley jersey?

    • Mark Moore

      They’ll make one up for you if you ask 😀

      • Mark Moore

        They’ll pay you to take one, you know.

      • Old-school

        Put it up with your Dan Bilardello jersey

  28. LarkinPhillips

    Fraley is starting to look like a lot more than just a throw in piece from that trade.

  29. Mark Moore

    Followed by a RoY bomb!!

    I may have to put the audio on my phone for my walk after all.

    Hope Marsh is OK. He’s in obvious pain there.

  30. JB

    You can pencil Fraley into the starting lineup every day. He is light years ahead of all other outfielders.

    • Mark Moore

      May be a classic late bloomer. He’s 27, right?

  31. Bet on Red

    I am just saying Fraley might be one of the guys going forward. India with the back to back. Player hurt

    • Mark Moore

      He’s pretty hobbled even though he’s on his feet.

  32. Mark Moore

    Looks like his ankle to me from the way he’s limping back in.

  33. Mark Moore

    All this with 2 outs. Now if Joey can just get off the schneid.

  34. JB

    It’s time to retire Jolene. It’s not working.

    • LT

      Reds have no one else to play first base? Single A, AA?

    • Daytonnati

      Barry better watch his back, Davis is very good.

      • Melvin

        Not saying he should necessarily, but if Larkin ever managed Davis would be on his coaching staff.

  35. don moore

    Breaking news: Dolly Parton has just requested that Joey Votto refrain from using her song for his walk on.

    • Melvin

      Haha I don’t understand using it anyway.

  36. LDS

    So glad the Reds dumped Mahle and picked up Zeuch. That’s working out really well. Let’s see them try Williamson. Can’t really be worse.

  37. Bet on Red

    I am seeing Z as a victim of the necessary offseason cuts

    • Mark Moore

      Yeah. He’s not the long guy in the pen either. That’s more likely to be Dunn.

  38. Mark Moore

    It’s my fault. I took the game with me on my walk instead of just listening to the sound of silence. Sorry, folks.

  39. LDS

    Reds at the plate four times so far – 8 SOs and no walks. Really not a winning strategy.

  40. Erik the Red

    Do we have a pitcher that has any movement on their pitches? Just watching this is torture. The Votto swan song should be categorized in the Blues section.

  41. Mark Moore

    Thrall and Sam were giving Gibson’s stats while I was out. Guy sounds pretty durable.

  42. Mark Moore

    Pap surprises us by squeezing out his first career double.

  43. SteveAreno

    Detwiler got out of that horrible mess he was put into pretty well. Somebody tell coach he can pitch two innings. Done it many times for other teams.

  44. RedsGettingBetter

    Zeuch can’t be a starter, he can’t continue in the rotation please, with Minor and Dunn is enough to be embarrassed frequently…It isn’t necessary to have him wasting time eventually Minor is there because the $10MM and Dunn should be seen because he was a top prospect but Zeuch doesn’t make sense to part of

  45. Redsvol

    Bell is in a tough spot with this starting rotation. He is expected to be careful with the rookies arms yet he has no veterans to absorb innings at a competent level. Zeuch is not triple A material much less major league. Unless they make a minor league trade (which I think they should) there is no-one coming off the DL anytime soon. We’re going to wind up chewing up what remains of our terrible bullpen.

    Dugger – maybe late August?
    Overton – maybe early September?
    Greene – who knows.
    Good grief, what a spot to be in. We need to designate a minimum of 2 40-man players and bring a AAA starter in.

  46. Earmbrister

    Indiana needs to hit a grand slam here. I’ve seen him do it before (but with more men on base).

    • Earmbrister

      DYAC

      India! The country not the state.

  47. PTBNL

    If Joey goes hitless in his next 11 at-bats, he dips below the Mendoza line.

  48. VaRedsFan

    If India keep holding his bat out there on check swings, he will be rung up every time. Snatch it back. Brandon Phillips was the best at it.

  49. Old-school

    Votto looks like Pete Rose at age 41

    Roll over weak ground balls to 2nd base.

    This is painful

    • VaRedsFan

      At age 41 Rose batted .271
      At age 44 he batted .264
      Not until he turned 45 did he bat .219

      • Old-school

        That doesnt make me feel better VA.

  50. Mark Moore

    3 innings, 3 runs … no problem 😮

  51. Votto4life

    It’s not reflected in the standings yet, but,
    since the trade deadline, I have to think the Reds are now the worst team in Major League Baseball.

    It will be interesting to see how many teams end up losing 100 games. The Reds and Pirates are having a race to the bottom in the NL Central.

    • Redsvol

      for me I don’t see anything magical about the 100 loss barrier – 90 losses, 100 losses, what’s the difference. I simply want to see some individual improvement by certain players. Unfortunately, many that I wanted to see are injured. But the next 40 games will at least show which of Aquino, Fraley, Senzel, Almora and Friedl deserve playing time in 2023 and a spot on the 40 man.

      • Earmbrister

        Yeah, I’ve been on the edge of my seat to see whether we lose 100 games or not.

        Who the heck cares? You don’t trade away two frontline starters and expect an improvement in the win column.

        Hunter Greene’s injury didn’t help the rotation, but again, who cares? Is it really important to finish ahead of the Bucs and the Cubs?

        Figure out who may be a useful player going forward and enjoy the breakthroughs.

        Tonight it’s the bearded ones, Farley and Farmer.

      • MadMike

        The teams with the 3 worst records have the best draft lottery odds. Nats and A’s probably have two spots locked down. So, it is a race between the Reds, Tigers, Cubs, Pirates and Royals for third place.

        With all of the puzzling decisions the Reds have made, it sure looks like the team is actively trying to lose, so might as well embrace the tank.

      • Votto4life

        I think if any of those guys are starting next season it’s problematic.

        Aquino and Almora Jr. have been released twice each. Senzel has been given ample opportunity to establish himself as a starting major league outfielder and is a starter only by default. I don’t know a lot about Farley, but Friedl hasn’t been very impressive.

        The reality is of course, two and maybe even three of those players will be starting next year.

        You’re right, 100 losses is just an arbitrary number, but I am sure David Bell is anxious to avoid having a 100 loss season on his managerial record. Not that he is likely to ever to manage again, at least at the major league level.

      • Votto4life

        Earmbrister, no need to comment if you don’t care. However, a team’s record is usually considered an important factor when it comes to evaluating it’s performance. But by all means, stay focus on the real important issues facing this team, like whether Aristide Aquino is showing any progress at age 28.

      • David

        @ Redsvol

        I think Fraley is actually impressing some people now. Not sure if it will last, but I think he is on next year’s squad.
        Aquino has so much raw power, but…HE CAN’T MAKE CONTACT. I don’t know what the answer is.
        Friedl has no power to speak of. And his BA is pretty low. Don’t see even the glimmer of a reason to keep him.
        There may be a few older “bench player” types (with other teams) the Reds will sign and plug in next winter/spring. Depending on how many openings there are on the 40 man. Not many, I think.
        I have to think Steve Steer starts with the Reds next spring. I have to think Williamson gets a shot at being in the rotation.
        Zeuch, Dugger, Minor all will be gone. Strickland gone. Probably a few others. Don’t know if they bring back Solano, although he has been good, he is 34. Papierski is gone.

    • Votto4life

      The Reds 2022 season will likely be characterized by a terrible start, followed by a good stretch of nearly .500 ball, and finally a terrible finish.

  52. Jim Walker

    It is often a fool’s errand to try and figure out what someone else is thinking but FWIW, a short take on Votto.

    Maybe believes he has one more strong spurt/ surge left in him. He wants to get on that surge and ride it as far as it will go. Then as he senses the pitchers catching up with him, he walks away on top.

    • Old-school

      1235 game tomorrow. He will absolutely be rested.

      The 7 day/15 day/30 game splits are awful. OPS at .691

      • Jim Walker

        I wouldn’t bet he will be rested unless they bite the bullet on Senzel and get another body in.

        The Tweet I saw from Charlie at the Enquirer did not seem overwhelmingly optimistic on NS. It had Bell saying maybe tomorrow (Wednesday) or Friday or that it could turn out to be longer.
        And India is still hobbling despite the HR and could be a no go on the short turnaround.

        They could send Schrock to the 60 day IL, Senzel to the 10 day and bring back Colin Moran. He has cooled somewhat now but had a couple of good months at AAA.

    • Jim

      He is at the Bottom now.
      And has been for a while.
      How long does he hang on while hurting the Reds!!!

      • Earmbrister

        What is he hurting? Did we miss the playoffs because he hasn’t hit? Is he blocking a 1B prospect?

      • LDS

        Who’s he hurting? Himself for one and his legacy. The team for another. And starting him in the #4 slot everyday destroys what little credibility Tinker Bell has.

      • Earmbrister

        Not buying that he’s hurting himself or his legacy. It’s not like he’s the first player that tailed off at the end of a very long and successful, if not HOF career.

        And how exactly is he hurting the team?

    • Bill J

      You mean like last years 9 homers in 7 games. The problem is when he does it he thinks he can do it again if he keeps trying.

  53. Mark Moore

    That’s it for me tonight. That’s beyond too deep of a hole.

    Catch some of you tomorrow afternoon for the getaway game.

  54. Old-school

    Reds clinching a 95 loss season.

    • Earmbrister

      And it’s such a disappointment that they didn’t lose 93 games …

      Not to concerned about this year’s record, let’s find a player or two to improve next year’s standing.

      • LDS

        I agree. But that means calling up some more minor league players and ditching some dinosaurs

      • Old-school

        yes and no. I’m all for rebuilding and getting the highest draft pick. But there is something symbolic and very real for Castellini if this team loses 100 games or passes the 1982 team. That would eliminate Bell as a manager and crush the Castellini ‘s after the “where ya gonna go” Opening day fiasco. 60-102 would shake up the franchise at every level.

      • LDS

        Old-school, you’re being an optimist. The only thing that’ll shake this ownership group is if fans quit coming to games AND quit subscribing to the regional media packages. No way to really squeeze his produce business.

      • LDS

        Call up Cedrola, Williamson, EDLC – don’t really care. Just flush the deadwood off the 40

      • David

        @ Old School.

        Yes, there is something symbolic about the Castellini era team losing over 100 games (lead pipe cinch, now). After all the big talk about winning and a winning atmosphere, they are the worst Reds team in over 40 years (1982).
        Congratulations, Bob. Here, have a cigar.

  55. JA

    Phillies, a playoff contender.
    With an “interim” manager, handling a team wo their best batter (one of the best)
    Who was not afraid to move Nick C.
    from 3rd to 5th to protect him and recovering.
    An “interim” who recovered their pitchers from bad to good. A manager that plays to win…having a fierce battle with other two ws contenders intheirbdivision.. i’d propose him as the mngr of the year.
    Hats off to him

  56. Bet on Red

    this is getting unbearable. Larkin is right, their performance, combined with the Bengals Superbowl appearance last year means that the stands will be devoid of reds fans come September

  57. Bet on Red

    LOPEZ PITCHING, there is a reason to watch lol

  58. Melvin

    We got our big guy pitching now. 🙂

  59. Old-school

    Lots of comments on records and 100 losses and optics dont matter.
    ‘They absolutely matter. The optics of a 100 loss team and alejo Lopez pitching matter. It matters to David bell.

    • Votto4life

      Old School – I agree losing 100 games matter. I guaranteed you it matters to Nick Krall, David Bell, the coaching staff and the players. It should matter to Reds fans as well.

  60. PTBNL

    Sadak giving Alejo Lopez’s minor league pitching stats from 1 inning of work. Yikes.

  61. Bet on Red

    Look at that, lopez in three pitches

  62. Melvin

    Why can’t other pitchers figure out the major leauguers can’t hit slow pitching.

  63. Gpod

    Lopez performance will give Bell something to brag about in the postgame

    • Melvin

      He might even use him again some time…..for one inning of course. 😉

  64. Gpod

    should not the reds offer refunds to fans for the amount equal to the difference of the cost of a major league ticket vs minor league ticket

  65. Redsvol

    Well, at least Lopez got some playing time this week.