After a comeback win on Friday night the Pittsburgh Pirates will look for a win tonight over Cincinnati to guarantee a series win. The Reds will look to grab a win behind Justin Dunn as he makes his third start of the season in the big leagues. The Pirates will send Tyler Beede to the mound with first pitch set for 7:05pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this tonight’s game:

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jake Fraley – RF Tucupita Marcano – LF
Jonathan India – 2B Kevin Newman – 2B
Kyle Farmer – 3B Bryan Reynolds – CF
Mike Moustakas – 1B Ben Gamel – DH
Donovan Solano – DH Rodolfo Castro – 3B
Nick Senzel – CF Oneil Cruz – SS
TJ Friedl – LF Greg Allen – RF
Jose Barrero – SS Bligh Madris – 1B
Austin Romine – C Tyler Heineman – C
Justin Dunn – SP Tyler Beede – SP

Donovan Solano is active today and jumps right back into the lineup as the designated hitter.

Starting Pitchers

Justin Dunn 8.1 8.64 1.92 4 6
Tyler Beede 48.1 3.72 1.47 23 30
Links: Justin Dunn’s Stats | Tyler Beede’s Stats

Justin Dunn

It’s been a rough 13 months for Justin Dunn, who missed much of that time with a shoulder injury. Since returning he’s struggled in a big way in both the minors and majors. He’s made just two starts for the Reds this season and he had eight in the minors – some on rehab and some after he was completed with his rehab and was then optioned.

Left-handed hitters have absolutely crushed him this season between the two levels. He’s walked them at an incredibly high rate, rarely missed bats, and they are hitting.343/.489/.562 against him. Basically Ted Williams with a little less power. Right-handed hitters haven’t been nearly that good against him, and he’s not walking them at all, but they are still doing plenty of damage with a .273 average and a .558 slugging percentage.

Splits (MiLB & MLB in 2022)

RHH 84 21 4 0 6 4 18 .273 .321 .558
LHH 94 25 8 1 2 17 12 .343 .489 .562

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 92.0 83.2 87.4 79.1
Usage 52.8% 21.1% 12.0% 14.1%

Tyler Beede

Must of the time on the mound this season for Tyler Beede has come out of the bullpen. The righty has made three starts – all for the Pirates – and 23 relief appearances between the Pirates and Giants this season. He’s upped his groundball rate with Pittsburgh to a career high 50%, which is well above-average.

As you would expect with a groundball pitcher, teams don’t hit for much power against against him with both lefties and righties slugging under .390. Both lefties and righties make a lot of contact against him, and they will walk at a solid clip against him, too.


RHH 107 24 5 1 1 13 13 .261 .365 .370
LHH 109 24 5 0 3 10 17 .245 .312 .388

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 95.9 96.0 87.5 84.9 79.3
Usage 26.3% 21.0% 13.9% 27.5% 11.3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:05pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 82°, cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

Roster Moves Everywhere

The Reds activated both Donovan Solano (paternity/restricted list) and Buck Farmer (bereavement) this afternoon. They also optioned T.J. Zeuch back to Triple-A Louisville and placed Albert Almora Jr. on the 10-day injured list.

Luis Cessa to join the starting rotation

With T.J. Zeuch heading back to the minor leagues a spot in the rotation is now going to be going to Luis Cessa. He’s only started once since 2018 ended and it was earlier this season when he was used as an opener.

110 Responses

  1. Old-school

    Reds need to sort.
    See what Dunn has. Kuhnel didnt finish last night but needs to be put in those situations. See what Freidl has. See what Cessa has. It’s August in Pittsburgh. You want to win, but some of these guys need to be put in high leverage spots and if they dont get the job done, its still valuable info.

    Go Reds.

    • LDS

      We pretty much know those answers thus far. Friedl, Fairchild, even Fraley, aren’t really an upgrade even over Aquino. They need to clear a lot of names from the 40 and start over

      • BK

        Fraley has an OPS of 1.013 since returning from the IL. Even with his abysmal start, he’s back to an OPS+ of 99 prior to tonight’s game. He was above league average last year two. He’s beginning to show a trend of solid play. I’d say he’s playing his way into the team’s future in a good way.

      • Old-school

        Article today and Friedl made a swing adjustment and opened up a bit and hitting for more power and stats back it up the last 2 months.

        MLB is about adjustments. Aquino is great arm and Rf but hasn’t made the adjustments hitting.

      • LDS

        Fraley isn’t doing too badly but he can’t hit lefties either. Friedl & Fairchild, never been overly optimistic

  2. J

    Give the Reds credit: they’re quite good at having a guy get injured at exactly the same time another guy is ready to be activated.

  3. LarkinPhillips

    Can Lopez play first? Haha. In all seriousness, is 3M going to start and bat 4 hole against lefties or will Reynolds get that part of the platoon split with Joey out?

  4. Dennis Westrick

    Last night’s loss once again proves Mr. Bell is clueless in his handling of the bullpen! STOP the Relief Pitcher Roulette! Using Diaz for only one (1) out and 7 pitches in the 6th was maddening! Diaz needs to be the first choice to close out the game in the 9th if the Reds are tied or in the lead. Failure to hold Diaz to pitch the 9th inning last night cost the Reds a chance at a win! An all too familiar pattern with Mr. Bell over the last 2 seasons!

  5. Redsvol

    I think I’ve seen all I need to of Senzel in center. I’d like to see us try him at 1st base. Surely a college third baseman and current centerfielder can learn first base quickly.

    I’d rather see an outfield of Friedl, Fraley, and Aquino the next 40 games – maybe with Fairchild thrown in every 3rd game.

  6. Bet on Red

    why was solano on the restricted list?

  7. Mark Moore

    I swear, I was thinking Dunn couldn’t find the strike zone with both hands, a neon arrow, and a laser pointer that inning. I’m shocked we got out of that without giving up any runs.

  8. Mark Moore

    My wife says India “didn’t look right” on his run down to first.

  9. Mark Moore

    We’ll take ’em any way we can get ’em …

    Push the pitch count and knock him out as well.

    • JB

      Take a pitch fid crying our loud ,
      Moustakas .

  10. Mark Moore

    3M first pitch … am I surprised?

    • LarkinPhillips

      First pitch pop out to the infield. Wonder if he has trademarked that yet?

  11. Mark Moore

    Caught him right on the flipper …

    At least it was an out.

  12. Mark Moore

    Is Barrero making a little more contact this trip as opposed to whiffing? If that’s the case, then I’d call it progress.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He is laying off the slide some now. I would like to see him stop trying to pull the ball out of the park for a while though.

  13. Mark Moore

    The Lettuce Man comes through high off the short wall in RF.

  14. LarkinPhillips

    Fraley into the river!! Wow!

  15. Mark Moore

    Out of the freaking park and into the river!!

    • Mark Moore

      Anybody got the stats on that one?

  16. Bet on Red

    Fraley, and Romine have shown promise

  17. VaRedsFan

    How was that only 437? River splash for Fraley.

    • Mark Moore

      The wall is only 320 per Thrall. But I’m with you. Looked more like 500+.

  18. dhmorgan

    That one might float all the way to Cincinnati.

    • Mark Moore

      My wife was surprised it was floating. I explained the cork center does that … at least until it gets water-logged.

  19. Old-school

    Fraley India at the top isnt too bad.

    C’mon guys. Give Krall some credit. Fraley is ok

    • Mark Moore

      I’m liking Fraley. Not a bad fielder. Good bat and plate discipline from what I’ve seen, especially against RHP’s.

    • LarkinPhillips

      For a throw in piece of the trade Fraley is playing very well. Phillips another part of that trade has 8ks in 4 innings for the lookouts tonight as well. Dunn on the other hand….lol

      • Mark Moore

        In a better world (for us) Dunn pitches out of the bullpen. And he’s not “pressed” into service on shorter notice than anybody would like.

  20. Mark Moore

    Just found that notch to the left of the bullpen.

  21. Mark Moore

    Another ugly AB by 3M … the beat just goes on.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Watching another 2 months of him everyday is going to be hard. I may have to create a drinking game about him.

    • DHud

      That last swing was really, really bad

  22. Mark Moore

    Dunn shakes off the boogeyman and turns in a solid 5 innings for us. We still need to play add-on, but I don’t think we can ask much more of him than that.

  23. Mark Moore

    The kid is just incredible at getting on via catcher’s interference. Just incredible.

    • Melvin

      Kind of a weird example of “small ball” the last two batters don’t you think? 🙂 An example of managerial genius.

    • Doc

      Maybe that will be Senzel’s career highlight. He seems to hit the catcher’s mitt better than he hits the baseball!

  24. Dennis Westrick

    My biggest pet peeve with the Reds young pitchers is too many walks! Runs up their pitch count and risks multi-run innings! Is Dunn getting squeezed by tonight’s home plate umpire?

    • Mark Moore

      He’s getting squeezed a little bit, but it’s mostly on him. He’s been outside 6″ or more to the LH batters all night long.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Not really IMO. He was fairly wild and missed spots by a lot. Honestly he was very lucky with several hard hit balls right to players as well.

      • Doc

        Good outing overall. Remember the small sample size caveat. He has only had a couple hands full of starts at all levels in the past year. I hope he has the spot in the rotation through 2021 to see what he can do.

  25. Mark Moore

    OK, RoY … time to break out of your little slump.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope … seems like we’re seeing a LOT of that from India.

  26. Dennis Westrick

    So, the Relief Pitcher Roulette begins! Bell will use a minimum of 4 RPs.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Anybody but Strickland! And I would use Diaz in the 9th or 8th if needed! I thought the object of the game was to win! Participation trophies are for Little Leaguers!

  27. PTBNL

    On that play at 1st w/ Moose and Gibault, do you agree with the TV crew that the pitcher got there late? To me, he was there and Moose refused to throw the ball almost causing the runner to be safe?

    • Bet on Red

      Gibaiult was going too slow. Moose got the out so no harm no foul

  28. Mark Moore

    Welch is giving a clinic on how to cork a bat (cork or super balls)

  29. Beaufort Red

    Have you ever collided with a manatee? Yikes!

  30. LDS

    Is it time for Strickland yet? Time to tighten the score.

  31. PTBNL

    Strickland vs. Reynolds…..this can’t be good

  32. Doc

    Barrero back on the K train. Maybe he should study Paul Goldschmidt’s swing. It’s built for contact, with power.

  33. Beaufort Red

    What bit of philosophy did Sadak just try and enlighten us with? Makes my head spun.

    • Mark Moore

      I shudder to even ask. I’m missing Cowboy with Thrall over on WLW. I think the two of them are the best combo we have.

  34. Dennis Westrick

    Help me out here guys! Is there an unwritten rule somewhere in the Reds organization or playbook the requires every RP to walk at least one batter per inning?

    • Mark Moore

      Yes. It is a rule, but it isn’t unwritten. It’s somewhere in DTBell’s “book” along with the pre-determined lineups.

  35. Mark Moore

    OK, Strickland performed well. Do we see Diaz for the 9th even if there isn’t a save opportunity?

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m guessing RSM….with Diaz getting loose if a batter or 2 reach

    • MBS

      He pitched 2 of the last 3 games, I hope he gets the night off, unless it’s necessary

  36. LDS

    Strickland with a scoreless inning? My world view has been totally upended. Maybe he’ll get another inning, break the 1 and done pattern. Need something to liven up this game.

    • Mark Moore

      His inning against the Stupid Cubs was scoreless … thanks to Diaz cleaning up his mess.

  37. VaRedsFan

    Finally India went oppo….he had been pull happy lately.

  38. Bet on Red

    Moose hit the ball so hard that idiots fell out the stands….. lifetime ban

    • Mark Moore

      WLW team reminding us that’s a $10K fine in Bernie Town

  39. Mark Moore

    Even a blind Manatee finds a hole now and then, eh?

  40. LarkinPhillips

    Strickland with a scoreless inning and 3M with 2 hits.. who bet that?

    • Mark Moore

      Nobody. Especially not 3M getting 2.

  41. Mark Moore

    Thrall – “Here comes Moustakas chugging to the plate.”

    Made my wife and I laugh … chugging is about right.

  42. LDS

    Actually, at this point, leaving Strickland in conserves the bullpen. Certainly didn’t expect to add 3 thus far

    • Mark Moore

      Good point. Now let’s see if DTBell does that. Very little risk given he hasn’t pitched in a while. He should be able to handle it.

  43. Bet on Red

    Where was this bat work 3 months ago ?

  44. Mark Moore

    Wow … we haven’t seen this in a while. Feels good even if it is the Pie-rats.

  45. VaRedsFan

    6 straight singles…seems so easy…they score in bunches with small ball approach

  46. Mark Moore

    Barrero going through bats tonight.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Warren was warming. Diaz can rest now…we hope

    • Mark Moore

      Warren or roll with Strickland. Either way I’m good. We’re ahead by 2 slams now.

  48. Mark Moore

    Very low risk re-entry into the mix for Warren. That’s a good thing.

    • Mark Moore

      That was a little bit of a squeeze from what I saw.

  49. Melvin

    Can’t figure out why Aquino would be in left instead of right with his arm but whatever. lol

    • Mark Moore

      Had the exact same thought. Flip him and Fraley.

  50. Doc

    Warren hasn’t lost it. Picks right up where he left off.

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Seriously Warren? Your team is up 10 to 1 and needs 3 outs for a win and you walk the leadoff bayter?

    • Melvin

      BB #2. Can’t be too careful. 😉

    • Mark Moore

      The book, Dennis … it’s in the book 😀

  52. Mark Moore

    And we maul them including sending a missile into the river. It was a good night. Tomorrow may not happen.