After having Thursday off, the Cincinnati Reds will open up a new home series against the Colorado Rockies tonight. The Reds are sending Luis Cessa to the mound for his third straight start. Colorado will be sending Kyle Freeland out to face down Spencer Steer in his big league debut. Joey Votto will be joining the television broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio again tonight. First pitch is set for 6:40pm.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s series opener:

Colorado Rockies

Cincinnati Reds

Ryan McMahon – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Brendan Rodgers – 2B Nick Senzel – CF
Charlie Blackmon – DH Kyle Farmer – DH
C.J. Cron – 1B Donovan Solano – 1B
Jose Iglesias – SS Stuart Fairchild – LF
Randal Grichuk – CF Aristides Aquino – RF
Michael Toglia – RF Spencer Steer – 3B
Elias Diaz – C Jose Barrero – SS
Sean Bouchard – LF Chuckie Robinson – C
Kyle Freeland – SP Luis Cessa – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Luis Cessa 43.2 5.36 1.44 16 32
Kyle Freeland 142.0 4.88 1.40 44 101
Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Kyle Freeland’s Stats

Luis Cessa

After lasting just two innings in his first return to the rotation since 2018, Luis Cessa gave up one run in 4.0 innings last week against Washington in his second start.

With so few innings pitched this year, the splits for Luis Cessa can swing a bit with each start moving forward. For now it’s been right-handed hitters that have been teeing off on Cessa this year while walking plenty. Lefties aren’t hitting for much power and aren’t walking much, but they are hitting for a solid average.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 106 27 2 0 7 11 15 .290 .368 .538
LHH 80 20 2 1 2 5 17 .267 .313 .400

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 93.9 94.0 83.0 88.3
Usage 13.4% 24.9% 42.0% 19.8%

Kyle Freeland

The home and road splits for Kyle Freeland are pretty big, which isn’t surprising given that he’s a pitcher for the Rockies. On the road he’s posted a 3.62 ERA and hitters have a .244/.317/.382 line against him.

When it comes to how he handles lefties and righties, the splits are pretty extreme, too. Lefties are hitting very well against him, slugging .561 and hitting .311 against him. They don’t walk a lot, but they make contact and make it count. Right-handed hitters are solid across the board, but nothing stands out in how they perform against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 475 114 30 4 10 35 73 .268 .331 .428
LHH 150 41 8 2 7 9 28 .311 .380 .561

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 90.3 89.6 85.5 84.7 80.8
Usage 23.3% 22.1% 21.9% 14.5% 18.2%

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: 82°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Hunter Greene’s Rehab Start

Last night Hunter Greene made his 1st rehab start in Triple-A with the Louisville Bats. He allowed one hit and struck out four batters in 2.0 shutout innings. We wrote a little more about it and have some video from the start if you want to check that out.

Spencer Steer gets the nod

Tonight will be the big league debut for Spencer Steer. He’s played around the infield quite a bit in his minor league career, but he’s had more experience at third base than any other position and that’s where he’ll find himself tonight for the Reds. This season he’s spent time in Double-A Wichita (Twins), Triple-A St. Paul (Twins), and Triple-A Louisville (Reds) and has hit a combined .274/.364/.515 with 30 doubles, 2 triples, 23 home runs, 51 walks, and 89 strikeouts in 106 games played. Here’s some video of his last Triple-A home run.

132 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Almost time to Kick that Beer-sponsored Pig!!

    Line-up looks more youngish than other nights. Let’s see how that all plays out.

  2. LDS

    Here’s hoping Steer delivers. I’d like to see the Reds score 12-13 today

  3. Melvin

    To see one of the prospects acquired in trades recently reach the majors makes it a little more interesting.

  4. Mark Moore

    Annie’s back doing the pre-game … 😀

  5. Old-school

    Some great articles up by C Trent and Charlie goldsmith on Spencer Steer. Reds view him as a centerpiece for the rebuild…as they should for trading Tyler mahle.

    Steer went through the pandemic and made some adjustments to get more power and it has paid off. Friedle and Moran played against him and gave glowing reviews as did twins manager Rocco Baldelli.

    It sounds as if Bell is going to rotate him around positionally but he will be playing every day.

    Steer says he puts the bat on the ball, hits it hard and gets on base.

    Music to my ears.

    C Trent has some quotes from his college coach that says he’s an elite 3b

    Welcome Spencer Steer.

  6. Old-school

    Joey votto is announcing again.

      • Old-school

        I broke my elbow at like age 8 and in a cast and I remember getting my cast off after like 6 weeks and my forearm felt like it wasnt part of me and had shriveled up and couldn’t do anything. Votto’s L arm looks half the size of his R arm. Godspeed joey. You got plenty of time though.

    • e2n2

      Yay! Definitely a reason to watch this game! Hope he’s in the booth the remainder of the season….

    • Old-school

      Tv with Sadak and Larkin

      Votto clearly loves being a Red and involved in baseball every day.

  7. Mark Moore

    Decided to put up with Sadak for now so I can hear Joey. We’ll see how long that lasts. Sadak’s excessive use of words is already annoying me 😮

  8. Old-school

    votto is amazing in the booth. Steer fires his first 5-3 to 1b

  9. VaRedsFan

    Steer’s MLB fielding percentage 1.000

  10. Old-school

    India raking..Farmer amazing opposite field hit.

  11. Melvin

    Great hit by Farmer. Just an easy grounder to the hole the shift created right where the second basemen would have been playing. Love it. 🙂

    • SteveAreno

      Yes, in your face defense. Just poke it in the hole, quit trying to hit it out of park

  12. Bet on Red

    nice try at the delayed steal… doesnt work everytime

    • Mark Moore

      I don’t know. It looked pretty awkward. I know it doesn’t work every time and at least we tried something. But in the end, he made the 3rd out at 3rd base …

      • Jim Walker

        Steer on the bench is probably asking what the hay was going on. Somebody tells him, “oh that’s just our planned TOOTBLAN play”.

  13. Mark Moore

    That looked more like Keystone Kops action than some type of sneaky double steal …

  14. VaRedsFan

    I can’t stand that play….It worked 1 time I remember. Such a high rate of failure, that no ways is it worth it. Send it back to little league, and never see it again please

    • Melvin

      It worked when the manager Billy Haywood called it in Little Big League. 🙂

  15. RedsGettingBetter

    the incompetence continues in order to be able to score… A lot of outs at home plate lately , never seen…

  16. Mark Moore

    Is the HP Chumpire going to squeeze both pitchers tonight … again?

    Asking for a friend …

  17. Old-school

    Oldest play in the book..Senzel too aggressive on the Farmer intentional get caught in the rundown….Senzel needs to make 2b pause and worry more about getting Farmer out. Senzel just ran home and never made Rogers think or make a decision or hesitate.. You dont run home on that play until the infielder commits to getting the runner at first out and you beat him home. Not a lot of confidence in Fairchild the hitter.

  18. Mark Moore

    Nice grab by Solano and fantastic coverage by Cessa.

  19. Mark Moore

    What do y’all think the Friday version of AA will look like. He didn’t whiff on that first AB at least.

  20. Mark Moore

    One of Steer’s fan club in the stands has a St. Paul Saints jersey on.

    Nice AB so far. Hope he can work a hit, but love that he’s running up Freeland’s pitch count.

    And it’s a walk!

  21. Bet on Red

    well at least aquino put it in play… and we will have to wait for his first AB again… or is it plate appearance that doesn’t count during a walk

  22. Melvin

    Great AB by Steer. If he keeps that up I will like him a lot.

  23. Mark Moore

    So far, I’m seeing the HP Chumpire is consistent … consistently terrible for the pitchers.

    Nice AB for Barrero.

  24. Old-school

    Steer great at bat…barrero singles.

    I’m liking this.

  25. Mark Moore

    Man, if Chuckie can turn this over to India and run the pitch count up over 40, it will have been a VERY good inning.

  26. PTBNL

    With the Larkin–Votto banter going on, no room for Sadak to talk. Heavenly!

    • Melvin

      Larkin is much better when Votto is in there.

      • Mark Moore

        +1,000

        I said as much on FB. We’ll see how the Sadak-lovers react to me there 😀

  27. Mark Moore

    RoY’s foster dog got adopted.

  28. Bet on Red

    Cessa with a look what i got here…. Joey Votto adopted??

    • Mark Moore

      On the 2nd pitch. Great way to keep your pitch count down.

      Yes, RoY’s foster Joey Votto has a forever home.

  29. VaRedsFan

    I’d like for them to ask Joey if he approaches rookies or other youngsters…what advice he might give them.

  30. Old-school

    GABP home run..Pop up to LF and hits 3rd row.

    Fix the stadium Bob.

    • Mark Moore

      +500,000

      It’s not like they need the seats for ticket revenue.

      • Old-school

        Just like eliminate the garbage home runs.. Its not like a major transformation. Orioles changed dimensions. It can be done.

        On that note…Cessa is done too

    • Melvin

      You’re asking cheapo weapo Big Bob to spend money? 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        First, we’d just ask Big Bob to sell the team … then maybe the next owner would do the right thing about it 😀

    • JB

      Then you would take the fence scrapers the Reds hit. They seem to hit alot more than visiting team.

  31. Mark Moore

    Good habits add up over time … great advice by Joey.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s praising AA’s play in RF.

  32. Mark Moore

    Well, tonight’s version of Cessa appears to have a 2-inning limit. Unfortunate he’s pitching in the 3rd inning.

  33. VaRedsFan

    I think RF could use about 15 feet of added length. LF is a whole lot harder, and will not be moved.

    • Mark Moore

      Raise the wall 5-8 feet. You loose some seats, but it effectively increases the distance.

      • Kevin H

        I like it.. Maybe even take out a row or two across the fence line.. Anything helps as tired of seeing routine fly ball outs carry for homeruns.

    • Mark Moore

      Maybe. Appears he is progressing.

    • Old-school

      thats a great question Kevin.
      Why are the reds giving Cessa starts? Maybe he and Derek Johnson are working together as a starter next year. Reds could use a cheap SP

      Derek Johnson is doing a good job. Im backing off criticism.

      Greene/Lodolo/and Ashcraft developing.

      • JB

        If anything Cessa might be long relief.

  34. Bet on Red

    Votto clearly better color commentator then play by play, but something to work with

  35. VaRedsFan

    Votto on play by play now….Not a fan of that.

  36. RedsGettingBetter

    Now, after the Rockies scored 2 runs, Freeland got converted into Kyle Sandy Koufax Freeland

  37. Bet on Red

    Steer with the first ML hit being a homer

    • SteveAreno

      So awesome, and we told them several weeks ago to bring him up. Management gets paid a lot, but no so good.

  38. VaRedsFan

    How great is that!! Steer leaves the surly bonds of the earth (R. Fitch)

  39. Old-school

    SS and 3b 3-3 with hr and walk.

    • Mark Moore

      WLW or TV? My wife says she didn’t hear him while I was out.

  40. Old-school

    Do we really need to overthink this?

    India lead off 2b

    Stephenson 3 hole hitter( ok for C tentatively)

    Steer 3b 5 hole hitter.

    Barrero 9 hole hitter SS

    Find some lefties.

  41. Old-school

    This is a big night for Reds development. Cruz dominant inning.

    Cessa Sp, Cruz, Steer and Barrero playing like legit big leaguers.

  42. VaRedsFan

    You won’t find a better story than that of Fernando Cruz’s journey to MLB. And goes 1-2-3 to top it off. Congrats Mr. Cruz

  43. Mark Moore

    Back from my walk. My wife says I missed Steer’s first MLB HR.

  44. Bet on Red

    swinging bunt by aquino, a productive out at least

    • Mark Moore

      If what we’re seeing is him making the necessary adjustments, I agree. He could give some guys a run for their money come Spring.

    • Jim Walker

      I’ve just said given what Fairchild has done in AAA and his age relative to the other OF guys (the youngest on the active roster) that he deserves as much or more of a shot as any of them. 😉

  45. Mark Moore

    Now I remember the second worse thing about the Bally TV feed … AWESOME commercials.

  46. Mark Moore

    This inning is an absolute treat to watch.

    • Mark Moore

      Except for that … still feels like the game is in play for us.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Tremendous patience by Steer against a very tough righty.
    2 men on, and the moment wasn’t too big. Didn’t go up there trying to be superman.

    • Mark Moore

      My wife wondered why he didn’t come out to pitch the next inning. I told her we really don’t do that around here … 😮

    • TR

      Congratulations to Fernando Cruz on his ML debut at age 32 after spending 16 years in the minor leagues. That’s determination and grit.

  48. Mark Moore

    A deeper RF wouldn’t hinder that one. Rake Fraley sends one into low orbit.

  49. Old-school

    Add Jake Fraley

    That was a bomb.

  50. MBS

    @Kevin, I like the idea of Cessa as a starter in 23. I’ve joined the group saying bring back Cueto as our 5th, but Cessa seems like he could handle that job.

    • VaRedsFan

      I think he deserves consideration. I’m not sure he makes the cut over the long haul of the season. If he goes out and earns it, then more power to him. Pencil him in as a maybe, but don’t use ink.

  51. Bet on Red

    Fraley causing national security issues cause he just launched a nuke

    • Mark Moore

      And a lead-off BB courtesy of tonight’s HP Chumpire. I’m so over these guys screwing everybody over.

      • Mark Moore

        Zero accountability. None at all. And if you gripe about it, you’ll get ejected.

  52. Dennis Westrick

    I am a 60 year baseball traditionalist! But, it is time for robo umps to call balls & strikes!

    • Mark Moore

      Amen and +25,000

      This guy is beyond terrible.

  53. Mark Moore

    OK, Buck. You need to focus here. The Chumpire isn’t giving you anything.

    Nice way to use your team. Another missile launch by AA.

  54. Bet on Red

    Aquino providing the argument to be here

  55. Melvin

    Is David Bell going back to doing his double switch thing even with the DH?

  56. Dennis Westrick

    Baseball these days has statistics for everything! Just wondering how many games this season and last did the Reds have at least 10 hit but 2 or fewer runs? They seem to excel at failing to advance runners, hitting behind the runner(s) or just put the ball in play, i.e. not strike out or simply hit a sac fly when needed.

  57. RedsGettingBetter

    It is really a shame that Aquino is only a pretty good defensive player…

  58. Mark Moore

    He can’t lay down a bunt (against a difficult pitcher, admittedly) and then reverts on that last swing.

    Up to Rake Fraley here.

  59. Mark Moore

    OK, RoY … you have ONE job here.

  60. Mark Moore

    My wife is yelling for the guys not to injure RoY 😀

    Nicely done, guys. I know it was the Rocks, but still … winning is much better. Steers having an incredible first game makes it even more much better.

    Night, all.

  61. Mark Moore

    Steer earning the Jim Day interview. Got to love that.

  62. Mark Moore

    So, Steer sits tomorrow, right? Just asking for a friend.

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Yes, tomorrow is the Alejo Lopez´s day

  63. VaRedsFan

    What a great game, as the future comes thru

  64. Dennis Westrick

    Bad pun of the night! The Reds were Steer(ed) to a 9th inning win!