Tonight the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox will wrap up their short 2-game series in Cincinnati. The Red Sox will turn to Connor Seabold to try and pick up a sweep after their win last night. Cincinnati will hand the ball to Chase Anderson as he looks to continue his run of good pitching in September. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here’s the lineup for today’s match up:

Boston Red Sox

Cincinnati Reds

Tommy Pham – LF TJ Friedl – DH
Rafael Devers – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Xander Bogaerts – SS Kyle Farmer – SS
Alex Verdugo – RF Jake Fraley – LF
J.D. Martinez – DH Donovan Solano – 1B
Triston Casas – 1B Aristides Aquino – RF
Rob Refsnyder – CF Alejo Lopez – 3B
Reese McGuire – C Stuart Fairchild – CF
Enrique Hernandez – 2B Chuckie Robinson – C
Connor Seabold – SP Chase Anderson – SP

There’s been a lineup change from the original one posted this afternoon. Spencer Steer was originally starting at shortstop and hitting 7th, but he’s no longer in the lineup and several players have switched positions that they were initially slated to play.

Starting Pitchers

Chase Anderson 14.0 6.43 1.29 11 14
Connor Seabold 11.1 11.91 2.56 5 13
Links: Chase Anderson’s Stats | Jordan Montgomery’s Stats

Chase Anderson

The Reds will be sending Chase Anderson to the mound for the 6th time this season tonight. He’ll be looking to keep his strong September going. He’s thrown 11.2 innings in his three starts this month and allowed just three runs (2.31 ERA) while striking out 12. Anderson will be looking to cut down on the walks, though, as he has handed out nine free passes in that span.

When it comes down to his splits, there hasn’t been much of a difference in how many hits lefties and righties get against him. The same thing goes for walks, with lefties having a slight edge on how frequently they get a free pass. But there is a big difference, though, in how much power righties and lefties hit against him. Righties are showing quite a bit more power against him this season.

Splits (AAA & MLB in 2022)

RHH 214 45 12 1 12 21 40 .234 .308 .495
LHH 189 39 9 1 7 19 46 .235 .323 .428

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Change Curve
Velo 92.7 92.8 90.8 84.3 83.6 78.4
Usage 24.0% 14.2% 16.4% 8.7% 27.3% 9.5%

Connor Seabold

In a match up of guys with limited big league action in 2022, Connor Seabold is making just his 5th big league appearance tonight. Much of his season has come in Triple-A Worcester where he posted a 3.32 ERA in 19 starts with 19 walks and 89 strikeouts. He’s struggled in two of his three big league appearances this season, giving up seven runs on June 27th and July 8th, but only one run on July 3rd against the Cubs.

His splits this season show that he’s handled right-handed hitters well in the minors, but in the big leagues they’ve hit four home runs and three doubles off of him in just 46 plate appearances. Lefties haven’t homered against him in the big leagues but they have hit .500 and slugged .929 in their 17 plate appearances. In the minors it was lefties that hit him better than righties and by quite a bit.

Splits (AAA & MLB)

RHH 224 54 7 1 6 9 61 .256 .299 .384
LHH 199 49 16 3 5 15 41 .275 .343 .483

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.9 85.1 80.3 77.8
Usage 52.8% 19.5% 23.8% 3.9%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 87°, partly cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Michael Siani gets the call

Taking place of Nick Senzel on the roster after he broke his toe in last night’s game the Cincinnati Reds added outfielder Michael Siani to the 40-man roster and called him up from Triple-A. He had only been there for the last 10 days, spending 121 games with Double-A Chattanooga. He’s hit .252/.345/.405 on the season with 52 stolen bases. You can read more about him here.

106 Responses

  1. 2020ball

    Welcome to Siani, potential huge boost defensively on a team that needs a lot of help in that regard.

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    This lineup shows the less vulnerable bottom of the order I think, being Lopez and Fairchild better options than Senzel-Barrero currently…
    Tonight could be the unexpected debut of Siani in the big leagues…
    I wonder if Anderson continues pitching well could be considered as an option to the 2023 rotation or bullpen…

  3. Kevin H

    So if Siani plays great defense and covers ground in center and steals bases but doesn’t hit like projected is that enough with some on redlegnation? Talking about now and next season. I mean reds had that cf but he couldn’t hit well. People were all over him on these chat boards. Billy Hamilton who I still say is a good cf.. In today’s game though speed and defense aren’t good enough. Gotta hit 350 with 25 home runs and 85 rbi’s lol

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not a fan of the “needs such-and-such an average” for any position or similar thoughts. What we need are consistent players, very solid defense up the middle, and a team (I’ll include the coaching staff) that will adapt when needed.

      I’d also be a big fan of a return to the smaller ball approach with steals, hit-and-run, maybe a bunt or 3, and a willingness to make contact rather than pull the crap out of everything.

      So I’d want to see a CF with a higher OBP and an average at .265 or higher.

      • Kevin H


        The art of bunting is lost. I miss seeing the bunt for a hit, or the squeeze play..

      • Doc

        Had bunting not become a lost art, MLB would not have had to legislate the shift out of the game, though I’m glad they did under the given circumstances. Best way to foil the shift is to bunt around in the inning!

        Joe Dimaggio played against the shift during his 56 game record streak and he wouldn’t bunt against the shift either so I guess ‘hit em where they ain’t’ can also work!

    • 2020ball

      Some of us yes will recognize what good defense and baserunning mean to the value of a player, but I doubt its that many with most of the comments I read around here. The team is in dire need of an upgrade defensively, and their baserunning has left a lot to be desired as well.

      • SOQ

        I enjoy seeing stellar defensive plays over guys who play 3 outcome at bats. I remember the days of Joe Morgan and Dave Collins on the base paths spicing up the game as well

  4. Mark Moore

    I’m wondering if this game ends up being batting practice for one of the teams (or maybe both). Based on my limited read of the pitcher’s stats and watching Anderson, I’m not impressed. Then again, who really knows?

    Almost Pig Kicking Time!

  5. DataDumpster

    “Red Sox get 3 homers, Reds set mark for hit batters…” Surprisingly good crowd of near 17,000 in GABP. Not sure if the potent offensive lineup of the Red Sox was the cause of this. The Cowboy got a good line in with something like: “Pitching inside is a good strategy, hitting batters is not.” Such is Red’s baseball at this time of this year.

  6. Mark Moore

    Congratulations to Chase Anderson for putting us over the top on that dubious record of 100 HBP’s in a season. And it only took him TWO PITCHES.

    Plus, there’s two weeks left to hit some more.

    • Harry Stoner

      Are the Reds playing the Houston *Asterisks in the final two weeks?

      A good opportunity to run up the HBP total significantly higher.

    • LDS

      Got to figure that’s part of the pitch strategy, indirectly, as are the walks. I’d really like to see the Reds put more emphasis on pitch selection and placement. But, alas, apparently that’s not the analytics way in “modern’ baseball. Throw hard with high spin, blow out a few arms. No big deal. There’s always waiver wire has beens.

      • Kevin H

        I know I shouldn’t but I laughed out loud at ” blow out a few arms no big deal” As it seems like a sad reality ,but for some reason I could your the sarcasm in your voice.. LOL

      • Mark Moore

        A very sad +10,000 for you on that point, LDS. Especially about blowing out young arms.

      • Harry Stoner

        I recall Mahle enthusing after one of his stronger starts that Garcia (iirc) called a great game with the pitch selection location strategy being extraordinary. The way he gushed made you wonder if this was a rare occasion for him with the Reds. I came away with the feeling that it was.

      • 2020ball

        haha, analytics most certainly account for command and control, but keep telling yourself otherwise I guess.

      • LDS

        I have yet to read a book, a paper, or talk to a college stat professor that demonstrates that “analytics“ is predictive, only descriptive. Correlation not causation.

      • 2020ball

        well, I’m not sure who is arguing any of that here, but okay. Plus, neither are your preferred methods.

      • LDS

        You mean like actually hitting the ball or throwing strikes? Nah, never work.

      • 2020ball

        Those are predictive? Wait…what are you saying exactly? Whatever it is it has nothing to do with what I said.

  7. Mark Moore

    Here’s an idea, when you get to this part of the season and the teams involved are decidedly “out of it” … play the games as only 7 inning affairs. They mean nothing. Even the lottery pool of teams for the 2023 draft is pretty much decided at this point.

    • Harry Stoner

      Or you could DOUBLE the length of the games so that pitchers with ERAs over 11.00 (such as Connor Seabolt) can really run up their K numbers against teams like the Reds.

    • 2020ball

      I don’t think the players want to play shorter games, and as a fan I certainly dont want that.

      • Mark Moore

        Sorry, I didn’t put my sarcasm font on bold when I wrote that 😀

        I’m just frustrated at meaningless games at this point. I’ll get over it. And I’m obviously still watching.

      • 2020ball

        oh, I fell into the sarchasm lol

        I just like baseball being on personally, competitive teams like last year just make it more fun.

  8. Mark Moore

    That’s not payback … that’s just bad pitching.

  9. Mark Moore

    Cy Seabold works out of that little jam … 😮

  10. RedsGettingBetter

    As usual to start the game, 3 Ks against Roger Connor Seabold Clemens who has an ERA above 11.00

  11. Mark Moore

    Joey’s out in the stands wearing a Larkin shirt and greeting fans. I’m thinking he could personally see every single one of them, right?

      • Mark Moore

        Well, Kevin, not THAT empty, but I do see PLENTY of vacant seats.

      • Daytonnati

        But I bet Jerry Lucas would remember everybody’s name 🙂

        (old guy humor)

    • VaRedsFan

      The hundreds of fans in attendance will have a great memory.

      • Daytonnati

        But I bet Jerry Lucas would remember everybody’s name 🙂

        (old guy humor)

  12. Kevin H

    Looking at the stats for Sanmartin and Moreta and after terrible starts to the season. Both have turned into reliable relief pitchers. They could be in the mix next season along with Farmer and Diaz.. Then who knows. As Antone, Sims, Satallian, and Wilson are back.. I think Wilson is a free agent..

    I would also look at one of the young guys in minors, either Phillips or Abbot and or Williamson.. Should be interesting and I know Reds need starting pitching depth, but bullpen as well. As we have seen

    • 2020ball

      I keep Phillips and Abbot as SP, would be crazy to rush them as they’re still in the lower levels. Williamson has improvements he needs to make before I’m ready to promote him, but he’s probably more likely to see a bullpen role than the other two. Still no reason in my mind not to continue to build his innings. As you mentioned, SP depth is very important and is a major weakness of the farm system rn IMO.

  13. Kevin H

    Also riddle me this, how did Okey go from being called up and everything to released. When the other three catchers haven’t really done anything to prove they are better.

    Mind Boggling to me..

    • 2020ball

      Okey didnt do much to prove that either

      • Kevin H

        My thinking is he only got 12 ab’s.. Not enough time in my opinion to evaluate if he is good enough or not. Maybe he didn’t call the games well enough.

      • 2020ball

        The way they called him up and then DFA’d him was odd, but papierski has kinda taken his spot in the org now and has much better numbers in the minors.

  14. Mark Moore

    Loving the footage of Joey walking the stadium. He looks like he’s having a blast. Must be his reward for being a good boy during his therapy session today.

    • Melvin

      That could be one reason to wish I were at the park tonight. That would be pretty cool to seem him in the stands and get a picture.

    • Melvin

      That could be one reason to wish I were at the park tonight. It would be pretty cool to see him in the stands and get a picture.

  15. Optimist

    Minor cannot possibly be a Red next year, but if Anderson has 3 more good starts . . .

    • 2020ball

      If he earns it great, but ideally I’m hoping they have a better choice than Anderson.

      • Optimist

        He’d be a fine 8th-9th starter. Not expecting much more than that, but 4-6 innings, 4.5 ERA is very good AAAA quality.

  16. Mark Moore

    Almost time for my nightly walk.

    Kevin – hold my place until I’m back, OK?

  17. Moon

    And Moonlight Graham scores the first run of the game. Good job by the young man

  18. Bet on Red

    back in and as soon as I am on we score

  19. SOQ

    I enjoy seeing stellar defensive plays over guys who play 3 outcome at bats. I remember the days of Joe Morgan and Dave Collins on the base paths spicing up the game as well

  20. DataDumpster

    I can’t believe the Reds can’t hit this Seabold guy. He has a low 90s fastball, looks like no curve and also throws what Cowboy guessed was either a fast changeup or a poor slider. His ERA has dropped over 2 runs so far in the 4 innings.
    I also can’t believe that Fraley just jogged and watched his fly to nobody drop then couldn’t get a double out of it even with a kick and poor throw. Well, maybe if he ran the entire way…

  21. SOQ

    Oops, that was a reply meant for an earlier post by 2020. Must have hit “submit” twice

    • SOQ

      Darn, even this post went to the wrong spot. I’m checking out 🙁

  22. RedsGettingBetter

    Cy Anderson accomplished his mission again… 5 IP of good baseball despite throw 89 pitches in that span what does not permit he continues to the 6th probably…

    • Mark Moore

      +500 it’s pretty much all we can ask at this point.

  23. Mark Moore

    I’m back and tuned in just in time to see India get his 2nd RBI. Very nice work by the most recent RoY.

  24. DataDumpster

    India and Farmer show what clutch hitting is all about.

    • Joe Henry

      Kyle’s bloop hit is a line drive in the box score!

  25. Mark Moore

    And then THAT happened … wow!

  26. Harry Stoner

    Are folks still ready to blow off Fairchild?

    • Mark Moore

      Not enough AB’s to make that call yet. Frankly, this is the kind of year to give a guy like Fairchild or Siani a big cup of coffee.

      • Harry Stoner

        I’d make that a decaf for Siani.

        There’s a line in front of him ordering almond milk lattes with sugar free mocha.

      • Mark Moore

        +5,000 for that Harry!

        I’m hoping we get to see him and find he has enough arm to play there and play well. We’re missing that.

  27. RedsGettingBetter

    Cruz threw the 6th very good again … Intriguing arm to be on the radar to 2023 despite his age…

    • Harry Stoner

      He’s got an interesting pitch mix, hits his locations and induces weak contact.

      A young 32, I hope.

  28. Dennis Westrick

    You think Bell The Brilliant will use Strickland in either of the final 2 innings?

      • 2020ball

        I’m glad he didnt save him for a game we were winning

    • Harry Stoner

      Even though he’d never admit an error, I think even Bell knows he made the wrong call last night.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thank you Harry for recognizing that if Bell had used someone other than Strickland, and, if that pitcher had held the deficit at 3 to 1, the Reds comeback in the bottom of the 9th may have sent the game to extra innings!

  29. Pete

    Hope Fairchild has earned at least a start tomorrow night. Let’s see an 0-fer before sitting him? A night off probably wouldn’t hurt Aquino, actually a couple of nights might be in order.

  30. Redhaze

    At anytime during his career, have the Reds ever shown any interest in acquiring Kyle Schwarber?

    • Mark Moore

      I wouldn’t advocate spending too many bucks on a defensive liability that focuses on a 3-outcome (or more likely a 2-outcome) AB. Let clubs like the Phillies play that game.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I, for one, was always hopeful the Reds could acquire Schwarber! After all, he is an Ohio native!

      • TR

        I’ve been disappointed since Schwarber left the Cubs that he hasn’t landed with his hometown team. He was a star at my high school (Middletown) and also my alma mater (IU).

  31. Harry Stoner

    Aquino has dropped below the Mendoza again.

    Two nights in a row without a K.

    Or a hit.

    Mystery Man.

    • Mark Moore

      No K’s is encouraging. But his hitting has dropped off the map which is decidedly NOT encouraging.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s coming in. Law was given a chance to close it out and get a save.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks Mark! Is your Bobblehead in your photo spot Tony Perez?

      • 2020ball

        Wasn’t a save situation for Law, once it was Diaz came in. Why some fans want Bell to overextend our very limited good relievers is beyond me, especially in a lost season.

      • Mark Moore

        Davey Concepcion. I got it at GABP in 2006. Was in on a $5 GA ticket and carried it everywhere with me that night.

      • Mark Moore

        2020 if Law finished it, it would have been a save. Personally, I think that’s an overrated stat. But Cowboy confirmed it was since he had pitched in the 8th.

      • 2020ball

        Ah, maybe it was for Law, cool cool. He’s actually pitched really well, good to give him the chance so you can save Diaz if possible.

      • Mark Moore

        And Diaz did get a save since the tying run was in the batters box when the final out was made. Because that rule makes complete sense (hard eye roll)

  32. Bet on Red

    seem to get better when the pressure is off

  33. Mark Moore

    Nice grab and turn by Diaz. Snapped the losing streak to the BoSox and we split with them.

    Bring on Bernie!

  34. Dennis Westrick

    Boy, Diaz is probably worn out having thrown 4 pitches tonight! Probably won’t be available for tomorrow’s game against the Bernies! That’s sarcasm for those on this site who are humor challenged.