The Cincinnati Reds look to pick up a win in Pittsburgh tonight against the Pirates. Cincinnati will be sending Hunter Greene to the mound as he looks to keep his strong run of starts going. The Pirates will hand the ball to Mitch Keller. First pitch is set for 6:35pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here’s the lineup for tonight’s game:

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

TJ Friedl – LF Oneil Cruz – SS
Jonathan India – 2B Bryan Reynolds – CF
Kyle Farmer – 3B Rodolfo Castro – 3B
Jake Fraley – DH Jack Suwinski – LF
Spencer Steer – 1B Miguel Andujar – DH
Aristides Aquino – RF Cal Mitchell – RF
Michael Siani – CF Zack Collins – 1B
Jose Barrero – SS Jason Delay – C
Austin Romine – C Ji Hwan Bae – 2B
Hunter Greene – SP Mitch Keller – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Hunter Greene 113.2 4.91 1.25 44 146
Mitch Keller 149.0 3.99 1.38 55 128
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Mitch Keller’s Stats

Hunter Greene

Over his last four starts, Hunter Greene has posted a 1.54 ERA in 23.1 innings with four walks and 33 strikeouts. He’ll look to keep that going tonight against the Pirates.

Neither lefties or righties are hitting for much average against him this season. They aren’t making much contact, either, though righties to make a lot more contact than lefties do. Both also hit for plenty of power, though righties have done better in that department.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 240 53 9 0 13 20 65 .248 .321 .472
LHH 243 45 10 0 11 24 81 .210 .296 .411

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change
Velo 98.9 88.0 89.9
Usage 53.1% 41.8% 5.1%

Mitch Keller

After years of showing potential but not being able to put it all together, Mitch Keller’s taken a big step forward this season. Much of that has been due to a lower walk rate and an increase in ground balls.

Keller has found more success this season against right-handed hitters, who walk significantly less, strikeout way more, and don’t hit for much power against him. Lefties also don’t hit for much power against him, but they walk often and make plenty of contact, resulting in a .275 average and a .358 on-base percentage.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 328 76 12 1 8 22 74 .257 .318 .385
LHH 311 75 15 1 5 33 54 .275 .358 .392

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 95.6 94.5 84.5 91.3 78.7
Usage 33.1% 22.1% 22.0% 7.6% 15.3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 52°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain

News and Notes

Filling out the rotation

What’s interesting here is that Justin Dunn is not listed. He is making a rehab start tonight for Louisville. If he returns it would appear that it would be as a reliever.

112 Responses

  1. Jim t

    The last 4 hitters in that line up are all hitting under 200. Folks this line up is terrible. This is what this ownership has been running out there. Couple that with a horrible bull pen and a starting rotation made up of Cessa and Anderson. The miracle is those 2 have actually kept us in games.

    If we don’t lose a 100 games with what we have put on the field I will be stunned.

  2. Old-school

    Enjoy watching the last week of Kyle Farmer as a Red.
    They arent paying him $5 million next year. They arent paying him to play SS. They most assuredly arent paying him $5 million as a right handed 33 year old to play 3rd base over Spencer Steer, a right handed 3b at 25 who was the premier player in the trade for Tyler Mahle. Do you trade Tyler mahle for a player to sit behind Kyle Farmer?

    • Harry Stoner

      While I totally agree with you, I’m not sure if your last question is a rhethorical one or not.

      Of course I could imagine the Reds doing just that.

      That said, while I’m not a big fan of Farmer, he is the last man standing from the wild Bailey trade and there’s something to be appreciated about that.

    • William

      Steer is definitely one of the players on the future competitive team. He will be playing regularly next year. Talent is there. I do not know how good he will be. Time will tell. I agree with Old School. I think this is all for Kyle Farmer. He played well this year. Hopefully, they can find a team that will give up a good prospect for him. It will not be a top prospect.

  3. Mark Moore

    Dunn to the pen, perhaps as a piggy-back starter? Same thing for Overton?

    Hoping Greene settles in to a good start tonight.

    Hope springs eternal, right? A fleeting, weak, end of the season hope that only covers a couple games, mind you … 😮

  4. Mark Moore

    Nice hustle by Fraley to beat the throw. Gives us a chance.

  5. Mark Moore

    Another busted stick 😮

    At least we took advantage of what they gave us. We have the lead for now 😀

  6. Old-school

    Hunter Greene v O’Neill Cruz might happen a few times the next 5 years.

  7. Mark Moore

    Reynolds trying to talk himself into an early shower?

  8. Old-school

    Greene nasty.

    The Big 3 under 25 are a reason to be optimistic.

    You can make a legit argument why each of the 3 are better than the other 2. Id go with the lefty because lefties are just different.

    • Harry Stoner

      Both Greene and Lodolo have looked good following their hiatuses.
      I hope Ashcraft can turn things back around in his final two starts.

      You’re right. That would give a booster shot to some optimism after this dismal season.

  9. Mark Moore

    Congrats, Mike! Nice little inside-out oppo!

    • Old-school

      No! Opposite field singles arent allowed.

      Barrero actually just almost hit one out with a good swing.

  10. Harry Stoner

    Barrero made contact.

    Beginning of a trend?

  11. Kevin H

    Still not sure why all the negative comments about Farmer. I haven’t watched him play much this year,however to me he is the type of veteran you want on your team. Help the young guys and give good abs…

    • Old-school

      No negative comments about farmer. It’s everything to do with the future and hes not part of it. He is 33 next year and will get $5 million in arbitration and plays SS and 3b and Reds arent winning the World Series next year and need to develop 20 something’s at SS and 3b.

      Everyone loves Farmer. He just isnt part of 2023 if you trade Winker Suarez Gray Castillo and Mahle.

      • Kevin H

        Just general comments I read OS.. A very valid point about players they traded.

        I did read Farmer may bring trade value to Reds.

      • Rob

        Do you really think the Reds are going to rollout this 2nd half lineup next year? Gosh, they are like 16-18 games under 500 in 2 months. That equates to like 50+ games under in a full year. 55-107! I totally understand your points on Farmer but you are making it sound like the Reds are not going to spend any money to improve and we are going to see these AAA flashes ….Friedl, Lopez, Aquino, Robinson, Fairchild, Papierski, Barerro, Fraley etc. for another 150 games in 2023. Gosh, everyone of these guys has had their opportunity over the last 2 months and it didn’t happen and isn’t likely to happen next year. If they are still hitting 180 and 205 next June, what will that have accomplished? Another season of 4-5 wins for Lodolo, Greene, and Ashcraft? That is a setback not a gain.

        It may turn out that you guys are correct and we play these clowns next year and win 55-65 games. Just can’t see it. I think we have to start thinking about our young pitchers and spend to acquire some offense….. 25-30 HR guys to put in the middle of the lineup. Not 5 year contracts but 1-2 year contract guys to bridge us to 2024-2025. If we don’t start competing soon, I can’t see guys wanting to stay here. Some of this going on right now. Management playing Barrero, Aquino, and Robinson. That is not trying to win.

  12. Jim t

    Have no idea how Bell wasn’t trying to steal with Solano on first. Absolutely no way he shouldn’t have been running.

  13. Mark Moore

    Greene settled in and kept them from scoring.

  14. Mark Moore

    What’s the over/under on HBP combined for both teams tonight?

  15. Bet on Red

    he is hitting alot of batters isnt he

  16. Old-school

    Spencer Steer with a professional at bat.

    Aquino putrid

  17. Old-school

    There is no way this team moves to 2023 with Farmer at 33 making $5 million as a SS or 3b or Aquino in RF.

    Farmer and Aquino arent on the 40 man roster.

    • Harry Stoner

      There’s some wishful thinking I share, but remain dubious.

      I also don’t see Farmer tradable at his age and with that kind of potential money involved in any transaction.

      I don’t think the Reds have the courage to just let him go.

      He’s had a relatively productive year, but much of that is measured in terms of how unproductive the team has been post-Castellanos, Winker, Suarez, Votto.

      And Stephenson out and India in jinx land.

      A leader? Sure, once Suarez, Winker and Gray have been dealt away.

      But left to his own devices, Bell would play him every day and Steer, Lopez, Barrero, McLain, even DLC would sit.

      I’ve forgotten the other half dozen shortstops in the wings.

      I see the Reds axxing Lopez or Fairchild before K Farmer or, mercy, Reynolds.

      I hope I’m wrong.

      • Old-school

        It’s not that complicated

        Farmer is $5 million at 33

        Would you rather have him?

        Or Senzel, Reynolds, Steer, Barrero, and Friedl.

        They all cost the same or frees up bullpen and Sp money

    • Harry Stoner

      Man, I hope they don’t get back into another HBP war that the Reds / Pirates had a few years back.

      No winners there.

      But I’m still glad Greene hit him.

  18. Daytonnati

    India not exactly DatDude with the glove.

  19. Mark Moore

    That run is half on Greene, half on India. At least we got the easy GIDP.

  20. Jim t

    India with a error and Romine misses a pop up. Cost us a run and adds to Greene’s pitch count.

    • Mark Moore

      Just remember the guy who scored got in via HBP.

  21. Mark Moore

    Almost looked like a phantom tag for a minute.

  22. Jim t

    We might as well be hitting our pitcher. I have no doubt Greene would give a better at bat then either of our catching options. This is such a bad roster.

    • Melvin

      Talking about having lots of SS don’t forget Greene was one too. lol I’m sure he’ll never get the chance but I’m also sure he’d like to. Like you said, even more I’m sure he’d like to hit and not be as bad as some.

      • Mark Moore

        He was a combo player in HS. He was drafted specifically as a pitcher.

      • Melvin

        Yeah but he wanted to play both if possible. lol

    • VaRedsFan

      Should they be trading for Mike Trout with a week to go in the season? Nothing on this roster has anything to do with the future except for the rookie pitchers, Indy, and Ty.
      I’m not sure what you are expecting with a week to go in a rebuilding year?

      • Kevin H

        Fairchild, Friedl, Siani, Steer, have plenty to do with the future. Barrero as well.

      • VaRedsFan

        Exactly Kevin…which is why I was wondering what Jim T was talking about with regards to the roster. They aren’t trying to win the WS this year with a week to go in the season.

  23. Mark Moore

    Nice AB for Steer following the two oppo hits.

  24. Harry Stoner

    This would appear to be an important AB for Aquino’s future.

  25. VaRedsFan

    Loved the fire Greene showed after the great play by Farmer

  26. DataDumpster

    Well, Old-school, maybe they let Farmer go, I don’t debate these things because I have no idea what they will do. But, I ask, are any of the dozen or so “infielders” we have on this team capable of the kind of play Farmer just made? Where is the defense, effort and fundamental play on this team? It has to come from the player not the team or coaching and Farmer is one of the very few who has it.

    • Old-school

      It doesnt matter on a 100 loss team that traded Castillo and mahle and Gray and Winker and Saurez.

      Farmer is 33 next year and below average hitter and not part of the winning future in 2024/25. He isnt. Doesnt mean he isnt a gamer in 2022. Do you really think Farmer is playing 3b in 2023 over Steer who was traded for Mahle who was controlled in 2023?

      You cant trade Mahle and Castillo and then play over 30 guys in 2023 when you quit on 2023 by trading your best starting pitching. Thats organizational schizophrenia.

      • Harry Stoner

        “Thats organizational schizophrenia.”

        Or that’s David Bell.

      • DataDumpster

        All of your comments are valid although with the lack of development for Senzel, Barrero, Friedl, Aquino et al, I wonder if the “new” studs like Steer, Siani or the half dozen utility guys who can play any position (but not very well) will be ready to assume a spot on the team greater than say Woody Woodward. With Farmer gone and Solano arguably more expensive and expendable as well according to strategy, who is going to lead this oversupplied but mixed up infield forward, not to mention the 3 outfielders and backup catcher that is sorely needed? David Bell and underlings?

  27. Redsvol

    Man, our offense has been anemic the last month. You would think some of the inexperienced guys would seize this opportunity they’ve been given on a major league team.

    Our poor starting pitchers must feel they have to throw a no-hitter to get a stinking win with this bunch.

    • Harry Stoner

      Three walks by Greene, but 10 Ks, some at crucial moments.

      Could be me, but it seems he’s showing some tenacity in tough moments and sticking with it and making good pitches.

      That is great to see.

      Of course, it’s the Pirates. Not as if they have been whupping the Reds of late or anything.

      • Mark Moore

        Welsh is saying Greene is throwing more change-ups since he came back.

  28. Mark Moore

    Six solid innings from Greene. Just like Lodolo, he’s pitched well enough to win but we’re not backing him with crooked numbers. Seems we’ve watched this movie before … a LOT.

  29. Kevin H

    I can’t wait till they stop the over shifting!!

    Hopefully baseball returns to being fun to watch and follow

  30. Mark Moore

    We’re gonna give this one away … again … aren’t we? (sad panda face)

  31. LDS

    Sure glad Bell pulled Greene. It’s working out so we’ll. Let them throw more than 100 pitches. It will do them and the team a lot of good.

    • Kevin H

      What purpose would it serve having him pitch over 100 pitches? At end of the season and no playoff

      • LDS

        Trying to win? Letting Green go deeper into the game to challenge his effectiveness? Confidence? For that matter, Farmer isn’t effective tonight. Why is he still pitching?

  32. Melvin

    Anyone feeling confident right now? 🙂

  33. Mark Moore

    Silver Alert – the effective Buck Farmer has gone missing

  34. Mark Moore

    And then THAT happened …

    More wasted starting pitching, scoring opportunities … pretty much sums up 2022.

  35. Daytonnati

    “Turn out the lights … the party’s over “

  36. Mark Moore

    I’m sitting here in my favorite chair thinking I could have been in Pittsburgh, freezing my @$$ off and watching us blow another one. I think I made a good choice.

  37. LDS

    And Bell wins another game for the Reds opponent. K’ching.

    • wkuchad

      Your obsession with Bell is just sad. Sometimes I wonder if you’re really just a 16 kid pulling the greatest troll job in internet history.

      • LDS

        @wkuchad, and I wonder if you’re on the Reds payroll or simply a fan boy. Bell is demonstrably not an MLB manager and continues to blow games. If he were reasonably competent, the Reds wouldn’t be close to 100 losses, regardless of the roster.

      • wkuchad

        Regardless of roster??

        Some self-reflection is a good thing. You should ask yourself why you post substantially more when the Reds are losing. If they’re winning, you’re noticeably absent. I’ve asked this before, but if the Reds ever did fire Bell, what in the world would you ever post about?

      • LDS

        There’s no shortage of material. But, contrary to your “observation “, I’ve actually given Bell credit for making the right decision on occasion. After 3+ years of watching the same management mistakes repeatedly…. As Santayana stated, those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

  38. Mark Moore

    DTBell waving the white flag that is Strickland?

  39. Kevin H

    Farmer up to 35 pitches and no change.

    Lastnight 3 pitchers were used in 5 inning

    • Harry Stoner

      Bell is trying to keep opponents off balance.

      They’ll never know what to expect.

      Except maybe a walk to the first batter.

  40. Mark A Verticchio

    6 losses in a row to the Pirates, there really isn’t much more to say. This team needs a lot of changes and sadly i don’t think much will happen.

    • LDS

      Nope, not a thing likely. Bell must be getting a bonus based on games blown. Or he makes Pete Rose look like a choirboy.

      • Big Bob's Burner

        Seriously? Being super charitable, there might be 7ish players on the current 25 man roster who could be part of a playoff team. Wasting energy on managerial decisions is the definition of too far in the forest.

  41. Harry Stoner

    Onward to 2025! Or maybe ’26 or ’27.

    Or maybe ’32 or ’37.

  42. Kevin H

    @LDS, wait you have said you want reds to lose 100 games. Now your upset at Bell cause he didn’t let Greene pitch over 100 in a meaningless game?

    Sounds like no matter what happens u r not happy. Are you sure your a fan of the reds?
    I mean seriously dude…

    • Harry Stoner

      I agree that LDS doesn’t appear like he wants to be happy, but he does speak a frustration that a lot of folks likely share.

      I’m pulling for 100 losses, too, so that some dirt winds up on Krall and Castellinis’ shoes.

      Put there are still other games to lose to get us there even if the Reds won this one.

      I’m personally not comfortable with the “meaningless game” notion, though.

      It’s baseball, man, every game counts if you’re a fan. Playoffs are gravy.

      • Kevin H

        So Bell leaves Greene in for a extra inning and over day 110 pitches. The same people would still complain.

      • Harry Stoner

        Well, that’s likely so, but in some cases the complaints have validity and other times less so.

        Sure a lot of it is second guessing.

        But noone in their right mind should bet on the Reds’ bullpen in the 6th or 7th inning.

        Greene was pitching well and efficiently.

        He’s the one there’s an investment in, not B Farmer or obviously the season.

        Greene’s just come off an extended off-period. He’s got one more start until an extra long off-period.

        There’s nothing magic about the 100 number…his injury, Lodolo’s injury and Ashcraft’s all occured irrespective of such.

        Why not let him go and see what happens to the game?

    • LDS

      I do want 102. Not that it’ll matter. But, I absolutely hate incompetent managers in any field more. This was a giveaway, not a loss. That’s the difference. Had he pulled Farmer after 3 or 4 batters when it was obvious he wasn’t effective, then a loss would be acceptable. Leaving Farmer in for 30+ pitches smacks of incompetence or malfeasance.

      • Kevin H

        I get tired of pretend fans who always complain and act like they can do better.

        It has gotten old and tiresome this season dude. No matter what Bell has done you whine and moan

        Go apply for the manager position. Sick of your complaining. Geesh

      • LDS

        @KevinH, try objectivity. Give a rational excuse for letting Farmer be shelled in tie game. There isn’t one. It’s not being a pretend fan to call out mediocrity. To not do so would be enabling behavior- like buying an alcoholic a drink.

  43. RedsGettingBetter

    This Reds team can’t defeat the Pirates, this is the worst one in baseball right now… Don´t score more than 3 runs ever

    • Dennis Westrick

      Let’s call them the One Run Reds!

  44. Dennis Westrick

    I actually applaud Bell’s decision to remove Greene when he did! As much as I hate losing this is a meaningless game at the end of a lost season! Greene represents the future and hopefully will be a solid starter doe many years to come!

    • Harry Stoner

      Greeen will likely be a solid starter for years to come, but with Bell at the helm we’re likely to be seeing a lot more games like this one.

      Castillo can send Greene a postcard from Seattle (or wherever their first playoff game is played) and tell Greene all about it what lies ahead.

  45. Mark Moore

    Tough way to end the night for Siani

  46. Mark Moore

    Strickland does what Farmer couldn’t … must be opposite day in Pittsburgh

    • Harry Stoner

      Strickland pitches well only when the cause is already lost.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Strickland ran into a room of dynamite but with a box of wet matches!

  47. DataDumpster

    Looks like a 6 game winning streak for the Bucs against us. Wow, all we need now is for a surprise appearance by Clint Hurdle to take a bow with David Bell being restrained on the sidelines! Why am I now pining for those days of 2019?

  48. Mark Moore

    I have a light day tomorrow, so I’ll have the game on in my office. Not that I expect much (sadly).

    Doug should start charging therapy prices for this site.

    Night all.

  49. Kevin H

    Farmer didn’t have it tonight and was left in way too long. Surely Diaz was available?

    But with Reds offense right now don’t think it would of matter

  50. Dennis Westrick

    Four (4) strikeouts for Barrero tonight! Can someone, anyone, please teach him how to hit ML pitching!

    • Harry Stoner

      Actually, 3 out of 4 Ks for Barrero tonight.

      But he did foul a few balls off. But he was getting fed a steady diet of fastballs in the zone and he couldn’t really deal with them.
      Mercy pitching?
      Eventually he missed.

      I don’t think anything is to be gained by running him out there for the rest of the season.

      But I guess there’s nothing to lose either.

      Nothing is going to happen for him in 2022. It’s absolutely brutal to watch him at the plate.

      The Return of Stubbs.

  51. Redsvol

    Good night by Hunter. I am concerned that the offensive players aren’t getting anything done against the pitching of the Pirates. Several of these players are going to be sad that they didn’t put more into seizing this opportunity when the season is over. Fraley, Aquino, Fairchild, Barerro and Steer……where are you?

    Lots of upcoming youngsters and free agents are ready to take your spots if you don’t want them!

    The bullpen, well many of os have previously said there are only 2-3 in the whole pen worth keeping next year.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Diaz is the only lock to retain for bullpen!