The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to avoid being swept this afternoon as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in the finale of their 3-game series. Cincinnati will be sending Luis Cessa to the mound to try and stop the losing. The Pirates will be countering with Bryse Wilson as they go for the sweep. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35pm ET if the weather cooperates.

Starting Lineups

Here’s the lineup for this afternoon’s series finale:

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

TJ Friedl – LF Oneil Cruz – SS
Spencer Steer – 3B Bryan Reynolds – DH
Kyle Farmer – DH Miguel Andujar – LF
Jake Fraley – RF Ben Gamel – 1B
Stuart Fairchild – CF Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
Alejo Lopez – 2B Cal Mitchell – RF
Matt Reynolds – 1B Kevin Newman – 2B
Jose Barrero – SS Jose Godoy – C
Chuckie Robinson – C Ji Hwan Bae – CF
Luis Cessa – SP Bryse Wilson – SP

Starting Pitchers

Luis Cessa 69.2 4.78 1.35 25 53
Bryse Wilson 104.1 5.95 1.49 29 72
Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Bryse Wilson’s Stats

Luis Cessa

Since transitioning to the rotation, Luis Cessa has pitched a little better than he did when he was a reliever. His ERA as a starter is 4.64 through eight starts and his walk rate (as well as his strikeout rate) is down a little bit.

Against lefties this year he’s pitched well, limiting their power against him. Right-handed hitters have been a bit of a different story. They make a little more contact, but the contact they make is a lot better as they are slugging 106 points higher than lefties are.


RHH 155 37 4 1 9 14 27 .270 .342 .511
LHH 137 32 5 1 4 11 26 .254 .314 .405

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 93.6 93.7 82.9 88.0
Usage 17.2% 22.8% 40.7% 19.4%

Bryse Wilson

Both righties and lefties are picking up plenty of hits against Wilson this season. Lefties, though, are also walking at a much higher clip the righties (though still not walking much) and hitting for significantly more power. Lefties are putting up MVP-ish numbers against him, while righties have merely been good against him this season.


RHH 240 63 13 0 9 11 36 .284 .325 .464
LHH 226 63 14 1 11 18 36 .317 .380 .563

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 92.8 92.2 83.4 85.4 77.2
Usage 24.4% 32.7% 16.9% 13.7% 12.3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 12:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, MLB Network
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 56°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain

News and Notes

In case you missed it

Justin Dunn’s rehab start

Last night saw Justin Dunn take the mound in Georgia with the Triple-A Louisville Bats on a rehab start. He threw 3.0 hitless innings with no runs allowed, walked two batters, and he struck out four. Louisville’s season ends this afternoon, so Dunn will not be making another appearance for them.

The Memories

109 Responses

  1. David

    Where have you gone, Jay Bruce?

    A lonely Cincinnati turns it’s eyes to you….

    • Rut

      Uhh, yeah… sorry Nick, the Reds appear to be a few years away from anything resembling a playoff team.

  2. Mark Moore

    Getaway Day line-up is … interesting.

    Little matters if we can’t generate some offense and support whatever Cessa & Company can do on the mound.

    Off we go for one more round in Pittsburgh for 2022. Can’t say as I’ll be sorry to see it goe.

  3. Daytonnati

    I remember thinking that night that it was the beginning of a long run. That core group was young and good. It fell apart pretty fast.

  4. Mark A Verticchio

    I think Cowboy has really had it with this team and it’s coaching.


    Had a good shot in 2013 but the reds didn’t replace Ludwick bat when he got hurt in the opener. Thought for most of the year they would.

      • Greenfield Red

        JH had the best walk-up music in the history of GABP

  6. RedsGettingBetter

    It seems Andújar is a good pick for the Pirates and could be a big payout ticket lottery…


    Wilson too tough today! 21 pitches through 2 innings. Normal getaway day, swing at first thing close.


      Game Day says 22, guess I blinked.

      • Jim Walker

        As a once upon a time catcher, never blink when you see a swing. 😉


        Off, time for lunch, Enjoy the game fellow reds fan. Darn Spell checker

    • Jim Walker

      I’ve been wondering if the Reds will fly straight to Chicago for Friday’s afternoon game or perhaps instead fly home and spend the off day in Cincy then fly to Chicago late Thursday afternoon.

      With the month ending Friday and the season next Wednesday, there could be a number of them focusing more on squaring things away for the ultimate end of season getaway if they are in Cincy for the day tomorrow.

  8. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s see how long Bell waits to make a pitching change! I’m betting he waits until the game is out of hand (5+ run lead).

  9. Joe Henry

    Cessa is finding too much of the middle of the plate. Batting practice for Pie-rats

  10. RedsGettingBetter

    Today was huge day for Cessa’s hopes of making the Reds rotation in 2023 but he is being crushed by the Pirates no so good…

  11. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t know which disaster is worse! The 2022 Reds or Hurricane Ian which is coming to Orlando near my office!

    • RedsGettingBetter

      and it is not Ian Gibaut…


        I thought it was bearing down on Pittsburgh with how the Reds are swinging at the first few pitches. 31 pitches through 3, maybe Wilson can get a complete game today.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Cessa at 48 pitches thru 2 innings with 5 hits allowed and 3 runs! Early trip to the showers at that rate!

  13. Mark A Verticchio

    As a long time Reds fan this is just hard to watch. The sad thing is they are going to lose 100 games and there will be no accountability. Bell will be back and next year will most likely be just as bad or worse. This is the saddest excuse for a team the Reds have ever put out there. You can really tell Cowboy is having a hard time holding back.

  14. Jim Walker

    Even given that the pitcher is already in trouble when a pitching coach goes to the mound for a conference, it is still amazing how often Johnson’s visits to the mound are a precursor to damaging hits.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Johnson needs to be on the same plane, train or bus with Bell headed outta Cincy on October 6th!

      • Mark A Verticchio

        I am with you on that Dennis but we both know that won’t happen. Imagine 7 losses in a row to the Pirates, these guys have quit on Bell and I don’t understand how anybody can believe he should be the manger next year.

      • greenmtred

        greene, lodolo, ashcraft and diaz might beg to differ. accountability is fine as long as it’s visited upon the responsible party. in this case, that seems to be ownership; ownership that wouldn’t fund a competitive roster.

      • Jim Walker

        nope. that’s today’s eye test/ memory special. 😉

      • VaRedsFan

        Jim is not wrong. I’ve observed many times that is was the very next pitch after the visit.

  15. Jim Walker

    I don’t know if Fraley’s issue is the result of being beaned a couple of weeks ago, an eye infection, rustiness from sitting out because of one or both of them, or a combination of all 3; but, he absolutely is not the same hitter he was following his return from the IL until the beaning.

  16. Dennis Westrick

    One (1) hit? One (1) lousy hit against a Pirate pitcher with a 5+ ERA? Pathetic! I’m stepping outside and see if I can get hit by some flying debris from Hurricane Ian!

  17. Mark Moore

    I was happy to see there was immediately no threat to the anniversary of the no-no from 2012 … and from there it’s just gotten worse.

    I was outside with my son-in-law taking a camera look at my gutters. Now that the game has my full attention again (sort of) it appears it really isn’t worth watching too closely.

    This would make 7 in a row to the Pie-rats, right? Leaves us in the hands of the Stupid Cubs to see if we avoid 100 losses (well, them and the weather).

  18. dhmorgan

    Players from both teams swinging early and often.
    This is on pace to be a 2 hour game…and you don’t see one of those very often. Maybe both teams just want to get the season over with as soon as possible.

    • Jim Walker

      Would not surprise me much at all


    For those not aware that’s 47 pitches in 5 innings. Just another example of how the game is being played into the ground. Something has to be done! No joy in Mudville!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Mudville will be my yard after Hurricane Ian dumps 8 to 12 inches of rain as it passes through Central florida1


        Stay Safe Dennis! Have friends in Palm Harbor, plus Kyle Waldrop (ex Reds player) lives in Fort Myers.

  20. Mark Moore

    Very nice grab by Fairchild on a dead run.

    • Jim Walker

      Also good to see a guy who has actually been trained as an outfielder so he knows how to make the play and protect himself at the wall afterward.

  21. Wallyum

    Apparently there was a ceremony with a virgin goat last night. Barrero hasn’t had that many hits all month.

  22. RedsGettingBetter

    One run scored (because of a wild pitch BTW) in the last 15 innings. Today they are completely dominated by a pitcher which his ERA was about 6.00 in 145 IP… It is really unheard…

  23. Joe Henry

    Chuckle has to bunt in that situation!

  24. Dennis Westrick

    Gotta give props to Cessa making it through the 6th inning! Would be nice if we could score at least one run!

    • Mark Moore


      Since when do we support our starting pitchers with runs?

      C’mon, man!!


  25. Joe Henry

    Worst that could happen is he strikes out and they avoid the double play

  26. Gonzo Reds

    100 losses is in our grasp! Good job Bob and Phil, best team ever!

  27. Mark Moore

    I guess I’d forgotten that Sanmartin came along with Sonny Gray. He’s one who I think has strong potential.

  28. Mark Moore

    Rain on a cold afternoon in Pittsburgh when we’re behind. I’m thinking they could pre-emptively call this and nobody would even care at this point.


    Anybody notice that Tampa Bay’s top 4 Affiliates all made playoffs. Can’t wait to become more like the Rays

    • Greenfield Red

      Reds system 90 games under .500 from top to bottom

  30. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t think even the ’71 “We Are Family” Pirates ever beat the Reds 6 or 7 games in a row!

  31. Mark Moore

    Blood running in the streets … cats living with dogs … Barrero getting 3 hits in a game …

    A sure sign of the apocalypse if ever I’ve seen one

    • Dennis Westrick

      You left out Category 5 hurricane hitting Southwest Florida!

      • Mark Moore

        That would be the 4th pillar (or horseman)

  32. AMDG

    Based on the way Bryse Wilson is breezing thru the Reds lineup (not that it’s a real MLB lineup, mind you), I’m left to assume Wilson is a legit Cy Young candidate, and the 5 1/2 ERA is a typo?

    But on the good side, Barrero finally figured out he can’t strike out if he makes contact before he sees 3 pitches!

    • Mark Moore


      Except for Barrero. He’s Kryptonite to Wilson today.

  33. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s face it Gents, can it get any worse? Six (6) games remaining against the Cubs (3 on the road, 3 at home) needing a split to avoid a 100-loss season!

    • TR

      According to the schedule, three at Wrigley to wrap up this noted season.

    • Mark Moore

      Escape now whilst you have a chance.

    • Mark Moore

      And those 3 hits we mustered are all by Barrero … 😮

  34. Mark Moore

    Last call in Pittsburgh for 2022 …

    I’m driving during the Stupid Cubs game on Friday, so I won’t be commenting. Depending on phone connectivity, I may be able to play the audio feed.

    • Jim Walker

      Just stay safe from the storm and check in here whenever.

      • Mark Moore

        We’re headed to Georgia via Western NC. Looks like we’ll be driving out of the rain for the most part on Friday.


    Pirates should have left Wilson in to get his complete game shutout! 90 pitches, he could have gone 10 more. make them pay Reds!

    • Mark Moore

      But they didn’t do it … and now it’s too late …

      Extra points to anyone who knows where I stole that line from 😀

  36. Mark Moore

    We’ve just matched our average runs per game in recent memory, especially with these Pie-rats.

    I guess miracles still can happen.

  37. Mark Moore

    I can only imagine that Sadak is now practically soiling himself right now.

    Really need to add on another so we don’t have to screw around with extra innings.

  38. Jim Walker

    Pirates pen trying to out Reds the Reds pen here. They have certainly thrown down the challenge.

  39. Mark Moore

    Barrero back down to earth, but we at least have a chance.

  40. AMDG

    Huh, low & away off speed pitches.

    The Pirates finally remembered how to pitch to Barrero.


    But here’s to the Pirates trying to out-Reds the Reds, using a bullpen to blow a great starting performance!

    • Mark Moore

      However, he put it in play as opposed to whiffed at it. Small victories at this point.

  41. Mark Moore

    Let’s give Diaz a proper 26th birthday present!

    I know I had these guys dead and buried. Glad I stuck with it … for now.

  42. Mark Moore

    I have to think Bryse Wilson is feeling our pain right about now …

    And we get the obligatory BB or HBP … consistency is a good thing 😮


      I’m feeling his pain, the game was over until they took him out. Its something the Reds would have done also. But happy the Reds made them pay!

  43. Mark Moore

    OK, here we go. Barrero on 2nd with The Lettuce Guy at the plate.

    You have ONE JOB, Austin! ONE JOB.

    • Mark Moore

      My bad … it’s Siani and then The Lettuce Guy.

      C’mon, Mike … time to show why you are up here.

  44. Indy Red Man

    I think Fraley, Friedl, and Fairchild are my favorite positives for 2022. The young starters grew and Diaz had a great year, but they need runs moving forward. Especially with our bullpen overall

  45. Melvin

    We just can’t bunt can we? It’s as though we don’t practice it. lol


      Reds don’t teach it in the minors!

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. We just plain can’t.

      If Barrero is on 3rd, that plays out differently for sure.


        Its called a productive out, moving the runner up! Could have made a difference

  46. Mark Moore

    And we got Cruz’d on a ripped line drive

    Now the hard job – hold ’em to nothing.

  47. Mark Moore

    Hayes did us a MAJOR favor there.

    Also, does the IBB count as our compulsory BB/HBP? Asking for some friends …

    • Indy Red Man

      It counts towards their numbers

    • Indy Red Man

      Ghost runner is unearned if scored

    • Mark Moore

      That’s fine, Indy … but I’m speaking of our tendency to either walk a batter or hit one almost every freaking inning the BP is in action.

  48. Mark Moore

    Well that was fun …

    Catch you all most likely on Saturday or maybe Sunday or Monday.

    They sucked us in a little bit again … then sucked the life right back out of us.

  49. DataDumpster

    After the Pirates swept the Reds the last time, they followed that to lose 9 of 10 and assure themselves a near certain last place finish. Here comes the Reds again, in the midst of trying to bookend their humiliating season start with another David Bell special end of season performance at 4-16 with another Pirate’s sweep. Last place and 100 losses now both very possible. How is Bell’s position even tenable after this debacle?

    • Indy Red Man

      Maybe we need 100 losses to get rid of him. Its one thing to lose to Milw or St. Louis, but 2 years in a row they just quit in September. Bell just can’t survive that imo

      Results have to matter

  50. Indy Red Man

    What in the world? Bell wasting Siani in a failed attempt to set up RBi machine Romine (.164). Here comes 100. I guess they deserve it

  51. LDS

    Tuned in just in time to see Diaz lose it. But at least Bell stuck with Diaz instead of going to Strickland or Gibaut. And I see Barrero is 3-4? I guess that means more puff pieces about Zinter in the Enquirer. Seven straight losses to the Pirates. That’s just embarrassing, no matter how you look at it. Six games left. The Reds need half of the remaining games to avoid 100. The only question now is whether the Cubs can knock them into last place.

  52. Dennis Westrick

    Did Bell switch uniforms? How do you not let Wilson finish the game for the Pirates?


      IMO-Cost Wilson a complete game shutout there.

  53. RedsGettingBetter

    the Reds office doesn’t care about to lose 100 or more games and finishing in last place because of everything is justified in the rebuilding … Even they maybe are thinking it is better to have the worst record to increase the odds in the 2023 draft and could pick another good top prospect…We can’t with this sh..

    • DataDumpster

      I’m more concerned with the team attitude, sloppy play and lack of development. They have chosen their strategy, it is not an unreasonable option. But, trust this field management team to get them through this? Time to call in the pros not the pretenders.