The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound from last night’s loss. The Phillies took the second game of the series with an 8-3 victory on Friday, evening up things at one game each in the 4-game set. First pitch this afternoon is set for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia Phillies

Cincinnati Reds

Bryson Stott – 2B Jonathan India – 2B
Trea Turner – SS Spencer Steer – 3B
Kyle Schwarber – DH Stuart Fairchild – RF
Nick Castellanos – RF Tyler Stephenson – DH
Brandon Marsh – CF Wil Myers – 1B
Alec Bohm – 1B Nick Senzel – CF
Jake Cave – LF TJ Friedl – LF
Edmundo Sosa – 3B Jose Barrero – SS
Garrett Stubbs – C Curt Casali – C
Matt Strahm – LHP Graham Ashcraft – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Matt Strahm 10.0 0.00 0.70 2 10
Graham Ashcraft 13.0 2.08 1.08 4 13
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Matt Strahm’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

The offseason spent reworking and refining his slider has paid off early this season for Graham Ashcraft. It’s resulted in plenty of strikeouts. He’s also began to throw fewer sinkers and more cutters (as well as more sliders) this season when compared to last year. While his change up didn’t show up much in 2022 it hasn’t shown up at all in 2023. It’s only been two starts so far, but he’s yet to throw one.

Last season right-handed hitters crushed Ashcraft, while he flat out embarrassed left-handed hitters. It’s been much the same this season through two starts. Righties are hitting .360 against him while lefties have an OPS of .307 against him.

2022 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 252 74 16 0 10 6.3% 13.9% .323 .377 .524
LHH 212 45 3 0 1 6.6% 17.0% .232 .292 .263

Pitch Usage 

Cutter 2-Seam Change Slider
Velo 96.9 97.8 89.3 89.4
Usage 52% 7% 0% 41%

Matt Strahm

After spending 2022 in the Boston Red Sox bullpen where he posted a 3.83 ERA, Matt Strahm signed with the Phillies this past offseason as a free agent. He’s made two starts and one relief appearance for Philadelphia so far this year.

His splits last season, and pretty much in recent memory are limited because he’s pitched out of the bullpen, but there’s not a real big difference when it comes to how lefties or righties have handled Strahm. Neither hit for much average or for much power. Lefties do walk a bit more often than righties do. Despite being a reliever in the last few years, Straham has six different offerings that hitters have to be aware of, though the curve and change are rarities so far this season.

2022 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 136 27 4 0 4 13 39 .221 .302 .353
LHH 57 11 3 0 1 4 13 .229 .333 .354

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 94.1 93.6 88.4 83.6 84.5 87.8
Usage 43% 18% 17% 2% 20% 1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 77°, sunny, 1% chance of rain

News and Notes

Welcome to the show Casey Legumina

Cincinnati called up reliever Casey Legumina this afternoon. In his four games in Triple-A Louisville he allowed just one run in 5.2 innings, walked no one, and struck out five batters. He’s taking the roster spot of Connor Overton, who was placed on the injured list with a right elbow strain. You can read more about Legumina and what to expect here if you’re interested.

Luke Weaver will take over the starters spot

Prior to the game today David Bell told the media that Luke Weaver, who pitched his second rehab game for Louisville last night and threw 5.0 innings, would take over the spot in the rotation vacated by Connor Overton. Weaver is not on the active roster yet, and he likely won’t be activated until it’s his turn in the rotation.

Standings

Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 10 4 0.0 73.1%
Cubs 7 5 2.0 20.2%
Pirates 8 6 2.0 7.1%
Cardinals 6 8 4.0 59.9%
Reds 5 8 4.5 1.0%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

109 Responses

  1. LDS

    Maybe you shouldn’t post the standings – 4.5 GB after 13 games is not where you want to be. Expected perhaps, but who wants to be reminded. The lineup tells us that Newman’s injury is more impactful than we thought. Other than that, no real complaints about the lineup. It’s time for Senzel to produce or be optioned to Louisville or traded.

    • Doug Gray

      Bell said there was some swelling that kept Newman from being eligible to hit yesterday, but would have been able to run or play the field. Said Newman’s fully available today.

      • LDS

        That’s good. I’m not a Newman fan but I hate losing anyone to injury.

    • GMan88

      I was just about to mention Senzel. I don’t know why he wasn’t the first one shipped out of town when they started unloading everybody. He had one decent half of a season. Career .657 OPS. Very unremarkable and lackluster player. But…he hits in front of Friedl??

    • Dennis Westrick

      The truth is painful sometimes! The reality for all Reds fans is that we are currently in LAST PLACE in the NL Central Division with no where to go but up! Starts with a win today and then start winning 3-game series or at worst, splitting 4-game series! Have winning record at home so far this season but just God-awful on the road!

  2. Chris

    So I guess Fraley is a platoon hitter on this team, and that’s that. Don’t quite understand pigeon holing a young player like that this early in his career, especially when he’s hitting so well to start the season.

    • LDS

      He’s nearly 28 and someone posted here, I think Doug, that Fraley’s inability to hit LH’ers extends well back into his minor league career. On the other hand, Senzel’s not hitting anyone in recent years either.

    • CI3J

      Fraley is not that young. He’s 27.

      But I agree, I’d like to see if he can learn to hit lefties. You never know if you never give him the chance. His career stats are pretty brutal, but then again, he’s been far outperforming his career stats since the second half of last year, so something obviously clicked for him.

      I mean, what do the Reds have to lose? Let him go out there and see some more lefties and see what he can do.

    • David

      Fraley sitting against a left-hander.
      Yeah, that’s kind of wild, isn’t it? He is really hitting well, and you would THINK that …”Hey, let’s see if he can handle left-handed pitching now”.

      But…NOOOOOOOO!
      I would bet he does get into the game when the starter leaves, a right handed reliever comes in and there is a chance for Bell to do some pinch-hitting.
      Nice to see Fairchild get a start, and we will see if Senzel can contribute something.

      I would actually like to see Senzel play third, and Steer could play first or DH. Senzel is supposed to have been an elite fielding 3rd baseman.

    • Melvin

      At this point I’d much rather see Fraley then Senzel out there. So I guess Senzel is not going to have to earn it and has pretty much been given every day playing time? That man has been given A LOT.

  3. CI3J

    Hey, Barrero is NOT hitting last. Progress!

    • CI3J

      By the way, Barrero since April 3rd is hitting:

      .292AVG, .370OBP .458SLG, .828 OPS

      If he keeps that up for the full season, then the Reds have found their SS of the future.

  4. MBS

    I think @Jim got into David Bells ear, and convinced him that our 3 hole hitter should be Fairchild.

    • Jim Walker

      Nope, I was as surprised as anyone and everyone else to see that Thursday when it 1st happened. 😉

      I like it. Keeps the platooning from really switching around the order. And Thursday Fairchild acquitted himself well at the plate

  5. Kevin H

    Last year 30 was old. This year 27 is old? Come on redlegnation. LoL

    • CI3J

      No one said 27 is old. But it’s also not young, in baseball terms.

      • Kevin H

        Honestly I am just having some fun.

        In baseball terms 27 is prime. However we all have our opinion

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    I don’t remember Castellanos being so helpless against breaking pitches when he was with Cincinnati.

    • Melvin

      I’d still take him. Imagine if we were smart enough to keep Casty and go after Happ (no longer an option) with the way they both hit in our ballpark.

  7. Tom Mitsoff

    Nice recovery from two-on, nobody-out.

  8. CI3J

    The big right-hander gets out of the jam. Well done.

  9. Melvin

    30 pitches after two. We can live with that I guess.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That’s about the right pace for a strikeout pitcher.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Maybe he’s finally coming around.

  10. Dennis Westrick

    Myers is coming around! Need him to get hot and STAY HOT!

  11. Melvin

    According to our buddy Sadak Friedl is hitting 40 points higher vs. lefties than righties. Still moved down in the order. I guess he did just K but still.

    • Kevin H

      He should be batting second. India and Friedl to me set the tone

      • CI3J

        I actually think Friedl should lead off and India should hit second.

      • Melvin

        India 2B
        Friedl Cf
        Stephenson C
        Fraley LF
        Steer 3B
        Votto DH
        Myers 1B
        Fairchild RF
        Barrero SS

        Best I can come up with when Votto returns.

  12. Kevin H

    Senzel patient at the plate and drew a walk. Stole a base

  13. Dennis Westrick

    Two swing SO’s with less than 2 outs and a runner stranded at 2nd base! Again! Need contact hitters!

  14. Dennis Westrick

    Two on, no outs! Situation calls for a bunt! Earth to Bell!

  15. Dennis Westrick

    Yes! A wild pitch will work!

  16. Tom Mitsoff

    Reds have chased SOOO many two-strike pitches out of the zone.

    • Jim Walker

      I thought Fairchild chased in the 1st but did not have much choice in the 3rd because got a called strike 2 on a pitch in about the same spot as the one swung through to be K’ed. The 4th and 6h pitches of the third inning AB is where SF lost it, fouling off really good pitches to hit.

      Stephenson chasing a pitch that was never in the zone surprised me.

      Barrero is doing better but still a a work in progress,

  17. old-school

    Well, they chased the started after 2.2 innings. Thats always a win. Hello Will Myers. Welcome to Cincinnati.

  18. CI3J

    Myers says “Let’s do that again!”

  19. Doc

    It looks like a good thing Krall didn’t listen to those wanting to dump Myers. He’ll have two more ABs to try to tie for the team lead in HRs. Doing his best Brandon Drury imitation.

  20. Mark Moore

    Myers making sure those runners aren’t stranded. Nice game fo Wil.

    • Melvin

      Myers building up his trade value? 🙂

  21. LarkinPhillips

    I’ve said it several times, but I love the patient approach by this team. Especially the young guys.

  22. old-school

    Barrero walks and steals 2b. Hes making progress.

  23. Melvin

    Walk, steal, double, run… I like it.

  24. old-school

    India is now tied with Christian Yellich for the NL lead in runs scored in 1 less game. Jon is playing great and leading this offense.

  25. VaRedsFan

    Anybody that throws Myers pitches middle-in, should be demoted on the spot.
    We’ll take it.

  26. Melvin

    Sadak talking about “time of possession”?

    • Old Big Ed

      I’ve noticed it in years past with the Reds on the other side of it. It seems impossible to come back in the 5th inning, when you’ve been hitting for 20 minutes and the other team has been out there for 50 minutes. Of course, that typically happens when one team is well ahead of the other.

      The practical effect is that the “no possession” team’s hitters wait 40-50 minutes between ABs.

  27. Melvin

    Fortunate out there. LOL Bailed Barrero out. Aschraft 68 after 5. I like it. 🙂

  28. VaRedsFan

    Barrero’s defense hasn’t gotten off to a good start in 2023

  29. Kevin H

    Not surprised Myers is a good baseball player.

  30. Melvin

    Ashcraft has an eight run lead. Wow.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Might be a good chance to give the new reliever a look in an inning or two.

  31. Melvin

    Poor Casali doesn’t look like the same hitter he was when he first played for the Reds.

    • old-school

      No he does not. How do u measure his value tho based on Ashcraft performance. I think that was the reason for 3 catchers. Rest Stephenson, catching insurance , and pitching development. I honestly dont know how much value a seasoned catcher brings to a pitcher. Ashcraft and Greene and Lodolo are trending upward for sure though.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. It would be nice though if we had a backup catcher that could at least hit a little bit.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @Melvin, our old friend chuckie Robinson is hitting .412 with doubles and 2 hr in AAA. Looks like he slimmed down from last year.

  32. Jim Walker

    Baseball really is a strange game. If Steer had not K’d to end the 4th chances are Fraley would have batted for Fairchild in a platoon switch with runners on.

    But Steer did end the 4th; and with a 5 run lead, Bell let Fairchild bat in the 5th vs the RH pitcher; and, after K’ing twice vs LH pitching, he got a double to touch off a 3 run inning which has (hopefully) broken the game open.

  33. Melvin

    88 pitches after 6. Let him go another one. Farmer is warming up. 🙂

  34. Dennis Westrick

    One more inning from Ashcraft please Mr. Bell. Don’t trust anyone in the Reds bullpen except Diaz and maybe Young!

  35. Dennis Westrick

    NOOOOOO! Not Farmer! He’s been a HR machine!

    • Optimist

      9 pitches – the efficient Farmer!

      • Dennis Westrick

        More like the Astronaut Farmer! He is a space cadet!

  36. Reddawg2012

    The shots of Greene, Lodolo, and Ashcraft together in the dugout there in the top of the 7th cracking up laughing together are golden. I love it. Excited to watch those three for a long time.

    • Harry Stoner

      Reds need to start saving their money now.

      These three could carry the team for the next 10 years +

  37. Dennis Westrick

    I’ll have some hot sauce with that Crow! Farmer retires the side in order without giving the fans in the outfield seats a souvenir!

  38. old-school

    Terrible news on Votto

    Hes not back to play.

    More rehab

    Charlie goldsmith has the article
    He will go back on rehab assignment when he is ready.

    Vosler isnt going to work. Move Myers to 1b and play the outfielders.

    • Jim Walker

      They are sucking air for a LH bench bat. Maybe trade an OF for one?

    • Optimist

      That may not be terrible news, and I’ll have to find the article, but he was clearly underperforming in AAA. It’s a serious injury/surgery, age, and so on . . ., but he should take his time – 1/2 season of very good Joey is far better than 80% of a season of a legacy and bench presence. If it takes 6-8 weeks in AAA, fine. I hope he still works on making the roster next year at whatever is negotiated above the buyout.

      • Harry Stoner

        I hope so…as I’m thinking the Reds will be playoff bound in 2024.

        I actually think they would have been in 2023 with a couple of key additions.

  39. Dennis Westrick

    Actually, I’m OK with the walk to Schwarber!

  40. Bet on Red

    Hope the reds are like this more oftern

  41. Dennis Westrick

    A touchdown and a field goal! The Bengals would be proud!

  42. Harry Stoner

    Thanks and a tip o’ the hat to whoever it was here on RLN who suggested that Myers step a little closer to the plate.

  43. Optimist

    Harrison pitching in front of friends and family, but not his MLB debut.

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Myers 4 for 5 with 5 RBI’s! Think he’ll be the player of the game?

    • Melvin

      Probably will get a day off tomorrow. He needs a rest. lol

  45. Bet on Red

    We just inflating batting averages now

  46. VaRedsFan

    Hurry up….call Strickland for the 9th…
    He might give up 12, but no way they get 13

    • LarkinPhillips

      He was doing his best to blow a 5 run lead in AAA at same time we were closing this one out.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’m pulling for Legumina, just as I do with SanMartin.

      CL was “the other guy” in the Maile trade as Reiver was in the Sonny Gray deal.

      Bonus.

      • Harry Stoner

        My mistake.

        Legumina came over in the Farmer trade.

  47. Jimbo44cn

    Sandal should shut he heck up(keeping it clean Doug) and call the game.
    Useless meaningless statistics about opposing players etc NO ONE wants to hear
    Sorry but he annoys the h. Out ofme

  48. LDS

    Uncharacteristically good performance by the Reds. Ashcraft’s control was off a bit today. What’s the story on India?

    • Doug Gray

      Fouled a ball off of his foot. With the big league he was pulled after that inning as a precaution (he told Jim Day during the game)

    • Harry Stoner

      Groundouts-flyouts: Ashcraft 9-2;

      I’ll take that all summer long.