The Cincinnati Reds will look to rebound from last night’s 4-3 loss. The Pirates will be looking to try and remain in second place in the National League Central, where they are currently a game up on the Chicago Cubs. First pitch tonight is set for 6:35pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jonathan India – 2B Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
TJ Friedl – LF Bryan Reynolds – LF
Spencer Steer – 3B Andrew McCutchen – DH
Jake Fraley – DH Carlos Santana – 1B
Tyler Stephenson – C Connor Joe – RF
Wil Myers – RF Jack Suwinski – CF
Jason Vosler – 1B Mark Mathias – 2B
Nick Senzel – CF Rodolfo Castro – SS
Jose Barrero – SS Austin Hedges – C
Graham Ashcraft – RHP Mitch Keller – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Graham Ashcraft 19.0 1.42 1.16 8 17
Mitch Keller 23.2 3.80 1.35 10 25
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Mitch Keller’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

Things have gone well for Graham Ashcraft this season in his three starts. His strikeout rate is up significantly so far this season, he’s given up just three total runs, and he is 2-0 (the Reds are 2-1 in his starts).

This season right-handed hitters have hit well against Graham Ashcraft. They aren’t showing much power, but they’ve gotten 12 hits and five walks, giving them a .447 on-base percentage against him so far. Left-handed hitters have homered once, but that makes up half of the hits they have against him. While things weren’t THAT extreme last season, it was mostly the same – righties hit him very well (.901 OPS), while lefties struggled (.555 OPS).


RHH 38 12 4 0 0 5 6 .364 .447 .485
LHH 38 2 1 0 1 3 11 .057 .132 .171

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Change Slider
Velo 97.9 97.0 89.4 89.3
Usage 7% 55% 0% 38%

Mitch Keller

The Cincinnati Reds faced off against Mitch Keller on Opening Day and found plenty of success, scoring four runs in 4.2 innings on five hits and four walks. In the three starts since he’s pitched at least 6.0 innings and has an ERA of 2.84. He’s been prone to give up homers this season, giving up four so far in 23.2 innings.

This season left-handed hitters have gone better against Mitch Keller than righties have. All of that comes down to showing a little more power in a small sample size. His splits this year are similar to the ones he had last season, where he was solid against both but lefties had a little bit of an advantage.


RHH 54 12 2 0 2 5 14 .245 .315 .408
LHH 47 10 2 1 2 5 11 .238 .319 .476

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 95.5 93.8 90.8 78.3 82.8 90.9
Usage 22% 19% 25% 14% 16% 3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 79°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Elly De La Cruz makes his 2023 Debut

Last night saw Elly De La Cruz show up in Louisville after spending the first three weeks on the injured list. The shortstop had three batted balls with an exit velocity over 100 MPH. One of those was 109 MPH off the bat and went for a double. We’ve got video and more details over at

The best or worst way to lose a perfect game

From this afternoon in Chicago…..


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 14 5 0.0 72.9%
Pirates 13 7 1.5 14.1%
Cubs 11 7 2.5 25.9%
Cardinals 8 11 6.0 53.6%
Reds 7 12 7.0 0.6%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

166 Responses

  1. JB

    19 games in and we are 7 out. Keep sorting.

  2. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s try not to let the Pie-Rats score 4 or more runs in the first inning!

  3. Dennis Westrick

    Did they flip the scheduled starters? I thought Greene was going to start tonight since he only pitched 3 innings in his last start before being hit in the leg by a batted ball.

    • Luke J

      Nope. The plan was always to delay gis start a day to heal. That’s why Stoudt pitched Wednesday, to let Weaver and Ashcraft stay in line before him. His usual day would be today, but after he got hit they moved him back to Saturday.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks for clearing that up!

  4. Melvin

    Maybe Ashcraft can stop a potentially long losing streak.

  5. Mark Moore

    Scoreless streak done. Time to shake the “L” monkey.

  6. Old-school

    Need a strong start from Ashcraft and some early runs. Top 2 bullpen pitchers in Diaz and Young only pitched 3x combined in 8 days.

    Looking at Reds stats today and India Freidl and Steer really having strong starts. They Need help

  7. Mark Moore

    So that’s what a clean, low pitch count 1st inning looks like 😀

  8. old-school

    Big fan of Stephenson but his K rate is not good. All his injuries has taken away his reaction time. He’s not seeing the ball well. That happens when you dont play. Hope 200 at bats fixes this.

    • Mark Moore

      Yeah … seems like he’s playing in extended ST mode lately. Still making some contact, but the K-rate is creeping up there.

      • Doc

        Seems to take a bunch of called strike three.

  9. Mark Moore

    Need a GIDP here to chase the haunting ghost of that BB.

  10. Mark Moore

    Yep … that was a balk. His left knee twitched before he stepped off.

    And we’re down 2-zip

  11. J

    Maybe if the Reds go another 20 games without ever having a lead, ownership will start to consider the possibility that the current manager might not be inspiring these guys to play their very best.

    • Mark Moore


      Maybe … if they pull their heads out of their wallets long enough to pay attention.

    • JB

      Nah. They will give him a two year ext.

  12. Mark Moore

    Well, it’s only 2 runs … that’s half of what we gave up last night in the 1st.

  13. Redsfan4life

    Ashcraft 40 pitches through 2 innings.
    Keller likely won’t have 40 through 3.
    Seems to be a recurring theme. Opponents come right at this weak Reds lineup. So they have low pitch counts.

    • Redsfan4life

      Really wish they would call up McLain and DFA him.

    • J

      But he’s left-handed, so he must be the best possible option in the entire organization.

      • Melvin

        I wouldn’t mind too much him being a lefty bat off the bench but I don’t like him playing every day. Since Bell won’t leave him on the bench it’s time for Krall to do another round of “Bell Proofing” the roster.

  14. Mark Moore

    Senzel put a charge into that … but not enough of one.

  15. Mark Moore

    Nice play by Ashcraft. Kept the pitch count down and didn’t allow any damage.

  16. Dennis Westrick

    Ashcraft 48 pitches thru 3 innings! Better!

      • Melvin

        I wouldn’t mind trading Newman. Another way to “Bell Proof” the roster.

  17. Mark Moore

    We’re just not getting enough contact and/or finding the holes. Something’s got to give … like maybe that HBP for Steer.

  18. old-school

    Any word on votto?
    He paused his rehab one week ago and was eligible to go back to rehab Thursday for another 20 day stint. If Votto is out through may, this season is already on life support……but no votto and no credible first base and no LH hitting thru Memorial Day ends this season very soon…Maybe on Sunday if things doing change.

    • Jim Walker

      I think the use of the word “training” which I have heard several times describing Votto’s current activities are a clue he is nowhere near going back out on rehab. This makes me think it is likely he he is doing non baseball stuff like strength and flexibility training.

  19. Mark Moore

    This HP Chumpire is very frustrating. He’s flexing that zone like it’s a rubber band.

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Was hoping for at least a split in this 4-game series with the Pie-Rats! If they can’t pull this game out looking at 1-3 with Cessa throwing batting practice tomorrow!

    Johnny Bench was once asked what it takes to win a Division. He said “Play 700 ball at home and 500 on the road” Reds currently 6-6 at home but a dismal 1-6 on the road.

  21. old-school

    3-22 is still possible. Just not to start the season

  22. Dennis Westrick

    No hits thru 4 innings! Wasn’t aware that Cy Young had been reincarnated in one Mitch Keller!

    • Mark Moore

      To be fair, Keller is “on” tonight … but the lack of hits is puzzling.

    • Melvin

      As I’ve been saying Krall needs to find ways to shake things up and show the players/manager that losing is not acceptable anymore. Show us what you’re made of Mr. Krall.

      • Mark Moore

        I don’t believe Krall has that kind of shaking up within his authority level. I still tend to think DTBell is “untouchable”.

      • Melvin

        He can do things like trading players, releasing players, bringing players up…things like that. That will at least show a sense of urgency and that status quo is not acceptable. It might even put a little fear in David Bell’s mind about his job.

      • Mark Moore

        Perhaps, Melvin. I still think the biggest/best shake-up would be the removal of DTBell.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. May have to do that kind of one step at a time being the delicate situation that it is.

      • Pete

        To be honest, it’s an organizational problem. Another night of impotent offense system wide. Reds have scored.a total of five runs in 24 innings so far tonight. So many heads need the role. It’s nearly impossible to sort out. This really reminds me of what my dad used to say about the St. Louis Browns. Horrible organization from top to bottom. Looks like we are there.

  23. Mark Moore

    Finally! Should have had Santana retired 4-5 pitches ago.

  24. Mark Moore

    I’m sure he’s a nice guy and all, but I really dislike Connor Joe. Just throwing that out there.

      • Mark Moore

        Wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

  25. Mark Moore

    That’s a better start for the 5th.

  26. JB

    Thought Myers was coming out of it but maybe not.

  27. Mark Moore

    Myers and the backwards K … SMH very hard

  28. Old-school

    Stephenson and Senzel oppo for a run

  29. Mark Moore

    There you go, Nick! Very timely for him and for our Reds.

  30. Melvin

    Good job Senzel with a timely hit. He can be the all around sub for the younger guys who need to play every day.

  31. Old-school

    Barrero good at bat..7 pitches..sac fly

  32. Mark Moore

    OK Jose! Got it done and we’re tied.

  33. Melvin

    Good AB by Barrero there. Down 0-2 and works the count then with the Sac Fly.

  34. Mark Moore

    This is what we need to do to Keller. Get in his melon and then light him up.

  35. Dennis Westrick

    Finally. a sac fly with a runner at 3rd and less than 2 outs! Nice productive out by Barrero!

  36. Mark Moore

    Sure … walk the first batter … that never comes back to bite you …

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Amazing how other teams are willing to and are able to execute sacrifice bunts!

  38. Mark Moore

    He gets Cutch here and we should see him in the 6th. Nice pitch to freeze him.

  39. Dennis Westrick

    Again, the 3 walks by Ashcraft will limit his outing to 6 innings at best!

  40. Mark Moore

    Wasted the leadoff hit … again.

  41. old-school

    Good game. Some competitive at bats. Solid start from ashcraft.
    Bullpen needs to step up as does the offense.
    Diaz and Young should be fresh. Need someone offensively to hit a bomb. Reds dont do that much.

  42. Mark Moore

    It’s in the hands of the Law now

  43. Melvin

    Why is Ashcraft done after 89 pitches and only five innings?

    • Mark Moore

      I’m puzzled. I mean, get Law ready, but let Ashcraft start the 6th.

    • DW

      There is always the possibility that there is something we don’t know…but it sure seems like another stupid move from our brilliant manager.

  44. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds have no pop in their offense. They forgot how to homer. Ty Stephenson lost his power after the surgery. Is Fraley in slump? Or Is he the real Fraley?

  45. Mark Moore

    Nobody’s fooling Connor Joe tonight.

  46. Kevin H

    Why is Ashcraft out??? He is pitching well, and only after 89 pitches

  47. Mark Moore

    Really hoping that terrible pitch doesn’t bite us.

    • Mark Moore

      And it bites us. Bobble and bobble.

      • Kevin H

        Barrero geesh

        As Brantley said the SS position is a black hole for the Reds

      • Mark Moore

        Thrall and Day are saying the same things about Barrero from the WLW booth.

      • JB

        Barrero brought his glove into his body. Didn’t have time to react to the ball bouncing up. Like Larkin says, ” keep it out in front of you to cover the hops.”

      • Beaufort Red

        Who was it last week that was talking about Barrero’s great defense ad nauseum. I’m all for giving guys a shot but winning games should still be of some importance. Fans aren’t gonna spend their money watching players screw up routine plays. When is McLain gonna get his shot?

      • Melvin

        “Thrall and Day are saying the same things about Barrero from the WLW booth.”

        I need to switch. I forgot.

  48. Mark Moore

    Are we seeing this version of Barrero more frequently of late? Somebody mentioned “Suarez Syndrome”.

    • Kevin H

      Was enjoying listening to Thrall and Day

  49. old-school

    Barrero has to make that play. Still not sure Vosler catches it cleanly at first he is out. Reds cant get out of their own way.

  50. Melvin

    I don’t know where Barrero and his mind is at but his defense and not his hitting is what’s putting his job in jeopardy so far. Newman has been even worse. Maybe they’re both feeling the heat from EDLC and McLain.

  51. Mark Moore

    Law is short hopping these tonight.

  52. Melvin

    Law is killing worms. Those are wild pitches giving TS no chance.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. None at all. Gibault warming.

    • Melvin

      Another reason why you let Ashcraft start the 6th. He was doing well and you never know that you will get out of any bullpen.

      • Kevin H

        Yep., I guess using only two bullpen pitchers lastnight the bullpen is “fresh”

      • Tomn

        No reason to take out ashcraft after 5 tonight. Good job, Bell.

  53. Mark Moore

    DJ is wearing out a path to the mound tonight.

  54. JB

    Well in Laws defense he should have been out of the inning with no runs.

  55. Mark Moore

    Nice throw by TJ to limit the damage.

  56. old-school

    India Friedl and Steer really strong starts to the season. They need some help.

  57. Tomn

    Reds outfielders throw out more runners than our SS does

  58. Melvin

    Wow. We actually threw somebody out at home. Good play by Friedl. LF is exactly where he should be.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Has the speed and range for any OF position, but seems his arm is better suited to LF.

  59. Mark Moore

    That’s on both Hayes and Santana. But we’ll take the gift.

  60. Harry Stoner

    Bob Steve in for PBurg.

    Tough story with Stephenson and the Reds.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s not who he was when we brought him up.

  61. Mark A Verticchio

    By pulling Ashcraft after 5 it tells me Bell has no concern about winning or losing his job, sadly the joke is on all of us. What a pathetic situation this organization is in. Mclain and EDLC can’t get here fast enough, it will probably be August.

    • Slicc50

      McClain getting pretty close to forcing the FO hand. Of course, then we have to hope Bell will play him enough to justify keeping him here!

      • Slicc50

        I would shuffle McClain, Steer, Barrero between SS, 3B, 1B, DH. Whatever it takes to put Vosler on bench where he belongs. Jose has been a disappointment with his D so maybe put McClain there?

      • Melvin

        He takes the place of either Vosler, Myers, Senzel, or Fraley. Personally I think CF. He may move back to SS or 2B (played there last night) eventually. Myers to 1B. Senzel as a real sub not taking time away from Steer, Barrero, India, Friedl, or McLain.

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

  62. Slicc50

    Bell should have left Ashcraft in for the sixth…..period! He is a terrible manager

  63. J

    Apparently the Reds have once again forgotten how to steal a base. And obviously Bell won’t call for any hit-and-runs because he doesn’t even know it’s a thing that exists in baseball.

  64. old-school

    DFA Vosler and Maile

    Offense needs 2 better hitters and no its not Newman

    • Kevin H

      Newman batting over 300 against left handed pitching.

      • Harry Stoner

        If Newman only played against LH pitching I’d be with you.

  65. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking we’re cooked after that one. Walks still bite our collective hiney every single time (or so it seems).

  66. Mario

    Barrero trying to pull an off speed pitch on the outside corner.

  67. Melvin

    According to Jim Day two of four runs tonight reached via walks.

  68. Dennis Westrick

    Two relief pitchers since Ashcraft and 3 walks! Insanity!

    • Kevin H

      Ah Mr. Westrick, how are you kind fellow lol

      Walks truly do Haunt

      • Dennis Westrick

        Watching this team is like watching the movie Groundhog Day! Different day, same results! Makes me want to play my DVD that has all of the games of the Reds in the 1975, 1976 & 1990 World Series!

      • Mark Moore

        Yeah, but Dennis, we “Bill Murray” types never end up with Andie MacDowell 😀

  69. old-school

    And once again…Diaz and young dont get to pitch.

    Ian Gibault making David Bell look like a hypocrite for dropping f-bombs on Tampa bay pitcher and telling umpires to kick him the F out because he s throwing at guys head?????? What does that mean for Ian Gibault who is doing the same thing?

    Bell is a hypocrite.

    • Kevin H

      I am confused? Reds pitcher yelling at Bell?

      • Old-school

        David bell was kicked out of Reds rays game yesterday with 2 outs in the 9th and Reds down 8-0 or whatever it was . Rays pitchers had 2 up and in fastballs at Fairchild. Bell was heard dropping Fbombs and kicked out and said get rid of a guy if he cant not throw at guys heads…..Bell then said in his post game it was about safety and protecting his guys.

        Gibault just did same thing rays pitcher did. No control and throwing at guys head repeatedly. not intentional..just bad pitching. Pirates fans yelling at Gibault

  70. Mark Moore

    Rally time … c’mon guys! Kick these Pie-Rats hard!

  71. Kevin H

    Reds need some guys to get hot again. Maybe the understatement of the month lol

  72. Kevin H

    Man Fraley really is in a major slump.

  73. Harry Stoner

    Is Fraley playing hurt and not telling anyone?

    His drop in performance is free-fall right now.

    Something doesn’t seem right.

  74. Dennis Westrick

    In case nobody has noticed, Ashcraft’s ERA is 1.88. He should be 4-0!

    • Harry Stoner

      No shade on Hunter Greene, but the Reds signed the wrong pitcher long term.

      Maybe they’ll get smart and sign Ashcraft (and Lodolo) too.

      • Mark Moore

        Lodolo negotiations are reported in progress.

      • Kevin H

        They are talking to the other two pitchers. Greene happened to get signed first Geesh!!!


      • Harry Stoner

        Bubba, I’ll relax when the job is done.

        Until then, it’s still the Reds.

    • Kevin H

      mind boggling to take him out after 89 pitches unless he got hurt?

  75. Mark Moore

    This really feels more painful to watch than last night’s loss.

  76. Kevin H

    WOW a called third strike that was out of the zone

  77. RedsGettingBetter

    These Reds are similar to the team that finished the last 25 games of last season. Don’t score more than 3 runs in a game and they are out of pop. If don’t wake up they are going to lose a lot…

  78. Mark Moore

    Our next 3 batters (quite likely the last 3 tonight) don’t inspire a whole lot of confidence. Looking like well under 2.5 hours tonight.

  79. JB

    Myers , Vosler, Senzel. If that doesn’t strike fear in the pitcher then I don’t know..

  80. J

    I wish I’d been keeping track of how many times this season the Reds have struck out on check swings, or taken a third strike. Other than India and Friedl, they all seem to be guessing on almost every pitch.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I was just wondering the same thing! They keep statistics for everything in baseball but the Reds have to be leading the league in strikeouts (swinging or looking) with runners in scoring position.

  81. Mark Moore

    Night all. Glad we can share the misery with each other.

  82. Kevin H

    Law now 0-3 witha 2.89 Era. Proving once again wins and loses by a pitcher mean nothing really. Lol

  83. J

    Perfect ninth inning. Two guys get themselves out by swinging at balls out of the zone, and the other guy can’t hit anything but he’s left-handed so he’s required to play.

  84. Dennis Westrick

    This team is going nowhere if they struggle to score only 2 runs with one of their best pitchers on the mound.

    Can’t wait for the fireworks at PNC Park tomorrow with Cessa on the mound.

  85. ryan

    Not to worry Jason Williams of the Enemaquirer says they’ll compete in 27 or 28!

  86. Mark A Verticchio

    In hindsight this season took an early turn for the worse with the decision to not keep their best spring training hitter. They are much worse than I thought they would be. Many factors including Stephenson lack of power, poor infield defense, Fraley in a big slump, very little from Myers, black hole at short stop but # 1 has to be Bell’s inept managerial skills, see close losses. He is with out a doubt the worst manager in all of baseball. It is a slap in the face to all Reds fans that he is still employed as manager of this team. Rant over.

    • Votto4life

      I think the season took a turn for the worse when the Castellinis decided not to spend money on pitching. Everyone who follows baseball knows the Reds needed a fourth and fifth starter. They also know the Red’s bullpen is atrocious. I am sure the Castellinis knew it. I am sure Buddy Bell knew it. I am certain Nick Krall knew it. Yet, nothing was done to acquire pitching.

      I am not a fan of David Bell. If the Reds fired him tonight, I wouldn’t shed a single tear, but no manager can win without pitching. It has been that way for 154 years.

    • Kevin H

      3-22 to start last year. Injuries were big ,however 3-22. Now 7-13 and agree he isn’t manager material. Tonight taking Ashcraft out (unless he was hurt) after 5 innings and 89 pitches. Just unreal

      • Melvin

        Kevin H – Yeah I know. Surprisingly Ashcraft after the game said he was gassed. Said he would have gone out if they would have asked him to.