Meet the Mets! Meet the Mets! Step right up and greet the Mets! The Cincinnati Reds will do just that this evening as they welcome in the New York Mets to start a 3-game series at Great American Ball Park. The Reds will look to put Sunday’s embarrassing loss behind them. First pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.
New York Mets
|Brandon Nimmo – CF||Jonathan India – 2B|
|Francisco Lindor – SS||Nick Senzel – 3B|
|Jeff McNeil – 2B||Spencer Steer – 1B|
|Pete Alonso – 1B||Tyler Stephenson – DH|
|Brett Baty – 3B||Stuart Fairchild – LF|
|Starling Marte – RF||Wil Myers – RF|
|Daniel Vogelbach – DH||Kevin Newman – SS|
|Mark Canha – LF||TJ Friedl – CF|
|Francisco Alvarez – C||Luke Maile – C|
|David Peterson – LHP||Luke Weaver – RHP|
The lineup saw a bit of a change once it was announced that lefty David Peterson would start tonight for the Mets. Jake Fraley is out, Stuart Fairchild is in, and TJ Friedl dropped way down in the batting order.
|Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | David Peterson’s Stats
After giving up five home runs in the first to starts of the season, Luke Weaver didn’t give up any the last time he took the mound. He still struggled, giving up nine hits and four runs in 4.1 innings.
We’re dealing with a sample size of just three starts, and none of them have gone well, but both lefties and righties are crushing Luke Weaver so far this season. Righties are hitting .344 against him with an OPS of 1.025. Lefties are hitting .294 and have an OPS against him of 1.016. For his career he’s pitched better against right-handed hitters, but the difference hasn’t been big.
|Usage||45%||1%||10%||16%||27%|Max Scherzer David Peterson
Max Scherzer was scratched from his start with neck spasms, so David Peterson is now stepping in to make the start. He’s pitched very poorly this season, posting an ERA over seven in his 30.2 innings pitched.
This season lefties and righties are both hitting well against Peterson. That shouldn’t be surprising given his ERA. The big difference is the left-handed hitters are hitting for massive amount of power against him so far this season, while right-handed hitters are hitting a bunch of singles and doubles.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:40pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 71°, sunny, 0% chance of rain
News and Notes
Luis Cessa DFA’d, call ups from Triple-A
In a weird set of roster moves this afternoon the Reds designated Luis Cessa for assignment. They then called up two 32-year-old right-handed pitchers from Triple-A in Kevin Herget and Ben Lively. Reiver Sanmartin was placed on the injured list, creating the need for a second pitcher to join the club. We wrote about each of the moves here if you wanted some more information.
Hunter Strickland released
If you weren’t aware, Hunter Strickland had been pitching in Triple-A Louisville with the Bats this season. That is no longer the case as he has been released.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|
Isn’t the point if a batting order to get your best hitters the most at bats? Let’s put the guy hitting over .300 3 spots below a guy hitting under .200
Fairchild & Newman in today’s starting lineup! Awesome! Dis Barrero get kidnapped?
Dennis c’mon. His turn to bring the juice boxes, man the Viking gear, and help keep the dugout tidy!
haha Don’t start cracking me up again. 😀
Seems we are missing Schezer after all… lucky day… also dont understand the Cessa move, but GUESS WHO JUST GRADUATED LAW SCHOOL
If that means you graduated law school today…congrats!
Good job. 🙂
Saturday but yes, thank you
Can we sue the Castellini’s for malfeasance? Do we have a case? Asking for a friend? RLN may have some Gofundme financing.
The Mets, the big spenders. I would say 4 top pros in their S8, on balance not doing very well. A scratch in one of their top pitchers, who is also not lighting up the trees, leads to a guy who is just as bad as Weaver nearly twice over (in regards to innings).
Meanwhile, the Reds while impressing no one, are still back just 5 in the loss column to the top but still get only a 100-1 shot for the playoffs. Embarrassing for the team, David Bell, and the organization.
John Ring’s summer of ’73 piece shows how a very damaged roster on a very good team rose to greatness. Can a young, rebuilding team with a chip at least lead to respectability and hope for 2024? They did the Rangers but then faltered, why not restart with the Mets? Is it there? I like the talent but even without injuries, the team seems very unstable as managed.
Plus, facing another potential Cy Young pitcher in the Mets David Peterson with a pre-game ERA of 7.34!
Let’s try to score early & often so Weaver can settle in and pitch 5 or 6 low run innings!
That’s the way to start the game. Nice work by the boys.
Now for the Hit Parade!
Sadak with a useful factoid. Senzel is top 5 in MLB hitting against lefties. Right on cue, Senzel rips a double to RF
Nice start by Weaver! Now, let’s get him some runs!
Small ball a run then
Way to go Ty Steve!
Senzel and Stephenson create a run…This was how 2023 was envisioned to be in 2017.
Myers takes ball 4 for strike 2
Robo umps please
That’s one of the worst I’ve ever seen in 40 years of watching baseball, no hyperbole.
Myers got robbed just a bit there. But at least we scored and ran up Peterson’s pitch count.
Left ducks on the pond! Again! Gotta put the ball in play! Hard to score when you strike out unless there’s a wild pitch or passed ball!
Glad we got that out after the HP and 1B Chumpire both squeezed us on the same pitch.
Nice webgem from Weaver.
Another good inning from Weaver, including contributing with a glove.
But Friedl is a lefty? he cant hit lefties.
Nice baserunning from Newman.
We have seen that from Newman several times. Keep up the good work.
Hopefully, we can get into the Mets bullpen early!
Why?? I’d rather face a struggling starter.
With Peterson struggling to throw strikes and at 63 pitches thru 2 IP, it’s a reasonably safe bet that we’ll be getting in to the Mets BP early
Good start to the game!
Nick Senzel is supplying 2 major league skills . Good third base defense and elite hitting against lefty pitchers.
TJ Friedl needs to play against lefty pitchers too.
TJ friedl against a lefty pitcher got a hit, stole a base and created runs.
See how many bunt hits he can get. See how many steals he can get. See how many runs he can score. See how many hits he can get. see if he can win a batting title. #freefriedl
I think he will get more bats against lefties. Tonight was a start.
Per Sadak: EDLC 118 MPH double tonight.
He just homered too. 2-2 so far with a walk
Looks like another one. Two HR and a double. I think he’s looking to pass up McLain and CES. haha
At least Weaver didn’t walk a batter ahead of the HR allowed which is usually the case!
Plate umping is some of the worst I’ve ever seen. Balls 6-8 inches off the plate are getting called strikes.
Mets might be asking Krall what A pitcher you want for Cessa. We got issues. Lets do this.
I’ll never understand why an ump sits up on the inside corner instead of right down the middle (with his nose splitting the point of the plate)
Weaver a solid 5 innings. Would love to pile on here.
Myers might havecost us a DP there
Weaver dealing this evening.
Still early and Tinker Bell is pacing in the dugout just waiting on making those switches he’s famous for!
Wow. Superior performance tonight. Weaver has them in swing mode once they realize being choosy equals 0-2 or 1-2. Offense is flowing as well. This kind of feel good game might start a little heater!
That’s a gift if it doesn’t get overturned.
Buck is done regardless.
a gift that kept on giving…. runs
Major gift for the good guys. HUGE!!
Maile isn’t doing bad in his limited playing time
Luke Maile with a strong double and batting .296 now. Awesome!
EDLC another bomb #2
They gotta call these guys up soon don’t they?
Yep and 5hey just just said all three balls were hit 117 mph or higher, which has never happened in the history of Major League Baseball???…holy cow
Friedl can win a batting title and score a 100 runs.
India can score a 100 runs and get on base at .360
These 2 guys can hit.
Well I’m going to go out on a limb and say Friedl is hitting pretty well again tonight. Two hits and a hard line out to RF. Some against a lefty even. 😉
How about TJ frickin’ Friedl?? The Reds have not had a spark plug like this in a long time and it’s so fantastic to have that again. Just adds so much juice to the lineup. I can’t get over how much he reminds me of Lenny Dykstra when he was in his heyday leading those really good Phillies teams
Dyktsra is a good comparison
Would be nice to get one (1) more inning from Weaver tonight to give our bullpen a rest!
Productive inning. Get Weaver through the 6th and keep the pressure on the Metropolitans.
Maybe avoid giving Alvarez anything to hit?
LOL, my thought too
Both times he homered, on the previous pitch a clear strike was called a ball. Have to wonder if that changed the ultimate outcome.
Have been away for an hour – Weaver doing it tonight – 3 hits, 2 hr, 6ip, 74 pitches – dare he pitch the 7th?
No, the answer is no, don’t do it. Don’t have to bring in a reliever with men on base. No.
Reds face Justin Verlander tomorrow. Dude is 40 years strong.
Sadak needs to relax. I like to hear the crowd when we’re playing well, but he’s tiring
Mets announcers saying the Reds have the best statues of players in front of the stadium. Nobody comes close
I agree and it seems like Larkin has to be getting annoyed with his constant chattering and laughing and over the top comments that are just never ending about everything
The ballpark tour is worth it for those that haven’t done it. They speak about the statues. The Rose statue is incredible on how it was built.
I like Weaver in here, 7-3 is still a margin, but get the BP going
A 360 foot homerun LOL.. Band Box does it again, lol
For the record I like GABP, as it is a nice park, however move the fences back a tad
Derek Law, I might retract.
Law has been pitching well as of late.
Anyone else hear Cowboy’s theory on why pitchers struggle in the 7th or beyond? Interesting take. Mostly mental.
Maybe we can double-up Tommy Boy.
And Law issues the mandatory walk! At least it was after the HR!
Why not let Weaver at least start the 7th?
My bad! Weaver did start the 7th! Not watching the game but following the box score on ESPN!
We can’t possibly blow a 7-1 lead, can we?
Huge DP there
Bigger than Huge!
Okay, could have been a lot worse.
I retract my Law statement. Whew. Lol
Better get Diaz warmed up! DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT wait until the 9th inning Bell!
Pirates down 10-1 in the bottom of the 8th against the Rockies! We need this win!
Diaz and Farmer? Or Farmer and DiaZ?
Any word on Fraley and his back issue?
Day to day, play short-handed, and eventually DL him anyway. You must be new here))
Beg your pardon. No need to be a jerk
Joking around. Sorry because you don’t know my intent
Weaver deserved better, but hopefully will get the win. I stand by what I said that he’s fairly talented for a 4th-5th starter. He’s gotta get the ball down though
Even when Arroyo was old he would occasionally throw a good game…Weaver can only be a 5th guy on the Reds right now.
The bar is low.
No relaxing with this crew.
Bullpen not helping itself tonight 😮
Young has been terrible in May. I think that’s 5 runs he has given up.
I dont know why it wasnt sims 8th, diaz ninth
Too obvious. Bell doesn’t earn his money by making the obvious moves. Anyone could do that.
Sims should have started the inning, Young has not pitched well lately at all. Bell needs to learn how to read the situation better.
But the 1st guy was left handed (HBP)
Mclain goes deep in the 9th….Bats still lose
Correction…Bats win on walkoff walk by EDLC!
Well when I left home for a night out with my wife the score was 7-1
When i doubt…blame the wife 😉
Oh those base on balls. Always add to the angst.
I dont like the collective “bullpen” is or isnt doing well. Its individuals.
Derek Law isnt a major leaguer. He shouldn’t be in any bullpen.
Now we get Diaz
Win or lose Bell is on point tonight. Could only get 1 lefty vs lefty out from Young and Sims couldn’t get either of 2 righties so you go to your horse for 4 outs
Nothing wrong with Bell’s moves tonight. Pitchers are the ones not coming through
I think that’s exactly what he said
Ump absolutely blows
First pitch to Tommy Boy down the middle at the knees. Ball 1.
Diaz should of struck him out. Another missed strike call by the ump
Trying not to let Tommy Boy beat you, and he beats you, just smaller.
This is the worst called game for balls/strikes I’ve ever seen.
The strike zone was… flexible.
Bullpen has been smokin in the dynamite room all game
Really need an add-on or 2 hear. I mean REALLY.
Take ’em any way you can get ’em.
Home plate ump almost seems to be trying to make some sort of point. Maybe along the lines of “I can do anything I want back here, and nobody can do a thing about it.”
Look, folks … a Fraley sighting.
Apparently he isn’t going do dl.
Hey anyone with MLB. com subscriptions might be able to get some money, evidently they may have been sharing privacy data.
Ooooo … have to keep my eye out for that.
They man is a magnet for that stuff!
If our RPs don’t give up a walk, the issue a HBP! And, as usually the case, followed by a HR!
The Reds have left a small village on the bases tonight! Would have been nice to score another run or two!
That was probably ball 4 … but at least that bad call broke our way.
And the nail-biter goes our way.
Great job by Diaz, good job by Weaver. Can’t wait for the Verlander Greene matchup tomorrow
14K attendance on a Tuesday evening. That’s a little better.
Probably 50% wearing blue, plus bark in the park, they may have been counting dogs.
Sadak informs us that Diaz has already had some “iconic moments” with the Reds. He’s definitely been a good pitcher, but I think we’ll have to agree to disagree on the definition of “iconic moments.”
C’mon, man … it was the 9th inning and even Sadak starts to run out of words … 😀
Disagree. Games used to routinely go 3+ hours and he rarely even paused to take a breath. He had another hour’s worth of material ready to go, minimum.
True on that, J. I never listen to Sadak anyway and I do doubt he would ever run out of words, even at the pace he burns them.
He’s had seven iconic moments and we are grateful
Game threads are fun but a complete up and down.
@ GMR. You are always a Monday morning QB.
Why not play on Sunday?
Yes…you lose sometimes…but it’s fun.
What a job by Diaz tonight.
Some saves are better than others.
This one right up there at the top.
I can breathe again! Nice win! Happy for Weaver to get his first win this season!
Let’s give Verlander a proper Queen City welcome tomorrow!