Last night saw the Cincinnati Reds come from behind for a 7-4 victory in the series opener in Miami. Today’s contest will see them face off against the reigning Cy Young winner in the National League as the Marlins look to even up the series. First pitch is set for 1:10pm ET. Today’s game is also free on MLBtv, and it’s also available on ESPN+ (as well as Bally Sports Ohio).
|Jonathan India – 2B||Jazz Chisholm Jr. – CF|
|Jake Fraley – LF||Jorge Soler – DH|
|Spencer Steer – 1B||Luis Arraez – 2B|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Bryan De La Cruz – LF|
|Henry Ramos – RF||Jesus Sanchez – RF|
|Stuart Fairchild – CF||Jean Segura – 3B|
|Kevin Newman – 3B||Yuli Gurriel – 1B|
|Jose Barrero – SS||Jacob Stallings – C|
|Curt Casali – C||Joey Wendle – SS|
|Derek Law – RHP||Sandy Alcantara – RHP|
|Links: Derek Law’s Stats | Sandy Alcantara’s Stats
The Cincinnati Reds are going with a bullpen day once again, with Nick Lodolo back in Cincinnati having his leg checked out. Derek Law will be the opener this afternoon for the second time in the last three days.
So far this season Derek Law has struggled to throw strikes with consistency. Both lefties and righties are walking at a high rate against him. Lefties aren’t doing much else, though, hitting just .184 when he is on the mound. Right-handed hitters are hitting well across the board against him.
The reigning Cy Young Award winner isn’t out to a great start in 2023. Sandy Alcantara has an ERA of 4.53 on the season, but much of that comes from one bad – and it was real bad – start when he allowed nine runs in 4.0 innings against Philadelphia. In his most recent start he allowed two runs in 8.1 innings with nine strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs.
Neither lefties nor righties are doing much against Sandy Alcantara, but righties have found a little more success. They hit for a higher average and make more contact, but have walked at a lower rate. Lefties have hit for more power and walked more often, but they have made far less contact. For his career he’s been a little better against righties than lefties, but the difference is rather small.
When and Where
- Game time: 1:10pm ET
- Where: loanDepot Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (Free game of the day), ESPN+
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 81°, sunny, 0% chance of rain (also has a retractable roof)
News and Notes
Levi Stoudt called up, Kevin Herget sent to Triple-A
While Derek Law is starting today’s game, it looks like Levi Stoudt is going to be expected to pitch several innings. Scratched from his start last night in Louisville, Stoudt is now in Miami with the club and on the roster. Kevin Herget was the roster casualty in this move and is heading to Triple-A.
The City Connect uniforms are out
Repping CINCY for a new generation. pic.twitter.com/BKHpbtqq1e
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 13, 2023
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|
Good to see Kevin Newman is starting. I was worried that David Bell forgot he was on the roster.
I agree. How could Bell possibly forget about his gritty, veteran slugger?
FREE KEVIN NEWMAN!
With Friedl out and Myers not playing well I have no issue with Newman getting the start.
In place of Senzel?
There’s not a whole lot of players to choose from at this point.
Too bad there’s no one in AAA that could come up and help.
Is Senzel resting right now? The team needs to have the best hitters against Cy Alcantara but…
Exactly…Senzel has been playing very well
Also it seems whenever we complain about Newman playing he gets a hit and drives in a run.
I’ve checked his numbers and know that someone’s complained about him every day and this now seems to be mathematically impossible.
Lol!! Have to agree with your MathDoug.
Also, I have to say: Those “City Connect” uniforms are U-G-L-Y.
It’s like if the late-90’s “black is cool” style meshed with the late 70’s “how many overlapping lines can we add to this design before we cause a seizure?” style.
And that “CINCY” logo? Bleh, anyone with a basic knowledge of Photoshop could knock that out in a few minutes without even trying.
I thought the whole idea behind the “City connect” uniforms was to connect the the team with the city?? I don’t see the connection at all with these unis.
My best guess is that they are trying to connect with a younger demographic.
I have lived in Cincinnati for 40 years and have never once referred to it as “Cincy”. I guess this is something a designer in Los Angeles came up with.
Agree. Very ugly. Certainly not usable for a day game. Why don’t the Reds connect with the city by playing winning baseball instead?
I’m with you Votto, born and raised here, and have never once called it”Cincy”. Only heard that from people that did NOT live here.
I think they look pretty awesome.
Don’t like the weird C logo but I think the black lettering and numbers with the red and white outlook is sharp
My 17 year old grandson texted me to tell me how great they were. Guess that is the generation they are going for.
Called it yesterday that Law would start. With Herget getting optioned for Stoudt today he really needs to go 5 innings regardless if he’s getting hit. Can’t ruin the pen going into a winnable game 3 matchup
Betting line is -250 Marlins.
Newman is 3-for-9 career against Alcantara.
I’m probably in the minority, but I like resting Senzel the day after a night game and in middle of 20 straight games(?). He hasn’t been the most durable guy, so rest is a good idea every now and again.
This plus Old School’s comment about Senzel’s splits this season – not good vs. RHP, let alone the Cy Young award winner. He’ll get in the game late as needed – this is not a Newman issue. It will bee very telling if they can keep this one close.
Not a bad idea giving him a day off. Injuries always maintain some permanent weakness. Better to keep his as rested as possible and give those damaged areas some additional recovery Tim better 1 game than 1 week or month.
Barrero & Fairchild starting 2 days in a row? Did someplace freeze over? Is Senzel injured or did Bell just need satisfy his mediocre journeyman fetish?
In the day of pitch counts and babying pitchers, Derek Law is starting his 2nd game in three days. The guy is a rubber arm. Who needs a five pitcher rotation. Lol
I’ll be curious to see if Law is on a pitch count or if he goes through the full batting order before being replaced. One benefit of the “opener” is to give batters a look at a second pitcher on the second time through the order, reducing the unlikelihood of any pitcher on the team going through the order for the dreaded third time.
Just 2 ip, even 1 2/3 if it is to be. Stack the relievers up front, let Stoudt go from the 4th on as long as he can.
Ohhhh – 1 1/3.
Is it me or is Barrero falling for the down and away stuff again?
The eye test tells me that he swings at the majority of pitches that start in the lower part of the strike zone and then dip below the zone. That’s the out pitch against Barrero if I am pitching (and if I could throw it).
Out pitch? That’s the ONLY pitch against Barrero!
If I’m pitching against him I’m throwing literally nothing but slider down and away and I guarantee he’ll swing three times before he doesn’t swing four
If I’m the manager I’m telling my pitcher if you so much as even throw anything else I’m removing you right then and there
I’ve seen enough from Barrero
He will not cannot not swing at the slider down and away. Over and over and over. And it never works
Yeah. I was on board with giving him more time but I’m close to giving up at this point. Newman isn’t the answer either and cannot be blocking any prospects. Time to bring up McClain
I’m not giving up on Barrero because the guy has talent. I would like to see the Front Office send him down like they did with Friedl last year. TJ went down and worked on some things and came back up and turned it around.
Is he close to out of options yet?
That 1-2 pitch was strike 3 there!
Down a reliever due to Lodolo not going to the IL it isn’t making sense to me why Bell couldn’t let Law finish the inning
Why? Because he (Bell) can! Tinker that is!
At what point does Johnson get any blame for pitching issues?
Newman. Catch the ball first.
Stoudt will likely have pitch count issues – will be frustrating if he gets to the 5th and game is close.
1 more from Stoudt and it is interesting – Farmer, Legumina and Sims for 4 ip if needed.
Why should Stoudt have a short pitch count, he has been starting in AAA?
Miami’s defense has been impressive.
Not much hope in the lineup after Stephenson. Five out of the nine are high percentage outs. Not good.
Those hats are ugly.
Stoudt completely reminds me of Disco. He’s got some talent if he can get it together
I’m with you. He has good stuff, just hasn’t mastered control yet.
This is almost a give away game. Bell needs to let Stoudt pitch as long as possible. I don’t think this line up can score against Alcantra.
Such a shame with the Reds just 4 games out. I continue to be baffled why the front office didn’t make more of an effort to acquire another starter or two this past off-season.
Wouldn’t be surprised if this game is already over.
I’ll show my way out now. Way to go Fraley!!!
Moving into the lead as 2023 Reds MVP?
Part time MVP. 😉
Fraley is a beast
That’s a big hit.
A bomb in that park.
Thanks to Fraley I was happily wrong.
He has been much better than Winker the last two years. Offensively and defensively.
Yeah. I’d just like for him to shave that beard so we can see who he really is. 🙂
Been on audio only whilst running errands. Didn’t get to see Fraley’s bomb but it sounded sweet. At least we have the lead to work with now. Not a terrible outing from Stoudt.
Back on MLB.tv feed (wth WLW overlay, of course). Let’s Kick this Pig for another couple innings and head into Sunday with 2 W’s in our pocket.
Listening to game on radio and I admit Brantley talking about Barrero having no idea where the inside corner was on pitches out-of strike zone. Then Barrero doubles and Brantly says better lucky than good. Yet other players who swing at balls today he has said nothing.
Another note, what a good game so far for Reds and their pitching staff
I told you before , Brantley has absolutely nothing good to say about Barrero. If he does anything good he still critiques him in how he could have done better. Brantley is a hack.
Yes you have and now I am a believer. LOL
Guys like Brantley mistakenly believe that it’s all about themselves. I’d say the same about Bell. Unlike most of us here that rant, troll, complain, and so forth, we’re just fans blowing off steam, right or wrong in our opinions. Brantley, et al. has certain duties to perform. He was a pitcher and what he’s really saying is what he would have done and how he’d pitch Barrero. Criticizing Barrero is obviously acceptable to the organization. And once Barrero is gone, it’ll be a new target.
Brantley reminds me of Marty is his last years of announcing. Just became bitter and to me had nothing good to say. Tired of listening to “The Cowboy” talk about Country Music, Chicken , ribs and Ice Cream.
I listen to very few sportscasters these days, or newscasters for that matter. I much prefer the days when the team’s announcers were actually pumped when the team does well. This phony, self-aggrandizing “analysis”, so popular in the media today, is simply BORING.
Joe kept Marty in check. He was hard to listen to after Joe passed. I understand they had to widen the radio booth door to get his head in. Thrall has a hard time reigning in Brantley.
Looking at the 40 man there really is no reason for Kuhnel to be on the 40. Carrying a 6.50 ErA and 28 years old. Has done nothing to warrant a 40 man spot. Bring up McLain to play and drop Kuhnel. More than likely nobody is picking him up anyway. I mean bottom of lineup is weak at best
Yep and Saini as well.
Siani would be grabbed on waivers in a second.
If you’re going to drop someone on the 40-man it’s got to be Ricky Karcher first and foremost.
I’m still in search of that long lost treasure! The written document that EVERY Reds RP MUST WALK a batter, usually in the first inning they pitch! Farmer the only exception so far but there’s opportunities ahead!!
Fortunately, so far in today’s game it hasn’t bit them in their backsides!
Someday that will be our De La Cruz with the bomb.
Some day. 🙂
I am afraid Bell is going to drain this bull pen which has been very good so far. It is time to bring Abbott up and Mclain as well with CES and EDLC to shortly follow.
Yep – really only Legumina and Diaz (3 batter maximum) left today. Sims needs to get thru the 7th. A real tight rope they’re walking the next 2 weeks.
I thought Stoudt could of went a few more innings.
Thought he could start.
They are definitely going to wear out this summer. The starters need to start pulling their weight and going longer. They really don’t need to start any of this opener crap with the many innings this bullpen has thrown already.
I feel too they need to get back to a 5 man rotation and figure it out.
Then tell Bell to stop pulling his starters at 80 and 90 pitches. No reason theses kids shouldn’t be going at least 110 pitches.
Chris – no one is throwing 110 pitches in games anymore, at least with any sort of regularity.
Hate to say “I told you so!” but, Farmer issued his mandatory walk and Bell promptly replaced him with Sims!
After the HR – a step up!
You enjoy telling us so. Admit it. LOL
Just the facts! Kevin! Just the facts! And, yes I DO ENJOY pointing out the facts!
One pitch from the second best reliever in this team
My guess is he pitched extra on I think Thursday?
Not sure why they sent Herget down. Why not just Dl Lodolo and bring up a starter. Now the bullpen is gonna be gased heading to Colorado
Just like the triple headed monster we call catcher is killing the bench with Friedl down. Just stupid.
Between the third catcher, Friedl, and Lodolo, the reds are playing three guys short purely by choice. Friedl and Lodolo should both be on DL. This stuff makes no sense. Especially with bells penchant to sub as often as possible.
Using your second best reliever for one pitch against the other teams worst hitter is a really terrible strategy.
Exactly what I said and this has been happening for the past few years. Just IL them for 10 and stop this nonsense
Like I said Bell is wearing out his bull pen and before a trip to Colorado. I also don’t understand sending down Hergert. Gibaut is gassed, be lucky to get out of inning tied. Weaver is going to have to go at least 6 tomorrow.
As well as Bell managed yesterday, he has stunk today, no reason to pull Sims after one pitch. Oh well another loss on Bell.
We’ll see if the offense can come back again. Top of the order up.
Some luck there. Ball four was actually strike two.
What’s this Alcantar guy doing pitching in the eighth inning? That’s not allowed anymore is it?
Nice swipe by India. Let’s see if we can convert.
Mr. Fraley strikes again!
That ball had eyes.
Splits are stupid
Fraley is that guy
And Fraley comes through AGAIN!!! India’s swipe set that up in fine fashion.
Run baby run!
Ummm…what are we doing if this goes extra innings?
Our ace in the hole Maile.
Fraley, whether a bloop or bomb or a seeing eye single gets the job done in the clutch. As a side note somebody better calm Sadak down now or his health could be at risk. lol
Fraley has fully come out of his slump and is back to hitting like he was late last year.
It’s really a shame he can’t hit lefties, though.
Ramos comes through. Egg in my face. Lol
Fried, boiled, or scrambled?
In the end, we regain the lead.
Ramos got a big one there. Feel bad for that CF guy.
YIKES!!! Jazz is messed up out there. Hate to see that happen. Love the 2B for a run, but don’t like the injury.
MarlinFish will be very thin in the outfield tomorrow with the two injuries.
Man hate to hear that.
He looks like he’s in serious pain. The replay showed his ankle got really jacked up on that curb at the bottom of the wall.
Amazed he walked off the field without help. Looks like a bad limp.
These Cardiac kids.
Why are they letting him walk back to the dugout?
Wow weird. Marlins don’t have two catchers still on their bench?
Now that IS weird. 🙂
For what it’s worth, I believe the Marlins are 12-0 in one (1) run games this season!
In contrast, of the 21 losses the Reds have so far, ten (10) of those are 1-run losses!
If they had won 1/2 of those we would be leading the NL Central. Baseball is both FUNNY & CRUEL at times!
Reds bring double A infielder up to Louisville, could that mean Mclain is coming to Cincinnati. He sure is needed.
Oh? Has McLain been pulled? Or De La Cruz, or CES?
Am I asking to many questions lol..
Who was brought up from AA?
Ooh that’s cool.
Can’t find the Bat’s lineup yet for tonight.
And, I was just about to post a negative comment about Ramos! Then he drives in the go-ahead run!
That’s right. So there. lol That’s his second hit of today….and he’s out of the game. haha Hopefully we don’t go extras anyway.
Who came up?
Wow. That was a strong throw from the CF guy. A few more seconds and it might have made it to home plate. lol
Could have been like Curling where the infielders would sweep the grass in front of it and yell at the ball.
THis team sure does fight this season
Fairchild heating up?
I’m still skeptical, but I’ll take what we saw there from him. And we know he plays a decent CF.
Big moment for Legumina …
Mr. Peanut to hold them down … probably need a couple bike helmets here.
Nope … but we got one. Plus a shin burger.
Get another pitcher up. Good grief
I do think it is fair to question why use Farmer so early. And to have Sims throw 1 pitch.
Well. We’re down one pitcher.
The batter smashed one back at Legumina that bounced off his right ankle. He recovered and threw the runner out, but had to be helped off the field.
If Legumina is hurt and goes on the IL, that might get Herget back up. They are going to need him.
Is he allowed Tom? Don’t they have to wait 10 day, or if a injury they can come right back?
Not sure of the rule
Not if an injury I believe.
Kevin – they can bring him back if an IL stint is involved. Otherwise, it is a 10-day clock.
Beat ya Mark. 🙂
5 out save for Diaz? Weaver?
Man, what kind of game is this? They’re dropping like flies out there on both side.
Diaz potentially for 5 outs.
Man this bullpen gonna be gased.
Plus headed to the Rocks … which can be challenging for starters to go deep into a game.
Have to remember that if Abbott comes up it will help but he really has only been pitching about five innings so he’ll not likely go deep into a game. Won’t help the bullpen much.
Oh my – getting pretty squirrely.
Great focus by Steer to get that one and not run into Myers.
Incredible catch by Steer!!
Great play by Steer.
Got to get out of the 8th before you can think about the 9th. Nice job by Diaz do bear down and do just that.
Maybe Grit will insert Floro and we can pummel him in the 9th?
Casali to me doesn’t look like he has much left in the tank to play anymore.
Plus 100, Robinson needs to be given a chance.
Over/under on how many times Larkin uses the word “conviction” in a game.
Is that one of “his words”? I avoid Sadak if at all possible, so I don’t hear Larkin.
I find I like Thrall. Earlier comments noting that Cowboy may be heading toward being the “next Marty” which I can see at times. I’m not ready to go there just yet with him, but he does seem a little full of himself at times.
And it comes to this … a 1-2-3 inning would be greatly appreciated.
Barrero does what Barrero does, he needs sent back down for his own sake. He strikes out 3 or 4 times a game and looks lost. He needs to play at triple A for a long time while Mclain comes up to man shortstop.
He needs a new position. Too many great players chomping at the bit. Has to be affecting his confidence. Timer to move on .
His window was small and it seems to be closing quickly given the talent coming up.
Diaz velo seems down to me.
Got to get the next batter. Ignore the guy on 2nd for now.
Can’t walk him there. Just CANNOT do that.
And now he’s possibly hurt?
all sliders now
Cowboy noted we didn’t see any fastballs there.
That 1 pitch appearance by Sims is looming large now
1-pitch appearances are RARELY a good thing.
Bullpen gased and over used
36 pitches, pull him
Gift there with the batter violation. May put Diaz over the hump.
Car pool tomorrow coming out of Louisville
Man I have no more fingernails
Put that one in the “miracle win” column. Wasn’t sure Diaz could bear down and pull it off, but he did just that.
Huge gut check save for Diaz
Well it took Diaz 40 pitches but he got it done. We squeaked by another one. Dennis – What’s it look like in terms of games behind? 🙂
Reds 3.5 games out of 1st place in the NL Central and only 1.5 out of a Wild Card spot!
Thanks. Keep me updated. 🙂
Knocks Diaz out until at least Monday, probably Tuesday. Highest pitch count in ML career
Yeah. It would have been worse if we hadn’t have won.
That’s the kind of games you want to win; plus a series win.
40 pitches, he isn’t going to pitch for 2 days
Gonna be a thin bullpen tomorrow with Diaz throwing 40 pitches and 6 other pitchers used. And, yes, Sims should be available if needed after throwing only (1) pitch today!
Actually, high multiday pitch count and was suggested may have some arm discomfort on broadcast
Marlins first 1 run loss….now 12-1
Yep! I jinxed the Marlins by posting earlier that they were 12-0 in one (1) run games!
If you are going to waste Diaz until at least Tuesday you might as well do it with a win.
Great win, despite questionable(barring injury) bullpen usage. Now use this inspirational win to get serious about winning this year. Several injuries can be DL’ed to bring up help. If Lodolo can’t go soon, DL, same with Freidl, looks like Legumina might need a stint on DL. Time to end the 3 catchers. Bring up Lively, McLain, another pitcher, German?,and Hopkins or CES. Bell can figure out where to play them, he’ll be in heaven with all the choices.
Need pitching help NOW! Maybe bring Herget back?
Forgot about Herget…
The qualifying criteria for Reds bullpen may soon be 1) Can you stand on the mound without falling off? and 2) Can you fog a mirror?
These two factors probably happen to many bullpens where the team does not have a designated 4th. and 5th. starting pitcher.
Going to be the Weaver/Lively show tomorrow probably.
Agreed! Hope Weaver can go 6 or 7 innings tomorrow!
It would be nice if Weaver could get it together. He reminds me from pictures of a real good Red’s pitcher in the 1930’s and 40’s, Bucky Walters, who, by the way, was a converted infielder.
I agree it’s time they give this team a chance to win this year. That means bringing up Abbott, Mclain as well as CES and EdlC asap. I also wouldn’t sleep on Hopkins and if you want to stick with three catchers Robinson might be one.
Weaver pitched very well against the Mets. No reason he can’t do it tomorrow. Keep it going and let’s get the sweep. This team has been fun to watch this year. They don’t give up. Hope the young guys are on the team real soon. Will make them even better.