After a brutal month of April, the Colorado Rockies (18-24) continued their winning ways in May with a 9-8 victory over the Reds (18-23) Monday night. The Rockies are now 9-4 this month, after going 9-20 in March/April. Reds pitchers will try to overcome the challenges of Coors Field again tonight, this time with a rookie pitcher on the mound. First pitch is at 8:40 pm EDT.


Cincinnati Reds

Colorado Rockies

2B Jonathan India DH Charlie Blackmon
SS Matt McLain LF Jurickson Profar
LF Jake Fraley C Elias Diaz
1B Spencer Steer RF Randal Grichuk
DH Tyler Stephenson 3B Mike Moustakas
3B Nick Senzel 1B Michael Toglia
RF Wil Myers CF Brenton Doyle
CF Stuart Fairchild 2B Alan Trejo
C Curt Casali SS Ezequiel Tovar


Starting Pitchers

Brandon Williamson* 34.0 6.62 1.88 20 27
Chase Anderson** 23.0 4.30 1.57 13 19
Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Chase Anderson’s Stats

*Williamson’s stats are from Triple-A.

**Anderson’s stats are from Triple-A Louisville before the Reds traded him to Tampa Bay.

Brandon Williamson

Twenty-five year old Brandon Williamson will make his MLB debut tonight for the Reds. He gets a tough assignment in his first start, and as a pitcher who has walked 20 batters and allowed 25 earned runs in 34 innings at Triple-A this season, it very well could get ugly for the lefty in what is probably the toughest major league ballpark to pitch in.

One of Williamson’s biggest struggles has been his lack of command. Even when he has a fairly decent start such as his most recent start at Louisville where he allowed only one run in 5.2 innings, he still walked three and struck out only four batters.

For a more in-depth look at Williamson, I recommend checking out the article from earlier today over at


RHH 120 32 7 0 7 14% 18% .320 .425 .600
LHH 45 12 2 1 0 7% 13% .286 .333 .381

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 91.9 87.1 73.9 81.6 84.3
Usage 53.1% 2.5% 13.5% 19.8% 11.0%

Chase Anderson

Thirty-five year old Chase Anderson has had quite the journey over the last couple of months. He signed a minor league deal with the Reds before spring training and pitched at Triple-A Louisville for a month. The Reds traded him to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash on May 3. He pitched twice for the Rays, allowing only two hits and one walk while striking out two in five innings. The Rays designated Anderson for assignment on May 12; the Rockies claimed him and put him in the rotation for tonight.

You know what all of this means, right? One of two things is going to happen: either it will be a revenge game for Anderson against his former club (albeit a very short time), or Reds hitters will know his pitches well and will hit him like crazy.

Splits (from 2022)

RHH 55 10 1 0 2 12.7% 21.8% .222 .346 .378
LHH 48 7 3 0 1 16.7% 22.9% .184 .333 .342

Pitch Usage (from 2022)

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.1 92.2 90.1 77.9 83.6 82.9
Usage 30.0% 9.3% 16.4% 7.9% 7.9% 28.4%


  • Time: 8:40 pm EDT
  • Place: Coors Field, Denver, CO
  • Weather: 67 degrees, mostly cloudy and a slight chance of thunderstorms
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

The Reds had to make a corresponding roster move to call up Brandon Williamson.


Which Reds prospects are rising and which Reds prospects are falling? 


146 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Ashley gets to do the write up two games in a row. Congratulations. Good job. 🙂

  2. J

    Last night, Ramos was 2-4 with a walk, double, SB, and two runs scores. He’s hitting over .300 on the road (OBP over .400). So of course Myers plays and Ramos sits.

    Maybe Myers will have a great night. I hope he does. But if you’re ever going to use Ramos in a starting lineup, this would have been the day for it. Once again, Bell seems to be driven by something other than what is actually happening in real-world baseball games.

    • JB

      J- man I just don’t see Myers doing anything until he moves closer to the plate. They are just pounding him outside. The one pitch he takes last night was basically down the middle. Ramos she be playing over Myers and Fairchild. Fairchild isn’t hitting either.

      • J

        It’s weird when guys consistently make outs in the same pathetic way, day after day, week after week, month after month, but refuse to make any adjustments. I’ll never understand the mentality that things will just magically get better because “this used to work for me.” A lot of great hitters (like Votto) will make adjustments constantly, but some guys won’t do it until they’re out of baseball.

    • LDS

      Myers is making about $7.5m. He plays unless injured. It’s the Reds’ rule. Personally, I’ll take Fairchild starting over Ramos any day of the week. Ramos hit well his first 6 games and nothing since. The Reds were better off with Aquino. Though Aquino was more productive than Myers as well.

      • J

        Nothing since? He’s 4 for his last 11 with a walk, double, SB, RBI, and 2 runs. You’re focusing on his slump and not what he’s actually been doing on the field lately. He should be playing now, when he’s actually hitting. He’s been putting the ball in play, which is exactly what you want guys to do in Denver.

  3. Dennis Westrick

    Went to bed last night with the score tied 6-6. Of course, disappointed to check this morning and see the Reds lost 9-8. Reviewed the box score and the play-by-play results. The only major items that stood out was another sub-par start by Greene, bullpen struggles and 8 men LOB. This loss was the 11th one (1) run loss this season. Again, if the Reds could have found a way to win half of those games they would be much closer to the top of the NL Central.

    In any event, Williamson will need a lot of run support as there are rarely any low scoring games at Coors Field.

    Let’s start a new winning streak with a win tonight!

  4. Mark Moore

    Pig Kicking time!!!

    Seriously, let’s hope we see the Chase Anderson we all knew. Nothing against him personally … but we really need the win tonight. Start the Rocket Launch!

  5. Bet on Red

    This is the best situation for williamson, hopefully he gets out to a great start, and the reds get that Coors field support

  6. Melvin

    Looks like DLC and CES might be a little jealous of their buddy Matt. They both got two hits again tonight. They want to play with the big boys too. 🙂

  7. Mark Moore

    Ladies and Gentlemen … Cy Anderson!


  8. VaRedsFan

    Meyers is 5-15 with a HR off of Anderson…so maybe he runs into one

  9. Dennis Westrick

    Well, that was a weak start for the Reds offense! Then perennial Reds Killer Blackmon leads off the bottom of the 1st with a single!

    • Mario

      Blackmon is a good hitter. He flirted with .400 for maybe 1/3 of the season a few years ago.

  10. VaRedsFan

    nice error-saving pick by Steer on the DP

  11. VaRedsFan

    Lifetime ERA of 0.00.
    BW can at least say it for 1 inning.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Good start foe Williamson! Now let’s score some runs for him!

    • Dennis Westrick

      “for” NOT “foe” Fat finger syndrome!

  13. Mark Moore

    4M definitely looks thinner … must be the altitude 😀

  14. J

    If any team has more check-swing third strikes than the Reds, I’d be quite shocked. Maybe at some point someone will notice how often this happens and actually try to do something about it. Like, for example, encourage players to NOT check their swings when they have two strikes? Radical concept, I know, but I’m a rebel.

  15. Melvin

    Good job Williamson. So far so good. Keep it up. 🙂

  16. Optimist

    25 pitches, 17 strikes, small sample size but that ratio will work.

  17. Melvin

    Well whatya know? Myers with a good hard hit opposite way. 🙂

  18. Dennis Westrick

    NEWS FLASH! Myers got a HIT!

  19. Redbone

    Fairchild at least moved the runner.

  20. Melvin

    Okay. Another sac bunt two days in a row. What’s wrong with David Bell playing small ball? 🙂 Before you know it we’ll see a hit and run. That just might blow our minds. 🙂

    • Melvin

      Considering how our bottom third is hitting lately I’m all for it.

  21. old-school

    Anyone take the under with Williamson and Anderson at Coors field?

    • VaRedsFan

      I took over 12.
      missed by that much

  22. Melvin

    Alright Williamson! 34 pitches 0 runs through 3 🙂

  23. JB

    Williamson with 33 pitches thru three. Is that good? I’ve never seen that before from this team.

    • VaRedsFan

      DJ hasn’t gotten a hold of him yet

  24. LDS

    McLain 0-2 and SO twice . I guess that means it’s time to send him back to Louisville and call up someone else. Isn’t that how it works here?

    • Mark Moore

      It is … that’s EXACTLY how it works.

    • Beaufort Red

      Sour grapes. Just cause your boy has been exposed. No need to root against McClain. I knew you were waiting for him to pull a Barrero.

      • LDS

        Try realism Beaufort. McLain may still get a hit tonight. But, yes, that’s how it works here. Personally, I’d move India to DH, McLain to 2B, and start Barrero at SS. The team would be much stronger.

      • Mario

        Sounds like sour grapes ? Try some positivity!!

    • Melvin

      He’s a bum…until he gets another hit. 😀

  25. Mark Moore

    Good 3 innings from Williamson. Hope the delay is short so he can continue.

    • Mark Moore

      My bad … must be the rain isn’t that hard and the fans aren’t that interested.

      • olds-school

        Lakers at Nuggets. no one in Denver cares about this game.

      • old-school

        Lakers at Nuggets. no one in Denver cares about this game.

  26. Frogem

    Cannot understand putting McClain 2nd in the order. That seems like wishful thinking and unnecessary added pressure.

  27. Dennis Westrick

    Two (2) men left in scoring position thru the first 4 innings! Not good! Ongoing problem with this team!

  28. old-school

    Reds worst defensive infield in baseball last year and Krall said he’s going to fix it. Senzel is the best third baseman. Hes playing at a very high level. Somehow missed Nightengale last article until today but he said McLain is every day SS and Barrero back up SS and get some reps in CF and Newman is utility player now and may play some first.

  29. Melvin

    “Newman is utility player now”

    Believe it when I see it. :)…or not see it.

    • wkuchad

      He hasn’t started since McLain called up!

    • LDS

      But he’s in the game now. Krall will have to trade him or fire Bell to keep Newman out of the game.

  30. DataDumpster

    At the halfway point these two pitchers combined have 9.0 IP, 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 walks and 105 pitches. How ’bout them apples!

  31. DHud

    50ish pitches through almost 5 innings?

    Someone tell this kid we don’t do that around here!

    • Optimist

      Sub-minimum pitch count. Borderline excessive strike/ball ratio.

  32. old-school

    Williamson 56 pitches in 5 shutout innings. Huh????

    • VaRedsFan

      He must have slept through DJ’s game plan

  33. old-school

    Lance McCalister said today avg SP throws 87 pitches in 5.1 innings this year.

  34. Beaufort Red

    LDS wow you’re the expert on reality. So your so butt hurt over your boy. I’m out

    • Mario

      Don’t let the negativity scare you off.

    • LDS

      Not my boy Beaufort. I’m just not an impatient fan boy that burns through prospects because they aren’t hitting like Pete Rose.

  35. CI3J

    The Reds have 4 Ks today.

    McLain has 3 of them.

    Tough start for the kid in MLB.

  36. Mark Moore

    Took until the 6th. But you knew somebody would send a blast out of the park. Too bad none of our boys did it first.

  37. HoF-13

    How he handles this will show a lot.

  38. Bet on Red

    common…. only one out to a QS which is a great….. oh no…. here comes bell

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep… I knew Bell was going to come get him when he should not have. The kid is still throwing the ball great, total 72 total pitches. Obviously his footing is a little messed up because of the wetness on the mound but Bell should have let him finish this inning… get six innings in with a chance to still be the winning pitcher. This is not a good decision by Bell at all but I knew we would do it because he’s so freaking predictable.

      • Ted Alfred

        This decision to pull Williamson is why I really, really dislike Bell as our manager.

      • wkuchad

        I thought it was a great call. Guy making his major league debut. Pitched a great game and can’t lose it. To each his own.

  39. Melvin

    Come on now. Only one run with two outs in the 6th and 72 pitches. Why not leave him in there?

    • Mark Moore

      Thrall and Cowboy had a good take on it. I don’t love yanking him, but I don’t hate it either.

  40. Mark Moore

    Nice debut for Williamson. Yeah, it’s only 72 pitches, but first in the bigs and in the thin air of Denver and just gave up the gopher ball … just wish the boys would have backed him with something.

  41. CI3J

    What the heck? Why is Bell taking him out here? He didn’t even have 80 pitches yet!

    • Tom Reeves

      He’s out of gas. First start plus altitude and he’s simply running out of air. Smart move by Bell and what a he… he… heck of an intro to The Show by Williamson.

      • Mario

        Not sure he was out of gas but don’t dislike the call. Heckuva outing for the rook.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell thinks he’s Sparky Anderson reincarnated! Sparky was Captain Hook, Bell is Captain Tinker!

  42. Melvin

    Well after a double off the wall on the first pitch it doesn’t look like a good move so far does it? lol

  43. Old-school

    Good call by Bell. Williamson one of the most important performances of the year. Let him get build some confidence and come back in 5 days against the Yankees. Reds bullpen gassed and he got 17 outs for them. Get the stix going!

  44. LDS

    Beat by Anderson would be humiliating. Where’s the hitting? Williamson far exceeded expectations.

  45. Mark Moore

    Time for the bats to show up. It’s rare that 1 run wins a game at Coors. Not sure how long I can hold out. Maybe just the 7th for me.

  46. Dennis Westrick

    Sometimes the best changes a ML Manager can make are the ones he doesn’t make!

  47. Dennis Westrick

    Plus, Reds wasting another opportunity to move up in the Division as the Cubs are getting beat again tonight!

  48. Harry Stoner

    What has got into Nick Senzel?

    • Mark Moore

      Playing 3rd daily … consistency and I’d say he’s more comfortable there.

      • Ted Alfred

        1000% agree….only took the Redlegs 4-5 years to figure it out.

      • HoF-13

        Was about to say – it is amazing how different Senzel looks playing 3rd compared to elsewhere. I think the Reds have their everyday 3rd baseman.

      • Harry Stoner

        Agreed, MM.

        I’ve been saying this for years about Senzel and the ill fated CF experiment.

        I don’t think the the whole “Bell Shuffle” works as advertised.

    • Mario

      Wow!! Everyday 3B until EDLC gets here. But what if Nick has a .800 OPS when Elly is ready? Tough decisions. My guess is Senzel or India are trade bait at the deadline or the winter. India is the younger and cheaper of the two and would bring back more return. Nick is going to make some nice arbitration $$ next season if he keeps this up.

  49. Mark Moore

    Oh My WORD!!!

    Deepest part of the park … way to go Nick! Williamson is off the hook in his debut.

  50. JB

    Senzel. Leave him at third and don’t mess with him.

  51. old-school

    Nick Senzel

    Im starting the fan club back up.

    Need a VP and secretary.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m in. I do like the kid, especially playing daily at 3B.

  52. DataDumpster

    Outstanding for Williamson. Had a lot of poise and control. Didn’t expect that. Our borderline disaster last year, Chase Anderson, looked even better with pinpoint control. This is why we watch.
    On a side note, can’t fault Bell for taking him out. He was visibly shaken by what happened. Get him out with an outstanding first effort and no further damage. His start of 5.2 innings exceeds the team average. This game will not end at 1-0.

    • Mark Moore

      As I said, I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it. MLB debut, Denver air, just gave up the gopher ball. Handy DT Bell does tinker far too much IMO, but that quick hook was probably for the best.

  53. Old-school

    I think the Reds have an every day 3b and SS and 2b and first baseman at least for a few weeks. Wow. That happened fast.

    Yes, barrero will play SS or CF tomorrow and there will be rotations with Newman getting some utility work but this infield is set 5 days a week.

    • Mark Moore

      Oh, can we please see that? Frankly, I was a little shocked to see tonight’s line-up so similar to last night’s.

  54. Mark Moore

    Young gets it done. Though that shot to the wall was tense.

    Maybe I stick around a little bit tonight afterall.

  55. old-school

    Lance McCalister gave a catching stat today. reds pitchers are 8-5 with an ERA in the 3’s when Casali catches. Easily best of the catchers.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep… not an accident that Williamson such a good game with the Casali behind the plate

    • BK

      Also, his catching ERA this year is emblematic of his career. Pretty effective run prevention.

  56. J

    I wonder if Bell realizes he has three catchers on the roster and a fast runner on the bench?

  57. Mark Moore

    A side-armer who can pitch in the upper 90’s … go figure.

    A little McLain time here.

  58. Mark Moore

    Yeah … McLain will be OK, guys. He’ll be just fine. Way to avoid the Golden Sombrero and play a little add-on.

  59. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking Steer was trying a bit too hard with that AB. Let the pitcher get into his melon just a bit and then whiffed at the last offering.

    Who gets the 8th?

    • Mario

      That was an awful called first strike. Chumpire has been bad tonight.

  60. Mark Moore

    Ended up way closer than I would have thought.

  61. J

    That was some interesting managing by Bell in the top of the 8th. First he lets Casali (and his pitcher-like average) hit for himself. This works out brilliantly, because Casali walks. Then he waits until India has grounded out, with Casali chugging into second, before deciding to pinch run for Casali. He pinch runs with Newman, who I assume isn’t quite as fast as Barrero. This works out brilliantly, as Newman beats the throw home by a foot or so. The guy just has a knack for making all the right moves at all the right times.

    • Mark Moore

      Blind Hog -> Acorn

      Every once in a while.

      • J

        In case I ever need evidence for the “just because things worked out doesn’t mean the manager deserves any credit” argument, I should bookmark the top of the 8th.

      • Mark Moore

        Exactly, J. It’s less about the moves than it is the timing. You also had Ramos available who is at least as fast as Newman.

        Good news is Newman is unavailable now as a 9th inning defensive replacement … right? 😀

  62. Mark Moore

    Steer was busy that inning.

    Would love to see at least one more insurance run. I do believe I’m in for the duration tonight.

  63. magi210

    This game has gone nothing like I expected.

    • Mark Moore

      I expected to tap out about 30 minutes ago.

  64. Mark Moore

    Semi-productive AB from the 14-year-old.

    Let’s see if Maile gets his 1x per week hit here.

  65. Old-school

    Alexis Diaz is playing in the All Star game.

    This guy is competing his tail off.

  66. Mark Moore

    No 40-pitch effort tonight.

    Feels good. Onward for the rubber game tomorrow.

    Night all.

  67. Bet on Red

    Great job all around see you all tomorrow afternoon

  68. VaRedsFan

    great game for the staff.
    Congrats on a superb debut by Williamson

  69. Optimist

    Look at the ERAs in the box score – anyone expect that anytime this season?

  70. CI3J

    It seems like everyone went into this game expecting a football score.

    Instead, we got a well-pitched 3-1 win.

    Impressed with Williamson. Where the heck did that come from?