The Cincinnati Reds will look to stop their 4-game losing skid tonight, as well as avoid being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of their series. Cincinnati will be sending left-hander Andrew Abbott to the mound in his major league debut hoping to get things turned around. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Milwaukee Brewers

Cincinnati Reds

Owen Miller – 2B Kevin Newman – 3B
Andruw Monasterio – SS Matt McLain – SS
William Contreras – C Jonathan India – 2B
Christian Yelich – DH Spencer Steer – 1B
Brian Anderson – RF Tyler Stephenson – DH
Luis Urias – 3B Will Benson – RF
Rowdy Tellez – 1B Stuart Fairchild – CF
Joey Wiemer – CF T.J. Hopkins – LF
Blake Perkins – LF Luke Maile – C
Julio Teheran – RHP Andrew Abbott – LHP

Jake Fraley was originally in the lineup, hitting leadoff and starting in right field. He was replaced Stuart Fairchild in the lineup and the positions for the other outfielders who were in the lineup already were moved around.

And now it turns out 20 minutes prior to 1st pitch that Nick Senzel has also been removed from the lineup with knee irritation.

Starting Pitchers

Andrew Abbott (MiLB) 54.0 2.50 0.93 17 90
Julio Teheran 11.0 0.82 0.82 1 5
Links: Andrew Abbott’s MiLB Stats | Julio Teheran’s Stats

Andrew Abbott

Tonight will be the big league debut for Andrew Abbott. The lefty has spent time in both Double-A and Triple-A this season, making three starts with Chattanooga and seven more with Louisville.

His splits in the minors are good no matter who he has faced this season, with both lefties and righties hitting under .200 against him. What has been interesting, though, is that left-handed batters have had 40% of their hits go for home runs against him in the minor leagues this season.

Splits (AA & AAA)

RHH 155 23 4 1 4 13 67 .162 .232 .289
LHH 56 10 0 0 4 4 23 .196 .268 .431

Pitch Usage (AAA)

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.2 79.6 81.8 86.4
Usage 52% 3% 29% 16%

Julio Teheran

This will be just the third start in the big leagues this season for Julio Teheran. He made eight starts for Triple-A El Paso with the Padres and posted a 5.63 ERA before opting out of his contract on May 22nd. He signed with the Brewers three days later and joined their big league club who was looking to fill out their injury-plagued pitching staff.

The splits for Julio Teheran this season have been big. Left-handed batters are just crushing him. They’re hitting .348 with as many walks as strikeouts, and hitting for plenty of power. Right-handed hitters haven’t found nearly the same kind of success against him. Righties have a 12-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio against him this season and aren’t hitting for much power.

Splits (AAA & MLB)

RHH 142 35 8 1 3 3 36 .257 .282 .397
LHH 85 24 2 1 4 14 14 .348 .459 .580

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 90.0 90.0 83.4 82.2
Usage 17% 36% 38% 9%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 80°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Reds option Kevin Herget, DFA Frank German

With Cincinnati needing a 40-man and a 26-man roster spot for tonight’s starting pitcher they cleared one spot by designating reliever Frank German for assignment and a one spot on the big league roster by optioning Kevin Herget back to Triple-A. You can read more about the moves here.

Cincinnati signs Lin Sheng-En for $1.2M

The Reds made a big splash in the international signing market this afternoon when they signed shortstop/outfielder Lin Sheng-En for a signing bonus of $1,200,000. The 17-year-old from Taiwan was also a highly regarded pitcher, but Cincinnati is signing him as a position player. We’ve got more details on his signing over at


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 32 27 0.0 61.4%
Pirates 31 27 0.5 21.7%
Cubs 26 32 5.5 14.8%
Reds 26 33 6.0 1.7%
Cardinals 25 35 7.5 25.0%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

168 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Need the win tonight. Hope Rake is okay.

  2. CI3J

    The 17-year-old from Taiwan was also a highly regarded pitcher, but Cincinnati is signing him as a position player.

    The next Shohei Ohtani!

  3. Old-school

    C goldsmith reporting india taking ground balls at 3b

    • Mark Moore

      That’s interesting. Is that a “sign” we should read in some way?

      • Melvin

        If that is indeed true yes I’d take it as a sign. I didn’t think he would make the switch in mid season but maybe he will. It of course it would then mean EDLC @ SS, MMc @ 2B, and India @ 3B. India is worth keeping if at all possible unless there is a trade we can’t refuse….or we can’t/won’t sign him later which is the more likely of the two.

      • Old-school

        I could see India McLain and EDLC at 3b/SS/2b with Senzel and Steer as multipositional of/if glue guys

    • MuddyCleats

      Is McLain taking balls at 2nd?

  4. LT

    Would love to see Bell tinker with the top of the order here. Newman leading off has not worked out. I would put India back there and have Steer hit 3rd. The rest of the line up is up to his discretion. Make a change, shake things up for the fun of it.

    • Chris

      Unacceptable to have Newman there against a right handed started. Lefty I can see. Newman hits a few singles and he’s hitting leadoff. Barrero hits a grand slam in Boston and has barely seen the field since

  5. David

    Yeah, where’s Fraley? Is he hurt, or just worn out from running the bases after his solo homer yesterday?
    Probably a scheduled “day off”.

    A must win night, and one of our key hitters is lost somewhere.

    • Mark Moore

      In the line-up and leading of when first published. That’s not a “scheduled day off” in my book.

    • 2020ball

      Its in the article, and I can only assume it was there as soon as Fraley’s name wasn’t.

    • Doug Gray

      Allergies. No, I am not making that up.

  6. Tom Reeves

    Fraley has allergies. And Ohio Valley Allergies are no joke.

    • Mark Moore

      Oh crap! If that’s the case he could be really messed up. My own allergy/sinus condition has been far worse of late than in previous years. I think I’m on the uptick, but then I’m far from being any kind of a professional athlete … 😀

    • JB

      I have them here in New York and it’s a really bad year for allergies. No rain this time of year just makes the pollen stick to everything. Even the medicine isn’t even working. I feel for the dude.

      • Mark Moore

        JB – out of curiosity, what part of NY? I’m a native Upstater. Last time I lived there was in the 70’s in the Southern Tier.

      • JB

        I grew up in Horseheads NY. Live in Watkins Glen now

      • Mark Moore

        You’ve got to be kidding me! We lived in Horseheads from 72 (after the flood) until around 79. My dad was the pastor of 1st Baptist Church there on Grand Central. My mom, brother, and I all worked at the Dunkin Donuts down where Center Street crosses what was then NY17.

      • JB

        Lived on Ridge Road. Graduated in 82. I know where that church is.

    • Votto4life

      Wouldn’t want to be facing a 103 MPH fast ball with my eyes watering.

  7. JB

    Just send Barrero to AAA and get on with it. Absolutely redicilous why he is still up here and riding the bench for what 4 games in a row? Let him go to AAA and figure things out.

  8. Bet on Red

    This is not good with Fraley out

    • Mark Moore

      Takes more than little volume out of the “hope balloon” for me.

    • Mark Moore

      See above comments. Originally starting but scratched. We’re hearing it’s due to allergies.

  9. Melvin

    Just my two cents of course, lol, but if Newman is going to be at the top of the order wouldn’t it make more sense for him to be at #2 instead of #1? At least that way he could bunt over Mclain if he was moved to #1.

  10. Daytonnati

    Abbott wearing Nuxie and Seaver’s “41”.

    • Muddy Cleats

      Physique reminds me of Fred Norman. Both have full repertoire, but Abbott is throwing much harder 🙂

      • David

        Yeah, Abbott is a bit taller than Fred Norman. What was Fred, about 5 ft 6 inches?

  11. Melvin

    So we only have two guys available on the bench tonight correct? Those two would be Casali and Barrero. Barrero by the way is now playing the role of a true backup having not been in the lineup for several games.

  12. Mark Moore

    Battled through some crappy calls and tough hitters, but that’s a big inning in the books for Abbott.

    Now let’s back him up.

    • Daytonnati

      He looks a little bit like Todd from Breaking Bad. Let’s hope he is as cold-blooded 🙂

      • JB

        Am I the only one who never watched that show?

    • Mark Moore

      No, JB. I haven’t watched it either.

      • Daytonnati

        I envy you guys. Wish I could watch it again without knowing what happens.

      • VaRedsFan

        Top 3 show all time…maybe #1 for me.

  13. Melvin

    Good job Mr. Abbott. Welcome to the majors.

  14. JB

    Boy Senzel out with the knee problem. The guy just cannot stay healthy. Hope it’s nothing.

    • Mark Moore

      That would really stink for him. So now we’re down 1 definitely and maybe another with Rake. Nothing like a VERY short bench when you are trying to fend off a sweep from the Bernies.

    • Indy Red Man

      Fools gold earlier w Nick. Platoon vs lefties at best

  15. Indy Red Man

    Abbott has very good stuff! I’m impressed

  16. Mark Moore

    JB – commenting here so it isn’t buried.

    We lived on Ridge Road (494, near Briarcliff) as well. I would have graduated in 81, so we may have even ridden on the same buses at some point. Talk about a small world.

  17. GreatRedLegsFan

    I was expecting a bold move to face the Brewers and the Dodgers at home, i.e., calling up EDLC, guess the waiting continues…

  18. SR

    The bottom of the brewers line up looks as weak as the reds, at least by batting average comparisons. They can rest on 3 out of 4 wins for the series minimum. We don’t have that luxury.

  19. Mark Moore

    Letting Tehran off the hook way too easily. And Abbott is working his tail off.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Stephenson? Can they make up some injury? He’s clueless right now

    • Daytonnati

      He doesn’t even kiss his pinkie with passion anymore 🙂

  21. Mark Moore

    Abbott needed that low pitch inning. He may make it through 5 yet.

    But we still have to back him with Crooked Numbers. C’mon, boys!! Wake up and get it done.

    • Mark Moore

      Well, the 14-year-old woke up 😀

      • Daytonnati

        That one was for Jim Walker 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      Add Hopkins to the wake-up call.

  22. Bet on Red

    This guy looks like he is staying too…. questions getting answered quickly

  23. Old-school

    Can we hire Abbott’s Dad as pitching coach? They asked him his 2 inning assessment. Hes nibbling too much. He needs to pitch to contact. You will see a different approach coming up

    And we did. 8 pitch 1-2-3 inning

    Derek Johnson doesnt understand this. He wants missed bats.

    • Mark Moore

      Continued weak contact will lead to more missed bats and pitchers going longer. But I’m thinking you are correct about DJ. His philosophy doesn’t embrace that. Kind of makes you wonder what he’d have done in Leo Mazzoni’s spot with some of that legendary Brave’s staff.

  24. Indy Red Man

    I missed calling Stewie’s hr by 2 days. Hes got a slider speed bat. Can’t hit good heaters so probably best served as platoon vs lefties since they usually throw softer

    • Old-school

      0-last 15 and 1 HR in 147 PA….He was long overdue.

      As is Stephenson.

  25. Mark Moore

    Another quick 1-2-3 inning. Pitch count looking better now.

  26. JB

    Why do Lefties fastball look alot faster than what they are?

    • Mark Moore

      And they nearly always look like they have more movement.

    • DaveCT

      In Abbott’s case, he has some good deception.

  27. Mark Moore

    Just like that, TySteve goes oppo to get off the schneid for this AB. My wife says she’s shocked … 😮

  28. VaRedsFan

    Ty certainly needed that….good for him

  29. VaRedsFan

    Drinking game…
    Everytime Larkin say “Let the ball travel”

    • Mark Moore

      I have to imagine you’d be plastered half-way through most games.

  30. Indy Red Man

    GABP special I think, but Stephenson should have 8 of those a year to right in GABP if hes going right.

  31. Mark Moore

    Nice first outing from Abbott. Glad HDTBell left him in to finish the 5th so he’s in line for his first MLB win. Probably need to add on a couple more here.

  32. JB

    1 hitter through five. Nice debut. Gives up a base runner next inning and Bell pulls him.

    • Mark Moore

      You think he goes out for the 6th?

      • JB

        I was surprised Bell didn’t yank him after runner got on.

  33. VaRedsFan

    I really like the 79 curve that Abbott spins up there for change of pace strikes. It’s really what I’d like Greene and Ashcraft to start doing. The change of pace keeps guys off all of their hard stuff.

  34. Indy Red Man

    Pitching to contact is a funny thing imo. Your stuff has to be hittable by the masses which rules out HG and guys like Lodolo with his height and angle. Mahle was frustrating in that regard too, but I think he actually nibbled when he was ahead looking for the K

    • Mark Moore

      Mahle was The Nibbler for sure. It was his undoing more than a few times.

  35. Mark Moore

    Definitely getting squeezed by the Chumpire.

  36. Old-school

    This bringing up young guys thing isnt working.

  37. Indy Red Man

    Now that’s how you handle an anemic lineup! Very impressive

  38. Mark Moore

    Wow … anybody who had 6 shutout innings and only 1 hit raise your hand … mine is down.

    Major hat-tip to HDTBell for running him out there in the 6th and letting him work past the first BB. In line for the win and a quality start by a long shot in his debut.

    Worth the wait in my book.

    • Mark Moore

      As the scruffy guy from the Miami Valley Gaming commercial just said … AWESOME!!

      • Daytonnati

        That’s “Bucky” (I think.)

  39. MK

    Abbott reminds me a great deal mechanically of Big Red Machine’s Fred Norman.

    • Tomn

      Yes he does! Hadn’t thought of that

  40. PTBNL

    Kind of reminds me of Randy Wolf (Phillies) too. They said on the telecast that that is the first time he has went over 100 pitches as a pro. It wouldn’t have been a bad idea to pull him after 5 but the honorable HDTBell left him in to complete 6.

  41. Tomn

    Abbott was very good.

    Now what was this horrific baserunning just now???

    • Mark Moore

      Puzzling … I have to think it was 95% on House for sending him.

  42. Harry Stoner

    Greene telling Abbott not to get his hopes up about the W.

  43. Redlegs1869

    Great work from Abbott. The Brewers botch a pop up and House sends India home only to be thrown out by 25 feet? Hmm.

  44. TR

    Congratulations to Andrew Abbott and a good word for DB.

  45. Mark Moore

    The guy with the Buck Farmer Fathead made me chuckle

  46. TR

    Up by two. Terrible base running. A popup falls in and India tries or is sent in to score from 1st. base?

    • Mark Moore

      Without seeing the entire field of play, I’ve got that 95% on House for sending him.

      • JB

        I would have at least tried to slide. You never know.

  47. Mark Moore

    6 outs. We just need 6. lousy. outs. PLEASE!!

  48. JB

    Fingers crossed that the good Lucas Sims comes in. The guy is Jekyll and Hyde.

  49. Harry Stoner

    K-child’s dinger notwithstanding, have the Reds ever fielded such an anemic outfield before?

  50. Kevin H

    Abbott with a Solid game for his first start. Walking 4 batters though isn’t great, and won’t go well against a better lineup.

  51. LarkinPhillips

    Taking India out for a defensive substitution is a bold strategy. Advanced numbers might back it up, but I’m not a fan of it.

    • LDS

      Kind of a shocker. Barrero bumping McLain to 2nd makes sense. EDLC must be near at hand.

      • LarkinPhillips

        That’s the consolation prize I’m hoping for. Especially with news that India was taking balls at 3B before the game.

      • Melvin

        EDLC is at 186 PA. If the 200 PA thing is true before promoting him he isn’t far away. Should have been here by now but OH WELL. 🙂

  52. Mark Moore

    Bike helmets to redeem the inning.

  53. Harry Stoner

    Can somebody help me understand why Bell doesn’t Le Farmer pitch 2?

    Okay he can’t pitch tomorrow….but Sims could.

    I don’t get it.

    • Tomn

      Completely agree. This babit of Bells to allow no more than 1 IP per reliever seems like extra work on more relievers. Extra relievers have to warm up more often. How does that lessen the chance for wear on the arm. Also if a reliever is effective, why remove that reliever after ‘n’ outs since you can’t be sure the next reliever will have his good stuff.

  54. Nnati

    Newman is doing a fine job. Decent at .270, fielding multiple spots and has speed.

    • Mark Moore

      Especially given we’re down to 11 on the position player roster, I’m fine with this role for Newman and happy enough with his performance. I don’t think it’s sustainable, but ride it whilst it works.

      • Harry Stoner

        I would have preferred to see McLain given a tryout at leadoff.
        Just to see.
        He’s got all the tools.
        Newman can be mildly productive in the back half of the order.

      • Mark Moore

        Agreed, Harry. MattyMc leading off would be preferable.

  55. Kevin H

    Kinda looked like India pulled up abit. He seemed to be limping a tad. I hope I am wrong though

    • Mark Moore

      Playing with only 10 position players, 3 of whom are catchers, would be a very bad thing in the coming days.

  56. Indy Red Man

    Something tells me rolling Ashcrash out again versus LA is not a good idea. Somebody may get hurt with a laser out in the sun deck

  57. Mark Moore

    Froze Yelich with that one.

    2 more outs, and quick ones at that, please.

  58. Mark Moore

    Chase the Bernies and their Brooms out of town.

    And a major W for Abbott in his debut.

  59. LarkinPhillips

    Diaz is nails. Should definitely be sn all star!

  60. JB

    Not sure why the home plate ump couldn’t have called that 3rd strike swing.

  61. Bet on Red

    This is all starting to come together nicely

  62. Harry Stoner

    Diaz all business. He wastes no time.

  63. Dennis Westrick

    Great job by Abbott! Diaz is MONEY and an ALL STAR!

  64. Stoney

    Great debut by Abbott! Never saw him pitch before. He was in command the whole time. Very impressive. Diaz is just lights out. There is a lot to like about the future.

  65. Kevin H

    So we just gonna skip over 4 walks by Abbott. Okay got it.

    So when Greene gives up 4 walks we won’t complain about it? Okay got it.

    I am being sarcastic lol

    Yes he was good in his first start, however 4 walks is still 4 walks.

    • Mark Moore

      4 walks is 4 walks. Didn’t end up doing damage, but they happened. HP Chumpire squeezed him on a couple, but that’s happening with increasing frequency.

      Comment way up in the thread cited his father as saying he needs to pitch to contact. First MLB game, I’ll chalk it up to adrenaline and jitters. We’ll see what Saturday brings against the WLB Dirty Birds.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Like every other professional sport! There are Rookie calls, average player calls and superstar calls! Did Michael Jordan ever get called for walking! No!

        Bottom line is ALL of the Reds pitchers need to reduce their walk rates!

      • Kevin H

        Abbott is real deal. All I am saying is he can’t give up that many walks ever game. Plus some on here point out the walks the reds pitchers give up.

        I am just having some fun, however when posting hard to tell I suppose

    • Harry Stoner

      Four walks by a rookie in his first appearance and learning MLB ump strike zone is not the same thing as Greene or Ashcraft or Minor walking four.
      Besides, he buckled down after each.
      No runs.

      Besides, you don’t know what was going on in Abbott’s mind when he walked those batters, so how can you complain?

      • Kevin H

        I not complaining. I am pointing out what some get upset with and that is walks. If they had scored a whole different tune would be going on.

        As I mentioned I was being sarcastic.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Exactly! Walks that don’t lead to runs are preferred over those issued prior to surrendering a HR! All walks put more pressure on both the pitcher and the defense! And, they lead to higher pitch counts which leads to shorter outings by the SP. Abbott was able to work around his walks and he will improve over time hopefully!

      • Harry Stoner

        Same with singles.

        Joey .214 Weimar hit two doubles.

        Neither scored.

        Should we wring our hands about that.

        To blow off fair-minded critiques of Bell’s often poor situational decision making and lump them in with nitpicking a rookie’s fine debut is more head-in-the-sand than the stuff of sarcasm.

      • Kevin H

        Head in the sand. Hahahahaha whatever dude.

        I have already said I was being sarcastic and abbott is real deal. I can’t help it you are looking.more into it than that

    • TR

      A real good job by Abbott. But I was concerned about those high pitches and expected a couple in the seats.

  66. LDS

    4 walks in 6? NBD, this game – chalk it up rookie 1 game jitters. If he keeps it up? Then be concerned. And keep DJ away from him.

      • LDS

        DJ is a good pitching coach? Based on? As I’ve said before the blown arms under his watch exceeds the number of success stories.

      • Kevin H

        Your blaming injuries on a pitching coach?

        Basically same pen last year and pitching well. Weaver, Williamson, Greene, all pitching well or better.

        Lodolo and Ashcraft will be fine as well. DJ is a good pitching coach.

      • LDS

        Sure. And Bell is manager of the year. I suspect the guy brought over from the Blue Jays has contributed as much or more Yao the bullpen’s success. But, we’ll just agree to disagree. That’s the way it is.

  67. Harry Stoner

    “Will be fine.”

    That’s the line on Meyers I recall someone here making.

    The same pen as last year? You might want to double check.

    This is not to throw shade on Johnson, just to clarify the debate: high velocity / spin rate / go for Ks. vs what we saw tonight, or had been seeing with Ashcraft.

    Not sure how DJ method contributed to Lodolo’s bum leg.

    Gutierrez? Maybe.


    Hard for LDS to separate coincidence from causation.

    • LDS

      @Harry, how many coincidences constitute a pattern and thus causation?

  68. Kevin H

    So what, not like others haven’t given a opinion. Yet you keep bringing it up what I said.

    I know what I said and stand by it.

  69. JB

    With India practicing at third and McLain getting game action at second last night, could tonight be the night for EDLC? Or this series?