It’s a battle of southpaws on the mound, as two first round draft selections, Nick Lodolo and Garrett Crochet, go head-to-head in the second game of the weekend series between the Reds (7-6) and the White Sox (2-11). First pitch is at 2:10 pm EDT.


Cincinnati Reds

Chicago White Sox

DH Jonathan India LF Robbie Grossman
LF Spencer Steer 1B Andrew Vaughn
1B Christian Encarnacion-Strand DH Gavin Sheets
3B Jeimer Candelario RF Kevin Pillar
RF Stuart Fairchild 3B Lenyn Sosa
SS Elly De La Cruz SS Paul DeJong
2B Santiago Espinal 2B Zach Remillard
C Luke Maile RF Dominic Fletcher
CF Bubba Thompson C Martin Maldonado

Starting Pitchers

Nick Lodolo* 34.1 6.29 1.75 10 47
Garrett Crochet 18.0 2.00 0.67 1 21
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Garrett Crochet’s Stats

*Stats are from 2023.

 Nick Lodolo

After two starts at Triple-A Louisville, Nick Lodolo is ready to make his long-awaited season debut. He hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since May 6, 2023. The 26-year-old made seven starts last season before being placed on the injured list with a tibia injury and ultimately being out for the remainder of the year. While he gave up 24 runs in 34.1 innings in those seven appearances, he also struck out 47 batters while only walking 10.

He went five innings in his first rehab start on March 31 and struck out eight, but allowed four runs in only 2.2 innings on April 7. He did get a good mix of pitches in both starts, throwing mostly his four-seam fastball and curveball. According to Statcast, on April 7, his pitch velocity averaged about 93.3 for the fastball and 81.0 mph for the curveball. The fastball velocity is right on track from what he averaged in 2023 and slightly faster than the velocity on his curveball last season.

2023 Splits

RHH 140 44 5 1 9 6% 27% .361. .432 .639
LHH 26 6 2 0 1 4% 35% .240 .269 ,440

Pitch Usage (2023)

4-Seam 2-Seam Curve Change
Velo 93.2 93.4 79.6 87.3
Usage 46% 5% 36% 13%

Garrett Crochet

Twenty-four year old Garrett Crochet comes into this game having an outstanding start to his 2024 campaign. He has a 2.00 ERA and a 2.53 FIP in 18.0 innings over three starts. The most impressive thing about him so far: he’s allowed only one walk while striking out 21.

Crochet throws four pitches, but relies most on his 97-mph four seam fastball and his 84-mph slider. Seventeen of his 21 strikeouts in 2024 have come off the fastball or slider. When he’s not striking out hitters, Crochet has been very much a ground ball pitcher. This season, 46.7% of the balls hit in play against him have been ground balls. That hasn’t always been the case, as his GB% was 34.2% in 2023, but that could be explained by him still figuring things out while working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2022. Through the first three games of 2024, it has looked like he’s done just that.


RHH 52 10 1 0 2 0% 40% .196 .192 .526
LHH 15 1 0 0 0 7% 40% .071 .133 .205

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 96.9 91.7 84.1 90.6
Usage 51% 16% 32% 2%


  • Time: 2:10 p.m. EDT
  • Place: Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL
  • Weather: 61 degrees, mostly sunny, 0 percent chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: WLW 700

News and Notes

Roster Moves

Since the Reds activated Nick Lodolo from the injured list today, a corresponding roster move had to be made, and it was one you likely already knew was coming. Sam Moll also went to Triple-A on a rehab assignment today.

Stat of the Day

Elly De La Cruz hasn’t struck out in 16 plate appearances. (And now that I’ve typed this, he’ll strike out today). Elly has been on a real tear though, going 9-for-20 with four home runs, 9 RBI, 11 runs scored, and a slash line of .450/.542/1.100 in the last seven days. Will the Reds have the NL Player of the Week award in back-to-back weeks?


Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 9 3
Pittsburgh 10 4
Chicago 7 6 2.5
Cincinnati 7 6 2.5
St. Louis 7 7 3.0

108 Responses

    • Ted Alfred

      Like I said in the post game thread last night, Bell should drop Candelaria to 6 and either leave Steer at #4 or bump Elly to #4, but he has always been painfully slow to react to what is actuslly happening on the field vs his perceptions. So he’s going to just stick with Candelario at #4 come hell or high water….a guy who has had one good year hitting in mlb and every other year he’s been average at best, but he’s going to be our cleanup hitter going forward.

      • Tom Diesman

        Simply not true, Candelario has been a good mlb hitter 3 of the last 4 years.

  1. Jonathan Linn

    Let me get this straight…..we will be critical of Greene for a 2 pitch mix, but praise Garrett Crochet for his 2 pitcher mix. Seems hypocritical to me….

  2. Ted Alfred

    Over 9 years is MLB averages:

    .241 hitting .323 on base and averaging 69 RBIs a year. I don’t think that screams good hitter or cleanup hitter… but to each his own

    • greenmtred

      I don’t see that he averaged even 69 RBI, but he’s also only played over a hundred games in a year three times. What he has done in seasons when he did get a substantial number of at-bats is get a lot of extra-base hits. RBI’s are largely a function of having runners on base when you hit.

  3. Indy Red Man

    I remember Lodolo throwing harder then 93? His height can make the angle on the slider really nasty, but that only works if his control is good. Idk? I’m feeling kind of iffy about our pitching

    • Dewey Roberts

      Lodolo is looking like the ace of the staff. I don’t think Greene will ever be his level on a consistent basis.

  4. Mark A Verticchio

    Not to be critical but Fairchild is somewhere between a role player, at best, and a journeyman, but regardless he is in no way shape or form a 5th place hitter. Don’t even get me started where Candelario should be hitting.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Candelario should be limited to hitting fly balls with a fungo bat to Reds outfielders before the game!

      Not impressed with Candy’s sub-200 BA so far this season!

    • Jim Walker

      Fairchild bats 5th because he is cut out for Fraley’s arrival with a RHP by the Sox. Blame to the philosophy and the people using it, not the pawns.

  5. Jason Franklin

    Is Benson injured or something? I know that Benson is weaker against lefties, but I thought (according to Bell) he had earned the chance to play versus both righties and lefties? I know Crochet will be a tough lefty, but he won’t get better against facing top notch lefthanders unless he faces them. And Thompson should never start as he is a fine defensive replacement/pinch runner.
    Side note: Why not bring up someone else better then Thompson?

    • greenmtred

      Benson was limping yesterday after crashing into the wall.

  6. Dennis Westrick

    Well, that explains a lot! Bell leaving Spiers in to get pounded (4 runs in 4 innings) last Tuesday was probably planned knowing that Spiers was going down to AAA when Lodolo was brought bac up!

  7. JB

    No Benson Today? Apparently the Bubba Thompson love fest is on for Bell. The guy is nothing but a pinch runner and defense replacement. There is a reason he is passed over by every team.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell has certain players he’s enamored with each season! This year it appears to be Thompson!

  8. Tom Mitsoff

    Pretty impressive first inning for Crochet.

    • CI3J

      Equally impressive inning from Lodolo.

  9. CI3J

    Well, so much for cutting down on those strikeouts.

    This Garrett Crochet fella has “future New York Yankee” written all over him.

  10. Tom Mitsoff

    I hope everyone took the under on total runs scored today.

  11. Dennis Westrick

    Why is it the Reds, more often than not, make every journeyman pitcher they face look like Cy Young!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      This is not a journeyman pitcher.

      • Dennis Westrick

        I beg to differ, Tom! Crochet has a 4-8 lifetime record! Good ERA yes, but not a lot of innings pitched (less than 100)

      • greenmtred

        4-8 pitching for a team that doesn’t win a lot of games. W-L in this case means little.

    • Jim t

      It’s 5-0 after 2 innings. Your theory is a bit off.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    And Candy goes and make us eat our words! I’ll have some Frank’s hot sauce with mine! I put that s**t on everything!

    • greenmtred

      It’s good stuff. Ever try Cholula green jalapeno sauce?

  13. VaRedsFan

    Steer ropes a 3 run double.
    Love this guy.

  14. magi210

    I like this whole “scoring early” strategy.

  15. Jonathan Linn

    Steer could get the Votto (15-17) and Bonds treatment with a ton of walks and Intentional BB soon with all this hitting

    India in leadoff is awesome with all these walks

  16. Dennis Westrick

    OK, Lodolo! You’ve been handed a 5-run lead! Please do not walk anyone!

    • Dennis Westrick

      A HBP is also not desirable!

  17. RedsGettingBetter

    To be honest, Reds were helped by the umpire miscalling the fourth ball to India…Reds capitalized it afterwards

    • VaRedsFan

      The Reds have been the victims of so many bad calls.
      Finally one goes their way.

  18. VaRedsFan

    What a great effort by Elly…almost had it in the net and tarp.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Maybe India is getting a rep for knowing the zone? That 3-2 looked like inside corner. Led to 3 more runs!

  20. VaRedsFan

    This will be reversed, or do away with replay.

  21. LDS

    Excepting Winker and Gray, it’s not a great year for former recent Reds. Senzel and Votto are on the IL, Barrero is on the development list, Castellanos is hitting .160. Winker on the other hand is hitting .361 and Gray has a 0.00 ERA, though only one game pitched.

      • LDS

        Forgot about Castillo. I suspect he’ll end up okay but who knows

  22. Dennis Westrick

    Would be happy if Nick can complete 5 innings today!

  23. Amarillo

    Bell’s lineup doing well so far.

  24. LT

    Steer is on track for a 200+ RBI season

      • LT

        How about we split down the middle, 188?

      • Old-school

        Sold LT

        Seriously though. . Steer is really developing into a good major league hitter . Fun to watch

  25. CI3J

    Lodolo is looking really good. He’s calm, cool, and totally in control of all of his pitches. Topping out around 96, but his curveball especially is devastating.

    As long as his leg doesn’t explode into a million pieces, he looks like he’s picked up right where he left off when he was the best pitcher on the staff.

  26. Mark Moore

    Watched the mash inning on the small screen. Loads of fun to see that unfold.

    Lodolo looks pretty sharp to me so far. I’d agree 5 innings from him would be the goal with 6 possible depending on pitch efficiency. Spotting him the 5-spot lead should help.

    Looks like a beautiful day in Chicago on the Southside. Nice day here in Raleigh, though the breeze is still steady and stiff. I’m watching that so I can figure out which grill I will use to char up the T-bones tonight.

  27. LT

    Lodolo is locating has FB well, corner to corner, nothing middle part of plate. His curveball is ok, hit n miss. Low stress game for him to try out all his pitches

  28. Mark Moore

    Oh, and I’m on the “Sadak Challenge” again today. Probably helped that I was in silent mode for 2 innings … 😛

    • VaRedsFan

      You MUST keep listening if it’s producing W’s

      • Mark Moore

        Yeah … I know … them’s the rules and I have to respect the streak … 😮

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Lodolo at 41 pitches thru 3 innings! Hunter Greene take note!

  30. Old-school

    I really like Maile and Fairchild as backups. They are credible major league depth pieces

    As maile rolls into the 5-4-3

    • Ted Alfred

      Fairchild is clearly the most improved player on the team this year. He had a defensive miscue or two early in the year, but since then he’s been great defensively and fantastic offensively

    • Grand Salami

      And this happened when the SP was falling apart. Missing bad and walked last batter on 5 pitches.

  31. Old-school

    Chris Sale looks good


  32. Mark Moore

    OK, Sadak is allowed to get excited about a play like that … way to go Stewie!!!

  33. Mark Moore

    That ball is showing some NASTY movement today. Nice 4 innings from Nick.

    • Melvin

      He looks like an ACE today. Amazing.

  34. MBS

    Where did we get this new pitcher from? He seems pretty solid.

    • Mark Moore

      He played last year in the California Penal League

  35. Mark Moore

    Nice start to the Candy AB … disappointing end to it.

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Reds have exceeded their 10 strikeouts per game average after only 5 innings!

  37. Mark Moore

    Throw the next pitch at the Bull …

  38. AllTheHype

    Lodolo 2 mph drop in velo from first inning. Bell needs to watch that trend. Despite the no-no, this should be his last inning. He’s not fully stretched out and it shows with the velo drop.

    it’s a long season. hand the ball to the bullpen.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I completely agree! We need a healthy Lodolo for the whole season! Nick will likely protest being taken out but his health is more important!

  39. Mark Moore

    10K’s through 5 and still a low pitch count. This is the way to make a delayed season debut.

  40. Mark Moore

    If Lodolo and Abbott continue to develop and Lowder matures … that’s a pretty formidable rotation arsenal. Add in Ashcraft and Greene (no, I’ve not given up on him) and we’re talking some incredible potential. Just hope the ownership really understands that and deals with it accordingly. I have zero faith in their ability to do so, sadly.

  41. Brian Rutherford

    I know I’m in the minority but Sadak has grown on me since he has calmed down. He works well with Welsh.

    Better lineup would have made it at least 13-0 at this point.

    Fire Bell!

    • LarkinPhillips

      When he is Welsh he doesn’t annoy me nearly as bad. I might even say tolerable. His style will never be my preferred, but that is okay. Him and Larkin are terrible together.

  42. Jason Franklin

    Should Lodolo still be out there? Shouldn’t be under some pitch limit?

  43. AllTheHype

    C’mon Bell. Stop trying to squeeze the pitch count out of Lodolo. He’s lost velo, give him a rest and let him build up in the next start. Sitting 92-93, was 95 in the first.

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Tough way to lose a No-No! Bell needs to take Nick out NOW!

  45. Jason Franklin

    Off-subject, when I was rummaging through the interweb earlier I nearly gave myself a coronary. I thought I had read “Spencer Steer out for a year” when it actually said “Spencer Strider out for a year.” Sorry for Strider, but happy for our underrated All-Star.

  46. LarkinPhillips

    Bubba is a professional athlete. But nit a professional hitter at all. It’s honestly tough to watch.

  47. RedsGettingBetter

    When Friedl will be back, I’m not be shocked if the Reds DFA’d Bubba especially if Hurtubise is also back at triple-A

    • Mark Moore

      He fills a need at the moment. Nothing more.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Also, if we are in the race he is a quality 28 man for a playoff push. Excellent speed and defense. Just can’t hit, at all.

  48. RedsGettingBetter

    Cruz is literally unhittable when he’s pitching on command

    • Mark Moore

      It’s completely filthy stuff. And you can’t predict or anticipate anything. Hits come based on pure luck and contact.

  49. Indy Red Man

    Going with 113 losses for this WS team. They basically have nothing. That being said we blew that last game in Oakland last year and it came back to haunt us

    • Mark Moore

      They were already in a pickle when they lost Cease. It obviously hasn’t gotten any better for them.

  50. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds hitless since second inning….

    • LarkinPhillips

      I was thinking the same thing. We may win this game verse a LHP, but something still has to be done. We can’t wait for an unproven Marte and a wishful McLain return. We need to add a RH bat that hits lefties well (not named Newman) Candy and CES need to be better too.

  51. Indy Red Man

    Wish that Capel kid was a right hitter. We could really use a Martini from the right side. Ump cost me $60 on Under 4 thru 5 innings, but can’t win them all.

  52. Mark Moore

    That was at least amusing to watch … official scorer will need to watch the replay 3-4 times to get the sequence correct.

  53. Dennis Westrick

    Cruz at 12 pitches! Why not send him out for the 9th?

    • LarkinPhillips

      He didn’t pitch the 8th. Can’t send him back for the 9th.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Oops! My bad! Multi-tasking between the game and The Masters!

    • Melvin

      “Rubber arm” Suter pitching again. 🙂

  54. Mark Moore

    First series win in this iteration of Comiskey Park. Take the night off, boys. Get some deep-dish and come back tomorrow for the sweep.

  55. VaRedsFan

    Good win.
    Beat the teams you’re supposed to beat.
    Break even against the good teams.
    They need to finish this sweep.

  56. Mark Moore

    OF played well today. Each one had a pretty spectacular play. That helped keep some ChiSox off the basepaths. 2-hit combined shutout … that feels good.

    Only criticism was that bats went quiet after that bash-around inning.

  57. RedlegScott

    Fairchild batting .296 and making great plays in the outfield. That’s one bright spot. Hope he maintains it.

  58. 2020ball

    Funny how the sea of complaints went away after the game started, assuming it’s just low tide until tomorrow knowing y’all.

    Defense looked good today which has been my biggest concern this year, very impressed by Lodolo despite the opponent.

  59. Mike W

    Bell’s starting to get it.
    He moved Steer up yesterday. Now realize Steer should never hit below 4th again.
    He still needs to move CES and Candy down in our lineup.
    But (finally) he let our RPs who are doing well pitch more than one inning.
    Keep it up and add a bunt or two in the mix. I presume all the fast guys got decent at it after working with Butler? Of course Sonny Grey was the best and could have taught our guys a lot, but we let him get away. But look at the SPs we have now — very exciting!