The Cincinnati Reds grabbed a victory in the first game of this series on Monday night. They’ll look to make it two in a row in San Diego over the Padres tonight. First pitch is set for 9:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

San Diego Padres

Will Benson – RF Jurickson Profar – LF
Elly De La Cruz – SS Fernando Tatis Jr. – RF
Spencer Steer – LF Jake Cronenworth – 1B
Jonathan India – 2B Manny Machado – DH
Nick Martini – DH Xander Bogaerts – 2B
Santiago Espinal – 3B Jackson Merrill – CF
Jeimer Candelario – 1B Luis Campusano – C
Luke Maile – C Ha-Seong Kim – SS
Stuart Fairchild – CF Tyler Wade – 3B
Nick Martinez – RHP Yu Darvish – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Nick Martinez 23.0 5.48 1.37 2.0% 16.8%
Yu Darvish 23.2 4.18 1.27 9.9% 21.8%
Links: Nick Martinez’s Stats | Yu Darvish’s Stats

Nick Martinez

The splits for Martinez show us that both lefties and righties are hitting for a high average against him this season. They also show us that neither group has walked against him. The differentiator so far is that lefties have hit the ball out of the park against him twice and righties haven’t. Last year, righties managed a .603 OPS against him. Left-handed hitters had a .747 OPS against him last season.


RHH 44 14 4 0 0 1 10 .326 .341 .419
LHH 57 16 1 1 2 1 7 .308 .339 .481

Pitch Usage

4-sm 2-sm Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.8 92.0 88.5 80.9 84.5 79.6
Usage 21% 16% 25% 8% 7% 22%

Yu Darvish

This season the splits have been big for Darvish once you get beyond the fact that lefties and righties have essentially the same average. Right-handed hitters have as many walks as strikeouts. Left-handed hitters aren’t walking much and they are striking out a lot against him. Last season the opposite was true – righties struggled as they posted a .674 OPS against him while lefties put up a .799 OPS against him. Hitters were also better against him from an OPS standpoint in Petco (67 points higher), but his ERA was lower in San Diego despite that.


RHH 48 9 4 0 1 7 7 .231 .354 .410
LHH 53 11 3 0 1 3 15 .229 .269 .354

Pitch Usage

4-sm 2-sm Cutter Curve Slider Split
Velo 94.2 93.5 91.0 75.5 84.1 87.7
Usage 22% 12% 5% 18% 31% 12%

When and Where

  • Game time: 9:40pm ET
  • Where: Petco Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 63°, partly cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Elly and “The Throw”

Last night Statcast tracked the throw in the 9th inning from Elly De La Cruz at 106.9 MPH. That would have shattered the record since we started tracking that stuff in 2015. It turns out that it was a miscalculation…. but it may still have been the record. We wrote more about it earlier today.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Chicago 18 11
Milwaukee 17 11 0.5
Cincinnati 16 13 2.0
Pittsburgh 14 16 4.5
St. Louis 13 15 4.5

74 Responses

    • Rick

      Maybe that bronchitis is still an issue??
      I have chronic lung diseases including bronchitis. Sure don’t want a 90+ heater heading your way and a cough flairs up. Just a thought.

    • SHOW OPS

      Might be due to the size of the outfield in SD. I wondered the same thing before recalling that.

  1. Melvin

    Not exactly an inspiring lineup tonight. Let’s win anyway. 🙂

  2. LDS

    Not necessarily a favorable matchup for the Reds. Maybe Martinez will have a good game, at least better than his last.

  3. dimondfvr

    What’s the latest on Stephenson?

  4. Roger Garrett

    No CES/TYLER again.Don’t know what the right thing is to do about the IL but this day to day playing short handed is well not good at all.Fairchild over Fraley against a righty is well not good either.Just not our best lineup for sure.Anybody heard anything other then the day to day.

  5. dimondfvr

    Yes, No CES/Tyler. If they rae able to DH it would be a better option than Martini

  6. Old-school

    This one doesnt set up well

    Fairchild is 1-27 against righties and facing an All star righty

    Maybe reds FO and Manager are saying we gave u chances in April

  7. Mark Moore

    Well … away we go again into the brink. Not sure how long I’ll last tonight. I pushed it pretty good last night (and still managed to read one chapter). Just want to see us be competitive against these Friars. The win last night helped.

    Almost time to …


  8. Mark Moore

    Did I see they skipped the helmet and cape after Elly’s blast last night? I saw him with the stick, but not the rest of the getup.

      • Harry Stoner

        My fantasy is that they celebrate with a giant pen and write a check to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital after each home run.

        Pose and mug all you want while signing it.

    • VaRedsFan

      Guys having fun while playing baseball.
      Sure…lets be mad at that.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Darvish is pretty mediocre so far, but our lineup is horrible? We just can’t keep all the core guys in the lineup. Maybe 2-1 or 3-2 if Martinez can step up in his old park

  10. Ethan L

    Don’t have the best feeling with Martinez on the hill tonight…

  11. RedsGettingBetter

    I thought Darvish was on IL for this series….Typical pitcher dominant against the Reds especially facing this weak lineup

  12. Mark Moore

    Kinda laid that one in there to Profar 🙁

  13. Mark Moore

    Thrall … “and Martinez just muffed it.”

  14. LT

    Double play written all over it and Martinez screwed it up. Padres fans are telling and screaming

  15. Mark Moore

    Bigger jam than Lodolo worked out of last night. Better back him, boyz. Otherwise, it’s gonna be a LOOOONG night.

  16. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow, great bounceback from Martinez to put a 0. Helped by defense..

  17. Grand Salami

    Still 0-0 through one despite all the drama

    Hopefully Reds get a few bounces and win one ugly.

  18. Mark Moore

    Benson pulls off another one to shut down the inning for Martinez.

  19. RedsGettingBetter

    The ump has squeezed Martinez a little bit so far

  20. Jim Walker

    Not sure what is the most incredible part of the bottom of the 1st. Was is escaping bases loaded with no outs with no runs scoring or doing it on less than 20 pitches despite muffing what looked like a GIDP opportunity.

  21. Mark Moore

    So perhaps the 7-hole suits the Candyman? He just lashed that one and poked it to the OF grass.

  22. Mark Moore

    Making a little stuff happen. Now for Elly to find his stroke against Darvish.

    • VaRedsFan

      He battled in the AB, and at least put in play hard.

  23. RedsGettingBetter

    EDLC lost a nice chance to have a lead and put press on Darvish

  24. Mark Moore

    Nice job backing him up, Stewie!

  25. Mark Moore

    Maybe Espinal gets that if he’s playing 2nd, maybe he doesn’t. it was a tough play no matter what. That’s two “almost” in a row that result in a run against.

      • Jim Walker

        It was not a good read and break by India. He initial turn was the wrong way (to his left) which took away any chance he might have had for a play.

  26. Mark Moore

    I love to see a guy like Machado get fooled that way 🙂

  27. RedsGettingBetter

    I would like a lot the Reds could crush Darvish some day…

  28. Mark Moore

    Done commenting tonight, friends. Probably will watch our half of the 5th to see if we can muster something against Darvish.

    Catch you all tomorrow.

  29. Reddawg2012

    All these bloop hits for the Padres combined with all the injuries and sicknesses for the Reds. Baseball isn’t fair.

  30. VaRedsFan

    Padres reject the rbi groundout to get bases loaded 1 out. (catchers inteference instead)
    Manny 3 run double.
    Back breaker

    • VaRedsFan

      Now Steer loses one in the lights.

  31. RedsGettingBetter

    Martinez in a really unlucky game

  32. Michael B. Green

    Are we about done with the Nick Martinez as a starter thing? ERA over 7 as a SP and in the 1’s as a RP.

    • Tom Diesman

      I’m not. He’s been really unlucky tonight.

  33. Mark A Verticchio

    This one is over, hope to take the series tomorrow, but the offense is really hurting with all the injuries.

  34. VaRedsFan

    Nice oppo stroke by Elly followed by a rope double by Steer.

  35. VaRedsFan

    India serves an oppo 2 run single to right.
    Nice approach by the last 3 batters.

    Now way just gotta hope a miracle happens with batters 5-9

    • Rob

      I would suggest that blooper would have been caught by many 2B guys.

  36. LT

    Cande has another 2 hit game. Hope his bat stay hot

      • LT

        He has no where to go but up. He hit rock bottom

  37. Mauired

    Fairchild with home run off a righty!

    • Mauired

      His second hit of the year off right handed pitching

  38. VaRedsFan

    Bell just got tossed.
    He got his money’s worth. Got fed up with the home plate ump’s bad calls.
    He gave a might boot to the batting donuts. That had to hurt.

  39. Reddawg2012

    Martini hitting at all is pretty pointless. Martini hitting vs LHP is truly just a waste of everyone’s time

    • VaRedsFan

      Ty and CES must be in bad shape, if they cant at least PH there.

    • Mauired

      Well his days are numbered. Friedl supposed to start playing in minors this week on rehab.

      • Reddawg2012

        Yeah until the next starting position player gets hurt or sick or suspended.

      • greenmtred

        Wouldn’t you think that Bubba would be the one to go?

  40. VaRedsFan

    Tony Gwynn Jr on Padre color commentary…does a good job.

  41. Mauired

    Ouch. Guess we know who’s spot Montas will take on roster.

  42. VaRedsFan

    Geez.,,,Wilson takes a comeback liner off the shin at 103.
    He tried 1 warmup pitch, and couldn’t stay.

    • Rex

      does him coming out without facing 3 batters force a roster move?

      • Mauired

        Nope but broken bones do. We’ll see but he couldn’t stay in the game. He might be out for a little bit