The Cincinnati Reds are getting Frankie Montas back on the mound tonight as they open up a 3-game series against the defending National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Arizona Diamondbacks

Cincinnati Reds

Corbin Carroll – CF TJ Friedl – CF
Ketel Marte – 2B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – LF Spencer Steer – LF
Christian Walker – 1B Tyler Stephenson – C
Joc Pederson – DH Jake Fraley – DH
Eugenio Suarez – 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
Jake McCarthy – RF Jonathan India – 2B
Tucker Barnhart – C Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Kevin Newman – SS Will Benson – RF
Zac Gallen – RHP Frankie Montas – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Frankie Montas 19.1 4.19 1.45 11.9% 16.7%
Zac Gallen 32.0 3.38 1.22 6.8% 26.3%
Links: Frankie Montas’ Stats | Zac Gallen’s Stats

Frankie Montas

He’s fresh off of the injured list after taking a ball off of his forearm in his last start and spending just over two weeks away from the mound.

This season it’s been left-handed hitters that have been doing damage against Montas. They are hitting for average, getting on base, and showing a little bit of pop along the way. Righties haven’t hit for much average at all, but they’re making contact and walking often. Teams have stacked their lineups with lefties against him thus far this season.


RHH 33 5 1 0 1 4 6 .172 .273 .310
LHH 51 13 2 0 2 6 8 .289 .373 .467

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Split
Velo 94.5 93.7 89.2 84.2 85.3
Usage 33% 19% 17% 7% 25%

Zac Gallen

The last two times out haven’t gone great for Zac Gallen as he’s allowed two home runs in each start that saw him complete five innings in each, giving up eight total runs.

This year he’s struggled a bit against lefties, who have put up an .853 OPS against him. Right-handed hitters have struggled when he’s on the mound, posting a .577 OPS against him while hardly walking and making little contact. Not shown below is that he’s struggled in his three road starts where his ERA is 6.60 (0.53 at home in three starts) and hitters have a 361 point advantage in OPS against him on the road.


RHH 72 15 3 0 1 3 23 .224 .264 .313
LHH 61 15 2 1 3 6 12 .273 .344 .509

Pitch Usage

4-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.0 89.6 80.8 85.9 86.7
Usage 54% 2% 24% 11% 10%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 77°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain

News and Notes

A cornucopia of roster moves

There were SIX roster moves made today by the Reds. Frankie Montas and TJ Friedl were activated from the injured list. Conner Capel was added to the 40-man roster and called up from Triple-A Louisville. Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A and Bubba Thompson was optioned to Double-A. Ian Gibaut was moved from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. You can read more about the moves and players here from our piece earlier today.

Happy Anniversary to those who celebrate

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 20 14
Chicago 21 15
Pittsburgh 17 19 4.0
Cincinnati 16 18 4.0
St. Louis 15 20 5.5

81 Responses

  1. doctorrockett

    Bout as good of a lineup as you can get with what we have currently.

    Switch MySteerio and Indy and that’d be my maxima offering.

    Putting up a W today, boys!

    • doctorrockett

      Posted this info a few weeks back when folks were clamoring for Steer to be moved up in the lineup so something to take into consideration but nonetheless…

      Steer Batting Order Stats

      2nd – 30 AB / 6 hits / .814 OPS / .200 avg
      4th – 17 AB / 2 hits / .462 / .118 avg
      7th – 20 AB / 12 hits / 1.617 / .600 avg

      • AllTheHype

        Won’t look anything like that in 2 months.

  2. Jason Franklin

    Totally agree. This is actually a good lineup with what Bell has available.

    Also, I wonder if Bell needs to cause a fuss during the game and get himself tossed. He needs to show something to motivate the younglings.

  3. CI3J

    The lineup is slowly taking on a good shape. Although, I still would make a few changes.

    First 3, no problem. Benson hitting 9th, no problem.

    But I’d shuffle the rest like so:

    TJ Friedl – CF
    Elly De La Cruz – SS
    Spencer Steer – LF
    Jake Fraley – DH
    Jonathan India – 2B
    Jeimer Candelario – 3B
    Tyler Stephenson – C
    Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
    Will Benson – RF

    Still, the lineup is a massive improvement.

    To paraphrase Churchill: “David Bell can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”

    • Jason Franklin

      Let us just hope they don’t try to do too much with what Gallen is throwing. He is a good pitcher. If they start swinging at pitches in the dirt, he will eat them alive.

  4. LDS

    The Reds need to win this one. The other guys are starting three Reds castoffs. Losing would be embarrassing, something the Reds are apparently immune to

  5. Mauired

    It’s helpful for Reds to get back on track against a struggling dbacks team for six of the next nine and alot more offense than two days ago.

    Friedl is pretty important for two reasons. Firstly, without him and McLain they don’t really have a leadoff hitter. Benson looked so out of it in that spot. I do think guys hitting in more natural spots in the order will have a positive effect on production.

    But even more importantly, Friedl is just so underrated. In my opinion he was the best Red offensive player last year. Last year 33rd in MLB in OPS. One point behind Steer. 24th in batting average. 5 in MLB in triples. 22nd in steals. And if you compare him to CFs those rankings are much higher. He was quietly one of the best CFs in baseball last year and one of the best all around players as well. Was also practically top 3 in all Reds team offensive categories too. If healthy, this guy can really have a positive and much needed impact on Reds offense.

  6. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Bell is giving some confidence to Benson for starting tonight instead of trying with Capel’s season debut at once.

  7. Mark Moore

    Let’s see if our boys can hit while Frankie has a good return and we …

    KICK THIS PIG!!! And Stomp some Snakes whilst we’re at it.

    Here’s to TJ getting on and moving around the bases.

  8. Bet on Red

    nice roster turnover day today, finally out of blackout purgatory

    • Mark Moore

      You should have joined me in “The Great White North” 😀

      • Mark Moore

        Uh … sure … I mean … no … quick “trip” … 😛

        Still trying to determine if I want to head up to DC for that weekend of games. I’d take the train so that’s cheap enough. Hotel rates are another thing.

  9. Mark Moore

    Nice, efficient inning from Frankie. Good to see TJ got a put out.

  10. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, Montas throwing a FF at 97-99 MPH !! I’m shocked

  11. Mark Moore

    Well that was rather … pedestrian. At least TJ and Elly hit the ball.

  12. Mark Moore

    Nice restart for Frankie.

    Now, if only the boyz will back him just a bit. Surely somebody has found Jobu after that wretched weekend and the Monday off.

    BTW, Weather Channel says some nasty stuff may be headed that way tomorrow.

  13. Mark Moore

    And our aspirations of scoring are deferred yet again. We got “Candy Crushed”.

  14. RedsGettingBetter

    Candelario didn’t make swing to a 93 MPH FF in the middle up of the zone at 3-2…

  15. Mark Moore

    Get the sure out, I suppose. Would have been VERY close at the plate.

    And the pitch clock violation is actually pretty lucky for Frankie.

  16. RedsGettingBetter

    Walks will haunt… The Dbacks taking advantage of that

  17. Bet on Red

    steer caught that, needs some of those to fall in

  18. Mark Moore

    This game already rates a minor stink. fish. pot!

    I need to go for a walk.

  19. RedsGettingBetter

    If the Reds problem were they can’t score because they left RISP it will be ok that could be fix easier but the real problem is they can’t hit even back-to-back singles…It’s pathetic …just incredible…

  20. Roger Garrett

    Well we aren’t going to change what we do because these guys are doing the right things per Bell. OK I get it.

  21. Gpod

    2 runs seems like a mountain these days

    • Melvin

      At least we don’t have a Thompson, Espinal, Martini in the lineup tonight.

  22. Roger Garrett

    No chance again tonight.I will check back the next time they score a run.

  23. Moon

    Through five innings. Reds have no runs and one hit. As Yogi Berra once said, It’s Deja Vu all over again…

  24. RedsGettingBetter

    I’m starting to think this is the real level of the Reds offense… the worst of baseball…

    • Gpod

      I don’t know how a pitcher takes the mound for the Reds with the feeling that he basically can’t give up ANY runs if he wants to win the game

      • Mark Moore

        It’s got to be beyond frustrating for them. It would require a perfect game and THEN some luck. Frankie pitched a very good game, but he’s facing the L anyway.

  25. Mark Moore

    Welcome back, Frankie. At this point, count any run support as a gift from the baseball gods. And those unearned runs are likely going to happen for one reason or another.


  26. Jason T.

    Nice outing from Montas.
    Offense, or lack thereof, just more of the same.
    If I’m correct 2 runs the past 33 innings. Just wow…

  27. Dennis Westrick

    Late to the party! See nothing’s changed! Only one (1) hit thru 6 innings! The only way this current Reds team cam win is either by a forfeit by the opposing or a shutout by the Reds pitching staff!

    • Mark Moore

      Still have to score a run if your pitching staff throws a shut out.

  28. Mark Moore

    Nice play by Wilson to get the lead runner. Good stretch from Elly.

    Bring on the Bike Helmets!!

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Bell has essentially thrown in the towel by bringing in Wilson! I expect to see Diaz and Astronaut Farmer next!

  30. Erik the Red

    Well at least Frankie pitched well enough he could become a trade deadline chip. I have a feeling Wilson is going to implode here. Not a lot positive to say about the organization now. We could be last place in the Central by the time we start this weekend.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s already planning his opt out I would reckon.

  31. Mark Moore

    Cowboy is chirping about the zone … I think he’s got a point. It’s gotten really variable this inning.

    • Erik the Red

      Agree the zone is horrible. However, Newman should not be drilling the ball to center. Called the Wilson implosion. Buck Farmer in next.

  32. Mark Moore

    Calling a Clete. Just can’t watch another massacre.

    Night, all.

  33. Dennis Westrick

    Down 2-0 we’re probably done! And there it is! A 3-run HR by Carroll! I’ve seen enough!

    • David

      Justin Wilson or Sam Moll?


      Did that cost them the game. Probably not, since the Reds won’t score, but it’s a valid question to ask. And maybe this is a big argument for releasing Justin Wilson. Maybe he’s gone in a few days. Not winning over any fans on this here Redleg Nation.

  34. Doc4uk

    Time to bring up whoever we have in the minors who can hit the ball Jay Allen and Collier can do as good as the guys we have now .

    Time to DFA Wilson and bring up Maxwell

  35. Dennis Westrick

    Carroll has driven in all five (5) Dback runs!

    • Erik the Red

      The good news is Wilson wanted to spread some wealth to Marte.

  36. Pharmer85

    Watching the hockey game. Turned over to check on the Reds just in time to see 3 run homer by the D-backs. Think I’ll stick with the hockey.

  37. Tyler Hawk

    Good and bad ball clubs take on the personality of its respective managers … I’ve said this many times but the Reds are going in circles with Bell and I know he’s got a bad roster and bad ownership but so have other managers/teams yet succeeded in spite of the lack of talent. Our in state American League counterparts are a prime example

    • Erik the Red

      Great point on the Guardians, they develop players and draft a lot better. I agree their ownership is not always willing to spend at the right times. I think their payroll is less than the Reds this year or close to the same number. I thought when Francona left this year they may take a turn for the worse, but our better this year despite losing Bieber.

      • Tyler Hawk

        Agreed … I thought they might take a step back losing Tito as well but with losing Bieber and such the way they’ve played to this point is impressive all things considering. I have spectrum so get both Reds and Indians games and find myself enjoying watching them and their brand of baseball over what the Reds have become of late

    • Frogem

      Absolutely spot on.

      There is certainly a level of calm demeanor that can be beneficial to any team. But, beginning with the owner on down, there simply is no sense of urgency. The owner will need to go before we see this team do great things again.

  38. DataDumpster

    Looks like one more inning for each team. The hitting totals thus far are Newman+Barnhart 3, Cincinnati Reds 2. Worth watching I guess.

    • Erik the Red

      When you are getting out hit by those 2 I think we can start to put a fork in this season.

  39. Indy Red Man

    Detroit has 11 runs on 15 hits. We literally cannot beat that in a week. I can’t believe we can’t beat out some infield hits or get on with walks/errors and steal a few runs with our speed. Ridiculous

  40. Grover

    So glad we had Wilson available instead of Moll or Santillan. Of course with the way this club hits it doesn’t matter. How did Oakland rebuild already and get better than the Reds?

    • Gpod

      the worst part is that there is no help on the way from the minor league like last year when they brought young guys up like Elly… this is the team….live or die with them….might have to start thinking about Burrow & the bengals pretty soon

    • Doc

      Maybe some of the Reds players who came up last year and had a good month or two were not as ready as everyone thought.

      Makes what EDLC did from last year to now look even more admirable. Nobody needs to pitch to him now. Even if he walks and steals second and third, who is going to drive him in?

  41. Tyler Hawk

    After tonight’s game the Reds will officially be in the negative in run differential … just 2 weeks ago I think we were +23 sadly I don’t see this downward trend in the red ending anytime soon

    • Tyler Hawk

      He just missed hitting a HR his previous at bat … if anything positive comes out of this game it’s Ty Steve getting hot.

  42. RedsGettingBetter

    I don’t know what they should do with CES… He really is ready to a triple-A demotion…

  43. Grover

    I am going to have to take up gambling just to have a reason to continue watching.

  44. DataDumpster

    Glad that India and Stephenson both squared up to put something on the board. But isn’t that Viking costume? routine getting a little juvenile especially when the team is slumping so badly. Get rid of the toys and install some discipline, accountability and/or a different approach or attitude from management (if that is possible).
    I’ve never seen such young men look like mossbacks on the field.

    • Doc

      Viking costume should only be used for meaningful HR. While Reds celebrate an occasional HR, opponents are celebrating wins.

  45. Grover

    Strand and Benson need some time in the minors. Their replacements will be horrible as well but maybe Strand and Benson will at least regain some confidence while they are down there.

  46. Moon

    Montas goes six innings, allows only one run on four hits. And gets a loss. Every game is the same now. Good start. No offense. But the Reds score one meaningless run in the ninth inning.