The Cincinnati Reds are looking to get a winning streak going tonight after they took the first game of the series last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 10:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers

Jonathan India – 2B Mookie Betts – SS
Elly De La Cruz – SS Shohei Ohtani – DH
Spencer Steer – LF Freddie Freeman – 1B
Tyler Stephenson – C Will Smith – C
Jeimer Candelario – 1B Teoscar Hernandez – LF
Mike Ford – DH Gavin Lux – 2B
Stuart Fairchild – CF Andy Pages – CF
Santiago Espinal – 3B Jason Heyward – RF
Will Benson – RF Enrique Hernandez – 3B
Frankie Montas – RHP James Paxton – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Frankie Montas 30.0 4.20 1.37 12 24
James Paxton 38.1 2.58 1.41 24 22
Links: Frankie Montas’ Stats | James Paxton’s Stats

Frankie Montas

The first start back from the injured list for Montas went well as he allowed one earned run in 6.0 innings. The next time out things were going well until they weren’t and when they started going badly it happened quickly as he allowed five runs in the 5th inning and only recorded one out.

This season left-handed hitters have found a lot more success against Montas than righties have. And teams have tried stacking lefties in their lineup, too, as he’s face more of them than right-handed hitters. They walk at a good clip, make plenty of contact, and are hitting for moderate power. Righties aren’t doing much at all this season against Montas.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 58 12 2 0 1 4 13 .226 .293 .321
LHH 74 17 3 0 3 8 11 .262 .351 .446

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Split
Velo 95.2 94.0 89.6 85.0 85.5
Usage 37% 17% 16% 9% 21%

James Paxton

It’s been an interesting season for Paxton so far. He’s walked more hitters than he’s struck out, but is 5-0 and has an ERA of 2.58. That doesn’t make a ton of sense, and if he continued to do that there’s almost no chance he’d keep his record and ERA in line. But he’s pitched better in May, walking just two batters and striking out seven in 12.2 innings against Atlanta and San Diego.

Teams try to avoid sending left-handed hitters to the plate against Paxton. The ones who have faced him this year haven’t found much success. They are without an extra-base hit and are hitting just .259. Right-handed hitters have a lower average – just .213 so far – but they have walked more often than they’ve struck out. They have hit for more power than lefties against Paxton, but they haven’t hit for much of any power.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 132 23 5 0 3 22 17 .213 .341 .343
LHH 29 7 0 0 0 2 5 .259 .310 .259

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Curve Change
Velo 93.9 93.5 84.6 81.0 83.8
Usage 61% 3% 6% 25% 5%

When and Where

  • Game time: 10:10pm ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 63°, partly cloudy, 5% change of rain

News and Notes

Carson Spiers up, Justin Wilson to the IL

Two hours prior to the first pitch, the Reds announced that Justin Wilson was heading to the injured list and that they had called up Carson Spiers from Triple-A Louisville.

Jonathan India’s back

India has missed the last two games with a migraine, but he’s back in the lineup tonight for Cincinnati. Fun fact: India has more hits this season on fastballs over 97 MPH than the Seattle Mariners do.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 26 17
Chicago 25 20 2.0
Pittsburgh 20 25 7.0
Cincinnati 19 25 7.5
St. Louis 18 25 8.0

161 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Re: Paxton, “He’s walked more hitters than he’s faced” not sure that’s mathematically possible unless I’m not reading it correctly.

    No idea if I’ll be willing to give it a go for a bit in two hours. It’s been a long and rather exhausting day. Still, the win last night does buoy one’s hope a bit, doesn’t it?

    • Doug Gray

      It’s been a day, Mark. *runs to fix the mistake and hopes it’s the only one*

      • Mark Moore

        Oh don’t I know it, Doug … yesterday and today have been a couple of doozies … 😛

        Thanks for doing what you do.

  2. SELLTHETEAMBOB

    If they don’t win tonight, I’m selling the team, jersey’s and GABP. I’m so mad at this FO, I might sell Redleg Nation and Reds Minor Leagues by the All Star break.

  3. Jason T.

    Come on Reds!
    Let’s win one on my birthday.

    • Old-school

      Son birthday too

      Watched pete harnisch in colorado in delivery room restart 1999 season that won 99 games

      Maybe 25 years later they do it again

      • Jason T.

        That’s awesome!
        That was a very fun team. That’s a lot of wins too.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    Montas has the stuff to toss a good game against the mighty Dodgers it’s just a matter of he keeping the command and control over the plate. he should mix the pitches frequently as Martinez did yesterday.

  5. Dennis Westrick

    Crazy busy Friday for me at work as well! Not very optimistic about the Reds chances tonight against another lefty who has not lost this season!

    Keys to winning tonight will be 1) timely hitting: 2) smart, aggressive baserunning and 3) smart in-game managing! Oh well, 1 & 2 are feasible at least!

    I suspect the Dodgers will pitch very carefully to EDLC based upon the havoc he created last night!

    Let’s go! Hoping for a close game that will not require Diaz at any point in the game unless it’s a blowout!

  6. Ted Alfred

    At least we have a batting order tonight that actually makes some sense with this line-up… geez. Hopefully that’s the end of Benson leading off unless his OBP goes up a bunch and his K’s go down…and that should be the end of Ford hitting #3…period. It really shouldn’t be this hard.

    • LDS

      I suspect this is merely because it’s against a LH’d starter. Wait until the next RH’er before assuming we’ve seen the last.

  7. GreatRedLegsFan

    I’m now working in my new book, soon to be published: “From Joey Votto to Mike Ford: A retrospective of the Cincinnati Reds organization”.

  8. Jeremiah

    Hopefully they can beat the Dodgers on “Shohei Ohtani Day” in Los Angeles! I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of a guy getting a day named after him after playing 6 weeks on a sports team and being in the league about 6 years or so.

    Go Reds! If they win 2 of 4 in the series it would be a success.

  9. LDS

    The Cubs have already lost and the Brewers are trailing the Astros. These are the kind of games the Reds need to win, but all too frequently don’t.

  10. Mark Moore

    Tuning in to watch a bit of the game. Not sure how long I can last. It’s already pretty tired in here.

  11. Mark Moore

    Bit of a cookie to Mookie …

    Not going to watch very long if this stuff happens.

    • Melvin

      He’s a good one. He’s got more extra base hits than Ks. Crazy.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Here we go with the walks! Stop! Please stop!

    • Jason T.

      That’s gotta stop. Putting up free passes and elevated pitch counts is a no no.

    • Oldtimer

      Neither walk meant a thing. Both HRs meant a lot.

      • Jason T.

        Which brings up the question, why pitch to Ohtani? In that case I’d be ok with a walk with his gaudy stats.

  13. Mark Moore

    That is one U-G-L-Y pitch count for Frankie.

  14. Jason T.

    Stephenson picking right back up. He’s looking good

  15. Dennis Westrick

    28-pitch 1st inning for Frankie! Earth to Bell! Get the bullpen prepped and don’t wait until he’s given up 4 or 5 runs!

  16. Jason T.

    What’s the significance with the hats that both teams are wearing?

  17. Daytonnati

    Military appreciation, I think? Jim Day had Jacob Hurtubise on pregame talking about his experiences at West Point.

  18. Mark Moore

    In what league on what planet was that one a ball????? 😮

    • Mark Moore

      Ultimately no damage, but … MAN!!!

    • Jason T.

      That was certainly a head scratcher!

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed. Should have been 8 pitches.

  19. RedsGettingBetter

    Paxton has thrown 26 pitches to cover 3 frames. In pace of pitching a complete game. The Reds should have smarter at bats , a little more patient….Two doubleplays in three innings, not ideal…

    • Mark Moore

      That’s definitely in the top-10 on the beefs list.

  20. Mark Moore

    And with that, I do believe it’s bed time.

    Night all.

  21. Rick

    If Espinal plays 2nd he likely turns the dp & FF possibly doesn’t hit the 2 run bomb.
    India is not goodl at 2nd.
    Ford is better at 1b too.

    • Jason T.

      This was my exact same thought. Espinal makes that play.

      • Rick

        Yeah, better footwork, arm, and quicker level release.

    • Harry Stoner

      Just a thought…but given the injury situation and possible opportunity, if Bell is going to be tinkering with the lineup, why not try out moving India back to 3B…his original position…and putting Espinal at 2B?

      Swap the improved double play combo for a little Candelario ham-handedness at 1B?

      • Daytonnati

        A friend and I were texting this very move minutes ago. India to third, Espinal to second.

    • DW

      Yeah, India should only be playing 2B in emergency situations at this point. I’d be good with him at 1B. Should have never moved him off of 3B in the first place.

      • TR

        Similar to the handling of Senzel. Some players have the talent to fill in at many positions, but I think most players develop confidence by knowing, game to game, the position they’re going to play.

  22. Jeremiah

    Is Benson a better hitter against lefties than Fraley, and better defensively than Fraley? Maybe he is I don’t know honestly, a little surprised he’s getting the nod daily it seems over Fraley if both can’t really hit lefties.

    • Jason T.

      I thought that Fraley had a higher average but I could be wrong. I’d like to see Fraley play more often against lefties.

    • Rick

      Coming from a guy with respiratory issues I think that’s still bothering Fraley.
      But Fraley’s swings looks worse & that’s saying something.
      Benson, I think might walk more & maybe hit just a hair better v lefties. I think it’s a wash now that the league has Benson figured out

  23. RedsGettingBetter

    Ugly at bat by Ford , he chased two balls completely out of the zone even he could walk complicating more the inning

  24. Moon

    Ford….shaking my head. looking like the Reds would have been better off letting him stay a FA

  25. Mike W

    Why isn’t right handed Maile our DH instead of LH Ford against the Dodger’s LH SP?
    Ford looks pathetic and Maile is the only other Red (besides Espinal) to ever have a hit off of LA SP Paxton.
    Doesn’t make any sense to me.

    • DK in Erie PA

      Maile is worst hitter on club and possibly MLB. That’s why

      • Mike W

        Maile hitting .145.
        Ford .171.
        Maile has a hit against this Dodger pitcher.
        Ford does not.
        I’ll bet Maile has a better BA against lefties than Ford.

    • Melvin

      Ford is supposed to be better against lefties than righties.

  26. Harry Stoner

    Montas going to be telling his grandkids one day:

    “Ohtani took me deep. And then I struck him out.”

  27. Jeremiah

    Some of the recent moves by Krall haven’t looked wise in some ways. I think Ford had not played for about 4 days before being resigned to the MLB team Moll being sent down with an ERA of 0…and Hurtubise I believe was still in the midst of a rehab stint to get back to Triple A when he was called to the Majors. I’m not sure Ford and Hurtubise were physically at peak to come up, and the Moll move just a numbers game. Injuries put Krall in a tough spot, but seems he’s been a step behind instead of a step ahead in some ways.

  28. Melvin

    Wow. Big K there to get Ohtani. Pacers won game six and now on to game seven. 🙂 Time for the Reds to come back and win this one. 🙂

    • Jason T.

      That was a huge win for the Pacers. That’s been a great series. Come on and win game 7!

  29. RedsGettingBetter

    Montas is at 86 pitches after 4 innings. He has really struggled tonight. Fortunately, the score is still 1-3 waiting for the Reds offense to score more runs…

  30. Mike W

    Montas will be at 100 pitches in the 5th, at which point Bell will pull him. Oh wait, he probably can’t ‘cuz he used 7 of our RP’s last night!
    I guess Bell forgot we had 3 more games in 3 days (starting tonight) against LA when he used our bullpen. (P.S. Look for Ohtani to be pissed next time he comes up for looking so bad just now!)

    • Rick

      I posted last night that would haunt us today.

  31. Melvin

    Farichild! HR! 🙂 Only down one now. 🙂

    • RED THUNDER

      Melvin in the house, time to get serious!

      Jason T. – Happy Birthday! Whats left of it, lol

      Welcome Back Again tonight Fellows and all the great Reds Fans

      • Jason T.

        Appreciate that! Thank you.
        Let’s get a W!

  32. Rick

    Man I hope that CES gets back reasonably soon.

    • Jason T.

      Especially playing at his potential. I still believe he’s gonna be a great one.

      • Rick

        I think so too. He’s looking good defensively too.

      • Jason T.

        I wasn’t expecting such great defense out of him. I thought he’d be good defensively but he’s been outstanding. A lot of hustle too.

    • Jason T.

      I’d rather put Montas out there 1 more inning. 6-8 in lineup next inning.

  33. Hanawi

    Glad to see the power from Fairchild. Seemed like he had sacrificed it to try to cut down on the Ks the last year or so. Finding a niche as a solid 5th or 6th OF.

  34. Mike W

    Yeah. Montas needed that easy inning and can now go another. I’m expecting Elly to do something in his next AB. Sims warming up after pitching last night. Too bad you have to use a guy back to back nights. Wish we had 7-8 guys in the bullpen so we didn’t have to do that. Oh, wait. We do…..

  35. Mike W

    Wow Bell. Disappointing (aka not motivating) our pitchers again! Montas wants to pitch one more inning.. He wants to get a W. He wants to help preserve our bullpen. But no. You pulled him. Just tell him if anyone gets on, you’re coming to get him. Challenge him. He’s a highly paid veteran professional (Opening Day pitcher) athlete. Treat him like one. Respect.
    Yeah Tyler — once again!

    • Jason T.

      Well said!
      I’d absolutely let him go one more.
      An efficient 5th. 6-8 hitters up in the 6th.
      Extremely disappointing.

      • DK in Erie PA

        Must be watching a different game or different Montas. Extremely lucky to have only given up 3 runs and felt like he was on the verge of another blowup inning.

      • Jason T.

        In the 5th? That was his best inning…
        So facing the 6th through 8th hitters in a lineup where the bottom is very weak?
        Ok…

    • Matt WI

      Montas was done. Pitcher wins are not necessarily good for team wins.

  36. Jeremiah

    Steer’s fallen off a bit…hoping he gets back on track, he’s now hitting .229 yikes. Other guys hitting a little better, Candelario, Stephenson. I think overall Offense slowly getting better.

    Fully healthy Friedl and CES which most likely occurs in July sometime could be when we see the best of the Reds.

    • Rick

      Marte probably goes to Louisville in June once he gets reinstated. I would to see Freidl stay healthy for the remainder. Pitchers will attack both his & CES hand and wrist areas.
      McLain in August.

    • Jason T.

      And Steer. Some great defense there. Huge.

  37. DaveCT

    Second fantastic play at short by Elly.

    Being 6’5 with an 80 grade arm lends to both spectacular to game changing,

  38. Indy Red Man

    Reds showing some heart this series!

    Picked off….you’ll fit right in kid

  39. DaveCT

    Hurtubise next to Freeman made them look like brothers.

    And like a good big brother, Freemsn torches H.

  40. Melvin

    Man. That pickoff was big. Bad for us.

    • Jason T.

      Welcome to the show.
      Not the way to start an inning off…

  41. Indy Red Man

    Cruz 1.00 era in April, 9.45 and counting in May.

    • Jason T.

      I knew he was having a rough stretch but those numbers are staggering!

  42. Jeremiah

    Hurtubise picked off, you hope that doesn’t damage any confidence he may have.

    • Rob

      Bringing Capel and Hurtebise up made no sense from the get go. We don’t have LH OFs who can hit lefties so we add 2 more? We need RH hitting OFs who can actually hit. Martini – not the solution – is killing it at Louisville. Gosh, the cheap RH guys – Renfro, Bader,Pham – are not the best solution either but are much better than Hurtebise and Capel. Get some players in here or you are going to find yourself in an abyss, very very deep to climb out of.

  43. Hanawi

    Annoying that to watch them pinch hit for a guy who just homered in this last at bat. I get the splits, but at some point maybe just ride a hot bat?

    • Melvin

      I’m for that most of the time. Who’s seeing the ball is the most important thing to me.

  44. Melvin

    Poopy on that error by EDLC. Hope it doesn’t cost us.

  45. Jeremiah

    I’m not sure many Shortstops make that play De La Cruz made…he made it look easy too. There’s some nights he’s scoring 2 runs or so by himself and saving 1-2 runs by himself. He’s a real game-changer I think up there with Judge, Acuna Jr., Tatis, Soto, Ohtani, etc.

  46. Rick

    Bell does understand the 3 batter minimum doesn’t he??

  47. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell needs to quit putting Cruz in in these tight situations, this is 4 times in a row he has failed to do the job.

  48. RedAlert

    Cruz …. Again …..dude gives it up with 2 outs like no other. How many passes does this guy get !!!????

    • RED THUNDER

      Just noticed his ERA is higher than Sims now

    • Jason T.

      Great question…
      Farmer, Moll, there are other options.

    • Rick

      We are gluten for punishment.
      Send him down and bring up Santillan.
      He has an option.

  49. Melvin

    WP down two. We can’t afford to beat ourselves. Come on guys.

  50. Jeremiah

    Of course EDC makes an error after I make that post! But still that Double Play was great.

  51. Indy Red Man

    I’m out. This team just can’t get out of their own way. Small market teams have to be just a wee bit smarter and not fundamentally inept

  52. Rick

    Suter would have been my guy for the 2 previous innings.

    • Jason T.

      I like Suter. He’s pitched well.

  53. RedsGettingBetter

    Cruz is meaning loss recently… Can’t put a zero since many games…

  54. Mark A Verticchio

    Nice comeback but Cruz loses it again. Bell should have pulled him with runner on 2nd and 2 out. He has failed in that situation 4 times in a row.

    • Jason T.

      Absolutely poor management there. He should have been pulled. That’s unacceptable.

  55. VaRedsFan

    Elly got the error, but that was a weak lollipop throw by Candy.
    His defense has been terrible.

    • VaRedsFan

      Threw the whole timing of the play off.
      CES has made that play numerous times.

      • Jason T.

        CES has been outstanding defensively. He’s made tough plays look routine.

  56. RedAlert

    This team is a true reflection of their
    manager …. Listless , zero sense of urgency

  57. RED THUNDER

    Now its Diaz chance to get some work.

    • RED THUNDER

      He is going to need more work!

    • Jason T.

      Diaz needs to go to AAA to get work.
      He’s not a major league pitcher this year.

  58. Rick

    The Diaz that we loved for a season and a half is no more.

  59. Melvin

    Diaz gives up two run dinger. Our BP needs help.

  60. RedAlert

    Diaz ain’t no closer … pathetic… dude needs
    to lose that role yesterday …just BRUTAL

  61. Rick

    I knew last night’s pitching usage would doom us tonight.
    TySteve probably sits tomorrow.

    • Rick

      Such a let down. Something wrong in his shoulder. His arm angle lowered prior to last year’s AS break. I messed up my shoulder as a late teenager and I converted to both a side arm & a submarine pitcher to take stress off of my shoulder.

    • RED THUNDER

      Matt Dillon, he would straighten the reds out! haha

      • Melvin

        Festus: “Good shot Matthew”. 😉 Classic reruns are the best. 🙂

  62. VaRedsFan

    There was an article about the Reds getting Mason Miller (A’s closer).
    He’s great…
    make it so.

      • Melvin

        fansided.com/posts/a-reds-a-s-trade-to-solve-david-bell-s-alexis-diaz-problem-01hxyz3c5djn?utm_campaign=FanSided+Daily&utm_source=FanSided+Daily&utm_medium=email&sc=c3a8b03aa4675c74ec4c35e25be58c93e3c61b5ef7e6fc8f70a8923b59647687

    • RED THUNDER

      You’re coming up with a bunch of pitchers the Reds could use, Keep searching! Seems your looking world wide.

    • Rick

      Yeah. Give them Richardson & Dunn.
      Good for both teams.

    • Old-school

      @VA

      My son played D3 baseball and was playing a game at one of the old spring training complexes in Florida on spring break and they played a team called Waynesburg. They had this tall righty pitcher throwing gas. We lost 2-1 on a walk-off. i think we had 1 hit. I told my son after the game who the heck was that pitcher throwing mid 90’s and why is he in D3? It was Mason Miller. Incredible story ,diagnosed with Type 1 DM and had lost a ton of weight then got treated and put on weight and more velocity and just worked his way to D1 ,then the draft and now an AS closer.

      I will never forget that game though on the backfields in Auburndale Fla.

      • VaRedsFan

        Cool recollection OS.
        You never know who you could be watching.

      • Rick

        That’s an awesome story of the game itself let alone Miller’s perseverance and ascension to AS caliber.

  63. RED THUNDER

    Lets give another shot tomorrow night guys!

  64. Mike W

    Please let Bell go tonight and tell whomever else you choose to be the new manager to:
    1. Pick a starting 9 and let them play (that can change when certain obvious starters return, like CES, McClain and Friedl).
    2. Give Stephenson a break when he needs a day off.
    3. Do not automatically pull SPs at 100 pitches.
    4. Do not use more than 4 RPs in any 9 inning game — and dont throw the same guy the next day.
    5. Try someone else at Closer until Diaz earns his spot back.
    6. Show intensity during the game (like a football or basketball or hockey or soccer coach does)!
    7. Don’t say “we did well” when we commit an error, when we walk 3 guys in 3 innings, when we get picked off base. Just say “we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of tonight.” Show disappointment in losing.
    Good night.

    • Doug Gray

      1. The front office built this team to where there will never be a “starting 9”. So you can stop thinking about that one for a long time.
      3. Hunter Greene went over 100 pitches this week.
      4. This is 2024. You’re asking for something that no team is doing.
      6. Why didn’t you mention “like a baseball manager” does?

      • Mike W

        Good morning Doug.
        I appreciate hearing from you! As regards:

        1. As for how the front office built this team, my “Sell the team Bob” shirt is almost 3 years old now.
        3. Your mentioning “Hunter Green went over 100 pitches this week” was funny. You’re correct, he went 101. ?
        4. As for RP (over) usage: the Dodgers, who are having a decent year, have 4 RPs who have appeared in 10 or more games. The Reds have 7 and I would bet lead the league in that category – as they lead in burning them out last year, too.
        6. I guess I was referring to a single specific baseball manager whom I’ve watched manage over 500 games. And I don’t count the occasional game when he gets thrown out in the 7th or 8th inning of a one sided game. I’m talking about the missing “atta boys” and high 5’s I want to see often.
        DOUG, you’re the best. Thanks a ton for providing this venue for us Red’s fans to vent, celebrate and cry together! ?

    • Matt WI

      Yes, being angry about losing in public often leads to winning. C’mon.

    • Rick

      Interim Cowgill, or Pat Kelly.
      Pipe dream.

  65. Rob

    And didn’t the Mets put a pretty sweet offer together early last year toward getting Diaz? After his brother’s injury. Our backend relief corp is really hurting our efforts to turn around this season. The 1-10 record in one run games kinda shows this. May have to make an acquisition here. Just can’t continue to lose these 50:50 games.

  66. Mike W

    Matt WI, all I mentioned was I wanted to see some “atta boys” and “high fives”. Showing some disappointment, too is okay — as that shows you care. I didn’t say I wanted him to get angry.