The Cincinnati Reds return to Great American Ball Park this evening to open up a series with the San Diego Padres. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

San Diego Padres

Cincinnati Reds

Luis Arraez – 2B Jacob Hurtubise – LF
Fernando Tatis Jr. – RF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Jurickson Profar – LF Jeimer Candelario – 1B
Manny Machado – 3B Jake Fraley – RF
Jake Cronenworth – 1B Tyler Stephenson – C
Donovan Solano – DH Mike Ford – DH
Jackson Merrill – CF Jonathan India – 2B
Luis Campusano – C Santiago Espinal – 3B
Ha-Seong Kim – SS Will Benson – CF
Joe Musgrove – RHP Andrew Abbott – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Andrew Abbott 50.0 3.06 1.14 14 41
Joe Musgrove 41.0 6.37 1.51 13 36
Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Joe Musgrove’s Stats

Andrew Abbott

Coming off of one of his best starts of the season where he allowed just one run in 7.0 innings, Andrew Abbott is back on the mound tonight and will be looking to repeat that performance as he faced off against a National League West team for the third straight start.

The splits for Abbott have been big this season. Lefties don’t get many chances to face him, but the ones who do haven’t done much of anything. Right-handed hitters don’t hit for much average or draw many walks, either, but they do hit for a lot of power. 19 of their 34 hits against Abbott have been for extra-bases. Not show below is that in his three home starts hitters have a .276/.354/.500 line against him, but his ERA in Cincinnati is 3.14.


RHH 161 34 9 1 9 12 31 .228 .286 .483
LHH 43 9 2 0 0 2 10 .225 .279 .275

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.3 81.0 82.8 85.2
Usage 54% 13% 15% 17%

Joe Musgrove

The last time Musgrove took the mound it was three weeks ago against the Reds out in San Diego. He struck out nine and gave up two runs in 6.0 innings that day but went on the injured list following the game with elbow inflammation.

Both lefties and righties are hitting well against Joe Musgrove this year. Both are hitting over .300 and slugging .500 or better. Lefties are making less contact than righties, but they’re still doing plenty of damage against him.


RHH 105 28 5 0 7 8 21 .301 .381 .581
LHH 74 21 3 0 3 5 15 .318 .378 .500

Pitch Usage

4-sm 2-sm Slider Cutter Curve Change
Velo 92.6 92.4 81.8 90.2 81.4 86.9
Usage 22% 7% 23% 19% 20% 8%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 87°, partly cloudy, 5% change of rain

News and Notes

Nick Martini is back

Earlier today the Cincinnati Reds called Nick Martini back up from Triple-A Louisville and optioned Conner Capel back to the minor leagues. Martini has hit .364/.563/.818 since he was sent down. You can read more about the moves here from our piece earlier today when the moves were announced.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 27 10
Chicago 26 22 1.5
Pittsburgh 22 26 5.5
St. Louis 21 26 6.0
Cincinnati 19 28 8.0

213 Responses

  1. Eddiek957

    I usually don’t comment on lineups but I really dislike seeing Candelario at first. Play candy at third and India at first. Isn’t that what they want to do with India?

    • Mark Moore

      Might work. I don’t believe India has ever seen a regular season professional inning there, but I’m sure he could adapt. I remain unimpressed with Candy’s defense, especially at 1B.

      • Justin T

        I was at the gane behind first base and on Profars bade hit Candelario’s effort was laughable. He looked 2 seconds behind. By the time his 3 yr deal is up, he will be the most maligned player in Reds history. He looks worse in person. Fraleys HBP echoed in the stadium, that cannot be good.

    • Rick

      @Edd957…Welsh bragged on Candy’s defense there over the weekend. I fussed with Chris thru the tv. Lol

    • VaRedsFan

      Candy’s defense has been bad no matter he has played. Ford has shown a better glove than Candy.

      • Rick

        I agree Va.RF. Commented over the weekend about his glove at 1B.

  2. Mark Moore

    Haven’t said it in a while, so I’ll do it tonight hoping this brings us some “luck” …

    Almost time to KICK THIS PIG!!!

  3. Daytonnati

    Reds fans who grew up or lived in the Dayton area are familiar with longtime Dayton Daily News Reds reporter, Hal McCoy. He has an “Ask Hal” column once a week and this week he was asked for his opinion of David Bell.

    “His strengths are his pedigree, the grandson of Gus Bell and son of Buddy Bell, plus his own major-league playing experience. And he is even keel, win or lose, keeps the team relaxed — perhaps too relaxed at times. He does show moxie when he argues with umpires, protecting his players. I fear, though, he might rely too much on analytics and doesn’t rely on his personal eye test. Players are not mathematical robots. They have hearts and souls that can’t be found on a computer. He should manage like Sparky Anderson, not Steve Jobs.”

      • Rick

        @ Melvin: I know that you inferred alot there:) Lol

    • Mark Moore

      Some good points from Hal … but …

      Pedigree doesn’t mean squat in the real world. It might sell race horse stud fees, but Gus and Buddy are just related by genetics. It doesn’t mean any baseball ability transfers to David.

      His MLB experience … uh … how long was he a starting player? And just how manly “star players” have been highly successful MLB Field Managers? Correlation does not equal causation (or so I’m told).

      I’m with Hal on the “not mathematical robots” angle. A little more Sparky or Sweet Lou would go a long way.

      • LarkinPhillips

        The whole he manages on analytics is bull. Anything further than handedness is out the window with his style. He consistently ignores reverse splits, average against and numerous other advanced stats that would say he is making the wrong move.

      • LDS

        I agree LarkinPhillips. There is no evidence whatsoever that Bell is the least bit analytically aware.

    • doofus

      Awesome comment from Hal McCoy. He is a sage. Nice catch “D” thanks for sharing!

    • Jim Walker

      Thank you for posting this. Makes me feel more secure about my thoughts when I type or say D.Bell may be a decent manager at pushing the pre-assigned buttons when all is working as projected but that he lacks leadership when the chips are down.

      • Melvin

        When you don’t put a certain amount of pressure on your players they are not prepared to handle it when it comes from other places. Just go back to the Jonathan India quote every game on Bally.

    • Ksdavis

      This is my feeling all along. Especially when handling pitching. A pitcher can go out and retire the side on 8 pitches and he is yanked. If a player can run through 3 batters on that few of pitches then maybe he is “on” that day. Other issue is moving guys all along the lineup. Find a spot and stick to that. Players need to know day in snd out what their role in the batting order is.

    • Ted Alfred

      Preach brother Hal.

      I think that’s his way of saying this is why Bell comes up with all these nonsensical batting orders and is so slow to make changes when guys are hot and when they’re not. For instance, he finally moved Ford down to #6 today and moved Candy up to #3, which makes a little more sense since Candy’s been swinging a pretty good bat lately and far betyer than Ford, but TySteve is the best hitter in the linup the last 15 games, but still hitting just 5th.

  4. Mark Moore

    Nice, clean field and throw from Elly. He didn’t panic and rush it and it paid off.

    • Jim Walker

      Looks like I need one of those synchronize buttons for tonight because the game still hasn’t started on my FUBO feed and it thinks it is in live mode 😉

      • Jim Walker

        I just revisited the go live button and got moved up just in time to see EDLC’s infield hit in B1.

  5. LarkinPhillips

    Hurtubuise may be a flop, but I have been excited about him. He reminds me of a brett Gardner type player.

    • JB

      He might be or he might not be. He needs to play and not Ford or Martini. We know who those two are. Won’t know how good he is sitting in the bench. Capel should be the DH tonight. 8 at bats is crap

  6. Mark Moore

    Stepped away for 2 MINUTES … and we put the first two on. Back just in time to see Candy get Crushed. Please don’t squander this opportunity.

    And please don’t let Jake have a broken hand.

    • Melvin

      That pad should help against that. Might be a good thing for all players.

      • JB

        It didn’t. He never stopped holding his hand when on the bases.

  7. Reddawg2012

    This team refuses to get a big hit. Just cannot do it.

  8. Mark Moore

    STINK. FISH. POT!!!!

    Completely squandered a golden opportunity … AGAIN!!!

    This is near the top of the list of things that frustrate me most.

    • doofus

      Agreed, RISP is one of the teams Achilles heals.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    And here we go… How bad at Bats by Steve and Ford with the bases loaded…

  10. TyGuy88

    There has to be a better player in our organization than Mike Ford to be DH. At the very least bat him 8th.

    • JB

      They just signed Ford. Bob wants to get every penny out of him. The smart move would have been DFA him and keep Capel up. I mean hitting .156.

  11. Mark Moore

    Double S.F.P!!!

    Fraley out. It just doesn’t stop, does it?

  12. Roger Garrett

    Bases loaded and well this team has no clue and I mean no clue.What an absolute joke.Pads just got here after a double header yesterday,we have an off day,get to sleep in our own beds,be with the family etc etc and well what a joke of a baseball team.But we’re good and we know we’re good.

  13. RedsGettingBetter

    Fraley exits…Fairchild as cleanup hitter… Well , let’s see whether it will be bad or good luck

  14. Beaufort Red

    Sorry guys I was upset when the Reds were willing to let Ford walk, but obviously they knew something I didn’t. Tonight I’d rather see Martini than Ford.

    • Melvin

      Well he was hot and virtually no one else was. It was worth a shot. Nothing to lose.

  15. Melvin

    Man. That was Benson’s ball. Got to call him off.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Astin Martini up, but Bell sticks with the Ford

  17. Melvin

    Well, we still got Andrew Abbott. 🙂

  18. Mark Moore

    Abbott doing his part … again. Relatively efficient as well.

    We all know what we need, right?

  19. Reddawg2012

    I’m not David Bell’s biggest fan. But to be honest, I felt bad for him after that shot of him in the dugout throwing the chair. The number of injuries this team has had to endure is simply unfair and I doubt many teams could withstand it.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not without some empathy for him either. Another “freak injury” on that HBP is just so hard to bear. It does handcuff him for this game (especially with Steer also ailing). Doesn’t raise him in my rankings, but it makes a difficult job tougher.

    • RedsMonk65

      Especially the types of most of the injuries — related to batters being hit in the hand (CES, Friedl’s second injury, etc.)

  20. Mark Moore

    Nice way to work that count and take the BB, RoY.

  21. Mark Moore

    Bizzarro Zone in our favor … 😮

  22. Gpod

    I think we have all seen enough of Ford to know he can go back to the beer league…..let’s move on

    • Mark Moore

      Long Island Ducks of the Independent League … 😛

  23. Mark Moore

    OK, Jacob. Just loft one out there … or hit the green … either works.

    Followed by the Bizzarro Zone NOT in our favor.

  24. Beaufort Red

    My church softball team needs a cleanup hitter.

  25. Mark Moore

    Challenge accepted and one … but now he’s hopping around … 😮

  26. Mark Moore

    Clean single … er … double and that all important RBI for Elly. He’s dialed in tonight.


    Musgrove at 50 pitches already. Keep him in!

  28. Melvin

    We’ll gladly take another run. EDLC has been the most consistent hitter so far this year which of course is not saying too much.

  29. Mark Moore

    OK, Andrew. The boyz finally backed you a little bit. Make those Friars confess that you are better than they are.


      We see what you did there, Mark! Now confess, lol

  30. Mark Moore

    Arraez fought off a pretty good pitch for that single. Glad it didn’t rattle Abbott. Solid 3 innings with very moderate pitch count.

    More runs, por favor boyz!

  31. Randoxu1

    Kind of off the topic, but larkin as an analyst is just brutal. I’m no Sadak fan but Everytime he tries to get larkin to speak, it’s crickets. Just an opinion.

    • Mark Moore

      Which causes Sadak to reach into his bag for more words. Sadak with either Chris or Cowboy is tolerable. Sadak and Larkin together will drive you to either mute or the other team’s feed.

    • VaRedsFan

      Nailed it Rando. Been saying it ever since Lark arrived.

      Sadak: “Lar…..Espinal’s been having some good AB’s lately.”
      Larkin: “Yes he has.”

      Facepalm emoji.

  32. VaRedsFan

    Padres go out and get Arraez…Reds countered that by signing Ford.
    It’s not like they paid a king’s ransome for Arraez either.

  33. Mark Moore

    Gonna let Musgrove off the hook without pushing his pitch count further up. Thanks, Mr. Ford.

  34. Reddawg2012

    We are going to see one of Mike Ford or Nick Martini every single day without Fraley, aren’t we?


    Musgrove was averaging 22.5 pitches an inning, that 3rd was only 11.

  36. JB

    Ford down to .149 . How low can you go?

    • Moon

      I would not be upset if Ford was DFA right now, during the game.

  37. RedsGettingBetter

    Ford is in the road to DFA

  38. Reddawg2012

    Abbott has done a nice job of overcoming the horrific home plate umpire so far. Hopefully it can continue.

    • Mark Moore

      Complete Bizzarro Zone with no consistency for anyone.

  39. Mark Moore

    Under 60 pitches through 4 … that’ll do, Pig. That’ll do.

    • Moon

      I love that movie. Props for the reference…..

  40. RedsGettingBetter

    India is unable to hit lines only grounds and flies apparently…

    • Mark Moore

      I’m just glad he’s still mobile after seeing him limp away after scoring.

      • Melvin

        I’m glad too but an argument could be made that Espinal is a better all around player than India.

  41. doofus

    Merrill plays CD like he knows what he is doing.

  42. Roger Garrett

    Pads skipper knows it should 5-0 or 6-0 so he gets Musgrove out cause his team will score.

  43. Mark Moore

    OK, Hurtubise is at least putting the ball in play (or getting on base). That’s a major step forward in the lead-off spot.

  44. Roger Garrett

    Benson works an 8 pitch walk and of course the next hitter swings at the first pitch.Just won’t give him a chance to run or even make the guy throw a strike.This club has no clue and I mean no clue at all.

  45. Mark Moore

    Oops … almost too easy for Abbott. Needed to put a little sauce on that throw.

  46. Reddawg2012

    There appears to be a decent crowd at GABP tonight…at least compared to the typical 12k they draw on most weeknight games.

  47. Mark Moore

    Bad time to walk a batter. Time to sit Arraez down.

  48. RedsGettingBetter

    Abbott could get out of the inning after a bad walk and falling behind Arraez 3-1 on the count

  49. RedsGettingBetter

    I wonder if Candelario really can see the ball

  50. Roger Garrett

    No chance against anybody that throws left handed.AA better shut them out cause we ain’t about to get any more unless the Pads start throwing the ball away.

  51. JB

    Did the Reds ever announce how much or how long Mike Ford contract was for? Please only one year.

    • Tom Diesman

      Ford’s deal is for 1 year worth $1.3MM plus incentives that could total 125K.

      • Mike Adams

        If the incentives are batting related they ain’t gonna be no further payday than the base $1.3M

  52. Mark Moore

    Realizing that was a sharply hit cue shot … Candy is BRUTAL at 1st.

    Perhaps the Bizzarro Zone will come to the rescue?

  53. Roger Garrett

    One year for 3 mil I believe.

    • ryan

      How many of us stiffs won’t make three mil in a lifetime? Yeah, I know we’re not big leaguers.

  54. Mark Moore

    Cowboy just made the comment of the day …

    “This strike zone is kind of like a balloon. It started with no corners and now it’s swelling.”

    Priceless and a +25,000

  55. Melvin

    There ARE guys out there that would help. Another one is Isaac Parades of the Rays.

    • Melvin

      He is currently slashing .309/.397/.519 with a .916 OPS on the season.

      • JB

        Never trade with the Rays!! They know things.

      • Mike Adams

        I’d be afraid that the Reds would be contagious and sicken his batting average down to the low .200’s and an OPS below .600

  56. Mark Moore

    Did Abbott just earn himself a chance to start off the 8th? How long has it been since we’ve seen this kind of performance?

      • Mark Moore

        Apparently Mr. Bell did … let’s see if we get the good version of Cruz here.

  57. Jason Franklin

    I just saw this on Abbott’s Twitter account, but he runs a pitching camp and has for the past 3 years or so. He also seems to sell pitching plans. That’s pretty smart.

  58. Moon

    I wonder if Abbot is done? Who do you bring out to close out a tired Padres team tonight? Maybe Sam Moll for one inning? I have no confidence in Cruz or Diaz. Honestly, do you trust those guys right now?

  59. Roger Garrett

    Hurry guys and swing swing swing we have to get AA back out there and quick.

  60. VaRedsFan

    Abbott is shaking hands, so he is out.

    I guess 92 pitches is the new 100. SMH.

    • Jason Franklin

      He pitched 7 innings. That is more impressive then 100 pitches.

      • Jason Franklin

        I mean, there are guys who it takes 100 pitches to get through 5 innings it seems.

  61. Roger Garrett

    Nope they changed pitchers.Must be afraid of the rookie.

  62. Roger Garrett

    Another lefty.Never would have thought that one.

  63. Roger Garrett

    Now we know whats going to happen right.Lets see.Thats 16 out of the last 17 Reds that went down and I think one ball was hit out of the infield.

  64. Jason T.

    Our starting pitching has been one of very few positives all season long. Love to see Abbott just dealing. He’s having a wonderful season.
    Man our hitting is just offensive. So poor. I can’t remember such a poor hitting Reds team like this. It’s taken a lot out of my desire to watch as these losses just mount.

    • Melvin

      Add some hitting and some bullpen help and we can compete. At least try.

  65. Roger Garrett

    AA was just great cause the first 4 guys in the Pads lineup can really hit.

  66. DW

    Really preferred that Abbott go out for the eighth. Hope it works out.

  67. JB

    Cruz has problems after two outs. Let’s cross our fingers and toes.

      • JB

        He got him. He needs to continue throwing that splitter alot. Best pitch .

  68. Mark Moore

    Wow! Just when you think you’ve settled in to how terrible this Chumpire is … he continues to flex the zone.

    Robots and challenge system, please. This isn’t a “human element”. It’s just plain poor umpiring.

  69. Jeremiah

    Does Buck Farmer come in the 9th if the Reds keep the lead here?

    Abbott incredible…offense sad again. Going to take some good bullpen work to win this, nothing guaranteed for the Reds these days.

  70. JB

    Miami took the lead on the Brewers. Come on Reds.

  71. Roger Garrett

    Not this time fans.Cruz with 95 and two splits and Tatis Jr is done.Guy is filthy.Get Santillan up here and lets go.

  72. VaRedsFan

    Diaz is warming folks!
    Pepto is ready.

  73. Harry Stoner

    Montas effect?

    I know Frankie has blown hot and cold so far, but has the improved starting pitching anything to do with Montas’s ‘veteran presence?

    It’s all speculative, I know.

    Weigh in.

    • Melvin

      Well starting pitching is better. That’s a fact.

    • Jeremiah

      I think it could have some effect. They kind of seem ready to take the next step most of them. I just hope they all stay healthy.

    • Mark Moore

      I do believe we’ve seen some reports of him doing exactly that. Helping the younger pitchers to focus more on attacking the zone.

  74. RedsGettingBetter

    Candy with a good at bat for a walk

    • Mark Moore

      Finally … then a wasted opportunity for Stewie.

  75. Jeff Morris

    Why not put in Buck Farmer or Surer for the 9th. I would not put in A Diaz to close this game.

  76. Jeff morris

    Meant to say Surer. I also would not put L Sims in either.

  77. Roger Garrett

    No lefty for Tyler.Refreshing to see a manager that is in the game.

    • Mark Moore

      But Schildt can’t be that good. I mean the Dirty Birds sent him packing, right? And he was unemployed how long? 😛

  78. RedsGettingBetter

    Well, crossed fingers and butts held…

  79. Roger Garrett

    First pitch swinging and here we go to the ninth.Piece of cake.

  80. Mark Moore

    Buckle up, friends. he’s gonna start with a free pass to Profar.

  81. Jason T.

    Seriously? A 4 pitch walk?
    Here comes the implosion.

  82. Roger Garrett

    Yep and Bell is asleep at the wheel.

    • Tom Diesman

      I think that is what the dugout chair said too.

  83. Mark Moore

    Need Bike Helmets here.

    And it took an appeal to get that strike? Unbelievable.

  84. Jason T.

    Wow! I’m shocked.
    Great job Abbott!

  85. Roger Garrett

    Diaz at 91 on the 4 seamer.Just has to be something wrong.

  86. Mark Moore

    Home win and shut out on Bike Helmets to finish it.

    Good thing we got this in. Weather is looking beyond nasty up there for the next couple of days.

    • Jason T.

      A lot of rain called for is absolutely correct. Will be interesting.

      • Mark Moore

        More than just rain working its way through. Big wind machines as well. We’re Weather Channel junkies here. It’s been beyond brutal.

      • Jason T.

        You’re right. A lot more than just rain. Some very severe weather. I hope it’s not bad because my neighborhood seems to lose power, often.

  87. Melvin

    Alright. Pulled that one out only scoring two runs. 🙂

  88. RedsGettingBetter

    Nice win! Abbott did an outstanding performance…The offense was stuck again but score the necessary to win…

  89. Jason T.

    Unfortunately we’ve seen this a lot lately. Win the first game then it’s all down hill.
    Would love to be wrong.

  90. Mike Adams

    The Reds have figured out how to win.
    It is very simple in theory but difficult to perform.
    Just shutout the opponent every game!
    Reds may not win them all (due to poor hitting) but they WILL win many games.

  91. Moon

    Reds win with only three hits. Two by Elly. There is more punch at a wedding reception. Great job by Abbott. Reds had a big advantage with Padres involved in a double header yesterday and at least the pitchers too advantage of it. The hitting outside of Elly was as absent as I was at dinner on liver and onions night.

  92. Daytonnati

    I almost expect to see Mike Ford with a 40 oz’er pounding on the aluminium with LeCure and Geisenschlag.

    • Mark Moore


      I could see that. Not quite “Tommy Boy” but still …

  93. Jeff morris

    I stand corrected. A Diaz gets the save. Now for consistency…if the Reds can hit? If not…Starting pitching will darn near need to pitch shutouts or give up just one run a game.

    • Jason T.

      That’s not the way to treat your starting pitching. It’s tough enough to pitch at the major league level without feeling pressed to be perfect because you know your hitting stinks.
      Hats off to Abbott. What a gem. The starting pitching has been consistently good this season. That’s one of the few positives.

  94. Stoney

    Another gem by Abbott. Young man just knows how to pitch. Glad he got the win. Offense needs to start showing up but nice to get a win.

  95. Harry Stoner

    Abbott: 7 AAA starts before coming up to the Bigs.

    I can see why RLN fans are excited about Lowder.