Cincinnati opened up the series last night with a 2-0 win. Nick Martinez will get the start tonight for the Reds against his former team. Michael King will toe the rubber for the San Diego Padres tonight. 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 – DH Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Jake Cronenworth – 1B Tyler Stephenson – C
Manny Machado – 3B Mike Ford – DH
David Peralta – LF Spencer Steer – 1B
Jackson Merrill – CF Nick Martini – RF
Luis Campusano – C Jonathan India – 2B
Tyler Wade – SS Will Benson – CF
Michael King – RHP Nick Martinez – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Martinez 38.1 4.23 1.20 5 29
Michael King 54.1 4.31 1.36 26 61
Links: Nick Martinez’s Stats | Michael King’s Stats

Nick Martinez

For the second time this season, Nick Martinez will make a start against his former team. On April 30th he allowed three earned runs in 5.0 innings in San Diego. Martinez is coming off of a relief appearance last week that saw him throw 5.0 innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball against the Dodgers.

The splits for Martinez are quite strong. Right-handed hitters are hitting for a moderate average, but they don’t walk and they don’t hit for power against him. Lefties hit for a good average, but they also don’t walk. They don’t show much power, but it’s a good amount of more power than displayed by righties. Not shown are his home/road splits. At home his ERA is 5.48 and on the road it’s just 2.53. His OPS against is nearly 400 points higher in Cincinnati than it is on the road.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 78 19 7 0 0 2 16 .253 .269 .347
LHH 86 22 1 2 2 3 13 .282 .321 .423

Pitch Usage

4-sm 2-sm Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.6 91.9 88.3 81.2 84.6 79.7
Usage 20% 15% 23% 12% 9% 21%

Michael King

The Reds didn’t see King when they were out in San Diego, so they’ll be facing him for the first time this year. He’s coming off of a 6-run, 5.1 inning outing against Colorado last week. His outing before that saw him toss 7.0 shutout innings against the Dodgers with 11 strikeouts. Dr. Jekyll meet Mr. Hyde.

The overall splits aren’t big for King, but they do exist a little bit. Right-handed hitters hit for a lower average and hit for a lot more  power than lefties do. Left-handed hitters make more contact and draw more walks, but they don’t show nearly as much power.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 124 24 5 0 7 13 36 .218 .301 .455
LHH 113 24 2 0 4 13 25 .240 .327 .380

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 93.6 92.6 82.6 86.6
Usage 28% 24% 25% 23%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 81°, partly cloudy, 15% change of rain

News and Notes

Jake Fraley’s status is up in the air today

Minor Leaguer hits a 500-foot home run

Last night in Louisville a new record was set for the farthest home run hit at Louisville Slugger Field. Peyton Burdick was credited with a 500-foot home run that hit halfway up the scoreboard. The distance was pulled from the game log shortly after (AAA has Statcast), but over at RedsMinorLeagues.com I did some investigating using all of the tools and people at my disposal and came to the conclusion that the estimate was probably real close to being accurate. If you want to read what I found and why it adds up, or if you just want to watch a guy hit a ball into a different dimension, I have you covered right here.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 28 10
Chicago 27 22 1.5
Pittsburgh 23 26 5.5
St. Louis 21 26 6.5
Cincinnati 20 28 8.0

104 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Let’s KICK THIS PIG ahead of an iffy weather forecast for tomorrow

  2. Mark A Verticchio

    Man this season is turning into a disaster, as a Red’s fan living near St. Louis. The darn Cardinals can’t seem to lose and the Red’s are trotting out a triple A team due to injuries and a suspension. Oh well, things will hopefully get better.

  3. Mark Moore

    Two questions …

    1) How many innings for Martinez tonight?
    2) Is the swelling down enough in Fraley’s hand/wrist to tell if there is a fracture?

    • Doc

      Last I recall, swelling doesn’t interfere with xrays of bones.

    • Old-school

      Bone contusions and stress reactions/inflammation dont show up on X-rays but certainly limit performance and clean X-rays dont clear players to play. Pain and swelling still dictate a lot.

  4. RedsGettingBetter

    A lead-off homer is the last Martinez could do

  5. RedsGettingBetter

    Just fly balls , no grounds. That’s dangerous in GABP, Martinez

  6. MK

    Unlike a lot of young guys who get called up they haven’t allowed Hurtubise get lost on the bench and lose any momentum they had built up before coming up.

  7. Old-school

    Maybe the GASP with warm weather is warming the home runs bats up. Its is Memorial Day and GABP

  8. Eddiek957

    Anyone else wish Elly would lay down a couple of bunts Kind of remember him getting a couple of hits doing that earlier in the season. Batting rh if my memory is correct

  9. Daytonnati

    Wonder if the nearest Richter scale picked that up?

  10. Reddawg2012

    Spencer Steer is getting closer and closer to the Mendoza line. Almost have to hope he’s banged up and not just regressing to what he really is.

    • Pharmer85

      Probably the biggest surprise/disappointment for me so far, along with CES. Thought both of them would be much better than they’ve shown so far.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Hitting is hard, as we all know, but India misses a ton of meatballs during just about every AB….fouling them off instead.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Here’s a thought! If we can’t hit behind the leadoff runner, maybe we bunt him to 2nd?

    • JB

      It would take a miracle to bunt Ford over.

      • Dewey Roberts

        JB, it seems like it takes a minor miracle for this team to get a hit. We already have one tonight. That might be all we get.

  13. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds continues with the bad approach. They won’t be able to score more runs tonight against King apparently…

  14. Old-school

    Glad to see Candy hit a bomb, but is there any Reds hitter that shows up every day to give a professional at bat? This is pathetic.

    If you cant hit in GABP in 87 degree temps…..well…..

  15. Gpod

    an earlier comment was about Steer regressing….got me to think…except for Elly….about every batter on this team has regressed ….Stevenson, Benson, India, CES…really mind boggling

    • Ted Alfred

      Is it possible the ever changing goofy DBell batting orders that don’t make sense might most of the time have something to do with the regression of the team’s hitting?

      Maybe David Bell isn’t as good as he thinks he is about putting players in the best spots to maximize their hitting, but instead is doing the opposite….putting them in positions where they’re not comfortable at the plate and therefore least likely to hit well and this is what you get?

      It seems odd that the entire team is hitting worse than expected… but there is one common denominator and that is the guy making out the batting orders and distributing the playing time every night.

  16. Dennis Westrick

    Profar walked to lead off the 4th and just scored! Imagine that!

  17. Mark Moore

    Run was unfortunate, but that line-out DP to Steer did help quell the tide a bit.

    Crooked numbers, please boyz.

  18. Old-school

    What is that? Infield in and India throws home and not even close?

    Can we get McLain and Marte back to this infield?

    This infield isnt working.

  19. Mark Moore

    Ford … first pitch … weak swing … pop-up …

    He even looked like 4M on that one.

    • JB

      Down to .143 and I don’t mean his weight

  20. Reddawg2012

    This team continues to consistently have frustrating, noncompetitive at bats.

    • LarkinPhillips

      8 pitches total in the 4th. 2 strikes in the zone, 1 was borderline. 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout. The Reds approach continues to be terrible and that is coaching! For 6 weeks they have tried to “hit their way out of a slump.” Its time to start being professionals and change their approach.

  21. Old-school

    Ford and Martini arent credible hitters. Why the Reds DH has been the worst in MLB. A few weeks away from irrelevant which is amazing considering the quality SP

  22. Chad Donnell

    If Lorenzen were still here he would be our best hitter on the bench.

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Slip sliding away! One mistake pitch by Nick and this game will be out of reach!

    • JB

      It is now. The question is now will the Reds get more hits than the the Padres have runs? 4 is pretty steep.

  24. Dennis Westrick

    And there it is! Double by Profar results in a 3-run lead! Let’s see how long it takes Bell to realize the Friars have figured out Mr. Martinez!

  25. Mark A Verticchio

    Lodolo needs to get back because Martinez isn’t a starting pitcher.

  26. RedsGettingBetter

    Martinez is another pitcher when start the game…he falls apart after 4 innings…4-1 is tough to come back for this team…

  27. Reddawg2012

    Welp, 5-1 is a death sentence for this offense. Fun times.

  28. JB

    Well this works out well. I can watch the hockey game now.

  29. Mark A Verticchio

    5 runs, this one is long over, 20 and 29. They may not lose a 100 because some injured players will come back to make the 2nd half of the season more bearable but it will be far too little too late.

  30. Gpod

    the sad part is that the Reds/Bell will use injuries as an excuse to retain the worst manager in the MLB…..depression will set in around the all-star break

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I think depression has already set in.

    • Mark Moore

      That’s about 5th on their list of excuses. The nepotistic, foggy, legacy memory says he’s not going anywhere.

    • Ted Alfred

      Hopefully not…but probably true

  31. Pharmer85

    Profar would be league MVP if SD played the Reds more often. Three run deficit-now four- may as well be one hundred.

  32. Dennis Westrick

    OK! Looks like an early exit night! No way does this offensive juggernaut come back from a 5-1 deficit!

  33. Mark Moore

    Well, THAT got really ugly very quickly. So much for securing the series win tonight. May end up being a split depending on the weather y’all get up there.

  34. Dennis Westrick

    Once again, we make the opposing team’s SP look like the 2nd coming of Cy Young!

    Coming into the game, San Diego’s King had a 3-4 record and an ERA of 4+!

  35. Mark A Verticchio

    I think depression has already set in.

  36. JB

    Will King have a chance at a complete game. Those are about as hard as a no hitter.

    • Dewey Roberts

      Guys, we can’t expect the Reds to get three hits every game. Offensive outbursts like that don’t happen every night.

  37. LDS

    One hit through 5? Against a mediocre starting pitcher. At this rate, Bell is going to score his second 100 loss season in three.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Probably get another extension too.

  38. LarkinPhillips

    9 pitches. 4 strikes. 2 of those borderline.

    Another 1-2-3 inning with a rollover grounder, weak pulled fly out, and strike out.

    Terrible approach, again. Clearly a game plan if all 9 hitters have the same approach.

  39. Moon

    Reds have the worst team batting average in the major leagues. Lower even than the White Sox. They just cannot hit. 3 hits last night. 1 hit tonight through 5. And these are mediocre pitchers.

  40. Pharmer85

    As currently constructed, this team reminds of those awful Reds teams of the early 80s. The only time those teams had a chance was when Mario Soto pitched.

  41. Old-school

    This is trending to a 90 loss team. What happened to my guy Jon India????? He is terrible.

  42. Jason T.

    Most inept offense in baseball and it’s not going to change anytime soon. Beyond embarrassing.

  43. Gpod

    The fact is, a starting pitcher for the reds knows he has to throw a shutout to have any chance of winning. Hopefully it will be a rainout tomorrow….I will take that as a win

    • Jason T.

      That’s a fact and really hasn’t fazed them as they are the sole component of this team that is actually good. But yeah, knowing you’ve gotta be virtually perfect, can’t be easy on them.

  44. Mark Moore

    And that’s a formal Clete for me.

    Travel day tomorrow, so I’m not sure how much of the game I can catch, regardless of when it starts.

    Night all.

  45. Gpod

    This is like watching the Bad News Bears….except less entertaining

  46. dimondfvr

    Even Sadak sounds disgusted. Pretty difficult to put a positive spin on this ball club.

  47. Mark A Verticchio

    The fact is Greene, Abbott, Montas, Ashcraft and Lodolo, when healthy is a very decent starting 5 after that this is the worst team in baseball. Tonight they literally look like the bad news bears. I have no idea what happened to Steer but he is playing awful. When you look this bad somebody must take the fall. The question is will they win another game on this home stand. Sadly their best 2 pitcher both face the Dodgers.

    • Jon

      Going forward, do they sign Montas to an extension? Given that Lodolo has had health issues all three seasons so far, Montas could remain the veteran presence and leader of the pitching staff. Martinez demonstrates that finding SP to fill in isn’t an easy task.

  48. Jon

    Why on earth did Krall guarantee India $5 million in 2025 after his terrible 2022 and 2023 seasons? That’s going to be more money flushed down the drain with no return.

  49. Randoxu1

    This is an absolute disgrace. The players play just like their manager boring, uninspiring and flat out pitiful. Every night this team can’t muster more than 4 hits. It’s a failure from owner to the manager.

  50. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s face it folks! This current edition of the Reds is NOT built for comebacks!

    Thanks to Suter’s outstanding relief effort, it’s a Clete for me!

  51. LarkinPhillips

    Finally someone doesn’t swing at the first pitch that is even close and hurtubuise works a walk. Crazy how that’s happens when you don’t swing at every pitch.

  52. dimondfvr

    Sadak just said — get this — you really can’t call this a losing streak because “they’ve won a few games here and there.” Whaaaat!?

    • LarkinPhillips

      I thought that was Larkin who said that. Either way its still a silly statement.

  53. Mike W

    The owner MUST realize the value of his club is sinking by millions of dollars a month, right?
    The owner must realize attendance will fall monthly if we continue losing 70% of our games each month, right?
    The owner must realize Bell has been managing for 5+ years and we’ve never made the playoffs, so Bell should go, right?
    Has anyone seen the owner at any of our home games the last 30 games? He’s there sometimes, right?
    Does anyone feel the players are being coached to e.g. take pitches, bunt, go opposite field? You know evidence our laid back manager is trying something new? ‘Cuz doing the same thing and expecting different results never works, right?

    • VaRedsFan

      No.
      You must be ticked at how the Pacers finished last night?

      Carlisle is the David Bell of the NBA.
      ALWAYS foul when you’re up 3

      • Melvin

        Wasn’t good coaching last night at the end but Carlisle has improved a great deal since the first time he coached the Pacers. Definitely should have won and I agree about fouling when you’re up 3 in that situation. Had the game in the bag. Still feel good about the series. Pacers played them well for the most part.

    • Harry Stoner

      The Reds’ DH is now hitting .140

      • Melvin

        Ford was worth a try but it’s not working out unfortunately.

  54. LarkinPhillips

    Crazy how a couple competitive at bats leads to a higher pitch count and now the pitchers is missing his spots.

  55. Mark A Verticchio

    The fact is tonight’s line up has 3 minor league players, Benson and India = automatic outs, a slumping Steer and 3 decent players.

  56. Mark A Verticchio

    Compare the 2 line ups tonight, it’s varsity vs J.V. and the rest of the home stand is just as bad if not worse. I am going out on a limb and predicting a 2 and 7 nine game home stand following a 3 and 7 road trip. Yet no changes will be made. I am not a Bell hater but sometimes changes must be made for the sake of change.

    • Melvin

      “sometimes changes must be made for the sake of change.”

      Yep. As I noted recently McNamara was fired in 1982 in the middle of the season after three winning seasons in a row in which one won the division and one had the best record in baseball. He won 89 games in the other one. Firing managers in situations like this is what teams do who expect to compete and get better. It’s not really about David Bell being a bad manager any longer as much as, “Is he the solution”? For me it’s a resounding no.

  57. LarkinPhillips

    That at bat by Martini was ridiculous. Two different pitches outside the zone called a strike. Ridiculous flex.o zone.

  58. LarkinPhillips

    Why nit Fairchild here for Benson? This is another thing that proves bell doesn’t manage by analytics at all. Benson can not hit lefties and we are behind with a runner in scoring position.

    • Melvin

      Not to mention he’s tied for the league lead in Ks. His numbers are .192/.288 .385/.673. Just about anybody could be doing better. Aquino AND Barrero were much better than this at least providing good defense. The Reds for the most part make changes at a snails pace.

  59. VaRedsFan

    Wandy Peralta….another from a long list of pitchers that struggled as a Red and went on to to be very good after leaving

    • LarkinPhillips

      I’m not convinced these players get better with a different coaching staff. But I am convinced they won’t get better this year or next with the current staff.

      • Melvin

        Good point. You’ve got to at least TRY.

  60. VaRedsFan

    Fairchild for Will there against a lefty…or is he hurt too.
    Maybe Bell is saving him for later…..eyeroll emoji.

  61. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell not pinch hitting proves he has given up, makes no sense.

  62. VaRedsFan

    OMG…Stuey comes in for JH the next batter up.
    So Bell wanted Will facing the lefty??? WHY???

  63. LarkinPhillips

    Fairchild for hurtubuise with nobody on makes way more sense than Fairchild for.benson with a runner in scoring position. What the actual heck?!?!

  64. Mark A Verticchio

    I may not be a Bell hater but he has to go, the man is lost and so is his team. They aren’t a good team right now but they are not as bad as they have been playing. Somebody has to be held accountable.

  65. Moon

    Well looks like Ford has his hit for this week. Of course it comes with one out in the 9th, nobody on, and down 4 runs. Not exactly a high leverage situation.

  66. Dennis Westrick

    Reds still 8 games out as Milwaukee loses again!

  67. Mike W

    I agree with all of you, someone must be accountable.
    He tried (for 5 years) and lost more than he won.
    It’s time for a change. It’s professional sports.
    He’s not someone who volunteered to coach Little League.
    This is a big business and the ticket buyers deserve better.
    They are not being respected.
    Owner or GM, do your job.

  68. Jeremiah

    Interesting write up on Cbssports.com about the Reds today talks about why they are struggling so much. One interesting note the writer brought up is that the hitting woes may be an organizational problem more than just a few players struggling. I think that is the concern of a lot of fans, that there is a management , philosophical problem with this team. I think it’s that but also the injuries have played a part too of course. It’d be interesting to hear what other scouts, gms anonymously would say about the Reds.