Last night the St. Louis Cardinals picked up a 7-1 win to even up the series against the Cincinnati Reds. This afternoon the two clubs get together with the winner of the game also being the winner of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds

Brendan Donovan – 3B TJ Friedl – CF
Lars Nootbaar – RF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Alec Burleson – LF Jake Fraley – RF
Nolan Gorman – 2B Spencer Steer – 1B
Ivan Herrera – C Nick Martini – DH
Matt Carpenter – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Masyn Winn – SS Will Benson – LF
Michael Siani – CF Luke Maile – C
Andre Pallante – RHP Frankie Montas – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Frankie Montas 41.0 4.61 1.42 16 28
Andre Pallante 10.0 6.30 1.90 5 6
Links: Frankie Montas’ Stats | Andre Pallante’s Stats

Frankie Montas

The splits for Frankie Montas have been quite big this season. Right-handed batters have done next to nothing against him this season. Left-handed hitters have hit for a high average, gotten on base at a high rate, and they’ve shown good power. But it’s not just those splits, his home and road splits are large, too. In Cincinnati he’s held opposing batters to a .584 OPS and his ERA is 3.04 (road ERA is 6.75).


RHH 83 16 3 0 2 7 16 .213 .289 .333
LHH 99 26 4 0 4 9 12 .296 .374 .477

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Split
Velo 95.3 94.2 89.7 84.9 85.7
Usage 35% 17% 16% 11% 21%

Andre Pallante

Today will be the first big league start for Pallante since 2022. He’s pitched in 71 big league games for the Cardinals over the last two seasons and all have come out of the bullpen. He did make three starts this season in Triple-A, and his one relief appearance there was a 4-inning outing. In his four minor league games he had more walks than strikeouts in three of them and as many walks as strikeouts in the other.

Pallante struggles to throw strikes and to miss bats when he does. Both lefties and righties hit for a good average and get on base at a high clip thanks to his walk rate. What neither group does is hit for power thanks to his elite ground ball rates (69.2% in his 186.0 big league innings).

Splits (MLB and AAA in 2024)

RHH 57 12 1 0 1 8 7 .261 .386 .348
LHH 67 16 2 0 0 10 8 .286 .394 .321

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider
Velo 95.3 95.2 81.3 88.0
Usage 51% 21% 9% 20%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, MLB Network
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 66°, cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

TJ Friedl is back

If you looked at the lineup then you already knew this. But if you didn’t…. first off, why not? It was above. But second, the other side of that move is that the team designated Mike Ford for assignment. We covered what that means in our piece from earlier today when the move was announced.

Adios to the Viking Helmet

The Reds are finished with the Viking celebration after hitting a home run. As I said yesterday – if they don’t give the helmet a Viking funeral on the Ohio River then I don’t even know what we’re doing. Mark Sheldon of talked with the players about why they moved on from it.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 31 23
Chicago 28 27 3.5
St. Louis 26 27 4.5
Pittsburgh 25 29 6.0
Cincinnati 24 31 7.5

146 Responses

  1. RedsGettingBetter

    This game is an opener to STL, I think Pallante shouldn’t go deep in this outing unless the Reds offense help him to do it…
    I’m concerned about Montas facing the bunch of Cards lefty hitters, he’s been crushed by southpawsthis season so far

  2. LDS

    The Reds need this one badly. They can’t repeat last year’s record of having a losing record against the division. OTH, a bad pitcher is exactly the kind that often looks like a Cy Young candidate against the Reds. And right now, I’d rather see Hurtisbee rather than Benson or Martini. And Maile starting is never a good thing. It makes me view Bill Plummer more favorably though.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Ha! Ha! Bill Plummer! Now there’s a name from the past! Every starting catcher needs a backup, even Johnny Bench!

  3. Mauired

    Good to see Martini in the lineup over Stephenson. He’s hitting .200 with a homer since being brought up again so that Louisville stint clearly woke up his bat.

    I saw on Memorial Day, the Cardinals had their primary catcher Herrera DH while the backup, Pages caught. So I guess it’s not against the rules for Stephenson to DH.

    But hey Reds offense is so good they probably don’t even need Stephenson in there. I’m sure Nick Martini will carry the offense.

  4. DW

    Not sure which news is more exciting, Friedl being back or the viking helmet being gone…I’ll go with Friedl, but very glad the viking helmet is gone…hopefully the cape too…humility would be my preference for them to put on.

  5. Pete

    You would hope the day of fun and games is over, but I’m dubious until we have a different manager.

    • Ted Alfred

      Me too. Thank God Mike Ford, he of the infamous…can’t make the team, then cut twice, then gets signed for 2+ weeks and somehow magically is the DH hitting #3- 75% of the time…. is thankfully gone for good

  6. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s see! The Dirty Birds’ starting pitcher struggles to throw strikes! Therefore, the Reds batters need to display some plate discipline this afternoon and NOT swing at the first pitch unless it’s right down broadway! Plus, NOT swinging at pitches outside the strike zone would be a PLUS!

    Need this win today to win the series!

    So, let’s score early & often and hope Frankie M can go six (6) innings or more!

  7. Klugo

    C’mon Frankie. The team needs you to step up and carry your weight. Be better!

  8. Mark Moore

    7 pitches for a 1-2-3 inning to start is always good. Now to back Frankie with some scoring action. Hoping Jobu isn’t still recovering from being on a bender.

  9. Mark Moore

    Unintentional SAC for Elly. Got to get that bat out of the way.

  10. Mark Moore

    Squandered. And didn’t even run up his pitch count much. UGH!!

  11. VaRedsFan

    Scooter threw out the 1st pitch today.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Reds have lost 7 straight rubber matches.
    Longest streak since 1982.

  13. Dennis Westrick

    Ony the Reds could screw up an inning where 2 of the first 3 batters walk!

  14. Dennis Westrick

    Old Reds killer, no longer a starter, Carpenter strikes again!

  15. Mark Moore

    I don’t think they can overturn this one.

  16. Mark Moore

    Frankie isn’t looking sharp today.

  17. Mark Moore

    Have a post-lunch Nootbaar … take a nap, apparently … 😛

    Nice throw by Luke to nail him.

  18. Jason Franklin

    No hits so far… when have we heard this before?

    And I honestly think Hurtubise should be starting over Benson. Maybe I am crazy.. maybe.

      • Jason Franklin

        Pretty bad when your starter gives up ONE run and he probably feels like he lost the game. When will this FO do something to spark the team? Taking out the garbage only frees up some room.

  19. Don

    Huge play to pick off Nootbaar. Montas was on the verge of finding himself in serious trouble before Maile snapped it to Candelario.

  20. Roger Garrett

    Brutal start for the offense again.Will it ever end?

    • Jason Franklin

      Probably not unless the team is revamped by the FO. Pretty sure the Reds have the lowest batting average in the league. It is a shame because they have a pretty good pitching staff.

      • Roger Garrett

        Yep can’t hide it for sure.

  21. Mark Moore

    The Bizzarro Zone on full display again today. Getting really tired of the inconsistency. Even within the same AB today from what I’m seeing.

  22. Dennis Westrick

    Pallante = Cy Young 2.0! No hitter thru 3!

    • LDS

      Bottom line, the Reds aren’t very good, aren’t well managed, and likely won’t get better anytime soon.

  23. Roger Garrett

    Ball game see you all later.

  24. dimondfvr

    Just like the old song from the Cufflinks, “Build Me Up Buttercup, Just Let Let Me Down.” LOL Hey Kids, Did you remember that one?

  25. Mark Moore

    Why is it a 2-run deficit in the 4th feels so big.

    Cowboy is chiming in on how the boyz are not making adjustments (aside from the 4-game streak).

    • Indy Red Man

      Wasn’t like they were killing the ball in their wins. They just cannot hit.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Mark, if a 2-run deficit seems BIG, a 3-run deficit is all but insurmountable!

  26. Tom Noonan

    Montas has been a disappointment. Started out pretty good but he seems the least effective SP now. And we could have had Gray. Smh

    • Jason Franklin

      Montas needs to go. Let’s hope Lowder has a good game today (and a few more). Maybe we will get to see him this year? On the other hand, the FO probably want Montas to (hopefully!) pitch a few good games in a row before the deadline. I don’t think they will throw away his remaining contract like they just did with Ford.

  27. LDS

    Montas has had one really good game as a Red. Time to find a trade partner and move on. And it’s time to change pitchers unless Bell is going to let him “work through it”.

    • JB

      They need to get whatever they can for him and move on.

  28. Dennis Westrick

    3 runs probably too much to overcome since the ghost of Cy Young is on the mound for the Cardinals!

    Going to have a late lunch before debilitating indigestion sets in!

    • Jason Franklin

      Man.. pretty sad when you get down by a run (or 3) and feel that the team has zero chance of getting back into it. I don’t think they have the manager, team makeup or overall hitting ability to get back into this one. Something needs done.

  29. Tom Noonan

    Dfa or trade or whatever … Long man in the BP as soon as Williamson is ready.

  30. Dennis Westrick

    Montas at 82 pitches thru 4! What a joke!

  31. JB

    Just tuned in to see the Fraley to Steer to get Goldy by 10 feet at home… Whoops nope Maile couldn’t handle the throw. It’s like you knew somehow they would screw that up and Maile did. First part is secure the ball with both hands if you need to. Oh well, you can’t win when you are being no hitter again.

  32. Mark A Verticchio

    Poor outing by Montas, and another poor effort by the offense. I really wish the misery would end.

  33. JB

    Scooter!! He might be one of their best players if he played right now.

  34. Tom Noonan

    Elly needs to go to AAA. He’s not getting any better. On defense he’s improved but he appears clueless as a hitter now.

    • Jason T.

      He looks lost out there. Some time in AAA could be good for him.

  35. Votto4life

    Ownership and the front office will argue it is
    all due to injuries and no course adjustments will be made. Next year, it will be a different set of injuries and a similar result.

    No doubt injuries have contributed to the Red’s ineptness, but this is the worse offense I have seen in my entire life and it’s not limited to Reds teams. It’s truly pathetic.

    If the owner really cared, the whole front office and player development staff would be replaced.

  36. Terry Diener

    Just think of all the great stories we can tell our grandkids. “Well, I remember when the Reds were a winning ball club. Not like they’ve been in the last thirty years. No really, I am not making that up. The Reds were good at one time.”

    • JB

      Fortunately for myself I got to see their last three World Championships. I’m starting to think I won’t get to see another but I also feel sorry for some that never got to see them win one.

  37. Mark A Verticchio

    Elly has no business being up right now, he is lost at the plate. The entire team is based on the word hope. Even when they win they don’t hit. I am looking at 90 plus losses.

  38. Anthony

    At this ridiculous pace pace set by our goofy manager..Steer India Candlerio Fairchild Benson all have chance to tie major league records for hitting in most different spots in the batting order for one season. Then fans wonder why everyone seems to struggle. End The Madness Please!

    • Jason Franklin

      I don’t think Bell understands the negative psychology behind the swapping of positions in the batting order (so many times). There is something reassuring when you know where you are hitting, day-in and day-out. It blows my mind that he doesn’t get it. He used to be a player yet he still treats his players like video game lineups.

  39. JB

    So leaving Montas in is our manager waving the white flag?

  40. dimondfvr

    Playing like this against divisional teams will really escalate into a long long long summer.

  41. dimondfvr

    Fifty-three pitches for Pallante as he starts the fifth inning. Why can’t we find pitchers like that?! LOL Making his first major league start since July of 2022.

    • Jason Franklin

      Most of our starters are pretty good. It’s just the Reds can’t hit versus anyone. Take away AA’s start yesterday (which he should have been done before the 6th), then the starters have been legit.

  42. Jeremiah

    The winning streak was fun but the Rockies and Marlins I think have had at least 4 game winning streak too. The offense is just so bad, it’s a little sad. Maybe Friedl and Hurtubise playing more spark the team, but Steer really down overall and EDLC really bad…I think you gotta move edlc back down to like 6th…but overall for Bell tough when no one is consistent to know where to put guys.

  43. dimondfvr

    That’s true. Doing a little tongue in cheek. It seems some of these teams pull a pitcher out of a hat, and he’s lights out.

  44. VaRedsFan

    I just knew Benson would swing after 5 straight balls.

    • JB

      I wish we could bet on stuff like that. It would be like taking candy from a baby.

  45. RedBB

    Good to see the Reds firmly back on the Suck Train

    • Jason Franklin

      Choo-choo! Here comes the Bell Express.

  46. Mark Moore

    Well … losing a series to the WLB Dirty Birds in this fashion will really be a steaming pile of Stink. Fish. Pot!!!

    And then we head to Wrigleyville and the Stupid Cubs.

  47. Jason Franklin

    If the Reds could hit around .240/.250, and with comparable pitching staffs across both leauges, they could be a 30 win type team with their pitching and speed combination. Yet, as reality dictates, this team can’t hit (.215) or show any defensive prowess/baserunning skills. Will the team improve once Marte gets back here soon? Maybe, but he won’t be enough to add 5 wins as its just his second year.

    So what should the FO do? Will they do anything impressive/shocking? Probably not. It appears that Krall and Co. just want to keep the status quo.

  48. Don

    June is two days away. Any talk that these guys are going to get hot and right the ship needs to met with huge skepticism. The sample size grows every day and yet the Reds are still 29th in MLB in BA. I understand and perhaps agree that the front office doesn’t want to sell off young prospects to boost the offense, but I just don’t want to hear talk from Krall and company that they still believe the offense will get going and they’ll find themselves in playoff contention. There just isn’t any indication that a roster that is 90% full of guys hitting sub .250 is going to collectively get hot.

    Meanwhile Benson GIDP…

  49. Jason T.

    Should be 2 runs. Maile and his keystone cops routine with a play at the plate that should have been an out.
    I’ll take a starter with 6 innings pitched, 2 runs as it should have been. Heck even 3, that should be a winnable game with a team that could hit.

    • Jason Franklin

      I wonder if the same pressure that’s on the starters due to the sad offense has the same affect on a defensively challenging position like catcher? Maile has been a pretty solid defensive guy for years now so it makes me question it. Also, I played catcher back in the day and it is a rough spot.

      • Jason T.

        Absolutely could be. Playing with pressure knowing that really any runs allowed is a death knell isn’t the way to play.
        Maile has been solid overall. He should have had that. Not that it matters if we don’t score.
        As someone who pitched through his college years I have the utmost respect for catchers.

  50. Jeremiah

    Montas not bad…offense just killing the momentum of the team overall.

  51. Indy Red Man

    Can they fire the hitting coach? If every student of a driving instructor immediately got in a pile up then they’d replace them

    • Mike Adams

      You sure? Look at all that salary and benefits they would save.

  52. Jeremiah

    If Reds could come back and win this one would be a big confidence builder but I feel I am going to check the score in an hour and it will be a 3-0 cards final! Maybe Friedl sparks something

  53. Roger Garrett

    Reds don’t appear to have a plan at the plate.Absolutely clueless as to the count,the score,or anything the guy on the mound is doing.Five straight balls well let me swing out of my shoes on the next pitch.Better yet let me try and pull soft stuff away.Game awareness is non existent because its just swing and swing harder.Its the whole team and thats on leadership in the dugout.

  54. Mark Moore

    Pallante looks to be cruising as he approaches 80 pitches. We couldn’t even manage to chase the rookie early today.

  55. JB

    Why is Maile still out there? Can’t pinch run for him because Bubba isn’t on the team anymore?

  56. Pete

    Wholesale replacement, bring up the AAA hitters and send down these jokers. And while they’re at it, bring up the manager and send David Bell somewhere else.

  57. Mark Moore

    and we let him off the hook in a big way.

  58. VaRedsFan

    They are beating everything into the ground.
    What’s the remedy?

    Larkin addressed this exact thing in the booth. Move up in the box. 6-8 inches….catch a meatier piece of the ball before it breaks.

    There never seems to be adjustments based on what’s beating them.

    • Jason T.

      Never any adjustments. That’s the infuriating part. Where’s the accountability for the hitting coach?


      Most were taught that in Little League. Did these guys not play LL, haha!

  59. Mark A Verticchio

    This team never, and mean never, lines balls into the gaps. Today they have 3 hits and 2 of the 3 weren’t hit very hard at all. 24 and 32 after today, hope is running out. I don’t think they are all of a sudden going to start to hit. Most, if not all, of the players have no clue at the plate.

  60. Redsgettingbetter

    This is not a collective slump anymore, this is a really bad offensive team… I don’t know if all the batters are incompetent or the hitting coach should be fired or the FO will make some moves but the case is very overwhelming and frustrating

    • Don

      My hope is that the front office and Bell aren’t buying their own propaganda. You can either make moves or be patient, but you can’t be patient and expect to win this season…ain’t happening.


    Reds can’t even get an extra base hit today! What’s up with the 3 hits? Seems that the number they get stuck on lately, especially in losses.

    Siani good defensive outfielder but his hitting. Guess he is cheaper than Billy Hamilton for same poor offense.


        I’m aware of that! Just stating facts or can we not talk about ex-reds now.
        They can keep him

  62. Mark Moore

    More failed fundamentals extend the inning.

    Light afternoon meeting-wise, so I’ve been able to have this on audio. Allows me to enjoy the full misery impact factor. 🙁

  63. VaRedsFan

    India feels like he doesn’t have to cover 2nd on a grounder deep in the SS hole?

    • PTBNL

      Yeah, I saw that too. The replay really showed his slow reaction. Being a former middle IF the action of the play takes you naturally to second base. How did he not instinctively go towards 2B???

  64. Don

    Sadak lamenting that the Reds offense has struggled, but that they are “only” down by three. A three run deficit with this bunch would be like being down six or seven to almost every other team in baseball.

  65. Roger Garrett

    Biggest cheerleader for Bell on the team so I guess he can fall asleep from time to time like his manager.We’re good and we know we’re good.Trust the process.We re close.What a joke


    Hey Hey! We have the extra base hit now. Anyone else care to get another?

  67. Mark Moore

    At least that erases the shut-out.

  68. VaRedsFan

    Our best offense seems to be jam shots to CF

    • JB

      Maybe the Reds should move the fences in?

  69. 50thyearRedsfan

    Sad that the highlight of my day is watching the Reds. I am pretty sure not one of these position players would make the starting roster in the 70s. Maybe one of them might have been able to win a bench spot, possibly. The state of hitting in the league is down but the Reds take it down to a whole new level. Is there any hope at this point? It is getting too painful to watch. Where are the rally Reds of last year?

    • JB

      It’s Raining here in NY or I would be outside. Mother nature is punishing me.

      • Mark A Verticchio

        I agree I am 66 years old and wish I didn’t care about this team, but sadly I do. The truth is this team is just hard to watch.


        Mark, I’m 65. I told Joe Morgan that they spoiled us, and he said yelp and give me that big smile of his.

    • Roger Garrett

      With you for sure and well it is painful.Just awful but just have to believe we care more then the team does.Its not even about losing its just how we do it sometimes.Oh well they play on and well I watch and hope I guess

  70. Mark Moore

    And that’s a Clete for me. Time to fire up the mower.

  71. Dennis Westrick

    That’s it for me! On to the Windy City to get embarrassed by the Stupid Cubs!

  72. JB

    Ellys speed caused those bobbles and got us that run.

  73. Randoxu1

    This reds offense is simply pathetic. This is such a winnable division. They have good pitching. The front office has nobody to blame but themselves,they knew the injuries and they refuse to try and fix it. Sad


    Seems that’s the Reds way! Bell tried last inning and used 2 batters off the bench. Didn’t work out. Where was Cruz that inning? Playing that match up thing again instead of who has the hot hand at the moment.

  75. Mark A Verticchio

    I agree I am 66 years old and wish I didn’t care about this team, but sadly I do. The truth is this team is just hard to watch.


    Well we have to hold them if we want a chance

  77. Mark A Verticchio

    Sad to say but Steer is back in a slump after a hot 2 or 3 games, so sad.

  78. Mike Adams

    There have been many comments about Reds players being AAA or AAAA quality players.
    I think for the most part the comments are based on overall skills: speed, quickness, strength of arm, mental professionalism and etc.
    But I think this is THE weakness for all of the Reds’ batting woes.
    At this point in their careers, many of these guys are either guessing on pitches or are just a split second too late to recognize spin, type of pitch and location at the plate.
    Many are just not good enough.

  79. Mark A Verticchio

    I say this in a nice way, but does it look like the players are really frustrated or do they just not seem to care as much this year? They just don’t seem to have the same excitement they had last year. I know the injuries really hurt but come on they can’t be this bad.

    • Don

      They are waiting on that point in time when it all clicks and the team starts scoring runs. I hope by adopting that approach they are not losing a sense of urgency. We are 1/3 of the way through the season now.

    • JB

      I said it during yesterday’s game. There was no enthusiasm whatsoever yesterday. I was literally falling asleep through the game and it wasn’t because of Larkin this time.

      • VaRedsFan

        It’s not on the fans, but they had a ton of energy in a full stadium.
        What 12-13 K fans there the last few days?

      • JB

        I’m implying the players had no enthusiasm yesterday. Personally a player making the money they are shouldn’t need a crowd to get you into a game. I would love to be playing every game.

    • VaRedsFan

      For sure it’s frustration. Things don’t go well, then they try harder, which makes things worse. Then there is no accountability when they mess up. They need a change of scenery (a different voice in the dugout).

  80. Don

    Maile with one of his better games this season


    Reds off tomorrow right? So Farmer is pitching. Little confusing

  82. Don

    C’mon, Buck. It’s not like the margin of error isn’t already razor thin.

  83. JB

    Quite honestly this is one of the worst Cardinal teams I’ve seen in many years. The Reds are not very good. And on Que Farmer walks in a run. He can go away anytime.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I agree the Cardinals are hot right now but it won’t last. They will .500 after today but I don’t think they are that good.

  84. Dennis Westrick

    Nice inning by Uncle Buck! 3 hits, 2 walks and a run allowed to ice the win for the Cards!

  85. Redsgettingbetter

    Farmer giving 2 back-to-back walks with bases loaded for a run in a game losing 4-2 shows the bad this team is right now

  86. VaRedsFan

    Let’s not leave this out from last inning.
    On Candy’s hit, RF misplayed it, then the cutoff miss played it, then he threw it home, yet Candy never went to 3rd. Next guy grounds out….maybe he would have scored?

  87. JB

    Boy if only Suter and Farmer didn’t give those two runs after we scored two runs.

  88. Roger Garrett

    What it really shows is that Bell wasn’t going to bring in Moll a lefty to face Burleson.He used Young and Suter yesterday and today and Moll was off yesterday.Unless Moll couldn’t go and if so then he should have saved Young or Suter he just gave them a run.He has to go.

    • JB

      I think Sadak said Moll was up in the bullpen.

    • JB

      Don’t worry. Nobody will pick him up like Bubba and the Reds will jump on it and get him to Louisville.

  89. Don

    All momentum gained after the sweep against LA is now gone. That will probably go down as the most enjoyable series of the year when all is said and done.

  90. Votto4life

    I remember reading that most of Candelario’s doubles would magically turn into home runs at GABP. What happened??

    • Doug Gray

      MLB came out with a dead baseball in 2024 and crushed everyone’s power.

      • Mauired

        Top 5 homerun leaders in MLB are on pace for 48-54 homeruns.

        Maybe the only deadball is at Great American when Reds are at bat

      • Doug Gray

        HR per fly ball is down to the same point in the year compared to last year. Isolated power is down to the same point in the year compared to last year. It’s been a talking point among certain parts of the baseball sphere.

      • Doug Gray

        I’m not saying they did it on purpose, but yeah, it’s not a secret at this point in the year that the baseball is not flying like it did last year.

      • Melvin

        Wonder what there purpose was in doing that. Pitching already has the advantage. Could it be they’re trying to accomplish more “small ball”?

      • Doug Gray

        I doubt they did it on purpose. They are just very crappy at keeping the standards right with the baseball.

  91. Mauired

    Hitters usually start producing more after Memorial Day when the weather gets hotter and more humid around the country.