After losing two of three games to the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds are welcoming in the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight for a fresh 3-game series. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cincinnati Reds

Andrew McCutchen – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Bryan Reynolds – LF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Oneil Cruz – SS Jeimer Candelario – 1B
Rowdy Tellez – 1B Spencer Steer – LF
Nick Gonzalez – 2B Tyler Stephenson – DH
Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B Stuart Fairchild – CF
Edward Olivares – RF Santiago Espinal – 3B
Jack Suwinski – CF Levi Jordan – RF
Yasmani Grandal – C Luke Maile – C
Bailey Falter – LHP Carson Spiers – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Carson Spiers 25.1 3.20 1.22 5 20
Bailey Falter 79.1 3.74 1.12 21 52
Links: Carson Spiers’ Stats | Bailey Falter’s Stats

Carson Spiers

A week ago the Reds lost 4-1 to the Pirates and Spiers gave up all four of those runs in 6.0 innings with one walk and five strikeouts. It was his first start in the big leagues this season – though he had been starting while in Triple-A.

The sample size in the big leagues is not all that big for Spiers this season. He’s faced lefties more than righties and they’ve found success against him, posting a .795 OPS made up mostly of singles. Right-handed hitters aren’t doing much of anything against him, posting a .554 OPS this year. If we include his time in the minors in 2024 then things swing in favor of him against lefties, where they’ve got an OPS of .579 compared to a .635 OPS against him from righties.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 49 9 4 0 0 3 10 .200 .265 .289
LHH 57 17 7 0 0 2 10 .315 .351 .444

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 92.7 92.6 87.9 81.4 87.1
Usage 29% 18% 14% 25% 14%

Bailey Falter

Not even a full week ago Falter held the Reds to two runs in 7.0 innings. That wasn’t good enough on the day, though, as he took the loss since the Pirates only scored one run.

This season the splits aren’t very big for Falter, but hitters are getting to them quite differently. Righties hold a 14 point OPS advantage over lefties, but they hit for a much lower average, walk significantly more, make a lot more contact, and hit for more power. Left-handed hitters don’t face him much but when they do they rarely walk and don’t hit for much power, but so far in the year they are hitting .261 against him. For his career, lefties hold an advantage against him across the board – better average, on-base, and slugging.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 245 50 9 0 10 19 37 .226 .284 .403
LHH 71 18 3 0 2 2 15 .261 .282 .391

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 91.8 91.9 77.0 85.9 86.6
Usage 51% 16% 18% 15% 1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 85°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

TJ Friedl to the IL, Levi Jordan called up

Cincinnati made a set of roster moves today before the game against Pittsburgh. TJ Friedl’s heading to the injured list as his hamstring just isn’t good enough to continue playing. The team is calling up Levi Jordan from Triple-A where he was hitting .302 through 54 games. We wrote about the move earlier today when it was announced and you can read more about both moves here if you’d like.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 45 33
St. Louis 39 37 5.0
Pittsburgh 37 40 7.5
Chicago 37 41 8.0
Cincinnati 36 41 8.5

200 Responses

  1. Eddiek957

    I like India leading off. Wish David would an opener Not digging Jordan in right. I hate losing but losing to Pittsburgh always hurt Let’s get a win. Go Reds

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…India 3-4 leading off….who knew? Not surprising…he’s always been most comfortable hitting at the top of the order.

  2. CI3J

    It’s pretty wild to think this Reds team has had a 8 game losing streak AND a 7 game winning streak in one season… And that season isn’t halfway over yet.

    Still, since June 10th, the Reds are 4-8. They have the 23rd worst record in all of MLB. Granted, a lot of teams are bunched together within a few games of each other, but the Reds have been trending in the wrong direction for a while now.

    If they are going to salvage this season, they have to start beating teams like the Pirates.

    • LDS

      Run differential is another of those hilarious stats. It doesn’t do a great job of accounting for blowouts. For example, open the season with a 10 run victory and lose the next eight games by a rub each. After nine games the team is 1-8 with a positive run differential. Hence, its value is suspect.

  3. Eddiek957

    Did anyone see the mlb trade rumors Sunday night chat? The moderator said he expects the Reds to win more because of their run differential. Sure hope this is just a bad stretch

  4. Dennis Westrick

    I am at a nexus point in this season! A part of me wants the Reds to lose their remaining games this month and beyond and maybe that will enact change by the Reds FO which should include a wholesale change in the field manager AND coaches!

    Another part of me is hopeful the Reds can turn it around by being more productive at the plate, reduce the errors in the field AND eliminate the silly TOOTBLANs. i believe we have a good core of SPs and an above average bullpen when used wisely!

    The reality is the Reds still have a longshot at winning the NL Central Division and an even better chance of securing one of the 3 NL WC spots!

    The Reds have lost the last 3 series after winning the first game of each of those series! It’s time for that trend to change!

    Cautiously hopeful for a win tonight against the Pie-Rats! Go Reds!

    • Doc

      That has been their season-long trend, interrupted only by a few series wins. Weren’t they 1-11 out of the gate in series in which they won the first game. Then won a handful, now back to old patterns.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…100% with you. Really want a new manager because I have no faith in David Bell to ever take this team anywhere that matters… but at the same time it’s hard not to root for them to somehow turn it around and make the summer more interesting.

  5. Old-school

    This next week sorta feels like that stretch near Memorial Day when they were 10 under .500 and the season could go off the rails beyond hope. 7 games against the Pirates and Cards and in last place and only ahead of 3 teams in the WC race- marlins, Rockies, and Giants.

    I dont buy the “they’re still close to the WC notion”. I want to see good baseball and they arent playing good baseball. There offense is a K fest with no hitting for avg or getting on base or Power except Elly and Candy. They play slop defense, Little League reckless stupidity on the bases. terrible baseball situational awareness across the board. Friedl hurt again, Marte isnt close, CES isnt close, Benson is 0-21 and hitting .196 with a K % 40%. Reds are back to Espinal and Fairchild playing regularly and the worst productivity in MLB at DH with Martini still getting reps against righties. The manager oversees all this slop and enables it.

    See what we get next 7 games against Nl Central foes. Biggest stretch of the season.

  6. Mark Moore

    Hoping for the best. Would love to see us break the pattern of “1 of 3 for the series”. I noted on another thread that this feels like a make-or-break series for me.

    Off we go …

  7. Mark Moore

    OK … battled a little bit but got them out. Nice inning from Spiers. I’m thinking this is his last start for a while and Ashcraft will take his spot (with an interim BP arm in the middle doing the shuttle shuffle).

  8. Melvin

    NO runs given up first inning. Good thing. 🙂

    • Melvin

      He’s learning how to foul off pitches to stay alive. Wish more would watch and learn.

      • Melvin

        Although he Kd it took 12 pitches to do it.

    • Mark Moore

      Well … at least he ran Falter’s pitch count up a bit.

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    CAndy getting 12 pitches is at least a good AB despite the K

  10. Old-school

    Tough sun but Fairchild never saw that ball. Good thing Elly got out to short CF. Steer with the nice catch in the sun.

  11. Mark Moore

    An even better 2nd for Spiers. That sun is brutal, especially in LF for Steer.

  12. Mark Moore

    So Stewie is our #6 hitter tonight … sounds about right … 😮

    • Melvin

      Our offense isn’t inspiring tonight. Hope it picks up.

  13. RedsGettingBetter

    Falter is pounding the zone, has thrown 26 strikes out of 33 pitches but the Reds can’t hit them to nobody’s land

  14. Mark Moore

    And we get an errant throw from Espinal.

      • Melvin

        .59 per game

        Atlanta 1st .40 per game

      • Mark Moore

        Looked like he had time to square himself.

    • Jason Franklin

      I think 3b is jinxed for any Reds player there. They really need to get Marte back up as soon as they can after the suspension.

  15. Mark Moore

    Runs are going to be a rare commodity tonight. That one is unearned, but it still counts. Better to pitch around Reynolds.

  16. Melvin

    Error didn’t help. Only gave up one. Time to score.

  17. RedsGettingBetter

    The ump squeezed and Reynolds capitalizes later… Reynolds is one of the most dangerous Reds killer….

  18. Melvin

    Not a bad start by Jordan getting robbed. 🙂

  19. Jason Franklin

    I know this is obvious, but man, it stinks have 4 backups starting games for the team. No wonder the offense is so timid. At least they haven’t struckout much tonight. Little victories..

    • Mark A Verticchio

      You’re right after the 5th batter this Reds line up is AAA at best. They will not score much if any tonight.

    • Melvin

      I’m ready to try Soto for Espinal. .276 ave. .348 OBP against lefties.

      • Jason Franklin

        I don’t understand what’s wrong with Bell tonight. He actually started Jordan right off the bat! It’s a miracle! Now, Soto will probably not get a start for week. Just kidding, I hope.

  20. Old-school

    For all the Elly strikes out too much(he does) and Elly makes too many errors(he does) he’s our best player and it’s not close. Hes got 3.1 fWAR and it’s not even the AS break.

    For all the movie Elly off SS, there’s literally no one to put there in late June of 2024 so thats just noise. McLain is 2 months away at best.

    Elly is on pace for Joey votto 2017 fWAR 6.2.

  21. Roger Garrett

    Reds can’t hit 90/91 and still trying to pull everything accept Tyler.No clue how to hit against anybody throwing left handed.Hard stuff in slow stuff away its hard to watch this bunch.

  22. Gpod

    another listless performance by the reds so far….nothing new

  23. Melvin

    Cool to see Jordan’s family here from Seattle.

  24. Melvin

    Spiers looking like a good pitcher.

    • Red Thunder

      Hopefully, he can get into the 6th inning tonight, Big +

    • Harry Stoner

      I’ve liked what I’ve seen in Spiers.
      Nice pitch mix and seems to have a plan.
      Showing true growth since last season.

      He’s got to realize this is a real career opportunity: a hole in the starting rotation on a floundering team.

      Step up, son, and the big paychecks are ahead.

    • DaveCT

      Spiers really started grooving mid season last year at AA. He was especially fun to watch, as he just hard core competes, like Sonny Gray (tho different styles). Four pitches, thrown for strikes, and fearless. This guy has ML career written sll over.

  25. Melvin

    Come on guys. Show some life. You’re getting good pitching. Maybe we can take up a collection to pay David Bell to throw a base. 😀

  26. Mark Moore

    Bizzarro/Flex-O Zone on full display once again.

    But Elly overcomes it.

    C’mon, Candyman!!!

    • Mark Moore

      Did your job and Steer seals the deal. Cowboy says he’s 6 for 10 against Falter. Timely hit.

  27. Melvin

    Good job by Candy to move the runners up. 🙂

  28. Melvin

    …and Steer doubles them in. Good baseball. 🙂

  29. Old-school

    What the heck was that?
    India solid hit, Elly solid hit, candy moves them over and Steer double them in!

    • Jason Franklin

      That’s what I was wondering. I thought it was an actually fundamentally sound team up for a second.

      • Old-school

        Ok. Stephenson infield single…cant lose this game now. thats a unicorn.

  30. Jason Franklin

    Probably not a good pitch there by Falter. A get ahead curveball can really come back to hurt you. Maybe he ‘faultered’ in his decision. Har.

  31. RedAlert

    That’s what I’m talkin’ bout ! Nice !

  32. DaveCT

    “Stephenson legs out an infield hit!”

    Future “on this day in history’ story.

  33. Mark Moore

    OK, that worked.

    Cowboy continues to openly comment about the poor strike zone consistency from the Chumpires.

  34. Melvin

    Fairchild doubles two more in. We’re not dead! 🙂

  35. Old-school

    Stuey!

    It’s time to Clete folks in a good way…Remember this inning and sleep well!

  36. Harry Stoner

    Steer’s BA is flat but he remains productive.

    On track for another 35 doubles and 90+ rbis.

    Keep your ‘advanced metrics’ for contract negotiations.

    Drive in runs.
    Score runs.

    Steer driving in EDLC is what is supposed to be happening nightly.

    • Jason Franklin

      He’s also pretty good at first base and average in left field and those are both new spots for him. Plus, he adds in some pretty good speed/baserunning, too. I think he will start cutting back on the k’s and hopefully gets some more pop back.

  37. Mark Moore

    What did we just witness????

    Falter watches rather than backs up and Stewie earns himself 3rd.

  38. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds chased Falter in this inning… very good!

    • Mark Moore

      And he guarantees we turn the lineup over.

  39. Melvin

    Sac fly for Jordan. More good baseball. 🙂

    • Melvin

      Jordan so far:

      Robbed of a hit.
      Sac fly.
      No Ks.
      Just saying.

  40. Old-school

    And a sac fly productive out from the new guy? Let’s show this inning in future Rain delays!

    • Roger Garrett

      Now you just had to know what was going to happen when Spiers went back out to the mound.

  41. DW

    That was fun! A big inning like that has been so rare from the offense this year.

  42. Beaufort Red

    Good things generally happen when people don’t strikeout. Quite the revelation.

  43. RedsGettingBetter

    Levi Jordan got his career first RBI before his first career single….
    By the way, another ump calling against Reds…. What is happening to those guys?

  44. Old-school

    FWIW, Jon India has a .357 OBP. In this season of depressed hitting, thats amazing. New lead off guy again for the 5th time with Friedl hurt.

      • Ted Alfred

        Yep…called for that 6 weeks ago when Friedl came off the DL the first time

  45. Jason Franklin

    Come on Spiers. This is what we get for getting our hopes up. :/

  46. Mark Moore

    Bike Helmets. Give up the run and get the outs.

    • Mark Moore

      I didn’t mean give up the run without getting an out … 😮

  47. Roger Garrett

    You can’t make this type of stuff up.Three straight hits by the Bucs.

  48. Roger Garrett

    Bell has to be asleep to allow Spiers to face Reynolds.

  49. Roger Garrett

    Just can’t believe Bell still has a job as manager of this team.

  50. Melvin

    Did that seem like a slow turn there on that double play try?

      • Melvin

        Not to pick on him but smoothness is not the best asset for EDLC.

  51. RedAlert

    Need to get Ashcraft back up here and put
    Speirs the pen

  52. Old-school

    Did Jon Sadak really just say Fernando Cruz warming in the bullpen….no relation to O’Neill Cruz.

  53. Dennis Westrick

    Why is Spiers still in the game?

  54. Melvin

    Well. Still up two after that. Thankfully. 🙂

  55. JB

    Good job Spiers. If you don’t leave I guy in to get out of his own mess , he will never learn .

    • RedAlert

      Bell got lucky … left him in about 3 batters too long

      • JB

        And he would have never learned how to get out of his mess. Will help him on his next outing.

      • RedAlert

        I certainly understand what you’re saying JB … but he wasn’t fooling anybody and I have ZERO confidence in Bell’s ability to know when to make a bullpen move … he’s awful at it and has proven it time and time and time again

  56. Roger Garrett

    Please please show Bell the door even if its to the board room.

  57. RedsGettingBetter

    India’s hit hard at 108.7 and 107 tonight

  58. Melvin

    Another good start this inning. 🙂

  59. Dennis Westrick

    If Bell sends Spiers out to start the 6th inning, I’m afraid my head explode!

  60. Mark Moore

    Y’all a bit happier with this situation? I know I am.

  61. Old-school

    Let’s just roll with India,Elly, candy Steer Stephenson 1-2-3-4-5 for the next few weeks.

    • JB

      Exactly and when Friedl comes back put him at 2 and move everybody down one.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yeah and throw in CES Marte and Little Mac and we have what I thougt we may have and still could but probably not until next year.

    • Ted Alfred

      Hahahaha…lucky if it’s the same for tomorrow’s game

  62. RedsGettingBetter

    CAndy don’t like to walk

  63. Roger Garrett

    Yep for sure.Bucs still have a secret weapon though and he is in the Reds dugout.

  64. Old-school

    This top of the order doing its job tonight. Well done !

  65. Melvin

    Steer with another RBI. Is this a fun game or what? 🙂

  66. Melvin

    TS hit it very hard. Just right at the pitcher unfortunately .

  67. RedlegScott

    Spiers in a short leash, no doubt.

  68. JB

    It’s a cross your fingers moment every time there is a throw to first. Candy scares the heck out of me.

  69. Melvin

    Hard to complain too much about Spiers tonight.

    • JB

      Nope he has done a nice job. He is exactly what a 5th starter is.

    • RedlegScott

      Good stat line. Couldnt ask for much more. Likely finished at 93. Glad Bell left him in.

    • Harry Stoner

      Solid performance for the unheralded rookie.

      Kudos to Bell for leaving him in to work his way out of the 5th.
      Or maybe Bell was dozing.
      Came back well in the 6th.

      Not much more you can ask for.

      Bright future if the Reds don’t jag him around.

  70. Mark Moore

    And Spiers gives us a solid 6 innings and we hold the lead. All good things.

    • Mark Moore

      I thought that first run was unearned due to the error.

      • DaveCT

        “Edward Olivares singles on a ground ball to third baseman Santiago Espinal. Edward Olivares to 2nd. Edward Olivares advances to 2nd, on a throwing error by third baseman Santiago Espinal.”

        Strikeout.

        Fly out.

        “Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to third baseman Santiago Espinal. Edward Olivares to 3rd.”

        “Bryan Reynolds singles on a line drive to right fielder Levi Jordan. Edward Olivares scores. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.”

        Is the assumption that Oliveres goes to third on McCutchen’s hit and scores on the Reynolds hit?

        Or that Oliveres scores from 2B (where McCutchen does not)?

        Doug?

  71. Beaufort Red

    Bell isn’t the greatest but thank goodness Dennis Westrick isn’t the manager. Hope your exploding head didn’t hurt too much.

  72. RedsGettingBetter

    Quality start by Spiers… I guess he’s done…

  73. Beaufort Red

    Dennis, did your exploding head hurt?

  74. Melvin

    JORDAN! Double off the wall! Firs big league hit! 😀

    • Melvin

      …and first run!!! Got to feel good for that family. 😀

  75. Mark Moore

    First RBI and First HIt … quite a night for the family and him.

    And add a run scored.

  76. RedsGettingBetter

    Jordan with a run, double and a RBI….nice debut…

  77. Roger Garrett

    Bad decision and an excellent result.Great job by Spiers.

  78. Melvin

    India doubles in another run. 🙂 This is good. 😉

  79. Mark Moore

    Big night for Jon. He likey leading off spot.

  80. Old-school

    Ok reds fans…this is the Reds official rain delay video the rest of 2024. It is the Pirates but exactly…this is what you do the Pirates.

    Elly 600 feet!

  81. RedsGettingBetter

    Ok, it’s an offensive explosion!

  82. RedlegScott

    The Pirates have thrown four pitchers at the Reds and our guys have gotten to all of them. Offense coming to life or flash in the pan? One game not enough to tell.

  83. Mark Moore

    Oh he CRUSHED that one … 😮

    Cowboy says the Riverboat bathroom door.

    • Melvin

      In case some can’t watch it landed literally on the boat in CF.

      • Roger Garrett

        Dunn hit some shots and for us old guys so did Foster and Griffey Jr but the boat is uncharted waters I believe.

  84. Dennis Westrick

    Call the FBI! Somebody kidnapped my Reds team!

  85. DHud

    Idk if I’ve ever seen a baseball hit that far at GABP

    • Melvin

      Elly could actually win a Toyota for someone some day. 🙂

    • Votto4life

      And yet he was referred to as “Sombrero Sam” here just the other day.

      • Kevin H

        Heck a few others suggested Trade De La Cruz, and comparing him to Aquino and Stubbs.

  86. RedlegScott

    Why bring in Cruz w an 8-run lead? Does he need work? Why not one of the weaker relievers and save Cruz for tomorrow?

    • Melvin

      Me doesn’t know. 🙂 Perfect time for Sims it would seem.

    • Roger Garrett

      Already around 20 pitches.Won’t see him tomorrow

  87. Kevin H

    De La Cruz is a generational talent, and will only get better. So fun to watch

  88. RedsGettingBetter

    Fernando Cruz in a 11-3 game? Is he needed? I don’t think so…

    • Melvin

      David Bell must REALLY want to win this game. :D…and Cruz gives up a two run homer anyway.

  89. Melvin

    Come on Cruz. Concentrate. Sims is warming up. 🙂

  90. Melvin

    Alright. Only six more outs to go. Let’s score some more runs too. 🙂

  91. RedsGettingBetter

    25 pitches by Cruz today. I can’t understand this move really….

  92. MBS

    Nice night for Spiers, and he now has back to back 6 inning performances.

    Even if Ashcraft kicks him out of the rotation, hopefully the Reds keep him up in a long man role. He’s definitely one of the best 13 pitchers we have.

  93. Roger Garrett

    Nope cause he left Spiers in to lose it and he didn’t.Cruz is in because it was in the script that he follow Spiers.Twenty five pitches and no way for tomorrow and probably not Wednesday either.Velo was down from the first 4 seamer he threw.

  94. Dennis Westrick

    Sorry! Bell is clueless when it comes to knowing when to take a SP out of the game, what RP to use in which inning, etc.! No lead is safe when Bell is mismanaging!

  95. Roger Garrett

    Brew Crew don’t look now but here comes the Cardinals.Six plus from Lance home run Lynn and up 4-1 at home in the 7th.

  96. Dennis Westrick

    Hilarious! Sims just had to walk a batter with 2 outs! It’s in the script for Reds BP pitchers don’t you know!

  97. Ted Alfred

    I sure hope Jordan is back in the lineup tomorrow. Great debut at the plate…lets keep it going and let Benson sit a few games. Unfortunately knowing David Bell like we do you know Benson will be back in the lineup tomorrow night because he won’t want to hurt his feelings…sheesh.

    • Melvin

      We can only hope. Maybe Soto will play too. 🙂

  98. Dennis Westrick

    Wilson is obviously NOT a closer!

  99. Ted Alfred

    What is Wilson doing throwing all these breaking balls on 2-2 and 3-2 counts up six runs with two outs in the 9th. Seriously

    • Ted Alfred

      And thank God they’re hitter just struckout on a very low breaking Ball 4…which would have put the tying run in the on Deck Circle…yikes.

      These Redlegs are never boring

  100. Mark Moore

    That was a round about way to get free pizza … but the deed is done.

    Elly or Levi with Day tonight? I’d vote for both.

  101. Dennis Westrick

    Never easy with this Reds bullpen!

  102. Moon

    And game one of the battle for the bottom goes to the Reds!

  103. Roger Garrett

    Pen will be toast by the time the Cardinals arrive.Cruz nope for tomorrow as is Wilson and Sims and probably Suter.Wonder about Buck cause kind of figured we would see him but it will work out.Great win tonight and Spiers fought through 6 which was
    just great.GO REDS