After winning the first game of a four-game series on Thursday evening, the Cincinnati Reds (38-43) look to win back-to-back games against the St. Louis Cardinals (41-39) on Friday night. The Reds have won the first game of a series in three of their last four series, but haven’t been able to get that second win. They’ll attempt to do just that tonight, but since this weekend series is a four-game series, they won’t be able to clinch a series win.

First pitch is at 8:15 PM EDT.


Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

2B Jonathan India LF Brendan Donovan
SS Elly De La Cruz C Willson Contreras
1B Spencer Steer RF Alec Burleson
LF Nick Martini 1B Paul Goldschmidt
3B Noelvi Marte 2B Nolan Gorman
DH Santiago Espinal 3B Nolan Arenado
RF Will Benson DH Matt Carpenter
CF Stuart Fairchild SS Brandon Crawford
C Luke Maile CF Michael Siani

Starting Pitchers

Frankie Montas 66.1 4.48 1.36 27 53
Andre Pallante 32.2 5.23 1.62 15 26
Links: Frankie Montas’ Stats | Andre Pallante’s Stats

Frankie Montas

After a couple of bad starts, Frankie Montas was able to rebound in his last start, where he allowed two runs on only five hits in six innings and walking one against the Boston Red Sox. He didn’t strike out many batters, but he didn’t let Red Sox hitters hit the ball hard. According to Statcast, hitters against him made contact on 29 of his 72 pitches. Of those 29 pitches, only nine were hit hard into fair territory.

Montas has struggled against left-handed hitters. He’s allowed six home runs and has a walk rate of 11% in 161 plate appearances. It will be a test for him tonight, as the Cardinals have stacked their lineup with six left-handed hitters.


RHH 127 25 8 0 2 7% 21% .214 .276 .333
LHH 161 38 8 0 6 11% 16% .271 .367 .457

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Split Cutter 2-Seam Slider
Velo 95.0 85.5 89.8 94.1 84.9
Usage 35% 22% 16% 15% 12%

Andre Pallante

Right-hander Andre Pallante has already faced the Reds once this season on May 29th at Great American Ball Park. His first start of the season was also one of his best appearances of the season. He allowed only three runs on three hits in 6.0 innings. That start earned him a spot in the rotation because he’s only been starting since. However, it hasn’t been all great for him. Starts against the Astros and Giants have ballooned his overall ERA to 5.23. His ERA in June is 6.48 in 16.2 innings.

Right-handed hitters have been crushing Pallante. They’re hitting above .350 and have a 13% walk rate against him. Every Reds batter has faced him limited times, so the sample sizes are small. One player to watch for, however, is Noelvi Marte. He’s 1-for-2 with two RBIs against Pallante.


RHH 70 22 4 0 3 13% 14% .367 .457 .583
LHH 76 16 1 0 0 8% 21% .229 .290 .243

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Knuckle Curve
Velo 94.7 95.2 87.7 79.5
Usage 52% 21% 14% 13%


  • Time: 8:15 pm EDT
  • Place: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
  • Weather: 89 degrees, partly sunny, 2% percent chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB Network
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Tyler Stephenson to the Paternity List

As expected based on the last minute lineup change last night, new dad Tyler Stephenson gets added to the paternity list and the Reds called up a back up for Luke Maile. They did have to DFA a player to make room on the 40-man roster for Austin Wynns.

Injury Updates

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 48 33
St Louis 41 39 6.5
Pittsburgh 39 41 8.5
Cincinnati 38 43 10.0
Chicago 38 44 10.5

184 Responses

  1. Daniel Kals

    To start the night on a positive note, I’d like to just point out that there are only four NL teams with a better run differential than the Reds’ +13.

    In fact, there are five teams with better records than the Reds who have negative run differentials, including the Cardinals, who are -38 in run differential but have a winning record at 41-39.

    Maybe things will start turning soon.

  2. Mike Adams

    To stop the win-the-first-of-a-series then lose-the-rest the Reds must win the second game.
    Will that happen tonight?
    A good start by Montas and a few runs by the offense is my wish and hope.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Martini killed the inning and benefitted the Pallante’s pitch count hitting for double-play

  4. Roger Garrett

    Why is Espy swinging on a borderline pitch on 3-1.Guy is slugging under 300.

    • Melvin

      The Cardinals are intimidated by our “field first no offense” DH for sure. Scary

  5. Roger Garrett

    Seen enough already as Will strikes out.

    • Beaufort Red

      But he got 2 hits last nite so some will say HE’S Back.

      • Harry Stoner

        Nobody was or is saying that.
        I know you’re down on Benson, and I agree.
        Tonight he’s facing Sonny Gray.
        No slouch.
        But you (and I) were down on EDLC NOT ALL THAT LONG AGO.
        I agree Benson needs a major reset and some serious coaching.
        He has almost EDLC level raw talent.
        He needs to go down, for his own sake.
        Sure, any replacement won’t be much better, but Benson is certainly worth a lot more developmental work.
        But it’s not happening at the MLB level now.
        I don’t know how much the Reds invest in it, if “Be who you are!” is the franchise motto.
        I’m no fan of Fairchild, but I’d rather see Benson get it together than worry about SF flailing at RH pitching or forgetting (again) how many outs there are or which base to throw to.

      • Harry Stoner

        Okay….where’s my head?

        Somebody find it for me.

        Sorry, Beaufort.

        But my point is still kind of there.

  6. Harry Stoner

    I don’t share the hagiography of Bull Krall preached on RLN but I think if you’re going to go on the cheap side, the Montas signing was pretty okay. One year then options opts out, right?

    Maybe the plan I wish Candelario was signed on.

    Frankie has hardly been crusher, but he is an interesting pitcher to watch, until he caves in.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Stuey makes great plays at the wall, but not as good when he has to come charging in.
    He always relents to the infielder.

    On 2nd thought I’m OK with the OF’er not collide with a charging Elly.

    • Melvin

      Kind of the opposite of Benson?…without the arm?

  8. VaRedsFan

    Benson’s swing plane is for a letter-high fastball.
    Anything below that and he swings over it.

  9. Melvin

    Whatever India is taking they need to feed it to the whole team.

    • Harry Stoner

      LOL. What is going on with that guy?

    • Harry Stoner

      Rent a cabin for India, Elly and Benson to talk through it.

  10. RedsGettingBetter

    India is using all the field to spray hits
    Pallante is throwing hard… 4SFB between 96-98.6 MPH …

    • Harry Stoner

      India was a prized draft choice as a natural hitting prospect.
      Not as a second baseman.
      RLN folks writing him off.
      I don’t think he’s neared his potential.

  11. ryan

    What’s with the Cardinals jersey saying the Lou did some softball team have extras

    • JB

      City connect jerseys. They are like the Reds softball black uniforms that say Cincy.

  12. RedAlert

    Come on Fairchild !!!!! That’s your ball man

    • VaRedsFan

      Elly didn’t want Stuey making another 180 foot throw.

  13. Melvin

    That was Fairchild’s ball. EDLC probably had a better shot at getting the runner anyway. Still though…..f u n d a m e n t a l s.

    • Dennis Westrick

      One thing’s for sure! We put the FUN in fundamentals!

      • Melvin

        Jonathan India – “David Bell just wants us to go out and enjoy ourselves. He doesn’t really stress anything for us to do. Win or lose it doesn’t matter as long as we put forth the effort.” 😉

        I guess it depends on who’s definition of “effort”.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’m getting the strong feeling that RLN fave, Fairchild, isn’t the brightest bulb on the Reds’ Christmas tree, as far as situational intelligence is concerned.

      But I also wonder whether people are hesitant to call EDLC off.
      Maybe they defer to him, he won’t listen, or they don’t want to crash into him.

      Bout between Fraley and Fairchild’s mental lapses and EDLC and Candelario leading the league in errors, the Reds are very very leaky.

      • Melvin

        Definite difference in defense. Per Sadak the Cardinals infield has 18 gold gloves between them.

      • Jason Franklin

        @ Melvin Hi Melvin. Anyway, you know a lot of gold glove voting is just a popularity contest. Almost every year there is typically a pretty close call between players, and if you have won before, you have a higher likelihood of winning again. Plus, if you play for the Cards, Yanks, Cubs, Dodgers,etc there seems to be a bias for those guys. Don’t get me wrong, they are good and the Reds infield? Not so much. Marte could be really good. De La Cruz makes some great plays than boneheads the easy ones. India has never had much range or arm at second. Surprisingly, Steer has looked pretty good at first. So did CES before he went out. Candy is awful. Catcher? Stephenson doesn’t frame well, has an average arm but is adequate.

      • Melvin

        I agree there is a lot of popularity involved.

  14. Beaufort Red

    Once again no baseball IQ. Bell nit ti blamed for that stupidity. I wonder when EDLC comes in the dugout Bell says you can’t do that crap.

    • VaRedsFan

      Elly has 100% better chance at throwing out than runner than Stu.
      Did you not see Saturday’s game?

      • Melvin

        Can’t fault EDLC for that. Ball probably wouldn’t have been caught if not for him (our awesome SS/CF). 😉

  15. Dennis Westrick

    C’mon Elly! You’re better than that!

  16. Kevin H

    Sani made a play and scored. Good catch by Elly. Better play by Sani

  17. Mark Moore

    Just getting around to commenting. We’re actually out of town through the end of next week. Kind of fumbled ourselves into that run we gave up, but at least it’s just the one so far.

  18. RedsGettingBetter

    Regardless how bad the numbers Pallante could have at some point, he turns into Roger Clemens or Greg Maddux each time he faces the Reds…

  19. Kevin H

    I don’t understand the error on De La Cruz throw to the plate. Montas backed up on the play andalmost threw the runner out at second.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. You could argue that the runner on first would possibly have taken 2nd on the throw home anyway.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Mets & Padres will nail down the last 2 wild cards. Enough talent & money to add on too. It’s going to take 85 wins and we’re not capable of that

  21. Dennis Westrick

    Frankie at nearly 80 pitches thru just 4 innings! %-inning outing at best!

    • Melvin

      Not his fault he was miscast in that role….TWO games in a row. Someone said recently the Reds get the worst production out of the DH spot in baseball. Doubt that has changed.

  22. Kevin H

    Good awareness by Benson. I rather not make a out on base paths

  23. RedAlert

    Maile brutal … poor AB … knew it was gonna happen after poor read by Benson on that bloop hit

  24. VaRedsFan

    Throw was way off line too.
    Everytime they run it’s a strike

  25. Melvin

    Pitched around India. Make em pay EDLC.

  26. CincyDo

    Game 2 curse continues. Anyone in here thinks we can win this game?

  27. Mark A Verticchio

    11 runs last night 0 tonight, that’s the 2024 Reds. Very poor read by Benson.

  28. RedAlert

    Unbelievable that Reds don’t have any better offensive outfielders in minor leagues ….martini , benson and Fairchild geeze man thats awful …. Then Espinol at DH …

  29. Indy Red Man

    11 one night then face a dude with 5+ era and get blanked. So predictable

    • Melvin

      Krall & Co. just waiting for all the guys to come back? 😉

  30. RedsGettingBetter

    After Reds scored 11 runs yesterday it was likely they went to struggle today. They just wasted a nice chance to take the lead or at least to tie the game…

  31. Dennis Westrick

    Elly not having a good night! We need to win again tonight to break the first game jinx AND we need to win the series to start to close the gap between the Reds and the Cards and Brewers!

  32. Reddawgs2012

    Is anyone else getting a blurry picture on the Bally feed tonight? Trying to decide if it’s a Bally issue or if I need to contact Spectrum.

    • Dennis Westrick

      At my age, everything is blurry!

      • Melvin

        Especially our pitchers issuing walks? 😉

    • Melvin

      Not blurry tonight for me with Fubo. Got rid of Spectrum. Too many issues.

    • Kevin H

      Fubo feed is good with Bally. Not sure if that helps

      • DaveCT

        Interesting hearing the Cards announcers critique the Reds, especially the scoring play. To say they were puzzled at the infield playing in and the outfield extra deep is understating it.

      • Melvin

        😀 I think Bell just “freezes” under pressure sometimes.

  33. Old-school

    Spencer Steer continues to play a good first base

    • JB

      Some nitwit on here said Candy was the best first baseman. SMH

  34. Harry Stoner

    Given the number of stiffs who have passed through the Reds 40 man roster, giving up on a 23 y.o. Siani seemed like an unnecessarily premature move.

  35. RedlegScott

    Montas is getting it done. C’mon, guys.

  36. RedsGettingBetter

    Bell perhaps will give Montas a shot to throw in the 6th inning but he usually fades between the frames 5 and 6… Let’s see

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Nice low-pitch inning for Frankie! One more inning?

    • Mark A Verticchio

      100% agree, that probably killed the inning.

    • PhP

      Little things like that can make a huge difference in the ball games. Seemingly always do the little things wrong.

  38. RedsGettingBetter

    Marte swinging to fly out the 4th ball … wasted the chance of loaded bases with no outs…

  39. Roger Garrett

    Reds just always come out flat with no focus and I mean no focus after the first game of a series win.Thats on the leadership in the dugout to get these guys up and ready to play and its just not happening.

    • Kevin H

      They seem focused to me. They are battling and the defense and baserunning look focused.

      At least to me it does

  40. VaRedsFan

    Espy’s hit looked crushed.
    Died on the warning track.

  41. JB

    I would rather have Marte swinging at ball 4 and try to drive a guy in than depend on Espinal, Benson and Maile.

  42. Melvin

    Benson Ks again. Our Reds management, top to bottom, leaves A LOT to be desired.

  43. VaRedsFan

    5 of the 9 batters in the lineup are backups. No chance at an extended rally.

  44. Roger Garrett

    Pitiful just pitiful and we still watch.Guess it makes us just as pitiful.

  45. CincyDo

    Folks, with all the injuries, on a nightly basis we bring a knife to a gun fight. Winning that battle 33% of time is actually amazing. The unexplainable part is the skew in winning game one.

    • Melvin

      I’d say management needs to get us some more “guns” and that we should always at least use the “sharpest knives” we have.

  46. Redlegs1869

    For the love of Pete. Please, please, demote Will now. This is managerial malpractice at its worst. Bring up a solid defensive OFer with contact skills and no power. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. We’re getting zero from WB.

    • VaRedsFan

      JHurt was up and was just as bad.
      Trade for a real player.

  47. JB

    Maile and top of the lineup. Better get a run here or it’s basically over. Setting up for Espinal , Benson in bottom of 9th.

  48. Dennis Westrick

    Why do the Reds consistently struggle against a pitcher with a 5+ ERA?

  49. Roger Garrett

    Its over and we know it.The Cards have 2 hits and 1 run which is like 5,Reds are 1-8 with runners in scoring position and have had multiple chances to score.They absolutely can not do the things needed in close games to turn them in to wins.They just can’t and won’t tonight either.

  50. Mark Moore

    Feast or famine … amiright?

    Espinal caught as much of that one as he could … but not quite enough. At least we’re pressing their already tired bullpen again tonight. Let’s hope that works in our favor.

    Oh, and Thrall and Cowboy both chirping a bit about the Chumpire … AGAIN. Seriously, when will MLB wake up and do something? The variability within a game, inning, and eve at-bat are just mind-boggling at times. And I realize it’s not easy. But I hear tell there are ways to make it easier on them.

    Not sure how much longer I’ll last. We were on the road today and it’s catching up to me.

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Being a Reds fan in the Bell era is like trying to date the hot girl in high school! You get her attention, she flirts a little with you, but she always ends up with the football star!

  52. Dennis Westrick

    Will we see the good Nick or the bad Nick tonight?

  53. Dennis Westrick

    Guess we got the good Nick! For one inning at least!

    Offense needs to make something happen this inning or our hopes will ride on one Will Benson in the 9th!

  54. Roger Garrett

    Jim Walker said it best in game recap thread last night when he said the team showed what they could do and now its up to the manager and the coaches to make sure they come with the same effort and focus the rest of the series.I ask how’s that going?

  55. Melvin

    I’d say if there’s any time to steal a base it’s now EDLC.

  56. Old-school

    At what point does Nick Krall admit Benson is one of the worst hitters in mlb

    He is

    Im officially done with supporting Krall

    Benson is a joke but still plays because the GM traded for him

    Shame on you Krall

    • VaRedsFan

      Krall usually has to remove a plyer from the team, or Bell will keep playing him.

  57. VaRedsFan

    Burleson just stuck his glove out there and it miraculously went in

  58. Mark Moore

    Not going to be enough to overturn that unless NYC clearly sees they didn’t touch him. Man, I really don’t like Contreras.

    • Mark Moore

      Late night snack of crow for me … Goldy tried and didn’t get him.

      Now let’s make something of this before the clock runs out.

  59. Melvin

    I think he’s safe but we’re lucky if he is.

  60. Melvin

    I don’t know why we’re bunting there when we’ve got the best best stealer in baseball.

      • Melvin

        Bunting is good sometimes but NOT in that situation.

    • Mark Moore

      Cowboy said the same. You do it with no outs, but not with one.

      Maybe we crack this nut here. Marte will need to find green somehow. Finding the seats would be even better.

      • Melvin

        …and not when EDLC is your base runner. OVER managing there. lol

  61. RedsGettingBetter

    Oh my God…. what the heck is this…. Elly you are the tie run…
    The reds pinch-hitting for their cleanup hitter with Levi Jordan… embarrassing.. this team is depleted…

  62. Melvin

    As Joe Morgan would say, “this is the time you earn your money stealing bases”. Good job EDLC.

  63. Roger Garrett

    You can’t make this stuff up and unless you see it and we do and have and will you could never make anybody believe a major league team would continue to play this way.

  64. Kevin H

    Okay try and steal home??? I know, I know, however … lol

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m not against trying it.
      Contreras been around too long to let that happen.

  65. Dennis Westrick

    Marte with 3 hits last night! Tonight? 0 for 3!

    • VaRedsFan

      He has 3 hits in his last two games.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Yes! But my point was that he had 3 hits last night (3 for 5) and we needed just one timely hit there with a runner at 3rd and 2 out!

    • Melvin

      We tend to use up all of our offense for several games worth all at once for some reason.

  66. Kevin H

    What a pitching battle. Cardinals making the pitches when they need too. Ugh

  67. Roger Garrett

    Swung at 2 in the other batting box.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I believe that falls in the category of plate discipline!

  68. Dennis Westrick

    Make that 0 for 4 for Marte! Looking at another one-run loss in a game where the Reds outhit the opposition!

  69. Melvin

    Gotta get two more outs than got three outs of our own to get one.

  70. Mark A Verticchio

    How many teams are forced to pinch hit for their clean up hitter? Answer one the Reds, what a joke. They will not win again in this series, no way.

  71. Beaufort Red

    Hate to lose on a fundamental mistake. But you still gotta score a run to win a game. That’s a confucianism.

  72. Kevin H

    Did Contreras just do a bat flip on a single? Lmao

    • Mark A Verticchio

      Yes he did, what a tool.

      • Kevin H

        Okay, I thought so. Was just confirming. Lol

  73. Dennis Westrick

    Contreras killed the Reds as a Cub! Now he’s torturing us as a Cardinal!

  74. Melvin

    Need a mircale…they DO happen. 🙂

  75. Ted Alfred

    I sure am glad we had Moll pitching in the 9th in that 11-4 game last night…. apparently he can’t pitch tonight in a one-run game in the 8th.
    For as GREAT as Moll has been since he was traded here almost a year ago he almost never pitches in high leverage situations. I don’t get it.

  76. Mark A Verticchio

    What a crappy organization, top to bottom.

  77. RedsGettingBetter

    Can we have hopes? Espinal , Benson, Fairchild…looking for scoring a couples of runs

  78. VaRedsFan

    Helsley been automatic this year.
    Time for a blemish

  79. Dennis Westrick

    Reds thru 8 innings have 8 men LOB and are 1 for 10 with RISP! And we wonder why we lose close, one run games!

  80. Kevin H

    So Fraley can’t pitch hit for espinal? Yet he can play tomorrow? LOL

    • Melvin

      Yeah I know. Miraculous healing coming TOMORROW.

  81. Melvin

    Well that pop up by our DH didn’t help get things started. Need Benson to “find” one now.

    • Ted Alfred

      Lets see…Benson’s last 2 k’s were on half swings wildly missing breaking balls by about 2 ft. But lets just keep trotting him out there. But how could anyone else be worse… so what in the hell do you have to lose?

  82. Melvin

    Fairchild almost got him. Lose 1-0.

  83. Kevin H


    What a ball game. Great pitchers duel and Siani made play of the game with his heads up base running for only run.

    • Melvin

      Yep. He scored on a short fly ball to CF.

      • Kevin H

        Yes I am frustrated however it’s baseball and stuff lol

      • Ted Alfred

        I wasn’t totally paying attention when that play went down, but it looked to me from what I saw, wasn’t it a pretty easy play for the cf running in towards the infield vs Elly with all his momentum going the other way? And if the CF catches it he’s not going home… but maybe I missed it completely.

      • VaRedsFan

        In most cases yes.
        But we’ve seen Stueys arm, and Ellys arm.
        Elly had him….ball tailed up the line, then Maile missed it.

      • Melvin

        Well Elly still might have the stronger throw in that situation but it’s very difficult to make an accurate throw when turning completely around. Just not smart baseball. I don’t think Fairchild would have caught it (should have) so EDLC did all he could.

  84. RedsGettingBetter

    Did They really think was going to score 11 runs again today with this lineup? Absolute regression… wasted another good pitching

    • Kevin H

      In all fairness it was the same lineup that scored 11 runs

  85. LDS

    Another mediocre pitcher humiliates the Reds. Definitely a pattern. Last night’s team decided to rest on their laurels tonight. How’d that work out?

    • Kevin H

      Okay we disagree, we are back to normal. LoL

      • LDS

        So Pallente is a Cy Young candidate and just overpowered the Reds? Definitely need work on their game preparation. Better focus and execution. Can’t go from 16 hits to 4 against a lesser pitcher and be viewed as serious contenders.

    • Kevin H

      I don’t think he “humiliated” the reds. He made pitches when he had too, and Reds battled. Sometimes you just have to give a pitcher his due. In baseball we all know anything can happen.

  86. Dennis Westrick

    Some things never change! Lose by one run with 9 strikeouts!

    Don’t worry says Bell! Lots of games yet to play!

  87. Kevin H

    I dunno guys something has to change. Either bring in a couple players who can help. A manager change or something.

    One last thing, good for Siani. A player the reds in my opinion didn’t five a chance.