Cincinnati jumped out to a 5-0 lead last night before hanging on for a 5-4 win last night. Tonight the Reds will look to pick up a series win in New York over the Yankees. First pitch is set for 7:05pm ET. Tonight’s game is the Free Game of the Day on (out of market only).

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

New York Yankees

Jonathan India – 2B Anthony Volpe – SS
Elly De La Cruz – SS Juan Soto – RF
Jeimer Candelario – 1B Aaron Judge – CF
Spencer Steer – LF J.D. Davis – 1B
Tyler Stephenson – C Gleyber Torres – 2B
Noelvi Marte – 3B Alex Verdugo – LF
Stuart Fairchild – CF DJ LeMahieu – 3B
Santiago Espinal – DH Jahmai Jones – DH
Blake Dunn – RF Jose Trevino – C
Andrew Abbott – LHP Carlos Rodon – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Andrew Abbott 89.2 3.41 1.20 32 72
Carlos Rodon 93.2 4.42 1.26 26 92
Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Carlos Rodon’s Stats

Andrew Abbott

After giving up six runs in his final start of May, Andrew Abbott pitched well in June, making five starts with a 3.71 ERA. The last time out, though, he walked a fine line as he gave up two runs despite walking six batters and giving up a home run in 5.0 innings against St. Louis.

As you likely expected, left-handed batters have performed worse against Abbott than righties have. They do have a higher average, but the difference is minimal, and they walk less and hit for far less power. Right-handed hitters don’t hit for average or get on base much, but when they do get hits, they hit for a lot of power. Abbott’s given up 14 of his league leading 16 home runs to righties this season.


RHH 281 56 15 1 14 28 53 .221 .299 .455
LHH 92 20 3 0 2 4 19 .230 .272 .333

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.1 81.0 82.9 85.0
Usage 55% 12% 16% 17%

Carlos Rodon

The last three starts for Carlos Rodon couldn’t have gone much worse. He’s allowed 21 runs in 13.2 innings and given up five home runs among the 28 hits he’s allowed during that span.

The splits for Rodon exist. Teams aren’t sending too many lefties out there against him, but when they get the chance they aren’t doing as well as righties. They aren’t hitting for average and aren’t drawing walks – but they are hitting for solid power when they do get hits. Right-handed hitters are hitting for a solid average, but they don’t walk much. They are hitting for plenty of power against him, though.


RHH 334 77 17 3 14 22 74 .256 .323 .472
LHH 67 15 5 0 2 4 18 .238 .284 .413

Pitch Usage

4-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 95.4 92.0 81.0 86.9 85.1
Usage 51% 7% 6% 26% 10%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:05pm ET
  • Where: Yankee Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 76°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Blake Dunn up, Levi Jordan down

If you looked at the lineup you already noticed that Blake Dunn is in New York and in the outfield. He was called up earlier today and is taking the place on the roster of Levi Jordan, who is heading back to Triple-A. We wrote about that earlier today when the moves were announced if you wanted to dive a little bit deeper.

Reds uncommitted to being buyers or sellers

Cincinnati is in 4th place in the division and 10.5 games back. They are owners of the 11th worst record in the National League, too, but are *only* four games out of a playoff spot with the new rules were everyone and your mother makes the playoffs. General Manager Brad Meador told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer that the club is going to have to wait and see how things play out (over the next few weeks) before deciding their plan of action with regards to the trade deadline.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 51 35
St. Louis 44 40 6.0
Pittsburgh 40 44 10.0
Cincinnati 40 45 10.5
Chicago 39 47 12.0


99 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    So, where have we seen this story before? Win the first game of a series and then?

    Again, time to break the jinx! Especially against ESPN’s darlings, the NY Yankees!

    As always, let’s score early & often and make AA’s job a little easier!

    Hint: no baserunners allowed before Judge comes to bat! Let him have his solo HR!

  2. AllTheHype

    India has made just 2 errors this year. His Outs Above Average rating is +2 and UZR/150 gives him -2.0, Overall, probably an average defender this year. But that’s a pretty good improvement over prior years.

    He’s improved on both sides of the ball this year. I’d say all the trade talk last year lit a fire in him. In a year where it’s easy to find negatives for the Reds, this is a big positive.

  3. Ted Alfred

    India’s obviously very comfortable gitting lead-off vs hitting anywhere else in the order. Will Bell finally just leave him there when Freidl comes back…or is he going to do what he usually does and over-think it? India should have been left at the top of the order all year long, but it took a 3rd injury to Freidl to make it happen. I guess we’ll know soon enough

    • Indy Red Man

      With all due respect, “finally left him at leadoff” except JI was hitting .208/.320 on May 23 and nobody was calling for him to leadoff

  4. Redsgettingbetter

    Meador saying they will waiting the next couple of weeks to see how the things play means they don’t want to win and go to the postseason because obviously this team need reinforcements it’s hard it could be contender as the roster stands now… They prefer to wait expecting to lose more games and just say the team didn’t make it so let’s go to sell

  5. AMDG

    Nothing like watching the Reds’ AA game and hearing the tv announcer say how good the crowd is, while they show an angle which shows a section with 10% capacity 😉

  6. Indy Red Man

    Just sit down to watch the game and we’ve already been cheated on the first 2 hitters. First pitch to India way outside 0-1 and then Elly called out on another one 4-5 inches outside. These guys are ‘n pathetic. No wonder offense is down so much. Robo zone these bums out of the game

    • Pharmer85

      The pitch to Elly is an example of the most miscalled one. If a pitch outside the zone is curving back towards the plate, invariably it gets called a strike even if it doesn’t get back to the plate.

  7. Indy Red Man

    Marte is an amazing prospect. I couldn’t believe his speed when he beat out that Arenado error the other day and he’s a big strong kid that should be able to reach the seats.

  8. Red Thunder

    Reds living on 2 run homers lately, fine by me!

  9. Indy Red Man

    Wow AA touching 96. Ashcraft & AA with really good stuff these last 2 nights

  10. MEGGO

    blind chumpires costing abbott 10 extra pitces

    • Pharmer85

      Got hosed on strike three noncalls to both Soto and Judge.

      • Lefty55

        I am going to keep saying it until you all see the light. MLB needs an electronic strike zone. This game has been so one sided you would think the umps granma bet the whole darn farm on the yanks.

  11. RedlegScott

    Reds living on homers. Sure. Why not?

  12. Indy Red Man

    Stuey good job
    Espinal .419 ops in June. Why is he playing so much?

  13. MEGGO

    how many bad calls can we get from this ump

  14. Old-school

    I went to orioles Reds

    Yankees are no orioles

    Orioles can hit 1-9

    They have soto and judge

  15. Indy Red Man

    We can’t hit for squat, but atleast we got a couple of balls in the air & down the line

  16. Ted Alfred

    I don’t get not using Moll there.

  17. Don

    Cruz laying an egg here in the seventh.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Game 2….we just have to do what we do. Walk the 9 hitter then wild pitch the tying run to 3rd

  19. Don

    As filthy as Cruz’s splitter is, he is consistently inconsistent.

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Lucky! Lucky! Lucky! Buy a lottery ticket Mr. Cruz!

  21. Mark Moore

    Been out this evening so I’m just starting to comment. Been watching for a bit. Abbott had himself a night. Those Bike Helmets against Judge put the fire out in a hurry.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Abbott was clearly at his best tonight! Now, let’s finish this thing and get him the win!

  22. Indy Red Man

    Wow 5-4-3 and 8 more hitters to get back to Judge. Soto’s not going well either so they’re almost a 1 man team

  23. JB

    Double play on Judge of all people. Baseball is a funny game

  24. Dennis Westrick

    Another run or 2 for the Good Guys would be nice!

  25. Ted Alfred

    Cruz was terrible, but that was a very fortunate rocket hit at 3rd for the DP.

    It just seems to me in that situation, bottom of the 7th, runner on 2nd 1 out in Yankee Stadium…that if you shut that inning down you’re almost guaranteed to win because Diaz has been really good lately which means you only have to get through the 8th. So that’s the high leverage situation you want to bring your best reliever into… which has to be Sam Moll, unless I’m missing something?

  26. Don

    Can’t be an official MLB game without a pitch com issue.

  27. Indy Red Man

    Sims warming…lol. He’s always money with big pressure & huge crowds

    • Daytonnati

      I’ve been out and skimming comments to catch up. I had to stop to say “kudos!” Very funny,

  28. Roger Garrett

    Just tuned in and it looks like the pen will have to get it done again and why not.

  29. Indy Red Man

    Kahnle allowing .204 batting avg. $5.7 mil. He’s 3x better then Pagan
    Krall didn’t spend wisely this past off season

  30. Kevin H

    Man I wonder how many calls this umpire has missed. Never seen a team have to get “5” outs like reds had too. How do you miss 2 strike 3 calls??

  31. RedlegScott

    They didn’t hit lefty, AA, all night. Where’s Moll for the 8th?

  32. Indy Red Man

    Thats our Sims….walk and a blast. Get that crowd rocking as usual

    Gotta keep the paying customers happy

  33. Roger Garrett

    WOW Sims for the 8th.Never thought we would see him in high leverage.

  34. Indy Red Man

    Chipper’s little doppelganger….fortunately doesn’t hit like Chipper

  35. Redsgettingbetter

    Really nice play by Marte.. Go!

    • Redsgettingbetter

      Sims is not for high leverage situations lately… Bell brings Wilson in now.. A risky move let’s see if Wilson goes ahead

  36. LDS

    Time for a pitcher change – just not sure I’d go with Wilson. Someone called Sims and Wilson the BTeam.

  37. Don

    Thanks to that single, Soto will be hitting in the bottom of the ninth now. Assuming Wilson comes through here (certainly not a given), an insurance run in the top of the ninth would be huge.

  38. Roger Garrett

    Hope it works but just don’t get Sims at all in this spot cause you know he is prone to walks and homers and in one run game late that just doesn’t work

  39. Indy Red Man

    Dude is almost 37 and you got him off the streets. His era has been over 5 since you got him and they’re hitting over .300 off him.

    That just screams immediate high leverage

  40. LDS

    Ain’t that a wonderment- Wilson pulled it off

  41. JB

    Wilson walking off the mound like he owns it. Love it.

  42. Roger Garrett

    Here it is if you can hit it and he couldn’t.Big gamble IMO with Sims but we head to the 9th.

  43. Jim t

    Nice move by Bell. Wait for the left handed pinch hitter to be announced then bring in lefty to strike him out.

  44. Mike W

    Why isn’t Bell arguing these atrocious strike calls against Elly?!

  45. Don

    Marte looked lost as an Easter egg on that at bat.

  46. Indy Red Man

    3 hits and 13Ks. See if Diaz can do it, but we don’t deserve it

    They do have a murderers row of 2 something era relievers

  47. Roger Garrett

    Yep and 12 punch outs but you have to win games like this.

  48. Beaufort Red

    I know Marte hit the dinger but he really looks bad otherwise.

  49. Redsgettingbetter

    Just 3 hits by the Reds offense, 2 homers

  50. Don

    Gotta gotta gotta sit these first two down. Can’t be facing Soto and perhaps Judge win runners on.

  51. Roger Garrett

    No way Bell pulls him so its up to Diaz.

  52. Kevin H

    Jim Wolfe, you have called that a strike all night. U blew it and you stink.

    Mlb should investigate. I am sorry terrible calls tonight against the reds pitchers and batters

  53. Indy Red Man

    Candy a little longer then Steer at 1B and that mattered there

    Say what u want about Diaz, and I have, but he’s 56 of 61 last 2 years

  54. Don

    Reds win with just three hits.

    Chance to sweep the Yanks tomorrow…sorta like 1976 all over again.

  55. RedlegScott

    A well-deserved W for Abbott. Nice job closing by Diaz. Three hits… We’ll take a win any way we can get it.

  56. Jim t

    Nice job on back to back nights by Diaz.

  57. Redsgettingbetter

    REDS WIN! A series win too, finally!

  58. Roger Garrett

    Reds win and insure they win the series.Diaz got hosed on several pitches and still got it done.Four seamer was 94-96.Dude is 18 out of 20 in saves.

    • Kevin H

      Reds got hosed all night long. Terrible game behind the plate. I wish mlb would get rid of these guys

  59. JB WV

    How sweet it is feeling the hate behind me as the final out was made. Going to enjoy the fireworks! Go Reds!

  60. LDS

    Abysmal performance, but a win’s a win. Why Bell uses Wilson in high leverage is inexplicable, but tonight it worked out. We can’t know for sure, but something tells me that Boone’s locker room speech won’t be very Bell like.

    • Kevin H

      I saw something different. I saw a solid game defensively and clutch pitching and timely hitting.

      Not sure how one can call it “abysmal performance “

      • LDS

        They had 3 hits and walked 8 Yanks. They were lucky tonight. It still counts. But, it took two HRs to do it and that’s not a winning strategy. Nor is expecting scoreless pitching from Wilson and Sims in a 1-run game. Not to mention striking out 13 times. They won’t win most of the time with such a performance. But they did tonight and that’s what counts.

      • Harry Stoner

        Sometimes a ‘winning strategy’ isn’t going to do it and you have to be ‘lucky’.
        It’s a game, not a business deal or math equation.

        Again, I’ll contend this is a game the Reds would have likely have lost under likely conditions for all too long.
        2 HRs + 2 DPs are going to keep you competitive.
        13 Ks and 8 walks?
        Embarassing, but these are the times we live in.

        The team has been K-ing a bit less of late, so hopefully this isn’t a return to the norm.
        Maybe Big Apple Jitters for some of the Young Turks?

        A good start from Abbott should be the major take away.
        Worth remembering that he’s 25 and in only his 2nd season.

    • Don

      He game up big tonight, but yeah, he’s unreliable. Bell brought him in to face lefty Trent Grisham and it worked out, but even lefties are hitting over .300 against Wilson. It’s a dice roll when he comes in.

    • Harry Stoner

      Despite the cynical RLN expectations and media hype, the Reds outplayed the Evil Empire two nights in a row.

      If Bell’s typical ineptitude is factored in, the team performed even better than it seems.

      “Abysmal” is a three syllable word, but certainly inappropriate.

      Bland midsummer, pre-4th of July baseball game, but these are the type of games, the Reds have been losing for years and years.

      Why did they win tonight?

      Because tonight, they were the ballclub that performed better.

      Just like last night.

      They may not have met the idealistic, unrealistic expectations of cranky old fans, but the won, nonetheless.

      I’m looking for Frankie M to try to upgrade his trade or FA potential tomorrow.

      He can smell the money. He needs to make it stick.

      • LDS

        Hence the reason I said I doubt Boone will be very Bell like tonight. Montas tomorrow will be interesting to see. I agree he smells money. But the Yankees aren’t going down easy. Swept by the Reds at home is the stuff of Pinstripe nightmares. It’s 1976 all over again.

      • Harry Stoner

        This is what makes baseball interesting.

        Every day is the possibility of a new reality.

        Montas has been on it a bit in his last few starts.

        Martinez, Suter and Moll are likely ready in the BP.

        It could be me, but my sense is that the Reds haven’t played well in day games, but I haven’t done the homework.

        Sure, a sweep in NY is a rare thing.

        They’re up against Stroman, a wily junk baller, which they don’t have a great track record against.

        EDLC had his great game in a Big City.

        Somebody else is going to have to step up.

        Afternoon baseball on the 4th.

        Fire up the grill, fire up a doobie and salute!

  61. Roger Garrett

    Has to be a big boost in confidence for the Reds.Won last night with 5 hits and tonight with only 3 but both nights had 2 to leave the yard which is the difference.Reds starters continue to shine and need just a little more put the ball in play and fewer punch outs and we will see.

  62. Andrew Brewer

    Whadda ya say Reds fans ? That’s two in a row one run games against the mighty Yankees… 5 hits in the first ibw for 5 runs, and 3 hits today for 3 runs. Big D was good today ! Bell made the right moves on the mound… Frankie Montas tomorrow …

  63. Dennis Westrick

    Thank God for the GIDPs by the Yankees!

    • Harry Stoner

      India has been taking heat of late for some sloppiness in turning a DP.

      The two DPs tonight were crucial.

      Likely as crucial as the two HRs.

      • Don

        I would assume India is okay, but I would not be shocked if he sits tomorrow.

  64. Harry Stoner

    Reds have a more than solid rotation and a functional bullpen for a very welcome change.

    If they could score 5-6 runs a game they’d be very dominant.

    That would be my goal for trades, draft picks etc.

    And a clear strategery for Bell to direct his “managing” towards.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Hard to generate a lot of scoring opportunities when your “hitters” strike out 13 times!

      Nevertheless, a WIN is a WIN!

      • Harry Stoner

        True that.

        But this was a game the Reds would have lost pretty much any time in the last 10 years.

        But they won. And they held on last night, when any of the previous 5-7 years of BP might have melted down long before Diaz’s 9th.

        Each night is its own night.

        Nice to see Marte and K-child connect.

        A good start from Abbott.

        He’s the real deal.

        Poco a poco, hombres.