Don’t look now, but the Reds are just 3 games under .500.
The Reds seem to be hitting their stride just at the right time, and a series against the Pirates is a good time to do that. They’ll go for the series win today.
They’ll do that behind Michael Lorenzen, who makes his first start for the Reds since 2018. With Sonny Gray hitting the shelf, the Reds are scrambling, so hopefully he’ll be able to get into the ballgame a bit before David Bell has to go to the bullpen. His longest outing of the season was a 4-inning scoreless appearance against the Cardinals on August 31.
Joe Musgrove gets the start for Pittsburgh. He’s been in the rotation for 5 starts, but hasn’t gone more than 6 innings in any start so far. It’s a good bet that we’ll see both bullpens early in this one.
Speaking of bullpens, the Reds made a move to add a fresh arm down there today, adding R.J. Alaniz to the roster for the first time this season. Jose De Leon goes in the IL after being taken out of the game last night.
The other roster move was Eugenio Suarez going on the paternity list, with Aristides Aquino coming back up to take his place. Congrats, Geno!
After his 0-for-3 last night in Game 1, the Reds are definitely easing Nick Senzel back into the lineup. Brian Goodwin gets the start there tonight. Jesse Winker is also back in the lineup, after spending the last 4 days on the shelf.