Cincinnati Reds probable pitchers & starting lineup vs. New York Mets, May 9

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luke Weaver (34) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luke Weaver (34) throws a pitch. / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Probable starting pitchers

The upcoming series against the New York Mets is not going to be a walk in the park for the Cincinnati Reds. David Bell's squad will get, arguably, the Mets three best hurlers over the next three days.

Luke Weaver will take the ball for the Reds on Tuesday night. Weaver has filled up the strike zone this season, but he's just allowed way too many runs. Weaver has been taken deep five times in three starts. If Weaver can't get on track, it won't be long until he's in the bullpen mix with Luis Cessa.

The Redlegs will face future Hall of Famer Max Scherzer tonight, and it's actually a good measuring stick for some of these young Cincinnati hitters. Scherzer is among the best to ever do it, but the former Cy Young Award winner is off to a rocky start in 2023 with a 5.56 ERA in five starts.

Cincinnati Reds starting lineup

Well, Reds Country didn't get the news they were hoping for, so this lineup will look very much the same as it has for the past few weeks. Jonathan India will lead things off and be followed by TJ Friedl, Spencer Steer, and Jake Fraley.

Tyler Stephenson is batting fifth as the team's designated hitter and he'll be followed by Nick Senzel, Wil Myers, and Kevin Newman. Hanging the signs tonight will be Luke Maile.

Which Cincinnati Reds player needs to bounce back in tonight's game?

After a 17-4 thrashing at the hands of the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon, it's hard to find a player who doesn't need to bounce back tonight for the Cincinnati Reds. But one name that keeps coming to mind is Wil Myers.

Myers had been sidelined with COVID-19 for that past week-plus and retutrned to the Cincinnati lineup last Saturday. Myers was supposed to be the power bat in the middle of the lineup, but that couldn't be further from the truth so far. Perhaps the former Padres slugger is sitting on a few

Which Cincinnati Reds player will be the X-factor in tonight's game?

Spencer Steer started off this season red-hot, was slowed by a minor injury, and is just now starting to show signs of life once again. Steer went 3-of-5 on Sunday with an RBI and did not strike out.

The Cincinnati Reds are trying to find the right mix of infielders this season. Steer has been given a chance to become a regular in the Reds lineup, but Nick Senzel's recent resuragnace and top-notch defense at the hot corner have limited the formre Minnesota Twins farmhand. Look for Steer to make quite the impact tonight.

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