Well last night was just a great big bucket of doom, wasn’t it? Let us simply state that if you hit the Jimmy Buffett concert last night in favor of either the Reds’ performance or the atrocity going on at the FCC game, you chose wisely. Your stomach might be free of all content and you may curse the sun, but you’re still feeling better than anyone within viewing or hearing distance of the display of what either professional Cincinnati sports franchise put on yesterday.

You gotta hand it to this 2019 team:  They don’t just throw their post-season hopes into mortal danger by simply losing a game. They do it in a loss to the Cardinals, after leading the whole game, on a grand slam. It was some magnificently dark drama.

Our own Jeff Carr had this important observation:

Happiness in life hinges on expectations. This team has given us valid reason to have certain expectations. Although…



Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle 4.82 1.31 97.0 101 2 10
A Wainwright  2.41 1.33 94.2 89 6 7


Dear Manager Bell:

Please go back to doing that thing you were doing in which you were dragging the pitcher by the arm off the mound the second he was done.


Dear Manager Shildt:

Your last name is Shildt. Don’t make me go there.

Starting Lineups


  1. J Winker (L) CF
  2. J Votto (L) 1B
  3. E Suárez (R) 3B
  4. Y Puig (R) RF
  5. S Gennett (L) 2B
  6. P Ervin (R) LF
  7. J Iglesias (R) SS
  8. T Mahle (R) P
  9. R Lavarnway (R) C


  1. T Edman (S) 3B
  2. J Martínez (R) RF
  3. P Goldschmidt (R) 1B
  4. T O’Neill (R) LF
  5. D Fowler (S) CF
  6. K Wong (L) 2B
  7. P DeJong (R) SS
  8. A Knizner (R) C
  9. A Wainwright (R) P

News and Notes

-We see you, New Reds Catcher Guy. Lavarnway is doing the honors today, filling in for the statue of Ernie Lombardi, which was filling in for the statue of Johnny Bench, which was injured by a pigeon.

New episode on Redleg Nation Radio is here. I’m told there’s a great deal of screaming.

-This is VERY IMPORTANT: The trailer for the Top Gun sequel dropped yesterday (although it seems the powers that be are bucking this ridiculous trend of refusing to give follow-ups a distinctive name and are calling it Top Gun: Maverick.) Apparently he is indeed a Top Gun instructor whose star student is–gasp– a girl!–and, not surprisingly, things with Charlie don’t seem to have worked out.

I was told that Val Kilmer was involved with the film, although the trailer seems to spend more time assuring us that another totally ungratuitous scene of shirtless athletic beach prowess  is included than actually delivering us some Ice Man.

A reminder of posting guidelines

Yesterday served as a reminder that not everyone is on their best behavior within the comments section. With the game threads being the most active place for comments, and where many of the “bad comments” show up, I (Doug) am going to take the time to remind everyone of some of the commenting guidelines here at Redleg Nation:

Do not curse. That includes the four letter estranged cousin of the Hoover Dam, which seems to be a favorite of many posters here. If you aren’t sure if a word is a curse word, don’t use it. You’re smart enough to substitute another word – we’ve got faith in you.

Do not insult or belittle other posters or the players/coaches. There’s a difference between someone doing something dumb and being dumb. They aren’t morons, idiots, or whatever catchy phrase you like to drop as an insult.

The constant berating of players/managers/coaches/or other posters isn’t going to be tolerated. Complaining and criticizing within the game thread is allowed, but within reason.

These have long been the rules at Redleg Nation. Long before I came on board. You can read the site posting guidelines in full, here. These were written and have not been updated in five years. They still hold up.

There are hundreds of daily comments on Redleg Nation per day. Bad actors, words, insults – they do get through without being seen by someone who can edit/fix them and offer up a warning at times. If you see something that is clearly inappropriate, contact someone at the site. We will take care of things when we are aware of them.