It is finally here. The Cincinnati Reds will play their first playoff game in 2,556 days at 12:08 PM this afternoon. It has been a long and painful road at times to get back to the promised land, but our Reds are here, and they are a nightmare.

The Reds will take on the Atlanta Braves. This is their third straight season in the postseason. While the Braves have been playoff regulars, they have failed to advance in 9 consecutive trips to the dance, with their last success coming in 2001 when they reached the NLCS.

The Braves have seemingly been in control of making the playoffs this entire season. Since August 1st, their lowest odds of reaching the playoffs were 79.7%. They’ve been above 97.8% the entire month of September. However, in the end they only won 3 more game than the Reds. The Braves were 12-10 over their final 22 games, while the Reds were 14-8.

The Braves are lead by a scary lineup. Their trio of Freeman, Acuna and Ozuna were the first trio to finish in the top 5 in OPS in the NL since since Morgan, Foster and Rose in 1976. You will clearly see in the MLB team rankings below this is a matchup of good pitching vs good hitting. Let’s hope that age old adage that good pitching beats good hitting stands up.

Offense Reds Braves
AVG .212 (30th) .268 (2nd)
OBP .312 (22nd) .349 (1st)
SLG .403 (18th) .483 (1st)
ISO .191 (6th) .215 (2nd)
wRC+ 91 (21st) 122 (3rd)
BB% 11.3% (2nd) 10.2% (9th)
BABIP .245 (30th) .322 (1st)
EV 89.5 (3rd) 88.2 (18th)
SB 29 (12th) 23 (18th)
DRS +6 (13th) -8 (21st)
SP Reds Braves
ERA 3.50 (4th) 5.51 (28th)
FIP 3.47 (1st) 4.98 (23rd)
K/9 11.01 (1st) 8.01 (28th)
BB/9 3.47 (20th) 4.04 (28th)
HR/9 0.98 (2nd) 1.39 (17th)
WHIP 1.19 (8th) 1.45 (27th)
RP Reds Braves
ERA 4.53 (17th) 3.50 (4th)
FIP 4.64 (18th) 3.91 (6th)
K/9 10.93 (2nd) 9.31 (17th)
BB/9 4.34 (18th) 3.53 (9th)
HR/9 0.99 (5th) 1.54 (25th)
WHIP 1.27 (8th) 1.28 (12th)

Starting Pitchers

Trevor Bauer has a 3.86 career ERA in 4 starts against the Braves. During the month of September 2020, Bauer has a 1.26 ERA with 46 K and 6 BB in 35.0 IP.

Max Fried has a career 5.14 in 7.0 innings against the Reds. Joey Votto is the only current Red with a hit off him. Scooter Gennett hit a walkoff homer against him in 2018, and Jose Peraza and Phillip Ervin had hits off him. Fried has a 4.91 ERA with 7 K and 5 BB in 11.0 innings during the month of September 2020. Fried has dealt with back and ankle injuries this season, and only had 2 starts in the past month.

Starting Lineup

Reds Braves
1. Nick Senzel (CF)
2. Nick Castellanos (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Mike Moustakas (2B)
6. Aristides Aquino (LF)
7. Jesse Winker (DH)
8. Kyle Farmer (SS)
9. Curt Casali (C)
1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (CF)
2. Freddie Freeman (1B)
3. Marcell Ozuna (DH)
4. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
5. Ozzie Albies (2B)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Dansby Swanson (SS)
8. Nick Markakis (RF)
9. Austin Riley (3B)

Nick Senzel is batting leadoff for the first time since August 11th. Senzel is just 2 for 25 with 0 walks since returning from the IL. It looks like David Bell’s play here is to try to shoot come confidence into him. Hopefully he will feed off that. We are still waiting on the Braves lineup. I’ll post it here as soon as it is released.

Wild Card Round Roster

The biggest surprises here are no Tyler Stephenson or Anthony DeSclfani. The Reds elect to go with Matt Davidson as their bat off the bench against the a LHP and Travis Jankowski as a potential late-inning pinch runner. Robert Stephenson making the roster also comes as a bit of a surprise.


If you watched Shane Bieber get shelled last night, you would understand that nothing is given. Trevor Bauer is about to be the first Cincinnati Red ever to win the Cy Young. That unfortunately will mean very little when the game starts. Bauer does seem as poised as anyone possibly can be for this moment. Carry us on your back, Trevor. We will try to remember to breathe. Go Reds!

364 Responses

  1. Klugo

    I dont have the data the team has, but this lineup seems like a case of overthinking things. Or maybe this is just the new era of baseball. No progress without change, I guess. Let’s go Reds!!!

    • Klugo

      Sorry. Good Vibes Only!! We got this!
      Let’s go!!!

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Reds last in BABIP, Braves first…….something has to give.

    Hopefully the adage that good pitching beats good hitting will hold true.

    Good vibes only. Go Reds!!!!

  3. JB

    Win or lose I am just thankful for the Reds being here. Left for dead just a few weeks ago they came alive and made it. I’m just going to enjoy the moment and leave the second guessing and negativity until the off season. This team has come a long way from Scott Feldman , Wojo, Tim Adelman and Lisalverto Bonilla. The hitting has struggled this year but there are alot of guys who have struggled on other teams. This team is trending in the right direction.

  4. Tomn

    Let’s go Reds! Keep the great baseball you’ve been playing over the last two weeks going! Good Vibes Only.

  5. Sliotar

    According to Baseball Reference … Braves have lost 10 Game 1s in a row … all-time MLB record.

    Get up on them early … you know Reds Killer Freddie Freeman and others will be thinking “here we go again.”

    Love Senzel hitting leadoff … wish he had been exposed to it more this season, when in the lineup.

    Go Redlegs.

  6. Sliotar

    According to projection systems … wind blowing out to left … the 2 games with increased chances of HRs today are in Atlanta (out to left) and Chicago (out to right).

    Senzel and Farmer could really help the cause, unexpected help, with a wind-assisted HR.

  7. TR

    With the Reds pitching, and Castellanos and Moose leading the offense, the Reds will win the series.

  8. RedsFan11

    Really would of preferred to see Stephenson over Jankowski and Davidosn.

    Good vibes only Go Reds!

  9. GreatRedLegsFan

    Senzel is the key for the offense to step up. As soon as he starts to get on base, Shogo can hit 2nd and that’ll be a major boost.

  10. Don

    great start for Senzel, 1 pitch , 1 hit

  11. Don

    Castellanos, single, Senzel to 3rd, Great start for Reds Offense

  12. Tom Mitsoff

    Wow, this would be a big disappointment if they don’t score after getting the first two on.

      • Don

        time to be disappointed.

        1 and 2 did their job, 3,4,5 did not.

      • Don

        great catch by Castellanos.

        He brought his A game for the 1st inning at least.

        Solid inning #1 for Bauer, Defense helped him this time

  13. Charlie Waffles

    Lets Go!!! Play Ball!! Reds win 6-5.

  14. Sliotar

    5 Reds batters … 9 pitches.

    Aggressive, for sure … too bad they could not get the ball up in the air.

  15. Charlie Waffles

    Lets Go!!! Play Ball!! Reds win 6-5.

  16. ClevelandRedsFan

    Votto!!!! Cmon man!

    Can’t get the ball in the air and boots a routine ground ball.

  17. Indy Red Man

    I can’t take Votto anymore at 1B. Enough is enough. This version is the worst fielding 1B in the history of the game. Winker/Castellanos? I don’t care if they haven’t played 1B since they were 12. They would be an improvement. DH or nothing for Joey

    • Tom Mitsoff

      He is clearly a liability defensively — has been for awhile.

      • Indy Red Man

        Its worse now. Its unmanageable. My grandfather was getting old and I noticed his driving was erratic at times then one day he pulled into ongoing traffic when I was with him. Time to take the license away now before somebody gets hurt. He knew it and Joey should know it. There is no improving because he was simply bad before

  18. Don

    Hopefully Bauer can overcome the misplay by Votto (again) when he is pitching which was not ruled an error but a hit. Just WOW on that ruling.

    gets 2nd out of inning.

    • Don

      Bauer overcomes misplay with strikeouts.

      He picks up the defense

      Time for the offense to do something.

    • RedsMonk65

      It’s now been ruled an error.

  19. Don

    Senzel, 2-2

    Great choice starting him in leadoff spot.

  20. RedsMonk65

    Senzel looks sharp. Two ABs. Two hits.

    Hope he’s not hurt badly on that last play. Guy needs a break or two in that department.

  21. Don

    Votto, not having a good day so far. not the pitch he expected from Fried and he was frozen.

    • Indy Red Man

      He can’t hit premium lefties like Fried. Not gonna happen. Maybe a power pitching type thats seen better days like J.A. Happ, but Fried is too much. Its like Duvall. He’s been better as a Brave, but we’ve seen him vs top notch breaking stuff from righties. Not happening unless Bauer grooves something horribly. .150 hitter

  22. magi210

    Let’s get the bats going, Bauer looks really good, but he can’t do it all alone.

  23. Don

    Bauer is pitching great, offense needs to do something.

  24. Indy Red Man

    Bauer just has a weird delivery that works in his favor….kind of short arms the ball that makes 94 look like 100. Castillo throws 98 and they usually connect. He gets far more Ks with the change-up

    • Don

      Bauer is an established pitcher.

      Castillo is still learning how to pitch at the MLB level

      • Indy Red Man

        True, but its more like Bauer is just funky. I don’t know if developed that or he’s always had that delivery. Where as Luis has just pure stuff, but I am amazed at how well they see his heater at times. Other guys throwing that hard get more swing and misses off the fastball. I wonder if he could incorporate something into his delivery like Cueto did? That took Johnny to the next level for a while!

      • 2020ball

        I think things like spin rate come into play here. I’m not actually sure how to look at those stats, but from what I remember Bauer’s is elite. Not sure on Castillo.

  25. Redsfan4life

    Bauer at 60 pitches so he is in good shape.
    Wake up bats please, please wake up.

  26. Indy Red Man

    Another mistake. 2 strikes on a speedster so why is the 2B in rightfield? Has to be a hit I would think?

  27. Tom Mitsoff

    The camera angle on home plate is very different from usual, but it does appear that Bauer is getting some favorable calls from the umpire.

    • JB

      Ozuna one was but Duvalls was a strike. Hard to say Bauer is getting them and not Fried because the Reds are swinging at everything.

    • Don

      It is a weird camera angle, Umpire is calling “edge” pitches strikes.

      Fried has 15 outs on 50 pitches, Res are not taking a chance (other than Votto) pn called 3rd strike

  28. Steelerfan

    Sorry to ask but watching at place without sound. What was the large tree shaped object beyond home plate the last couple innings?

  29. Don

    On mlb gameday, scoring has the Votto play is now an error on Albies play. So the Albies 25 hopper to farmer in shallow right was the 1st hit given up by Bauer.

    Bauer doing what he does, offense is doing what they do.

    Maybe the 3rd time through the lineup will make a difference, Fried at 50 pitches through 5.

  30. Broseph

    Pitching wins playoffs? Agreed to an extent, but you have to score at least 1 run. Thats why I say it’s the teams that play good (not necessarily great) on both sides of the ball. Playoffs might expose how bad this offense really is.

  31. Indy Red Man

    Farmer hit .266 which seems fantastic for this team, but no HRs so his ops was only .641. He’s an ok utility guy, but we need sticks! Whatever happened to Alex Blandino? He had very little power, but he would always work the count atleast.

    • Sliotar

      Guessing they preferred his defense to Galvis.

      And, like 3/4ths of Galvis’s HRs have come hitting vs RHP.

  32. Don

    1st good offensive play or mistake by a pitcher could decide this game.

    Two pitching aces on the top of their games

  33. SultanofSwaff

    A solo HR might be enough the way Bauer is going.

  34. Steelerfan

    This would be a nice part of the lineup to get the first run(s)….

  35. SultanofSwaff

    Braves were hoping to get 5 IP out of Fried and here the Reds are swinging early and often, allowing him to get into the 6th with 51 pitches. Great scouting, guys.

  36. Mark Moore

    Watching after some meetings (more to come). Bauer looks great through 5 – can’t ask for much more out of him. Need to string together hits and put a crooked number up on the board. Efficient work by Fried – just watch him K Senzel in the 6th.

    Good vibes only!!!

    • magi210

      I don’t mind trying to get the extra base there. A sac fly scores the run in a tight game then.

    • RojoBenjy

      Don’t. Run. On. Adam. Duvall’s. Arm. Ever.


  37. JB

    As a Reds fan you dont go extra base on Duvall.

    • Indy Red Man

      Lead the NL in outfield assists with us one year I think? Yeah most guys it would be worth a shot. A righty throwing outfielder going to his left and throwing back to the right

  38. Tom Mitsoff

    I think that was a risk worth taking the way this game is going.

    • Indy Red Man

      Nick hesitated a half step rounding 2nd, but maybe he’s still out?

    • Don

      agreed. took a above average throw to get him and Duvall delivered. His last full season with the reds he was close to league lead in OF assists.

    • 2020ball

      I disagree. The way the Reds depend on the long ball I think you stay on 2nd there and hope for the 3-run dinger. We can talk all day about whats wrong with the Reds approach, but I don’t see the wisdom in thinking they should suddenly change that right when the playoffs start.

  39. Mark Moore

    Despite the result, I like the aggressive decision by Nick C. It took a perfect throw right into the mitt on his leg.

    • 2020ball

      I don’t like the hesitation going around 2nd, that cost him. If you’re gonna take an extra bag you can’t do that.

  40. Don

    oh well, Duvall had a strong arm and good defense for the Reds, he still has that that strong accurate arm.

    Another opportunity gone.

  41. Broseph

    I like the aggression, but if you go, you go. That hesitation when rounding second might’ve cost the base.

    • 2020ball

      huge baserunning mistake in my mind

      • Indy Red Man

        If he doesn’t go then we needed 3 hits in an inning to score. The Reds get 3 hits in a inning about twice a month. Just can’t hesitate

      • 2020ball

        I don’t mean going to third is a mistake, the hesitation was. Any hesitation should’ve caused him to stay put. And I think we’re splitting hairs on the three hits thing since they basically need a third hit anyway.

      • Indy Red Man

        Not if he made it. 1st/3rd 1 out and the infield probably comes in. All kinds of possibilities……that we would most likely squander anyway

      • 2020ball

        True it changes the infield defense, hadn’t thought of that.

  42. Don

    Bauer has to really step up now, 2,3,4 coming up after a leadoff double.

    Make or break inning for Reds.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      HUUUUUGE at-bat here for Ozuna. Strikeout critically needed.

  43. Don

    Gets 1st out but a productive out.
    Bauer needs a K

  44. Don

    Strikeout to end Inning.

    Great pitching Bauer.

  45. lost11found

    Bauer wiggled off the hook there. foul pop then a K.

  46. Indy Red Man

    Rather have 5-4 (or 8-0) but this is fun! Going to hurt if Bauer leaves.

    • JB

      His agent has already said 3 for 85 mil is to low. He wants to best Cole at 36 mil a year.

  47. Sliotar

    If the Reds get a couple of guys on here, the DH really helps.

    Under the old rules … the possibility of lifting Bauer, on only 83 pitches, surely would cross Bell’s mind.

    Bauer might have more 2 innings in him.

  48. Indy Red Man

    Hope that 1st inning doesn’t sink us? 1st/3rd nobody out vs a rusty pitcher and Joey/Suarez both got impatient

  49. Slicc50

    HAVE to score here fellas, this is the playoffs!

  50. Don

    Aquino with the full swing single after a fall down swing.

    WInker hit on fastball to make 1st and 2nd with 1 out.

    Come on Farmer a timely hit is needed

  51. Woodrow

    Two on and Kyle Farmer. Yes. This is what we’ve waited for.

  52. Don

    Casali still has a chance with Farmer’s hustle

  53. Tom Mitsoff

    Well, that just can’t happen in playoff competition.

  54. SultanofSwaff

    Genius call. So you sacrifice Casali’s bat to try and steal a run.

    Not ready for prime time. Gheesh.

    • SultanofSwaff

      Include Votto’s fielding and the lack of execution on offense…………just imagine what Bauer is thinking.

  55. Will Fenton

    That was a Bengals-level boneheaded play.

    • Will Fenton

      Anyone know why Farmer got the start over Galvis? Seems like an odd choice, but maybe that’s just me?

  56. Indy Red Man

    Thats how we roll. If we aren’t stranding guys with the bats then we’re making outs on the bases. We’re versatile

  57. 2020ball

    Scratching my head on that one. Why are we squandering opportunities with bad baserunning?

  58. Steelerfan

    To follow someone above, my son’s 11U team would get a stern talking to for that…

  59. Don

    That had to be some called play, Farmer seems to be to smart of a player to go for a delayed steal in that position.

    • vared

      Not sure you’re pinch hitting for the catcher if it was planned.

      • 2020ball

        Yeah I can’t even think of what you might try and call there anyway. That was Farmer on his own. Huge mental error, and Aquino’s poor baserunning afterwards was an unfortunate result from it.

  60. Sliotar

    I thought Marty would have enjoyed calling another Reds playoff game.

    Not this one … only need a failed bunt attempt to fill a grocery bag with mistakes.

    He would be going nuts.

  61. CI3J

    Reds are doing all they can to gift this game to the Braves.

  62. Stoney

    What is going on with this base running.? Have some discipline! This team has to wake up! Bauer is doing more than his part.

    • Red Thunder

      Reds are not hitting the homers, so I guess Bell is in panic mode. That was not smart at all especially against a sound defense like the Braves.

  63. Bred

    I suffer for Bauer. He plays his heart out, and the team plays like a bunch of little leaguers. Taking Curt out for Donaldson was a ridiculous move.

  64. RojoBenjy

    The Reds are committing suicide by 10,000 papercuts

    Just when you thought they could get no sloppier

    And I don’t get pinch hitting a righty for a right there, unless Curt is hurting from the one he took in the mask earlier…which I doubt.

    • JB

      And why do you pinch hit a guy who swings out of his shoes against a guy who throws wicked off speed stuff.

    • 2020ball

      Yeah I’m not sure Davidson is much of an upgrade there

  65. Don

    now Bauer has a new catcher with a 2 hitter in the playoff.

    At least he got the 1st out.

  66. Don

    Bauer, 11th K to set new Reds Playoff Record

  67. Indy Red Man

    I just couldn’t fully buy into the love fest of the last few weeks. We need atleast 1 win in Atlanta and then force them to beat you in the other game if they can. This stupid stuff is tiring. We choke with risp. That baserunning play and Farmer out in RF on a groundball. You might shift like that on Freeman because he can’t run, but Albies?

    We cannot waste Bauer today? He’s crazy enough to possibly stay for less, but not when we never score for him.

    • RojoBenjy

      this is where the little things matter. Reds 2020 stink at the little things

    • Tom Mitsoff

      They have squandered opportunities, but you also have to remember they are facing an ace pitcher in Fried.

      • RojoBenjy

        Agreed he’s an ace–which is why they can’t afford to squander opportunities. The little details that make a world of difference.

      • Indy Red Man

        They used to smack Cole around when he was with Pittsburgh. This team just sucks offensively. Bad approach with very little speed. Bell doesn’t know what he’s doing with lineups & personnel. Its frustrating. Castellanos hits .320 for them and .230 for us. Move that 2 and 3 back where they were!


    • Mudpuppy

      This may be the last time we see Trevor pitch as a red. I can’t see anyway he resigns here with the Bad News Bears. Trevor, you deserve better.

  68. SultanofSwaff

    The Reds are playing like they hate Bauer and want him to leave.

  69. Charlie Waffles

    Bauer is still dealing. Through 7 full innings he has 11 K’s. Break out the pizza.
    C’mon offense.

  70. Don

    Braves changing pitchers to Martin.

    Barnhart gets to hit vs a Righty not Fried.

    Time for offense to stop being incompetent and give Bauer some support.

  71. JB

    If you were Bauer would you sign with the Reds? I mean come on this team is a circus sometimes.

  72. 2020ball

    Gotta put the mistakes in the rear view, focus boys.

  73. SultanofSwaff

    Need a run and 6 outs. The latter seems more achievable.

    Middle of the order though. Let’s go!!!

  74. Tom Mitsoff

    No walks today for either team. Pitching has been lights-out.

    • RojoBenjy

      It’s been a good show for sure.

    • Indy Red Man

      I’ve seen Fried throw harder. I think he was vulnerable, but he’s good. Bauer was HOF dominant though

  75. Broseph

    This is when you have a player like Billy Hamilton on your team. Nothing other than getting late game scoring position, defense. I think it was Red Sox 2004 ALCS when they basically tied game 4 by stealing a few bags, and then turned the series around

    • Indy Red Man

      Or save him to start off the 10th at 2nd base

    • JB

      Yes you try that move with Hamilton on 3rd not Aquino. Or pinch run Shogo for Aquino. Shogo is going to pinch hit for Aquino anyways.

  76. Broseph

    If you’re Bauer and this gets blown up by Acuna, yeah, I’m packing my bags. I think he deserves that final out.

  77. Steelerfan

    Last comment because nothing will get past moderation, but what a game by Bauer. He is been very active in the kids youth baseball scene, and I wish him the best going forward….

  78. GreatRedLegsFan

    Amazing performance by Bauer, lets go Reds!

  79. Don

    1st guessing Bell.
    Great game by Bauer, understand not wanting to go 4th time through order.

    Why Iglesias, he has been awful the last 2 seasons in non save situations?

    Hope Iglesias works out

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Over the past few weeks he’s been dominant, as he showed to Acuna.

  80. Charlie Waffles

    This is a mistake to take out Bauer. Only at 103 pitches. Iglesias coming in. This could get ugly in a hurry.

    • RojoBenjy

      Ron Jr helped out by having a hole in his bat

    • Charlie Waffles

      Whew. I was worried when Iglesias through 3 straight balls to Acuna. But it worked out this time. Whew.

  81. JB

    Now that Bauer is out of the game this is where us Reds fans get a little nervous. What bullpen will show up.

  82. Don

    Came back from 3-0 to get the strike out.

    good job Iglesias

  83. ClevelandRedsFan

    Why take Bauer out? He was cruising!

  84. Tom Mitsoff

    The rest of the way is going to be interesting managerial moves and counter-moves. Braves have a plethora of lefthanded relievers, which can counter pinch-hitting moves by Bell.

  85. Indy Red Man

    I miss the .280 Suarez that first came over to the Reds. That version wasn’t going to hit 40+ hrs, but maybe 25 and a nice average. A consistent producer rather then Jay Bruce lite

    • 2020ball

      Suarez has looked overmatched today

      • Indy Red Man

        His 1st at-bat killed us. 2nd/3rd 1 out and he swings at the 1st pitch away and hits a little floater to SS. All of his golfing up at the plate and he can’t lift one to the outfield. Next at-bat he drives one to the track of course.

        No mystery though….worst situational hitting team in mlb

      • TR

        Come on front office, get a hitting coach this offseason who can instruct Suarez, et all, how to avoid taking a third strike or striking out on the lower outside pitch. This weak offense has become ridiculous. Since the days of Big Klu, when I became a Reds fan, the Reds have always been a good offensive team. The state of the offense now is embarrassing.

  86. RojoBenjy

    Two of the laziest at-bats of the decade from Reds two star hitters.

    They don’t act deserving of winning that’s for sure.

    And against Melancon to boot–ex Pirate not-nice guy

    • RojoBenjy

      Time for a professional at bat. See one Moustakis, Mike

  87. Don

    Iglesias needs to get 2,3,4 in the 9th to get to extra innings.

  88. Charlie Waffles

    Reds offense goes meekly and weakly in the 9th with their #3 – #5 hitters. How embarrassing was that.
    Reds front office will need a re-do this winter on #GetTheHitting.

  89. Charlie Waffles

    Uh-oh. The real Iglesias decided to show up for the 9th.

    • 2020ball

      Iglesias’ FB is mystifying the Braves hitters, they aren’t seeing it at all

      • Indy Red Man

        Its 99 mph. He hasn’t thrown that hard in years. He’s jacked up today))

      • 2020ball

        The Braves’ middle of the order just got owned. Freeman is from another planet so no surprise he was able to work something.

  90. Indy Red Man

    What? No extra inning free double? We may have to go 15 innings to win it?

    Bauer/Iggy A+ stuff today.

  91. Don

    2nd out with A K,

    needs to get Albies
    Hoping the walk was the , do not let the NL MVP beat you today.

  92. Charlie Waffles

    I am pleasantly shocked. After issuing a leadoff walk Iglesias buckled down and mowed through the next 3 hitters with 3 K’s. Good job by Iglesias. I didn’t think he had that in him.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      He’s never looked better. He’s a lock-down guy right now with the way he has pitched the last few weeks — and today.

      Now it’s a battle of the bullpens. I’m guessing Sims next.

      • Jazzmanbbfan

        Sgree. It’s not just today that Iglesias has been stellar. The hand wringing and complaining today is stunning. The Reds are in the playoffs in a terrific battle with one of the best hitting teams in the league. Try to enjoy it. None of us thought we would be here two weeks ago.

      • 2020ball

        This is great fun. wild game, win or lose this has been amazing to watch.

  93. Don

    Braves bring in Will Smith as the pitcher. lefty to face Aquino, winker, farmer

    Keeps Akiyama from being a pinch hitter this inning and if someone gets on Barnhart has to hit the lefty

    • JB

      Yeah Davidson instead of Stephenson is showing up first game

  94. Mark Moore

    Wait … where’s the runner at 2nd … 🙂

    Back to at least one normal thing.

    • Indy Red Man

      Why would you have a rule all season and then change it? Weird

      • 2020ball

        I hate that rule so good on them. I don’t mind it in the regular season – other than I dont like it in the 10th – but I’d eliminate it for the playoffs

      • Indy Red Man

        I like the rule myself. I want runs even if its artificial. Pass interference in football. Do whatever it takes because I hate 7-3 football and 1-0 baseball

      • 2020ball

        That’s fair. I’ll use the same argument though and say if you’re going to play 9 innings one way, why change it? 🙂

  95. RedAlert

    Pitiful offensive effort as usual

  96. Charlie Waffles

    Sims vs. Duvall. This should be interesting.

  97. Indy Red Man

    Sims vs the team he came up with…extra pressure. Afraid this one is over. Sims stuff is good but Bauer/Iggy were HOF like

  98. RedAlert

    Can’t walk the lead man !!!! Come on !

  99. Don

    gets 2nd out in 10th, Votto made a catch

  100. Tom Mitsoff

    I’m going out on the limb here — Reds will score in the top of 11.

    • Indy Red Man

      I thought Aquino vs a lefty was a great matchup. We’re due! They had back to back leadoff walks and did nothing. Somebody has to score or nobody goes home))

    • Wild Bill

      See that’s what I’m talking about!

  101. Wild Bill

    Can I get a good 11th inning vibe please?

  102. JB

    Reds out hitting the Braves 6-2. Thst does not happen much.

  103. Wild Bill

    New meat. Time for a bloop and a blast.

  104. Don

    Up to Moose with bases loaded, come on, lead the team Moose

  105. Mark Moore

    OK, Moose … show us what you’re made of. Right here. Right now.

  106. SultanofSwaff

    C’mon Moose, give us a professional AB!

  107. Wild Bill

    Can I please get a Mooooooooose!!

  108. Charlie Waffles

    Bases loaded for the Moose with 2 outs. New pitcher for the Braves.
    C’mon, make some Moose tracks around the bases here.

    • Charlie Waffles

      And we get a 3 pitch K from Moustakas. That was their chance. The bullpen will give this one away now. That was pitiful.

  109. Indy Red Man

    Suarez didn’t nibble…good sign. Now its Moose time!

  110. SultanofSwaff

    Um, never mind. Dang, that guy was filthy.

  111. Don

    Reds Bullpen has to put down the 1,2,3 for the Braves

  112. Mark Moore

    OK, Mikey Biceps next man up. Kind of thought he’d be tapped at this point.

    • Indy Red Man

      I think he got abducted by aliens or became a cable installer with Bo Diaz

    • Dennis

      Waiting for the save opportunity I’m guessing? If the Reds ever score somebody’s got to get 3 outs.

  113. Indy Red Man

    Lol…..that was ignorant. Lorenzen walks a ton of people and you’re hacking 3-0?
    Thank you

  114. Mark Moore

    Well, Mikey got that done … Debbie likes it!

  115. oklaRed

    More than one for ML? How deep is Atlanta’s pen?

  116. Don

    19 strike outs for Reds pitching today in 11 innings

    Lorenzen was great pitching.

    Bell has to be planning on Lorenzen gong a few if needed.

  117. JB

    Ok now 3 walks and a passed ball and we got our run. Reds hitting….

  118. Charlie Waffles

    Thank you Acuna for swinging away on a 3-0 count when Lorenzen had just thrown 3 straight balls.
    Then Freeman helps out Lorenzen with a K on a 3-2 count.
    Ozuna K’s. Mikey survives to live another day.
    Need a run now because Lorenzen will be back out on the mound next inning too.

  119. Indy Red Man

    Not too many Mikey haters lately. You won’t see Freeman take a worse swing then that in your life. That was a crazy change-up.

    Lorenzen & Mahle for Bauer & Disco I would think?

    • JB

      Yeah Indy. I would rather the Reds take Bauer money and sign one of those free agent shortstops to come.

  120. Don

    Aquino with a base hit,

    Does Bell try something not done all year, a Sac Butt or let Winker swing out of his shoes

  121. Dennis Westrick

    So, the Reds have held one of the best hitting teams in MLB to two(2) hits. Let’s manufacture a run and WIN this thing!

    • Charlie Waffles

      That is not the David Bell way, to manufacture a run.

  122. Indy Red Man

    AA should’ve been in the lineup from Day 1. Hope can you mature when they play weaker hitters over you?

    Hit-n-run? Why not? You’ll get lefty lefty breaking ball and a steal if u guess right

  123. Don

    winker with a single, 1st and 3rdno out.

    Have to score hear. Farmer has to have a Sac Fly in his bat doesn’t he?

  124. Mark Moore

    Cannot, cannot, CANNOT do that, Kyle!!!

  125. Don

    Have to have barnhart bunt, he is to much of a DP threat to let him hit

  126. Indy Red Man

    Lol. squeeze. Steal home. Something. Barnhart won’t do squat

  127. Mark Moore

    31 K’s so far in 300+ pitches??? Wow.

  128. lost11found

    What’s the rationale to PR for Winker as the tailing runner. speed there isn’t like to nullify the DP. Taking Winker’s bat out of the lineup for a small gain.

  129. Don

    Bases loaded, Shogo needs to get a hit

    • Don

      sorry mis read the gameday, thought he walked

  130. Indy Red Man

    Barnhart swings at ball 4. Exposed lefty vs lefty in another key situation, because Bell pinch hit for Casili FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER?

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory once again

      • lost11found

        Gameday had that as well. close but a ball. Ump crew must be getting paid by the inning.

    • RojoBenjy

      Would have rather seen Garcia there. Couldn’t do worse and the pitchers don’t have the book on him yet.

  131. RojoBenjy

    The Braves have begged the Reds to win this game, and they refuse to do so.

  132. renbutler

    I could have stood there and watched three perfect strikes go by. Sign me up.

  133. Don

    watches 3 strikes, never swings. Wow, terrible

    have to put Janikoski in Center now so Reds loose DH.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Or they move Galvis to short, Farmer to left.

    • Mark Moore

      At least Mikey is pitching and would hit if that actually happens.

  134. JB

    I have no idea why Galvis even took a bat up to the plate. .

  135. Charlie Waffles

    Well that’s is it. You only get so many chances and the Reds have squandered them all today. First and third with no outs and can’t even get a run in. Three straight K’s.
    David Bell’s aversion to small ball has killed this team today. Barnhart is a pretty decent bunter and Bell gives him a green light to K. What a croque David bell is.

    • Don

      have to agree as the 1st scoring Chance Braves have will probably be fatal.

      Leadoff single, Reds have work to do

    • RojoBenjy

      The three true outcomes don’t help you manufacture a run when you need it. A base hit by Votto, or even a hard hit grounder up the middle, would have scored Senzel in the first and that’s all she wrote.

  136. Mark Moore

    Hard DP to turn there … let’s keep it in the park and maybe DP on Duvall.

  137. Indy Red Man

    Well he was 3-1 and he already missed one bunt. He just didn’t take ball 4. Thats on Barnhart that he couldn’t get the bunt down or just take ball 4. Barnhart is a rotten hitter and shouldn’t be starting. Period

  138. Indy Red Man

    Lorenzen in the lineup next year. Why not? If he starts then he can play 1B or OF while Joey DHs for 2 days between starts. Nobody else can hit…especially against lefties.

  139. Tom Mitsoff

    I think it’s fair to say none of us have ever seen anything like this game.

  140. RojoBenjy

    He didn’t suspect the hard slider for the third time in a row, I guess.

  141. magi210

    I like a good pitcher’s duel. Just wish the Reds would take advantage of their opportunities.

  142. JB

    Heart of the lineup. Earn your money boys

  143. Indy Red Man

    Dusty 0-10 in close out playoff games((( Can he get one? I sort of root for him even though its Houston

  144. oklaRed

    As frustrated as we are can you imagine Braves fan.

    • Indy Red Man

      Be patient. Its when not if

      This Reds team could fall out of a boat and miss water

  145. lost11found

    He and Harper must get them from the same manufacturer.

  146. Indy Red Man

    So Joey with his 5.8 forty time runs the bases while Bell pinch runs needlessly for someone else. Got it

  147. Don

    Votto with a singke.

    Come on Suarez,
    Get a hit,

  148. Charlie Waffles

    That Braves pitcher, Tyler Matzek was awesome. He was getting it up to the plate at 96-98 consistently.
    Castellanos was having a pretty good day and then looks awful with a 3 pitch K. These Reds hitters, ugh.
    And then Joey singles. Its up to Suarez and Moose again.

  149. Don

    just need a single into a corner or a double to the gap to score Votto

  150. Don

    single 1st and 3rd no out for Moose.

    Smart to not Challenge Duval

    • Mark Moore

      1 out … Castellanos whiffed after 2 marginal strike calls

  151. Tom Mitsoff

    Man, I was up and whooping on Suarez’s hit, sure that Votto would score … but …

  152. Indy Red Man

    You guys see that? Eugenio looked over at 3rd base with the Bauer look. 90% of the league could score on that. Thats on Bell though even more then Joey and not knowing how to get a lead after playing baseball for 30 years

  153. Don

    Even if Votto did not take 2 steps back to 2nd base, hit was hard and Duvall has to strong and accurate of an arm to Challenge with only 1 out.

    Doubt anyone would have been sent

    • Indy Red Man

      No. That ball was towards the line and the grass killed it. Duvall had to come a long way. If he gets the proper lead then Duvall better make a 250 ft throw on a rope

  154. Indy Red Man

    I’ve been saying it for 3-4 years atleast. Its not just slow. The guy has ZERO baserunning instincts. Baseball IQ of a turtle. Why are you going back to 2nd on a groundball?

    • Jack

      It was in the air till it reached the dirt

    • 2020ball

      You have to freeze on a line-drive. I’d have done the same thing, you can’t get doubled off in scoring position there.

  155. Don

    3 batter rule, must leave the lefty in the game

  156. Charlie Waffles

    Nice AB by Moustakas. He was down 1-2 in the count and works a BB. Good job there.

  157. Mark Moore

    C’mon guys, score! I have an exam to take shortly!

  158. Indy Red Man

    Votto is probably the worst baserunner in mlb and Bell doesn’t pinch run for him. Instead he pinch runs for the 2nd run when 1 will win the game. This is on Bell if we lose!

    • Hanawi

      He’s snatched many defeats from victories the last two years.

      Unfortunately I can’t watch so I don’t know if Votto should or should not have scored. I assume he was looking at the 3rd base coach though.

      • Indy Red Man

        He took 2 steps back to 2nd on a rocket that was FAR away from Duvall. What I couldn’t see is if it only bounced once before it got by the 3rd baseman. Votto thought it could be caught somehow? Easy run for anyone but Joey

        Suarez gave him the DEATH STARE from 1st. Worse then I despise every non-hitting facet of Joey’s game

  159. Amarillo

    I don’t see what people see in Aquino. He’s just not very good.

    • Indy Red Man

      He has 2 hits, but that was a bad at-bat. Pressure got to him.

      I’m out. Had enough. Bell is incompetent. Over manages and then can’t see the obvious that anybody on their couch could see.

      • Amarillo

        He’s hitting .170/.304/.319/.623 and for a player whose best tool is apparently power, he hasn’t hit a whole lot of balls to the outfield this year.

  160. Tom Mitsoff

    There’s just not much more that can be said.

    • Hanawi

      This is who the Reds have been most of the year. They got some big hits down the stretch, but its mostly been lights-out pitching, horrendous managing, and a weak offense that can’t score without a home run.

  161. SultanofSwaff

    I don’t understand why they didn’t pinch run Garcia for Votto, then slide Moose to 1B. If he does, Reds score.

  162. Tom Mitsoff

    Reds pitchers have struck out 21.

  163. Jack

    It was a line drive with a chance to be caught so he broke back to second initially

  164. JB

    So I believe we are done with our bench?

  165. Charlie Waffles

    First and third base with 1 out. Bases loaded with 1 out and Reds get nothing again. Nada.
    Status quo from the worst hitting team in the last 120 years of MLB.
    I would LOVE to see David Bell and Zinter get fired after this game

  166. Hanawi

    Don’t forget that Garcia was hitting because Bell needlessly pinch ran for Winker. Taking out your best players always comes back to haunt.

    • JB

      And there was no need to pinch run for Winker.

      • Hanawi

        Exactly. Just like there was no need to pinch hit for Casali, one of the best hitters on the team.

  167. Indy Red Man


    Braves beat Archie and the Jugheads

  168. Don

    this may be the end, 1st and 2nd , no outs for Braves

  169. Jack

    well it has to end sometime, Reds had their chances

  170. JB

    Not looking good for our boys. You just cant dance with the devil so many times without finally getting burned.

  171. oklaRed

    For all those wondering Bradley is in now have 2 runners on . Maybe there was a reason.

  172. seadog

    Cowboy called it innings ago. This game will come down to Garret vs Freeman. And here we are

  173. Andy

    The negativity on here is suffocating.

  174. Don

    Garrett vs Freeman to keep Reds in game

  175. RedsMonk65

    Unbelievable. Just got out of 3-hour meeting, and expected to check and find a final score (the game was in the 6th when the meeting began).

    Instead, I am surprised to find a game in the 12th inning, and am able to watch the 12th and 13th. Very frustrating Reds could not score with bases loaded and one out.

    Game has broken a couple MLB records – longest, non-scoring postseason game in MLB history, and most strikeouts ever in a postseason game (37 and counting).

    These teams are taking the adage “great pitching beats great hitting” to ridiculous extremes!

  176. Sliotar

    Bradley had not pitched for 10 days.

    Mahle, Antone and Stephenson are all avaiable.

    I would not rank Bob Steve above Bradley, but that appearance by Bradley was no bueno.

  177. eric nyc

    Base open with the winning run at 3rd and you pitch to the MVP and give him a 2 strike meatball down the middle. Sheesh.

  178. renbutler

    Easily one of the most disappointing Reds games in my lifetime, going back to the early 1980s.

  179. RedAlert

    Reds got exactly what they deserved – they’ll get blown out tomorrow –

  180. Indy Red Man

    Bell sucks. Votto not a HOFer. End of story. ]

    Slingblade would know that when you’re between 2nd and 3rd base that you run to 3rd on a clean hit and not back to 2nd. Inexecusable

  181. Charlie Waffles

    Game over. Wah-wah-wah.

    FIRE DAVID BELL NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No need to wait until after tomorrow’s game to do it. Bell blew chance after chance after chance to score today.

    • CI3J

      David Bell was up there swinging at pitches outside the zone?

  182. CI3J

    I mean, at some point, the players have to do their job. 3 straight innings in a row with runners on and 1 out, you deserve to lose that game.

    Don’t forget the 1st inning as well.

    Painful as it may be, the Reds just couldn’t get it done.

  183. NYRed

    And that is how you hit with 2 strikes 1st and 3rd less than two out

  184. Hotto4Votto

    Emabarrassing execution by the offense. No excuse for not putting balls in play or scoring guys from 3rd with less than two outs, multiple innings in a row.

    Herculean effort by Bauer.

  185. lost11found

    I can really even be upset by the BP. They held Braves scoreless for 4 innings. during which the offense had the go-ahead run on third multiple times with less than 2 outs and couldn’t even generate a productive out. But hey the stat gurus tell us a strikeout is the same as every other out, so I guess that is something.

  186. Indy Red Man

    Base open & NL MVP at the plate.

    Bell….”I’m hungry. Lets blow this joint already. Force outs are overrated”

  187. RedsMonk65

    Highly offensive outing. As in futile and frustrating.

    Can’t believe we have such trouble stringing together hits, driving guys in when given the opportunity, and scoring at least a couple runs!

    What a waste of elite-level pitching.

    Well, tomorrow’s another day …. Elimination game for the Reds.

  188. Doug Gray

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