Well, this is going to be an interesting game preview today. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds will begin the day at 5:30pm ET by completing the game that started last night. The originally announced start time of 5:10pm ET has been pushed back as it is currently snowing in Cincinnati and the tarp has been placed on the infield.

They will then play their regularly scheduled game. Game two will begin at 6:50pm ET.

Game 1 Information

The Arizona Diamondbacks are leading 5-4 in the top of the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out. They took the lead in the inning, which is why the game was suspended rather than called – the home team can’t have a game called official if they lost a lead in a game during the inning in which is being played and they have not had a chance to bat.

Of course, the situation that led to Arizona taking the lead wasn’t great. Tejay Antone threw a shutout 7th, but gave up a leadoff homer in the 8th that tied the game up at 4-4. Amir Garrett allowed a walk and a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd before a line drive to Eugenio Suárez recorded the first out of the inning.

That’s when the controversy began, though. Lucas Sims was brought into the game right as the rain began to pick up, and before he got a chance to throw his first pitch it also began to sleet. Rather than pull the tarp there, the umpires decided to play on as if there weren’t ice pummeling the field. Sims proceeded to hit the first batter to load the bases and then he walked the next batter to put Arizona in front. It was a disaster. Here we are, though, and this is where the game will be picked up.

Lucas Sims was on the mound when the game was suspended. He had not yet faced three batters. But the 3-batter rule does not apply to suspended games. Manager David Bell said that Sims may return to the mound for the game, but he may not. He’s not going to announce that decision yet.

Game 2 Information

Lineups will be added once they are available. Starting pitching previews, news, notes – all of that is available below now.

Starting Lineups

Arizona D’Backs

Cincinnati Reds

Pavin Smith – 1B Jesse Winker – LF
Kole Calhoun – RF Tyler Naquin – RF
Asdrúbal Cabrera – 3B Eugenio Suárez – SS
David Peralta – LF Joey Votto – 1B
Eduardo Escobar – 2B Nick Senzel – CF
Stephen Vogt – C Jonathan India – 2B
Nick Ahmed – SS Kyle Farmer – 3B
Nick Heath – CF Tyler Stephenson – C
Merrill Kelly – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle

It’s been a strong start to the season for Tyler Mahle in some regards. He’s posted a 2.57 ERA through his first three starts and picked up 22 strikeouts in 14.0 innings. The only not-so-great part about that statline is that he’s only thrown 14.0 innings in three starts. When he’s been on the mound since the start of 2020 he’s been very good – 3.36 ERA in 13 games and 61.2 innings – he’s just not been able to consistently reach the 6th inning.

This season has been interesting from a splits perspective. We are obviously dealing with a small sample size of just three starts, but right-handed hitters are crushing the ball against him to the tune of a .911 OPS. Left-handed hitters, however, are 1-25 against him with four walks. The only hit was a single. That’s good for a .040 average and a .212 OPS against Mahle from lefties.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Slider Splitter
Velo 94.9 87.8 87.3
Usage 59.6% 30.6% 9.8%

Merrill Kelly

Unlike Tyler Mahle, Merrill Kelly has struggled this season. He’s allowed 15 earned runs in 16.0 innings pitched in his three starts this season. His strikeout rate has plummeted, fanning just 10 batters thus far. When the Reds were in Arizona last week they missed Kelly in the rotation. Tonight will be his 4th start on the road this season.

Small sample size in 2021, but both lefties and righties are hitting him well. Lefties are hitting .313/.324/.563 against him, while righties have a .351/.400/.622 line against him. His velocity is down so far this year when compares to the last two seasons.

Pitch Usage in 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Cutter Curveball
Velo 91.3 91.3 86.1 89.2 80.2
Usage 33.2% 18.6% 19.3% 10.0% 18.9%

When and Where

  • Game time: 5:30pm ET (resumed game)
  • Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 37°, Mostly cloudy, 15% chance of rain

News and Notes

Art Warren added as the “extra man” for Game 2

Since the game is technically a part of a double header today, both teams get to add an extra player to their roster for game 2. The Reds chose to call up right-handed pitcher Art Warren to be their 27th player.

Cam Bedrosian elects free agency

Last week the Cincinnati Reds designated Cam Bedrosian for assignment. After he cleared waivers he was outrighted to the Reds alternate site. Rather than accept the assignment he opted to become a free agent this afternoon.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Reds 9 6 0 28.0%
Brewers 10 7 0 58.9%
Cardinals 8 9 2.0 21.4%
Cubs 7 9 2.5 13.5%
Pirates 7 9 2.5 0.4%

220 Responses

  1. Klugo

    That umpire should be suspended for 2 games.

    • Mark Moore

      I’d support that on multiple fronts.

  2. J

    I wonder how many different ways it’s possible for one team to be unfairly penalized using the word “suspended.” I have a feeling we’re going to find out this season.

  3. Redsfan4life

    Doug, A couple questions Art Warren based on very small sample pitched well for the Mariners in 2019. Was he injured in 2020 or just didn’t make the club?
    Also will game 2 be 9 or 7 innings? Thanks

  4. B-town fan

    Amir Garrett has not been stellar to say the least, during this early season.

    • JayTheRed

      That’s an understatement. I feel like he is trying to hard. He is in his own head too much that he has to be perfect. I sure hope he puts things together cause right now he looks pretty unimpressive.

  5. Frankie Tomatoes

    Hoping for a comeback and two wins today. It is early in the season still but with what happened last night that could have cost the Reds the game and I’m still mad about it.

  6. Doug Gray

    Game 1 resumption has had the start time pushed back to 5:30pm ET due to snow.

  7. docproc

    Tarp is on the field. It’s snowing again.

    • JB

      So you’re saying it’s perfect weather to play according to the umps?

  8. Scott C

    Umpires will probably want to go ahead and start the game.

  9. Indy Red Man

    I’m confused? It says 44 degrees in Cincinnati today so how is it snowing? Its 45 in Indy so obviously the snow is melting. What a weird start to the season.

    Bases loaded and EscoRuth at the plate….lets get Game 2!! Mahle vs Kelly (8.44 era)

    • Doug Gray

      It’s 34 right now. It dropped rather quickly.

      • Brian

        Very steep low level temperature lapse rates. Freezing level very low.

  10. JB

    Nice job Sims. Now they need a run to tie.

  11. JB

    Pinning our Hopes on Suarez. He struck out on something away.SURPRISE!

  12. Mark Moore

    I turned on MLB.tv just in time to see Geno get that Golden Sombrero. Of course, it was on an 0-2 pitch far down and away. He just can’t lay off that garbage.

  13. Chris

    Suarez just had – pound for pound – the worst at bat I’ve ever seen…

    Fat fastball right down the middle – dribbled foul
    Cutter outside – whiff
    Breaking pitch 15 feet outside – whiff

    Such is life. Whip em tonight, tho.

    • Slicc50

      What makes it worse is the very quality ab’s his teammates put up before that

    • Doc

      I thought it was a throw to first that he whiffed on!

  14. Slicc50

    My God, what a terrible at-bat from Suarez there to end it. What has happened to him?

    • Indy Red Man

      Farmer at SS in this game. This is ridiculous. I like Suarez and he worked hard to lose weight to play SS, but he needs a break. Tired of losing to the scrub Snakes. They’re 4-9 vs everyone else. On the other hand your “ace”, your “closer”, and your top “slugger” have been beyond horrible and you’re still 9-7. These next 2 games need to be wins! Period!

      • Tomn

        He looks list and hopeless at bat. As someone else wrote above, that final at bat was one of the worstABs I’ve ever seen. Just flailing. He might as well have been blind-folded. I’d bench him for more than one game.

  15. bug

    Suarez got to wear his golden sombrero afterall. 4 strike outs in this loss. I remember back in the day,…well, I won’t go there.

  16. Bred

    I don’t like asking this, but how long can the Reds keep running Geno out there? He is hitting a buck fifty five and looks lost. That pitch on his last cut was never a strike. Maybe he needs the Votto Treatment and rides the pine for a few days. Call up Garcia for a few days. Improve the D and not lose anything at the plate.

    • Slicc50

      Agreed….someone needs to sit him down and tell him we want 18-19 Geno back.

    • VaRedsFan

      Just put Farmer there…he is more than capable

  17. Roger Garrett

    He isn’t competing.He struck out 4 times and only came in contact with the ball 3 times.That is not competing and that can’t be allowed to happen at any level especially in the big leagues.Time to set him or talk to him or both.Not acceptable for any reason.

    • Tomn

      Yep, bottom line I want someone who WANTS to be out there. Not sure Suarez does at this point. Bring up Garcia, bench Suarez as having some fake 10 day disease

      • DaveCT

        That is a preposterous statement. Geno doesn’t want to be there? How many MLers volunteer to change to a much more difficult position and dedicate themselves to a fitness regimen to accomplish that? Please. Save it.

  18. LDS

    And there went first place. At least Doolittle pitched well.

  19. B

    Anyone else feeling good about suarez’s goal of 50 home runs this year? I Knew when he started saying that it would end up being a 200 strike out season for him.

    Rant over – Good vibes only!

  20. Wayne Nabors

    I’m not sure ive ever seen such a pathetic at bat,any manager worth a grain of salt would sit him,the only team he’s helping is the diamondbacks, no effort on tgat at bat at all

    • LDS

      Grain of salt, eh? And there’s the problem.

  21. Brian M

    I liked Blandino’s at bat. Would give him a spot start in game 2 in hopes of a spark.

  22. Roger Garrett

    The bigger issue is that we need Eugenio.He will not be traded nor will he be benched and that has been part of the problem we have had for years.Nobody is at risk of being set down unless you are a young guy trying hard to play a very hard game.I have gave him the benefit of the doubt with him playing a new position and hoping it was just a slow start and saying he will be fine.No more after today.If he doesn’t want to play how on earth does he expect others to do that.This team has talent and could surprise but it takes everybody every day competing.Win or lose you must put forth an effort and he did not.I can’t even explain that kind of effort other then to say he doesn’t care.Other teams would set him down or send him down and never blink.

    • Doug Gray

      This isn’t high school baseball. No team just sits their core players because they had a 2-3 week slump. You may not like that, but no one operates their professional baseball franchise like that.

      • Roger Garrett

        I never said it was high school baseball you did.I said other teams would set players that don’t compete and they do.I didn’t say throw him away and what I said was true he did not compete.Now you may not like that but its true.I also said he wouldn’t be traded or benched and I also said we need him.

      • Doug Gray

        No team would be sitting Suarez right now. Maybe give him a day off, but they aren’t benching him.

  23. Daytonnati

    Why not move Suarez back to third until Moose comes back and play Farmer at short? Maybe a change of scenery?

    • J

      I’m sure they don’t want him playing anywhere but short if they can possibly help it. It’s not going to help him make the transition if he sometimes plays third. Why he has to continue hitting third in the order is beyond me, however.

  24. J

    Suarez hitting third again? I assume this means Bell knows something we don’t. Maybe the last several strikeouts looked more impressive to him than they did to the rest of us.

  25. Old-school

    Win tonight and get to 3 over again and can still win the series and head to St Louis with a strong April still intact

    Play a clean game and get a win

  26. JB

    Senzel and India hitting 5th and 6th and both in slumps. Boy do they miss Nick C. and Moose right now. Hope they all come out of their slumps in this game. Cards coming up this weekend and then the Dodgers. Brewers catching the Padres at the right time.

  27. Cubano

    Man- Thrall’s enunciation/is really wearing me down. He’s gone full stiff-jaw announcer and his repetitive cadence is bugging me. He’s the least natural/conversational play-by-play guy I’ve heard in a long, long time. Before the last few games, I’d never felt that way. Hoping he can relax. Just wanted to throw that out there!!

  28. RojoBenjy

    Poor footwork by India led to him having to try the “glove flip”

    Needs to be better

    • RojoBenjy

      No harm done as Mahle takes over.

      Let’s root for some run support!

  29. Dennis Westrick

    When did the 2021 Arizona Diamondbacks become the 1927 Yankees? Only when playing the Reds!

  30. Mark Moore

    Mahle is on tonight. Good to see that.

  31. Mark Moore

    That’s the way to manufacture some runs. I’ll take that all night, every night.

  32. VaRedsFan

    Nicely executed inning…hit…sac bunt…Wink hit and hustle…didn’t take for granted that it would be an auto double….then Naquin sac fly

  33. TR

    That’s good baseball. Timely hitting, getting the man in from third with less than two outs, plus one hit pitching.

  34. Old-school

    Count the ways thru 6 innings reds are playing fundamental baseball

    Hitting. Pitching.defense . Small ball execution on the bases

  35. Mark Moore

    Buckled down and got through it. Nice evening by Mahle.

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Getting to the point in the game where I get nervous that Bell will wake up from his in-game nap and start micromanaging. I start praying, cross my fingers and light the incense and votive candle in front of my Jobu statue!

      • RojoBenjy

        And now he’ s messing in.

        I hope Antone doesn’t yield a 3 run dinger

        I mean Mahle’s been ON IT tonight. And you won’t let him face Junior Varsity?

    • LDS

      It’s coming, Mahle’s at about 90 pitches. Who had the last complete game In the Bell era?

      • RojoBenjy

        I think it has only happened last season in those 7 inning double header games.

  37. Mark Moore

    Tough AB there but I’m thinking Mahle got squeezed a little bit.

  38. JB

    I dont like pulling Mahle there. It’s not like he is missing by alot. Easily both pitches could have been strikes. Vanmeter scares nobody.

  39. DaveCT

    Going way out on a limb, here, but Tyler Mahle might be having a breakout year if he keeps this up

  40. JB

    As of right now he is the best starter.

  41. Dennis Westrick

    Now that Bell has engaged himself in Mahle’s masterpiece, please, please, please let Antone pitch more than one (1) inning! And, no Amir please! Same goes for Big Sal Romano!

    • JB

      Luvello just came out and made a bunch of moves so Bell will have to counter with more. Kind of a hold my beer moment.

      • RojoBenjy

        Antone just asked Suarez to hold his beer after that error with the authoritative strike out of the next batter with high heat!

      • JB

        That’s what I would like to see Castillo do. Just rear back and throw some gas and say hear it is. Then give out that growl like Antone did.

    • VaRedsFan

      AG has his coat off stretching…beware.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Let Antone finish it!

      • RojoBenjy

        DW– don’t look! AG in.

        But let’s hope he gets right here

  42. RojoBenjy

    “Henny” as Larkin calls him, looks adrift at sea.

    • JB

      He has been on twice this game so I’ll take those baby steps.

      • RojoBenjy

        You’re right. Gotta start somewhere

  43. RojoBenjy

    The only regret I have for John Sadak is that his voice register is almost identical to THom’s, especially at higher volume. Makes me wince and have PTSD flashbacks.

  44. JB

    Amazing how that cold air knocks that ball down because I thought Votto’s ball was 10 rows deep.

    • RojoBenjy

      Good point I wondered why that looked so weird

  45. LDS

    So a guy touted as a starter is done at 26 pitches? Bell is at it again. And if Garrett doesn’t nail it down, send him to AAA and fire Bell. All Garrett’s talk in the spring just hasn’t born fruit thus far. Maybe he needs to pay more attention to baseball and less to being an SJW.

    • Larry

      I said the same thing a couple weeks ago and received a response from the blogger basically saying I was an idiot. He’s needs to change his Twitter handle too.

    • bug

      >>>Now that Bell has engaged himself in Mahle’s masterpiece, please, please, please let Antone pitch more than one (1) inning! And, no Amir please!


      >>>So a guy touted as a starter is done at 26 pitches? Bell is at it again. And if Garrett doesn’t nail it down, send him to AAA and fire Bell.

      Please yes!

  46. Indy Red Man

    This probably isn’t going to work. Get Sims in there before the lead is gone

  47. Dennis Westrick

    Classic AG relief appearance! Walk the first batter, then give up a hit, hopefully not a HR. Bell is a slow learner. AG’s ERA is north of 12 and that is not an aberration!

  48. VaRedsFan

    swung at ball 4…caught a break

    • Dennis Westrick

      Hey AG! To get a strike you have to throw the ball over the odd-shaped white thing called the home plate!

  49. JB

    Please get Sims up. Dont need to lose the game because Garrett needs work.

    • Indy Red Man

      Thanks Bell. That was swell. I saw the breaking ball had no bite and that could happen. JVM has some pop

  50. TR

    What’s with Bell? Brings in a guy with a 12.46 ERA in a game the Reds need. He has two strikes and he walks him.

  51. AllTheHype

    Why does Bell continually put the reliever that is struggling the most, in the highest leverage situation in every game? What is going on between those ears?

    Here’s a thought…..maybe put him in a low leverage situation or two to restore his confidence? But what do I know.

    • AllTheHype

      Unbelievable. I don’t blame Garrett. Bell needs his head screwed back on. Two consecutive games, come on.

    • AllTheHype

      Pitchers struggle. Bell is the one adrift.

      • RojoBenjy

        Well I have no argument with that!

    • RojoBenjy

      He is just all kinds of awful right now.

      DOWN and IN to a power hitting lefty?

      Amir owes Mahle a car for blowing this. The bad thing is that if the Reds score in the 9th then HE will get the win not Mahle–ok at least he just put in Fulmer

  52. JB

    I was wrong. Vanmeter scares no one except….. Garrett.

  53. VaRedsFan

    People wouldnt listen when I was talking about AG = wandy 2.0

    • JB

      Hey hey Wandy got the save the other day. At least he is throwing strikes.

    • RojoBenjy

      He didn’t really say what we should count on him for, you know

  54. RedAlert

    David Bell – no words !!!!!! Complete and utter clueless manager

    • bug

      You got that right!!! Does Garrett have something on Bell, and is blackmailing him maybe? That would be the only reason any sane person would make that move. Fire Bell!!!

  55. Bigbill

    Amir Garrett just isn’t the answer. You can see he is way to hopped up and aiming the ball.

  56. bug

    Fire Bell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is the only person in the park that thinks Garrett can get someone out. No chance. And everyone knows it,..except Bell! I knew it as soon as he took Antone out and put him in. Knew 100% chance,..as did anyone who watches him pitch. Fire Bell now!!!

  57. docproc


  58. DHud

    Terrible. Everyone watching could see exactly that coming….except David Bell

  59. Mark Moore

    How many times must we see this particular movie?

    • Dennis Westrick

      Like watching a train wreck in slow motion! Trade Bell for a player to be named later!

  60. Dennis Westrick

    I was wrong! Two (2) walks followed by a HR! Nice job AG and Bell. AG’s ERA now 16+

  61. LDS

    It’s time for all Reds fans to accept that as long as Bell is manager, the Reds aren’t going anywhere. Brewers have already won and we’ll be lucky if the Reds see 1st place again.

    • AllTheHype

      They will somehow have to figure out how to win despite their manager.

    • RojoBenjy

      Well–this Reds fan has known that since the middle of his first season managing.

    • Dennis Westrick

      A lifelong Reds fan since 1960, yes 1960! Watching this team with Bell at the helm is like sitting on the lido deck of the Titanic! Iceberg? What iceberg!

      • bug

        He’s as bad or worse that Dusty “Bunt” Baker was!!! He should be fire,..just like Baker.

  62. Doc

    I hope Garrett has options left. He needs to find it at some other level. He could not have thrown van Meter a fatter pitch unless he just set it on a tee. Garrett said the closer job was his to lose before ST. I think its time to confirm that he lost it. His arm is not supporting his mouth.

  63. JB

    Garrett should go sign his check over to Mahle for screwing up his masterpiece.

  64. B-town fan

    The game is in the bag and Garrett throws a gopher ball, he is not having a stellar start to the season.

  65. Mark

    Garrett needs sent to alternate site his pitching is abysmal


    I knew it…Just like Dusty Baker got stubborn and had a man crush and a obsession with some pitchers and kept bringing them in over and over again, even though all of us knew they would be totally unreliable and cause the Reds to blow late leads, David Bell is doing the same! I just knew it….should have kept Antone in, and this thing would already be over with!

    • bug

      Yep. Francisco Cordero was Baker’s Garrett. He let him lose every game for a couple or three weeks straight after we were leading going into the bottom of the 9th. It’s called STUPID and STUBBORN!!! Like the Reds canned Baker, they should can Bell!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Sliotar

    I understand he has the Blue Checkmark … but it’s OK if Garrett changes his Twitter account name from “CountOnAG” … at least for the near term.

  68. RojoBenjy

    India needs to watch Blandino play defense and learn

    • RojoBenjy

      My sincere apologies to India for saying Blandino plays better defense.

  69. Ted Alfred

    Garrett has been absolutely terrible all year and I am very tired of the “not enough” work excuse. Maybe he would get more work if he pitched better? He is obviously afraid to throw his fastball. His days as a closer should be over, he is #4 at best in the bullpen

    • Mark Moore

      We had that with Iggy Pop as well. This is a big reason why I don’t like the whole closer role thing.

  70. Indy Red Man

    Well I watched the A’s come back from 10-7 then 12-10 with 2 outs in the 10th to win their 11th in a row. Walkoffs are fun….lets do it!

    But the narrative of “Every team lets their core players work thru their issues”

    Absolutely not!!! Managers change batting orders all the time. The Marlins signed Anthony Bass to be their closer, but he stunk up the joint like 3x straight and he was replaced. Garrett is not Al Leiter. He’s not David Price where he can ride on some of his past achievements and laurels

    Absolutely NOt!!! Bell’s job is to win baseball games. Period!!!

    • JB

      A’s manager(Melvin) is a free agent after this year. Every year he plays the guys who are given him and wins. Love to see him be the Reds manager.

  71. J

    Winning the easy isn’t interesting enough for Bell. He doesn’t get to show off how brilliant he is if he just leaves in a pitcher who’s getting everyone out and hasn’t thrown too many pitches.

  72. B

    Garrett is laughably bad this year. Makes one wish JJ Hoover was the closer again.

    Anyone want to bet against this game coming down to needing a Suarez hit in the 10th to tie it and he strikes out to end it again?

  73. MBS

    Next lopsided game, let Amir throw his arm off. 2, 3 innings. The Reds need him to lock in.

  74. Indy Red Man

    Gary Sanchez was the best slugging catcher in mlb….now he bats 8th

    Andy Benetindi was one of the Red Sox brightest prospects. He was batting 2nd for KC….now he bats 6th and 7th.

    Core players never get touched or replaced…..nonsense!!! Bell is just afraid of confrontation….hurting somebody itty bitty feelings

  75. Stoney

    This is David Hernandez all over again two years later. Bell has learned nothing!!! Reds will go nowhere with this guy. Absolutely abysmal!!! Feel for Mahle. He pitched great only to have the manager waste his performance.

  76. Hanawi

    Reds management deserves as much as the blame as Bell. Refused to address shortstop and made the bullpen noticeably weaker over the off-season. Both are coming back to bite them at the moment.

    • Indy Red Man

      Snap’em though. Hey Suarez you’re batting 7th. Hey Amir….walk a guy and go 2-0 on the next guy. You’re getting pulled mid=hitter. Take the walk of shame.

      M A N A G E…….not M A S S A G E egos

      • Dennis Westrick

        While I agree with intent and feel your pain, I believe they still have that stupid rule where a pitcher must face a minimum of three (3) batters!

      • bug

        How about never play Suarez or Garrett ever again? Why?? Because dropping Suarez to 7th will not keep him from striking out 3 or 4 times per game. And Garrett can not throw a strike, much less get anyone out. Why pitch him at all? I’d give them both away, if anyone would be stupid enough to take them off our hands. I’d give them away, and pay their salaries if some other team would take them,..and then pay a good deal to boot to that team, if necessary. Why give them a chance? They’ve had unlimited chances. They’ve both more than proved what they do.

  77. Mark Moore

    What in the heck is House thinking?

  78. RojoBenjy

    I don’t disagree with sending Payton there. Gotta put pressure on the defense, they could have made a bad throw

    • RojoBenjy

      Barry’s analysis is sound there. “No reason to look back.”

  79. Chris

    2 questions:

    1. What is the all time record for most outs made on the base paths in MLB history?

    2. On what date in May will we break that record?

  80. VaRedsFan

    2 outs Payton…why the heck he slow down at 2nd.

  81. JB

    If that ball rolled 2 feet farther from Calhoun, this game is over.

  82. Indy Red Man

    Payton held up?? I swear. We started off this season running the bases better, but that was the same old Reds giving away the winning run. Why are you pausing with 2 outs? May cost us the game.

  83. docproc

    Horrible base running, Payton. Two outs. What are you doing?

    • J

      Baseball is a hard game. So many things to remember when you’re on the bases. “Where do I look? What am I trying to accomplish?”

      • RojoBenjy

        That’s why they’re called professionals. They’re supposed to be expert at those things.

  84. VaRedsFan

    Horrible Blandino…no way he gets the guy at home…get the out

    • bug

      That’s two errors (the other by the Red Sparrow) by trying to one hand (or glove only) a simple play that any good infielder would make by simply catching it with your glove and then throwing the runner out with your hand. But no!!! They have to make a spectacular one hand (or glove only) play. Trouble is,..they committed two errors on relatively easy plays!!! They tried to hotdog it. That’s my Reds. Did I mention we have a genius for a manager?

  85. JB

    I feel like I’ve been punched in the gut. Makes me sick.

    • Melvin

      You’ve got the “Bellism” virus. haha

    • Dennis Westrick

      Again, a train wreck in slow motion! Don’t know how a team can bounce back after knowing that they were three (3) outs from a shutout win if Antone was allowed to throw more than 26 pitches.

      • RojoBenjy

        Now they are playing just like last year. This was a big mental blow to the team psyche.

  86. Mark Moore

    OK, I’m out. Maybe the morning will bring new hope, but I’m not counting on it.

  87. Sliotar


    Reds were 96.6% favorites to win at the start of the 9th inning, according to FanGraphs.

    Then … a comedy of errors … stiil happening into the 10th.

    This is potentially cancelling out Saturday’s miraclous win.

    • bug

      Yes. But FanGraphs did not factor in that Bell is our manager. Everybody knew what he was going to do, and everybody knew how it would turn out. He’s the only person in the whole world that would make that move and lose this game.

  88. TR

    Bell’s style of management, be nice to those struggling and give everybody some playing time, might be ok for the minors but not ok for the major league.

    • Dennis Westrick

      This is not Little League! Everyone does not have to play and everyone doesn’t get a trophy!

  89. Indy Red Man

    Just take the out? Yeah the run scores, but we start off with a man on 2nd too. Now we’ll probably give up more. Snakes 4-9 against everyone else and most likely 4-1 against us. Thats unacceptable. I’ve been sticking up for Bell somewhat, but when you can’t see what everyone else already knows then its the same old same old.

    This game was over.

  90. RojoBenjy

    I wish Castellanos would stand in David Bell’s face, flex and yell.

      • Roger Garrett

        Now thats funny and its a good place for me to leave.Too much of me gets caught up in a kid’s game and then I begin to act like one myself.I love the Reds but I can’t just watch this team any more.

      • RojoBenjy

        I hear you, except I can watch the team, just can’t stand to watch its current manager

  91. Chris

    Well… we’re gonna go 1-5 against a team that won’t win 70 games… that sucks, but it happens that way some times. It’s a long season. Get back on track after tomorrow’s loss and beat some divisional rivals.

  92. J

    The first time I heard Sadak say “he makes the glove” rather than “he makes the catch,” I thought he misspoke. Now that I’ve heard it several times, I’m adding it to the list of annoyances.

  93. Indy Red Man

    Shutout on 2 hits thru 8 and now they’ll get 6-7-8 runs. Ridiculous. Bell is the Michael Scott of baseball. I hope they like me?

  94. Chris Holbert

    I think DB has expanded his need to use every position every game, to using every relief pitcher every game

  95. RojoBenjy

    Dude was swinging! It’s a strike!

  96. Sliotar

    Comedy of errors … still continuing.

  97. Roger Garrett

    High school manager and guys playing like high schoolers.It must be high school.

    • RojoBenjy

      Including high school catcher that thinks he can scoop a ball in the dirt with bases loaded instead of breaking down on it like—well I take that back—a high school catcher would have broken down and blocked a pitch in the dirt with bases loaded.

  98. JB

    Castellanos comes back tomorrow but Bell probably has him down for his “scheduled” day off.

    • RojoBenjy

      Well, yeah!

      I mean he schedules those days off in advance and it would mess up his calendar.

      I’m not kidding he used that excuse before about scheduling the days off in advance.

  99. AllTheHype

    It’s bad when every random fan sitting on a couch could do a much better job than the guy in the dugout making in game decisions. I’m sick to my stomach that Bell lost this game.

    • B

      At least the 3rd game this season where decisions he made cost the reds

      Not sure how people can defend this much longer.

    • Dennis Westrick

      100%!!!! This loss is on Bell despite of the pathetic performance of the Reds bullpen except for Antone!

    • bug

      Bell’s the only person in the world that would make that move. And you know what the sad part is? If we are in the same situation tomorrow, he’ll do it again. And again! And again!! Worst manager I’ve ever seen. And I thought Bunt Baker was bad! He’s a genius compared to Bell. Fire him now!!! We have no chance to win with him managing,..if that’s what you call what he does.

  100. J

    The Reds may end up losing this game by 15 runs and all they had to do to win it by 3 was not remove the pitcher who was getting everyone out and hadn’t thrown very many pitches.

  101. Yerisdad

    From what we’ve seen this year from Amir Garrett, how can anyone defend David Bell’s decision to pitch him in a save situation tonight?! What an embarrassment! This loss could completely demoralize this team. I’m not sure this team can win with David Bell as manager. I offer no apologies to any David Bell apologists!

  102. J

    The Reds are simply not talented enough to beat the other team and their own manager.

  103. ClevelandRedsFan

    I’m afraid this game is the trend and not the outlier. This bullpen is atrocious.Bell’s management of it is even worse.

  104. RedAlert

    All on Bell – bush league managing at its best . Hasn’t learned ANYTHING from past experience . I mean nothing ! Dude ought to be fired before lights are turned off at GABP this evening. INEXCUSABLE !

  105. Indy Red Man

    Castellanos “I’m just tired of losing”

    Well you’ll have to move on son because what we do here. Vegetarians don’t work at McDonalds

    • Indy Red Man

      Losing culture. No accountability. Baserunning error….no big deal. Cost us the game because you didn’t know you’re supposed to keep running with 2 outs. Its cool. Don’t sweat it

  106. GP

    THROW. THE. BALL. OVER. THE. PLATE! There is nothing that makes a team more unwatchable than a bad bullpen. Every bit of joy and positivity that this team had a week into the season is gone, and its primarily due to AG and his inability to throw strikes early in counts. Imagine that, Garrett is actually the reason this team has lost its swag.

    • TR

      Too much talk from AG in Sp.Tr. about the closer role is mine to lose instead of simply getting himself ready to get the ball over the plate when the regular season started. Results (wins) are all that count.

  107. LDS

    If Bell still has a job tomorrow (and he will), the Reds front office/ownership group just isn’t concerned with winning.

  108. Dennis Westrick

    My final post of the night! Again, the 2021 Diamondbacks play like the 1927 Yankees only against the REDS!

  109. JB

    I believe after this loss the Reds are closer to last than first?

  110. J

    It just dawned on me that one of the only guys who hasn’t been used today was a pitcher who was on the roster specifically for this game. What was the point of adding him and not a position player if there were virtually no circumstances in which he could possibly be useful? This organization is just so stupid.

  111. VaRedsFan

    Of course things would happen differently, buy this is why Blandino not getting that out was a killer….huge mistake

    • Indy Red Man

      3 runs right? Their guy makes a great play and our guy can’t get an out on a routine ball.

  112. Indy Red Man

    Antone pitched yesterday. He’s going to be out for a few days anyway. Whats wrong with 3 more outs? Bell always has to overthing everything. Borderline teams like the Reds, which most are, can’t take losses like this. This game was over.

    • RojoBenjy

      Another perspective— leave Mahle in to face VanMeter, he gets out #3, then let Antone get the 6 out save. And let AG stay in the bullpen

      He says count on AG. He doesn’t specify what we can count on him for. And now we fans know what we can count on him for.

      Just like we know what we can count on David Bell for. Bell gotta Bell

    • B

      And Antone was unhittable today as well. But let’s assume our “closer” who was just credited with the loss yesterday and had a 12+ ERA will not struggle.

      Serious question, has Garrett put up a 0 yet this year other than the triple play by Votto? Even that inning he got smoked.

  113. Dennis Westrick

    One more thing! Dbacks scored eight (8) runs on five (5) hits! Walks, HBPs and errors!

  114. Chris

    Okay… now’s my time to be negative:

    -Amir Garrett is broken. IL him and let him work on it. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do, but he can’t get anybody out right now – including the parade of AAAA no-names in the DBacks lineup.

    -Eugenio Suarez is broken. Maybe the move to SS is hurting his plate approach. We need this guy to hit. If Moose is gonna miss time – Suarez should slide back to 3B.

    Josh VanMeter homered against Amir Garrett… that spot should have been Archie Bradley’s, except we traded him for… Josh VanMeter.

    I love Barry Larkin. He’s my favorite baseball player ever. I grew up watching him rake. But he is sub-Morgan-level drivel as a commentator. I’d rather listen to my drunk uncle. At least he’s funny. Truly bad.

    Now, then… I’ve exorcized my demons… let’s get em tomorrow.

    • RojoBenjy

      “ Josh VanMeter homered against Amir Garrett… that spot should have been Archie Bradley’s, except we traded him for… Josh VanMeter.”

      Wow. The height of irony

  115. Melvin

    Unfortunately, in one sense, what’s happening right now is exactly what David Bell wants I’m afraid. That is the we’re all thinking and talking about him. When it comes down to it he has to be in the limelight one way or another.