The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs are playing for the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:10pm ET. The winner of the game will take the series, while the loser of the series will be in last place in the National League Central division.

Starting Lineups

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Ian Happ – CF Jesse Winker – LF
Kris Bryant – LF Nick Castellanos – RF
Javier Báez – SS Joey Votto – 1B
Anthony Rizzo – 1B Mike Moustakas – 3B
Matt Duffy – 3B Eugenio Suárez – SS
Jason Heyward – RF Tyler Naquin – CF
Nico Hoerner – 2B Nick Senzel – 2B
Tony Wolters – C Tucker Barnhart – C
Trevor Williams – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle

The Cincinnati Reds best pitcher this season has been Tyler Mahle, who has a 1.75 ERA with 36 strikeouts through five starts and 25.2 innings. His strikeout rate took a big jump up in 2020 and it’s up once again this season. A lot of his success comes against left-handed hitters this year as they’ve gone just 5-54 with no extra-base hits against him. Right-handed hitters have hit .265/.342/.500 against him, but in far fewer at-bats as teams have tried stacking lefties against him so far this season.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Splitter Slider
Velo 94.7 87.5 87.4
Usage 55.9% 12.7% 31.4%

Trevor Williams

In his five starts this season Trevor Williams has a 4.44 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. It’s a big difference from the previous two years with the Pirates where he posted a 5.60 ERA over 37 starts. Left-handed hitters have had more success against him this season, hitting .302/.412/.395 against him with six walks and 10 strikeouts. Right-handed hitters have hit .255/.305/.382 against him this season. Small sample size of just two starts, but away from Wrigley this season Williams has been lit up to the tune of .390/.457/.537 by opposing hitters.

Pitch Usage in 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Curve Change
Velo 91.4 89.2 83.0 77.9 84.2
Usage 44.0% 15.0% 18.1% 14.3% 8.6%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 75°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jonathan India activated, Mark Payton optioned

Jonathan India is back from the injured list after spending the last few days there. To make room on the 26-man roster the team optioned outfielder Mark Payton to the alternate training site.

Minor League rosters are starting to show up

Late on Saturday night the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts released their opening day roster (subject to change). This morning the now Low-A Daytona Tortugas released their opening day roster. Expect to see the High-A Dayton Dragons and Triple-A Louisville Bats rosters at some point int he next 30 hours or so.

David Bell doesn’t care what the other managers or players think

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 17 10 0 69.0%
Cardinals 15 12 2.0 31.9%
Reds 12 14 4.5 16.4%
Pirates 12 14 4.5 0.6%
Cubs 12 15 5.0 11.4%

280 Responses

  1. Ted Alfred

    Just noted that Winker is leading off today. I find it really interesting that he couldn’t have pinch hit last night in the 9th with Runners on the corners and zero out with the game on the line but he’s starting again today… that doesn’t really add up to me

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    • Wayne Nabors

      You’re gonna find alot of things with these reds don’t add up,been a general theme during bell’s tenure

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    • Mark Moore

      Right. Long fly from him instead of somebody else who didn’t/couldn’t and we’d at least get to the 10th inning.

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    • Melvin

      I’m surprised Winker is back. Hope it has actually heeled and he doesn’t reinjure his back. If he was available last night then it makes no sense he didn’t bat with the game on the line.

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  2. MBS

    I’m just glad India is back so fast. Next back Shogo, the hopefully Lorenzen.

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  3. JB

    Let’s not make Trevor Williams an all star today. Swing the bats and make him throw strikes.

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  4. RojoBenjy

    Back to back doubles in two pitches thrown.

    Mahle will not let himself get ambushed again. he’s intelligent.

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    • RojoBenjy

      OK i’m wrong He let Bryant ambush him twice in a row

      SMH

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  5. LDS

    Playing to avoid last place today. They need to get it together and win this one. Last place on May 2nd would be a downer.

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  6. Grand Salami

    Suarez at 5 is malfeasance. He’s been killing rally’s all season and that’s lineup construction

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      • RojoBenjy

        Well no strike out. He looked a bit more relaxed

    • Yerisdad

      It’s getting pretty bad when we applaud him for making soft contact lol. How about a three game benching like Bell did to Joseph Daniel last year? Is it that hard to try something different?

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      • RojoBenjy

        LOL trying to keep it positive but that’s heavy lifting in this player’s case.

  7. RojoBenjy

    I sure hope Sadak reading out how the Reds usually dominate Trevor Williams doesn’t mean they make him look like Satchel Paige today

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    • Redsfan4life

      Yes and he made some nice plays with the glove as well.

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  8. Mark Moore

    Let’s hope the 2 runs to 1 give Mahle what he needs to settle in for 6 or more inning total.

    Booth was trying to put as much positive spin as they could on Geno’s trouble. I’m skeptical at this point of his “breaking out” just from what I’ve seen so far.

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    • RojoBenjy

      I got to tell you, though, it’s refreshing to hear a booth that likes their squad instead of Mr. “Blank” Capitol of the world that hated everything

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  9. RojoBenjy

    this Nico kid is a Stanford Cardinal. That was a good piece of hitting there
    Cubs’ 2018 first rounder
    Reds took India

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  10. Indy Red Man

    Why is Mahle at 92? I watch other starters and their velocity is not up-n-down, but it happens with our guys all the time? Mahle is average at best at 92

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    • RojoBenjy

      Good catch. He’s been at 94-96 all other. Is he taking something off strategically?

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    • Old-school

      Good pickup

      Bryant goes yard off 93 mph FB middle up

      Rizzo same thing on 93mph

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  11. Indy Red Man

    Bell would never let a pitcher swing away there. Thats an automatic failed sacrifice and probable doubleplay

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    • RojoBenjy

      Good comment.

      And we see the difference in outcomes too

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  12. RojoBenjy

    OMG

    BAD baseball

    Why did Tucker hold up? Just put the tag on the corner of the plate and he’ll slide into it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gold Glove? Inexcusable

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    • RojoBenjy

      Even if they reverse, still a very bad defensive move by Tucker

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    • DeadRed

      Yeah, that was pretty bad. Lazy. Assuming the runner would just concede the out. Get that darn glove down!

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      • Doug Gray

        Watch the language. This is your second and now final warning for it.

  13. Mark Moore

    And their back-up catcher steals home … this isn’t a good way to start. Look at it all you want, he was well under the tag.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Still awful either way. What did he think the guy was giving up? What a deek job by the Cubs player. And if Tucker goes to ground with it, there is no window under his legs to slide through. Wake up please

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  14. MBS

    What did I just see? Safe or out, that was a poor job at tagging.

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Didn’t look him back to 3B. Didn’t aggressively slap a tag down. Got lucky his foot bounced up.

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    • Indy Red Man

      Brain cramp by TB? He thought the guy was giving up, but put the tag on the man?

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  15. JB

    Just seems like it’s always something stupid with this club. Should have never had to go to a review.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Agreed. Little things are big things.

      The first thing Lou Piniella did as Reds manager was ream them all out for lazy, sloppy infield practice.

      Cleaning it up starts with the Skipper

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    • Yerisdad

      This is a very complacent team. Someone needs to light them up! I think Bell is a guy who refuses to do anything that hurts his players’ feelings. This is the result.

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      • RojoBenjy

        Not all of our commenters agree.

        I lean toward them being too complacent, and that starts with the manager also. Conceding the sweep of LA by letting Sal take a drubbing is Exhibit A

        However, this team has shown more heart than any team since 2012 in my opinion.

      • Yerisdad

        The Reds have almost always been fighters. However, I think in the overall performance of the day-to-day baseball, they are also quite complacent about the job. Sometimes when they get down they have a knack for fighting back and getting back into it or even winning. But too many times we see something like Naquin just did on the bases and we have to wonder why professional baseball players cannot limit these types of mistakes. Sure, no one is perfect and sometimes mistakes will be made. However, IMO the Reds as a team commit these types of mental errors at an extremely high rate. It’s the 4th inning and we’ve seen two pretty brutal mistakes (Tucker’s being luckily rectified by review). Who knows I guess! Signed, disgruntled armchair qb

  16. Melvin

    We got lucky there. lol It saved Barnhart from an embarrassing sleepness night.

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  17. VaRedsFan

    That’s twice they have benefited from a runner not getting his foot down during a slide. Jay Bruce used to do that all the time..

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  18. Redsfan4life

    Naquin has dropped like a rock. I can’t wait for Shogo. Naquin is a terrible OFer as well. Okay guy to have on the bench when you need a PH HR. But he should not be starting no more than once a week.

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    • Indy Red Man

      Not true. He’s 8 for last 29 (.276) with .400 obp. He just went 1-3 with a double & run yesterday.

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    • Indy Red Man

      I like the fact Shogo gets on base, but he has zero arm and zero power. Any ball in the gap then they’re making 2B with any speed at all because he cannot throw.

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  19. RojoBenjy

    Interesting convo by the TV team about the move to do when Shogo returns

    I’m wondering if the best move is send India down so he keeps playing every day.
    Blandino is the utility guy and emergency pitcher.

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    • centerfield

      I want to see Blandino pitching to Farmer some day….

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  20. JB

    Two first fastballs to Bryant. HR and a double. Maybe his 3rd time up they can call another one.

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  21. RojoBenjy

    Mahle velo down, this the result? or is he tipping again?

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  22. Mark Moore

    Is he throwing grapefruits up there? This is getting very ugly very quickly.

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  23. VaRedsFan

    It wouldn’t be a series unless Rizzo took our boys deep.

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  24. LDS

    Closing in on last place. So much for turning it around once the Reds returned home. The Cubs aren’t that tough. If you can take two from the Dodgers on the road, taking two from the Cubs at home should have been trivial.

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  25. Tomn

    Mahle looks to have very low energy today. I guess it’s obvious.

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    • Indy Red Man

      I think he must’ve got really wired up for LA being a Californian and didn’t get it back today.

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  26. JB

    One thing about the Cubs is this probably wont be the same team on the field in August. Rizzo, Baez and Bryant are free agents after the season and Cubs already tried to low ball Rizzo by offering him a 1 year deal. They arent signing all 3 so somebody will get moved at the deadline in order to get something for them. Not to mention Contreras is a free agent in 2023 and arb eligible after this year.

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  27. Indy Red Man

    93 again? Mahle 1-3 mph off his velocity again. Do our guys warm up properly? Woodruff throws 96-98 one start and then 96-98 the next start. Not 93-94 then 98

    Tired of this garbage? I watch other teams and I know what I see

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    • RojoBenjy

      Hopefully he’s figured it out now and uses his other pitches

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  28. RojoBenjy

    Jesse Winker says, “I got your shift right here!”

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    • Mark Moore

      Snaked it through 2 of them! And set the table for a Blastellanos!

      Joey tries to beat the shift and then Moose jacks it.

      Back on top for now.

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  29. JB

    The way Sadak was saying he crushed it , I expected it to be 2nd deck not 6 rows deep.

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    • RojoBenjy

      It was really high in the air. that impresses the casuals.

      The real monster was Moose’s and then Henny’s

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  30. Melvin

    Another Winker/Casty score. Having them back to back is good. It’s hard to give DB credit for anything right now but I guess we can give him credit for that. 🙂

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  31. RojoBenjy

    This is getting fun!

    They said it was Eugenio’s 800th hit?

    Great job today lol

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    • LDS

      Imagine if they’d get a few hits before the HRs. This is feeling like a 2020 game. A win’s a win but it was nice in the first couple of weeks when they actually put the ball in play and racked up the hits. Scoring higher then as well.

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  32. Mark Moore

    And Geno gets his 800th hit! That will fire ’em up.

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  33. Indy Red Man

    If Suarez is going to go 1-8 every 2 games then make it a blast!

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  34. Melvin

    I’m glad for the Suarez HR but if he’s going to really get going he’s going to have to hit the other way. I hope the HR doesn’t encourage him to keep on swinging for the fences.

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    • Mark Moore

      Larkin noted his swing was way more compact and at a downward angle. That has to be key as opposed to that free-wheeling big whiff we’ve seen on Golden Sombrero days. Opposite field would surely be a part of that change in approach.

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      • Melvin

        Yeah. I was thinking more of line drives consistently.

  35. Grand Salami

    Cubs next oppo should send us ty note for wearing down their pen.

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  36. Mark Moore

    I’d really like to see Tucker get on if for other reason than to turn over the line up. More runs would definitely be sweet.

    Unless our illustrious manager chooses to pinch hit for Mahle.

    And then the TOOTBLAN

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    • RojoBenjy

      yeah i’m miffed at Naquin because Baez looked like a chump there until the TOOTBLAN

      LOL

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  37. RojoBenjy

    A biiiiiiig tootblan by Naquin

    Little things, little things.

    Like when Naquin walked, the ball went to the backstop. He didn’t even notice because he was busy undressing.

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep – that’s NOT hustle. Sure, 2B wouldn’t have happened, but casually taking off gear once the ball was rolling round isn’t what I wanted to see.

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  38. JB

    There’s our tootblan for the day. Almost had it from Barnhart but Naquin picks him up.

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  39. Roger Garrett

    Same formula.Swing hard and it goes when we make contact.Just need to figure out what it takes to score when we can’t homer.That will be the key to winning games this year.We could have 5 guys hit 20 or more very easily but it will the games like yesterday that will be the difference.

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  40. DeadRed

    Not sure how much of that was on Naquin vs House. I am beginning to think House is not a very good 3rd base coach.

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  41. Grand Salami

    Can someone give me the TOOTBLAN breakdown again?

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    • Mark Moore

      You mean the words for the acronym?

      Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop

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  42. Chris

    Trevor Williams is exactly the type of dude that shut this team down last year. Love to see the offense! Now let’s get Mahle to fight his way through 6 and have Antone finish it off for 3 heading in to the off day!

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  43. Mark Moore

    So we miss the opportunity for Da Wink to lead at best. And who knows what else might have happened given what we’ve seen so far today from the Stupid Cubs pitching?

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  44. JB

    Dodgers put up 5 in the first against Milwaukee. Reds need this win today. They got the White Sox and Rondon on Tuesday.

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      • JB

        Yep. They moved him to Friday against KC. Reds get Cease and Kuechel.

  45. Mark Moore

    Better inning by Mahle that time around. Let’s see if he can help himself out.

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  46. Old-school

    Mahle with a strong 4th inning

    Only 61 pitches- solo hr dont kill you

    Hope mahle gets through 6 then with off day tomorrow hand it over to Tejay antone hader and win the series with Sims ready

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  47. Roger Garrett

    Reds need to add on against their pen and put this game away.Yesterday they dominated us and can’t let that happen today.We will need as many as we can get to.Go Reds.

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  48. RojoBenjy

    No bueno Mahle

    Don’t give him anything in the zone

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  49. JB

    Bryant is going to miss Reds pitching when he gets traded.

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    • JB

      2 hits today and both on first pitches. Usually he let’s them go and they end up the most hittable pitches of the at bat.

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  50. Melvin

    At least that was a line drive hit by Suarez. His swing looked better that time.

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    • LDS

      Has that hot place we can’t mention here, actually frozen over? Suarez with a single?

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  51. Roger Garrett

    Rally killer by Moose on a first pitch double play after a lead off walk.

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  52. Dennis Westrick

    Not getting any warm fuzzies about a one run game, again, with the Reds bullpen filling their gas cans!

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  53. Melvin

    I like Larkin more and more especially his hitting comments.

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  54. Roger Garrett

    Always one batter to late.No way Doolittle can hold the lead right here.Need to score against their pen cause they will against ours

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  55. LDS

    Doolittle? Didn’t we see this game yesterday. He’ll allow the tying run, at least.

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    • VaRedsFan

      He allowed the go ahead hit, but the run wasn’t charged to him

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      • LDS

        Doesn’t matter. He did the same yesterday as I remember. Don’t care who the run is actually charged to. Doolittle didn’t stop anything.

  56. Roger Garrett

    Heyward is a pro.Just a ground ball moves the runner.Got to like major leaguers doing simple stuff to help their team.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Well Moustakas did the same in his first at bat—but he learned that elsewhere i’m afraid.

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  57. JB

    Bell has no feel for his bullpen. Now he gets Sims up. Smh

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    • RojoBenjy

      Can you see the future?

      I typed this after Sims’ gopher to Javi “Finger(s)” Báez

      You typed yours before that lol

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  58. Indy Red Man

    This Nico kid is hitting every heater we throw up so Bell brings in aptly named Doolittle. Genius! Atleast the kid got himself thrown out so Bell only blew the lead and didn’t give them the lead….yet

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  59. JB

    Cubs and Reds base running is something to show to kids on what not to do.

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  60. Indy Red Man

    Who’s on first? Whats on second? Doolittle is in the dugout. I thought Doolittle was pitching.

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  61. Mark Moore

    Baez looks like he’s fielding with oven mitts today.

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  62. MBS

    Doolittle has allowed 7 of 9 IR score, now 8 of 10. Why would you bring him into the game with a tied score, and a runner at 2B?

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    • VaRedsFan

      I tried looking that stat up, can you tell me where you found it? Link?

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      • MBS

        MLB.com, go to stats, click on player. Then scroll down. 1st section is Career Stats. 2nd section is Advanced Career Stats, Then in the 3 sections of stats you will see IR, and IR S.

      • MBS

        Also it looks like MLB had their stats updated live. He is now 7 of 9. I assumed that AB hadn’t counted yet.

  63. Mark Moore

    Blandino not India … guess he’s not feeling as good as we thought just yet.

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  64. Melvin

    He had to rush the throw because of Barnhart’s speed. LOL Hit in just the right place. We’ll take it.

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  65. Roger Garrett

    I don’t know if the 3 batter rule is in effect or not but if it is Sims against Heyward and then the righties is a better match up then Doolittle against Heyward then the righties.I don’t watch but I assume Nico and the back up catcher are righties

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    • Roger Garrett

      We don’t have much choice in watching Suarez and his punch outs but Blandino is not helping the team nor himself by not swinging.

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      • Indy Red Man

        He needs to go. I liked him better then Farmer, but not anymore. How many times can he stand there and watch strike 3? We can find a better utility man.

        Lets get the lead back and then the A team bullpen with tomorrow off.

      • RojoBenjy

        Would have been nice to have seen India there instead

      • Melvin

        Yeah I agree about India if he’s ready to go today.

    • VaRedsFan

      That is not new…He’s done it previous seasons too….maddening

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  66. Mark Moore

    I swear, Nick C. really looks like he’s working on his 2022 contract so far. I know it’s only May 2, but if he keeps up his pace of play, I’m thinking he opts out.

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  67. Roger Garrett

    Can we just put the ball in play for goodness sakes.

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  68. Mark Moore

    Let’s see if Geno has been paying attention to the soft tossing …

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  69. Mark Moore

    That kind of day will go a LOOOONG way toward getting Geno out of our doghouse.

    Love the aggressive baserunning by Nick C.

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  70. Melvin

    Well he’s still pulling everything but still better ABs today. Congrats to Suarez. 🙂

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    • Mark Moore

      He’s putting the bat on the ball … that’s the first thing we needed from him.

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  71. Roger Garrett

    Dude comes through in a big time way.Go Eugenio with 3 count em hits today.

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  72. JB

    Reds get 10 more runs they could probably be safe enough to bring Romano in.

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  73. Mark Moore

    I’m almost used to Larkin calling him “Henny” at this point.

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    • RojoBenjy

      My guess is that it’s his nickname Spanish, seeing as how Larkin speaks it and has known these players for years.

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      • Mark Moore

        Could be … as in “Geni” with the soft Spanish “G”

      • VaRedsFan

        Hennie…short for a u “HENIO” is my guess

      • MBS

        @Mark, As a poor student of Spanish I’d say you hit the nail on the head.

  74. RojoBenjy

    Have a day, Eugenio Suárez!!!

    Long time coming

    3 for 4 with 3 RBI and two innings left to play

    He’s Gotta feel good. Sure hope it’s a trend.

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  75. Roger Garrett

    If we ever needed 3 solid innings from our pen its this game right now and I believe it happens.Go Reds.

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  76. VaRedsFan

    Sadak said those pitches that Blandino and Naquin took yesterday weren’t strikes. He needs to check the replay. That statement comes off as whiney.

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    • DeadRed

      Yeah, I’m hearing way too much apologizing for the Reds ineptitude.

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  77. Mark Moore

    I don’t know much, but I think Mahle kind of grooved that to Baez …

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  78. JB

    Baez can’t hit off speed on the outside, why throw a fastball to a guy that doesn’t get cheated?

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  79. Indy Red Man

    Sims has great breaking stuff and Suarez chases sliders so what does Sims go with? Horrible? You might show him the fastball once or twice but only trying to paint a corner. Who’s our pitching coach that supposed to be so great again? Derek Johnson? He might be good, but these guys aren’t getting the info.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Ain’t that on Tucker “wickets” Barnhart for calling it?

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  80. VaRedsFan

    Never throw Baez hittable fastballs. It’s like paragraph one, sentence one of the manual.

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    • Roger Garrett

      I know that and I don’t have a manual.Who is calling these pitches?

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    • MBS

      No problem, I found it a couple of weeks ago. I was trying to figure out who in our pen could be trusted in those situations.

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  81. JEFF MORRIS

    Pitching Coach Derek Johnson will have to be the “Miracle Worker” with this Reds Bullpen.

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      • Doc

        He’s been on the IL. Given our injury history, he couldn’t help us from the IL. On the other hand, we have a handful of relievers who could help us by going on the IL!

  82. Roger Garrett

    Need more runs for sure.Can’t just hope we hold on.Got to keep scoring.

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  83. RojoBenjy

    C’mon boys step on their necks!

    Get a pile of runs here

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  84. Mark Moore

    That’ll do, Tuck.

    Kudos to Nick S. getting on in front of him.

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  85. Roger Garrett

    Tuck with the homer.Back up by 3 so lets keep it up.Not sure whose pen is the worst today but lets just keep scoring.

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  86. Melvin

    HR derby today. Glad we have more…so far anyway. Listen to Larkin talk about hitting. He’s good.

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  87. JEFF MORRIS

    Good Deal! Reds got those two runs back on the Barnhardt Homer! I would not take any chances though with this Reds Bullpen, keep Antone in for the 8th and 9th innings, and wrap this thing up and get a series win, especially with the day off tommorrow, bullpen has a chance to rest!

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  88. Mark Moore

    I’m going to miss this version of Nick Blastellanos … but I’ll take what we get while we can.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Which makes the sense of urgency higher to shore up the bullpen this season

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      • Mark Moore

        Careful with the logic, Rojo. You’ll get all my points for today.

    • Mark Moore

      Talked to a friend this morning who is taking the year off from being a Pirates fan. He agreed that nobody in the NLC seems to want the title.

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      • Roger Garrett

        Brewers have pitched well even though they were getting hammered the last time I looked today.I like their team and Greg Council was a player that played the game the right way and his team reflects the grinder that he was when he played.He has Hader and that is money as long as you don’t wear him out.

  89. Roger Garrett

    Big Nick with another one.Think Bob has enough cash to bring him back next year?Fans should love him.Guy is tired of losing.So are we and Bob should be and yet its early and on a great day but this guy has always hit ans appears to be getting better in the outfield.

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    • Mark Moore

      Has the funds? Yes.

      Will spend them on what is likely to be a minor bidding war? Not a chance.

      (cue sad trombone sound effect)

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  90. Roger Garrett

    WOW and Antone walks the lead off guy.So don’t ever come easy or at least it hasn’t so far this year.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      This Reds bullpen is a disaster! Twelve (12) runs against ANY team should be more than enough to win. Again, the two (2) out walks come back to haunt!

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  91. Indy Red Man

    I give up. Our pitching will be better then this, but NEVER good enough to do anything. Go Reds, but I can’t watch anymore of this nonsensen

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  92. JB

    So many mistakes in this game. Pitching , running etc. It’s like the last team to make one will win.

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  93. RojoBenjy

    I’m gonna Clete

    See you guys when it’s over lol

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  94. Melvin

    Walks always hurt especially when the ball is flying out so easily.

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  95. MBS

    Some ERAs are getting busted today. Let’s get them back in the next half inning!

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    • Dennis Westrick

      If the Reds manage to lose this game after leading 12 to 8 with 6 outs to go they deserve to be in last place in the God-awful NL Central Division

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  96. Mark Moore

    Thank you Moose for going with the pitch and the heads up turn and taking 2nd!

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  97. VaRedsFan

    It’s just one of those games. No pitcher is safe, on either side. No sense in trying to assign blame. It’s baseball.

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    • JB

      Romano raises his head and says ,” So you’re saying there is No blame today?”

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  98. Melvin

    Come on Geno. Put the ball in play here. Get the runner over.

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    • Melvin

      MMMM Swinging for the fences with two strikes is not the way.

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  99. Mark Moore

    I don’t care who your team is, I hate to see a collision like that one.

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  100. Melvin

    That’s why the CF always gets anything he can get over anyone. Should have called him off.

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    • Mark Moore

      Larkin had a comment on that. He noted it was headed for no-man’s land and may not have been called. If Happ calls him off, I think it drops. Either way, a heavy price to pay for that collision.

      And they are out of bench players and have weakened CF considerably.

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      • Melvin

        I heard that too but it looked like to me the CF could have had it or at least as much of a chance as the 2B. Dangerous play. Should have called him off. If not…get out of his way.

  101. JB

    1-2-3 by a relief pitcher? What the hay is going on out there? Hembree moves up to best relief pitcher. Let’s see how long he can hold it.

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    • Mark Moore

      If we score in the 9th, he holds the title until at least Tuesday 🙂

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      • JB

        Looks like he keeps the title because Bell likes to tinker.

  102. Melvin

    Hembree is winning us over. Let’s win it in the bottom of the 9th.

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  103. Mark Moore

    Chaffin’s look reminds me of some other old-school pitcher, but I can’t remember who? It’s the bushy mini-fro and the stache …

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    • Mark Moore

      Zero accountability. Zero quality control. If I were the players, I’d make some pretty hard demands on the CBA about that. This is beyond ridiculous. It’s altering outcomes of games.

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  104. Mark Moore

    And now, for your entertainment, extra innings adventures with AG!

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  105. Mark Moore

    Larkin about AG … “Tougher on everyone when he’s good.”

    That pretty well says it.

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  106. JB

    Crazy. Tinker Bell thinks that Garrett cant get the pitcher out.

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  107. Mark Moore

    I’m not completely opposed to this change despite AG just having made two guys look bad. Arrieta is hitting and wouldn’t likely fall for the garbage away pitches.

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  108. Tim

    Ridiculously inconsistent strike zone.

    Finish it now Reds.

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  109. Mark Moore

    OK – time to put this one away. Who’s on 2nd?

    2 solid fly balls is all it takes … or one long single … or a lot of other possibilities. Maybe we can beat them today after all.

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  110. Mark Moore

    I’d have gone with a 7-man infield personally … 🙂

    What a day for Nick C!!!

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  111. Mark Moore

    Great interview between Day and Nick … he’s not bragging, sounds grateful, and talking with team words. I like this version of Nick, that’s for sure.

    See y’all on Tuesday.

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  112. Doc

    Hard to blame Bell when he does not have a single reliable reliever who can shut to door right now. How many of these big rallies have two outs and no runs in and by the time the third out is recorded the Reds have given up a crooked number. At least they won today, and keep my Cub fan son in law’s favorite firmly in the cellar.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Well Antone was undoubtedly going to have a clinker at some point (every player does even the best), I just wish he hadn’t picked this game!

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      • Amarillo

        I’m glad he picked the game we scored 13 runs, rather than a lower scoring game aha.

  113. Chris

    Walk ‘em off, Nick!

    2 out of 3 the (unnecessarily) hard way!

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    • Mark Moore

      Very true … my final 1000 points for that comment today.

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  114. LDS

    Well, the Reds tried to lose all day. Castellanos wouldn’t let them. Playing for free agency at season’s end.

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