After beating the Pirates in two out of three games, the Cincinnati Reds (17-17) head to Coors Field in Denver for a four game series with the 13-24 Colorado Rockies.

First pitch is at 8:40 ET. The game can be found on Bally Sports Ohio for the TV viewers or 700 WLW for the radio listeners.

The Rockies come into the series in last place in the National League West, already 9.5 games out of first place. They’re 8th in the NL in team OPS and last in the NL in pitching with a 5.09 team ERA. This could be a Coors Field problem, but it probably has more to do with the fact that they don’t have a very good rotation.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xERA FIP xFIP WHIP K% BB%
Luis Castillo 33.2 6.82 4.83 4.56 4.03 1.63 16.8% 6.5%
Chi Chi Gonzalez 28.2 5.97 7.09 4.57 4.85 1.57 11.9% 7.0%

REDS

Luis Castillo tries to rebound from another underwhelming start against Cleveland on Saturday in which he surrendered four earned runs on five hits in just four innings while walking two and striking out only two.

Doug Gray wrote a good article on Castillo a few days ago digging deeper into why he is struggling. Players are hitting less ground balls against him this season. In 2020, his GB% rate was 58.4%. Thus far in 2021, it’s only at 51.4%. While this can be one factor for Castillo’s struggles, the bigger factor is probably that opposing players are swinging and missing fewer times against him. His Whiff% for his four-seam fastball currently sits at 17.1 percent. Last year, it was at 37.2 percent.

Velocity is not his problem. Castillo’s still throwing high 90’s on his fastball and high-80’s for his breaking pitches. Location, however, is key. He’s missing up in the zone. He said it himself in his post game interview on Saturday: his pitches are too high in the zone and he needs to work on finding the lower part of the strike zone.

ROCKIES

In his most recent start, right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez got tattooed by the St. Louis Cardinals. They tagged him for seven runs on eight hits in four innings, at that wasn’t at Coors Field. It was at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Gonzalez’s average velocity is about 91.8 mph for the fastball and mid-80s for the slider and the change up. He’s not a power pitcher, by any stretch. He throws six pitches, but only two with any regularity: the four-seam fastball and the slider. He also adds in the change up about 10.7 percent of the time, but almost always to left-handed batters. His cutter is used only about 9.0 percent of the time, but it has the highest Whiff% at 31.6%.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Colorado Rockies

CF Nick Senzel LF Raimel Tapia
LF Jesse Winker 1B Connor Joe
RF Nick Castellanos RF Charlie Blackmon
1B Mike Moustakas 2B Ryan McMahon
3B Eugenio Suárez 3B Josh Fuentes
C Tucker Barnhart C Dom Nunez
SS Kyle Farmer CF Yonathan Daza
2B Jonathan India SS Alan Trejo
P Luis Castillo P Chi Chi Gonzalez

News and Notes

There is some good news and some not-so-good news on injured Reds today. Michael Lorenzen is going to start throwing after an MRI came back showing he was good to go. Aristides Aquino also got some positive news in his rehab process. Joey Votto has not resumed any baseball activities yet.

Here’s the game reviews from the minor-league affiliates’ games last night.

Finally, I wrote about the Reds’ catching duo of Tucker Barnhart and Tyler Stephenson exceeding expectations so far in 2021, in case you missed it this morning.

149 Responses

  1. docproc

    Connor Joe! I remember that name. He was ours for a hot minute. 🙂

    • Nelson Coble

      This is an embarrassment. Luis needs sent down to find himself. I thought Johnson was the pitcher whisperer. Luis is getting worse. Reds are making the Rockies pitcher look like Nolan Ryan and the Reds pitchers are making the Rockies hitters look like the the yankees of old.

  2. Sliotar

    That Rockies lineup looks like the Reds of 2016, with Blackmon as the “name” guy in place of Votto, and lot of “who” and “meh” mostly elsewhere in the lineup.

    Josh Fuentes is Nolan Arenado’s cousin … but he’s not Arenado.

    Fun thought experiment … what would Winker’s wRC+ and WAR be if he was a Rockies player, and got 81 games in Denver, plus 9 or 10 more at Chase Field in Phoenix?

    Go Redlegs.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah but then you’re facing LAs pitching a ton plus all the California pitchers parks. Average would go up, but HRs definitely down

  3. BatsLeftThrowsRight

    Thought it was Miley’s turn to pitch?

    • RojoBenjy

      There was an article on Reds.com about swapping to give Miley more rest

    • Indy Red Man

      They swapped out his turn with Castillo to put Luis on the normal 4 days rest and maybe straighten him out.

  4. LDS

    Like to see India wake up tonight and have a strong game. And Castillo, of course. A sweep of Colorado would be terrific

    • Melvin

      Yeah. It’s interesting isn’t it the India is playing basically in place of Naquin against a RH pitcher with Senzel moving to CF? Not like Bell.

      • LDS

        Shhh. Bell still has time to change the lineup. I keep hoping a number of players would catch fire and eliminate some of Bell’s decision making.

      • Indy Red Man

        Huge outfield so they need a CF that can cover some ground.

      • Melvin

        Good explanation. That may be his thinking. If so does that mean we won’t see Naquin this whole series again RH pitching?

      • Melvin

        Good explanation. That may be his thinking. If so does that mean we won’t see Naquin this whole series against RH pitching?

  5. BenchWarmer

    I think the Reds are planning to send India to Louisville when they return home, and probably bring up AlfRod to play SS. Farmer is getting a shot at SS, sort of, but I don’t think they really view it as an audition for the full time job. He’s a utility guy, and there’s nothing wrong with that. India needs to play every day, and Senzel has proven that he’s capable at 2b; Naquin and Shogo need playing time as well. AlfRod is off to a good start with the bat, why not get him up and see what he can do, at a minimum it should improve the infield defense. Garcia can then go to Louisville and play every day, and his return to the Reds will depend on how well Alf-Rod plays (and obviously how well he does in AAA).

  6. BenchWarmer

    The Colorado OF is huge, if they really believe that Senzel covers the most ground this alignment makes sense. It would also explain why they’ve kept India up rather than send him down; when they return home they can move Senzel back to 2b, send India down, and roll with Naquin/Shogo in CF. It seems to me that when Votto is out (Moose at 1b) the best approach is to get AlfRod’s glove at SS and play Senzel at 2b. When Votto returns? No idea, though there’s no question Votto, Moose, and Suarez are going to play most days, which means Senzel back to CF. I think the Suarez at SS experiment is over.

  7. Indy Red Man

    Lame effort by Moose? No need to reach for a borderline pitch on the first pitch of an at-bat? I don’t think he’s a particularly talented hitter, but he’s usually a good situational hitter.

    • docproc

      Maddening. All that good work by Winker and Castellanos, down the drain in one pitch.

  8. Indy Red Man

    1-2 pitch right down the middle again. I’ve had it with Castillo. 1-6 when he’s on the mound. Worst team in NL without Story and probably make us 1-7 with LC

    Put him in the pen already.

  9. Melvin

    “india is the best infielder we have”. – The Cowboy

  10. Sliotar

    Rockies are all over Castillo.

    No taking … hacking at everything.

    Almost like they know he can’t/won’t throw some pitches.

  11. Old-school

    Castillo is going to get an outfielder hurt with these laser beams to the fence

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Always facing a deficit after 2 or 3 innings with LC on the mound! Good grief!

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s horrible. He’s not remotely close to turning it around. The movement isn’t there and he’s just handing out cookies with 2 strikes. No put-away pitch whatsover.
      Swap him out with Antone or they’re looking at another Homer Bailey 20 straight Reds losses situation.

  13. Roger Garrett

    Three straight change ups.Rockies are awful but Luis making them look really good.He will have to do something different cause he gets hammered right out of the gate.

  14. LDS

    Not the start I was looking for from Castillo. Beginning to get real concerning. The Reds go nowhere if he’s not delivering.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Can’t wait for LC to return to form when the weather warms up this summer! Something has to change and change quickly!

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s lost. He’s getting worse instead of better. Time for Bell to think outside the box. Maybe replace Castillo/Hoffman with Antone/Garrett in the rotation. Or try Lodolo?
      The Cards are consistently winning with good pitching and we’re going to get buried if Bell doesn’t try something.

  15. Dennis Westrick

    Offensive juggernaut! One (1) hit thru 3 innings against a AAA pitcher!

    • Sliotar

      DW … are you seeing the future?

      It’s only the bottom of the 2nd.

      (Granted … India and Castillo are first 2 batters of third).

      • Dennis Westrick

        My Bad! Hope it doesn’t become a reality! I have faith we’ll score some runs but let’s not wait until the 10th inning!

  16. Roger Garrett

    Hitters have no patience.The Rockies starter is awful but we can’t wait to get back to the dugout.So long and Go Reds.Castillo may have to take one for the team tonight which may be a good thing for him.Let him throw 100 pitches regardless of how mant he gives up.

    • Indy Red Man

      The Reds are an aggressive team. I get what you’re saying, but if their guy is throwing strikes then its not going to get better with a 1-2 count. They are 4th in mlb in ops I think. My only complaint along those lines is the weak at-bat Moose had in the 1st with 2 on/1 out where he swung at a borderline first pitch. Castellanos is taking some walks occasionally so he gets it!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Great point about the lack of hitter patience! I was watching the MLB Network recently and they were talking about the “plate discipline” shown by the Chicago White Sox hitters. The White Sox record? 22-13

    • RojoBenjy

      6-0 in the 4th. He’s not close like he said. Big disappointment.

      Who saw this coming?

      Big time bummer with a capital B

  17. Ted Alfred

    Castillo’s not going to get fixed if he doesn’t start throwing more fastballs and locating them better.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Senzel out. I’m shocked. They need to look into these gopher holes they put out in CF for him and only him.

  19. LDS

    Akiyama for Senzel? Not another injury I hope.

  20. Melvin

    Senzel hurt again? Feel sorry for the guy. As soon as he starts to play well……..

  21. ClevelandRedsFan

    Senzel out of the game. He can’t play outfield without getting hurt. Permanent infielder.

    • Melvin

      Most guys get hurt less when playing regularly in the outfield than the infield. It might be the opposite for him.

    • Indy Red Man

      Leadoff hitters run more, slide more, and deal with a higher chance of catcher collisions. He wouldn’t make it 45 days there either

      • Melvin

        Well the outfield sure isn’t working for him is it? Poor guy. It’s possible he’s more comfortable in the infield for some reason. Who knows? If so that alone could possibly cut down on the injuries.

      • Indy Red Man

        Poor guy is not what comes to mind for me. Its a bonus baby that is highly overrated and often injured. Jerry Hairston Jr. was twice as good as him and they shipped him away pretty quick back in the day. My patience is done. I’ve never seen anyone in their mid-20s fall apart like he does just running in the outfield.

      • Melvin

        With all the uncertainty in the outfield the next several months with injuries and Casty maybe not being here I personally sure wouldn’t give up on Aquino yet. Find a way to keep him on the roster. Winker is somewhat injury prone too to a lesser extent.

      • Melvin

        At least we know it’s not because of lack of effort.

      • Indy Red Man

        He did made some nice plays at 2B the other night. He’s been hitting better then India so send India down and leave Senzel at 2B when he’s back.

      • Melvin

        Until Votto comes back. LOL A lot of discussion has been on here about who will replace Votto when he retires. Well if we want to keep Senzel in the lineup 1B might be the spot for him eventually.

    • Corky Miller

      Had no chance to catch that ball. I hear gamer, ballplayer, and whatever else to make him sound gritty and tough, but I don’t see it.

      Makes Griffey and Eric Davis look like Cal Ripken.

      He came out for a bum shoulder already this year after a dive at GABP.

      • RojoBenjy

        Why do you only comment to crack on Senzel?

  22. docproc

    Random: Cowboy treats Sadak with more respect than does Welsh.
    Welsh seems to want to disagree with every observation Sadak makes, and he doesn’t like fielding his questions, either.

    • Sliotar

      Cowboy made his bones with Marty (who never bothered me the way he seems to have bothered #RedsTwitter) … getting along with anyone else must seem like child’s play.

      I can’t handle Sadak. IMO … a minor-league guy way over his skis, and does over-the-top stuff to compensate. Maybe Welsh sniffs that out as well.

    • Corky Miller

      Noticed that too between Welsh and Sadak. To Welsh’s defense, Sadak can be annoying sometimes.

    • RojoBenjy

      Sadak is junior varsity and sounds just like THom but i’m so glad that he ISN’T THom

      • Sliotar

        Yeah … not caring for Sadak is not … in any way … missing Thom.

      • RojoBenjy

        @Sliotar we were posting at the same time. I think your assessment is pretty good.

        Corky you too. I agree can be annoying.

        But no son of Brennaman = just fine and dandy!

    • docproc

      I’m not a big fan of Sadak either–seriously needs to take a chill pill–but I dislike how Welsh talks down to him.

  23. Roger Garrett

    Cy Gonzalez right after Cy Cahill.That is not fair.Maybe Castillo knew the Reds weren’t going to score for him again so he just decided to get it over early.

  24. Sliotar

    Not good for Ye Olde Redlegs ATM … but Chi Chi’s pitch count is creeping into the Coors SP Red Zone.

    Top of Reds lineup might do some damage the third time up.

    • RojoBenjy

      Hope they make him look like Chi Chi Rodriguez up there!

      And by the way Mexicanos must giggle their heads off. Look up Chi Chis in Spanish dictionary if you can

  25. LDS

    Impressive, one of the worse teams in baseball, against a pitcher that charitably could be called “not great”, and the Reds have 3 hits in 4 innings, in a hitter’s park, no less. Scheduling gave them a great opportunity this week to move into 2nd place or at least close the gap depending on the Mil-StL and this is what they’re doing? Maybe they need a new hitting coach, not that that should be an acceptable excuse. Roughly, 20% of the season is over.

  26. Melvin

    That’s an example of a tough player that can take a beating with Moose there. It’s not his fault but Senzel probably would have been injured there. His body just can’t take much.

  27. RedsMonk65

    Senzel has a left heel contusion, per Mark Sheldon

  28. Melvin

    That would have been a good spot for Casty to dive for the ball. It wasn’t going anywhere and India was right there to pick it up. Could have saved two runs.

  29. RedsMonk65

    Looking like a long night for the Reds…

    Just do not have much confidence in this team overall right now. There are bright spots and brief stretches where they look competitive. But overall … nope. Not yet anyway.

  30. Roger Garrett

    Game over.No chance to comeback anyway so see you tomorrow.

  31. Tom Mitsoff

    Castillo does have two minor-league options remaining. It may be a reasonable idea to let him work things out at Louisville.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        He has no idea where the ball is going, and Derek Johnson hasn’t been able to do anything about it. I think it’s time to let him try to figure things out and perhaps regain some confidence at Louisville.

      • Melvin

        He certainly has no confidence now.

    • LDS

      Send him down and let him work on it. The alleged ace, having allowed more runs than innings pitched, needs a tune up. This is just embarrassing.

  32. Dennis Westrick

    As Dandy Don Meredith used to say on Monday Night Football during a rout, “Turn Out The Lights The Party’s Over:!

    • RojoBenjy

      I tend to agree but it IS Coors Field.

  33. Chris

    It’s crazy to say, but we have a chance to win this game. Chi Chi Gonzalez is not even a Double-A pitcher. He’ll get lit up soon enough and the Rockies bullpen is also trash. I just hope we don’t run up the white flag (Sal Romano) in the 5th or 6th. Let’s use our good (and well-rested) relievers and try to steal one.

  34. Melvin

    We’re in Colorado with fifteen outs left. Wouldn’t say it’s over yet.

  35. Old-school

    Disappointing but the Reds went 1-5 against Arizona. Very difficult to win a 4 game series after losing game 1.

    Reds dont have stopper Trevor Bauer this year either or a rotation that can reel off 8-2 or 14-5 streak

    Starting to look like who they have been. Its pirates and Rockies.

  36. SoCalRedsFan

    Going to say it…Castillo looks like he doesn’t give a crap. I’m not saying he doesn’t, just that his body language is bad.

    • Chris

      Eh… I have bad days at work all the time and don’t go beat the office printer with the stapler. He’s a pro and he’s trying. I’m sure he’s burned up about not succeeding.

  37. Jon

    Why on earth is Castillo still pitching?!? Antone’s pitched a whopping 1.1 innings since May 5- the best pitcher on the staff. Meanwhile, the genius that is David Bell switched the rotation to give the best starter an extra day off, two total extra days, while the worst this year is throwing batting practice tonight. And the Reds batters can’t hit this horrible Rockies starter.

  38. BatsLeftThrowsRight

    Winker and Castellanos, neither one get particular good jumps on balls, they take a bunch of first steps back that turn into bloop singles.

    I am sick of watching this team beat up on bad pitching one night, then get lost for a few days. This team are what they are: mediocre, until further notice.

  39. RojoBenjy

    Clete has his finger on the off button

    • RojoBenjy

      And now he’s pressing it. Bye y’all

      If they win I’ll find out tomorrow

  40. Chris

    Bottom Line Facts:

    Castillo has been trash since opening day, with zero starts eliciting anything remotely close to a 1 or even a 2 starter

    Suarez is in a competition as he, for his position and for what we expected/need from him may be worse. Pathetic really since his 49 homer year. Was better than this last year but easy when the bar is .150.

    Senzel isn’t very good AND is injury prone. His numbers say who he is. Not impressed. That pick it’s safe to say is a miss.

    Moose as a whole(so far since his signing) has been major disappointment.

    Catching tandem is better than thought, so far

    Winker out of his mind good

    Castellanos been stud so far.

    Shogo proving to be horrible signing which could have been predicted at time due to plethora of capable and/or other mediocre outfielders.

    Miley been great this year, obviously.

    Bullpen minus Antone(who should be starting) and Hembree been complete trash.

    Votto been mediocre AT BEST since 2018.

    Can’t be any good when arguably your best SP and best Hitter are both utter garbage.

    • BatsLeftThrowsRight

      Bottom line, check out the Red’s run differential against the Pirates, then check out their run differential against the rest of the league. Comparing those two numbers sums things up pretty succinctly.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Oh, what could have been! Think back when the Reds had a chance to get Christian Yelich!

      • RojoBenjy

        Yeah- but Bell would be platooning him anyway

      • Melvin

        Come on. Don’t make me laugh too hard. hahaha

  41. Corky Miller

    I simply asked the same question. You’re response the other day was he’s a “ballplayer” that’s why. Well ballplayers don’t come out of the game as easily as he seems to.

    Why do you constantly prop him up, while wanting to run others out of town?

    BTW where did I crack on him? Saying he’s always hurt isn’t true?

    Look, he is a solid average hitter, with a little pop and a decent athlete. He was a 3rd baseman at UT for a reason. He has no business being 2 for 9 in SBs. Should be at 2nd base and batting 6-8 in order. He’s in his age 26 season, so he may be a little more then that during his peak, but he is not a superstar.

    Take the .260/.315 from Senzel and let Naquin or Shogo play CF/Leadoff.

    • RojoBenjy

      I got you. I certainly get on board with “he was a 3B for a reason” and I think when he was ready they should have shopped Suárez. A matter of hanging on to overperformers too soon ( see Iglesias, Raisel and Frazier, Todd)

      I’m disappointed that Senzel got hurt tonight and wish they’d leave him on the dirt.

  42. Indy Red Man

    Yesterday the movie is pretty clever! I recommend it! Been humming it for days and it applies to Mr Castillo unfortunately

    Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
    Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
    Oh, I believe in yesterday

    Suddenly I’m not half the (pitcher) man I used to be
    There’s a shadow hanging over me
    Oh, yesterday came suddenly

  43. Sliotar

    Here is a thought on Senzel and the injury/leave game thing ….

    What if it’s driven by being a No. 2 overall pick and being (likely) told, at every stage of the minors … “you feel a tweak, shut it down before it could get worse, get out of the game”

    That’s what he knows … add in his bout of vertigo … and Bell platoons/switches a lot anyway ….

    Senzel feels something not right … he gone.

    • Old-school

      Its a bruised heel
      Moose hurt a finger.

      Im more concerned 7 of the soon to be 18 red losses are blow outs and non competitive.

      5+ runs or more

    • RojoBenjy

      I don’t know Sliotar

      Is that what the high picks are told? Maybe someone can enlighten

      • Sliotar

        I don’t know, either … but I have read with other teams that high picks are treated with kid gloves often … trying to keep them from a big injury before making The Show.

        Doug G would certainly know any backstory on Senzel.

  44. LDS

    So is Moose injured as well? Or is Bell just being Bell?

    • DaveCT

      Looks like Moose dislocated or, at a minimum, hyper-extended his finger. Hurts. I suspect he’ll be back soon.

  45. DaveCT

    I like Carson Fullmer. I like his improvements, too. This guy really competes.

  46. DeadRed

    This team is unwatchable too many times already this season.

    • DeadRed

      It’s hard for me to understand how any professional sports team can look this bad. In any game.

    • Sliotar

      Spot On, DeadRed.

      I am not sitting through this many nights if I wasn’t born into Reds Fandom.

      Have seen way too many ABs tonight of guys upper-cutting at ball at their ankles and popping out.

      Maybe a few of those are a HR at GABP … rarely on the road.

  47. Melvin

    That was an example of how Farmer is an average SS. A good one at least would have made that closer without throwing it away.

    • Old-school

      I think the Reds used the votto injury to give cover to Suarez and the failed SS experiment

      They are also using the Votto injury to give Farmer one last look on the roster. They have Elite defensive SS at AAA and AA who need more time after the lost year of development to evaluate

      • RojoBenjy

        Well— if that is the case, then the organization realistically isn’t considering themselves contenders and perhaps that will make us obsessed fans a bit more relaxed.

        Or something

      • Melvin

        You may be right. Alfrod and Garcia are both getting closer. They may be the SS and 2B of the future. Who knows? As I’ve been saying I like Farmer as a backup catcher if/when Barnhart is gone so keeping him on the roster may be a good idea. He doesn’t have options left does he?

      • DaveCT

        I think you are correct. Adequate, or satisfactoy. Which is not bad. Just not above average or great.

  48. Melvin

    Aki doesn’t have the arm to play CF. The range yes. The arm no. He’s a LF but I think we already have one. lol

  49. Corky Miller

    Totally agree. The organization jerked this kid around and never made the commitment to one position. They should have left him at 2b and let him develop his bat.

    It’s unfortunate but all these injuries add up and take a toll. All the off seasons rehabbing instead of improving. Plus learning a new position only to have then extend Suarez, sign Shogo, etc.

    He may have a season or two at Andrew Benintendis level, and if so that would be great, but he’s not a franchise player yet in my book.

    • RojoBenjy

      It’s looking that way more and more. Especially if he misses time for his sore foot

  50. Melvin

    Question: If Romano is only good enough to pitch in mop up situations then why is he on the ML roster?

    • RojoBenjy

      Because Romano is a really delicious cheese!

      That makes as much sense as any other answer

  51. DaveCT

    If Moose is gonna be out a bit, Suarez, as the elder, can go to 1B, with India to 2B, and Nick to 3B. Farmer, or whoever, is at SS. Who cares? Stephenson increasing at C, Winker rising, Nick C., getting more bought in. Moose as Moose. Suarez/Votto, in decline. Naquin/Shogo in CF. .

      • Melvin

        That might be worth it just to drive Cards fans crazy. 🙂

      • DaveCT

        Tyler. Wow. You are most certainly ready for the Show. Welcome.

  52. DeadRed

    I hate the sentiment with this team that seems to keep saying “it’s still early”… “we’re taking precautions”, etc. There doesn’t appear to be any urgency. It’s just ho hum. I hear a lot of excuses for the constant poor performance though. When does it become “we need to light a fire under some asses”, or “there is no tomorrow”? It seems as though this team is way passive and content ala David Bell.

    Okay rant over.

    • Melvin

      If it makes you feel any better I’ve though that about Bell since the beginning of the 60 game season last year. 🙂

    • Indy Red Man

      Thats the thing .500 isn’t a constantly poor performance. Its not good, but its good enough to blame their issues on slow starts, Lorenzen, etc.

      • DeadRed

        I hear ya. It’s just crazy to see them play so good in one game (offensively), and not even show up on the next. Truly boom or bust.

    • Trainradio

      David Bell is an issue as a manager. He just is.

      • LDS

        Agreed. And it’s obvious to anyone that’s managed, regardless of the field.

    • Indy Red Man

      Personally I don’t think Bell has done that badly so far. I’d give him a C+

      That game where Mahle shutout the Dbacks thru 8 and then Bell let Garrett blow it was maddening, but he counted on Suarez, Castillo, and Garrett preseason so you can’t give up on them in April. He did move Garrett out of high leverage and finally dropped Suarez in the order.

      What can he do when he really has only 2-3 good hitters and a bad bullpen plus 2 holes in the rotation as well. IDK? Its a tough hill to climb. Their ceiling is probably .500 or a few games over.

      • RojoBenjy

        What can he do?

        Execute a double switch of course

  53. Melvin

    Opposite field HR by Stephenson. Catcher of the future?

    • Indy Red Man

      Maybe 1B? He’s too big to be a catcher….or atleast as agile as a normal sized guy. I would love to see him get fulltime atbats, but Tucker has been hitting well too and he’s so much better defensively.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. He has to get better defensively. He does have a good arm though. He did throw a bullet to get Billy Hamilton.

    • DaveCT

      Tyler. Wow. You are most certainly ready for the Show. Welcome.

    • Sliotar

      This is Garbage Time Offense … on Steroids.

  54. RojoBenjy

    Bob Steve has chance for revenge as it were.

    • RojoBenjy

      But he didn’t take advantage lol

  55. Indy Red Man

    I think Blandino could be a pretty decent offensive player if they ever ran him out there fulltime. He obviously won’t chase bad pitches…..or good pitches too in some cases, but he can play!

  56. Sliotar

    This is Garbage Time Offense … on Steroids.

    • RojoBenjy

      Clete peeked and now he’s hooked again

      Don’t know how to quit these Redlegs lol

  57. DeadRed

    When Jonathan India is smashing opo tacos, you know Coors field is a gift.

  58. Chris

    Great job.., let’s see if we can get Sims and Antone down to 1 total inning pitched per month. Gotta save those guys for August when we’re 10 games below .500.

  59. LDS

    Lots to dislike about this game but when you score 8 and pull within 2, you go with a reliever that keeps you in the game. Chalk this up to another Bell-ism. Likely going to lose anyway but don’t make it so easy.

    • RED THUNDER

      Yes agree! Bell worked his magic and the Reds hitters didn’t try very hard in the top of 9th inning. Shogo and Nick C. swinging at the first pitch needing base runners. Hats off to Jesse Winker for working the walk. Shame after coming back and making a game out of that mess.

  60. Chris

    I actually like the team… they have some dudes. Should be competitive in a weak division. Here are some things:

    -David Bell is horrible. One of the worst to do it.
    – Antone should lead this team in IP. His underuse is criminal.
    -Cionel Perez, Kyle Farmer, Jeff Hoffman, and Sal Romano are not Major League players. I know every team has depth issues – but can we at least get a modicum of talent at these spots?
    -David Bell is horrible. Yesterday was one of the worst-managed games I’ve ever seen. A pitcher is pinch-hitting in the 10th inning because we set out bench on fire. You don’t play the Pirates every game. Bell is worth between -5 and -10 wins/year in my idiotic estimation.