The Chicago Cubs come back to Great American Ball Park this afternoon to take on the Cincinnati Reds in game two of their 3-game set. Cincinnati will look to seal a series win. First pitch is set for 4:10pm.

Starting Lineups

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Joc Pederson – LF Jonathan India – 2B
Kris Bryant – 3B Jesse Winker – LF
Javier Báez – SS Nick Castellanos – RF
Anthony Rizzo – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Willson Contreras – C Tyler Stephenson – C
Jason Heyward – RF Tyler Naquin – CF
Ian Happ – 2B Eugenio Suárez – 3B
Rafael Ortega – CF Kyle Farmer – SS
Adbert Alzolay – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle

The breakout from 2020 for Tyler Mahle has continued into 2021. Over the last two seasons he’s now pitched in 26 games and thrown 132.0 innings with a 3.68 ERA, just 103 hits allowed, walked 48, and he’s struck out 165 hitters.

Mahle has faced the Cubs twice this season. The first time was on May 2nd and while the Reds ultimately won the game 13-12, it was a tough day for Mahle as he allowed three homers and six earned runs in 5.0 innings. The next time was on May 30th and he allowed just one hit in 5.0 shutout innings as the Reds took the victory in that one, too.

There are some big splits for Tyler Mahle. Lefties have done very little against him this season, posting a .189/.280/.284 line against him on the year. Righties are doing much better, hitting .248/.307/.467 against him. He’s struggled at home where opponents have hit .270/.326/.516 against him (nearly 300 points of OPS higher at home than on the road for Mahle). His ERA this year at Great American Ball Park is 6.75, while it’s just 2.01 on the road.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Slider Splitter
Velo 94.3 87.3 86.4
Usage 51.5% 36.3% 12.2%

Adbert Alzolay

It’s been a bit of a tough season for Adbert Alzolay, who has posted a 4-7 record with a 4.55 ERA (85 ERA+). He doesn’t give up a bunch of hits, has a good walk rate, and a solid strikeout rate. But when guys do get hits, they tend to go for damage as he’s allowed 14 home runs in just 65.1 innings this season.

Alzolay has faced the Reds once this year and things went well as he shut them out in 5.2 innings as the Cubs won the game 1-0 on May 28th. He’s struggled in his last three starts, allowing 11 earned runs in just 10.2 innings – including five homers.

There are some big splits for Adbert Alzolay. Right-handed hitters have a .190/.254/.302 line against him with just seven extra-base hits against him in 139 plate appearances. Left-handed hitters, however, have crushed him by comparison. Lefties have a .241/.318/.578 line with six doubles and 11 home runs in 129 plate appearances against him this year. He’s also struggled a bit on the road, posting a 5.34 ERA (3.86 at home) while hitters have a 101 point advantage in OPS against him on the road as well.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Curve Change
Velo 93.6 93.5 86.0 80.8 84.8
Usage 20.7% 28.1% 45.4% 1.6% 4.1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: ­77°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Buyers or Sellers?

C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic spoke with Nick Krall for an article published this morning about whether the Reds could be buyers or sellers this year as we get within 4 weeks of the trade deadline.

There’s a lot of stuff in the article, so please go read it. But this quote stuck out to me a little more than the others (again, go read it, there’s more than a few things of note in here):

Within reason,” Krall noted when asked if he could spend money. “We’re just working through it, just have to monitor the trade market to see how we can best improve the club.

What’s next for Jeff Hoffman?

The question that’s been asked 1000 times on this website over the last few weeks still doesn’t have a definitive answer, but talking out loud it sure doesn’t sound like a vote of confidence for a return to the rotation. But hey, I’ve been wrong before on trying to read into things people say.

Michael Feliz to begin a rehab assignment

In a case of “we may have forgot he was on the Reds”, Michael Feliz will begin a rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats according to The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Charlie Goldsmith. He was claimed off of waivers and then activated on May 17th. three weeks later he was placed on the injured list with a right elbow injury. He’s been out since June 8th, but he’ll begin throwing again in Triple-A with the hopes of re-joining the bullpen soon.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 50 33 0 89.3%
Cubs 42 40 7.5 10.0%
Reds 41 40 8.0 11.7%
Cardinals 41 42 9.0 3.6%
Pirates 29 52 20.0 0.0%

177 Responses

  1. LDS

    One of Farmer or Suarez should be sitting, preferably Suarez. Lopez needs ABs until he proves he can’t hit, something Suarez seems determined to prove about himself.

    • Mark Moore

      I was thinking what a line-up that would be. Capable hitters in the first 7 spots and sometimes hitter at #8.

  2. Bet on Red

    Gotto think they are doing a crash course in SS for lopez during pregame practice etc. There are 3 DH games coming up though so thats that. Hopefully Mahle returns to form at home.

    • Mark Moore

      Seriously doubt it. I’d reckon that would have to be a desperate emergency because Farmer, Freeman, and Geno were out. I know it’s on the wish list for many, but I don’t see it happening.

      • Doug Gray


        There’s no reason at all to believe the Reds are even considering it. Lopez spent all of June in Triple-A where Errol Robinson was playing shortstop for crying out loud. If they believed for even a tenth of a second that Lopez could play shortstop, he would have played some shortstop in Louisville to see what would happen. Instead they let Errol Robinson play shortstop in Louisville and then promptly demoted Robinson to Double-A when the team called up Jose Barrero to Triple-A after Lopez was promoted. The Reds have been very clear that with their actions since 2015 that they have zero belief that Lopez could play shortstop.

      • LDS

        Better chance of India at SS than Lopez. Lopez has a total of 11 games at SS. India had 27 games. Most of India’s games were at 3rd while most of Lopez’s games were at 2B. So maybe one could argue to swap them. But at the end of the day, the Reds need a SS and it’s not India, Lopez, Senzel, Farmer, or Suarez. Maybe it’s Barrero but at the moment, he’s not hitting well at Louisville, albeit a very small sample size. I’d argue for a trade, insurance to give Barrero time to grow. Someone suggested CJ Abrams though he isn’t MLB ready either. Trevor Story isn’t having a great year and the Rockies sure aren’t going to re-sign him. Trade a controlled, affordable player like Suarez. Trade Moustakas though I expect he’s too expensive. Regardless, there are options. The Reds FO just needs to start doing their job. And Castellini needs to pony up the money to be competitive.

      • MFG

        Jose Barrero is our future SS and he will be called up soon!

    • Jim Walker

      I am holding my hopes in check for the DH games. Probably Votto to DH and Ty.Steve to 1B vs RH pitching and maybe the Punisher at DH with Votto back at 1B and TS behind the plate if they get a LH starter.

      I don’t know the DH rules as well I as probably should; but, I seem to recall it is easy to lose your DH if you do anything other than directly substitute for the guy at DH with another guy off the bench into the slot. That could determine Bell’s strategy.

      • LGR

        You definitely don’t DH Votto for Stephenson to play 1st. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  3. Old-school

    Give the Brewers credit. They’ve won 10 straight. But the focus needs to be on beating the cubs and burying the cards. When next Thursday comes- the Reds can then focus on the Brewers. Cubs are in free fall and today’s game would get the Reds back to 2nd place and cubs in 3rd. Cards have major injuries and start next road trip against the Giants/Cubs followed by home games against the same 2 and then Reds.

    Bury the Cards, beat the Cubs then focus on the Brewers.

    Go Reds.

  4. Old-school

    David Bell said when Lopez came up that he was a bench player but would look to get him some starts early to keep him in rhythm. He did that. David Bell and Nick Krall are not benching Suarez long term. He’s going to play. That’s just the way it is.

    The good part about these injuries is the Reds are actually starting to develop a bench and 26 man roster- at least on the position player side. At some point, Farmer, Lopez, Aquino become a solid bench. The catcher situation couldn’t be better. It remains to be seen how far away Barrero is from playing SS every day. Reds still need a back up RH hitting good 1b. Votto needs rest against lefties and injury prevention turning age 38.

    • MBS

      I think we’re all frustrated by Suarez’s play, but to believe he is going to become a bench player, or traded is deluding ourselves. Fixing Geno is the only way forward. I would keep his feet to the fire, and start Lopez in his spot a couple of times a week. Let him earn back everyday play. I’d also bench Farmer 3 games a week, and put Suarez at SS in those games. That would give Lopez 5 starts a week. Suarez will be back at SS once Moustakes returns, why not ease him back into it now.

  5. Indy Red Man

    If Geno goes on another 4-30 with 15 Ks then maybe Lopez gets back in there, but I doubt it? What they should be doing is working in Geno at 1B.

    Joey vs righties .893 ops
    vs lefties .575 ops
    home .869
    road .643

    Joey also had basically the same splits last year. Why not keep him fresh and play Lopez at 3B & Geno at 1B vs some of the lefties.

    • LGR

      I’d still rather have Joey bat vs. a lefty if the only other option is Geno lol. Yesterday was a example why.

    • LDS

      Because Suarez against lefties is worse than Votto whose OPS is nearly 100 pts higher. First base doesn’t solve the Suarez issue. Remember his OPS dropped nearly 150 pts from 2019 and another 100 pts this year. And since I am one who has advocated that JV retire and because I like crow so much, playing JV against RH’ers makes sense. But despite last night, so does sitting him against LH’ers. Suarez simply isn’t the solution to that nor is the DH.

      • Old-school

        No one solves the Suarez issue except Suarez. He’s the only Reds player signed thru 2024 guaranteed. Krall and Bell arent benching him. Perhaps shoulder and Covid did a 1/2 punch on him.

        Jose Ramirez fell off the planet from late 2018 till summer 2019. He was hitting .180 in a terrible slump. He is back and playing at his .850 OPS level. All you can do is cheer on Suarez and hope he follows Jose Ramirez.

    • Indy Red Man

      Career wise Geno is very good vs lefties….860 ops I think. He’s not going to be .600 ops level like Joey

      • Yerisdad

        2020 & 2021 Suarez is not the same guy as “career” Suarez. I’d love to see pre-2020 Suarez come back for sure!

      • AllTheHype

        Career wise Geno is very good period. Why is that relevant given what we’ve seen from Geno since 2020?

    • Yerisdad

      Suarez is hitting .125 with .211 obp vs. lefties. Votto .188 and .246. If Votto needs rest, I’m sure David Bell can find someone who can hit better vs. lefties.

  6. RedsMonk65

    One half of the season down. One half to go.

    Go Reds!

  7. TR

    The Reds and Mahle need a win today to advance into 2nd. place in the NLC.

  8. Klugo

    Just stubborn. And not in a good way.

  9. JB

    Nick Krall”Within reason” .
    Laymans terms- We will trade only if H-E- double hockey sticks freezes over.

  10. Bet on Red

    Come on Mahle, we need at least 6 innings

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    Stephenson has got to catch that ball. I like him behind the plate mote than Barnhart but, he needs to work on his defense.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Mahle will continue to struggle to reach the 6th or 7th innings due to his constant nibbling which leads to walks (2 in 2 innings) so far today! In addition his pitching style (nibbling) leads to high pitch counts per batter!

      • Melvin

        I agree. He has “ace” potential if he learns to be more efficient.

      • MBS

        I’m leaning on Mahle to the pen, possible closer or setup man. His K/9 11.34 (already great) will rise in the pen.

        22 Rotation
        Castillo, Gray, Miley, Lodolo, Greene

        Starters in the Wings
        Ashcraft, Davis, Solomon

        Mahle, Antone, Gutierrez, Garrett, Sims, Santillian

        That could be a really strong pitching staff, better than the 21 staff for sure.

  12. Bet on Red

    Solid contact by Geno, trying to take out their pitcher who just happend to be in the way. Not a strikeout though so there is that

  13. Dennis Westrick

    Not watching the game, having to follow on ESPN website! HOW did Ortega score?

    • Bet on Red

      A passed ball by Stephenson, combined with an empty third base due to the shift allowed him to be 45 feet away when the ball passed. He won the footrace

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks! That’s why it’s important for a ML catcher to block balls in the dirt! Cheap run by the Cubbies! Hopefully we’ll get it back and much more!

      • JB

        Ball wasnt in the dirt. Around head high. Just fell out of his glove. He isnt near Defensively yet where Barnhart is. Reds need to pickup Barnharts option.

    • JB

      Passed ball. It wasnt to far away but with the shift on he was half way down the line to begin with.

  14. Old-school

    Geno 101mph line drive
    Lucky out
    Baby steps

  15. RojoB

    Kris Bryant should beg the Reds to be on their team. He owns GABP

    • JB

      We already have a 3rd baseman. Tongue In cheek my friend

    • Dennis Westrick

      No, he owns the Reds! He has been a thorn in the Reds’ side his whole career!

      • RojoB

        I’m hoping he doesn’t notice that he doesn’t get to face Reds pitching if he’s on the team. Shhhhhhh…

  16. JB

    Reds bats need to start hitting because it’s a bullpen day. Milwaukee is winning 3-0 already against the independent league team Pittsburgh Pirates.

  17. Roger Garrett

    We are facing Cy Young again today and can’t wait to get to the dugout.Cy has pumped in 20 pitches to get 6 outs and Mahle is at 50 to get those same 6 outs and we are down already 2-0 and counting.Now which team has lost 7 in a row?This is how the game goes sometimes but do we have anybody that is ready to pitch it or catch it or hit it today?

    • RojoB

      Picnic to attend. It’s a Holiday Roger!

  18. JB

    Embarrassing. Take your time Reds while Contreras rounds the bases.

  19. Melvin

    Man. Winker should not let him get 2nd on that.

  20. RojoB

    Mahle 66 pitches through 3 innings.

    He is unquestionably his own worst enemy

  21. Melvin

    By the way I like the navy blue gear Stephenson is wearing. Red, White and Blue. Very patriotic. If it were me I’d trade the black trim for navy permanently. 🙂

    • RojoB

      Barney had something similar last night right?

  22. Roger Garrett

    Not watching but if our guys are asleep today then pull them and put somebody else is that may be awake.You have to kick the daylights out of a team when they are down and keep them down.

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Mahle already at 66 pitches thru 3 innings! Cy Young 2.0 for the Cubs at 20 pitches thru 2 innings! Ridiculous!

    • JB

      Reds couldn’t score on him the first time. The rest of the league could. The Reds always play up or down to the competition.

      • RojoB

        “ Reds always play up or down to the competition.”

        So often the case

        Let them make it different today!

      • JA

        Last time Aldzolay won 1-0 in wrigley in I guess Gutierrez debut. A windy day that day.

        If Bell does not start moving his batting strategy, I see another shoutout for the Reds by this pitcher.

  24. Dennis Westrick

    Did I read the stats on Alzolay correctly? Record of 4-7 and an ERA of 4.55?

  25. Old-school

    Kyle farmer is hitting .218
    Hes 2-20 against the Cubs
    He strikes out on back to back pitches he couldn’t hit with an ironing board

    No- hes not hitting .000
    Yes – once a week he squares a ball up

    But the notion hes even remotely a starting MLB SS is dead wrong .

    That at bat was awful

    Get Barrero up soon or trade or mail the season in.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Old-School, I feel your pain! I’ve seen enough of Farmer to know he is not the answer! Hell, he’s not even the question!

      • Old-school

        Its game # 82- small sample sizes are over. Fix SS fix the Bullpen or just move on to 2022. No one is fixing 3b except #7

    • MBS

      I’m hoping Barrero gets hot leading into the Allstar break. If so I could see them bringing him up after the break.

  26. Brian Rutherford

    I see all of the never-say-die Reds fans have found the comment section again today. I don’t know why the team even showed up today. It’s obvious from all of the instant analysis I am reading that they are just terrible. Mahle should just quit and become an accountant or something.

  27. Dennis Westrick

    Walk No. 3 to lead off the top of the 4th inning! C’mon Mahle! Bear down, hold the deficit at 2 and give us at least 5 innings! Please!

  28. Dennis Westrick

    Nice job by Mahle to get out of that self-created mess!

  29. Bet on Red

    but but but… Votto should retire…..

  30. Old-school

    When joey Votto hits home runs to CF- thats a good sign

  31. Melvin

    Told ya. Votto heating up big time.

    • RedsMonk65

      On the verge of .260 AVG — far cry from vintage Votto, but not bad by MLB standards these days, either. He’s been doing well overall since his return from injury.

      • Slicc50

        In his last 30 games Joey is hitting .291 .376 . 544, that will get it done! There is something different about him this year. More energy maybe? Sounds like he is stepping up a little and taking a leadership role?

        I heard a story on WLW lastnight. The other night when the Padres walked someone to get to Tyler Stephenson. Joey was apparantly talking to him and saying ” you should be mad,” they walked someone intentionally to face you.” I love hearing that about Joey!

  32. JA

    Reds need to extend their batting innings. Mahle just completed the three outs and he’s returning to pitch almost right away. No pitcher can hold that dynamic and pretend to win. He need some resting between innings.
    Break Alzolay rhythm via bunt or something or a pinch hitter now!!!

  33. Dennis Westrick

    Too bad we can’t get somebody on base in front of JV! Cut the deficit in half! Maybe everybody else above and below JV in the batting order will wake up!

  34. Mark A Verticchio

    It is a good thing Votto is heating up because Winker seems to be a little funk, hopefully not for long.

  35. Melvin

    Farmer not an everyday SS but good play there.

    • RedsMonk65

      I have no problem with him defensively, and his HR the other night was HUGE, but overall his bat is less than inspiring as a starter.

      • JB

        Farmer has done a phenomenal job. Is he a every day SS? No but he is better than expected and he is just keeping it warm for Barrero. It was basically between him and Kyle holder, who has a 300 OPS last time I checked.

  36. MBS

    Since Hoffman made his 3rd rehab, is he due to come back up now? It would be nice to add Hoffman and Santillan to the pen. They could replace Doolittle no Hendrix. That would leave Osich and Perez as the lone big question marks. That’s not too bad, considering where we started the season.

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Mahle is his own worst enemy! Walks (4) and a HBP to boot!

  38. Dennis Westrick

    Good thing Mahle is wearing a red hat! He’s been playing with fire almost every inning!

  39. Old-school

    Tyler Mahle nibbles
    Way too much
    But the guy is a legit #3 starter who has thrown 88 innings and is 7-3 and gives you a chance to win 25 of his 30 starts

  40. Old-school

    Reds positional depth showing
    Naquin isnt quite done yet

  41. Melvin

    Yeah! Need to win this game. Getting to 2nd place is a big deal.

  42. Indy Red Man

    Naquin needed that! He’s been struggling a little bit since that 4-4 in Minnesota. He’s a solid platoon player.

  43. Rex

    tied up now warm up DooHomer…it is time!

  44. Bet on Red

    naquin bomb nearly left the park

  45. Indy Red Man

    First 3 pitches from Doolittle. Looked like 2 offspeed. He said he was going to mix things up more

      • RedsMonk65

        Maybe his strategy was to just throw fastballs the first half, then cross up hitters with other stuff the second half. 😉

  46. Roger Garrett

    Reds need to trade for their pitcher.Dude has thrown 55 pitches to get 15 outs.Has to be something we can pick up from him.

    • Indy Red Man

      I think Mahle gets Gabp syndrome when he pitches at home. Give up some cheap HRs so now you’re nibbling to everyone. He’s more aggressive in the zone on the road and his era is 3x better on the road. Hung in there today though…only 1 er

      • Roger Garrett

        I agree Indy.Disco was the same way.

  47. Bet on Red

    Doolittle may be onto something here. He has found his offspeed stuff. Cubs hitter’s timing thrown off.

    • Bet on Red

      resulting in a one two three inning

    • Rex

      he will need to walk that walk for a minute, my stomach is in knots every time I think of him

      he is a human Tums commercial

    • Dennis Westrick

      Seriously? Is that our Sean Doolittle!

      • Bet on Red

        its our sean doolittle…. with offspeed. Its like the “Spicy” Chicken sandwitch

  48. Roger Garrett

    Got em right where we want em.Lets put up a crooked and put this one away.

  49. JB

    Doolittle coming out for a 2and inning! It just feels like we are tempting fate here.

  50. Broseph

    Doolittle back out? Bell does love playing with fire

  51. RedsMonk65

    Oof. Can’t do that. Have to catch that.

  52. VaRedsFan

    Votto is nearly 100% with that underhand feed….but he misfired there.

  53. RedAlert

    Can’t stand Joc – biggest hotdog in MLB

  54. Bet on Red

    Votto Makes up for the non error. Yelled Let (something) GO to the crowd if my lipreading is still good

  55. VaRedsFan

    Votto atonement!!!
    They rarely make the 3-6-3 DP….but he pulled it off

  56. JB

    I know Hendrix takes a beating on here but I like his stuff. He just needs to harness it and bring it together. Just a rookie and I think in the 2nd half he will be more relaxed.

  57. Dennis Westrick

    Only 3 hits! Time to start mashing!

  58. Melvin

    Vintage Votto today. On base three times.

  59. RedsMonk65

    Stephenson comes through again.

    Future All-Star…

  60. Indy Red Man

    I don’t care what the pitch count is. I don’t want the hitters to see my rookie starter for a 3rd time. We’ll take it though!

  61. VaRedsFan

    Gotta love TySteve’s approach.

    • RojoB

      That fans, is HITTING productively.

      Hope the veterans catch the bug

  62. Melvin

    Good hit by Stephenson. Like him more and more.

  63. Indy Red Man

    Now if Lorenzen was available then he scores there after pinch-running for Joey. Freeman at 1B

  64. Melvin

    This is where I’d want Lopez. Just need a good solid hit to score that 3rd run.

    • Melvin

      …but I’ll take that good hit by Suarez this time. 🙂

  65. RedsMonk65

    Come on Geno, we need ya here, buddy!

    • RedsMonk65

      45 on the season thus far! (I know, hard to believe, but true!)

  66. RedsMonk65

    Gracias, that’ll do, Geno, that’ll do!

  67. JB

    SUAREZ!! And it was to right field. Alot more of that please!

  68. VaRedsFan

    Big hit Geno!!!…You don’t have to pull everything!!

  69. Indy Red Man

    Geno!!! You have to take them down and threaten to take their job. Funny how that works! Should’ve been done a month ago

  70. VaRedsFan

    squeeze bunt with Farmer…do it!

    • VaRedsFan

      no imagination…6-3 double play

      • JA

        Specially when Farmer has bunted w success previously

  71. Reddawg2012

    I know he had a big home run the other night, but I’m so tired of watching Kyle Farmer hit.

    • LGR

      Same. I’d rather watch Geno hit and that’s saying something lol.

      • JB

        I think Bell didnt pinch hit for Farmer because Farmer is bu far their best defensive SS and it’s the 8th.

  72. RedsMonk65

    Wish we could’ve gotten some more runs there, but I’ll take what we got.

  73. Broseph

    Votto proving that there is value in the walk. Pure manufactured run right there. Keep at it boys.

    • LGR

      There’s always value in a walk. Fun fact.. it’s hard to believe, but a walk and a blast is indeed, more runs than just a blast. Weird, I know.

  74. Bet on Red

    Suarez has had a day today, nearly missed taking one out. Take the lead RBI and one smoked to the P

  75. VaRedsFan

    Nice job Osich (and bullpen ) again.
    So who gets the 9th?
    AG or Brach?

    • dhmorgan

      Paul Newman on the Red’s bullpen: “Who are those guys?”

    • Rex

      I was thinking AA for the double switch

  76. Rex

    with that strike out Lopez’s average falls to 500

  77. VaRedsFan

    This Wieck is wicked.
    No runs in 14 innings

  78. RojoB

    Would be sweet to see Nick beat The Chicken Wing right here

  79. Rex

    he defiantly looks like he was raised by chickens

  80. VaRedsFan

    Wow we got a payback call there….Strike 3 was waayyy outside.

  81. LGR

    Balls and Strikes these last 2 days have been very bad.

  82. VaRedsFan

    I don’t think Sogard has ever made an out vs. the Reds

    • JB

      He is not alone in that department. There are guys that we are not allowed to say their names on here.

  83. RedsMonk65


    Nice job again by bullpen.

    • Melvin

      There needs to be an investigation. I mean who are the guys really and what have they done with our bullpen?

  84. VaRedsFan

    Can’t say enough about how clutch this bullpen has been.

    It’s amazing how much smarter Bell looks when people do their jobs.

  85. Tampa Red

    All Hail Heath Hembree!! I actually do like watching him compete, 97 with a slider that he commands pretty decently, that always plays well out of the BP.

  86. Doc

    BP with eight straight scoreless innings in back to back one run games.

    Top three in order go 0 for 11. Good thing management has this guy Votto under contract, much to the dismay of a long list of Votto haters.

    Reds are UNDEFEATED in the second half of the season (small sample size alert).

  87. RedsMonk65

    Winker and Castellano not really a factor in this game. Hope they both get back on track, but nice to know that others can pick up the slack when necessary. Today it was Votto, Naquin, and yes, Suarez.
    Good teams rely on everyone in the lineup.

  88. Dennis Westrick

    Awesome job by the bullpen for the second day in a row! Protected a one (1) run lead late in both games!