After splitting the first two games at Wrigley Field, the Cincinnati Reds (52-49) and the Chicago Cubs (50-52) will compete tonight to decide which team takes control of this four game series.


  • First pitch: 8:05 pm ET
  • Location: Wrigley Field
  • Weather: 76 degrees and partly sunny
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle 105.2 3.92 3.73 4.03 3.70 1.24 29.2% 9.4%
Zach Davies 102.2 4.30 5.68 4.65 5.29 1.49 15.5% 11.9%


Although he’s had a couple of bad starts this season, Mahle has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the team this year. One of those rare bad starts came on July 16 against the Brewers when he allowed five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He did, however, strike out eight that day. He rebounded by pitching five innings of two-run baseball in the win against the Cardinals last Friday night.

Mahle has faced the Cubs twice this season, both at Great American Ball Park. It didn’t go well in May when he allowed six runs in five innings, including three home runs. On July 3rd, however, he allowed just one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings.


Zach Davies has not had the best of seasons. In fact, he’s been one of the worst pitchers in the league, according to Baseball Savant.

The 28-year-old right-hander’s most recent start in Arizona was probably one of the best of his season, as he surrendered two runs on seven hits. He walked two, but struck out a season-high eight batters.

Part of the reason why Davies’ stats are terrible is that he had a horrific start to the season. He gave up 20 runs in 19.0 innings in April. This month, he’s only given up nine runs in 19.1 innings. He’s started to improve, but his walk rate is still at almost 12 percent. He also doesn’t strike out a lot of batters, as his 15.5% strikeout rate is in the bottom six percent of the league.

Davies has four pitches, but really only relies on two: the sinker and the change up. His sinker has averaged 87.7 this season, while his change up averages 78.1 mph. His change up has always been his best pitch, and consequently his whiff rates have consistently been in the lower-to-mid 30% range throughout his career.


Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

2B Jonathan India CF Rafael Ortega
LF Jesse Winker LF Kris Bryant
C Tyler Stephenson 1B Anthony Rizzo
1B Joey Votto 3B Patrick Wisdom
3B Eugenio Suárez 2B Matt Duffy
SS Kyle Farmer RF Jason Heyward
CF Tyler Naquin C Robinson Chirinos
RF Aristides Aquino SS Nico Hoerner
P Tyler Mahle P Zach Davies

Kris Bryant has a career .389 average with three home runs off Mahle. Anthony Rizzo also has hit two home runs off Mahle as well.

Meanwhile, Joey Votto has hit .355 against Davies in 31 at-bats, and Jesse Winker has a .556 average against Davies in nine at-bats.

Stat of the Day

Votto is on one of his hot streaks where you want to watch every one of his at-bats, and it’s even more impressive now since he’s nearly 38 years old.

News and Notes

The Reds have been active in the trade market in the past 24 hours and Redleg Nation has you covered with all the news:

Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees

Mychal Givens from the Colorado Rockies

And it looks like two of the three new relievers will be in Chicago tonight:

280 Responses

  1. Melvin

    Thanks Ashley. Let’s have fun tonight….winning.

  2. Old-school

    Outstanding. Go Reds
    Bury the stupid Cubs and get to 4 over .500

  3. Tim

    Here’s to a Reds win. Hooe Votto gets another dinner. Whenbus Castellanos returning?

  4. Frankie Tomatoes

    I can not believe that Baez didn’t get suspended and only got fined. There is no difference at all between what he did and what Amir Garrett or Nick Castellanos did and got suspended for. The difference was the other team reacting to it. What a joke! Michael Hill needs to answer questions about this.

    • Old-school

      MLB network addressed this yesterday. I agree. Baez should have been suspended.
      But Cliff Floyd and Carlos Pena – both ex players- spent 10 minutes on this issue. Both said Baez was out of control and at first look is over the top. They then said place it in context and spent 2 minutes showing highlights…er …..lowlights of Garrett gesturing to cubs over 5 different games since 2018. It was bad optics-Garrett taunting repeatedly Baez but I think the difference maker was Garrett repeatedly taunting Anthony Rizzo. Garrett was over the top taunting Rizzo.

      Garrett needs to pitch well and let his performance do the talking.

      • Melvin

        Baez was worse. Garrett was very stupid but Baez was worse.

  5. RedBB

    No Baez, Contreras or Happ. I’m good with that. Hopefully some Cubbies get traded tonight as well

  6. Dennis Westrick

    OK Mahle, for the love of Pete (Rose), NO WALKS PLEASE! Believe in yourself and your stuff! Throw strikes, pound the zone, pitch to contact and let those 7 guys behind you help YOU be successful. Go Reds! Score early and score often!

  7. Dennis Westrick

    Observations from last night’s game since this old man (68) had to bail after the 7th inning! 1) Vlad was good and deserves to stay in the starting rotation, 2) Garcia needs to be sent back to wherever and 3) Votto is simply amazing!

    • Bet on Red

      Garcia is gone already, Was DFAed as part of the Yankees transaction

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks! Missed that news! Osich???

      • Bet on Red

        gone as well, When Givens gets here a third will go too

  8. Redsfan4life

    I like the fact that they didn’t just go get one reliever and call it a day. They got 3.
    two of which has been very solid this season. One has not but does have a track record of being solid.
    None of the three are great but each can be league average at least.
    If this team had only had a league average pen all season they would be right there with the Brewers in the standings. Probably a couple of games ahead of them.
    Lets hope it is not too late.

  9. Dennis Westrick

    One more comment before the game starts! The Dirty Birds lost this afternoon to the soon to be Cleveland Guardians! Let’s win tonight and leave the Cards in our dust!

  10. Bet on Red

    No Accountability from MLB. Reds will be riding high right now having seen the reinforcements and realizing that we are all in. This may be the end of the trades, but it isnt the end of the trade effort, sure that Krall is reaching out to teams. He cant force the other side to trade of course.

    Indy, i see Mahle away, but I also see Zach Davis numbers, Over or Under?


    Nice the Reds have upgraded or hopefully upgraded their bullpen with these new 3 guys. Their track record and stats show pretty okay. It did not work out for Edgar Garcia, and the last 8 relief appearances by Josh Osich, did not work out either. It was good they were DFA’d. Though its good Bell is a players manager, and remains positive about them, he tends to stick with some of these pitchers too long, and seems to believe that some magic is going to happen, and they will “suddenly” be reliable. Glad the Owner and/or GM took Garcia and Osich away from him.

    • Jim t

      Took them away???? It was their failure that put them on his staff. It was there cost cutting that has hindered the performance of this team since opening day. What Bell has done with the injuries and what he was handed for a bull pen is very good. Regardless of all the second guessing that is posted on this comment board daily.

      • VegasRed

        Reasonable minds can differ on tinker bell, lol.


    Also….got to give kudos to the Reds players for hanging in there, and winning some games (especially last night) when Castellanos, Moustakas, and Senzel are injured. Must be nice for the Brewers, other than Devin Williams, I don’t think they have any of there lineup injured, unless I am missing something. I have followed the Reds for a long time, and injuries follow the Reds every year! That is just a fact and reality. Always good to have decent enough backups ready to play!

  13. Jrad4reds

    Is anyone else getting bothered by Suarez continuing to bat 5th behind Votto? He has -2.1 WAR, he provides no protection to Votto. With the season at 100 games, I think it’s safe to say Geno won’t turn his season around. If he’s gonna play he needs to bat 7th or 8th….the only thing he does is provide the occasional home run, but most the time he is a rally killer. I appreciate what he has done in the past, but this is getting embarrassing.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Made that recommendation last night! Move Geno to 7th or 8th in the batting order! Less chance he will kill a rally!

    • Bet on Red

      Does Votto look like he needs protection right now?

      • Jrad4reds

        As hot as he is, only a matter of time the league stops pitching to him to get to Suarez.

    • BZ

      I’m not sure people really understand how bad Suarez has been this year. It took me a while to understand because I genuinely like the guy. People see his 19 homers and 50+ RBIs and think it is fine for him to be in the 5 spot but he is literally the worst everyday offensive player in baseball. NOTE: I put Farmer in brackets simply because he is who most fans consider the “worst” hitter in the everyday lineup.

      Wins Above Replacement (WAR): -2.1 (worst in MLB) [Farmer 0.6]
      Offensive WAR: -1.0 (worst in MLB) [Farmer 0.4]
      Wins Above Average Player (WAA): -3.5 (worst in MLB) [Farmer -0.5]
      Runs Better than Average Player (RAA): -33 (worst in MLB) [Farmer -4]
      Runs Worse than Avg Player as Hitter (Rbat): -24 (2nd worst in MLB behind Kevin Newman) [Farmer -8]

      Do you all understand how bad a player has to be swinging 99% of the time to have 19 HRs and 50+ RBIs and be dead last in most of these categories? I get it, there are no better options currently on the roster but he needs to be in the 7-8 spot and not in a key position in the lineup.

      • Old-school

        All true

        Senzel was #2 pick and great 3b

        See what things look like in a week

        Im done with Suarez

        Dont understand argument hes a bad 5 hole hitter but an ok 7 hole hitter

        You can hit or you cant and he cant

      • BZ

        @Old-school I only said 7-8 hole because Senzel and Moose are not healthy and Bell refuses to give Lopez an opportunity. Suarez needs to be hidden someplace where he doesn’t have some combination of India, Winker, Castellanos, Votto, and Stephenson on base directly in front of him. I am all for Moose at 3B and Senzel in CF when they both return. Since Moose is way behind, I agree with putting Senzel at 3B.

      • JB

        Everybody on here knows Suarez stinks. You arent telling us anything we already know. Send those numbers to Bell because apparently he doesnt know.

      • Melvin

        If he’s going to play I say bat him 9th. He will get better pitches to hit in front of the top and have the least ABs possible. Pitchers get hit for in the 8th spot so better hitters there of course.

  14. BZ

    Brewers made their countermove grabbing Escobar from the Dbacks. A good stick to help their offense.

  15. Hotto4Votto

    Good to know the relievers are there and available and the Reds aren’t playing short handed.

  16. Klugo

    Gotta get the best outta Mahle right now.

  17. LDS

    Glad to see Stephenson in the line up against a RH’er. Is this something Bell is finally trying or is Barnhart part of an unannounced trade package?

    • Daytonnati

      People are talking about Votto’s catch and throw double-play last night, but no one is talking about the catch and tag that Stephenson made which was Gold Glove caliber. I’ve had my doubts about TySteve’s D to this point, but that was a stud play.

    • Mark Moore

      Didn’t even consider that Barney could be moving. It’s certainly possible. Would hate to see him go but love to see him get his shot with somebody.

      • Melvin

        LIke I said in another post, if so that mostly likely means Farmer to backup catcher and Barrero to SS. Don’t want Barnhart to go but I’d be good with that.

      • LDS

        Just looked Barrero up. He’s hitting .281 and leads the Bats in HRs. Lopez is still hitting .333 with a .900+ OPS. Hard to see the logic in leaving them down for much longer.

  18. Old-school

    Lot of great stories to this season

    India Roy chase and Castellanos dominance and winker All star great

    Miley too

    But Joey Votto now is dominating the narrative. Different player and could get to 60 career WAR

    Rose and Robinson great Reds careers but played elsewhere

    Bench my #1 red ever
    Votto is closing in on solid #2

  19. JA

    5.5 games behind wild card. SD lost to As

    • Eddie

      Yes indeed with this win tonight we be 5 games behind if I’m correct on the math and how the system works

  20. Mark Moore

    Tuned in to see that terrible 3rd strike call to India. What a joke. Cowboy barked about it. Said if that’s a strike all night the pitchers could have some fun.

    Then that terrible call to Winker that went our way. That’s it for me tonight. No more commenting on the terrible zones across the board and lack of accountability.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Again, don’t have TV coverage but have my laptop and a generous supply of antacid tablets since I don’t know which version of Mahle will show up tonight!

  21. Bet on Red

    Joey Gallo traded to the Yankees. In a roundabout way this helps the reds. Earlier there were rumors of him getting moved to SD with Hosmer getting sent back. Obviously, that got struck down. Now SD is still above the Luxury tax threshold. making it harder for them to get pieces

  22. Mark Moore

    Look what I found in my glove, guys!

  23. Mark Moore

    Caught a break there. Mahle wasn’t fooling Wisdom there at all.

  24. Melvin

    Mahle WAS on track for the less than 10 pitches that inning.

  25. Dennis Westrick

    Is Mahle nibbling again? Gets first two batters out and follows that up with giving up a single and a ground-rule double! Frustrating pitcher to watch/follow!

    • Mark Moore

      The single was a great hit by a great hitter. The double (we were lucky it stuck in the ivy) was a cookie. And then he’s off nibbling and a 4-pitch walk.

  26. Mark Moore

    Mahle’s inability or unwillingness to throw in the zone is getting tiresome to watch

    • Dennis Westrick

      And now a walk so he can have a 20+ pitch 1st inning!

    • BZ

      I agree. He has so much potential but he doesn’t trust his stuff. This consistently leads to him at about the 80 pitch mark through 4.

  27. BZ

    Bad strike zones always annoy me but inconsistent strike zones are the worst. Pitchers and hitters can adjust to bad strike zones but everyone is at the mercy of the umpire with an inconsistent strike zone.

    • Mark Moore

      Cowboy was saying how the guy had a consistent, if large zone. Then expressed his surprise that inning with Mahle not getting the calls. I’d say that’s the definition of inconsistent.

  28. RedAlert

    Major can’t throw strikes again. -heading for another 5 inning game

    Dude is just NOT EFFICIENT period

  29. Melvin

    AA with the save! Mahle owe’s him dinner.

  30. Rex

    seeing that “44” go into the ivy gave me a bad memory

    • Melvin

      Eric Davis #44 running in to the wall at about 12 mph. I get it.

  31. Dennis Westrick

    I can breathe again! For one inning at least!

  32. Melvin

    Votto!!! Awesome!!! The other way!!!

  33. Old-school

    Votto is just making my 2002 mint 9 rookie card more valuable

  34. Mark Moore

    Nope. That didn’t actually happen. 5 games in a row just isn’t possible. Has to be a replay from a couple nights ago with the image digitally changed.

    Un-freaking real!!

    • Arthur

      That man’s out of his freakin’ mind. And it is a beautiful thing to see.

  35. Dennis Westrick

    Maybe you shouldn’t pitch to Votto? Is the wind blowing out at Wrigley tonight?

  36. Melvin

    Suarez swinging for the fences again. They are NUTS walking him. lol

  37. JB

    Its Joey Votto’s world and we are just living in it.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Like Louis Armstrong said “What a Wonderful World”!

  38. Mark Moore

    That’s some elite company for JV there. And some of those guys played in the dead ball era as well. And at 37.

    I’m really thinking a Jim Thome type late career with the universal DH next season. I believe I’d take that.

    • Indy Red Man

      Thome! There you go….I’ve been trying to think of a few guys to compare #s with Joey and HOF chances. Thome got 500 though didn’t he?

      • Indy Red Man

        612 for Thome….omg. Would’ve guessed 520 or something

  39. Bet on Red

    But but but….. The man is a GREEK GOD

    • Mark Moore

      Glad to see you posted it. I had your back.

      • Bet on Red

        Sorry I was late… Had to step out during the actual HR

  40. Mark Moore

    Oh, and for Bet on Red …

    But … but … but … but … but

  41. Mark Moore

    Did Sadak just say what I thought I heard? AA’s power in the 8-hole tells you a lot about the line-up? What in the world does he mean?

  42. RedsMonk65

    Just tuned in. See Votto is still eating his Wheaties.

  43. Mark Moore

    This is where the Reds FB page will post something like, “Employee #19 clocking in for work.”

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Come on AA! Put the bat on the ball! It’s Zach Davies not Jacob deGrom or Cy Young!

  45. Indy Red Man

    Anyone remember when I said 3-4 weeks ago that Milw would pick up Escobar))

    • Mark Moore

      Not that I can recall, but I’ll trust you did say it. They are playing to win from what I can see.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      I assumed you meant Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

  46. LDS

    One would think opposing teams would throw more lefties at the Reds. This streak has driven HR rate against RH’ers to about 1 every 11 ABs vs against LH’ers, it’s about 1 every 42 ABs. And his BA is about 90 pets higher as well. And all of this with virtually no protection batting behind him. I’d consider IBB’ing him and taking a chance with Suarez .

    • Melvin

      We’ll know if Votto is back to MVP form if he starts hitting lefties again.

      • LDS

        That would be something. Maybe he should take Suarez out to the woodshed and knock some sense into his head.

  47. Mark A Verticchio

    This ump is horrible and very inconsistent, If you didn’t know better you would think he was a Cub fan.

  48. Indy Red Man

    Mahle has some extra velocity tonite, but he’s a mess vs righties. The slider is always a foot outside? Start it on the inside corner and let it run and they might swing at it.
    Throw some splits to righties too. Its frustrating watching him

    • Old-school

      New bullpen guys stretching

      Jon india !

  49. Doc

    Some guy names Joey Votto has homered in five straight games. That name sounds familiar. Wasn’t there a player by that name that RLN posters were constantly castigating management for not retiring him?

    Thank you, as if Joey Votto needed your comments for motivation. Can’t be too bad when you become the first since Barry Bonds to accomplish a power feat, especially doing it without substance enhancement.

  50. Mark Moore

    Run saving snag by India … furthering his RoY campaign.

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Mahle at 41 pitches thru 2 innings! AGAIN! Another 5 inning outing at best!

    • Melvin

      He just does not like hitters to make contact. He needs to hang out with Miley.

  52. Bet on Red

    Winker for the blast…. the Ivy for not holding it.

  53. Indy Red Man

    Glad we paid off the ivy tonite. Keep theirs and spit ours out

    • Bet on Red

      WInker to Ivy… How much money you need? Ivy: Na fam get me some water.

  54. Old-school

    When Castellanos comes back …

    Reds have best top 4 lineup in mlb


    • JB

      And then the fall off the cliff with Suarez.

      • Grand Salami

        More like falling off the edge of the world

  55. VaRedsFan

    Bounces of the game….Winkers double comes out of the ivy…India scores

  56. Melvin

    IBB to Votto. What a surprise!!! lol hahaha Batting order doesn’t matter though.

    • Melvin

      At least Votto’s OBP will go up big time with Suarez hitting behind him. 🙂 Up to .370 now.

  57. Mark Moore

    Crooked numbers are good. See they finally got wise and walked JV.

  58. Indy Red Man

    How do you get jammed on 89 on the inside corner? Then he’ll turn around and can’t get anything away?

    Bottom line if they don’t throw a complete cookie down the middle then he’s out and even then he might hit .260

    • JA

      I don’t recall many IBB to the 4th spot to face the 5th better.

      Reggie Jackson at his peak, maybe?

      IBB to Votto is a “compliment” , but talks a lot for the 5th in the LU.

      It can’t be clearer for JB or whoever is making the decision the rivals are playing in their favor that decision

      • RojoB

        Bell is on another level that us plain folk just can’t understand

  59. LDS

    So Suarez kills another opportunity. Guess that #5 slot matters after all. Imagine that.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not even surprised anymore. I’m almost to the point of not being disappointed. It’s become the norm. And that’s just plain sad.

    • Indy Red Man

      Barrero 2-3 with a 3 run hr. The thing is I really doubt Barrero or Senzel could move Geno. Moose could, but who knows when he’ll be back and he’s not that great either

      They’ll be forced to do something next year with all the guys coming back and Barrero coming on. Farmer putting together a great 2nd half too

      • Melvin

        I think Farmer will go on the IL eventually. He’s giving it everything he’s got but he’s wearing down. If they’re going to trade Barnart they’d better save him.

      • LDS

        Agreed. That’s why I keep hoping they’ve found a trading partner to take him on, Moose too for that matter. Shoving, etc. I’d lose with the young guys than lose with overpriced veterans. I’d like to think Senzel realizes his potential but I’m starting to think his body is going to prevent that. Oh well, today at least the FO took some positive steps and there’s still time for more.

    • vared

      It’s a real challenge to watch sometimes. I normally figure when it’s a Mahle game I won’t be around for the end.

  60. Old-school

    Jose barrero going off in AAA big time

    I thought Senzel playing but not

  61. RedAlert

    Million dollar arm . 10 cent head

    • Indy Red Man

      Cubs broadcast talking about how righties can just ignore anything but fastballs. Its hard to pitch that way and he’s going to need the offseason to fix it.

      Jim Deshais (sp?) was a pitcher so he’d know. Of course so was Brantley/Welch

      • RedAlert

        I really enjoy listening to Cowboy break down some pitching ! That guy knows his stuff for sure – very knowledgeable !

    • Dennis Westrick

      It’s Nuke Laloosh from Bull Durham!

  62. Roger Garrett

    Now they may walk Joey right now regardless of who is behind him but everybody and I mean everybody knows if Eugenio is behind him they are going to.Reds will winregardless of the lineup,the owner or the manager.This team plays against the other team and some of their own every night and are 3 over 500. Neither team has much of a chance to make the playoffs but that walk was in the 3rd inning with 2 outs of a 2-0 game.That just as much about Suarez as it is Joey and thats just a shame it has come to this.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. I’d just about pitch around anybody with runners on when Suarez comes up next but especially Votto, Like I said, if he’s going to play bat him 9th in front of the top so he has the least amount of ABs.

  63. Bet on Red

    I think there will be a Sam Lecurish move to the Bullpen next year when green gets up here. He is just not pitching efficient as a Starter.

    • Indy Red Man

      Nah. He needs to work on his stuff vs righties in the offseason and he’ll be better. He’s pretty good vs lefties. Ton of these guys are 5 inning pitchers now anyway

    • RojoB

      Mahle being pitch inefficient is reason #1 he can’t be in the bullpen in my opinion

  64. Old-school

    Mahle just finds a way to be lucky better than good but if always luck then maybe good


    He leads team in top 2/3 in all categories

  65. Indy Red Man

    Mahle splits:

    righties .265 / 13 hrs / .859 ops
    lefties .180 / 3 hrs / .549 ops

    Thats fixable. Maybe go back to the curve vs righties? He’s Kevin Gausman vs lefties w/that split

  66. Indy Red Man

    You might protect Joey w/red adjective hot Farmer. Just a thought

    A 12 year old could play Stratomatic and figure that out

    • LDS

      Maybe someone should send Bell a copy of the game. Still dice & player cards or has it been automated. Don’t want to make it difficult for him.

  67. Old-school

    Farmer doubles

    Can we bunt abd just add on

    I know that is heresy. But add on

    • Old-school

      Naquin strikes out

      Naquin is awful in june july

      Sub .600 OPS

      • Indy Red Man

        Naquin looks tired. He’s never played everyday like this. Shogo is worse though. Senzel or Barrero to SS and Farmer to the OF

      • Old-school

        Twitter has kyle farmer #3 batting avg in nL since ASB

        Some reds players just bust it and dont give up

        Fun team

        But- play the best guys

  68. Mark A Verticchio

    This inning is proving the Reds need for at least one out fielder.

  69. Mark Moore

    AA doing his best Geno impression there. SMH!

  70. Old-school

    Aquino might not be Willie Mays

    Keep running him out though

  71. Roger Garrett

    Slow slow and slower gets em again.

  72. Roger Garrett

    Brewers can pitch and Bucs can’t hit or pitch.Going to be really hard on everybody else to even get close to the Brewers.Got to feel for the Bucs and their fans right now.

    • dhmorgan

      You’re right about that.
      As frustrating as it may be to be a Reds fan (at times), imagine how it must feel to watch the Pirates every day.

      • Indy Red Man

        Thats dumb imo. I didn’t watch the Reds last September. I’d already given up plus 1-0, 2-1 wins aren’t entertaining enough for me.

        Its supposed to be entertaining or find something else to do

  73. Mark A Verticchio

    Naquin has to catch that ball.

    • Melvin

      He either didn’t see it or misjudged it but yeah it should have been caught.

    • Mark Moore

      They were saying it looked like he didn’t see it. I’m thinking that’s the case because you are correct. He has to catch that one. AA had his back (and Mahle’s).

  74. Daytonnati

    Mahle just keeps going to the same location and not getting the call. AA saves him.

  75. VaRedsFan

    Aquino has K’d twice tonight, but has made 2 great grabs in RF

  76. Melvin

    Nobody but AA catches that ball. His height and long arms save the day.

    • Indy Red Man

      Nick is tall, but AA has wheels on him. I think you’re right. They’re shallow for the pitcher

      • Melvin

        Have you seen AA in the dugout? I’m sure you have. He towers over everyone except Tyler Steve doesn’t he?

  77. Arthur

    Aquino has made two very nice catches tonight. I don’t think he’s a Gold Glove outfielder, but compared to Winker and Naquin, he’s a reincarnation of Roberto Clemente.

    • Melvin

      I think he would get better and better with more playing time. He could be a decent CF too.

  78. Mark Moore

    Is anyone else watching and getting that stupid Jägermeister commercial over and over and over and over …

    I might be a little tired of seeing it.

    • Daytonnati

      I’m in Skyline country. I would actually be curious to see the Jager commercial 🙂

    • Bet on Red

      No, i get Subway refresh. never seen a Jagermeister commercial. Skyline sounds good.

  79. Mark

    Mahle is so frustrating so annoying when he pitches.

  80. JB

    Well I hate to tell you all but the Brewers have another 3 game series against the Pirates on Monday. Then they play S.F. and the Cubbies and then …..they get the Pirates again. The Reds are going to have to go on one long winning streak here .

    • Indy Red Man

      They have 2 more series w/Pitt. 7 more and probably 6 wins atleast. The Reds aren’t catching them. They can get to within 5 of SD with a win. Thats maybe 15-1 at best

      • Indy Red Man

        Milw 2 more series with Pitt within next 2-3 weeks

  81. VaRedsFan

    To me Naquin’s footwork looks all messed up. He seems to be severely off balanced when he’s swinging.

  82. VaRedsFan

    The female sideline reporter for the Cubs…wow

  83. Bigbill

    This has to be one of the worst home plate umpiring displays all year. This display should get this umpire a few weeks off. Nothing consistent at all.

  84. Mark Moore

    Good job by House with the stop sign. Time for the Other Kid to grab a little lightening.

  85. Melvin

    Stephenson just finds a way to get runners home one way or another.

  86. Old-school

    Stephenson is 5 hole hitter when Castellanos comes back

    Very good

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed. Top 5 going R-L-R-L-R with any one of them being able to hit for power and all of them having a better than average command of the strike zone.

      Of course, that means he has to play and then there is the black hole of 6 to 8 to contend with. But still, that’s a great top 5.

  87. Melvin

    Pitched around Votto again. Hmmm 🙂

  88. Indy Red Man

    Stephenson great double, but he beat the ball if he slides straight in?

    What is it with our baserunning? He slid late and went around when he didn’t have to

    • Mark Moore

      Yeah, the slide looked wonky for sure. Good throw by Bryant. Surprised to see the play that close.

    • Melvin

      “Everyone at the park two hours before game time. We’re going to work on fundamentals”.

      • Dennis Westrick

        How about working on the “mentals”! This is not a high baseball IQ team!

  89. Old-school

    Im out
    Go reds

    Late baseball again

    Bring a win home

  90. Melvin

    Aww. Suarez Ks there. Shucky darn! That’s unusual especially with a runner on. 🙂

  91. RedAlert

    Wish Reds continue to pursue shortstop – not to move Farmer out of lineup , but to get Suarez out of lineup . He is just brutally bad .

    Move Farmer to third and keep his stick in there .
    Sick of watching SirStrandalot do the same thing night after night after night .
    Ridiculous he continues to get put in lineup , but I expect nothing else from our so called manager .

    • Indy Red Man

      I’m guessing they didn’t like something about Barrero last year. I missed most of the games when he played for some reason. Maybe he pouted or was immature or something?

      • Redsfan4life

        He just wasn’t very good. Of course Rookie and small sample size.

    • Melvin

      Worst thing about it right now if they’re going to walk Votto all the time because Geno is #5 then that will eventually cool down Votto who of course is RED HOT. David Bell needs to find ways keep hot hitters hot, not find ways to pour cold water on them and make it tougher.

  92. Mark Moore

    I’m shutting it down for the night. I watched the entire game yesterday and turned off the light WAY too late for me. Probably watch the 6th, but this is my last comment post for tonight.

    As always, it’s a pleasure and a privilege to hang out here with all of you. Not sure how much I’ll see tomorrow. Afternoon meetings to contend with.

    • dhmorgan

      As people around here say, “Have a blessed evening.”

  93. Indy Red Man

    Punisher going yard this at-bat.

    • Indy Red Man

      Ughhh. He tries to be patient, but they call bs strikes on him half the time and then he’s in swing mode. That 2-1 was about ankle high and they called it a strike

    • JB

      Lol. There is no reason to ever throw him a fastball.

      • Indy Red Man

        Yeah, but he’d atleast be walking a ton if they called the zone correctly. I’d take .230 if he had 30 HRs and 70 walks

      • JB

        They have to keep playing him because that’s the only way they are going to find out if he is legit. He is no Suarez.

    • Bet on Red

      yea I am not knocking AA today with that travesty of a Zone today. At least he wont be the umpire tomorow

      • Redsfan4life

        Not sure it matters who the UMP is all that much. Nearly all are terrible calling balls and strikes.

  94. Melvin

    Terrible call on AA there on strike two. Terrible ump.

    • JB

      I think I could strike 5 batters out with this strike zone. This guy is horrible.

      • Arthur

        If AA could learn to consistently hit a breaking pitch – just make contact with breaking balls – then you’ll have a ball player.

  95. Roger Garrett

    Mahle battles himself more then the hitters.His best inning was the 5th against the top of the order no less.I like him but oh those wasted pitches early.

    • Indy Red Man

      Doubleplay!! He’s closer then most think….thats my opinion anyway. Not a #1, but somewhere between #2-#3 hopefully. Solid 3.40 type guy

      • Roger Garrett

        I agree Indy.Guy has the stuff.

  96. JB

    Mahle made it into the 6th inning basically with one pitch. Gave up zero runs. Got to hand it to him. He battles.

    • Indy Red Man

      Looks like they got him to quit throwing the stupid slider away that nobody was swinging at and had him go fastball inside. He started jamming some guys.

      Got a little lucky early, but nice outing. Last 2 innings very nice!!

  97. VaRedsFan

    6 innings…103 pitches…shoutout ball for Mahle
    Strap in for 3 innings of bullpen. 4 runs is probably not enough.

    • Indy Red Man

      Nah…..we’re going to be sucCESSAful tonite!!

      • JB

        Yep we got rid of the garbage and hoping Doolittle is next. I would luke to see a shutdown closer like Hand though.

      • LDS

        Nah, Bell will go Wilson before Cessa. Maybe he’ll surprise me as he did with Stephenson tonight.

    • Arthur

      Awww ….. you’re just saying that because it’s true.

      Mahle getting a 6th inning could be important. Things like that greatly increases the chances that he will get the “W.”

    • Bet on Red

      VA would have been my feelings yesterday. NOt today though

  98. VaRedsFan

    you can’t arrange every start, but when there’s a chance, Bell needs to try to line up Mahle starts to road only as much as possible. Use the off days when you can

  99. JB

    Boy Barrero is having a monster game. 4-5 and 6 rbis.

    • Melvin

      Definitely no reason to waste assets on a SS.

  100. Indy Red Man

    95 on the corner….no call. These adjective umps??? More then half of them completely SUCK

  101. VaRedsFan

    What’s up with this Cessa guy….not walking the leadoff hitter?? He obviously didn’t get the memo

  102. Indy Red Man

    What a bummer we couldn’t get a couple of arms back when Antone went out again. We’d be tied w/SD now and maybe 3 back of Milw

  103. Bet on Red

    Just throwing strikes out there

  104. Melvin

    All right Cessa. Do it again. He hasn’t pitched in several days.

  105. Bet on Red

    Suarez…. 2-day hitting streak.

  106. Melvin

    Poor Farmer. He’s durable isn’t he?

  107. Melvin

    Come on AA. Put the ball in play. OOPS.

  108. Bet on Red

    Alright…. Shogos first home run….. comes now

  109. Arthur

    Reds have some relievers who have struggled this season, but this guy Maples is …. Not good.

    • JB

      I was just praying he wouldnt hit India in the head.

  110. LDS

    Take a break and come back to see Bell is managing again. I don’t see PH’ing for Aquino or pulling Cessa for that matter. If it was a defensive play, PH for Naquin and go to Akiyama. Aquino looks like a better defensive choice than Naquin. Oh well, Bell can’t let the game unfold without his “help”.

  111. Melvin

    Two scoreless innings from the two new guys.

    • Melvin

      Votto now:


      Two behind team lead in HR

      Three behind team lead in RBI

      • Melvin

        By the way you know the two he’s trailing.

  112. Bet on Red

    BUT BUT BUT…… extend him again

  113. dhmorgan

    I guess old man Votto is ready to retire to his rocking chair on the front porch.

  114. JB

    Like I said …. Its Votto’s world and we are just living in it.

  115. Indy Red Man

    Joey going on a Schwarber binge. Unbelievable

  116. RedsMonk65

    What in the world has gotten into Votto? He’s currently on an MVP-type pace if he can keep it up …

  117. Roger Garrett

    Just may want to not pitch to Joey but I guess at 5-0 in the 9th its ok but 7-0 looks better for the good guys.

  118. MCT

    Now I can still wear my Votto jersey! (As if I was ever going to stop)

  119. Arthur

    I’m going out on a limb here – but Mr Votto’s going to be NL Player of the Month for July.

    Now he’s just showing off.

    • JB

      Farmer might have a say about that as well.

  120. dhmorgan

    Jeepers creepers. Where has Farmer been all of our lives?


    If Votto keeps this up, opposing pitchers are just going to intentionally walking him! Votto will get the “Bonds Treatment”

  122. Indy Red Man

    Joey only hit 12 & 15 in 2 full seasons 2018-19, but he scored from 1st on that double in Milw like 6 weeks ago and he was actually moving pretty fast! I knew he must be feeling alot better then previous years.

    This adds a whole different dimension to their offense as opposed to him swinging as a last resort and basically trying to foul off pitches til he can walk.

  123. Bet on Red

    Shogo with an RBI Double. Told you that seeing those trades come in would light a new fire in the team.

    • Indy Red Man

      I took the Reds tonite $$

      Mahle is really good on the road and the Cubs seem to be flat. Too bad we let them steal it Monday

      • Bet on Red

        I also took the reds HRE under, and a Joey gets 6+ total bases and reds win parly. It looks like they all are coming through.

  124. Indy Red Man

    Joey went from .821 ops to .921 in 1 week. Wink is at .926

    Leadoff hitter over .400 obp followed by 3 guys over .900 ops and you have something

    • JB

      What is his WAR? He was at .7 I believe last week. Got to be over 1 by now

    • Melvin

      Yep. When Casty comes back…Man! When great things like this happen I always think back to the 76 Reds. Rose, Griffey, and Morgan all in the top five NL in OBP and then Bench, Perez, and Foster behind them not to mention Concepcion and Geronimo. Awesome. Let’s live in the moment and enjoy it. It’s special.

  125. LDS

    Hendrix getting his last opportunity before heading down the road to Louisville? Barnhart hasn’t even PH the last two days. Catching is tough and maybe they’re just resting him. But it could be he’s on the way out now when they can get something for him vs. declining the option because everyone knows the Reds can’t afford him. Let’s just hope if they move him, it’s a real good return.

    • Melvin

      Well if we have to sacrifice the money for Barnhart to help us afford Casty I’m for it. Tyler Steve will continue to get better all the time.

      • LDS

        Works for me. Just not like Bell to keep Barnhart out the game two days in a row.

      • Bet on Red

        he will be in tomorow. Day game after night game

      • Melvin

        If he’s out tomorrow we know something’s up for sure.

  126. Roger Garrett

    Hendrix will probably be sent down but he is hitting 98/99 so that plays if he can throw something else for strikes.

    • Melvin

      He’s a keeper in the long run at least I think.


    Hendrix needs more work in Louisville. For all us night owls remember day game tomorrow

  128. Melvin

    I don’t want to be paranoid but let’s not mess around here. 8-2 is enough.

    • Roger Garrett

      It is silly isn’t it that we just never seem to have an easy game regardless.Of course we are all shell shocked from this season to begin with after some of the games we have just gave away


      We both can relax now! Looking forward to the next game with Luis C.

      • LGR

        Luis C. can pitch the first 8. Then Luis C. can come in and pitch the 9th. 😉

  129. Coach Gates

    Mr. Votto is certainly having fun right now. Mojo is a real thing and his is off the charts! After that punk’s antics on Monday I couldn’t be more excited! I think these guys were slightly annoyed by Mr. Baez’s actions and they are doing their talking with their bats. Keep it going tomorrow!

  130. JA

    Gray recovered pretty well from an almost disastrous 1st inning.
    Now completed 6th and delivered.
    Time to test our renewed BP