The Cincinnati Reds will look to pick up a series win over the Chicago Cubs tonight after winning in a blowout on Monday night in the opener of their 3-game series at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is set for 7:10pm.

Starting Lineups

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Rafael Ortega – CF Jonathan India – 2B
Frank Schwindel – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Ian Happ – LF Nick Castellanos – RF
Patrick Wisdom – 3B Tyler Stephenson – C
Jason Heyward – RF Mike Moustakas – 3B
David Bote – 2B Kyle Farmer – SS
Austin Romine – C Tyler Naquin – LF
Andrew Romine – SS Shogo Akiyama – CF
Kyle Hendricks – SP Vladimir Gutierrez – SP

Starting Pitchers

Vladimir Gutierrez

The Reds have had some good rookie performances this year, and Vladimir Gutierrez is one of them. The 25-year-old has started 14 games and posted a 3.95 ERA this season. He has walked quite the tight rope, though, as he’s had plenty of walks and very few strikeouts while also allowing plenty of home runs this season. In August, though, the walks have been low, as have the homers, while the strikeouts have been up.

The Cubs have faced Gutierrez twice this season – in his Major League debut on May 28th and then again on July 27th. He gave up three total runs in 11.1 innings between those two games. Both were in Chicago and against vastly different lineups than the one he will see tonight. He’s found more success against lefties this season, holding them to a .218/.306/.430 line – but that’s been with 18 walks and 22 strikeouts. Righties have hit .268/.339/.452 against him this year. The big split for Gutierrez, though, is at home versus the road. In Cincinnati he has a 5.93 ERA in 27.1 innings while giving up eight home runs. On the road his ERA has been .292 and he’s allowed just five homers in 52.1 innings. His home OPS against is 329 points higher than it is on the road.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.2 77.3 82.9 81.0
Usage 47% 20% 22% 11%

Kyle Hendricks

One of the most underrated pitchers in baseball over the last half-decade plus, Kyle Hendricks is having a down year. After posting an ERA of 3.00 in the previous five seasons, Hendricks has a 4.15 ERA this season but is also leading the league in both wins and hits allowed.

Twice in July the Reds faced Kyle Hendricks. On the 4th they scored just one run in 6.0 innings, but on the 26th they touched him up for five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings. Lefties have crushed Hendricks this year, hitting .295/.361/.536 against him this season. Righties have found some success, too, but not nearly as much, posting a .270/.296/.440 line against him. Right-handed hitters have just seven walks in 333 plate appearances against him this season (LHH have 23 in 266 PA). He’s been much better on the road than at home, with a 3.13 ERA away from Chicago this season (5.17 at home).

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Curve
Velo 87.2 87.1 79.8 73.1
Usage 18% 41% 27% 13%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 78°, cloudy, 12% chance of rain

News and Notes

Reds call up Santillan, DFA Hembree

Cincinnati announced this afternoon that they had designated Heath Hembree for assignment and recalled Tony Santillan from Triple-A Louisville.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 72 47 0 98.6%
Reds 65 55 7.5 42.8%
Cardinals 61 56 10.0 6.2%
Cubs 52 69 21.0 0.0%
Pirates 42 77 30.0 0.0%

188 Responses

  1. Jim Walker

    Brewers and Cardinals tonight in StLouis. Something good is guaranteed to happen for the Reds if they take care of their own business vs Cubbies.

      • scotly50

        We need the exact opposite!!

        We can not catch the Brewers, but the Cardinals are only a game behind us in the loss column.

      • JB

        So if the Cards sweep and the Reds win the next 3 against cubs and Marlins, the Reds are 4 1/2 out. Yeah the Reds cant catch the Brewers. Smh

      • beelicker

        that’s +3 for the Cards sweeping the Brewers right now and then spanking the crap out of them however many of the other 1o times they match up the rest of the way. The Cards are streaking on the backs of weak sisters lately and i look for them to run out of gas any minute . It’s highly unlikely for them to make a 13-o run on Milwaukee but 1o-3 run would make a Reds’ run to the division lead a definite reality. Pull up the Cards’ schedule and look how much more comparatively difficult it is vs the Reds’. No reason to run scared of the Cardinals, being 2. 5 games up on them at this point. If the Reds can’t keep pace over them (3 more of Reds v Cards, 1o vs Brewers, 4 vs Dodgers, 3 vs SD, 3 vs Mets, 2 vs Tigers) then the Reds don’t belong in the playoffs anyway … the Cards are like a long distance runner starting to wobble in their finishing kick. Just how long will they last before they just simply fall out?

      • Melvin

        Me too – Cards sweep

        Glad Santi is back. He should help.

      • Joe P.

        I’ve given this some thought. It is unlikely the Reds catch the Brewers and the Reds need to get the Cards off their heels. However, the Reds still have a chance to catch the Brewers. So, in this one series, I’m not rooting for one versus the other. Let the cards (pun unintended) fall where they may, then reassess the standings and schedules later. Right now, the Reds have to take care of their business and stack wins. Go Reds!

  2. AllTheHype

    Like the lineup tonight. Let’s go.

  3. Bet on Red

    Alrighty waiting for another crime scene tonight. Did not realize how bad that the Cubs had gotten. Pirates may actually catch them

    • Justin

      That’s probably what the Cubs FO is hoping for. Once you sell off like they did, the next goal is a high draft pick.

  4. Old-school

    I dont like the Senzel situation or Lack of accountability for Suarez or bullpen face plants but Reds are getting deeper and deeper in talent.

    • Roger Garrett

      Exactly this team will get better and better but we can’t have next year what we lived with this year.Best players play,add some pieces,cut some pieces and lets play with the big boys.

      • Mark Moore

        That was the article I referenced on a different thread. Some great commentary over there noting this was highly speculative and unlikely to happen. I tend to agree with that perspective (the one on RLN).

        Would love to hear what Doug or others have to say.

  5. SOQ

    The Race is heating up with a lot of teams in striking distance of the Wild Card. The Reds must take advantage of this easier part of the schedule, and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. Regardless of how it all ends, this has been the most exciting season in almost a decade. Going to have a beer and a cigar and enjoy the game tonite

    • TR

      Brings back memories of summer on the front porch and Red’s baseball on the radio.

  6. SOQ

    I’m old enough to remember Waite Hoyt Too young back then for a cigar and a beer, but old enough to cement my love for the Reds

  7. JB

    Senzel not playing and Hunter Greene giving up 3 homers. He is not ready for the bigs in my opinion.

    • Bet on Red

      pulled after 2.2…. definatly not Major league ready

      • Mark Moore

        He’s nearing the end of his season. They’ll keep a close eye on his winter routine.

      • Old-school

        Or injured

        His start was delayed a week because of an “AC strain”

      • Bet on Red

        no… turns out he got the thumb for throwing behind a batter

    • MBS

      Greene hasn’t pitched much as a pro. I don’t like the idea of him pitching out of the pen for the Reds this year. Let him and Lodolo learn in AAA where their workload can be managed better.

  8. Old-school

    Joey Votto has ended 2 arguments in 2021.
    He’s an unquestioned Hall of Famer- I already agreed with that.
    His contract was worth it. I disagreed with that, until a few weeks ago.

  9. Roger Garrett

    Hendricks is a good pitcher and we will have to beat him and more then likely unless he has to he will not pitch to Joey.Joey in the 2 hole for a reason in that he hits Hendricks well and so what happens he walks and Casty hits in to a DP.Always the game within the game.

  10. Arthur

    Moose’s swing looks just weak. He looks like he is in pain when he swings.

  11. Old-school

    Can the Reds option Moose to fantasy camp in Goodyear?

    He looks like a 46 year old portly ex player 10 years removed.

  12. Mark Moore

    Hey BoR … hows about I score us a couple of those Hawaiian jerseys and we take a quick road trip to Miami Valley Gaming. I could swing by and pick you up … 🙂

    • Bet on Red

      and thats gonna be a hard no lol. And not an awsome idea

  13. Roger Garrett

    Guti not fooling anybody and the walk scores.Watch him close Bell,need this win tonight.

    • JB

      The guy is a fighter. He gets into trouble but he minimizes the damage. He will be ok. The bats need to get going.

  14. Bet on Red

    When I said crime scene I didn’t mean for us to be the victems here…. Lets lock it down and start hitting

    • Mark Moore

      Right. So far it’s looking like a light mugging in the park without it even being dark yet.

      Need a clean, quick inning and some crooked numbers.

  15. TyGuy88

    I hope one of our best prospects wasn’t called up to be a pinch hitter.

  16. Joe P.

    The pitch to Happ was too good of a pitch to hit on an 0-2 count. He hit it for a seeing eye single to left.

  17. Indy Red Man

    Bad 0-2 pitch to Happ there. Its a fine line. We crack on Mahle for not putting guys away, but lately I’ve seen alot of bad 0-2s both for/against us.

    Nice dp….we needed that

  18. Roger Garrett

    Living on the edge is dangerous.Cubs are loose and hacking they know what the deal is so we need to score and put them away.

    • Mark Moore

      Reckless abandon with nothing to loose is a dangerous opponent

      • Mark Moore

        Nothing to LOSE … I hate when I do that!!!

  19. Bet on Red

    upon the earlier comments on Hunter Greenes poor start, he has reached a new milestone. His first AAA Ejection. How about those milestones.

    • Mark Moore

      Good for him. That at least explains the untimely exit. And we must remember he’s still 15, so …

  20. MBS

    Gutierrez games are my favorites! Vlad is good, already ahead of Mahle.

  21. Arthur

    There’s another answer to the “DFA Shogo!!” crowd.

    To paraphrase Sadek, all of the highlight clips of great catches from the Reds OF this season are of Shogo. (That’s not entirely accurate – Aquino has made some nice plays as well).

    Simply stated – Shogo saves runs with his glove in the OF. He needs to play.

  22. Roger Garrett

    Good bounce back inning be the rookie.Lets get him some runs.No hits yet so lets get a bunch this inning.

  23. Mark A Verticchio

    Announce the game boys. Bats are silent tonight, this game was a big concern.

  24. Indy Red Man

    Switching to the Cubs broadcast….that’ll wake the bats up!!

    • RedsMonk65

      Hey Hendricks has a no-hitter going! (Maybe that will help 😉

      • RedsMonk65

        Maybe it worked — Naquin with a hit!

      • Mark Moore

        It did just that. Now to crack this nut wide open.

  25. Joe P.

    Hendricks is tough. I’m not sure if the Reds should wait him out and make him work a bit (like Votto did with his first at bat) or swing at the first strike, which is usually a pitch in a tough location.

  26. JB

    Hendricks was on the bases this inning. Let’s see if it has any effect.

  27. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s start with a hit! Anybody!

  28. Indy Red Man

    If they don’t sit Farmer tomorrow then I’m taking a week off. The guy is swinging at EVERYTHING. He couldn’t outhit Geno with his approach right now

    He needs a mental/physical break

      • Old-school

        He’s not a an every day major leaguer.
        Let alone an every day SS

        He does hit lefties well on a team that cant get hit lefties.

    • wkuchad

      Lol, 0% there’s any truth to that post.

      A week off, with how much fun the Reds are right now? Nah!!

      • Indy Red Man

        I can always fish til 8:30. It just annoys me to have another guy obviously struggling and yet they do nothing about it. Like OS said….he’s never been a starter and never been a good hitter

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Patience at the plate is needed with Hendricks! Sooner or later he will make a mistake!

  30. JB

    Moose walked on 5 pitches, Farmer swung at ball 2 and Naquin swung at ball 4 but got a hit. Shogo swung at and fouled off ball 4. Hendricks is losing his command. Reds hitters need to not help him.

  31. Mark Moore

    Wasted opportunity there. The one Shogo let go was the one to slap down the line.

    • RedsMonk65

      Dernit. Now that the ice has been broken, maybe the top of the order can take care of business next inning.

      • Mark Moore

        Now they’ll have to do just that.

  32. Dennis Westrick

    OK, the No-Hitter is off the board! Time to unload with a crooked number next inning!

  33. Dennis Westrick

    Short leash for Vlad even though his pitch count is low! Cannot afford to let this game get away!

  34. JB

    How many times has that happened this year. Ump misses the obvious 3rd strike and next pitch gone.

    • Mark Moore

      Officially? One more than before that time …

    • MCT

      Yeah it’s pretty infuriating. Ball 1 (aka strike 3) was at the bottom of the zone for sure, but the pitch hit all of it.

  35. Indy Red Man

    Doesn’t look this is our night. He’s not centering anything and we’re not squaring up anything. Maybe the 8th or 9th?

    • Indy Red Man

      Or I could be wrong))) Have to go the other way with Hendricks

  36. RedsMonk65

    Castellanos! There we go — let’s get some more and get into that Cubs bullpen!

  37. JB

    Lol I joined Indy and flipped the channel. It worked.

  38. Old-school

    Hendricks there Moose 5 balls and 1 strike and hes out

  39. Mark Moore

    OK, got one back. Hold them down and let the murderous innings (for us) begin.

  40. Arthur

    Moose or Suarez??

    Lately, it doesn’t seem to matter. Results are about the same either way.

  41. JB

    Now that the Cubs are terrible again, GABP isnt a sea of blue anymore. Cub fans are history.

  42. Indy Red Man

    Here’s where it could keep tricky because Wilson hasn’t pitched in a week? 9 man bullpen when you have decent-good starters is stupid because guys don’t get enough work to stay sharp

    • Arthur

      Exactly correct. There is no justification for a 9 man bullpen if your starters are frequently going 6 innings or more.

      Even Bell’s “1 inning only” rule doesn’t necessitate 9 bodies in the pen. Take 2 of those spots and get Senzel and Lopez or Inciarte up here.

  43. Bet on Red

    Moose makes a good pic. The Rockies take an early lead. Time to start the comeback

  44. Joe P.

    Moose with a nice pick and the throw to first was a pretty nice sinker.

  45. Joe P.

    Hopefully this Cubs pitcher Wick is more like Bob than John.

    • Mark Moore

      If he is like John, then BoR is going to see his steady stream of death

    • Melvin

      That’s what I was thinking too. Not a David Bell strategy.

  46. Indy Red Man

    Love Naquin in August! He’s keeping his hands in and not rolling over. It might look like a dead quail, but thats hitting it where they ain’t on purpose

    • Mark Moore

      Did a great job going with that pitch for an inside-out hit

    • Arthur

      I think Naquin has finally learned that sometimes, a little bloop into LF is just fine. It puts you on base and advances other runners. Don’t need a HR cut every plate appearance.

      Some hitters go their entire career and never figure that out. See, e.g. Bruce, Jay.

  47. Arthur

    That was a terrible AB. He needed to put the ball on the ground and pressure the defense.

  48. VaRedsFan

    Has bunting been outlawed? Perfect spot for Shogo to bunt there.

    • Mark Moore

      Yes. I’m sure it has. For anyone wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Completely banned except for a Sac attempt by a pitcher.

    • Joe P.

      My only thought is that the defense might have been playing in on the corners to take the bunt away. Bunt or not, we needed Shogo to put that ball in play or have a better eye at the plate. His pitch selection was not good and he got himself out.

  49. Mark Moore

    Thanks for taking that for the team, Tucker

  50. Bet on Red

    Alright, All we need is for a Joey Votto hit and alot of Inherited runners to score.

  51. Indy Red Man

    Maybe India is a guess hitter? I was thinking curve since his first pitch was a nice breaker for a strike.

  52. Old-school

    There’s no way Shogo Akiyama and Aquino and Moose and Suarez help this team more than Senzel.

    Shogo is simply putrid. He is a worse hitter than Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza

    Moose is slow and not ready and hitting .090 against lefties.

    Suarez is having one of the worst seasons in MLB history the last 30 years.

    Yet Senzel isnt ready and Barrero can watch.

    • JB

      Strike 3 to Shogo that he swung at was in the batters box. He jumped out of the way and swung. I’ve never seen that before. Thank God we have one more year of him. I may get to see some more firsts.

  53. Bet on Red

    Just burned the Cubs best hitter… played a no-score max pressure inning. Cubs bullpen just feels like its going to fall apart. Bell needs to play this as if we are winning and use that pitching combination. If i see AG on the mound to start this inning….

  54. Mark Moore

    I don’t like Happ either. And Farmer had no business trying for that ball.

    • Joe P.

      The whole time, I thought Shogo was going to catch it.

  55. Old-school

    Kyle farmer little league

    Can we just start the best 8 and play the best 26 players? Is that too hard to ask Krall?

  56. Mark Moore

    Need a DP in the worst way here

    • earmbrister

      The K will work in the meantime

    • Bet on Red

      actually perfered the Heyward K, that way a double play will end the inning instead of having a cub on third.

    • Joe P.

      Or in the best way?…we got it! 6-4-3

  57. VaRedsFan

    Akiyama…take charge!!…Half a dozen times he yields.

    • Joe P.

      He yields too much. With his ability to cover ground he needs to take control more than he does.

    • Indy Red Man

      Happens all the time. Start screaming Banzai and they’ll get out of your way)) He’s too nice

  58. VaRedsFan

    Nice work Cessa, and a lightning pivot by India on the DP

  59. earmbrister

    Ok, I logged on for a late game comeback.

    • Mark Moore

      Glad to have you with us. Two innings left to turn on the magic. I’d prefer to see it all done in the 8th.

      • earmbrister

        Thanks, but that was one quick half inning. I’ll settle for the Reds getting it done period. Not looking great.

  60. Joe P.

    When does Barerro get in this game?

  61. RedsMonk65

    Running out of chances here….

  62. Mark Moore

    I like Moose, but something isn’t right. Looks like he’s phoning it in.

    • Arthur

      I don’t think he’s right physically. You can see – he just can’t move. Or swing a bat.

      • Indy Red Man

        I agree. Glad we all agree….Geno for 40 straight it is)))

  63. Joe P.

    Just great…this guy Heuer looks like Hendricks.

  64. JB

    I’m tired of the 2 headed monster at 3rd.

    • earmbrister

      Could be worse. The Cubs have a lousy 2 headed Romine

  65. Roger Garrett

    Just a stinker tonight.Can’t have too many of those the rest of the way.

  66. Mark A Verticchio

    I agree that there has to be room for Senzel he has to be a better hitter than Shogo and Moose because they are both awful.

  67. Eddie

    Geesh whole time seems they swing at the first pitch at times. I’m happy hembree is DFA finally long over do. I hope the offense does a walk off tonight hope with ?

    • Mark Moore

      It’s going to take a walk-off now.

  68. Mark Moore

    Don’t walk the first batter, Tony … please.


  69. Indy Red Man

    This is not the spot where I would suddenly throw in a rookie? Hope it works out, but 1 inning from Lorenzen seems safer

  70. VaRedsFan

    Santillan just dispatches a batter with a K in about 40 seconds. or about the same time it took Hembre to throw 1 pitch.

  71. Mark A Verticchio

    He can not let Shogo bat in the 9th, I would rather see Suarez.

  72. Indy Red Man

    Got to pinch-hit for Shogo with Aquino and then Barrero if you get that far

  73. Arthur

    Oh look – a manager trying to win a game allows his best reliever to pitch TWO whole innings to close out the game.

    Such things are not permitted in Redsland!!!!

  74. Mark Moore

    This loss will really hurt tonight. Hope we can change that.

    • Indy Red Man

      They pitched good. Good pitching beats good hitting. Have to bounce back fast!! Can’t lose a series to this gang of scrubs

      • earmbrister

        Yep. Tough loss. Good night all.

  75. Joe P.

    That first called strike to Farmer was the same location (or a bit worse) than then the pitch that was called a ball for Gutierrez prior to the HR.

  76. RedAlert

    Bad loss to an absolute suck team

  77. MCT

    If there’s any team to end a 12-game losing streak of a gutted basically AAAA team, it would be the Reds.

  78. Bet on Red

    Just like the Reds cannot win out. The cubs wernt going to lose out either. Time to start them on their way to another 13 game losing streak tomorow. Rockies leading and it looks like the Brewers will hold off the Dirty Birds

  79. Eddie

    Terrible offense get Kyle good pitcher but come on we left to many men on base whole game. Good pitching by reds but offense better than this last night shown that. Ugh good luck tomorrow mahle

  80. Roger Garrett

    Terrible loss to a terrible team.

    • Indy Red Man

      It happens. SD just lost of 5 of 6 to Miami, Arizona, and Colorado

  81. dhmorgan

    You just knew the Cubs were going to win sooner or later. I was just hoping that it would be later.

  82. Joe P.

    How does Bell not pinch hit for Akiyama there? He had both Aquino and Barerro available. Both capable of going deep. Akiyama hasn’t hit a HR all year.

    • MCT

      He hasn’t hit a home run ever in the MLB.

  83. RedsMonk65

    Not good.

    Don’t quite understand the decision not to use some of those bench players as PHs in the 9th. I might have considered Barrero for Farmer, let Naquin hit, Aquino for Shogo, then Suarez for the P spot if it had gotten that far. Not an inspired ending. Bats just didn’t have it tonight.

  84. Doc

    The worst team in baseball wins at least 30% of its games, and all those wins, in the end, are against teams who are better, based on records. This was one of those games. Hendricks is the Cubs’ Miley and the winningest pitcher in the league is hardly a scrub; the Reds were beaten by a good pitcher tonight.

    • Old-school


      But Reds not starting best 8 or rostering best 26

      Anyone convinced Moose is healthy and ready ? Hes slow and overweight yet rushed through AAA rehab while Senzel who is 8 years younger who says im ready…. Told not ready

      Shogo and Suarez stats worst in the league

      Bullpen games all year with AAAA pitchers

      Play the best 26 all I am asking and see what happens

    • Joe P.

      Not disagreeing but he only pitched 6 innings. The Reds had a big opportunity in the 7th inning, but with the bases loaded, India struck out and Votto grounded out.

  85. Benchedfan

    Don’t seem to be any bite in this dog, seems about as lifeless as their manager. 14 runs last night, 1 meager run tonight. Bell needs to instill a sense of urgency in this team.

    • beelicker

      They were mourning the loss of Hembree? Mainly, this is a game where Winker probably propels them offensively. A thinking hitter who makes adjustments and rakes. Moose’s big gaping #5 hole in the lineup didn’t help. Healing from plantar fasciitis takes mostly rest and not overloading your foot and that leads to core weakness and balance issues

  86. Benchedfan

    Don’t seem to be any bite in this dog, seems about as lifeless as their manager. 14 runs last night, 1 meager run tonight. Bell didn’t use all his weapons tonight. Bell needs to instill a sense of urgency in this team. Gotta win against teams like this.

  87. Votto4life

    We are not going to win every night, regardless how bad our opponent. If this team has shown anything, it is their ability to bounce back from a tough loss. So let’s brush it off and get them tomorrow

    The thing that does concern though is David Bell’s line-ups. A line that features Farmer, Naquin and Shogo really puts a lot of pressure on the remaining position players to produce.

    I know Farmer has had a good season but only when compared to himself. With an obp barely over .300 and slugging barely over .400 his offense contributions have been limited.

    You could bat Farmer 8th and sacrifice some offense for his stellar defense IF you didn’t already have two other 8th place hitters in your line up.

    I realize they are short a bat because Winker is on the IL. But you will always have injuries. Good teams have competent players on the bench who can produce when they are called upon.

    The Reds have invested a lot of money in their starting eight and have decided to cut corners when it comes to their reserve players. That is a terrible strategy, as we have witnessed all season.

    • beelicker

      Rookie RH hitters in Barrero and free swinging Aquino who’s not a good junk breaking ball hitter probably weren’t better starting options. Naquin got 2 hits. Farmer got a hit. Akiyama likely might have saved a run with that catch against the wall in CF. An excellent junkball starter on his game can certainly make a team look sluggish and sick like that. Law of averages caught up to India and Votto at the top of the lineup

  88. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell has failed to play with any sense of urgency and that reflects on the team. They play the way he manages, no sense of urgency and very up and down.

    • beelicker

      Actually, any baseball player has it drilled in them that *not* getting too high or too low is the key to winning against the grind of The Big 162 in baseball. They all say that all the time. It’s what allows for the ability to roll with a punch like this to come back the next day and give maximum *controlled* effort … and also the ability to not be overhyped at the plate and help a pitcher get the best of you by swinging overanxious. The players *react* emotionally when and after good things happen, but a hyped up *approach* to the playing the game and particularly at the plate is a recipe for bad singular outcomes and defeat

  89. beelicker

    That manager also doesn’t have to worry much about winning tomorrow. He’s lost 12 in a row and going nowhere, so he’s 1oo% invested at all costs in winning this one game he suddenly can win *right now* … that closer probably won’t be available tomorrow or if he is, not at his best … their manager doesn’t care in the face of 12 straight losses and no postseason aspirations