The Cincinnati Reds will look to pick up the series win over the Miami Marlins this evening after last night’s victory in the series opener.

Starting Lineups

Miami Marlins

Cincinnati Reds

Miguel Rojas – SS Jonathan India – 2B
Jazz Chisholm – 2B Tyler Naquin – CF
Jesús Aguilar – 1B Nick Castellanos – RF
Lewis Brinson – CF Joey Votto – 1B
Brian Anderson – 3B Kyle Farmer – SS
Jorge Alfaro – LF Aristides Aquino – LF
Bryan De La Cruz – RF Eugenio Suárez – 3B
Alex Jackson – C Tucker Barnhart – C
Zach Thompson – SP Wade Miley – SP

Starting Pitchers

Wade Miley

It’s been a very good season for Wade Miley and he’s coming off of a 7-inning, shutout performance with seven strikeouts against the Cubs in his last outing. On the season he’s made 22 starts with a 2.84 ERA in 133.0 innings.

Teams haven’t started many lefties against Miley this year and for good reason, too. Even the ones who are deemed good enough to face him have hit just .192/.245/.242 against him on the year in 107 trips to the plate. Righties have had more success, but only by comparison. They’ve managed to hit just .248/.311/.385 on the year in 444 plate appearances against him. Miley has pitched better at home, at least when it comes to ERA as his 2.30 mark at Great American Ball Park bests his 3.39 mark on the road.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 89.7 85.3 74.9 79.0 81.6
Usage 17% 48% 4% 4% 26%

Zach Thompson

27-year-old rookie Zach Thompson has had a good season for Miami in 2021. He’s made 11 starts with a 2.91 ERA. He doesn’t go deep into games, throwing just 52.2 innings on the year, and he doesn’t miss bats at a high rate as he’s struck out just 48 batters (and hasn’t had more than 5 strikeouts in a single game since July 4th). He does keep the ball in the park, though, giving up just four homers on the season, and he’s done a good job limiting hits with just 39 against him on the season.

He’s dominated right-handed hitters, holding them to a .170/.231/.274 line on the season in 118 plate appearances. Lefties have had more success, hitting .247/.347/.400 against him in 98 trips to the plate. Thompson has pitched worse on the road, with a 3.86 ERA (2.27 at home) and an OPS advantage for opposing hitters that’s 74 points higher than at home (.658 to .584).

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Change Curve
Velo 92.1 92.1 87.4 85.2 77.2
Usage 30% 6% 32% 14% 18%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 86°, cloudy, 2% chance of rain

News and Notes

Hunter Greene suspended in Triple-A

Earlier this week Hunter Greene was ejected from the game for what seems like the umpires belief that he purposefully threw a pitch behind a batter. He is now facing a 3-game suspension over the incident, which will push his next start back several days.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 74 49 0 99.4%
Reds 67 57 7.5 53.6%
Cardinals 62 59 11.0 6.1%
Cubs 54 70 20.5 0.0%
Pirates 43 79 30.5 0.0%

271 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    No Barrero again? Seriously! Why call him up if he’s just gonna sit in the dugout? Put him at 3rd! As an experienced SS he has a good arm and can make the throws from 3rd! Plus, he actually makes contact at the plate most of the time as opposed to the alternatives (Geno or Moose).

    • MBS

      It’s baffling, I guess they want him on the roster as a just in case solution. If Farmer goes down “break glass” and use Barrero. If he’s not on the roster before the Sept call ups, he wouldn’t be postseason eligible. All that being said, yes, I wish they’d play him now.

    • LDS

      Put Farmer at third. Why force Barrero into a position that Farmer has experience with?

      • beelicker

        why mess with 2 positions and involve a new rookie doing it when you just moved into playoff eligibility and a critical series with the Brewers looming?

      • doofus

        Why not try it out now before “a critical series?”

      • beelicker

        To get your RH power bench bat at 3B some live pitching since he’s been sitting awhile, for one

      • LDS

        Beelicker, you just advocated for moving Barrero to CF on the other thread. Try being consistent. Third isn’t something new for Farmer. He’s played 3B 50 times in MLB. In the minors, Barrero has played 2 games at 3B and 268 as SS. Why not make him a catcher or a pitcher?

      • beelicker

        Again a straw man. I argued to train Barrero in multi-postion flexibility to give the manager platoon and defensive options whether he uses him or not, not to just move him to another position. Saurez needs ABs to keep his eye and that’s the normal pratice at 3B just like Farmer is the starter at SS and succeeding. No major league manager is going to jack around 2 positions just to get a raw rookie in the lineup in the middle of a pennant race. Bell has also already stated in the press that Barrero was specifically called up for backup purposes because Winker got hurt … that’s what is consistent here

      • doofus

        I almost fell over laughing when I read this: “Saurez needs ABs to keep his eye and that’s the normal pratice at 3B…”

        Suarez HAS been getting “normal” time at 3B all season. And, FYI, he has not done very well.

        Suarez is a RH strikeout machine. He should have been riding the pine or in AAA a long time ago.

    • Greenfield Red

      This franchise can’t get out of its kwn way

      • Arthur

        You leave Barrero at SS because he is , far and away, the best defensive SS in the organization. He is a far better defender than Kyle Farmer. (And I have a lot of respect for Farmer. He has been a tremendous asset for the team this season.) AND, he is a better hitter than Suarez of Moustrakis. There is no “experiment” here at all. Play your best player at their best position.

        This ain’t rocket science. It is nothing more than simple common sense. Of which Mr. Bell, or whoever sets the lineups, has absolutely NONE.

        Free Jose Barrero!!!

      • beelicker

        well, they’re not trying to switch his position to move him off SS, rather experimenting with expanding his capabilities to play additonal positions for team flexibility improvement. Unless you’re not a team player focused on the good of the team, how do you not get behind that?

        This is not an either/or proposition and presenting it as such is just dishonest

    • DataDumpster

      It’s every other day so it’s Geno’s turn to play. Say one thing about Suarez is that he has been remarkably consistent. After raising his average into the .170s in mid-June, it has stayed there for every game since except one, where he actually raised his average to the .180 mark after getting 1 hit in 5 AB.

    • RojoB

      If they only wanted a bench guy, what is wrong with López?

      Let Jose keep his Romeo g by playing daily for the Bats

      • beelicker

        Specifically, they wanted to emphsize elite middle infield defense capability on the bench now and to also have that also eligible for the postseason, whereas Lopez was more similar to the INF backups they already had covering that now in Moose and Saurez. I think they were still were carrying Freeman for that role when Lopez was up before

  2. Old-school

    Joel Luckhaupt has reds 3b 0-30. If Suarez goes 0-1, Reds will set record last 67 years. 0-5 and they break the 1933 all time record.

    No pressure Geno

    Literally ran into Jim day today. Nice guy and talked Reds a bit.
    I told him he did a great job play by play. He said only he was called upon for emergency duty. It’s come out now Sadak had injury running yesterday and broke arm? Get well soon .

    • doofus

      Maybe he should stop running on his…arms?

      • Old-school

        Jim super nice guy

        He said dont forget about the Cardinals ….as he was cleaning off his windshield

      • Mark Moore

        YIKES!!! That’s going to be a long recovery process.

    • Greenfield Red

      This futility, which has now eclipsed the 67 year old record says more about the Cincinnati Reds organization than it does about Suarez.

    • Joe P.

      @Old-school. Sadak running? He was probably trying to catch up with the ice cream truck.

  3. beelicker

    Say hey, the Nationals up 3-1 just broke into the Brewers’ bullpen which put out the fire and now headed to the bottom of the 5th

    • beelicker

      aaaand Milwaukee breaks back scoring 3 to go up 4-3 headed now to the 6th

      • beelicker

        Road Mahle, Castillo and Gray are listed as the Reds’ starters or trhe Milwaukee series. Peralta’s regular start was scheduled for one of these games but he’s now gone to ‘precautionary’ IL with shoulder inflammation so they’re skipping him in their regular 6-man rotation

      • beelicker

        Nats escape bases loaded now headed to the 8th 4-4 … Cousins 8 pitches, Suter 22, Boxberger 23 with at least 2 more to cover … maybe they can go extras for us?

      • beelicker

        Nats managed to threaten 2 runs in the 9th to run some stiff out of there after 15 pitches and force Hader to burn 24 in closing it out, so good job at least working him over some before the Reds get there… let’s hope they at least work ’em over again tomorrow too

  4. doofus

    Maybe he should stop running on his…arms?

  5. beelicker

    Tied at 4 going to top o’ the 7th

  6. Bet on Red

    Reds need to jump on this guy and get into the bullpen again. Reds control their own destiny now. Lets keep it up.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Naquin with a double to get us started.

  8. Roger Garrett

    Both go the opposite field and I like that.

  9. Mark Moore

    Live and caught up now. Quite the start with the crooked numbers.

    I have to say the Geno dive into the net looked funny in slow-mo. Glad he wasn’t hurt, though. He looked more than a little surprised.

  10. Bet on Red

    If “hand caught in the cookie jar” was a baseball play

    • Mark Moore


      Just explained it to my wife. That’s the way to negate a base hit.

  11. Mark Moore

    Textbook rundown there. Nice tag by Barnhart.

    • Angelo

      Can’t remember the last time I have seen a catcher make a tag out at first. Great play by Tuck!

  12. Angelo

    I just don’t understand why Aquino keeps getting playing time. He is clueless.

    • Mark Moore

      Especially tonight with a RHP who isn’t overpowering starting. Shogo would be a good match to slap hit this guy silly.

      • Angelo

        Excellent point. Shogo get overpowered easily by hard throwers and Thompson is not one of them

    • Old-school

      I would argue the opposite

      Answer the question now on Aquino with winker out

      Give him 70 at bats

      • Angelo

        In the middle of the wild card chase?

      • beelicker

        So it’s Aquino or Shogo and i’d argue Shogo should have gotten the start tonight vs LHP too. But it’s become clear that Akiyama’s role here has also become to always get the Shogo end of the stick … partly because he manages to do his level best to be the best Shogo anyway w/o complaining

      • Old-school

        Plan B is who on the 26 man roster?


        Cant argue AAA guys . They are all n AAA

        Its time for an Aquino decision

        Im starting to fade on him but give him regular at bats to get a fair sample size

      • Alan Horn

        Neither. They should bring up Lopez or Schrock for LF or another option is Farmer since they are going to play Suarez or Moose at 3B no matter what. I don’t care what anyone says, this smells of incompetence. And don’t give we are in the wild card chase and over .500. We could be much better.

  13. CI3J

    Wow, nice pickoff move by Miley. Seems like literally EVERYONE was caught by surprise. Even Votto froze for a half second after he caught the ball, like he was trying to process what just happened and what he was supposed to do next.

  14. Bet on Red

    Suarez flies out… but that is contact and that is more then we get from moose

    • Mark Moore

      That would have scored most guys from 3rd. Day described it correctly – a lazy fly ball.

      Time for The Hulk to help his own cause.

  15. Angelo

    It’s 90s night and a good time to bring back the moniker “the hunt for a Reds October”

    • CI3J

      I was certain that came out in the late 80’s, but nope, 1990.

      Great reference either way.

  16. Mark Moore

    That’s the way to knuckle down and get out of the inning. Lead off double ends up just being noise. The Hulk’s pitch count decent. Top of the order coming. A little patience and we’ll chase Thompson yet.

  17. Mark Moore

    Great listening to Larkin reminisce about his Reds teams. The story about challenging Deon Sanders to a foot race is funny. I can just see Sanders running backwards – especially since he was used to doing that as a defensive back. 🙂

    • Angelo

      I was at pregame batting practice at Shea when the Reds were in town and there were a couple of kids no older then 10 years old begging Dion for a graph. Dion completely ignored them. I will never forget that.

  18. Brad

    How does a 3 game suspension move a start back several days? Did they wait 3 or 4 days before imposing it and starting the clock?

    • VaRedsFan

      Right? Appeal the suspension. Pitch. Drop appeal. Serve suspension.

      • Mark Moore

        Exactly. But do MiLB players have the same rights as MLB players do in that regard?

  19. Mark Moore

    A gift strikeout on Chisolm. Better be careful or he’ll toss you.

  20. LGR

    Miley’s back foot does not look right. Looks like it’s clipping the ground every pitch.

  21. Doc

    Is it my imagination or is India’s strikeout rate starting to resemble Suarez? Just seems like a lot of K’s over the past 3-4 weeks.

    It is getting tiring opening this thread every game and seeing the first comment or two or ten that Barrero is not starting again, yada, yada, yada. The Reds are 10 games over .500 and tied for the second WC spot. How about focusing on what they are doing right for a change?

    • Indy Red Man

      India not going the other way too often like he did in the beginning, but HRs will do that. Especially to a rookie. Winker same thing for a while. Nick always seems to have the same stroke though!

      • Alan Horn

        I mentioned early on that India has a problem going the other way. Suarez is the worst at it.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s looking a little like a day off would help. That would be an opportunity to slip Barrero in there. Could give RoY a little chance to clear his head.

      • LGR

        The last time Reds fans were calling for India to have a day off, he went 3-5 the next day with a leadoff homer. He’ll be okay.

      • Mark Moore

        So let’s give him a day off then … everybody say it with me!!!


      • LGR

        Let’s be honest though, if India did get a day off, they’d start Suarez at 3rd, Farmer at SS and Moose at 2B just to spite us.

  22. Roger Garrett

    Big DP right there.Need some more crooked numbers as by NC buddy often says.

    • Mark Moore

      I did say that … but we’re not getting them at this point unless AA can pound one to the seats.

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Brewers regained the lead in the bottom of the 8th!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Yelich just tacked on a grand slam.

      • beelicker

        Nats came back in the 9th with 2 runs against some bullpen slappy they tried to end it with and then they ran Hader out for 24 pitches to close it out , so some benefit in that at least

  24. LGR

    Aqunio realllllllly struggles when pitchers come right at him. He hits people who try and nibble him.

  25. Mark A Verticchio

    I agree that India has become to pull happy and is striking out more. Meanwhile Aquino looks terrible and this team still needs a left fielder until Winker gets back, Schrock?

    • Angelo

      Shrock impresses when he gets to play. I say give him left till Wink is back

    • LGR

      Am fine with Schrock. Personally would go Lopez. Lineup would benefit with a switcher hitter.

  26. Indy Red Man

    At some point you have to label a guy as an organization because it affects other spots on the roster.

    Aquino has ability, but he’s a more well rounded Phillip Ervin at best. He should not be playing vs rhp that can change speeds. Maybe if they just throw gas and nothing else like a Mahle. Not huge on Shogo overall, but he was doing ok when Aquino seemed to grab all the at-bats

    • LGR

      Miley can take a page out of Ohtani’s book and play left on non pitching days, yea? Could work.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Frankly, it seems pretty clear at this point what Aquino is. If the front office could option him, I believe they would. But he is out of options, and they’ll likely lose him if they try to outright him.

    • Mark Moore

      That was my point earlier. A slower RHP would be more susceptible to Shogo’s slap-hit style.

  27. Mark Moore

    Nice catch and heads up tag by Joey.

  28. beelicker

    oops Yelich grand slam in the 8th 9-4 Brewers … RP Williams threw 18 pitches top of the frame

  29. VaRedsFan

    How can today’s players justify plate approach (all or nothing) when Kevin Mitchell did what he did for the Reds

    Age 31 – 93 games 19 HRs AND batted .341
    Age 32 – 95 games 30 HRs AND batted .326

    To say you can only do 1 or the other is a cop out excuse for poor hitting.

    • Mark Moore


      It really doesn’t have to be an either or.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      What they’re doing now is what they’re being coached to do.

    • Indy Red Man

      KM didn’t have shifts to deal with….maybe some kind of spray chart back then, but not a room of nerds running computers like Nasa like today.

      Your point still stands. Situational hitting? 2 strikes and lessen your swing and make contact. Move guys along

    • Angelo

      Dave Kingman was way before his time lol

  30. Mark Moore

    OK, that gets us 2 outs. Just focus on the hitter like the last time this happened.

    • Angelo

      Dave Kingman was way before his time lol

      • Mark Moore

        Fun fact on Kingman. His son is on the “reality challenge” show Making It. Kid’s pretty talented.

  31. Bet on Red

    Alright, so we are not getting a game up on the brewers… we can still win this and keep pace. Unrealistic to expect the gutted nationals to actually sweep the brewers anyway

    • Mark Moore

      Very true. And even with some of the Bernies banged up, they are a good team playing a much poorer team. Let’s squish these Fish and then go beat on the Bernies ourselves.

  32. Mark Moore

    Tonight’s HP ump has been more than patient with the chirping from the Fish. And that was a strike as I saw it. The toss should put everybody on notice.

    Time to make Jazz hit a very sour note here.

  33. Mark Moore

    Miley not looking sharp here. Need this out.

  34. Dennis Westrick

    Miley has lost the strike zone!

  35. Bet on Red

    since that ankle injury Miley has not been doing well… has to buckle down here. Reds need to get some more runs on the board

  36. Indy Red Man

    I like Miley, but he’s a wiley vet that needs you to get yourself out by chasing stuff slightly outside the zone. If he started a wildcard playoff vs LA….I’m guessing 3-4 runs by the 3rd inning

  37. Mark Moore

    Double switch coming. Tough spot for Cessa (or anybody).

    I’m with Day – wonder if the ankle twist has anything to do with it.

  38. Mark A Verticchio

    Miley was not the same since he turned his ankle, Bell let him go one batter to many.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell ALWAYS waits one batter too late!

  39. LGR

    Well I’ll give Shogo this.. no one else on the team is making that catch.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That was a pretty good double switch! 🙂

    • JB

      Totally agree. Just a great catch. I like Shogo. Just not for 7 mil a year.

    • Mark Moore

      Senzel … but probably not right now with his repaired knee (or he’d injure it again). But nobody else in the stadium. He just seems to have great timing for that stuff in front of him.

      • LGR

        *looks up a down the Reds roster* Nope. No Senzel here.

      • beelicker

        Umm … this would be exactly why Barrero is tinkering around with playing defensive replacement capable CF in a pinch

  40. Mark Moore

    Great save by Shogo on the first play into the game.

    Time for the Crooked Number Machine to kick it into gear … HIGH gear!!

  41. Dennis Westrick

    Dodged a BIG bullet there! Need to get those 2 runs back plus more!

  42. Mark A Verticchio

    Man, Miley was upset but it was his own fault walks and a hit batter.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Cessa did what was needed.

  43. LGR

    Brewers having to use Hader here is nice.

  44. Mark Moore

    Not really even into the “teeth of the shift” … looked like it was exactly where a SS would normally play.

  45. Mark A Verticchio

    The 3rd base situation is getting out of hand. Bell needs to do something period.

    • Mark Moore

      Tinker won’t tinker there, whether by mandate or his choice. We’ll have to win despite that black hole.

  46. Angelo

    I would like to see Justin Wilson used more. 2 earned runs in 8 IP for the reds thus far.

  47. Mark Moore

    Nice DP!!! Farmer stayed focused and made a great turn.

  48. Erik the Red

    The resting of Suarez has not helped. We have a lot money tied up between him and Moose these next few years. Now Cessa walks the lead off guy.

    • Bet on Red

      then corrects the issue with a DP

  49. LGR

    To speed up the game, Why don’t the Reds just intentionally walk the first guy up to start the inning when a relievers in the game? Could save several minutes a game.

  50. Mark Moore

    An assisted clean inning for Cessa. Really time to step it up now.

  51. Mark A Verticchio

    3 hits all in the first inning, top of the order, now is the time.

  52. Mark Moore

    OK, saying he needed a rest (see above) appears to have worked.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Then please continue doing it. 😉

  53. Mark Moore

    OK, Nick. Just find some green here.

  54. Alan Horn

    I am fine with Naquin in CF going forward. I think he is a FA after the season but he really likes the Reds.

    • Mark Moore

      He could definitely be in the mix. Castellanos is not likely to return. If Naquin can keep his hitting within himself like he’s done lately, he could play a part.

  55. VaRedsFan

    Naquin on a real heater. great to see him pulling the ball with authority again

  56. Old-school

    Aquino batting avg is down to .203

    Batting isnt everything but it is a filter

    Aquino and Shogo are far behind Naquin. Winkers injury has established a clear tier in the Reds OF

  57. Mark Moore

    OK, that gets us back on top. Now for a little Joey magic!!

  58. Bet on Red

    Alright, NIck gets the run in. Marlins starting to come apart

  59. LGR

    Was hoping I was wrong. Why is it not Tyler?

  60. LGR

    Bell with his first good move of the year. Proud of you.

    • Mark Moore


      All it takes is a fly ball and he’s capable of WAY more than that.

  61. Bet on Red

    Bell with the Decoy…. shows the Moose… sends Tysteve

  62. LGR

    I could shed a tear. I’m so proud of you, Bell.

    • earmbrister

      There’s no crying in baseball

      GO REDS!!!

    • Mark Moore


      I laughed out loud on that one

      • earmbrister

        I’m here all night. Until I’m not

  63. Mark Moore


    RoY India and some playing time is about all that keeps TySteve from being at the top of that list. He’s a ballplayer with ice water in his veins.

  64. Slicc50

    Man how lucky are we to have two of the best rookies in the game?

  65. LGR

    (I would however, go Moose for Suarez here.)

  66. RedsMonk65

    Just tuned in. Naquin still on a roll. Stephenson rocks.

  67. Old-school

    David bell is mvp of this game

    Pushed all the right buttons

    Except barrero but that will come

    • Mark Moore

      He’s now down to only Moose and Barrero on the bench, isn’t he?

    • Bet on Red

      with the day tomorrow I bet he gets the start there.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yes he has for sure.Great to see.

  68. Bet on Red

    SUAREZ WITH THE RBI…. He is the best lol…now seriously… someone here took the under so let’s keep the score level for the rest of the game

  69. RedAlert

    Man future is so bright in Cincinnati – have some of the best young players in the game with more on the way !

    • Mark Moore

      Just have to sort out some of the older, more expensive, less productive components and then make decisions on some who might have been but probably aren’t going to be. But the future does look very bright indeed.

  70. Old-school

    David bell earned his option today

    Took out miley who threw a tantrum and out in Stephenson

    Go reds

  71. LGR

    Santillan here and not Doolittle or Garrett? Did Bell get ejected? Who’s making these calls?

    • Angelo

      Hopefully Doolittle follow Heath out the door.

    • beelicker

      Santillan has evolved himself into the Hembree role, I suspect as intended. This is one of the principles of the One Inning Maximum Effort Guy(s) school (OMG) … take a failed/marginal/blocked starter prospect and maximize his 2/3 pitch repertoire and elevate the fastball a couple MPH throwing an inning every other day from the bullpen

  72. Bet on Red

    Philles open their game up with a homer

  73. Mark Moore

    GIDP!!! 3rd time tonight!!! And another backdoor clean inning.

  74. LGR

    Am like.. 99% sure Bell is on the toilet and Benavides is making the calls. First Stephenson and now Santillan instead of Garrett or Doolittle? Must be Christmas.

    • VaRedsFan

      Don’t forget Shogo in CF on the double switch….saved a run.

    • Mark Moore

      +5,000 … but I should take away points for that visual. I need some eye bleach now.

  75. Old-school

    Reds baseball is fun

    Im going to the game tomorrow

  76. VaRedsFan

    This infield turns a boatload of DPs…that’s been a plus all season.

  77. Indy Red Man

    Guys picking it each other up and the crowd picked them up too……thats what its all about. Also I’m pro-Barrero as much as anyone but Farmer/India have some nice chemistry up the middle. Thats probably not something you want to interrupt late in the season. Barrero at 3B makes plenty of sense though or even LF. If they can play Schrock in RF then they could play Barrero in LF

  78. JB

    I love Farmer. Where would the Reds be without him and Suarez at Short. We all know Barrero is our shortstop of the future but dang this guy with the big hits and the incredible July and the consistent glove at Short. All for a whopping $ 640,000 . Money well spent.

  79. Mark A Verticchio

    Why not let Santillan go another inning?

    • Dennis Westrick

      Exactly! He only threw 5 pitches!

  80. LDS

    Tuned back in just in time to see Bell pull Santillian after 5 pitches. Is he hurt or is Bell being Bell?

  81. Bet on Red

    You know where I am not betting

  82. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell just can’t help himself, no reason to pull Tony.

    • Indy Red Man

      Dude only has a zero era. Maybe he wants to keep Tony available for tomorrow. The rookie tasted some success against the bottom on the order, but let my veteran closer get the meat of the order

  83. VaRedsFan

    Givens not throwing the heater much? Settle down man.

  84. Mark Moore

    Time for GIDP #4 right here, right now.

  85. Bet on Red

    Alright Givens doesn’t have it. We are in save situation now. Get Mickey up

  86. Mark Moore

    Double switch by Tinker to go with Mikey Biceps. Barrero at 2nd. Givens was bound to have an off day … but why did it have to be tonight?

  87. Mark A Verticchio

    I totally disagree about not leaving Santillan in, let him pitch 2 innings and Givens pitched last night.

  88. LDS

    Glad to see Barrero in the game but I’m not sure this was the best way. Watching Bell “manage” is excruciating.

  89. VaRedsFan

    I’d rather gone Mikey for the 8th…then reevaluate for the 9th. Maybe the Reds tack on and don’t need Givens on back to back days,

    • Joe P.

      That’s a good question for the reporters to ask Bell. Same with his decision to leave Santillan in for only 1 inning.

  90. Mark Moore

    DP#4 to keep the lead at 2. Nice pick by Joey.

  91. Bet on Red

    Alright. Mickey goes back out for the ninth. There

  92. Tom Mitsoff

    I think they’re going to review that and find Votto was off the bag.

  93. Joe P.

    That may be the best pick at first base I’ve ever seen Votto make and he’s made a ton of great picks. That was an absolute bullet of a throw to first by Barrero.

    • Arthur

      Yes it was.

      But what the heck was Lorenzen doing bouncing a throw from the mound to second base??

      Barrero saved a disaster right there. What if that throw from Lorenzen goes into CF???? The fish have 2 on with only 1 out. And the Reds are 1 bad pitch from a tie game.

      Free Jose Barrero!!

  94. Dennis Westrick

    And of course Givens has to walk 2 batters who, wait for it, scored!

  95. Magnum 44

    I might be in the minority here but I think Votto might deserve a Gold Glive this year.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s definitely pulling some major leather moves out there

    • Tom Mitsoff

      In the past month to six weeks, he has made some great, great plays.

    • Joe P.

      I have no idea what the stats say, but he has played an outstanding first base this season.

      • Arthur

        The Fielding Bible, if you put stock in that publication, has Reds first basemen at -3 defensive runs saved. Part of that may be due to Stephenson’s play for a month. But …. Votto ain’t playing gold glove defense. He has very limited range. But he does a pretty good job of catching bad throws, thereby saving errors for the other fielders. And he has made some very nice catches on pop-ups.

        He just isn’t going to range far to his left or right to field ground balls.

        But I like his chances for a Silver Slugger award.

  96. Mark Moore

    And Jose is NOT a second baseman by trade.

  97. Dennis Westrick

    Again, can we please get the 2 runs back that the Arson Squad gave away!

  98. Bet on Red

    Tyler Naquin having a game…. he lightsabered a double there

    • Mark Moore

      A Jedi mind trick against the shift

  99. Mark Moore

    Naquin is freaking on FIRE of late. 3rd two-bagger and another oppo hit.

    Larkin is loving it.

  100. Indy Red Man

    Todd Helton….I mean Tyler Naquin is on fire!!!

  101. DaveCT

    Barry Larkin: “That is service with a smile.”

    • Mark Moore

      Larkin in the booth is really growing on me

      • MBS

        He’s far and away my favorite Reds announcer. I think we’ve had too many pitchers as announcers, it’s good to get a hitters insight into the game.

      • DaveCT

        Agreed. Admittedly, i was not excited. But, his point of view and ‘hanging with the guys’ experience is really good.

  102. Mark Moore

    Castellanos is an RBI machine tonight. Naquin is setting the table perfectly.

    And oppo with the pitch again.

  103. Joe P.

    Naquin working on his Trea Turner slide

  104. Magnum 44

    Barrero reminds me of Carlos Correra on steroids

  105. Mark Moore

    8-9-top of the order coming. Let’s see Mikey do what he does with a clean start to the 9th.

  106. Mark Moore

    GIDP #5 to finish this squish of the Fish?

      • RedAlert

        I don’t give a crap what they got to do , but get this kid Barrero ON THE

        It’s ridiculous wasting him on the bench … looks so much better at the plate this year so far and can flat out pick it with a rocket arm !

    • Mark Moore

      Very talented. Can’t wait to see him at SS in 2022 on a daily basis.

    • Arthur

      Talented enough to play SS every single inning of every game for the rest of the season.

      Not 2B. Not CF. Not 3B.

      SS. And only SS. He is an extraordinary fielder, and SS is a premium defensive position. You put your best infielder at SS, and your best OF in CF.

      How freaking hard is this??? Only a blithering idiot could mess this up.

      • Arthur

        And that is no disrespect to Kyle Farmer at all. He has played well all season. He’s just the 2nd best SS on this team.

        And he is far and away the best 3B on the team. PLAY HIM THERE!!

      • SOQ

        Farmer and Barrero both need to play. Farmer has gotten a hit in all but 2 games in August and is hitting over .300 for the month of August. This team has depth and chemistry (3rd base being the anomaly)

      • Alan Horn

        Arthur, It all depends on the thickness of the skull you are trying to penetrate with logic and reason.

      • Dennis Westrick

        You just described the current Reds manager!

  107. Bet on Red

    another double play… Reds currently WC2 sole posessor… Padres losing. 11 Games over 500, get the sweep tomorow

    • Mark Moore

      I’m sure somebody has a betting line available on number of DP’s … how much would betting on 5 or more returned?

  108. Mark Moore

    Naquin for the Jim Day interview again tonight?

    • Mark Moore

      Nick C. with his 4 RBI’s – I see that.

  109. Old-school

    Theres no way Jose Barerro isnt the best SS

    No way

    Watch him

    • Arthur

      Straight up, Old-school.

      That kid may be a slicker fielder than Larkin. Hard to say for sure, but his glove work is other-worldly.

      Free Jose Barrero!!

      • Alan Horn

        Concepcion was the greatest Reds SS fielder I saw with Larkin a close 2nd. Larkin was the best SS hitter with Concepcion a close 2nd.

  110. Arthur

    Barrero has only played 3 games and he already has 2 highlight plays in the field.

    But sure – let’s see how long we can extend our 3B hitless streak. They can’t hit a lick, and their defense is mediocre at best.

    Think what the team could do without the self-imposed handicaps

    • Alan Horn

      And AA /Shogo in LF. It is pretty bad also when you have Lopez and Schrock in the minors.

  111. Indy Red Man

    Alcantara 100 mph with 92-93 mph slider/change. He’s no joke so I hope the Reds bring their A game! Its been a great series. Get the sweep and enjoy the off day

  112. Mark Moore

    As the hick dude from the Miami Valley Gaming ad would say … AWESOME!!

  113. Tim

    Naquin. Thanks for picking up the team in Winkers absence. Greatly appreciated!

  114. Roger Garrett

    Somebody said the other night that he reminds them of Jay Bruce in that when he is on he is really on and when he isn’t he really isn’t.Glad right now he is really on.Great win for the Reds.

  115. bug

    I LOVED the announcing tandem of Jim Day and Barry Larkin!!! Wish they could be the regular announcers. And I loved the win. Naquin and Farmer both extend their hit streaks. Stephenson had another major CLUTCH hit! Nick got us started with the two run tater. Lorenzen nails it down. I can sleep good now. Go Reds!

  116. Votto4life

    I hope Barrero starts tomorrow and help us sweep the fish. Win tomorrow and enjoy a well deserved off day.

  117. Arthur

    Bell said that he had Moustakis set to pinch hit and then changed his mind at the last minute to put Stephenson in.

    Let that sink in for a minute. In a huge RBI situation late in a close game, The Buffoon was going to send up a man who is in a 1-30 slump instead of a man who has more pinch-hitting RBI than anyone in the NL. He changed his mind at the last minute.

    Stephenson was so obviously the right choice there – how could anyone consider Moustakis in that situation??

    • Alan Horn

      Bell could. Maybe the urge to win just temporarily overcame him.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Again, you were expecting Bell to make a baseball decision based on stats & analytics?

  118. RedAlert

    Unbelievable …. that shows you his thought process the majority of the time … backwards as backwards can be
    … no common sense decisions most of the time

    I still say they are winning despite him , not because of him; just never gonna be a fan of that guy managing the Reds period !

    • Dennis Westrick

      With all due respect, the Reds continue to win in spite of their current manager!

      • Alan Horn

        I agree Dennis. I am not sure the 3B and LF situations are all on Bell but they could be. I wonder if someone higher up is calling those shots. The over managing on the field is surely on Bell. With that said, we could do worse than Bell. I don’t know how far the Reds will go this season but whenever it is over and I hope it is as World Series Champs, I hope we can look back and say we did everything in our power to win. Right now with the 3B and LF situations, I am not sure that is true. We should not concede a game from game 1 to game 162. They are all important.

  119. MCT

    Farmer at 3B and Barrero at SS. Come on, Bell!

    • Arthur

      Barrero at SS. Farmer at 3B. It’s so simple, even a caveman could do it.

      As for LF, anyone know when we might expect to see Mr Winker back on the field?

      • RedsMonk65

        Probably not until the end of the month, maybe beginning of September.