The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs face off on Wednesday night with the winner of the contest also becoming the winner of the series after the two split the first two games. First pitch is set for 7:40pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Jonathan India – 2B Rafael Ortega – CF
Tyler Naquin – CF Frank Schwindel – 1B
Nick Castellanos – RF Ian Happ – LF
Joey Votto – 1B Willson Contreras – C
Mike Moustakas – 3B Patrick Wisdom – 3B
Kyle Farmer – SS Jason Heyward – RF
Tucker Barnhart – C David Bote – 2B
Max Schrock – LF Sergio Alcántara – SS
Vladimir Gutierrez – SP Alec Mills – SP

Starting Pitchers

Vladimir Gutierrez

Coming off of two poor outings in a row, Vladimir Gutierrez is hoping that the Cubs will be what he needs to get things going in the right direction. He’s faced them three times this year and has allowed five runs across 17.2 innings (2.55 ERA) with 6 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Right-handed hitters have hit .280/.342/.450 against him this season in 226 plate appearances. Left-handed hitters have a .225/.303/.461 line against him in 198 plate appearances this season. Lefties hit for way more power, but wind up with fewer hits and fewer times on base. His home and road splits are big. On the road his ERA is 3.58 (4.91 at home) and his OPS against is just .686 on the road compared to .889 at home.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.2 77.4 83.1 81.1
Usage 47% 18% 24% 11%

Alec Mills

Splitting time between the bullpen (12 appearances) and the rotation (15 starts), Alec Mills has a 4.25 ERA over 95.1 innings with 25 walks and 71 strikeouts. He’s made two starts against the Reds – both in July – and has allowed five earned runs in 11.2 innings. In the first start he struck out nine batters. In the most recent one he didn’t strike out anyone in 6.0 innings.

As a starter he’s posted a 3.69 ERA and hitters have posted a .281/.323/.421 line against him on the season. He shows some splits against lefties and righties. Left-handed hitters have a .306/.379/.488 line against him with 13 walks and 33 strikeouts in 190 plate appearances this year. Right-handed hitters have hit .270/.308/.393 against him on the season in 226 plate appearances.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Slider Curve
Velo 88.8 89.2 79.0 76.7 65.8
Usage 17% 44% 15% 13% 11%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:40pm ET
  • Where: Wrigley Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 73°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 85 55 0 100.0%
Reds 74 66 11.0 49.5%
Cardinals 69 68 14.5 2.5%
Cubs 64 76 21.0 0.0%
Pirates 50 89 34.5 0.0%

159 Responses

  1. Alan Horn

    That is about the best lineup that can be put on the field with the current roster. Let’s hope it leads to to a win.

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    • Mark Moore

      I’m missing TySteve’s bat, but not sure where you put him in the mix anyway. At least you know you have him off the bench … and we all know what he’s capable of in that role.

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      • Alan Horn

        You are right. I forgot about him. He should be at catcher.

  2. Mark Moore

    It’s a great night for a win at Wrigley against those Stupid Cubs.

    Good to see the Dirty Birds fading from view. Getting to Game #163 is all that matters right now.

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    • Mark Moore

      Sorry … the Waiver-Wire Specials are only available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. And you just missed the Blue Plate Special as it’s now 6:30 PM.

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    • Old-school

      Just wait till the 6th-8th inning fireworks. We could see 2 innings take an hour.
      Adam Morgan and Rex Brothers lefties ready in the bullpen for the Cubs
      Bell has Aquino and Deshields and Asdrubal Cabrera on standby.

      This will be a waiver wire/ AAAA 28 man roster September late inning marathon.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      That’s just stupid. He doesn’t hit anyone else except Cincinnati.

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      • RedAlert

        Exactly – he’s awful against anybody else

        And Vlad continues to serve up meatball gopher balls

      • RedAlert

        Sick of Ian Happ – can’t let the dude sit up there and swing out of his shoes . Drill him in the back or leg

      • Daytonnati

        He might as well wear jammies and bedroom slippers when batting against the Reds.

    • Mark Moore

      For the record, this first KRAP was for the DP that ended the 1st. The Happ KRAP is below.

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      • Tom Mitsoff

        Thank you for the clarification. 🙂

  3. Mark Moore

    Double KRAP!!!!

    Have I mentioned that I really don’t like Happ?

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  4. JB

    Happ is entering Billy Hall territory. He isnt close yet to ” He who should not be named” Maybe in a few years.

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  5. Mark A Verticchio

    Just don’t throw Happ a dang strike, it isn’t that complicated. Once again they will have to play from behind, that has been a common theme during this dry spell.

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  6. RedAlert

    Vlad that is …

    Then you got Iron Glove over that at third not helping

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    • Arthur

      Gotta have that experienced veteran leadership on the field, dontcha know…..

      Chemistry is enhanced by booting routine ground balls.

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  7. Old-school

    If the Reds are going to shift-how do you play Mike Moustakis at SS on the shift. We’ve now witnessed 2 of the more pathetic afferots of old fat men trying to field ground balls in Moose and Cabrera Monday at first base.

    Both need to be optioned to Goodyear Arizona as Fantasy Camp managers.
    Doug Gray and Tom Mitsoff can play corner infield for Team Moose
    Indy and I can play CI for Team Cabrera.

    Please put Barrero at SS and Farmer at 3b against lefties

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      • Old-school

        Probably a labor stoppage next spring so I would hold out for Dunkin Donuts gift Cards and a hotel with a jacuzzi.

  8. Mark Moore

    That’s just bad luck on top of the rest of this inning (and last).

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  9. Beaufort Red

    Moose is killing this team. So he got a hit last night and Sadat makes it seem like he’s “back”. That fat boy error probably cost Gutierrez at least an extra 10 pitches.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! That statistic (extra pitches due to an error) doesn’t show up in the box score!

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  10. Dennis Westrick

    Late to the party again gents! Maybe we should pitch around the future Hall of Famer known as Ian Happ? And, I hope the Reds FO can find a serviceable 3rd baseman in the off season!

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  11. Dennis Westrick

    And again we are making a starting pitcher with an ERA north of 4 look like a Cy Young candidate! Score some runs! Please!

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    • Doc

      Cubs also making a pitcher with an ERA north of 4 look like a Cy Young candidate! That analogy cuts both ways.

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    • Daytonnati

      Kinda like David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, and Gary Cherone 🙂

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    • Mark Moore

      Winner of the most depressing stat of the night award …

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  12. Tom Mitsoff

    Gutierrez is looking good, but his pitch count is high. He won’t last past six innings.

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    • jazzmanbbfan

      Starters on any team rarely go past 6 innings. Other than the complaints about pitch count and Mr. Happ, Vlad has been very good tonight.

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  13. Dennis Westrick

    Vlad nearing 60 pitches and just thru the 3rd inning! Another 5 inning start in the offing!

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  14. Mark Moore

    A little redemption in the 4th … without Sam even being in the booth.

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  15. Old-school

    Votto should get 30 home runs in his age 37+ season

    Who predicted that?

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Absolutely not me. He’s made an amazing transformation.

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  16. VaRedsFan

    1st dinger in 16 games…They need him to go on another tear

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    • Mark Moore

      It would be VERY timely. Probably makes Nick relax a little bit as well. He could use TySteve hitting behind him so maybe he sees better pitches.

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  17. RedAlert

    Moose is just pitiful

    Should already have moved Farmer to 3rd and Barreros at SS- getting ZERO production firm 3rd , ZERO

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  18. Mark A Verticchio

    Big hit by Votto, hurts that NC has hit into 2 double plays, but man how in the world can you keep playing Moose. He is just not very good, slow bat and unless pitcher makes a bad mistake,yesterday, he has no chance.

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  19. Gpod

    thank you mr votto……going back to the castellanos AB…..is it against the law to start a runner for a possible it & run….that was a great opportunity to get something started when the count was 2-0 or at least say out of the double play

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    • Mark Moore

      You missed my comment on the H&R a game or so ago …

      Tinker removed the pages in the playbook outlining what the H&R looks like, how it’s executed, who is best suited to do it, etc. He then borrowed some of the earlier season jet fuel from the faltering bullpen and torched it.

      That’s why we don’t see it by the Reds … it’s just not in the book anymore.

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      • Gpod

        page 1: sit back & wait for a HR
        page 2: sit back & wait for a HR
        page3: sit back & wait for a HR
        etc….

      • Old-school

        I got a pinch hitter
        I got another roster retread pinch hitter
        I got another 35 year old pinch hitter.
        I got another AAAA pinch hitter.

  20. Mark A Verticchio

    I must continue not only is he playing, he bats 5th.

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    • Old-school

      I must continue not only is he playing 3b..hes playing SS against the shift. Embarassing defense from Moose and Cabrera at first base.

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  21. Arthur

    Good to see Vlad pitching well tonight. I was concerned he had hit the wall. Doesn’t appear to be the case.

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  22. Old-school

    We are headed towards some 28 man roster managerial September late inning fireworks.

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    • Mark Moore

      Everybody pay attention … the Tinker is in the house!!! It’s just a matter of time before he strikes. It may work, or it may be ugly. We won’t know until it happens.

      (This has been a public service announcement)

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  23. Old-school

    Mills has thrown 69pitches in 6 innings.

    Castellanos 5 outs in 3 at bats huge impact in this game.

    No one is worth $25 million AAV more than 1-2 years on a small market team wanting to compete year in and year out.

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  24. Gpod

    again the reds making an average pitcher look like Cy Young

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  25. RedAlert

    Garbage offense against a garbage pitcher – just unbelievable how badly this team struggles against this kind of pitching

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  26. Mark A Verticchio

    Boy has NC had a bad night, 2 double plays and a ground out to the pitcher. Remember when he was in the race for the MVP, he is having a good year but has not been the same since his injury.

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  27. Redgoggles

    Our offense hasn’t felt good for a while now. Seems like a combination of factors, hopefully they get hot again soon.

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  28. dhmorgan

    Reds have been fortunate to have players who were really on a roll at various times during the year. Winker, Castellanos, Votto, Farmer, Naquin, and others to a lesser degree were able to carry the team when they were hot with the bat.
    Now, no one is hot, or even lukewarm, hence they can’t score unless someone belts a home run. And there haven’t been enough of those lately to make a difference.

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    • Mark A Verticchio

      Boy, are you right this offense has been bad for a while now and it has come at a terrible time.

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  29. Mark A Verticchio

    I look forward to the future, but it has more to do with the pitching than the hitting.

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  30. Mark Moore

    Friars are flat-out murdering the Halos tonight … that’s not good.

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    • DataDumpster

      Can’t complain about the umps tonight. The Reds are getting the outside corner calls and the Cubs are not. The radio announcers heap a lot of praise on Barnhart’s “framing” of the pitches…they must have a lot better eye for that kind of thing than I do!

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  31. Mark A Verticchio

    With this offense they will be lucky to win one in St. Louis. Let’s face it they do not look like a playoff team right now period.

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  32. Mark Moore

    Incredibly lousy luck for Nick tonight. He hammered that one.

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  33. Redgoggles

    Cubs are 8-2 in last 10, so they are playing well. Time to plate a couple and start a winning streak.

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  34. Daytonnati

    Happ coming up with the game on the line. I am not sure if I can watch or not …

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  35. DataDumpster

    David Bell strikes again. Givens pitched yesterday, Cessa threw only 7 pitches. IF he blows this, mark another one in the Bell loss column.

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  36. dhmorgan

    Just a thought…
    Considering how futile the Reds have been at scoring with a runner on second an no outs, perhaps there should be a handicap system for them: allow them to start the 10th with a man on third, and move 3rd base 30 feel closer to home plate.
    I mean, you have to give them a sporting chance.

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  37. RedsMonk65

    OK, time to quit messin’ around and score some runs!

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  38. DataDumpster

    How about a stolen base attempt? That’s basically the only thing Deshields is good at and not scoring here is really bad.

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  39. RedsMonk65

    Brach in for a high-leverage situation. Fingers crossed….

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    • RedsMonk65

      Well, I knew we count count on him. 🙁

      Rough one.

      Need to score more runs. Where the heck has the Reds’ offense gone these past couple weeks?

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  40. VaRedsFan

    Sims must be hurt if he isn’t the guy pitching here

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Very good point. I’m sure Bell will be asked about this afterward.

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    • Brian M

      Has to be. Only explanation to have Brach in ahead of him

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  41. Bet on Red

    one more batter and this game should be done. Brach has not improved since the injury. Time for him to go

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    • RedAlert

      Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming – Brach on the roster and got a kid in AAA hasn’t allowed a run

      Ignorant front office

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  42. Bet on Red

    bad luck for Nick, good job by votto… Garbage by near everyone below him

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  43. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell is a joke, bringing in Brach was beyond horrible. I don’t know what is worth Bell or the offense.

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    • Alan Horn

      Bell is worse than a joke. You have Moreta sitting at AAA, Sims and Wilson in the BP. Whoever is making our roster is beyond incompetent. Too much nepotism on the Reds. Dick Williams, the architect of a lot of the roster(owners) and bad contracts. The Bells and the Deshields.

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  44. Bet on Red

    Time for Brach to go. Yea the reds bats need work in places, but the man did not record an out this month

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  45. RedAlert

    No way this team wins wild card – they don’t have the guts

    Can’t beat one of the worst teams in baseball , don’t belong in wild card plain and simple

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  46. Mark Moore

    And we’re back to chasing a seat for #163 again.

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    • Bet on Red

      No, despite the HR Heyward is garbage. A halfway decent pitcher could have got him out. Warren and the other kid still available in the minors. This is on Brach and bell for pitching him there

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  47. J

    Removing Cessa after throwing 7 pitches has consequences. I wish Bell were capable of grasping this, but apparently not. I am so tired of his shenanigans.

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  48. Doc4uk

    Brach???? Why??? I thought he would already be DFA. Hembree was and he was much better. No Moreta. Bell deserves to be fired given the stupidity of this move

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  49. Gpod

    Now we get to listen to our great manager talk about the great Cubs pitching…..blah blah blah…..meanwhile the season goes down the toilet

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  50. dhmorgan

    For all of those who decided not to watch: we carried the burden for you.

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  51. Roger Garrett

    No excuse to only score one run but Bell is just an awful game manager.Why would any body want to come or stay on this team with him at the helm for another year

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  52. DataDumpster

    Sure I had a bad feeling but that was horrendous. So you believe that Bell even pulled the right fielder for a left handed batter. Of all the gaffes from Bell, this will be the one they will remember. Who can explain this brain dead sequence?
    Watched this on mlb.tv since I’m out of town. Switched to the Cubs broadcasters and they were nearly delirious at lambasting Bell for the Cub’s good fortune. “Bell was correct at removing the right fielder because he clearly wasn’t needed in that situation…”

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  53. Dennis Westrick

    Bell’s brilliance leads to another critical loss! Let’s bring in Brach who just rejoined the active list after being out for how many days? Also, his RP roulette of only allowing a RP to pitch one (1) inning regardless of the number of pitches thrown is pure insanity! Now the 3 game series with the Cards who will be starting 2 lefties is looming larger than ever! I, like this team, am hanging on by a thread!

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  54. JEFF MORRIS

    Reds deserve to lose this game, cannot hit at all! And….David Bell the idiot! Bringing in Brach of all people…he has Justin Wilson, lefty vs lefty matchup. I would even take Amir Garrett over Brach. Why would the Reds even bring Brach back, when he was injured…why not DFA him, just like they did Hembree and Doolittle. Reds deserve to lose this game, and deserve to NOT make the playoffs, the way they are playing baseball right now!

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    • Doug Gray

      Going to be the only warning, Jeff – You can question the decisions all you like. You can not call people idiots, or morons or some other like-insult. The decision can be idiotic. Do not refer to the person as such.

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  55. OKIE RED

    Bunt the guy to third…sac fly him in…put the pressure on the other team…old school baseball that works! Weak pop up, two terrible K’s…Brach in the game and it’s lights out…geez!

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    • Redleg Bob

      Bell has zero idea how to call a sac bunt. Or a steal. Or a hit and run.

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  56. Mark A Verticchio

    The only bright side is they have lost 5 straight series and are only one game out of wild card, but the way the are hitting and with Bell making decisions such as putting Brach in it’s only a matter of time and this season is over. It is going to be a long week end in St Louis. I am almost to the point where I can’t wait for it to be over, it was a fun season until the last 5 series. The team is playing with no emotion and Bell is not helping at all. They look defeated.

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    • Alan Horn

      There is no bright side. The can’t beat the bad teams. They have zero chance against a good team . They are handicapped by management.

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  57. RedAlert

    Incompetence at ALL LEVELS of this
    organization … glaring incompetence

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  58. Gpod

    I will repeat what I said in a previous post….miss the playoffs ….flush Bell=successful season

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    • Alan Horn

      I think most fans agree. The problem is the owners.

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    • Mark A Verticchio

      They have to get rid of Bell, he is the worst manager in baseball and everybody knows that. The way they are playing would get a good manager fired, Bell can’t survive and if he does it will set this team back years. I really think this year is over they are 74 – 67 with 21 to go, I am not sure they will win 8 to finish over .500. To make that second wild card spot they must win at least 12 to finish 86 and 76 and I don’t see that. Finally I don’t think 86 wins will do it somebody Pads, Phils, Cards or Mets will get hot.

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      • Alan Horn

        To my knowledge Bell has never won anywhere he has managed. He is riding on his father’s and grandfather’s name. He won’t be fired by the current management. The Reds are stuck with the incompetence(his managing and all the terrible contracts).

    • DataDumpster

      I’m with you now, I’ve seen enough of David Bell and the Reds themselves if they don’t remove him after this season. Seems like a “cabal” of sorts, listened to the post game and Bell rambled on about “removing a risk that ultimately didn’t pay off..” The question was not heard. Seems a recurring pattern at WLW.
      I am a long term thinker and with the upcoming players that have excelled this year, I would think a new manager and GM could take this franchise to a level of consistent success and fan excitement.

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  59. Redleg Bob

    Once again Happ bites us.

    Gotta leave Cessa in for one more inning.

    Can’t come up short after allowing Cubs just two hits in nine innings.

    And you certainly can’t put freakin Brach in a game you really need to win in the worst way.

    Bad, bad, bad loss.

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  60. LGR

    Brad Brach aside, STOP pinch hitting Stephenson when the bases are empty. Its the wrong move 100% of the time. That’s what Shogo or Deshields is for.

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  61. LDS

    Brach since his return: 2 appearances, 1.0 IP, 4H, 1BB, 1 HR, 4R – the David Bell special. So much for that strength of schedule fantasy. Five losing series in a row. Lose this weekend against StL and the season is over.

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  62. Fanman

    Brach should have never been pitching in that high leverage situation. He has to go.
    Reds had speed on the bases early in the game. India, Naquin. Statues!!! SURPRISE
    Result: double play and double play. How about the 10th? DeShields running at second. Bunt? Idk. Put pressure on defense!!! Bell is a players manager. He might be an effective AL manager. Wait for homerun. Is this what baseball has become? Actually, against Tigers, Badoo walked, running on the pitch and scored on a single. Frustration boiling over. Would like anybody covering the team to ask the question about this issue. Larkin is only announcer that addresses this problem. Consistently he comments that you must put pressure on defense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  63. Daytonnati

    Bell’s postgame interview looks like a hostage video.

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  64. Fanman

    Hesitant to say the last couple of months, however, Barry Larkin should be next manager of this team

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    • Votto4life

      Oh God no. Sorry Fanman but that is the worst suggestion I have seen yet.

      My ONLY concern if they fire Bell is they will turn around and hire Larkin. It would be a typical Red’s move.

      Barry Larkin as manager would be disaster.

      How but hiring a manager with experience and one who has shown he can Win?

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  65. Eddie Prindle

    I feel bad for castellanos and votto the season they having this is the reason why I feel castellanos be leaving even if he didn’t have a good year. Bell keep saying we have a lot games ahead of us does he know we don’t have many games left. The interview with the manager is why we lose by his comments on questions being asked. I really wish we fire bell. Everyone give him credit make playoffs last year. Last year was extend playoff teams even then we barely won to be in the playoff to be swept by braves. Bell lineup and game plan terrible. Owner gm and bell is the reason why reds will miss playoffs and castellanos. I be shock nick stays and don’t opt out

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  66. Doc

    It is appearing that Winker’s strain is the nail in the coffin. Every day he is not available is another nail. The offense just doesn’t function consistently with him out.

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  67. Erik the Red

    If you can not score two runs in 9 innings against the Cubs then we have more problems than the bullpen.

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    • Eddie

      Agree or have a man on second top of the 10th can’t even score the man home will hurt luckily in playoffs they will stop the Second base rule of man on 2nd

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      • RedAlert

        I am sick of this extra inning start man on second base crap ! Hopefully it will end next year period – NOT REAL BASEBALL !
        … and neither is 7 inning double headers !!!!

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