After going 3-18 in April, matching the worst start in franchise history, the Cincinnati Reds will look to May to right the wrongs that took place. Reiver Sanmartin will match up against Kyle Freeland in what may be the starting pitcher match up that has the lowest combined fastball velocity of the year. First pitch is set for 3:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s series finale:

Cincinnati Reds

Colorado Rockies

Tyler Naquin – RF Connor Joe – LF
Kyle Farmer – SS Jose Iglesias – SS
Tommy Pham – LF Randal Grichuk – RF
Joey Votto – DH C.J. Cron – 1B
Brandon Drury – 3B Elias Diaz – C
Nick Senzel – CF Ryan McMahon – 3B
Mike Moustakas – 1B Yonathan Daza – CF
Matt Reynolds – 2B Brendan Rodgers – 2B
Mark Kolozsvary – C Elehuris Montero – DH
Reiver Sanmartin – SP Kyle Freeland – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Reiver Sanmartin 15.2 10.91 1.85 9.6% 13.7%
Kyle Freeland 19.0 6.16 1.68 6.5% 18.5%
Links: Kyle Freeland’s Stats | Reiver Sanmartin’s Stats

Reiver Sanmartin

The San Diego Padres got to Sanmartin for 14 earned runs in 8.1 innings over the left-handed starters last two outings. He’ll look to rebound against the Rockies.

Both lefties and righties have found plenty of success against Sanmartin this year, though righties have had a lot more – but they’ve also gotten far more chances, too, as teams have limited the lefties who have faced Sanmartin.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 51 15 5 0 2 11.7% 11.7% .341 .412 .591
LHH 22 7 0 0 1 4.5% 18.2% .333 .364 .476

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 89.2 89.1 80.7 83.6
Usage 23.1% 22.8% 19.6% 34.5%

Kyle Freeland

Like with Sanmartin, it’s been a tough start to the year for Kyle Freeland. His ERA sits at 6.16 and batters are hitting over .300 against him. The lefty has struggled against fellow lefties this season, though he’s only faced a handful of them on the year. Righties, while not hitting as much as lefties, are still finding plenty of success with an .851 OPS against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 71 21 6 1 1 5.6% 16.9% .318 .366 .485
LHH 21 5 1 0 1 9.5% 23.8% .294 .429 .529

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 90.9 90.8 85.1 85.7 81.1
Usage 20.0% 15.5% 23.9% 18.8% 21.8%

When and Where

  • Game time: 3:10pm ET
  • Where: Coors Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 62°, cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jonathan India to the injured list, Alejo Lopez called up

About an hour before the start of the game the Reds announced that Jonathan India was also going to the injured list and that Alejo Lopez was called up from the taxi squad. It was the second set of roster moves on the day…..

Jake Fraley to the injured list, TJ Friedl recalled

The Cincinnati Reds placed Jake Fraley on the injured list prior to the game today and called up TJ Friedl from Triple-A Louisville.

Reds complete one of the worst Aprils in  MLB history

Matt Snyder of CBS Sports looked at just how bad the month was for the Reds, and 3-18 doesn’t do it justice. Snyder comes up with some data to show that the Reds April was the 3rd worst start ever.

159 Responses

  1. LarkinPhillips

    Love seeing the younger players getting a shot…. Oh nevermind. That’s an entire lineup of career utility players, an old HOFer, and a back up catcher. Glad to see we are suffering through this rebuild to develop younger guys.

    • Indy Red Man

      They’re all hurt except for Senzel. India, Stephenson, Barrero, and Schrock. They’ve been playing Fraley vs rhp but he’s been terrible. Vlad and SanMartin stink and Lodolo is on the IL too. Gonna be a long year

      • LarkinPhillips

        Dawson, Cedrola, Friedl, Lopez, Kuhnel all need to play consistent to evaluate.

      • TR

        It’s been a long year in less than a month.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep we need India,Ty Steve and Barrero to get healthy and on the field along with Lodolo.

  2. LDS

    And Joey is once again in the cleanup spot. Sadly, Moustakas and Senzel are both hitting better than most of the lineup ahead of them. Can the Reds hurry up and sign some more cast offs so Bell can get guys like Senzel out of the lineup? There’s not a single guy in the lineup that figures into the future excepting possibly Senzel and he’s iffy at best.

  3. centerfield

    In what inning will the Rockies blow this game open?

    • dhmorgan

      And the answer is?
      The first inning.

      • Votto4life

        Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

  4. Bet on Red

    This is getting horrific. Got it that Lopez is on his travel day, but I want to see him get more at bats up here. He is a good contact guy and in a DH lineup would be the perfect 9 hole second lead off hitter

  5. Indy Red Man

    Lorenzen just rolling along. 3 shutout innings on 39 pitches lowering his ERA to 2.45. Of course our rotation is far too talented to fit him in.

    I’ve been saying for 5 years that if he got in the rotation and quit trying to throw 100 and K everyone that he’d be a good starter! The pen was not good for him

    • Redsfan4life

      Except that Lorenzen has about a 1% chance to not land on the IL . More than once.
      And he has about a 1% chance of his good start lasting.
      Resigning Lorenzen was not a solution to this mess.

  6. Daytonnati

    Nor, apparently, Derek Johnson?

  7. Daytonnati

    I thought I heard Benny Hill music playing …

  8. Roger Garrett

    Won’t take long for loss #19.We are just pitiful.

  9. LDS

    Time to go do something else. I was never one to slow down for car wrecks. A new record is on the horizon. Good job David Bell.

    • TR

      ‘Good job David Bell.’ You must be quoting Bob Castellini.

  10. Tom Mitsoff

    It has seemed very clear that Sanmartin does not belong at this level, at least yet. I have no idea why they keep running him out there.

    • Bet on Red

      Oh he knows the reds know but Luis Castillo is still at least a week away.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I don’t care. At this point, how about Ashcraft instead? Nothing at all is being gained by using Sanmartin. There is absolutely no development occurring.

      • Bet on Red

        Agreed, however, Ashcroft will require more roster movements, another DFA. I do not see SanMartin starting for too much longer though.

  11. JB

    I seriously have a hard time seeing this team win another game. People seem to think the Pirates will be a cake walk. I’m not seeing it. This is a bad team.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      This right now is the worst team I have ever seen in 49 years of watching Reds baseball.

      • JB

        Been watching since 69 and nothing comes close.

      • Redsfan4life

        We have been following for the same amount of time Tom. I agree. 1982 and those horrible 2000s teams would steam roll this bunch.

      • HOOF HEARTED

        Been watching since I was 6 in 1965 and this is the worst I’ve ever seen

      • Dewey Roberts

        Mine too, Tom. I am embarrassed to be a Reds fan under this ownership.

    • Dayton Ducks

      Yup, that’s the scary part. In the past no matter how bad the teams were you knew they would eventually win SOME games. This is the the first one where just one victory seems like a miracle.

  12. Votto4life

    That ugly quick…someone gets fired tomorrow

    • Roger Garrett

      Owner won’t fire anybody cause he hired them and that would be admitting he made a mistake or that he actually cares about the product he has on the field.Only way change comes is if MLB gets involved

  13. GreatRedLegsFan

    Seems it’s not Sanmartin’s day, early bullpen call again…things just getting worse everyday, I wonder how long they’ll stick with Bell & Co.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Bell clearly feels comfortable because he has done exactly zero different this entire season. He’ll he don’t even seem frustrated like the rest of us.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        What should he do with what is very likely the worst roster in the major leagues? He knows what he has to work with.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Tom, I don’t disagree with this being a horrible roster and being injury struck too. But bring completely lifeless and not executing fundamentals is on him. His job is to motivate the guys and put them in positions to succeed and he has failed at both.

  14. Roger Garrett

    I agree Tom but its just what this organization does time after time.

  15. LarkinPhillips

    I have tickets to both games Saturday verse the pirates. I better bring plenty of money for beer because at this rate those will be tough losses.

  16. Indy Red Man

    The surviving 62 Mets are calling each other saying “We got a chance”

    • Dayton Ducks

      Thanks for the chuckle…I remember reading about that team as kid in the 70s…when the Reds were, you know, pretty good…and thinking “Those poor Met fans…”

  17. Hanawi

    They can’t keep rolling Sanmartin out there. I don’t know who they have left to try but he isn’t cutting it.

      • Luke J

        I know everyone seems to think Ashcraft is the answer. I keep watching him in AAA this year. He’s a bullpen piece in MLB at best if you ask me. I don’t see what everyone else is seeing.

  18. Mark Moore

    Stopped for a bit so I checked Gameday. Zip 2 zip so I fire up the video feed. Down 2-0 … why do I hope? Then see RoY to the IL again. SMH!!

  19. Daytonnati

    If they fire David, does Buddy resign? Just wondering …

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Neither will happen. Buddy is close with the Castellinis.

      • Votto4life

        You have to think the Castellinis worry about the bottom line at some point?

        The Reds aren’t doing David Bell any favors by keeping him around this mess. Managerial opportunities may be hard to come by after this season for Mr. Bell.

    • TR

      No. David will be given a position in the front office with his father.

      • Votto4life

        Yeah that’s my thought as well. Which is OK as long as he doesn’t make any real decisions.

  20. Roger Garrett

    Laughing stock of the league buy hey what else is there to do.

    • TR

      When the Commissioner gives a call to Big Bob.

  21. Indy Red Man

    When is the last team to lose 30 more games then the year before?

    • Hanawi

      I’m sure the Marlins have done it in one of their tear-downs. Or maybe the As

  22. Daytonnati

    Billy Hamilton would be batting cleanup on this version of the Reds.

    • Votto4life

      He actually may be a free agent starting today. I believe he has to be called up or released. I mean he couldn’t be any worse.

      • Jimbo44CN

        Agree, I would rather see an older Billy than this mess. OMG, it’s not even a triple A team.
        FIRE THE BRAT, SELL THE TEAM BOB.

      • Redsfan4life

        Watching Billy run down balls in the OF or scoring from 2b on a shallow fly would be at least something exciting to watch.

      • Doc

        Billy can only score from second base on a fly if he can get on base. How easily everyone forgets.

      • Votto4life

        I don’t think people have forgotten Billy Hamilton can’t hit. I don’t think anyone seriously thinks he would be the answer to the Reds woes. I just think they are willing to try anything than the mess currently on the field.

  23. LDS

    I didn’t get away quickly enough. Why is Sanmartin still in there? 43 Pitches, 6 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs? Bell wouldn’t leave Overton in the game but let’s Sanmartin keep pitching? Tell me Bell isn’t betting on the Reds to lose. I said it last year and nothing that guy has done changes my perspective.

    • JB

      Just whst I said yesterday. Takes starting pitchers out when they are rolling along and leaves them in when they are getting bombed. I’m telling you this guy is doing what front office tells him to do. Tanking

      • LDS

        I’ll stick with the betting theory. The Reds have been getting good draft picks for years and have little to show for it. And Bell won’t play younger guys. The front office may not care that he tries to lose games, but I doubt they’re encouraging it.

  24. Bet on Red

    Not A MLB Starting pitcher. Never will be. admittedly it’s being made much worse with the unprepared rookie catcher. As soon as LC is ready, or Ascroft rotation day matches up, reiver should be sent down, transitioned to the bullpen and then brought back up.

    • JB

      Totally agree. Lefty coming out of the pen.

    • Hanawi

      I never really understood the decision to put Santillan in the bullpen and keep Sanmartin as a rotation piece. Seemed completely contrary to what the conventional wisdom would have been.

      • Bet on Red

        they both were destined for the pen. Sanmartin was only there out of necessity. if these starters that we had traded for were healthy then this wouldn’t be an issue

      • Hanawi

        The Reds knew Dunn wasn’t healthy when they traded for him. Sanmartin started games last year, so I’m not really sure why you think he was going to be in the pen this year.

  25. GreatRedLegsFan

    There goes your first guy down tomorrow, I think Strickland will be DFA for the other.

  26. dhmorgan

    I’m conflicted on the current state of the Reds.
    Are the players, as individual performers, really this inept?
    Or is this a team sickness, with the morale so low, that everyone is catching the virus and are all underperforming at the same time?
    I honestly don’t know, but I’m leaning toward the latter explanation.
    Maybe I’m just too hopeful that at some point the Reds can adjust and begin a modest comeback.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I think that the crushing disappointment certainly is a major factor. I’m sure most of the players can’t believe what is happening, and never anticipated anything like this. But a bigger factor is that there are no players on the roster who I would consider game-changers. Nobody to make the big pitch or get the big hit in a clutch situation.

      • William

        Bring back Billy Hamilton for the rest of the year, but not as a starter. No, they are not going to win with him. He gives the fans someone fun to watch defensively while we are in this rebuilding year. He will just be playing a few innings, and I do not think he will get in the way of the rebuild.

    • LDS

      In these types of situations, regardless of the industry or sport, it’s always the manager’s fault. Does the roster need work? Absolutely. Would Bell take advantage of it? Nope. You can’t convince me that guys like Reynolds are a better bet than Lopez. Or that Votto should be starting every game and batting 4th despite the fact that he’s looking bad and hasn’t hit LH’ers in a couple of years. Nope, this is a Bell problem first.

    • TR

      The only chance for a modest comeback will come in the upcoming seven games with the Pirates.

    • Jimbo44CN

      i think moral has a lot to do with it, after Phil baby brats rant, they just tanked big time. Yes, lots of injuries, but this is ridiculous. This franchise has to be sold, NOW>

      • Bet on Red

        This has some value to it. The team was in effect told it was tanking, which means they were not expected to be good. That has to negatively impacted team morale. since the comment was made by the son of the owner it is safe to say he will not be fired. Therefore, selling the team is the only recourse.

    • Votto4life

      The team lost 100 home runs over the winter. Not too many teams could survive that.

      If I were to assign blame, it would be something like 75% ownership. 20% Krall and 5% Bell. But they all are responsible and need to go.

      • Bet on Red

        This is roughly fair. I would move a little more from ownership to Krall, as the hiring of the coaching staff is his responsibility as well. The sudden success of Suarez and others has shown that our coaching staff is subpar.

      • Old-school

        Easy on sudden success of Suarez

        Hes down to .220 with 30+ % K rate and Plummeting OPS

        Suarez might be a .750 OPS player but probably .220/.300/.420 with 180K and poor defense and awful baserunning. That skill set doesnt age well

      • Dewey Roberts

        We lost hitting, pitching, and good reserves and replaced them with what for almost the same amount of money. What a terrible way to build for the future.

  27. Tom Mitsoff

    Even with the overwhelming negative vibes, it’s fair to say they appear to have found a keeper in Drury. He just keeps hitting the ball hard more times than not.

    • Votto4life

      Drury looks good because he is on this mess of a team. He is still only hitting .255.

  28. Old-school

    Joey votto with another infield pop up.

  29. JB

    62 Mets 40-120. Marv Thronberry hit 246. He would be batting 4th for the Reds.

    • Jimbo44CN

      40 wins would be a miracle with this bunch

  30. Votto4life

    I understand why writers like David Bell. He is approachable and seems like a nice enough guy. Plus writers deal with him everyday and don’t deal with someone like Phil Castellini. I get how it’s harder to be objective with someone you talk to everyday. But how none of the writers are calling Bell out is beyond me.

  31. Joe P.

    When I tuned in, we were already down 4-0. Watching Sanmartin, it looked like he was topping out at 90-91. I don’t see how that plays in MLB. Some guys in the past have been able to do it, but living at 90-91 on your fastball isn’t easy, the pitch location and movement have to be darn near perfect. Unless he can “up” his velocity, I have a hard time seeing Sanmartin being able to pitch in the majors.

  32. JB

    Bad news Bears again. I mean this is literally embarrassing. Can’t pitch , can’t hit and can’t field.

  33. Tom Mitsoff

    And now the popup to the mound is not caught.

    • dhmorgan

      That whole sequence was unbelievable. Bad luck X 2 and poor communication. They should probably replay the entire at bat on ESPN Sportscenter.

    • William

      it is time to gir the hitting coach, manager, and general manager. I have been reluctant to include Bell, but think it has to be done now. I support new ownership as well.

  34. Rut

    This just isn’t a MLB caliber team. Injuries have made it farcical

  35. VaRedsFan

    One of the dumbest infield sayings is that the pitcher isn’t allowed to catch popups

  36. Old-school

    The Cowboy put it best

    Ugly with a capital U

    Cowboy also said in all his years of PFP- no one ever hit popups to the pitcher. Moose has to catch that and Drury not even in the picture.

    Thats as bad a play you will see in mlb on the heels of fraley missing 3 cutoff men the other night

    This is the worst reds team- offense defense pitching ive ever seen

  37. Bet on Red

    who is the designated position player pitcher with blandino gone

    • Tom Mitsoff

      They don’t need one with eight or nine relievers on the team and an off-day tomorrow.

    • JB

      Won’t need it. They have 82 pitchers in the bullpen.

  38. dhmorgan

    The way this game is going, the league may have to institute a 5 inning mercy rule just for the Reds.

  39. William

    It is time to fire the hitting coach, manager, and general manager

    • Votto4life

      Someone has to go tomorrow or attendance is going to be close to what it was in 2020.

  40. JB

    40?50?60? Games out at end of the year?

  41. JB

    I don’t buy the excuse that Moose hasn’t played first base that much. When there is a popup to the pitcher , he is called off by one of the infielders. Little leaguers no that. Moose should never play the infield. He can’t play 3rd and this game he has shown he can’t play first.

  42. GreatRedLegsFan

    Current situation is just the consequence of poor management’s decisions. The team was just destroyed when four regular position players, two starting pitchers and two high leverage relievers were just traded or let go, and only several replacement players were brought in. Injuries will always happen and the roster is just not capable to overcome such situation.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I agree 100 percent. This team was gutted. And there was not enough quality depth at Class AAA to even come close to dealing with the injury problems.

  43. Joe P.

    For those of you who look forward to hearing the ramblings and musings of one John Sadak, this is your kind of game.

    • Jimbo44CN

      Someone needs to put a bucket over his head.

    • Votto4life

      Has he made any star war references today?

      He reminds me of a bad comedy podcast host.

  44. William

    I do not know why I even try to follow the Reds at this point. I check on them when I know they are are three and eighteen. It is the first inning, and they are already down by six runs. I check the Reds pitcher and it is someone who should already be at AAA Louisville, getting his stuff together. It was the breaking point with me for Bell. The owners losing the fans to other teams and sports. It is time to fire the management now. Bell is a nice guy, but has to go now.

    • TR

      Bell will probably be moved to a front office position with his father since he was VP of personnel for the Giants before he became manager of the Reds.

  45. Bill

    As a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan for over 60 years this ball club is a complete train wreck. They need to clean house yesterday. Votto needs to retire, Bell needs to be fired, the whole front office should go also. It’s going to be a long summer. Reds fans deserve a lot better than this is an understatement

  46. Bet on Red

    Alright, so by Tuesday, Kolo is off the roster as TySteve returns who else is gone?

    • Jon

      Buck Farmer and Hunter Strickland.

      Then send down Sanmartin before his next start and bring up Ashcraft.

    • Joe P.

      The Reds will look at who has options and those guys will probably be the first under consideration to be sent down.

      My guess is they keep Buck Farmer and Strickland. Obviously Diehl goes down and Sanmartin. I’d send out Santillan and probably Art Warren. But the Reds might send Diaz and/or Moreta down just because they probably have options. I’d bring up another starter (probably Ashcraft) after sending Sanmartin down OR activate Lodolo or Castillo.

  47. Indy Red Man

    Lorenzen 8 shutout today lowering era to 1.93. He’s too nice to fly the bird to Bell and the front office so I’ll do it for him.

    • Old-school

      Lorenzen has said basically he was homesick and wanted to go back to Southern California so he may have narrowed his destinations to california

  48. Justin

    I love this team and have since 88. But is it wrong to actively root for them to lose at this point? This has become a joke and we are the laughing stock of baseball right now. I only check the box score anymore to see how much we lost by the previous night.

  49. Dayton Ducks

    The Braves and Cards must be pretty embarrassed, being the only teams so far to actually lose a game to this group.

  50. Bet on Red

    Safe to say Drury is not being sent down, further more may be playing himself into a starting spot

      • Bet on Red

        long term maybe… I do think that Votto will get it turned around though. I was thinking third.

      • JB

        I don’t think he turns it around. I watched Aaron and May’s in their last 2 years and it was painful to watch. Especially Mays. I hope Votto does but I don’t see it.

  51. Old-school

    Anyone who picked Brandon Drury to be leading the team in HR on May 1…. Take a bow

  52. dhmorgan

    Is it now safe to say “Let’s go Brandon!” without the vulgar connotations?

    • JB

      Lol. Wth, we might as well have a laugh.

  53. Mark Moore

    Stopped for dinner. See we scored a run. They scored another three, but who’s counting?

  54. Old-school

    A couple of unfathomable Joey Votto stats aside from his new found penchant for popups and K’s of 30%

    1.) Joey Votto has 1 extra base hit all year. One double on April 14 against the Dodgers. Its been 17 days since Votto had an extra base hit.
    2.) He was in top 5 of all MLB players in 2021 hitting RH pitching. Hes hitting .089 with an OPS of .379 and a wRC+ of 28 against righties in 2022

    • Jim

      I loved to see Votto play in the distant past, but the past few years ( except the middle of last year) it has been painful and a liability for the Reds! For the team it would have been great for him to bow out last year with good memories. I will always be a Reds fan no matter what, but it is a shame how much of the payroll is being spent on Votto and Moose this year and next, when that Big money could bring to the Reds some really good young players!!!
      Sure he will go on a mini hitting streak against # 3, 4 and 5 rotation pitchers soon but not being able to run bases anymore, why is he in the lineup if we want to win!!! Bring up Louisville’s best two hitters.

    • Dewey Roberts

      Either he is finished or else this is a slump of historic dimensions.

  55. RedsMonk65

    Wasn’t Connor Joe briefly a Red — at least for spring training? If so, perhaps one that got away …

  56. JB

    We are last in everything. Do we at least lead the league in hitting into DPs?

  57. Gpod

    can’t wait for Bell’s postgame so he can say: “Sanmartin didn’t really pitch that bad” Bell lives in an alternate reality. I find it hard to believe that someone, anyone, has not asked him about his feelings regarding his job security, considering he is the captian of this sinking ship

    • Daytonnati

      He lives in the Reds metaverse.

  58. Old-school

    Kyle Farmer is now 0fer in last 2/3 series.

    0-10 against St louis.
    0-10 against Colorado.

    Season OPS .627

  59. JB

    Moose playing first is quite amusing. Popup lands 5 feet from him. This game should be educational film for spring training teams.

  60. dhmorgan

    The way Farmer’s (not) hitting might be due to fatigue. He hasn’t had an off-day all year, but who else can play shortstop? The lack of roster depth really shows in this instance.
    And, good grief, another foul pop that should have been caught. The defense is suffering like everything else.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Moustakas can’t be used at first any more except in dire emergency.

  61. Votto4life

    How does revenue sharing work exactly? Are teams who benefit from it, under any obligation to re-invest at least a portion of it back into the team or can the owners just pocket the whole thing and say thank you?

  62. JB

    Another great swing by Votto. Aquinos swings looked better.

  63. Votto4life

    Looks like the Tommy Pham revenge tour only shows up when we are playing the Padres.

  64. Kevin H

    I realize it’s not this simple, however bring up McLain, Ashcroft, Della Cruz, Allen, Hendrick, Hinds, and the catcher they drafted last year.

    I know most are in high A or double A. In saying that they can do no worse and at least we know the path Reds are going.

    • Daytonnati

      You know the Reds and service time.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      They absolutely could do worse, and I’d bet five of the players you mentioned would without question do worse. Ashcraft would probably pitch better than Sanmartin and McLain probably does better than a few of the guys in the lineup/bench.

  65. Frankie Tomatoes

    So who is going to be getting their own flight back to Cincinnati after they have been fired? Someone has to take the fall for this.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I doubt Bell is fired, but Alan Zinter (hitting coach) probably will be.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I don’t think you can blame him for not having Winker, Suarez and Castellanos in the lineup any longer.

    • TR

      I include myself in being over anxious for change. It will happen when it happens and it must be done by current ownership. The two year pandemic has rocked Red’s ownership financially similar, in a way, to the early 1930’s when during the Depression ownership went bankrupt and Powell Crosley saved the franchise for Cincinnati. A change in Red’s ownership is a big move and will take time. If the removal of last years offense means a major shift to a ‘Tampa type’ team, I don’t think it’s going to work. The two cities and metros are different. Tampa Bay is still a center for spring training and minor league teams with not much attachment to the Rays so far. Cincinnati has baseball history, and needs a leader of the team like Castellanos was last year. It’s a tough time, but Red’s fans will get through it.

  66. votto4life

    Beginning to wonder if this team will finish over .500 again this decade.

  67. Doc4uk

    Why are they experiencing so many more injuries than any other major league team? That is the real question at this point

    • VaRedsFan

      Just look at the last decade of injuries. No surprise.

  68. Votto4life

    I don’t care if he gets a hit the rest of the year. The man is the one of the greatest hitter, if not the greatest, ever to wear a Red’s uniform.

    Looking forward to the show Joey!