The Cincinnati Reds have won the first two games of the series in walk-off fashion. They will go for the sweep this afternoon over the Tampa Bay Rays by sending rookie Nick Lodolo to the mound for the second time since coming back from the injured list. The Rays are going to send a rookie of their own to the mound, countering with Shane Baz, who also spent a while on the injured list earlier this season.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Tampa Bay Rays

Cincinnati Reds

Yandy Diaz – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Harold Ramirez – DH Brandon Drury – 3B
Taylor Walls – SS Tommy Pham – LF
Randy Arozarena – LF Tyler Naquin – RF
Isaac Paredes – 1B Tyler Stephenson – C
Josh Lowe – RF Donovan Solano – DH
Yu Chang – 2B Mike Moustakas – 1B
Rene Pinto – C Albert Almora Jr. – CF
Brett Phillips – CF Matt Reynolds – SS
Shane Baz – SP Nick Lodolo – SP


Starting Pitchers

Nick Lodolo 19.1 4.19 1.50 8 27
Shane Baz 24.2 2.92 1.14 9 28
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Shane Baz’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

In his return from the injured list on July 5th, Nick Lodolo struck out eight batters in 4.2 shutout innings. He’s only made four starts, so taking much of his splits for much value would be a fools errand. That’s doubly so given that teams aren’t really putting lefties in the lineup against him, racking up just 11 plate appearances total in those four games.


RHH 78 20 4 0 3 6 24 .290 .372 .478
LHH 11 1 0 0 0 2 3 .111 .273 .111

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Change Curve
Velo 94.2 87.9 82.6
Usage 58.8% 17.5% 23.7%

Shane Baz

After missing the first six weeks after having loose bodies removed from his elbow, Shane Baz began a rehab stint in late May and made four appearances before joining Tampa Bat on June 11th. He’s made five starts since then. The first one didn’t go well as he allowed five runs in 2.1 innings. Since then he’s dominated with a 1.21 ERA in 22.1 innings with six walks and 26 strikeouts.

Much like Lodolo, the sample size is just too small to put too much weight into the splits below. With that said he’s had a little more success against lefties than righties.


RHH 60 13 3 0 1 4 17 .236 .300 .346
LHH 41 6 1 0 1 5 11 .167 .268 .278

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 96.0 87.6 88.5 82.3
Usage 40.2% 36.1% 8.7% 15.1%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 78°, partly cloudy, 10% chance of rain

News and Notes

Joey Votto is out again

No Joey Votto in the lineup for the 6th consecutive day. Playing short – a Reds tradition unlike any other.

Prospect Elly De La Cruz is on one

On Thursday Elly De La Cruz was named to the 2022 Futures Game as one of the Reds representatives. Since then he’s hit five home runs and now has 20 on the season in 71 games.

281 Responses

  1. JB

    Amazing! Just keep running Moose out there.

    • JB

      And Senzel obviously is way to hot to be playing . He just had a day off on Thursday in the first game.

      • Earmbrister

        JB, how is coming in to the eighth inning in the first game of a doubleheader and playing the second game of the doubleheader a day off?

        Senzel hasn’t had a day off since June 10.

        Mystery solved.

  2. Bet on red

    Why is moose in the lineup? Suppose farmer deserves a day off, but I would have arranged the lineup to have moose in the only position that he knows how to play, the bench

    • Mark Moore

      The Sunday line-ups will be set in stone every Wednesday without regard to performance on Friday and Saturday … or a pending off day.

      BTW, we’ve gotten 2″ of rain over on this side of the Triangle with a little more to come. Over 4″ if you include what fell when we were out of town.

  3. DataDumpster

    I am not a fan of David Bell and my moniker is inspired by his managing “style.” I wouldn’t be too harsh though on his lineup choices now until the trades that are to be (are done.) Realize that 7 of the 9 players in this lineup are available for a trade package with Castillo, Mahle, and a marginal relief pitcher. I think that Drury will be offered a contract; Schrock, India, Stephenson, Senzel and rookie pitchers will be retained; and most everyone else is “up for sale” while Moose and Votto go into rotational roles.
    Yes, this is not the best route for pleasing the fans but I think most would agree that the most important event for the rest of this season is whatever Bull Krall can conjure up in trade goods to give some hope for next year. If he is recognized to be successful at this, he stays with the organization but is open to be subservient to an offseason GM/Manager hire to bring in a new culture and approach to training and development issues. David Bell leaves in a soft separation that is best for everyone involved. If Bull isn’t perceived to succeed, he and Bell get to wallow in the dirt one more year at which point the acrimony escalates to the point where everything is up for grabs given the new money available for 2024.

  4. redsvol

    Tommy Pham needs to sit and one of Denzel or farmer should be DH. Solano has played outfield before or flip flop him and drury. He has definitely played a lot of outfield.

    Let’s go LODOLO AND REDS!

    • JB

      Sorry I was informed Senzel hasn’t been off since the 10th of June. 26 years old and he has to sit while he is hitting about .450 . Another Bell Apologist.

      • Earmbrister

        Glad you’re informed now. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to give a player a day off when he hasn’t had one in a month (and in the middle of a potential 100 loss season) but we don’t need to agree. Have a great afternoon.

      • BK

        This comment is not directed back to you, but just along the same thought. I like the fact that Bell schedules days off for the players. The 162-game season if long and grueling–days off help that. “Scheduled” days off have additional benefits: player can come in later–maximizes benefits. Also, it takes away the player trying to interpret any ‘intentions/messages’ the Manager may be sending–in other words, helps avoid miscommunication. Third, when coordinated with data (nutritional, strength/conditioning, off days it can be timed when it’s most effective for human performance. I think these are all superior to trying to time days off with highly irregular baseball performance cycles.

  5. J

    Bell is sending a very clear message today: If you’re out of shape, hitting badly, and sometimes forget what position you’re playing on defense, you will be dropped to 7th in the order. He has expectations! (Unless your name is Pham, in which case you’ll hit third no matter what.) Ownership will be sending an equally clear message when Bell shows up for work again tomorrow and the next day and the next…

    • Mark A Verticchio

      You are 100% correct, this team is becoming a bigger joke everyday, even when they win. They are winning a few games lately in spite of Bell. People who think playing Moose and Pham is a way of showing them for a possible trade are wrong, nobody wants those two. They will only be thrown in on a trade and devalue the Reds return.

      • Mark Moore

        I still think Pham moves. Not for very much, but he’ll move given the OF injuries and needs around the league. I can’t comment on the other player you mentioned due to my self-imposed ban today … 😮

      • greenmtred

        They win and lose games in spite of Bell. On other teams, they win and lose in spite of the manager. Put another way: The players’ performance has a great deal more to do with wins and losses than any manager does. Considering how Moose and Pham are doing today, I wouldn’t want to have to bet any money based on the prognostications of the experts here.

  6. Mark Moore

    I hereby solemnly swear not to make any 3M remarks in today’s thread. What happens happens and we can’t change DTBell and his pre-destined line-ups no matter who is hot and who is not.

    Here’s hoping Lodolo feels the love from TySteve behind the plate and spins a gem. We all know he’s capable.

    • LuciusRuber

      I thought you were going to say “It’s time to kick this pig” 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        I forgot …

        It’s time to Kick this Pig!!

  7. Old-school

    When Naquin came back, Bell said he would go day today with Almora and Senzel. Senzel is on a nice roll and getting 2 days off to head into 6 game road trip Yanks/Cards is ok. The AS break will be here soon. What needs to happen is Pham and Naquin need to be traded so the Almora/Senzel/Fairchild trio can start every game with Friedl as the 4th OF

    Barrero lead off double for the Bats.

    • Kevin H

      I don’t see the need to trade Naquin. He is a solid outfielder. A above average hitter with power.

      And no he isn’t old.

      • Old-school

        Naquin is a FA after this year?
        Why keep him for 2 months on a 100 loss team?

      • JB

        No but i think he is a free agent. They have no plan to resign.

      • BK

        Or even if they plan to sign him, they can still trade him and garner some marginal value and get more ML data on guys like Fairchild and/or Schrock.

    • Chris Holbert

      Almora is not a starting OF on any good team.

  8. Mark Moore

    Audio feed switched to WLW now that the pre-game is done. I saw several posts on Twitter saying they loved Sadak and his “refreshing” approach. One person hoped he sticks around for a long time. I’ll admit, I almost threw up a little bit in the back of my throat on that one. I know I’m not alone on this forum by a long shot.

    • Mark Moore

      And, for the record, all attempts at grilling today have been postponed due to inclement weather and us still recovering from the Chicago trip (including some sinus issues). Tomorrow evening will feature those 3 beautiful T-bones I purchased yesterday over charcoal on my “fake Weber grill”. 🙂

      • Bet on Red

        Yea went from sunny to monsoon season all in a week here didnt it

    • JMSSR

      Refreshing is certainly not the first word that comes to mind. He thinks he’s still doing triple A radio. Not a second of dead air.

  9. Mark Moore

    Looked like a good pitch. Better hit though.

  10. Mark Moore

    I’m guessing Randy A can’t get out of Cincy fast enough this trip

  11. Bet on Red

    That is some great pitching right there….

  12. Mark Moore

    Squeezed him pretty bad on that call, but the end result is what we were after. He’s chucking some nasty stuff today.

    • Mark Moore

      He at least needs to drop below 6th until he can regain his bearings. You can see he’s frustrated (like last night after his pop-up). The kid is good. He just needs a little reset from what I’m seeing. Of course, I’m not sure what the analytics say about that … 😮

      • Kevin H

        Sit was wrong word choice. Down in order is what I meant. I Need to proof read before send

  13. Bet on Red

    Durham (my place) getting multiple shout outs

  14. DHud

    Naquin got himself out that AB because of the stupid unwritten rule of not swinging on 3-0

    Watch a belt high fastball center cut the plate for strike one only to let Baz make to good consecutive pitches

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. That was some statue action.

  15. Mark Moore

    Anybody catch the chatter between Thrall and Cowboy yesterday about Cowboy’s attempt at power washing his porch? He was trying to “get stuff off the base of the posts” and ended up with such a tight nozzle he cut through them. That’s why I always pay somebody else to do that little chore. 😮

  16. Mark Moore

    TySteve is back, healthy, and stroking it.

    Cowboy making the case for him to hit 3rd or higher.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I will do it for you, Moose should not be in the line up, this is not little league. Please wake up Bell.

      • Mark Moore

        Thanks for having my back Mark V.

      • Jim t

        Moose is owed 18 mil this year and next. He will be given every opportunity to get it turned around. That means playing him. If he gets hot they may be able to trade him. If not they may eat his 2023 salary possibly. When your team is not competitive this year playing him is the course of action they will take. As I said if he gets hot they may be able to move him and avoid paying him. Him being in the line up is not Bell’s decision.

  17. JB

    Baz was drafted by Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh should never be allowed to trade their players because they are very bad at it.

  18. Kevin H

    Does Moose even care I wonder?

    Almora I am okay with… Yet Moose on 3 pitches

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not allowed to comment on that today … but I think y’all know where I stand.


    • JB

      Moose keeps swinging at that down and in on his feet pitch. Like the opposite of Aquino and his swinging at down and away pitch.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I don’t think there’s any doubt that he cares. Players don’t make it to the big leagues by not caring. But there is something very, very wrong with his approach, vision, health or something.

      • Mark Moore

        “Care” is a very loaded word. But there is something very wrong indeed.

      • Kevin H

        Agree Tom.. I shouldn’t make a blanket statement. Something is wrong indeed.

      • Chris Holbert

        2 things I see age and bat speed.

  19. Mark Moore

    Filthy strike 3

    A little off topic, anybody know why a 1-1 or 2-2 count are “even” when you have an extra ball to give in either case?

    • JB

      I bet you Sadak would know. He has every statistic and useless info known to man kind.

  20. Mark Moore

    HP umpire is yet another case for the robo-zone. Inconsistent at best.

    That said, Diaz is definitely a professional hitter up there.

  21. JB

    The tootblan monster is rubbing off onto the Rays.

  22. Bet on Red

    Look at that…. Moose finally provided some positive results

  23. Mark Moore

    Nice heads-up throw by Naquin to nail an aggressive rounding 1B.

    If it’s only those two that give Lodolo some trouble today, I think we can all be happy with his performance.

  24. Jim Walker

    Opposition TOOTBLAN for a change. Thank goodness Moose remembered he was supposed to cover at 1B!

  25. Mark Moore

    20 OF assists. That’s impressive.

  26. Mark Moore

    RoY still swinging for the fences. Wonder why Zinter can’t see that and have him adjust.

    • Bet on Red

      India proves you wrong there lol

    • Mark Moore

      I’ll take being wrong every single time when that is the result. Short part of the park and he finally timed it well. Love the result.

  27. SOQ

    Well, India made that ball “Travel” 🙂

  28. GreatRedLegsFan

    That guy is in tip-top shape!

    • Mark Moore

      He definitely is. There are teams that will need him in the next couple of weeks.

  29. Mark Moore

    That’s what Pham is capable of doing. He saw 3rd as soon as Lowe didn’t block that.

  30. Bet on Red

    LOL, Pham hits tripples….. Pham forces errors….. Pham does everything

    • Mark Moore

      Today appears to be Tommy Pham day.

  31. Mark Moore

    Pham had a pretty good chance of making it back to 3rd safely. But I’ll take this result instead.

    Cowboy just called it “ugly” and I tend to agree. Baz has to be frustrated.

  32. Bet on Red

    Welcome back Ty Steve…. I am guessing today will not be a walk off win

    • Mark Moore

      My wife says India had to motivate the boys. I may have to agree with her on that.

  33. VaRedsFan

    Pham bailed out there. Never run when in at the corners and sharp ground ball to 1B

  34. JB

    Lol Stephenson. So much for the talk that he was striking out and not hitting on his rehab assignment

  35. Bet on Red

    OK Moose Just homered…. what is happening?????

    • Mark Moore

      Dogs sleeping with cats … it’s MAYHEM I tell you

      You hit your over yet?

      • Bet on Red

        No i left this one alone…. I thought the pitching matchup favored the under actually. Wrong about that clearly

  36. Bet on Red

    I am calling the FBI…. need to get X files over here

  37. JB

    Got to give credit when it’s do. Nice job Moose.

  38. Jim Walker

    What was the Tampa 1B (not) thinking on that play!?! He could have side stepped to tag the bag as he threw home and still gotten the ball home in plenty of time to nail Pham and be out of the inning!

    Maybe this inning explains how the Yanks can be so far in front in the AL East and TB just happens to be among the best of the best of the rest!?!

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Thought the same thing. He was a step away from what I could see.

    • greenmtred

      I gather that TB has lots of injuries–second only to the Reds. That lineup has a surprising number of guys under .200.

  39. Mark Moore

    I must comment, in my best Bill Murray as Carl in Caddyshack voice …

    Oh, he got ALL of that one …

    Congratulations on hitting that 200 HR milestone, Mr. Moose.

  40. Jim Walker

    And Moose recalls what to do when he hits a ball over the wall.

  41. Mark A Verticchio

    Moose makes us a look bad. Congrats on #200 big guy. The Reds need Pham and Moose to get red hot to help bolster trade prospects.

    • Mark Moore

      Pham will move, if only based on his defense and what he was able to do right there.

  42. eddiek957

    Moose gets number two hundred congratulations

  43. JB

    Reynolds shaved his mustache today. That dude is seriously superstitious

  44. Mark Moore

    Anybody have the stats on Tyler’s and Moose’s dingers? I know India’s was a GABP special (still counts).

      • Old-school

        Moose 390 feet, Ev 106.4
        TS 425 feet, EV 103.0

      • Mark Moore

        Thanks OS. Gameday didn’t have it that I could find. They did both look like bombs to me.

  45. Hanawi

    A lot of mediocre in MLB today. Takes real effort to be as bad as the Reds are right now considering the competition. I don’t think they can or should try to be competitive in 2023, but I’m starting to think they could be quite good in 2024 if they make some smart moves right now to strengthen the core going forward. Castillo could bring in that haul. They need a young OF or two that can be a middle of the lineup bat.

    • Mark Moore

      NLC is especially a lot of mediocre. I tend to agree you focus on what 2024 could be. If we really see that next season, I know I could live with it.

    • Kevin H

      Reds are 28 and 32 since their horrid start. I mean considering injuries and everything as well as bad bullpen. That isn’t bad.

      Of course can’t erase the 3 and 22 start.

      • Mark Moore


        Good point. That kind of massive hole makes it impossible to overcome.

      • JB

        Wow I thought they were worse than that. Stupid bullpen.

  46. Mark Moore

    Randy A was definitely due. Solo HR’s don’t normally hurt.

  47. Mark Moore

    OK, need to buckle down now. They’ve had their fun. Shake it off and mow ’em down.

  48. Mark A Verticchio

    I think we should talk about 23 after trade dead line. I know a lot of young guys would have to grow up in a hurry but, the talent might be there. It would sure help us all forget about 3 and 22.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      It won’t matter if they don’t re-do the bullpen. I look for Overton to be there when he returns in August so they can get a look if he can pitch consistently and effectively in relief.

      • Mark Moore

        Agreed. Then we get Sims and Antone back next year (we hope). Still too many holes for my taste or comfort level.

  49. Bet on Red

    Now I may be a little unrealistic here…. but maybe there is still a chance for this season to be salvaged. We are only 17 games out of first…. there is still a chance…. get a little streak going…… oh who am I kidding

  50. Mark Moore

    Rays are really fighting the IL bug. That makes it very difficult for any team, let alone one in the ALE.

  51. Mark Moore

    Give a free pass to their worst hitter. Not a good approach.

  52. VaRedsFan

    HR stats:
    Moose 106.4, 390 feet
    Tyler: 103.0, 425
    India: 95.8, 349

  53. Mark Moore

    Nope. Paid for the inefficient pitching there. Can’t let Diaz beat you that way.

    At least it’s only 2 more runs.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      There is no such thing as a large-enough lead with this team.

      • Jim Walker

        +100. And they train’em up right too. AAA Bats blew a 5 run lead in the 8th and 9th last night then won on 10-9 on the strength of a 2 out walk off 2 run HR in the 10th!

  54. VaRedsFan

    Diaz has gone oppo on all 3 of his hits, yet they are still playing him to pull.

  55. Mark Moore

    Cowboy is saying he’s lost his focus given the big inning where he sat for that long.

    And he’s getting squeezed again … that doesn’t help.

  56. Mark Moore

    Finally. Sadly, this probably means Lodolo will only pitch the 5th and then it’s 4 innings of our illustrious bullpen … 😮

  57. Bet on Red

    alright….. still got enough to get the 5th and qualify for the win

  58. Kevin H

    Like with Greene and Ashcraft. Working way out of a tuff ininning. Good job Lodolo

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed. It’s painful to watch an inning like that, but it also provides some hard-learned lessons for a rookie pitcher.

  59. William

    Senzel has a day off when he is on fire with the bat? Bell keeps coming up with interesting decisions.

  60. Mark A Verticchio

    The Rays seemed to relax down 7 and Lodolo may have lost his attention span. I am not sure if he goes back out for inning 5 or not, over 40 in an inning is a lot. Reds need more runs to secure this game. Lodolo will learn how to pitch with a big lead.

    • Mark Moore

      Cowboy was saying as much. Too much down time for Lodolo. He’ll have to learn how to deal with that.

  61. William

    I late getting to the game. I saw the score and checked to see how Senzel was doing. He was not even in the lineup. I wondered if he had an injury. I think a better time to get a day off is when your in a slump.

    • Mark Moore

      Per my comment above, the Sunday lineups are set in stone on Wednesdays without any regard to performance on Friday or Saturday.

  62. Bet on Red

    Pham is a double and a Homer away from the cycle

  63. Mark Moore

    Pham doing his best Ken Griffey, Sr. impression

  64. Mark Moore

    Good grief! You could drive a fleet of trucks through that left side of the IF.

  65. Bet on Red

    Back to Back innings with scoring….. what is this!!!!

    • Mark Moore

      It’s a crime … need to call law enforcement

    • JB

      Your 20 game win streak is alive and well.

  66. Mark Moore

    Nicely done, guys. That’s the way to get some back.

    Pham once again showing he’s determined to contribute today.

    • Mark Moore

      That’s the “manufactured” runs back. I’ll give Randy A his solo HR.

  67. Mark Moore

    And we got them all back! Cowboy saying Naquin’s quad must be fine.

  68. Bet on Red

    got those three runs back…. called the FBI…..there are some people beating up on sting Rays….. some animal abuse there

    • Mark Moore

      Devil Rays … it doesn’t matter as long as they stay beat up.

  69. JB

    Got to give credit again where it’s due. 30 and over crowd with 8 hits today.

  70. Jim Walker

    I cannot believe I am typing this but with a league average bullpen, this crazy quilt patchwork of a Reds team just might have hung at least around the fringes of the expanded wildcard chase or even NL Central title

    • VaRedsFan

      I don’t think I’d go that far Jim.
      Feel free to bookmark this page and throw it in my face when they are playing in October.

      • Mark Moore

        Same here. We’re still subject to that massive hole we dug at the start. And there are too many other good teams that will get the Wild Card slots.

      • Jim Walker

        I said “might have” meaning from the get go. No way any team is going to dig out from the hole they dug in the April and expanded in June. 😉

      • Jim Walker

        10 losses already in the books turned into wins as they happened represent a 20 game swing and would have put the Reds at 41-44 starting today. That’s -2 games to the Cards in the loss column and -6 to the Brewers in the loss column but with a game in hand.

        That record would be definitely fringe territory for both the division and WC as Cards are just -2 to the WC.

    • Old-school

      Pham is hitting. Naquin is back. Solano is healthy and barreling balls again. Stephenson is healthy and very underrated and Drury is otherworldly. Senzel is playing good ball. Farmer is a glue guy.

      Castillo is pitching at an AS level. Minor has given a couple starts and the young pitchers are up and down but fun to watch. Hopefully Mahle comes back.

      Bullpen? Yikes.

      • Jim Walker

        The guy who just doubled, Reynolds, is a 4A guy getting an opportunity and having a career year at the plate. His defense still often makes me wince though.

      • Chris Holbert

        Have to play him, he is DFA pick up and over 30.

  71. VaRedsFan

    It’s my belief that nothing pulls a team together like walkoff wins. Everybody is excited, happy, and celebrating with each other. The clubhouse is a great place to be. The whole team embraces it and it carries over future games. Confidence is a powerful tool in a player.

    • Mark Moore

      Senzel’s interview with Day and Farmer dumping the bucket on him showed that much. Quite possibly a season high.

  72. Jim Walker

    Lodolo on a wing a prayer trying to get through this 5th

    • greenmtred

      He is. Good learning experience, but I wish the ump were calling that outside corner strike.

      • Mark Moore

        Cowboy saying he has notes on the ump from previous games. Those were strikes. Made an “excuse” that maybe he isn’t seeing it as well today.

        All just more evidence in the case for a consistent robo-zone for me. Having just watched some of Wimbledon and seeing how far their review and tech has come, I’m ready for it.

  73. Kevin H

    What do you do if your Bell in this situation. Let him pitch through it?

  74. Mark Moore

    YIKES!! That was a little too close for my comfort. Glad we got the out rather than a collision.

    Onward to our half of the 5th and then the Arson Squad … hopefully on a good day for them. Monday off, so it should be close to all hands on deck.

  75. Old-school

    Lodolo battled. Gotta love the 1 walk.

  76. Kevin H

    Off topic question, Do you take 2 of the minor league starters and make them into bullpen pieces? You have Ashcraft, Greene, and Lodolo.. I hear Abbot and Williamson are next two in line. I am wondering if the organization even takes this into consideration. I realize you can’t have enough starting pitching, however as we have seen Reds bullpen….. well….

    • Mark Moore

      That would be following the Rays playbook from way back when Price came up from Durham late in the season as a BP guy. I’d say that all turned out pretty well for the Rays and for Price.

      Are we willing to press that button?

      • Kevin H

        In my opinion if last two season are a indicator, then Yes press that button. Maybe Phillips as closer, and either Abbot or Williamson set up or closer. Something needs to change on how they deal with the bullpen.

  77. VaRedsFan

    Vlad to have Tommy John. Get well soon Vlad.

  78. Mark Moore

    Reynolds is showing some focus and versatility today.

  79. Mark Moore

    McCann to the IL with an oblique strain. I’d say that’s a strong indicator as to what uniform Contreras wears next.

    • JB

      Their top top prospect is a catcher in AAA. Will be interesting .

  80. Mark Moore

    Got to BB or HBP the first batter if you pitch our of our BP, right?

    Asking for a friend …

  81. JohnnyTV

    Here we go….7 run lead, 4 innings of Red’s bullpen.

    Tampa Bay liking their odds.

    • Mark Moore

      Don’t make me give you negative points, sir!

      It’s an adventure, that much is certain. I’d prefer to skip the drama.

      • JohnnyTV

        LOL……I long for the day when I don’t get these kind of feelings.

    • Kevin H

      Reds bullpen has pitched better this week though. I like their chances to close the game out.

  82. Mark Moore

    OK, that works. Down to covering 3 innings. I’d still feel better playing more add-on.

    • JohnnyTV

      That’s what I know.

      Moose is stuck at 200 home runs…..

      • Mark Moore

        I’m on a brief sabbatical for any disparaging Mr. Moose comments. Just for today. I think I picked the right day to do that, too.

  83. Kevin H

    If Moreta can find the form he had last year. Second year at big league level. Last season a cup of coffee

    • VaRedsFan

      He has a live arm.
      I can’t understand why he gets lit up so much.

  84. Bet on Red

    9 outs remain….. still some time for some add on…. get primed for the Yankees…… I mean if we could sweep them

    • Kevin H

      I called for a sweep at start of series. I was joking, but hey… LOL

      • Mark Moore

        We’ll give it to you anyway. I recall you said that and most of us jeered. Today, not so much or so far fetched.

  85. Kevin H

    Go check out Jackson Stephens bullpen numbers for the Braves. Did Reds not development another pitcher? Herget, Rainey to name a few others

    • Bet on Red

      Rainey got us Roarke if I remember correctly

      • Kevin H

        I believe you are correct. If I remember Rainey was brough up in 18 and it was disastrous

  86. Mark Moore

    OUCH! Take him out and let Senzel run. No need to stress it any further.

  87. Mark Moore

    Odd thought, but it should happen. Can you imagine the pitches Senzel would see batting right in front of TySteve?

  88. Mark Moore

    TySteve just getting it done today. Great HR, but nothing else all that flashy. He’s the kind of ballplayer you just love to watch.

    • Old-school

      Reasonable people can disagree but I think folks are under-estimating Stephenson’s hit tool. He hits for avg, has great plate discipline and he just went 425 to dead center and he plays half his games in GABP. The power will be there.

      He can be a 10 year AS at first base and be in the mold of Paul Goldschmidt. Hes got to stay healthy though and catching beats you up and limits your games played.

      • JB

        Depending on what the Reds are thinking, trading Castillo for Alvarez, Mets top prospect and a catcher would be interesting.

      • Old-school

        @ JB..I like your thinking but the Mets have said they arent trading prospects…they’ll just take on bad contracts in addition to the player they want.

        Maybe Moose and Drury?

        If the Reds get elite hitting at1b/DH CI and CO then you can go with defense first in cF SS C.

      • JB

        Brother if they can attach Moose to Drury I would be happy.

  89. Reddawg2012

    It seems Tyler Stephenson really missed getting hits while he was out.

    • Mark Moore

      Working overtime to make up for his absence

    • Mark Moore

      Today is a case of “Employee #37 clocking in for work”

  90. earmbrister

    Holy crapola. Was away for the start of the game and we have a blowout in the making for the Reds. Looks like everyone, except for Almora, is in on the action.


    • Mark Moore

      Lodolo battled a bit. Pitch count crept up there due to some focus issues (after our big inning) and a terrible strike zone (again) where he kept getting squeezed. But it’s been quite the ride today.

      Debbie is VERY happy at this point.

      • earmbrister

        Deb!!! This is an important year for the rookie pitchers. I like the (perceived) mental makeup of Greene, Lodolo, and Ashcraft. They seem to have a professional approach and don’t get visibly rattled.

        Actually watching Greene’s start from yesterday now (didn’t know that it was available and taped for me). Greene pitched a gem and didn’t get the decision, while Lodolo battled and seems to be in line for the win. Baseball is a strange game that way.

        And despite all the pregame handwringing, this lineup produced in a big way. Strange indeed.

  91. JB

    Reds get Cole on Tuesday. Reds seem to hit him well.

  92. Jim Walker

    Bats just won again today also. They parlayed a 3 run 6th inning into a 5-4 comeback win.

    It is amazing (not) how having all the organizational depth 4A guys back down there makes a difference in their offense.

    Now of Barrero would just go on a 2 week tear and be ready to be recalled by the MLB restart after the MLB all star brfeak.

    • JB

      I’m not worried about Barrero. Hamate Injuries take time and every guy is different with the hamate injury. Like the Braves announcer said it usually takes a year before they are all the way back.

      • Mark Moore

        Yep. Keep him down until September. If they bring him up, he won’t play anyway, at least not to the extent he needs to play in order to figure out MLB hitting and pitching.

      • Jim Walker

        I agree about the hamate injury. I just want to see the guys who figure to be Reds next year on the field together as much as possible the rest of this year.

      • Old-school

        Wander Franco welcome to the hamate club. Hes out awhile. Kiermier to the 10 day IL as well. Maybe the Rays need a Ss/utility player and an OF bat?

      • Mark Moore

        Hamates and obliques are the Debil of injuries.

  93. Mark Moore

    Finally get the benefit of a flex-o-zone call. Nice work by Moreta for 2 full innings.

    Feeling a bit more confident about today at this point.

  94. Jim Walker

    Lance Barrett, the plate ump, doing a nice job moving the game along there. With Paredes at the plate and 2 out, he calls a very borderline strike which seems to encourage a swing at a very bad pitch then called follows up with an expanded strike zone punchout call

    • Mark Moore

      What I’m seeing is a wretchedly inconsistent zone. Cowboy confirmed that when he checked his notes from previous games with Barrett behind the plate. Just another example of an umpire who refuses to learn and improve in my book. It’s time for the big change.

  95. Roger Garrett

    Good job by Moreta in going 2 innings with 4 strikeouts.Needed those 2 scoreless innings in a bad way.

  96. Bet on Red

    Now 6 to go…. solo HR are concerning but there is still 6 runs

    • Mark Moore

      Especially when followed by the 11th K

  97. Mark Moore

    At this point, who does Day interview after the game?

    • Old-school

      Really mark? How bout stuck on 199 guy.

      • Mark Moore

        I’m thinking TySteve, but …

  98. Roger Garrett

    Just checked in half inning ago so after that bomb its best I check out.Better then a walk and a blast.Bring it home Nation.

  99. Bet on Red

    OK we are still too far away to be trading HR for outs. Kuchel is only here to sop up innings. So sop em up….. really do not want to get diaz up

    • Mark Moore

      Yes. HR followed by a K isn’t a sustainable equation. Nobody up in the pen, so apparently this is Kuhnel’s inning to finish some how, some way.

  100. Mark Moore

    Yep. The ball is carrying today. 6 total dingers so far.

  101. JB

    Castillo pitching last game of Yankee series. What a great way to audition but on the biggest stage in the world. If he sets them down , every playoff team in the American League will be offering their top prospects.

    • Mark Moore

      As long as he’s pitching for us and not them … 😮

  102. Bet on Red

    alright, three outs away…. some damage….but inning sopped

  103. Kevin H

    A thought, what if Reds were buyers and went after bullpen help. Starting pitching seems to be solid. Offense is healthy for most part… Have a solid pen and who knows with extra wildcard.

    I realize though this won’t happen. Just a thought

    • Mark Moore

      I think the original hole (dare I say pit of despair) was too deep. Getting one of the WC slots is pretty much out of the equation without very fuzzy math at work.

      It’s nice to dream on a day like this when we’ve pounded it.

      • JB

        They are 15 out. I wish they could but it’s not happening .

  104. Mark Moore

    Just spitballing here, but I seem to remember a time when the better defenders would be brought in at this point just as an extra hedge against the unthinkable.

  105. VaRedsFan

    The kid that got Moose’s 200th HR ball, only asked for a signed bat from MM. I’m a bit more greedy. In addition to the Moose bat, give me a Votto signed bat, Greene signed ball, Ashcraft ball. It’s probably bad form to ask for baseballs of guys that are playing…If not, give me Lodolo, TySteve, and India. Maybe they have those items in the clubhouse for such occasions.

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed. That’s a HUGE milestone for 3M. I mean, yes give him the ball, but get max value for it.

  106. Mark Moore

    14 K’s … not a bad effort. Perhaps one more?

  107. Mark Moore

    I vaguely remember this sweep feeling. It feels good.

    Winning is funner.

    Sweeping is more funner.

    Sweeping a team still in the hunt is most funner.

    Onward to NYC!

    • TR

      Did they sweep them in the 1976 World Series?

  108. Mark Moore

    Note, it took a Sunday game with a legit chance to sweep a contender in order to get 22K in the stands.

    • JohnnyTV

      Happy to have my bullpen skepticism proved wrong for a change.
      Nice Sunday afternoon baseball game.

      More than 1/2 of TB outs were from Ks.
      That’s modern baseball, I guess.

      • TR

        Probably a lot of people who have retired to Tampa Bay are back in their hometown.

  109. Mark Moore

    TySteve with Jim Day. Well earned by him. I would have let him date my oldest daughter if it weren’t for that fiancée/wife of his 😀

    • Mark Moore

      LeCure is comparing his personality to Trout. TySteve is surprised to see kids wearing his jersey. Got to love that attitude. He’s a man getting paid to play a kids’ game and he realizes that’s something special.