After both teams took a game in their final at-bat, the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees will close out their series tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Reds will turn to their ace, Luis Castillo, to try and help them take the series. New York will hand the ball to Nestor Cortes in a match up of All-Star starting pitchers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. The game is also the free game of the day (out of market only).

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this evening’s game:

Cincinnati Reds

New York Yankees

Jonathan India – 2B DJ LeMahieu – 3B
Brandon Drury – 3B Aaron Judge – CF
Tommy Pham – LF Anthony Rizzo – 1B
Joey Votto – 1B Giancarlo Stanton – DH
Tyler Stephenson – C Matt Carpenter – RF
Kyle Farmer – SS Gleyber Torres – 2B
Donovan Solano – DH Joey Gallo – LF
Nick Senzel – CF Jose Trevino – C
Stuart Fairchild – RF Marwin Gonzalez – SS
Luis Castillo – SP Nestor Cortes – SP


Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo 71.0 2.92 1.10 23 74
Nestor Cortes 88.2 2.74 1.03 21 95
Links: Luis Castillo’s Stats | Nestor Cortes’ Stats

Luis Castillo

Pitching outside of Great American Ball Park has gone well for Luis Castillo this year. He’s made half of his starts on the road and his ERA in those games is 2.25 and he’s allowed just two home runs in those 36.0 innings.

When it comes to his splits against lefties and righties, both are good. Castillo has held right-handed hitters back at the plate a little better, giving up a bit less power, walking fewer, and striking out more. Still, left-handed hitters are hitting just .202 with a sub .300 on-base percentage and they are slugging just .339 against him.


RHH 151 30 6 0 2 9 42 .214 .265 .300
LHH 142 25 8 0 3 14 35 .202 .293 .339

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 96.9 96.5 86.7 88.2
Usage 29.8% 22.2% 21.7% 26.3%

Nestor Cortes

Named to the 2022 All-Star team, Cortes has been outstanding this year. He’s been incredible while pitching at Yankee Stadium, though, where he has a 2.01 ERA in seven starts with a 0.92 ERA and he’s allowed just three home runs in 40.1 innings.

When it comes to handedness splits, the lefty rarely faces other lefties, but when he does they have done next to nothing against him as they’ve posted a .307 OPS this year in 50 opportunities. Right-handed hitters have done much better than that, but they still don’t do a lot. They do show some solid pop against him, but they don’t get many hits or walks.


RHH 303 65 17 0 12 19 76 .230 .281 .417
LHH 50 5 0 0 1 2 19 .104 .140 .167

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 91.4 90.8 86.6 77.5 82.8
Usage 40.1% 3.5% 36.1% 16.7% 3.6%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:05pm ET
  • Where: Yankee Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, (Free Game of the Day – Out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 83°, partly cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Mike Moustakas to the IL, Max Schrock called up

Prior to the game tonight Mike Moustakas was placed on the COVID injured list and the team called up Max Schrock from Triple-A Louisville.

Luis Castillo and the trade deadline

Richard Fitch took a look at the Luis Castillo situation as we approach the trade deadline and he lays out what he thinks should happen.

Hunter Greene vs Spencer Strider

Justin Choi took a look at what separates Spencer Strider from Hunter Greene over at Fangraphs today (it’s the mustache, but it’s also more than the mustache). It’s an interesting look at several potential reasons why Greene’s fastball gets hit a lot harder than Strider’s fastball does.

302 Responses

  1. MBS

    I’ve got a weird feeling about this game tonight. Let’s hope Castillo can do his best “ace” impression.

  2. DaveCT

    Matt Carpenter in RF outta be interesting. Is going to throw underhand?

  3. Mark Moore

    If we can avoid the LL type play and defensive gaffes that cost us the game last night, perhaps we can pull out a series win. We shall see in a couple of hours.

    Time to Kick this Pig!!

  4. BK

    Interesting analysis of Greene’s fastball. I’d love for the Cowboy or Chris Welsh to share their thoughts on the article. It would also be good to know how easy it is to make the adjustments to get the elite velo to work better.

  5. Mark Moore

    Annie’s back with Sam on the pre-game 😀

  6. Mark Moore

    Missed opportunity so far. India should have been on 3rd and scored with that long fly ball. It’s Carpenter, folks. He can barely make a soft throw into second.

  7. LarkinPhillips

    India should’ve went first to third there. Not doing it, cost Votto an RBI.

      • Mark Moore

        That it wasn’t even close.

        I’m just way past umpires who don’t want to improve. Last night was a bit painful, but if that’s what we look forward to tonight, all bets are off.

        It’s time. It’s past time.

    • Old-school

      I just wonder how much the tennis players throwing rackets and screaming at umpires fast forwarded that sport to get accuracy.

      That was a horrific ball on an obvious strike. Sadak said he s the crew chief?

      • Mark Moore

        Having just watched some Wimbledon, it’s amazing how far that tech has come and how quickly they can review stuff. I know there are differences, but still.

      • Old-school

        Competitive integrity is the same across all sports. Get it right. What’s on the grill?

      • Mark Moore

        Nada tonight, OS. We’re recovering from THAT thing (especially by dear wife). Not quite up to grilling quite yet.

  8. Kevin H

    I assume gameday is accurate and if so then already a few missed strike zone calls.

    • Mark Moore

      It’s like ugly on an ape. There’s more of it and it just keeps coming … 😮

  9. Mark Moore

    That was an adventure in fielding … too bad it didn’t work out for Solano. Well hit.

  10. RedsFan11

    You know Luis is pitching his butt off because he wants to get off this terrible team

    • Roger Garrett

      No doubt and as I have said he wins 15 easy on a really good team.

    • TR

      He wants to make as much money as possible while the getting is good.

  11. Roger Garrett

    Reds missed out on the only chance they will get against this lefty.

  12. Kevin H

    The Yankees have a lot of old guys. The batting averages aren’t that impressive.

  13. Mark Moore

    And India takes yet another HBP. My wife is voicing her disbelief. She thinks they all go after him intentionally.

  14. Bet on Red

    Gotta always run on Matt Carpenter

  15. Mark Moore

    Nice tag and especially good move up by Fairchild.

  16. JB

    I’m not even sure what a strike is anymore with this ump.

    • Mark Moore

      It’s beyond the variable flex-o-zone we’ve seen from so many. He’s atrocious.

  17. Roger Garrett

    If I were the Yankees and had the cash they had and I had any worries about winning it all I go get Castillo after the game regardless of what happens the rest of the way.He makes them better then the Astros.Imagine Cole this lefty here and Castillo along with the power at the plate and the power arms in the pen.No way you lose a series with these 3 guys.

    • JohnnyTV

      I’m sure they’ve got another Rookie Davis, a Cothman, a Jagielo and a Renda laying around to offer.

      • PTBNL

        I think those players are all still available 😉
        Don’t forget the pitching coach Caleb Cotham

    • Mark Moore


      Love the idea. Want to see the return package

    • Old-school

      If I were Krall, Id tell the Yankees and Dodgers Castillo is a $30 million AAV pitcher who costs 3 mil the rest of this year and 11-12 mil next year. We arent good trading partners. There’s no good match here. Rays and Red Sox are better. Giants and Padres and mariners are as well.

    • Mark Moore

      It’s why I cannot/will not listen to him call a game. I’d switch to the YES feed first.

  18. Mark Moore

    A stellar effort like this just might be LC’s best parting gift to the organization. He knows he’s moving and wants to go somewhere that is determined to win it all. It’s a ring chase.

    • William

      Castillo is worth more in a mid-season trade than any Red I can remember whose name was not Rose, Morgan, or Bench. Two hit the Yankees who will be in the World Series this year. Prediction: LA gets Castillo and most Red fans will be smiling. The GM might regain his popularity after this. I am only half serious.

  19. LDS

    Looks like LC is jacking up his trade value but when he’s pitching like this, man you hate to see him go.

  20. Votto4life

    Well the Yankees and every other Major League team should be impressed by this outing.

    • Votto4life

      I’m use Toronto would love to have LC in their rotation the next time they come into Yankee Stadium. To be honest, I hope the Reds trade LC to anywhere but NY or LA.

  21. Mark Moore

    I almost hesitate to ask, but what did our “favorite” tv personality say?

    • JB

      Sadak? He said what shouldn’t be said about a pitcher who is pitching this good.

  22. Kevin H

    Win or lose. Let’s take a moment. Reds are playing better and pitching better.

  23. Jim t

    Would love for LC to hang 2 more 0’s on the scoreboard. 7 innings of shutout ball against the Yankees in their house will drive his value through the roof. Winning the game beyond that will be icing on the cake.

  24. Mark Moore

    OK, weird bounce to India, so I’ll cut him some slack (as opposed to last night’s misplayed GDIP ball). Got to keep it at one run.

    • MBS

      No slack on that, big moment, he fell to the pressure

    • MBS

      He’s a good young player, but really needs to be at his natural position of 3B.

      • Mark Moore

        On that point we agree. He’s serviceable at 2B, but that’s not really where he should be playing.

      • Jim Walker

        Like in hockey when you think how did the goalie not make that save. Then the slow mo replay shows the puck hit a rut in the ice and changed direction slightly then bounced off another player and the pitch and yaw changed to send deflecting it off the backside of a DMan trying to help on the play.

  25. Mark Moore

    Welsh just said, “When Jerry Lane misses them tonight he misses them.”

    • JB

      Layne is 63. I would have guessed 73. I look pretty good at 58 if he is 63. Should get his eyes checked.

  26. Votto4life

    I would take LC out after this inning. Nothing else he needs to prove.

    • Jb

      Reds don’t think that. They think they are still in the playoff picture.

  27. Beaufort Red

    I miss Thom. Sadak is unbearable.

    • SOQ

      I dunno, I think Thom was just as bad. I actually liked Jim Day when he was filling in. Day and Welch had a good chemistry

      • Mark Moore

        Day is good. Wish they had handed it to him.

    • Mark Moore

      That’s a pretty sad statement. I couldn’t stand Thom. But I tend to agree he’s way more palatable than Sadak. Then again, I’m currently listening to Thrall and Welsh, so I’m not hearing him. I switch to WLW as soon as the pre-game is done.

      • SOQ

        Is there any delay between the two boradcasts? Last time I tried that it felt like 2 different games

      • Mark Moore

        It’s normally right in sync for me, especially using the TV feed. The whole thing is just a fraction behind the main Bally feed. On my phone, it’s never a problem.

    • BK

      I do not miss the days of the Reds announcer talking about what he planned to do after the game as if he just couldn’t bear the length of the game. Sadak is always well-prepared and enthusiastic for the team I love. If he would “dial it back” one notch, it would be great, but I will take him over Thom every time.

  28. Old-school

    Fairchild is little. Didn’t realize he was that short and thin. No way hes ever a starting major leaguer outfielder and why hes been DFA;d 4x in 2 years. Corner outfielders are power guys and big hitters. Center fielders are multi-tool athletes. I dont see any of that.
    Maybe a 5th OF but the Reds already have friedl and almora and Fraley and Aquino.

    Fairchild wont be on this roster long.

    • Jim Walker

      Fairchild was slugging including homers at an Aquino 2019 AAA rate at Louisville. His career AAA OPS is .941 (.566 slugging) in 352 plate appearances.

      BBRef says Fairchild is 6’0″ and 205. Senzel is listed as 6’1, 205. Almora 6’2″; 190.

      BTW Hank Aaron was listed the same height as Fairchild and 180 by BBRef.

      • greenmtred

        Yes. And Mantle and Mays were under 6′ and weighed less than 200lbs. They didn’t get to hit those homers in many bandbox parks, either.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He has missed three alone in this Ab against Gonzalez.

    • JB

      How can he miss those inside pitches. He is set up over Stephenson shoulder and he is looking right on the corner

  29. Randy in Chatt

    Jerry Lane and Angel Hernandez exhibit 1a and 1b for an automated strike zone.

  30. Old-school

    What are the reds and bell doing?
    108 pitches?

    Bell has lost his mind.

    • Mark Moore

      Are we surprised? He’s spun an absolute gem despite Lane screwing him over almost every at bat.

  31. Mark Moore

    Lane is beyond pathetic tonight. He’s in position to see it right and still doesn’t.

    • Mark Moore

      Despite what Thrall/Welsh were saying last night, I see zero evidence of accountability with these guys. Absolutely none. If there were, Lane and Hernandez and several others would be gone or somehow barred from working HP.

  32. Mark Moore

    8 recorded K’s … how many more due to Lane’s absolute incompetence?

    OK, we’re out of that mess. That’s probably the last time we’ll see LC in a Reds uniform. It was fun while it lasted.

  33. Jim t

    Great outing by LC. He overcame the Yankees and home plate umpire.

    Let the bidding begin!!!

  34. Dennis Westrick

    Worst performance by a home plate umpire this season! LC has been painting the black all night with no results!

  35. Old-school

    We live in a world where college football players skip bowl games to preserve their draft status and Hunter Greene quit baseball for 2 months to preserve his arm and draft status yet reds pitching Castillo 115 pitches when hes the number 1 commodity on the trade market 2 weeks before the deadline to help resurrect this 100 loss team?

    • SOQ

      Remember when Baker had Aaron Harang pitch 3 innings in relief in an extra inning game in between starts? He was never the same after that

      • Mark Moore

        19 inning affair if I recall. It was probably the dumbest move of the Dusty era. Completely ruined him.

      • Old-school

        Aaron harang has publicly stated it ruined him

    • Mark Moore

      Inexplicable. The next thing we’ll here is they want to give him is AS shot (1 inning max if he even gets into the game).

    • Kevin H

      115 isn’t much and some complain when bell pulls guys with 90 pitches. Castillo is a mlb pitcher trying to compete and win. As reds are doesn’t matter what fans want or think

      • Mark Moore

        It didn’t used to be when Seaver and Carlton and the like threw 150 and went 250 innings in a year. But somehow, 100 is THE magic number now.

      • Old-school

        It’s context Kevin. Timing Kevin. not some overarching diatribe about 2022 pitchers not being Nolan Ryan. It’s about Luis Castillo’s trade value and risk to his arm and getting back a franchise resetting trade piece within days. DAYS. Tyler Mahle is on the IL.

  36. JB

    Minnesota can’t beat the Yankees in the playoffs. I bet they will be in on a Castillo trade. No time for the Yanks to be cheap. Boston and Twins and others are lacking their chops for Castillo.

  37. Doc

    Castillo 114 pitches to get through 7 innings, putting 6 runners on base thru 7. Cortez 89 pitches to get through 7 innings putting 5 runners on base through 7. Basically the same effective performance out of both pitchers but quite a difference in pitch counts.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Castillo count was driven up by 24 pitches to Gonzalez because Gonzalez kept fouling pitches off and the ump wouldn’t call a third strike.

  38. Dennis Westrick

    OK Bell, the LC audition for the Yankees is over at 114 pitches! Win or lose, let’s not screw up LC’s obvious and inevitable trade value!

  39. Mark Moore

    OK, Joey. You have one job here …

  40. Jim t

    Goal 1 for this game attained. LC with a great outing. Goal 2 win the game.

  41. PTBNL

    hit it in the air, anywhere near Matt Carpenter.

  42. Mark Moore

    That works, Joey. That works just fine.

  43. Mark Moore

    Employee #19 clocking in followed by Employee #37.

    • Mark Moore

      At least moved him up. Let’s see how big the chip on Farmer’s shoulder is tonight.

  44. JB

    Now the ump cleans the plate off. Should have done that 8 innings ago.

    • Mark Moore

      Not that it matters. He’s not paying any attention to how big HP is.

  45. PTBNL

    Why in the world would Aaron Boone have Matt Carpenter in RF when Joey Gallo has a much better arm? Bet the Yanks blogs are blowing up.

    Thought I’d give David Bell a little break there.

    • Mark Moore

      Just thought the same thing. Another inexplicable non-move.

    • JB

      Not sure why he didn’t have Stanton out there and Carpenter DH. They would have 3 solid arms out there.

  46. Jim t

    I really don’t want to trade Farmer. Very nice player and a good clubhouse guy.

    • Mark Moore

      But I’d like to see him get his shot at the post-season.

  47. Mark Moore

    Pretty obvious Joey knew how far Carp can’t throw. He had a bead on scoring the whole way.

  48. redsfan4040

    Someone needs to record and GIF that shot of Stephenson in the dugout after Farmer’s hit. That could get some use on the Twitters.

    • SOQ

      Maybe get a shot of Farmer smoking a cigar on the bench also. Infuse some swagger

  49. Old-school

    Reds need to win this game. Winning a series in Yankees stadium is a statement and helps build this future core for 2023 after sweeping TB.

    • SOQ

      It’s good to see what they can do when the starting 8 (9) are healthy

  50. Bet on Red

    Just a solo, if he gets the next three we are good

  51. JohnnyTV

    Hoffman didn’t walk the first batter he faced.

    • JB

      No but he grooved one and Judge moved the bullpen wall back 10 feet.

      • JohnnyTV

        Then he walked the 4th batter he faced on four pitches to bring the tying run up.

  52. Old-school

    4 pitch walks with 2 outs to Matt carpenter is why Hoffman cant ever get traction as a good pitcher. Take him out now. cant lose this game.

    • JohnnyTV

      It’s something between his ears.

    • Old-school

      Too late.

      Anyone could see he had no command, except bell

      Unforgivable if this team loses yesterday after 4-0 and today after Castillo gem and Hoffman awful

  53. Mark Moore

    Left Hoffman in one batter too many.

  54. JB

    Luis Castillo I hope you get traded and go get a championship this year. Get as far away as you can from this organization.

  55. Jim t

    Where are all the second guessers who were screaming for Hoffman last night?

    • JB

      At some point in time every player will revert back to what is on the back of their trading card. Welcome back Hoffman.

  56. LDS

    Same question as always, why does Bell stick with a guy that’s not delivering. He’d face his three with limited success. Get him out of there. Bell just won’t do that apparently.

    • LDS

      2 walks, 2HRs, 24 pitches and this is why I criticize Bell. If you want to win, adjust your strategy and bullpen usage. Forget the players egos. Bell isn’t there to be their buddy. He’s there to win games. As these games have played out, the Reds could have swept the series. Now 1 win seems more likely.

  57. Old-school

    C’mon David bell guys- Hoffman walked Matt Caprenter on 4 pitches and a non competitive at bat after giving up HR in an inning. Insanity to leave him in.

    I’m done with Bell. He needs to be fired august 2nd.

    • Mark Moore

      But he won’t be. In fact, I predict he’ll get extended again. He’s “their guy” for reasons we all know. But where are we gonna go?

    • LDS

      I agree with both of you. But alas I don’t think he goes anywhere. Toronto fired their manager and their record is far better than the Reds.

  58. Dennis Westrick

    Again, a walk and the the Yankee HR! Good job Hoffman! This bullpen has blown leads in at least 20+ games this season!

    • Old-school

      Agree Dennis..but we know the bullpen as a group is poor…bell doesnt react in the moment. It was obvious the Reds were 4 outs from victory yet Hoffman couldn’t throw a strike to a hitter with the bases empty who the Cards paid$18 million to DFA and go away.

      Thats when you make a move. Bell doesnt manage the moment . He manages the week and the month and baseball is a situational game that needs managing in the immediate now. Fire him august 2. Reds deserved to sweep this series.

  59. Kevin H

    So who would you all put in.. Hoffman have been one of the most reliable pitchers Bells had this seaosn.

  60. JohnnyTV

    Strickland makes up for Hoffman’s inability to walk his first batter by walking the first batter he faces.

    Somebody has to hold on to some standards.

    • JB

      Lol Hoffman will be fined by the kangaroo court I’m sure.

      • JohnnyTV

        I wish that had a Kangaroo Court for this.

        And fines going to Cincinnati Childrens Hospital.

        They could build a new wing.

  61. Kevin H

    And no, not holding up for Bell. This is a upper management situation.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Not a really robust talent pool out there to begin with. And then we get the dregs of the dregs for the most part.

  62. JB

    Reds bullpen is dead last for a reason.

  63. Dennis Westrick

    3 walks by the Reds relief pitchers this (8th) inning and they are still not done!

    • JohnnyTV

      The NYTimes once wrote of the “Reds’ historically bad bullpen…”

      Likely will be reprised tomorrow.

      Like Skyline Chili, it’s a tradition.

  64. SOQ

    Strickland may need a body guard or two

  65. Mark Moore

    OUCH!! I felt that one all the way down in Raleigh.

  66. Jim t

    So if Bell didn’t stick with Hoffman who would you have guys have used?

    • Mark Moore

      A valid question …

      I say Aaron Harang 😀

    • JB

      Quite honestly Jim , they have had so many injuries and stuff , I’m not sure on any given day, who is actually in the pen.

  67. Dennis Westrick

    If you can’t beat ’em just hit with a fastball

    • Mark Moore

      Grim is an appropriate description

  68. Mark Moore

    Yanks score and I’m calling Clete. We’re still recovering and I’m getting tired. Cannot invest in another complete mess.

    OK – now I have to stick for the 9th.

  69. PTBNL

    And Sadek had the audacity to ask if the HPB hit the bat………when Donaldson had to go out of the game. YIKES.

    • Mark Moore

      He continues to plumb the depths of irrelevant and just plain stupid, at least in my book.

    • SOQ

      Like Craig Counsel did when Nick C got hit on the hand last year

      • PTBNL

        oh yeah, I forgot about that. What a dumb thing for a manager to question.

    • PTBNL

      Not to mention the “pitchout” call when it was right down the middle but about 5″ high. The Cowboys corrected him. That gave me a little smile.

  70. Erik the Red

    Maybe Bull Krall should have spent some of $10m mike minor salary are the bullpen this year.

    • JohnnyTV

      There’s the $10M question for someone in the Cincinnati media to have the cojones to ask The Bull.

    • redsfan4040

      I mean, they do have a whole decent bullpen on the injured list. Sims, Warren, Wilson, Santillan, Duarte, Dunn, Cessa. Only so much you can do when you have that many guys go down.

    • PTBNL

      Hopefully not in a close game but you do have to wonder.

      The kid seems awfully wild.

  71. Kevin H

    Man that took wind out of sail. Will always be a reds fans. This team deserves so much more than the GM and owners give them.

    Bell isn’t the answer either, but I do wonder what a competent bullpen would do.

  72. Mark Moore

    WLW booth jabbering about “the bunt”. It’s a little inane. We all know almost nobody bunts anymore.

      • Mark Moore

        I seem to recall something about it from my HS playing days decades ago. Then again, I played a lot of slow-pitch softball, so maybe it’s just a false memory.

  73. Mark Moore

    So Naquin flails at ball 4 and then walks away with a backwards K … go figure.

  74. Jim t

    Leaving Hoffman in wasn’t a bad move considering that in the 2 previous games the pen had to cover 4 innings in game 1 and 5 in game 2. He has also been one of the more reliable arms this year.

  75. Bet on Red

    Originally thought it was a deliberate plunking…. but this guy does look a little wild

  76. Old-school

    This is sorting. Who is willing to bow their back and compete and win and take a series from the Yankees? Certainly not Hoffman.

    • JohnnyTV

      I understand your premise, but I think we knew Hoffman wasn’t up to the task.

      He’s been ‘performing well’ in low pressure situations and keeping his ERA looking good due to inheirited runs.

      He’s not a good pitcher by any means, nor a dependable one.

      But who else is there? Kuhnel?

      Sure Bell fumbles around with his bullpen, but this is all on Krall.

      • Kevin H

        He has been one of the best pitchers out there. To say he is not a good pitcher is not accurate.. Castillo lost 16 games last year does that mean he isn’t a good pitcher? Point is Hoffman has been reliable this season

      • Jim t

        He also didn’t pitch last night. The pen has been asked to cover a bunch of innings this series. Using and sticking with Hoffman there wasn’t a bad baseball decision there.

      • Old-school

        @johnny tv.. you make me laugh..Great humor.

        My point is collective bullpen is bad so its a daily juggle. Some guys got it on some days and some guys dont. Then flip the script. bell doesnt react to the conditions on the ground that day…he plugs in 2 guys for that day and just lets them lose. There is zero reaction to what is occurring on the field. Reds have been a better team than the yankees except for an inning on defense and a couple relievers.

        It’s not so much which reliever is better overall ….its recognizing this guy doesn’t have it this day and cant throw strikes or locate or command anything so need to replace. bell just says..this is the script and he pitches today come hell or hit water

      • Jim t

        @Old school. You don’t think the bull pen covering 9 innings the last two nights had anything to do with Bell staying with Hoffman?

  77. Votto4life

    Abreu is pretty darn impressive. 100 MPH sinkers on the black. Pitch after pitch after pitch.

    • JohnnyTV

      What a guy like Abreu would mean to the Reds? +10 wins.

    • Votto4life

      at least that is how it appears on game day.

  78. JB

    Judge coming up against Reds bullpen. This might not end well.

      • JB

        How come they can do that and then walk and groove a pitch another time? Banging my head against the wall.

  79. Dennis Westrick

    Most MLB batters today can’t bunt or even spell b-u-n-t

  80. JohnnyTV

    Three sliders down to Judge and a three pitch K.

    I’m sure Hoffman wasn’t watching.

    I wonder if anyone else in the Reds’ bullpen was either.

  81. Roger Garrett

    Yanks had 6 hits last night and 7 runs and 4 hits tonight and 4 runs.Reds pen is just awful and there is nothing else to say.Most are on the DL but nobody can throw strikes.Do we even dare question the pitching coach or do we just assume like last year that the pen is made up of a bunch of guys that don’t belong?How many hitters must walk before we take a guy out?Isn’t there somebody at AAA or AA in the pen that can get hitters out.This is a joke

    • JB

      SanMartin has looked good his last few outings. Hopefully he keeps it up and then maybe, maybe, we finally have a lefthander in the bullpen.

    • JohnnyTV

      The number of walks given up by the bullpen and the number of first batter seen walks suggests a systemic problem to me.

      Sure, these aren’t top notch pitchers to begin with, but it seems like there’s a deeper problem that isn’t being addressed.

      So many times Reds relievers come in seemingly unprepared to pitch.

  82. Roger Garrett

    Yanks have been given 8 walks tonight and have fanned 11 times.You can’t walk 8 hitters in a nine inning game.Just can’t do that.Reds have one walk.You have to make the other team hit the ball to beat you.

  83. Kevin H

    Gotta start developing a few young pitchers for bullpen roles. Gotta change something. Last two years bullpen been terrible

    • Votto4life

      I think Diaz can be an effective closer, they just need relievers to get to him.

  84. Bet on Red

    there we go Joey again…. and Carpenter doesn’t even try to get the ball

    • Mark Moore

      Puzzling why he is still out there.

  85. Mark Moore

    Nice job by Joey. Did you notice how Carp started to pick that up and then pulled away so Judge could do it?

  86. LT

    Bell has gotta Pham out of that 3 hole.

    • JB

      When is the last time he had a big hit?

  87. JB

    Carpenter is a bad outfielder. Terrible angle on that double.

  88. A Former West Sider

    There is a tiny Adam Dunn playing defense in right field for the Yankees

  89. Mark Moore

    To be candid, Joey could have scored on that double.

    Employees #19 and #37 just doing their jobs again.

  90. JohnnyTV

    I do trace some of the Reds recent bullpen woes back to Bell though.

    His “I don’t need a closer…” mentality played a role in casting off Iglesias and Bradley.

    I think even he must be reassessing the rashness of that mentality.

    Hopefully, but nothing sensible is assured with Bell.

    • Mark Moore

      I thought Bradley was a keeper. I thought Iggy was becoming a head case (like Chapman).

      Love him or hate him, Counsel seems to get the most out of his BP assets every time. We’ve never seen that from DTBell.

      • JohnnyTV

        The manager is a headcase……

        It’s 2022….learn to speak Spanish and deal with it.

      • Mark Moore

        I won’t debate both of those points about DTBell and the need to speak rudimentary Spanish. My younger brother is going to take a new job where he’ll be the crew chief of a predominantly Latinx crew. He knows he’ll need to hit up DuoLingo. And he’s 55 in a month 😀

      • Jim Walker

        @MM> One of my minor regrets in life was that I was on the verge of fluency in Spanish after I took a full 1st year college level course across the summer school session for a language requirement (4hrs a day; 5 days a week for 10 weeks plus lab time). I even had some dreams in Spanish.

        But then didn’t do what I needed to do to lock it in for good. That being finding somewhere to immerse myself several hours a day for several more weeks where Spanish was the 1st language.

        But hey, I read news type stuff pretty good and speak it conversationally at least as good as Chico Escuela spoke El Ingles 😉

        So tell your brother to jump right in with both feet and fully embrace and pursue the opportunity!

    • wkuchad

      “I do trace some of the Reds recent bullpen woes back to Bell though.”

      What!? Seriously?

      “His “I don’t need a closer…” mentality played a role in casting off Iglesias and Bradley.”

      You seriously think Bell had a role in getting rid of Iglesias and Bradley. The Reds for nothing in return. You are insane if you think Bell wanted that. He definitely deserves criticism. All managers do. But to say some of you are reaching is the understatement of the year.

  91. JohnnyTV

    Watching Stephenson hit is a real pleasure which almost, just almost, makes up for the sheer grimness of watching the Reds bullpen pitch.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s about as close to a “pure hitter” as we’ve seen in recent memory.

  92. Roger Garrett

    Bell is awake tonight and pulls Joey after his double.Reds have very little margin for error because of a bad infield and a bad pen etc etc so the little things you can do like pinch running or putting in guys late for defense you just have to do.It just smart to do those things.

  93. Roger Garrett

    Can’t get enough runs right here so keep on swinging.

  94. Mark Moore

    Welsh says the fans are leaving the park “like they are giving away bags of 20’s at the subway station”

    Love that word picture. And I could use a bag of 20’s.

    • Roger Garrett

      Count be in on the bag of 20’s.

    • PTBNL

      Don’t know if I’d go to a NYC subway to get it though

  95. LT

    Senzel was hot, sat out one game (not sure why, maybe resting?) and is not looking good right now. Go figure. Only TS is sure thing.

  96. Mark Moore

    Don’t make me say the bit about why we can’t have nice things …

    Just pathetic.

  97. JohnnyTV

    This is one of the most miserable games I can recall seeing in season after season of miserable Reds games.

    • Votto4life

      Only miserable if the Reds lose. The most important part of this game was Castillo’s performance. A win is just icing on the cake.

  98. Votto4life

    SanMartin showing the Yankee faithful why he has an era near 9

  99. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking the “ghost runner” had Sanmartin at least a little bit distracted. If he can bear down with nobody on and up a run, then it’s all good.

  100. Bet on Red

    WHY!!! I know he has pitched three days in a row but where is Diaz?

  101. Mark Moore

    All I know is that has been a strike earlier in the game.

    • JB

      Garrett is terrible and has continued that legacy in KC.

      • Bet on Red

        Still fighting with Baez…. in Det… seems those two will go on for eternity

  102. Tom Mitsoff

    Some game, huh? Now it comes down to Moreta. (oh boy)

    • Tom Mitsoff

      As the TV announcers said, these guys always fight. But when you have the world’s worst bullpen, you can never believe you have it won until you do.

      • Steven Ross

        Cardinals fans might want to have a word with you on Bullpen implosions.

  103. LDS

    Well, regardless of how it turns out tonight, the Reds have embarrassed the Yankees (along with themselves). That’s something. And Castillo certainly didn’t hurt his trade value. There’s a little good from this series.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Castillo established himself as the piece de resistance of the trade deadline. The Reds must get nothing less than top, top, top value. If not, don’t trade.

      • Roger Garrett

        Correct and add one more top to the value.

    • wkuchad

      How did the Reds embarrass themselves tonight?

      • LDS

        Talking about the series in general. Last night was a pathetic display resulting in a loss. Tonight didn’t lead to a loss but certainly wasn’t confidence inspiring

  104. Kevin H

    Satallin, Cesa, Warren, Detwiller, injured.

    ANTONE, and Sims as well as Wilson out for the year.

    Bell using who he has.

    • Mark Moore

      True. And sometimes he’s mis-using them.

    • LDS

      It’s not about who he has as much as how he uses them. He needs to watch some old Reds films and see Captain Hook in action. Bell doesn’t always seem to be situationally aware – more following a baseball analogy of the Gambler’s Fallacy.

      • Kevin H

        Anyone could of won with the big red machine. No comparison.. Bell would win with Yankees roster or Dodgers roster. Be realistic

      • LDS

        It’s not about the roster. It’s about how it’s used. Yes, the NYY and the BRM were stronger rosters. But Sparky didn’t give the relief pitchers endless rope to blow a game. Bell does routinely. When your roster isn’t as good, you have to manage it more effectively. And that is something Bell hasn’t demonstrated he’s capable of.

      • greenmtred

        I need to remind you again, LDS, that Sparky lost 103 one year with a bad Detroit roster. The pen has no reliable pitchers in it. Sometimes, the guy who was okay two days ago blows up and loses the game next time he pitches. Diaz clearly has promise, but he walks guys and throws wild pitches. Who is going to be good on a given day is a crapshoot. The general muttering on here about mismanaging the bullpen rarely contains suggestions about how to do it better. Because there isn’t a way until better pitchers are acquired.

  105. Mark Moore

    Just one more out please … just one.

  106. JohnnyTV

    To quote Frank Zappa: The torture never stops.

    • Jb

      I thought you were going to say don’t eat the yellow snow

    • Steven Ross

      I thought you were going to say our Bullpen is Dumb All Over.

  107. Tom Mitsoff

    Reds take the series! Easy peasy! 😉

    • Dennis Westrick

      Never easy Tom with this bullpen!

      • Tom Mitsoff

        (I was kidding about that.) 😉

  108. Bet on Red

    ANd there we go…. 2 of three from the Yanks

  109. Mark Moore

    A series win. Should have been a sweep. Definitely embarrassed the Yanks. LC looked very good and we’ll miss him.

    • JohnnyTV

      Better not trade him to this miserable team.

      He deserves much, much better.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Reds trading LC reminds me of when they let Jonny Cueto go!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Agree Mark! If not for another in a long line of bullpen meltdowns last night our Reds would have swept the ML team with the best record in 2022!

  110. Jim t

    Without some fielding issues in Game 2 we would have swept them in their house. Reds never quit. On to St . Louis. Let’s take 2 of 3 there and finish the road trip 4-2.

    • JohnnyTV

      Good word.

      I forget with all these bullpen miseries, that Stephenson is back in the lineup and that is a real pleasure in and of itself.

      I’m ready for some face time between Johnny Bench and TS.

      That would be awesome.

      For all their historical bullpen woes, the Reds have always been pretty solid behind the plate.

      Worth touting that.

    • wkuchad

      Agree, but very happy with 2 out of 3. It was a mostly fun but tense game tonight. Really hope we beat the Cards.

  111. Votto4life

    What a Great Game!!!

    Luis Castillo was magnificent!

    Former MVP and Future Hall of Famer Joey Votto with two clutch hits. And

    The Reds take two of three from the evil empire!!!

    Go Reds!

    • JohnnyTV

      Sign Castillo.

      Draft well.

      Trade for a real bullpen instead.

      Castillo, Greene, Lodolo, Ashcraft, Overton.

      Sounds like a rock supergroup.

  112. Kevin H

    A broken record, but bullpen is terrible. A great win for the reds team. Taking two out of three from Yankees is not easy. Kudos to reds offense and well for not giving up.

    Bullpen while good first two games of series, struggled this game as we all know. Anyway a great series win and on to St. Louis.

  113. Votto4life

    As Apollo Creed said at the end of Rocky, “Ain’t gonna be no rematch”

    • JohnnyTV

      Ha! Great reference.

      That series was certainly a slugfest.

      The Evil Empire likely doesn’t know what hit them.

      Houston Asterisks must be smiling over this.

  114. Andrew Brewer

    And that’s how history will record it… The Reds overcome the league leading Yankees (and the home plate umpire) in the extra inning of game 3, for a 2 out of 3 series win in the Bronx.
    Some will say it’s not important, but it’s all in your head. Taking 2 out of 3 on the Road against the Yankees this year… And don’t forget the back to back to back homeruns in game two. It wasn’t all pretty, but it was enough…

  115. TR

    Not much better than that, if you’re a Red’s fan. The team has developed some grit as the second half of the season begins.

  116. greenmtred

    Nothing magic about 100 pitches. If they’re showcasing Castillo, as we presume they are, durability is part of the package. He didn’t start to lose command until the last inning, and didn’t lose any velocity.