Two of the worst teams in Major League Baseball will be playing in the  showcase Field of Dreams game tonight on FOX. The Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs will each be sending a lefty to the mound, with Nick Lodolo taking the ball for the Reds and Drew Smyly for the Cubs. First pitch in the corn field is set for 7:15pm.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for tonight’s contest:

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Nick Madrigal – 2B Jonathan India – 2B
Willson Contreras – C Nick Senzel – CF
Patrick Wisdom – 3B Kyle Farmer – 3B
Seiya Suzuki – RF Joey Votto – 1B
Nico Hoerner – SS Donovan Solano – DH
Ian Happ – LF Albert Almora Jr. – LF
Nelson Velazquez – DH Aristides Aquino – RF
P.J. Higgins – 1B Jose Barrero – SS
Christopher Morel – CF Austin Romine – C
Drew Smyly – SP Nick Lodolo – SP

Starting Pitchers

Nick Lodolo 43.0 4.40 1.58 20 58
Drew Smyly 65.2 3.97 1.29 15 52
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Drew Smyly’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

Following the worst outing of his career on July 16th when he allowed five runs in just 2.0 innings, Nick Lodolo has turned things around a bit. In the three starts since then he’s allowed four earned runs in 16.2 innings with 8 walks and 20 strikeouts.

The lefty has been dominant against left-handed hitters this season. Of course they haven’t really been given much opportunity against him, either, as opposing managers have rarely allowed them to step into the batters box against him. Those that have, though, have failed. Right-handed hitters, though, have found plenty of success. They don’t make a ton of contact, but when they do, they have turned that contact into hits and shown solid power and drawn plenty of walks.

RHH 174 44 6 0 7 17 50 .290 .379 .467
LHH 26 4 1 0 0 3 8 .200 .385 .250

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Change Curve
Velo 94.4 88.2 82.2
Usage 57.7% 16.1% 26.2%

Drew Smyly

Lefties don’t get too many chances against Smyly, but they do get more against him than they do against Lodolo. They haven’t hit a ton, but they’ve shown a little bit of pop against him in their limited opportunities. Righties have had some success against him this season. They don’t walk much, which does hold down their on-base percentage, but they’re hitting .285 and showing good power with a .492 slugging percentage against him.


RHH 203 55 11 1 9 10 44 .285 .320 .492
LHH 78 15 6 0 2 5 8 .214 .282 .386

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Change Curve
Velo 92.2 88.4 82.6 78.2
Usage 31.4% 26.4% 0.5% 41.6%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:15pm ET
  • Where: A corn field in Dyersville, Iowa
  • Watch: FOX
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 75°, sunny, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Chuckie Robinson called up

The Reds called up catcher Chuckie Robinson today as the 27th man for the game. Not sure why the game gets a 27th player, but it does, and Robinson will spend his first ever day in the big leagues in a corn field.

What was Ray’s real financial problem?

In Field of Dreams the storyline is that Ray is risking his farm by plowing the field of corn to make a baseball field. Hate to be “that guy” (no, I absolutely don’t, I AM definitely that guy), but as many have pointed out, the plowing of the field and wasting of that corn was only worth about $1200-1300 in 1989 when the movie was supposed to take place. There’s no way that kind of loss would cost him the farm, literally, so I want to know what his real financial problems were from.

179 Responses

  1. Bet on Red

    Is this going to be avalible through the MLB.TV app?

    • Mark Moore

      I’m thinking it won’t. One of the 4 major networks is carrying the feed, not a sports network affiliate.

  2. Jim Walker

    Uh, maybe Ray gambled on baseball…..

  3. Old-school

    MLB network live doing a great job. David Ross interview great.

  4. greenmtred

    Might have cost him the farm. He might well have owed lots of money to the bank and put himself further in hock by borrowing to buy the seed in the first place.

    • JB WV

      I think that’s it. Wasn’t some sleazy ex-boyfriend of his wife the banker?

  5. Indy Red Man

    Same game parlay. Here we go:

    Solano hit
    Over 8.5
    Reds +3.5
    Cubs +3.5

    Neither one of these teams is good enough to beat anyone by 4+. Thats my plan anyway

    • Old-school

      Gotta be a farmer bet in there somewhere against a lefty in corn country.

      • Indy Red Man

        Surprisingly he’s 0-6 vs Smyly, but could be 4 screamers to LF?

  6. Melvin

    Anytime Lodolo, Ashcraft, or Greene pitch we always have a chance to win. That alone makes it fun to watch. It’s pretty cool considering they’re all rookies.

  7. Votto4life

    Interesting articles on the Mariners. They might not win a ring, but they are at least trying. Too bad the Reds didn’t try to build on what they had last year.

    I know there are a lot of folks here who love prospects, I do too, I think they are important to supplement a major league roster. But winning is much more difficult when you place all of your bets on unproven players.

    • Old-school

      Who is the Mariners best player? Superstar rookie #1 prospect coming into 2022 Julio Rodriguez at 4.0 bWAR

    • Indy Red Man

      Its kind of worn out by now, but the guys from last year are mostly disappointing this year.

      Miley done
      Castellanos bad year and bad defensively. 34-35 yr old Nick feels like Moose II possibly
      Winker bad year
      Suarez solid, but not 2018 level either
      Gray 5 inning guy surviving on wits alone
      Lorenzen hurt again
      Givens decent

      Thats a big payroll thats nowhere near contention imo

      • Old-school

        You forgot tucker’s $7 million and 60wRC+

    • TR

      You state it very well that it is ‘too bad the Reds didn’t try to build on what they had last year.’ It is the reason myself and perhaps many other Reds fans have had an overall empty feeling this season despite the emergence of young starting pitching. Now we rely on prospects to come through in the years ahead.

    • Kevin H

      I agree and a better bullpen this year with all that talent coming from last year’s team. But hey were u gonna go.

    • BK

      The kind of rebuilds the Reds are executing now are a sign of organizational failure. Unfortunately, last year’s roster was deeply flawed: poor defense in the outfield and infield corners, aging vets in the rotation and on the corners/DH. Key players coming off injuries, etc. Sustained poor performance and COVID left the team cash strapped. To build on last year’s roster would have been a bigger mistake. I agree, the Reds will need to add vets–can’t build a roster on prospects alone.

  8. Mark Moore

    Still one of my favorite movies, let alone baseball movies.

    Good for Chuckie getting a full day’s MLB pay and perks plus being in the Cornfield.

    As I type this, it’s just under an hour until we walk out of the corn and Kick some Stupid Cubs little piggy tails!!

    That weather looks AWESOME (especially given what we have around me).

  9. SOQ

    My father wasn’t around much when I was young, so I don’t remember playing “Catch” with him. Actually my only baseball memory with him was playing a game in the backyard. He was on the opposite team. I hit a hard one to CF and as I headed for 3rd, I heard him yell, “He’s heading for Home”. I hit 3rd base full speed and as I attempted to round 3rd, the base slipped away from under my feet. I fell and as I put my arm down to break my fall I heard a loud “Crack”. My arm looked like a crooked “Z”. I may have uttered a few curse words, but I remember blaming it on a stash of Playboys I had found in a ravine near our house. Karma I guess. As a father, my boys were really into Futbol, and I gotta admit. kicking a soccer ball back an forth ain’t quite the same a playing catch

  10. Bred

    There won’t be a game at Field of Dreams next year. Frank Thomas and his group are build in a youth LL complex on the site.

    • Mark Moore

      So this is a two-and-done thing?

  11. RedsGettingBetter

    Hopefully Castellini hear “a voice” whispering about to invest a lot of money that will turn the Reds into a strong winner team forever…

  12. Mark Moore

    My earliest professional baseball memories are of watching the Elmira (NY) Pioneer Redsox in the NY/Penn league. I believe it was a short-season thing back in the day (mid-70’s). The only player I recall by name was Jackie Guitierez (sp) who did play for the Sox in The Show at one point. His nickname at the time was “the bird” because of his constant whistling while at his SS position.

    • JB

      ELMIRA! I live about 15 minutes from Elmira. Dunn Field is where you watched the game. Saw plenty of great players cone through there. Boggs, Oil Can Boyd, John Elway played there one night. Was Orioles organization for awhile, then Red Sox. Don Zimmer got married at home plate. I played a few games there myself.

      • Mark Moore

        Dunn Field! I was trying to remember the name. I’m a native Upstate NY’er (born in Norwich) and we lived in Horseheads from ’72 (moved there after the flood) until ’79.

        That’s the area where I learned to love the Reds and hate the Yankees (including the little club from Oneonta).

      • JB

        I grew up in Horseheads and still live there. Hated the Yankees.

      • Mark Moore

        My late father pastored First Baptist Church. We lived up on Ridge Road. Several in my family worked at the Dunkin’ Donuts down Center Street. I’d ride my bike to work early in the morning to go mop floors on the weekends.

      • JB

        I grew up on Ridge Road. 5 miles from the Ridge Road school. Wow talk about a small world.

      • Votto4life

        JB ever visit the site of the Civil War POW camp there? I’m a history buff and I believe one of the largest POW camps in the North was near Elmira.

  13. Mark Moore

    Kitchy … but I like Junior and Senior “having a catch”.

  14. Mark Moore

    OK, Smoltz. The outfit is probably overkill.

  15. JB

    I really would like to see Joey hit one out tonight.

  16. Gonzo Reds

    Tears came to my eyes when Griffey Jr/Sr came out of corn to play catch. Then my fav player all time Bench appeared thru corn… wow…

    Sad baseball won’t be around another 150 years, def not in Cincy, thx to owners/players greed.

    • Mark Moore

      So much will likely change in 150 years. I’m with you about Bench. I choked up seeing him.

      • Melvin

        Do you think maybe we can talk him in to going back there until TS returns? 🙂

    • Gonzo Reds

      Now my tears are because the Reds are brutal and don’t deserve to be in this showcase game. Embarrassing!

      • Mark Moore

        Frankly, neither do the Stupid Cubs.

    • Votto4life

      Yeah, it’s hard to envision baseball lasting another 25 years in Cincinnati. I think the break point will be when the GABP lease is up in what 2036? Or so.

      I Just don’t see the citizens of Hamilton County building another tax funded baseball stadium. There is just not that much interest in baseball here anymore. There will be too much of an incentive to move to a city that is willing to pay to have the status of a major league city.

      The game is so much different from the game I loved watching in the 70’s and 80’s. People who didn’t get to enjoy baseball back then really missed out.

  17. Daytonnati

    JB with a nice pick of the Fergie one-hopper!

  18. Mark Moore

    Anybody else notice it’s Wishbone C vs. Wishbone C tonight? Let’s hope the Stupid Cub revert to historical form and choke big time while we find the corn multiple times.

  19. SOQ

    It kinda makes me feel like a grumpy old man about losing some of the tradition. The DH, the auto baserunner in extra innings. The game isn’t the same these days. Without these changes, perhaps a smart manager could make a difference. Now it’s just following the “book”. fwiw.

    • Mark Moore

      I grew tired of watching pitchers flail away at the ball, so I’m OK with the DH. The “ghost runner” doesn’t come into play all that much. But I agree too many have a “book” they go by and that’s that.

    • SOQ

      But there were so many pitchers in the 60’s and 70’s who could hit well, and it became a chess match in extra innings. I don’t think the DH adds much to the excitement honestly

      • Mark Moore

        I’ll give you that about the pitchers of that era. It used to bother me, but I was ready for the DH across the board.

      • Jim Walker

        Alas, I think the “good hitting pitcher” thing is largely a nostalgic myth.

        I looked up Joe (Nuxhall) a couple of weeks ago when I was thinking about this, and his offensive numbers were brutal, career OPS+ 41/ Slugging .292. Yet around Cincy, the Ol’ Lefthander was always brought up as a good hitting pitcher when such conversations started.

        Drysdale was almost identical to Nuxy. Gibson was slightly better, 50 OPS+ and .300 Slugging.

  20. Old-school

    Not to go back to baseball but Lodolo owned this inning and let it go. Still think wisdom swung on the HBP with 2 strikes.

  21. Old-school

    Really dont need to hear Senzel doesnt have an arm as an argument Almora is the solution. Almora had the ball in his glove while the runner was touching 3b and not even remotely close at home plate. Almora is reverting to the mean and this game is going down the drain. The notion that Almora is a future outfield solution is delusional. Hitting is terrible too.

    • Mark Moore

      I thought his throw would have challenged the runner, but it wasn’t even in the vicinity. Nick’s hit a good relay, but ultimately probably a good decision to pocket that one and not let the hitter advance to 3rd.

  22. Mark Moore

    Settle down, Nick. 3 runs is nothing in this band box of a park. And these are the Stupid Cubs, not the Mets, Yankees, or Trolley Dodgers.

  23. Mark Moore

    The sound balance between the announcers and the field mics is WAY out of whack. Not that I care that much what the booth has to say tonight.

  24. JB

    India and Farmer are magnets for the baseball.

  25. Mark Moore

    Right in the meat of the calf at the top of that guard. Hope it rattles Smyly something fierce and we can capitalize on it.

  26. Bet on Red

    ok someone remind me to cancel my fubu subscription at the end of this game…. notice a reds game finally got a full crowd

  27. Indy Red Man

    Leave it to the Reds to have people changing the channel within 30 minutes. Lodolo was so sharp in the beginning of the Brewer game. Hope he can get it together

  28. Daytonnati

    I think they’re the “Traffic Dodgers” now 🙂

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Typical bad luck inning for a Reds SP!! Should have been a 1-2-3 inning but a HBP followed by bad pitches in bad locations!

  30. Mark Moore

    That was an adventure in fielding for Happ.

  31. Mark Moore

    Got to bear down, Nick.

    I really think he’s missing TySteve in a HUGE way.

  32. Mark Moore

    Seems like he’s nibbling now … not a good approach. It’s going to run up his pitch count.

  33. JB

    Giving Lodolo nothing on the outside of the plate

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed. He’s getting squeezed and that’s adding to his nibbling. At least the HP Chumpire rung up all three in the end.

  34. Old-school

    Johnny Bench was really good that inning.
    So was Nick Lodolo.

    • Mark Moore

      Bench was a treat to listen to, that’s for sure.

      • Melvin

        Wasn’t he the play by play guy on tv in the 1990 season with Tommy Hume (who was terrible)?

      • Mark Moore

        Not sure, Melvin. We were in Western Michigan, so seeing a game was a rare event until the playoffs.

      • Daytonnati

        Yes. Compared to Hume, Barry Larkin Mad Dog Russo.

  35. Roger Garrett

    Reds not getting it done at the plate.Two on and 4 and 5 up and nothing,Cubs got 3 after two were out and none on.I said this last time we played in that Ross has his guys ready to play even though they have nothing to play for.The Reds well maybe are just not interested.

  36. Mark Moore

    Dumped one in for a base hit … I like that.

  37. Hanawi

    I’ve seen enough of the Barrero experiment for this year. Maybe he’ll re-find whatever he was doing at AAA last year over the offseason but he is completely helpless at the plate right now.

    • Daytonnati

      That was his 26th at bat this year.

      • Hanawi

        He’s not competitive and wasn’t at AAA either. If he had the same AAA numbers that he put up last year, then I’d agree, but something is off. I’d send him down and see if he can find it again at AAA. No point in trying to make it happen at this level.

      • Doc

        And he has struck out in more than half of them.

    • Old-school

      Kyle Farmer was 0-32 this year…right??????

      2nd worst ever in Reds history.
      He’s 32

      Cut him????

      • Hanawi

        Sure. That’s fine with me. Farmer is a below average MLB player in his 30s.

  38. Melvin

    Aquino making more contact without hitting an HR every time is a very good thing.

  39. Indy Red Man

    What I’ll remember about the Reds in Iowa:

    “If you play it they will lose”

  40. Mark Moore

    Today only I’ll make an exception for my dislike of the “mic’d up” player stuff during the game action.

  41. Indy Red Man

    The Bats replay is on the Marquee Network. Steer 2-5 with a double and HR. Call him up and see what he can do. Why not?

    • Roger Garrett

      Why not but he plays second and third for the most part.So you think Bell can work him in?

    • Jim Walker

      The Bats offense today was a two man game! Friedl singles and scores on a Steer double for the 1st run. Then singles and comes around on the Steer HR.

      My guy Fairchild is starting to get spun back up. In his last 3 games, 12PA; 4H (1 double); 1BB; for .417 OBP and if I calced it right, a .455 slg% for a .872 OPS.

      Also, it looks like he is starting to play stubble faced to quell the thoughts just looks too young 😉

  42. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking he can’t walk that off … YIKES!

  43. Roger Garrett

    Nobody put the ball in play after the first 2 reached.Nobody including the vet catcher or India.Not covering for Barrero but it is what it is.Seen enough already.

    • Hanawi

      India has been given a long leash but his numbers are pretty similar to Senzel’s. He’s also a poor defender at 2B. I’m not sure he’s the long-term answer, though he’ll obviously have more time to show it. Certainly not someone I’d be looking to extend on the cheap at the moment.

      • Jim Walker

        India has done the job one season and been plagued by long term and nagging injuries this year. That buys him another go around for me.

  44. Mark Moore

    Lodolo still getting squeezed a bit … that’s contributing to the nibbling approach.

  45. Dennis Westrick

    Is it just me or is this home plate umpire awful? Giving Lodolo nothing on the outside and very little on the inside.

    • Doc

      If he’s a home plate umpire he’s awful until proved otherwise.

    • Mark Moore

      The Chumpire is definitely squeezing him.

  46. Dennis Westrick

    C’mon Nick! Two walks and a HBP in less than 3 innings? You are better than that!

  47. Mark Moore

    Joey telling a Smoltz story is pure gold … maybe platinum. And they are talking about pitchers and command of the zone vs. anything else.

    • Mark Moore

      “Thanks for the time guys. I gotta go hit. Maybe a homer.”

      Oh we’d love to see that, Joey. We’d love it.

  48. Mark Moore

    Cy Smyly is on tonight … wonder why he isn’t pitching for a competitive team.

  49. Bet on Red

    Joey committing to more time past his current contract. If he is willing to take a discount I am willing to keep him on

    • Mark Moore

      “Have fun” is what he heard. I think that ends up meaning more than the dollar value of a contract. He has enough money to last him (I presume). He wants to play while it’s fun.

      • Melvin

        If he wants to play longer he WILL take a big discount to do so. I know a lot wouldn’t agree but I’d like to see that. Maybe mostly as a DH and a few starts @ 1B. I would at least like to see him break the Reds HR record held by Johnny Bench. Bench was awesome of course.

  50. Indy Red Man

    The Reds are more boring then public access TV. The Fox audience already switched over to CSI Akron

    Unless you’re gambling/drinking they’re an impossible watch and will be until atleast 2024

    • Jim Walker

      +1000. I have been watching more MiLB the last week in sequence vs jumping through afterward to pick up certain guys at the plate. Not sure if it is the pitch clock or fewer pitching changes within innings, less time between innings, or just the impact of all these; but the AAA games are better paced and more interesting to watch than the Reds.

      Also if the Reds were to play an intrasquad best of 5 series between the MLB and AAA team with Lodolo and Ashcraft assigned to opposite squads and the rest of the pitchers assigned randomly, I am not sure I would bet on the current MLB team to beat the current AAA team.

  51. Gpod

    There are so many guys on this team with zero plate discipline, it’s a hard to watch

    • Erik the Red

      The last four games have proved we have very little on this current team that will be here in two or three years except for a couple pitchers. They are making these journeyman starters look like all stars.

  52. Mark Moore

    India out (not that he was in peak form anyway). This is getting more challenging to watch by the minute. I had high hopes given the Stupid Cubs really aren’t that much better than we are. But still … we’re in a slump after that NYM trip.

  53. Melvin

    Solano could give lessons in hitting to a lot of these guys. He just takes what the pitcher gives him and hits it hard.

  54. Mark Moore

    For you younger fans, that was a classic hit and run play.

  55. LarkinPhillips

    I’m probably being overly critical, but it looks like non of the Reds, minus Votto, want to be there tonight. Very little energy. Maybe a few hits will give them a spark.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m seeing the same thing. And I’m NOT seeing that spark.

  56. Mark Moore

    This is becoming unwatchable for me. I may need to Clete and watch something else.

    • Melvin

      I know this is probably a stupid question but humor me and refresh my memory on the definition of “Clete”.

  57. LuciusRuber

    AA with the rocket arm-some never learn

  58. dhmorgan

    When will they ever learn?
    Do not test the arm of Aquino.

    • Melvin

      Wow. That was a great throw. He had to turn his body before letting it go.

  59. Magnum 44

    I am sorry I got late to the party, but after 30 years plus after watching this movie if I knew I wish Ray would of sold the farm and took the money

  60. Mark Moore

    They just will not learn, will they? Running on AA is a losing proposition almost every time.

    Maybe that wakes the boys up.

  61. Bet on Red

    Why are they running on Aquino….. thanks for the free out, and in Iowa no less

    • Doc

      I’m glad they are running on Aquiño. It’s about the only way we get outs.

      Barrero is lost at the plate. What’s the record for strikeout percent by a hitter. I don’t get to see many Reds games living in Tucson but how in heavens name did he hit two home runs in a game? Was a hurricane blowing out?

  62. Gpod

    it’s very fitting that the Reds are playing in “the field of dreams’ game….cause it’s basically a “dream” for us Reds fans if/when we will ever compete for a championship again.

    • Daytonnati

      He seems afraid to take anything.

      • Melvin

        He’s obviously pressing. He needs to calm down, take a deep breath, and think. Right now he’s his own worst enemy.

  63. Hanawi

    Lodolo had great control in the minors. Not sure what happened. Has really been struggling the last few starts.

    • Daytonnati

      I thought Joey’s comment about “not letting the game swallow you” was so spot-on with all these young guys the Reds have now.

  64. Bet on Red

    A so so outing from Lodolo, learning to be sure, and had some accidents in the first, but need to get more length

  65. LuciusRuber

    Lodolo might have a little national TV jitters-big game for the rookie

  66. LuciusRuber

    Joey’s black shoes take me back to the BRM

  67. Old-school

    At some point, reds fans are going to have to admit this team cant hit, collectively. Other than Donavan Solano, who can actually say any reds hitter can hit? If they are over 28 and cant hit …..move on.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not even looking for .300 … I’d be happy with a bunch of guys hitting .275+ and getting on base so stuff would happen. But the plate discipline does seem to be terrible. Not sure how that gets fixed either.

      • JB

        Not many guys in MLB hitting over .300. I looked the other day and there was 14. Unbelievable

    • Moon

      2 on no outs in the 7th. Heart of the order coming up….they have to score here. Right?

    • TR

      It’s done, but Drury was the center of the Red’s offense this season. Even with another rebuild, he should have been extended.

  68. Mark Moore

    I do believe I’m done for the night. At least we have Friday off so we can rest up for the weekend. And by “we” I mean we poor, beleaguered fans.

    Night all!

  69. Rut

    Quoting GWB: well, that was some weird sh!+

  70. Old-school

    Well shoot.

    Reds shutout so far and Barrero doubles…that hurts the barrero is the problem on offense narrative at least for a day.

      • Randy in Chatt

        I think they all went to bed…missing a comeback right now.

  71. Redsvol

    Nights like this make me feel like this rebuild is years away , not just a couple. Hopefully the young guys relax and learn to slow the game down and enjoy it. Need India and Stephenson to become leaders quickly. Need the 3 young starters to stay oh so healthy.

  72. Old-school

    Reynolds is the cheap back up SS utility player in 2023

    Hes a nice back up. Hits the opposite way and can play many positions including SS. Farmer might need to worry as a $5 million arbitration utility piece who cant hit righties.

    • Jim

      Just hope for the Reds sake that Votto retires after this year. Hate to see him bat anymore. If he plays next year he will lose a lot of my respect for his career!!’

      • Tim

        Said earlier in the game he wants to play longer. Suggested maybe 43.

      • LT

        He “threatened” to retired a zillion times but we all know he hangs around to pocket $20 mil a year

      • Ryan

        No way he walks away from 20 million he’ll just re-invent himself for another .220 season

      • LT

        I don’t mind he gets what is his contract but I despise the constant threatening to retire and then after getting a couple hits started to run his mouth “there is no reason to not have success”. And his penchant of looking for free pass, ending up striking out looking. Omg

  73. Roger Garrett

    Two in and a man on second and no outs and Senzel Farmer and well you know leaves him right there

  74. Tim

    Aquino is not quick enough for that open stance. Having to do two moves and just isn’t reacting fast enough. He sets up to hit home runs and just looks lost.

  75. Bet on Red

    Papinski cannot throw out anyone he needs to be gone

  76. Broseph

    Hard to see a legend like Votto slipping before you. He really needed another year to add on to his HOF chances, and it’s slipping away. If only he had an Arenado behind him, didn’t do a stupid sliding pad in 2012 that cost him a second MVP season. I enjoyed the journey, but it’s so hard to watch the end and accept it.

  77. Roger Garrett

    Said it before but Reds need to talk to him after this season is over.Unless they startthe conversation he will expect to play and every day at first base.That isn’t good for him in his last year.Make the decision before the season begins, worse thing he does is he falls off the cliff and they have to set him.Just DH him against certain righties and set him against lefties and let him go out softly.

  78. Erik the Red

    Not a lot of reasons to watch much more this year.

    • Ryan

      Football starts tomorrow so interest will really plummet

      • Jim Walker

        Do you think interest in the Reds will drop off like as steep deep valley?!? 😉

        How appropriate that would be.

      • ryan

        No question Jim, except for the truly die-hards. As memories fade of the Machine as well as 1990, I would worry about future interest in this franchise.