Jose Barrero picked up three hits, including his first home run of the spring as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 on Friday evening in Goodyear.

Cincinnati Reds (14-12-1) 7 13 0
Arizona Diamondbacks (13-14-1) 4 8 0
W: Greene L: Gallen SV: Diaz
Box Score | Game Thread

The Highlights

Cincinnati didn’t waste much time getting on the board. Spencer Steer came up with one out in the top of the 1st inning and hit a 412-foot solo home run to make it a 1-0 game. Hunter Greene took over from there, tossing 4.0 shutout innings while striking out two batters in the game. When he left the game he had a 2-0 lead, with the Reds getting their second run when Jose Barrero singled, stole second base and later scored on a ground out in the top of the 4th inning.

In the 5th inning it was Jose Barrero in the middle of the action once again. Jason Vosler singled and Spencer Steer walked before Barrero clobbered a 93 MPH fastball from Zac Gallen over the wall in right-center to make it 5-0.

Ian Gibaut took over for Greene when the bottom of the 5th inning began. It wasn’t a smooth inning, but Gibaut worked around a leadoff single and a 1-out walk to keep the shutout alive. Hunter Strickland entered the game in the 6th and things went south. Evan Longoria doubled to lead off the inning, then Strickland walked Kyle Lewis to put two men on. Christian Walker then doubled to put Arizona on the board and make it 5-1. Corbin Carroll followed with an RBI hit of his own and it was 5-2 in the blink of an eye. After getting a pop up for the first out of the inning, another RBI single followed to bring in two more runs and Cincinnati’s lead was down to one. Strickland was able to limit the damage to four runs by retiring the next two batters.

The offense got one of those runs back in the top of the 7th when Kevin Newman and Jose Barrero doubled. It was Barrero’s third hit of the day, and his second extra-base hit. In the bottom of the inning it was time for Buck Farmer to take the mound. He made quick work of Arizona, throwing 10 pitches (9 of which were strikes) in a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts.

Henry Ramos continued his hot hitting on the spring in the top of the 8th, leading off with a 402-foot home run that came off of his bat at 109 MPH. That extended Cincinnati’s lead to 7-4. Fernando Cruz took over on the mound for the 8th inning and kept his ERA perfect on the spring with a 1-2-3 frame that included a strikeout, sending the game to the 9th. After the Reds went down in order in the top of the inning, Alex Diaz took over to try and seal the win in the bottom of the 9th. He did just that, tossing a perfect inning with a strikeout to pick up the save.

With the big day at the plate Jose Barrero raised his line this spring to .325/.386/.600 with seven extra-base hits in 15 games. Henry Ramos is hitting .500 (13-26) with two walks, two strikeouts, and he’s slugging .846 this spring.

Fernando Cruz has allowed just one hit in his four outings with the Reds this spring, covering 4.0 innings with five strikeouts. Cruz spent time in the World Baseball Classic this month with Team Puerto Rico.

Saturday’s Game

The Reds will host the Chicago White Sox Saturday night. They’ll send Connor Overton to the mound at 9:05pm ET.

97 Responses

  1. old-school

    Get Lodolo some work tomorrow and then end this spring training.

    Job well done. Time to focus on the Pirates.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Hope this is the right Old School. In response to Where in FL?, I live in Central Florida in the City of Oviedo in Seminole County about 20 miles northeast of Orlando. Have lived there since May of 1988.

      • old-school

        Beautiful 4 days in fla

        Headed back to Midwest rain, gray,wind. Grrrr.

  2. Bdh

    This game set the roster for me. Ramos claimed his spot and Strickland eliminated himself.

    C – Stephenson
    1B – Myers
    2B – India
    SS – Barrero
    3B – Steer
    LF – Fraley
    CF – Benson
    RF – Friedl
    DH – Votto

    B – Casali
    B – Maile
    B – Newman
    B – Ramos

    SP – Greene
    SP – Lodolo
    SP – Ashcraft
    SP – Cessa
    SP – Overton

    CP – Diaz
    RP – Farmer
    RP – Cruz
    RP – Gibaut
    RP – Sanmartin
    RP – Young
    RP – Kuhnel
    RP – Law

    • Dennis Westrick

      I agree! What other evidence do you need? Strickland should not, under any scenario, be on the Opening Day roster!

      Glad to see Barrero have a good day! Hope he carries it into the Regular Season!

    • LDS

      @BDH, looks good. A bit more skeptical of Kuhnel, but of the choices, give him a shot.

      • Bdh

        I personally would take Duarte but I don’t know if I could pull the trigger on another 40 man spot.

        In this scenario Ramos, Young, and Law would be taking the 2 spots vacated by transferring Dunn and Antone to the 60 day and then probably Sousa’s spot.

        Adding another NRI would probably take one of Karcher or Richardson off and I’m doubtful the reds are going to split from someone they just protected

    • redsfan4040

      I could roll with this. Law, Young, and Ramos would need spots. Antone 60, Dunn 60, then who? Sousa seems to be the popular choice, but he had a 2.11 ERA over his last 22 games in AAA last year, and has looked fine so far this Spring.

      • Bdh

        He’d be my guess. Other options would be Richardson, Karcher, and really doubtful but Legumina. I doubt they’re going to part ways with anyone they just protected or traded for though

      • BK

        Solak could be vulnerable; he was among the first ST cuts.

    • Rcsodak

      Sanmartin is bad. And not in a good way

      • Luke J

        Sanmartin was bad as a starter. He’s been very good as a reliever.

      • DHud

        He threw 40 innings with a sub 4 ERA as a reliever

        Look past the inflated stat line do to his disastrous start in the rotation

    • MK

      Like this roster, however just don’t think they should carry three catchers. Think they can do exactly what they want to do with Stephenson with two. To have a bench with one infielder and outfielder and two catchers just doesn’t seem a good way to go.Matt Reynold would be a better choice over Mailes. Heck give him a quick catching tutorial and have him as an emergency guy. With an injury they could definitely get someone there the next day.
      I’m still afraid they are going to try to find away to keep Strickland.

      • MuddyCleats

        Yep, the 3rd catcher, the 1000lb elephant in the room. Stop accepting it; Myers can b the emergence catcher if in the very rare chance they need one. Adjustments have to be made all the time due to injury and other circumstances. Ramos has earned an extended look. Likewise, what happens when Senzel is ready to return??
        Not so sure I’d keep 8 BP guys either unless they’ve earned it?

    • SteveAreno

      “Henry Ramos continued his hot hitting on the spring in the top of the 8th, leading off with a 402-foot home run that came off of his bat at 109 MPH. That extended Cincinnati’s lead to 7-4. Fernando Cruz took over on the mound for the 8th inning and kept his ERA perfect on the spring with a 1-2-3 frame that included a strikeout, sending the game to the 9th. “

  3. Michael

    Very surprising that EDLC, McClain, Marte, etc weren’t told over the winter to get OF reps and be prepared to play there a couple times per week. Then the decision would be so much easier when the time came to promote these guys to the bigs. At least they could come up and play somewhere.

    • Ryan

      I’d like to see the Reds be a bit more proactive in this regard. Was kind of disappointed to see Barrero not having a single inning in the OF last season. He may have at least had practice reps throughout the season last year but i dont think its ideal for these guys to be learning, or re-learning positions, on the fly.

      All 3 of the guys you mentioned+CES should get reps at a posiItion in the grass and somewhere else in the infield. Im also of the opinion that EDLC would be a game changer defensively in CF.

      • Michael

        If Barrero and Steer lock down the left side of the infield, then barring a trade, the others will have to move. EDLC definitely has the speed to cover CF and the arm to play RF. I heard a scout say how much he thinks Elly’s hands are worth keeping him in the IF and that rocket of an arm would be very valuable at 3B.

  4. Dennis Westrick

    If Strickland makes Bell’s opening day roster I will have to double my blood pressure medicine! Plus, I’ll have to put up protective netting in front of my TV!

    • Melvin

      Hahaha!!! Why? He only gave up 4 ER in an inning today. Just because he has an ERA of 10 in ST doesn’t mean anything.

      • SteveAreno

        That’s what most of the commenters said early in the season. ST doesn’t count doesn’t matter.

    • Tampa Red

      So Strickland is the new Pinder lol. Can’t wait to see who the RLN focuses on once he’s cut ?

      • Dennis Westrick

        Bell would be my next choice! But he’s such an easy target! Obviously not a Bell fan and never will be!

      • Melvin

        We will all find something….It’s what we do and what makes this site go. lol WINNING is the only thing that will cure all that. If we would win I could even like David Bell. 🙂 In a situation like that I’m sure we could be very happy talking about success enough to keep this sight going. 🙂

      • Doug Gray

        Wait, I thought I made the site go…. I spend a lot of money each month if that’s not the case lol

      • Melvin

        Well, Doug. I guess you get some credit. lol

      • greenmtred

        Doug absolutely gets the credit. As for winning making everybody happy; wanna bet?

  5. Harry Stoner

    Well, DMIS, as we say in Texas.

    Pinder released.

    I never thought it would happen.

    He did run really fast after that fly ball.

    My hunch a Krall decision.

    In any event, I’m officially, shamefully, but happily eating crow.

    • LDS

      Yeah, Harry, but that crow is good eating. Follow it up with Strickland’s release and it’s like an old fashioned Thanksgiving dinner.

      • greenmtred

        Wait…you used to have crow for Thanksgiving? And Harry: Of course it was Krall’s decision. That’s his job.

      • LDS

        @GreenMTred, fortunately no, but crow’s not bad when things break the way you want it to. As for it being Krall’s decision? On paper, unequivocally true, but that’s not how the real world works, especially when the other side of the table is related to the higher ups. It’s one of the reasons, good companies have rules against nepotism. Obviously, such rules don’t apply to the Reds. Having worked in a family owned business when I was in college, I’ll take the anti-nepotism rules any day of the week.

      • greenmtred

        Thanks for explaining how the real world works, LDS. I remain curious about the source of your inside information regarding the inner workings of the Reds. I expect, based upon your past comments, that you view the opinion you just expressed to be a “fact.”

      • LDS

        It’s not inside information, @GreenMTred. It’s decades of experience in the corporate decision-making processes, enough years of schooling to be called a masochist, and recognizing, unlike some here, that the behavior of baseball executives, players, etc. have the same motivations, etc. as the business world. Compensation scales are different. Backgrounds are different. But, just like politicians, etc. the fundamental human behavior is largely the same. We get in trouble when we impute different human attributes to professional athletes, celebrities, politicians, etc. They aren’t that different. Bigger paychecks, bigger egos, and a lifetime of being treated special but still the same as everyone else regardless of whether they think so.

      • greenmtred

        Since you’ve never mentioned it, LDS, I infer that you’ve never held a management position in professional sports–specifically, you’ve never managed a professional baseball team. What you say may be right, but absent the particular experience, neither of us can know. You assume that motivations and procedures are the same, and there is probably some carryover, people being people. But, people being people, there will almost certainly be differences–and probably important ones–between different businesses and different organizations.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Sorry Harry, being a hillbilly born and raised in Kentucky, now living in Florida, I am not familiar with DMIS. If you can safely explain the acronym I would appreciate it.

      • Old-school

        Where in fla DW?

        Im watching the sunset as I type over the gulf

  6. Tomn

    I like the starting lineup ut as much as I really didn’t like trading Moreta for Newman, it wouldn’t surprise me and I wouldn’t be terribly upset to see Barrera in cf and Newman at SS on opening day.

    Are the pirates starting a rh or a lh? That might decidevit for Bell.

    • Tomn

      The buccos are starting Keller (rh), so almost certainly Barrera at ss and Benson in cf

    • Michael

      I also heavily disliked the Moreta trade. It seems like the Reds disrespected him the same as Alejo Lopez and Stuart Fairchild. Hope these 2 can break free of this organization and show MLB what they are made of.

      • DHud

        In Fairchild’s case at least, he’s had his chance outside of the organization and still failed to lock in a regular spot with multiple other teams

        There’s something that us fans don’t see on the stat line. Thats not a character dig, I have no reason to believe anything of the sort, but maybe teams just seem to feel confident that he’s truly a 28 yr old AAAA OF

      • Hotto4Votto

        Outside of the Reds Fairchild has a total of 28 PA for 3 different ML clubs in 2021-22. He just turned 27. I wouldn’t say having 28 PA prior to age 27 across 3 clubs and 2 seasons is being given a real chance.

        The best chance he got was the 99 PA with Cincinnati at the end of last season, where he went out and put up a 141 OPS+. He produced when given the opportunity.

      • old-school

        I dont know if Fairchild is a major league OF or not. I do think,if healthy, he will get hundreds of PA’s in AAA and is right in the queue(when, not if ) someone comes up with an injury. He will get a chance on this 2023 at some point. Interpreting stats in September on a 100 loss club who is playing (2) fellow tanking teams in a race to the bottom in the Cubs and pirates who have traded away every pitching asset of value is a cautionary tale. Reds played the Rockies, Pirates, and Cubs 19x after Labor Day last year. Those were AAAA pitching staffs.

      • MuddyCleats

        Agree w/ the trade idea. Reds have so many good looking prospects, they don’t have enough places for them to play – even in the minors. But, they do seem to be a little short on top end SP prospects ??

  7. Redsvol

    Barerro! Ay Caliente`!

    Bullpen worries me. Time to scan the waiver wire, heavily.

    • Bdh

      I think it’ll be fine. Also Sims and Santillan will be back early to mid April according to Krall on the broadcast Wednesday. Probably the best I’ve felt about the reds bullpen since they added Bradley for the 2nd half of the 2020 season.

      If Antone was pitching I would actually call it good but even without him I think it’s average once you get the other 2 back.

      • Doc

        Hopefully starters can average 6 innings. That also makes the BP better.

  8. Mark Moore

    Box score and recap looked solid for Greene in his final tune-up. Steer and Barrero … very nice.

  9. bryant

    In December, I never thought I could possibly feel this hopeful. Could be a .500 club.

    • Mark Moore

      With a little luck and a solid tailwind, perhaps .500 is in the realm of possibility.

      • Ryan

        If they had even just below average guys to pencil in at the 4 and 5 spot in the rotation, sure. Those spots likely compromise an already shaky bullpen. I have a little hope in Cessa’s ability to get through 5 innings without it being a blowout every turn but man those are gaping holes in this roster. Fingers crossed for a waiver claim!!

      • Jim Walker

        @Mark>> Wish I could agree but I recall last year I was feeling exactly the same way; and, look how that turned out. I’m guessing/ hoping for markedly better than last year but defining that as in the 70 win ± 2 or 3 range.

        Biggest why? Beyond the top 3 in the rotation, the pitching is totally open to question. What should be the front end of the pen/ rotation depth is already occupying the back 2 spots of the rotation.

        At the backend of the pen, Alexis Diaz for all his flash is still a work in progress. Luke Sims has stuff galore but has had inconsistency issues with command and control not to mention his health.

        As I said, I am hoping for better but seeing somewhere in the 70 win range as most likely; and, fearing it is more likely injuries will drop them lower than fair winds raise them higher.

  10. Melvin

    “With the big day at the plate Jose Barrero raised his line this spring to .325/.386/.600 with seven extra-base hits in 15 games.”

    I GUESS that’s good enough. 🙂 As a matter of fact, it’s downright good. 🙂

  11. CI3J

    While I’m happy with Barrero’s performance today and this spring in general, and I don’t mind him getting some reps in CF for flexibility, he simply HAS to be the SS going forward.

    By all accounts, he is one of, if not the, best fielding SS in the entire Reds’ system. Why would you want to move him off that position when he’s the best at it? It makes no sense.

    I sincerely hope Newman performs well enough to get traded for something at the deadline, then Barrero is put back at SS and they never move him off it again. Leave the kid alone, for his sake, and for the sake of the Reds’s future.

    I know EDLC said he only wants to play SS, but the Reds have to make the best decision for the team. If Barrero is better at the position than EDLC, and Barrero can keep hitting like he has this spring, then the position should be his. Why don’t they start getting EDLC some reps in the outfield, since they like doing that with Barrero? He’s got the speed for it. Is his arm not good enough, or does he not know how to read fly balls?

    Failing that (and I know this is going to be controversial), I wonder what they could get if they traded EDLC? He’s one of the top 10 prospects in all of baseball, and he’s almost MLB ready. Some team that needs help at SS should be willing to pay a King’s ransom for him, and the Reds could use that trade to plug their remaining holes. Of course I’d rather keep him, but if Barrero locks down SS and EDLC isn’t willing/able to play elsewhere, what other option is there?

    The first half of this season will tell the tale. I only hope Bell let’s Barrero play and prove that he belongs. These questions have lingered too long. It’s time to get answers now.

    • Tampa Red

      So Barrero plays CF against LHP’s and Newman starts at SS. How is this a bad thing? I mean, maybe Senzel becomes what he’s never been, and this becomes a different conversation. But until that happens, I don’t understand all the angst and honestly it just feels like a reason to {redacted} about Bell.

      • CI3J

        Because Newman is not part of the Reds’ future, whereas Barrero very likely will be. Every move the Reds make should be with an eye to competing in 2024, and letting Barrero play SS while getting him as many ABs as possible is part of that.

        Who cares about Newman? He’s just in the way and taking ABs away from potential members of the The Next Great Reds Team (TM).

    • Melvin

      In my view EDLC is the BEST centerfielder in the organization already without even playing there just because of his size and tools. As to who is the best SS I honestly haven’t seen very much at all of the other prospects but I have seen Barrero. If he is indeed the best at that position something is going to have to give somewhere especially if he hits well. Barrero and EDLC both have All Star potential.

      • CI3J

        EDLC is certainly built like he would be a good CF. Tall, lanky, and blazing fast. However, I don’t know how strong or accurate his arm is at long distances, and I don’t know how good he is at reading the ball off the bat or taking good routes to the ball.

        But if Barrero is going to hold down SS for the future, then EDLC had better start taking reps out there if he wants to remain with the Reds. Or maybe you trade India, move Barrero to 2B and let EDLC stay at SS.

        We’ll see. If Barrero really breaks out this year, it will be an intriguing problem to have.

      • Melvin

        Just remember a SS has to track balls too like an outfielder in some ways.

    • MBS

      @CI3J, I think Barrero playing CF is the Reds planing for the future. I think the Reds are expecting Barrero to fail to become an everyday player, and want to see how versatile of a utility guy he can become. If he can play SS, CF, 3B, 2B he could be a valuable member of the next team. If Barrero hits like he’s capable of, then all of this CF experimenting will end.

      • CI3J

        If Barrero hits like he’s capable of, then all of this CF experimenting will end.

        I sincerely hope so, and I sincerely hope Bell let’s him play often enough to show what he can do. If Barrero doesn’t get AT LEAST 400 ABs this year, then it’s another wasted year for the future of the Reds.

        I don’t care if Barrero is hitting .150 on Memorial Day. Keep running him out there and give him one full season to show, once and for all, if he can hack it in the MLB.

    • Michael

      Well it’s ok to think it because we are just fans and don’t get to make decisions for the team. It’s highly unlikely they could get equal value in a trade, would have to be a prospect for prospect trade = extremely risky. I am not aware that Elly has refused to move off SS. In fact, he played a decent amount of 3B last season when Torres was playing SS in Dayton. If Barrero is posting an .800 OPS this season, Elly and McClain should see the writing on the wall. I doubt either of them want to linger in the minors waiting for a position to open up.

    • Nick in NKY

      If Barrero hits, and with Marte being groomed to be the next 3B of the future, and that does look like it’ll be in the next year or two at the latest, one or more of the following is going to have to move to the OF: EDLC, India, Steer, Arroyo. Supposedly Arroyo has elite glove at SS (he may be the guy that bumps Barrero to 2B), so my course of action would be to go to EDLC and tell him that the sooner he gets used to RF, the sooner he’ll be in the bigs. Of course, that’s if they all pan out. As much as fans admitted that last year was a sorting year, I think this season is even more so.

  12. Ryan

    Strickland=Law=Kuhnel in likely performance this season, and i give Kuhnel the edge since he’s already rostered. Spring training stats are just that, spring training stats. Would hope Strickland accepts a AAA assignment over Law too, since he’s outperformed him nearly every single year(Law’s whip has always been very elevated).

  13. Kevin H

    Well as usual following spring training and listening to wlw talk about the bullpen being better this year than past few seasons. Three players waiting in the wings so to speak. 3 2nd year rotation guys ready to take off. I am pumped lol..

    Alot has to happen ,however potential to be 500? I know I have been on the wagon of them losing 112 games. That is my frustration with the organization as a whole. 15-15 first month of the season. What do you all think?

  14. Grand Salami

    Strickland doesn’t have options, correct? So if he’s assigned, he may refuse and that could open the last spot on the 40 man for Ramos, right?

    • Harry Stoner

      What does Strickland have to gain by refusing an assignment?

      It sounds like he took the GreyDog out to AZ seeking a job as their were no calls for his services over the winter.

      He’d be wise to stick with an organization where he has an advocate (Bell) and spend the time getting his act back together in AAA.

    • BK

      No, Strickland is NOT on the 40-man roster.

  15. AMDG

    Newman is a lite hitting decent shortstop who turns 30 this season, is only signed to a 1-year contract, and a 66 OPS+ hitter over the past 3 seasons. There is no upside. He is who he is.

    That this guy could push Barrero off the shortstop position is unfathomable.

    If this team has zero confidence in Benson as a starter, instead of wasting Barrero’s elite defensive SS abilities in the outfield, I’d recommend trying Newman out there.

    The Bengals have enough sense to play Burrow at QB and not WR or Kicker. I’d hope Cincinnati’s other professional team would have enough sense to play Barrero at SS instead of CF or Catcher.

    The whole Farmer over Barrero thing was reminiscent of a little league coach pulling his best defensive player off shortstop so he could let the coach’s son play that position. Hopefully Newman doesn’t become a repeat of this…

    • SteveAreno

      Newman hit .274 last year and deserves more credit than that. I understand people get excited about a prospect whether they hit .150 or not, for the sake of hope and hype.

    • Tampa Red

      Barrero came into ST last year with the chance to win the job, then he had the hamate surgery and never got going, even in AAA. And when he did get the chance in the big leagues the last 2 months of last season, he was incredibly bad, striking out in roughly half of his 150 AB’s and was totally overmatched at the plate.

      Farmer was the SS last year because he not only was clearly the best option, but also the only option for most of the season, not because he was the coach’s son or Bell’s favorite. I mean, Bell moved him to 3rd to give Barrero his shot, knowing that Farmer didn’t want to, and had almost no experience there.

      Bell – like every manager ever – gives you plenty of legit things to criticize and complain about. No need to make things up.

      • greenmtred

        Appreciate the note of sanity, Tampa; cool spring water on a hot day.

  16. Mark A Verticchio

    There is no way they should even think about trading EDLC, that would be a huge mistake. They have other ways to fill their holes.

  17. old-school

    People need to calm down on Barrero in CF. Newman is NOT the franchise SS and no one says he is . HEs a cheaper version of Farmer ($6 million) at $2.5 million- a glove first utility player who can play 2b/SS/ or 3b to give Barrero/Steer/and India some off days and provide depth until the next wave is knocking at the door.

    Krall has said he was going to upgrade the speed and defense on this team. Benson CF checks that box. IF Barrero can play CF once a week against a lefty in CF and Newman can give good D at SS 1-2x a week , it’s a win-win.

    Bell has said hes going to play Barrero again in CF this weekend. Thats what ST is for. Barrero deserves a long look at SS in April/May and if he plays 85% at SS and 15% in CF, thats fine. If Barrero underperforms hitting after 150 at bats or is sitting regularly in April, I’ll throw my hands up in the air too. But, thats not happening-at least the 2nd part.

    FWIW, Farmer is a $6 million bench player for the Twins and is 2nd on the depth chart at SS/3b and not starting OD.

    • Tampa Red

      Well put. Newman is a solid-average big league SS who nearly won a gold glove in 2021. He’s the PERFECT backup infielder. Those guys get 1-2 starts a week.

      I think the plan is, when Reds face a LHP that to get more right handed bats in the lineup, Barrero will kick out to CF and Newman at shortstop. Until an ELDC or Marte or someone else who can play a legit SS is ready (or maybe Senzel shows something he’s never shown), that’s a great plan. Personally, I love it.

      More interesting to me is who gets the last 1-2 spots in the bullpen and how the 3 catcher system is going to play out once the season starts.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’ve got no issue with Barrero in CF viz long term planning at shortstop.

      I’m far more concerned about needlessly increasing the injury potential from him playing an unfamiliar position and trying to make a quick go of it.

      Sure, there’s a risk in any position…Votto has lost significant time at 1B.

      But I don’t want to see Barrero diving after uncatchable balls, breaking his foot on the wall or crashing into a rogue Fraley just so Bell can juggle his lineup.

      I don’t need to see BHam style highlight reels from him except at SS.

      Maybe his athleticism makes such concerns unnecessary. Senzel sometimes looked like a brave bull out there.

      Barreo has SS down and then some. His extra focus should ideally be on his hitting.

      Last night the experiment looked pretty good.

      I’d like to have more confidence in Bell being able to adjust his thinking in response to what is actually happening on the field.

      • Old-school

        Fair point. Id keep him 100% SS but perhaps theyre looking at EDLC and figuring out can Barrero play some CF and see what EDLC does in the upper minors and have (2) #1 shortstops or just seeing what they have in 2023 as they figure out longer term roles

        I like moving Marte to 3b so he can develop there.

        McClain can play some as well in the upper minors

  18. Dennis Westrick

    Good morning Doug! Finally got around to reading all of The Highlights you posted about yesterday’s ST game between the Reds and the D-Backs! You can always moonlight as a comedian with comments like “Strickland was able to limit the damage to four runs by retiring the next two batters”! Love your contributions but Strickland should go to work for one of the US railroad companies because he’s a train wreck waiting to happen!

    • Mark Moore

      Oh wow, Dennis!!!

      But that gets you a +1,000 anyway 😀

    • BK

      And why would you want a US rail company to hire a train wreck waiting to happen? Perhaps he should be sent to Chatanooga where their Choo-choo is parked and their team is always on the Lookout,

  19. Ron S

    Strickland is washed up.He needs to retire.

  20. Tom Mitsoff

    Breaking news: Reds release Strickland.

    • LDS

      Hot d????, crow never tasted so good. One more big move Krall. That’s all that stands between you and GM of the Year.

      • Jim t

        @LDS, just shot the heck out of your conspiracy theory.?

      • LDS

        No @JimT. First, it’s not a conspiracy theory. It’s experience with corporate decision making. Second, we don’t know the politics in the FO, but I’m willing to bet that the tensions between Bell and Krall are palpable. Finally, Krall seems to be getting his way in the short run, but things will turn him quickly without an improvement on the income statement. Regardless, in the short run, I’ll take it.

      • Jim t

        @LDS, I have 30 years in the corporate decision making setting. I also have 20 serving in the USAF. You’re willing to bet??? The first thing I learned from life experiences is never make decisions based on assumptions. Something you do here frequently. Your agenda is to get Bell fired. Bell will not be fired because winning and losing is not what is driving his employment. Ownership is paying him to keep his mouth shut and manage the team. Same as Krall. I find it comical that you feel firing Bell is some sort of sign that ownership cares about winning. The 2 of them are doing exactly what ownership wants. Keeping their mouth shut. If coming here daily and disparaging the manager floats your boat have at it. Bell is not the problem it’s Ownership.

    • BK

      Like Pinder, this is really no surprise.

    • Melvin

      That just tells me there is somewhat of a battle going on between Bell and Krall. Krall won another one. Hats off to him.

  21. Kevin H

    Well Pinder and Strickland gone. Not a shock as both struggled, and didn’t fit with this year’s team.