The Cincinnati Reds got an outstanding start from Nick Lodolo on Saturday where he struck out 12 Phillies and left the game with a lead…. but then the bullpen combined to give up three runs that resulted in a walk-off 3-2 win for Philadelphia. Today the two get back at it as the Reds try to avoid being swept. First pitch is set for 1:05pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Philadelphia Phillies

Jonathan India – 2B Trea Turner – SS
TJ Friedl – CF Kyle Schwarber – DH
Jake Fraley – DH J.T. Realmuto – C
Tyler Stephenson – C Nick Castellanos – RF
Wil Myers – RF Bryson Stott – 2B
Jason Vosler – 1B Alec Bohm – 1B
Spencer Steer – 3B Brandon Marsh – CF
Kevin Newman – SS Edmundo Sosa – 3B
Will Benson – LF Jake Cave – LF
Connor Overton – RHP Taijuan Walker – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Taijuan Walker 4.1 8.31 1.62 3 5
Connor Overton 4.0 11.25 2.25 1 5
Links: Connor Overton’s Stats | Taijuan Walker’s Stats

Connor Overton

The first start of the season didn’t go the way that Connor Overton would have liked it to. He would give up five runs on eight hits and a walk against the Cubs. The Reds would pick up a win in the game, but after a tough spring and season debut, Overton will look to bounce back.

Overton is going to have to find a way to get better success with lefties in the batters box. Last year they didn’t hit him, but made elite amounts of contact against him and walked plenty. In his first start this year they went 4-10 with a double, home run, and a walk against him.

2022 Splits

RHH 63 12 2 0 1 6.3% 17.5% .207 .254 .293
LHH 61 9 1 0 0 11.5% 4.9% .167 .262 .185

Pitch Usage (from 2022)

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 91.4 91.1 91.1 78.6 81.5 85.3
Usage 25% 22% 2% 2% 31% 19%

Taijuan Walker

A free agent signing this offseason for Philadelphia, Taijuan Walker is coming off of a season with the Mets where he posted a 3.49 ERA in 29 starts. He struggled in his first outing of the season against the Yankees, walking three batters and giving up four runs in 4.1 innings.

Last season there wasn’t a huge difference in his splits, but lefties did have a bit more success in getting on base via the walk and hitting for a little more power. Neither platoon side had all that much success, though.

2022 Splits

RHH 386 86 15 0 8 22 75 .239 .288 .347
LHH 263 57 12 1 7 23 57 .242 .316 .390

Pitch Usage (in 2022)

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Slider Split
Velo 93.8 92.9 89.0 75.1 85.2 88.9
Usage 30% 11% 5% 9% 18% 27%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:05pm ET
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, ESPN+
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 56°, mostly sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Lucas Sims and Luke Weaver head to Louisville

The Cincinnati Reds announced this morning that they were sending right-handed pitchers Luke Weaver and Lucas Sims to Triple-A Louisville to begin their rehab assignments today. Both are expected to throw in the Bats game this afternoon. You can read more about each player in our write up from earlier today.

Bennett Sousa traded to the Brewers

The Reds picked up some cash as well as international bonus pool allotment money in return from the Milwaukee Brewers earlier today for left-handed reliever Bennett Sousa. Cincinnati had designated Sousa for assignment earlier this week.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 6 2 0.0 66.3%
Pirates 5 3 1.0 9.2%
Cubs 4 3 1.5 15.8%
Reds 3 4 2.5 1.6%
Cardinals 3 5 3.0 66.4%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

222 Responses

  1. Old-school

    Reds are playing their 8th game today. Jose Barrero has started exactly 3 games at SS. Kevin Newman has started 5. Yes, there was the hamstring issue for 1 game, but unless some new injury has happened, why is Kevin Neman starting the majority of games at SS

    Pittsburgh series- Newman SS 1/3
    Cubs series -Newman SS 2/2
    Phillies series- Newman SS 2/3

    • old-school

      Barrero started game 1 and 2 at SS. Since then, hes started at SS once, started in CF twice and benched 3 games. Hes played well and while the hitting numbers arent good, hes put together some solid at bats and solid swings.

      • Jim Walker

        Maybe Barrero is dinged up? Otherwise, do you think they could be greasing the skids to swap out Barrero for Senzel instead of one of the OF? In this scenario, my guess would be Barrero would then play OF vs SS at AAA with Steer becoming the emergency SS with the Reds. And for the record, I do not approve of sending Barrero out to AAA.

    • Manuel

      Ridiculous! They need to start him every day and see how he develops. What is Bell thinking? If Newman starts we’ll make it to the World Series? This is a season for prospect development. We’re not making the playoffs. They’ve jacked Barrero around too many times.

    • JB

      It’s the same dance every year Old School. Why would we think anything would change. I guess the bright spot is Bell doesn’t have Newman in the 5th spot today. Wait until EDLC comes up in September and sits for Newman. It’s the Reds way.

      • Hanawi

        Agree. Not sure anyone is surprised.

    • CI3J

      Yep, exactly what I said would happen, and why I didn’t want Newman on the team. Yet, all the Bell defenders said I was overreacting.

      We have 3 years of Bell’s history to draw upon. Anyone who has been paying attention knew Bell would favor the “vets” over the kids. And this is, once again, exactly why Bell should not be managing a team where a bunch of young players are knocking on the door.

      I was kind of interested in watching the Reds this year after not watching hardly at all last year, but if it’s just going to be another season of mediocre journeymen, I’m going to lose interest quickly.

      And here’s the kicker: Even when Bell plays the vets over the kids, they still lose anyway. The team lost 100 games last year. I could stomach that if I knew the kids were getting some experience in MLB. It is impossible to justify 100 losses while also playing the journeymen vets over the kids.

      • JayTheRed

        With you on this Bell will always play his veterans and make some comment about how the kids are doing a good job even though they are not playing. If Senzel comes up and starts playing 3b over Steer I’m going to lose my mind.

      • Slicc50

        I totally agree with you on this… in every way possible. All of the Bell defenders on here have kept me from jumping off the cliff. I’m just tired of watching David Bell do this to youngsters!!! I’m going to go with the Bell defenders again here too…..Barrero cannot be healthy right???? I’ve finally saw Jose Barrero mature and start taking his at bats more seriously. Results haven’t shown yet I know, but he is clearly making more/better contact. Bell can’t be doing this because of his well known trust in journeymen veterans over young players can he?

        I’m trying hard here to keep my love for the Cincinnati Reds alive. Something like a manager not giving the future of the organization their shot is something that I just couldn’t live with. I need hope that before I die, my favorite baseball team has a chance at winning a World Series again???!

    • Melvin

      Well this definitely supports the argument of those who think Bell likes his journeymen. The Newmans of the world, when it comes to the Reds at least, should play as backups with the young guys playing virtually every day. Not the other way around.

  2. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s Hop To It! That’s Easter humor for the humor challenged out there! Once again the Reds face another Cy Young candidate in the Phillies Taijaun Walker who has an 8+ ERA! Maybe we can score more than 2 runs today in support of Overton? Need a win to get back to 500 and stay ahead of the last place Dirty Birds!

    • Mark Moore

      Not skipped, pushed out to start in Atlanta against the Bravos.

      • RedBB

        That’s what I meant. Dumb move IMO. He already had 9 days off. Braves lineup is better than the Phillies.

      • Mark Moore

        RedBB – I read it as they wanted him to start against a stronger team. But what do I know (and where else am I going to go)? Certainly these Phillies hitters can light up anybody given the chance.

  3. LDS

    Send Barrero back down so he can play. He’ll never develop at this rate. Bell is clearly trying to recreate the team in the image of his own playing career – jmediocre and all over the diamond.

  4. Mark Moore

    Buckle up, kids. No idea what we can expect. Just hope we can slide out of Philly with one in the W column.

    • JayTheRed

      With Overton starting I don’t think we have a prayer to win today unless the bats explode.

  5. Mark Moore

    What’s with the delayed start? I’m still seeing commercials. And I had to mute the WLW pre-game for a bit since they were playing an interview with DTBell. I know I’m often critical of the guy, but it just seems to me he lacks any visible passion. He explained letting Diaz go back out as saying he’s going to have to do that at some point, so they did it. But that doesn’t explain letting him go past the first batter or two when it was pretty obvious his command was shot.

    • Mark Moore

      I see “Delayed – Ceremony” as the reason. Go figure.

    • Dennis Westrick

      And, by DT Bell letting Diaz go too long in the bottom of the 9th in yesterday’s game he is likely not available if needed today!

      • Mark Moore

        Point taken. I’m more concerned with the “morale damage” that kind of an outing can do to young players. We have no idea if the outcome would have been any different, but still …

        Oh well … yesterday is yesterday. Time to focus on today’s contest. I promise nothing more about yesterday’s mess.

      • LDS

        @MarkM, Bell managing is morale damage.

  6. Mark Moore

    If Overton is going to get squeezed like that with another flexi-zone I’m thinking he might be in trouble. At minimum, it will run up the pitch count. Maybe it will get better. I need to take a couple of deep breaths (as Realmuto K’s).

  7. Mark Moore

    Bad luck on a bad throw ends with an out (eventually) and giving up a run. Hate starting in a hole like this.

  8. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking this goes against us.

  9. Bet on Red

    Wil Myers aint that fast and he knows it

    • Mark Moore

      As the WLW booth noted, his momentum was taking him into CF. He couldn’t keep his fingers on the bag and ended up hitting the glove.

  10. Dennis Westrick

    A walk to “Reds killer” Schwarber and then a double by former Red Casty results in a run! Perfect!

  11. Old-school

    Vosler now tied with Benson for team lead in K’s with 9 in only 22 at bats. He had a great first week.

    • Hanawi

      He’s a 29 year old journeyman with a career 30% SO rate. He is who he is at this point. Just hoping he can pull a Dietrich and string together a couple of hot months to get a flyer in a trade later.

      • LDS

        And yet several here argue that Newman is suddenly going to have a breakout season. Or Senzel for that matter. Vosler is no different. Very few guys have suddenly blossomed at 29 after several years of play. I’m sure someone can come up with an example, but it certainly isn’t the norm.

  12. old-school

    Weaver 3 scoreless innings in AAA.

  13. Dennis Westrick

    Taijaun “Cy Young” Walker has no-hit the Reds thru 2 innings! He’s lowered his stellar 8+ ERA down to 5.68! That potent Reds offense is the perfect cure to a struggling opposing pitcher’s ERA

  14. Mark Moore

    Just asking … who told these guys that “caveman look” was attractive in any way? 😀

    • CI3J

      They all idolized Johnny Damon (Boston version) growing up.

      • Mark Moore

        You know, that makes about the most sense of any answer I could think of.

  15. Dennis Westrick

    Reds baserunning continues to be suspect!

  16. old-school

    That was an error and misplay by Newman, not a single.

  17. LarkinPhillips

    The Reds team the last 3 days looks exactly like last years team. They do odd things and make sure to find a way to lose. It really is a culture thing and it’s going to take a lot to change it. David Bells “relaxed” style ain’t going to do it.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Correct! Good teams find ways to win! The Reds on the other hand find new and creative ways to lose!

  18. Harry Stoner

    Good word on “Dream” Weaver’s outing in Louisville.

    We may be seeing him in the rotation sooner rather than later.

    Whatever mojo Overton had working in 2022 seems to be gone.

  19. Dennis Westrick

    This is going to get ugly I’m afraid! Overton 2 walks in 2 innings! Wait! Nice DP gets Overton out of the inning!

  20. GreatRedLegsFan

    So far, very few good things: Lodolo, Ashcraft, Stephenson, Friedl, maybe Fraley, India. Another tough season ahead.

  21. JB

    I think I’m going to get a lot of my to do list done this year.

  22. LarkinPhillips

    Collier and Jorge both pulled early in Daytona. Hope neither are hurt.

  23. CI3J

    Which was worse?

    Jerry Narron’s treatment of Edwin Encarnacion, or David Bell’s treatment of Jose Barrero?

    • Mark Moore

      EE was always a challenge defensively. Barrero has the chops to play SS well, but he’s not getting consistent chances. I get we have others working on knocking down the door, but I really don’t know what to make of it.

    • LDS

      Maybe Barrero can be traded somewhere else and thrive. As most of us expected, Newman is Bell’s choice. And it is evident that the prospects like EDLC need to stay down on the farm until Bell is gone. If he ever is.

      • Harry Stoner

        Hard to imagine Bell getting another extension without significant improvement this season.

        Getting “kicked upstairs” is a way out of the nightmare.

      • LDS

        I know Harry, but don’t forget the last time they extended him in August and the team hasn’t done anything since. I wouldn’t be surprised by the same thing happening again this year. He’s just too valuable to replace.

    • Votto4life

      Encarnación went on to hit 400 home runs. I’ll go with choice A.

      • Mark Moore

        How much time was EE at the DH position (or did he play some 1B if memory serves correctly)?

  24. Dennis Westrick

    Walker has a No-hitter thru 3! His pregame ERA of 8+ is now down to 4.91

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. He’s doing what he can for the most part. I have to remind myself he’s a #4/#5 guy.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Much needed! Now we need the offense to show up!

  25. Harry Stoner

    I do like Overton’s mix of slow junk balls. When he’s getting a lot of movement down and down and in, he can be pretty effective.

    He’s got to get more consistent with it and get off to a better start with it.

    • CI3J

      He can be a poor man’s version of Bronson Arroyo.

      Just needs to grow out his hair and add a ludicrously high, straight-leg kick.

      • Mark Moore

        And learn to play the guitar. Don’t forget that.

  26. GreatRedLegsFan

    With the injured players soon to return, this is my take: Votto/Vosler, Senzel/Benson, Santillan/Herget, Sims/Cruz, Weaver/Sanmartin.

    • CI3J

      Cruz and Sanmartin should stay.

      Santillan can replace Kuhnel.

      Sims, not sure. Maybe he could try starting again.

    • Harry Stoner

      San Martin has been off to a rugged start, but I’d keep another lefty in the pen.

      He did well out of the pen last season and has good stuff.

      Move him out of the leverage situations and move Young in.

      Gibaut can head to Louisville if Santillan and Sims are back to some reasonable performance levels.

  27. Mark Moore

    I thought that was the 3rd throw over from Walker. Gift us a base … we’ll take it. and Fraley is making him work.

  28. Mark Moore

    Time for TySteve to keep his hit streak alive. Kind of like that 😀

  29. Bet on Red

    Nice by stephenson to get the run in there

  30. Dennis Westrick

    Is it just me or do the Red’s batters have higher SO numbers than other ML teams?

  31. Mark Moore

    Myers finally uncorked one a bit. Cowboy says off the end of the bat. Imagine where it lands if he caught it square.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Myers thought it was a fly out. He cussed and threw his bat haha

  32. Mark Moore

    OK, JVosler … just put it in play.

  33. Harry Stoner

    In keeping with my crow-based diet this spring, I’ll make note of Stephenson’s great hitting so far and seeming recovery from his collar bone break.

    I was being a Cassandra on that in the winter, having suffered a bad one myself.

    He’s looking good at the plate.

    Of course, Bell is going to provide his regular serving of dyspepsia along with any meal.

    • Mark Moore


      I’m happy with the 2023 version of TySteve as well.

  34. Mark Moore

    OK, Newman … time to atone for that missed fielding opportunity.

  35. LDS

    Newman with the clutch hit. Reds lead 3-2. No wait, that’s only in Bell’s imagination.

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Darn! There goes Walker’s No-hitter!

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s hope the Red’s run meter doesn’t get stuck on 2 again today!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! The wheels are about to fall off! Never fear! Bell has lots of options to call on in the Reds bullpen!

  38. JB

    On the bright side , the Reds run down is better this year. So there’s that

    • Mark Moore

      I was a little concerned for a split second. Ended up executed very well.

  39. J

    I thought going into the bottom of this inning: “I’ll be shocked if it’s not at least 4-2 after this inning.” For a sport where luck seems to play such a big role, baseball is weirdly predictable sometimes.

  40. Mark Moore

    Wolf gives one back to TySteve … more evidence for the robo-zone

  41. Harry Stoner

    Not a good looking AB for Myers.

  42. JB

    “Reds leave them loaded” . Seems like I’ve heard that before.

  43. LDS

    Myers isn’t earning his money thus far. Most of us here could strikeout with bases loaded for a fraction of what he’s being paid.

    • Slicc50

      Myers hasn’t earned his $ in years! The Padres could not wait to get rid of him for a few seasons. I hated hearing the Teds had signed him.

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Has Wil Myers driven in a run this season? Just left the bases loaded! Doomed to another 2 run output by the Reds offense! Only 18 more losses to match last year’s start!

  45. LarkinPhillips

    Tough call here for Bell. Go to the gasoline Bullpen or stay with a shaky Overton who has only thrown 65 pitches. Either way this game could turn into a blow out real quick.

  46. Dennis Westrick

    Another leadoff walk by a Reds pitcher! Let’s see how long Bell waits for this game to get out of hand! Not watching on TV but assuming somebody is warming up in the Reds bullpen!

  47. LarkinPhillips

    Great inning by cruz. Let’s see how he does his second inning.

  48. John

    Overtone last start?

    So far impressed standpoint 1. Lodolo 2. Ashcraft 3. Cessa 4. Greene 5. Overton

    I wanna see Stoudi make his debut

  49. Mark Moore

    Cruz does what we all hoped could be done.

  50. LDS

    The best that can be said of Overton’s performance today is that he threw fewer pitches through four innings than the typical starter. But, he seems to be confirming Doug’s comments earlier this season that Overton’s performance last season was the fluke and we wouldn’t see it again this year. The starting pitchers are shaky and though Greene may be the highest ceiling of all the starters, at this point he seems like the #3 starter not the ace. Cheap owners yield lousy results.

    • JB

      Lodolo is shaky? What’s Ashcraft a long reliever?

      • LDS

        No, that’s why Greene is #3. At this point, Greene has been a bit shaky. Lodolo is clearly out front with Ashcraft hanging at #2. After that the starting pitching isn’t looking great. That includes Greene so far. So the Reds have two starters looking pretty good and 3 needing work/replaced.

    • Harry Stoner

      Not sure whether I’d call Overton’s work last year a ‘fluke’.

      He had a serious injury which might well have derailed his late career opportunity.

      But whatever you want to call it, he’s not getting it done.

      Not much to quibble about with Greene-Lodolo-Ashcraft as three of any team’s five.

      Pitching is expensive and with a tightwad owner, and the memory of a major Minor disaster no doubt lingers.

      The lack of run production is going to exacerbate the pitching situation as well.

      Reds can’t let performances like Lodolo’s go to waste.

      But of course, they will.

  51. LarkinPhillips

    Must be nice to be able to bring out a former closer for the 6th inning. There really is such a talent gap between bigger market teams and the Reds.

    • JB

      There’s a talent gap because the Reds are cheap. Has nothing to do with small/large markets.

  52. Kevin H

    Late to the party, looks like usual cast of characters today. Happy Easter to all.

    Only 4-2 I am surprised as Overton shouldn’t be a starter. LOL

    • Mark Moore

      Overton was relatively efficient and looked the part of a #4/#5 guy to me. Run support remains slim. Some defensive miscues as well.

      • Harry Stoner

        Overton gave up four runs in four innings.

        Looking Minor-esque.

        More like a #7 or #8 starter.

        I hope he turns it around, but his time is running out.

  53. Dennis Westrick

    Nice 2 innings by Cruz! Now let’s score some runs!

    • LarkinPhillips

      If Cruz can return to form like that consistently, and any of the returning relievers pitch well, then bell could have a consistent 7-8-9 for games we actually lead. Lots of IFS there.

  54. Mark Moore

    Clock running out on our chances.

    • LDS

      Yep, I thought for a minute he was going to let Benson bat. Benson needs to head to Louisville. Even Senzel is potentially looking better at the moment and that is a sad testament to the state of the Reds OF prospects. Maybe Hopkins needs a shot.

      • Kevin H

        I have that love/hate thing with Bell. I just wish he would play a starting 9. Instead of the match ups all the time. We disagreed yesterday, however here lately we tend to agree. The times are a changing lol..

        I like Newman at ss, however agree Barrero needs to be in there. Well list can go on and on. I try to be not so amped up with Bell, however he does at times in my opinion make it hard to be supportive.

      • JB

        Got to get those extra catchers to the plate and make some noise. Smh

      • LDS

        Yeah, Kevin, I agree. But, we’re now in Tinker Bell’s 5th season and he has repeatedly demonstrated that he’s not a big league manager. He’s like a parent that wants to be their kid’s buddy. Or a corporate manager that never hires anyone that could do things he couldn’t. Consequently, results tend to mediocrity. I learned early on in my management career, from a very smart and effective manager, if you aren’t hiring folks better than yourself (or playing in this case), you’ll never be a successful manager. Bell isn’t.

  55. Dennis Westrick

    Three (3) more strike outs! The Reds hitters are struggling to say the least!

  56. Kevin H

    Herget. LMAO LMAO Dough I hope that is okay?

    wow just wow Okay I give up

  57. Dennis Westrick

    If the Reds don’t score another run in the last 2 innings I’m gonna start calling them the 2-Run Reds!

  58. Votto4life

    If John Sadak says “The Reds are down a deuce” one more time I am going to scream.

    • Mark Moore

      Thanks for reminding my why I never listen to the Bally feed and Sadak. I’d prefer silence and the commentary on this thread.

  59. Mark Moore

    Really find the Kimbrel chicken wing pose annoying. Not sure why, I’ve just always viewed it that way.

  60. Kevin H

    T.J. Hopkins is batting 370 right now. We all know its early, however what can it hurt to bring him up and Benson sent down.

  61. Mark Moore

    Can’t catch a break … Sosa put some hot sauce on that throw.

  62. JB

    Take a look at the crowd today, Bob. You won’t see that at home the rest of the year.

    • Mark Moore

      Yesterday was bigger than the opener. Good crowds for all 3 of these games.

    • Votto4life

      Do you think they will draw well for the Yankee series?

      It will be interesting to see what type of a crowd they draw that weekend. I think I’ll probably go to one of those game, my first game since last April. Hopefully, Votto will be playing.

  63. Mark Moore

    Glimmer of hope on a weird route from Casty.

  64. JB

    Nice job Vosler. Barrero pinch runner. Gee thanks Coach.

  65. Dennis Westrick

    Just noticed that the Reds have five (5) batters in today’s lineup hitting under .250. Hard to score a lot of runs with that!

  66. LDS

    So, the best defensive SS in the Reds’ system (excepting possibly Arroyo) comes in as a pinch runner and moves to CF. Maybe Newman could swing over to 1B instead of Myers. But, no – Newman is the reincarnation of Farmer for Bell. Do baseball organizations teach their managers anything about management? Or does the fact that they played MLB, however poorly, qualify them as “managers”. Hint, there’s a lot more to managing effectively than filling out a lineup card.

    • Hanawi

      But everyone on here told me that Barrero was just getting reps in CF as a backup plan and he would be the everyday SS.

    • Kevin H

      I won’t be repetitive. I just have no clue anymore. Brantley did say Newman is the best ss Reds have a few games ago. Who knows though, all I know is Reds have some talent and its not being used to best of their albitites.

    • Harry Stoner

      And remember: Newman is cheaper!

    • old-school

      @LDS, I told you a week ago I would join you if Barrero isnt playing 85% at SS and I am joining you. It’s absolutely absurd.

      The only explanation could be the Reds are committing to EDLC as their franchise SS and want to keep Barrero as a SS but get him CF reps as a possible long term option and are trying to make him a part time CF and SS because of his defensive skills. If thats the organizational decision, that still doesnt explain giving the lions share of playing time to a placeholder in Newman or benching Barrero 3 days this week. If its Bell doing his own thing, he needs to be fired.

      • LDS

        @OS, I’d go the other way. Barerro is better at SS than EDLC. EDLC may be better at about all else. I’d move him to OF.

  67. JB

    Two successful rundowns in one game. Look at us.

  68. old-school

    And Barrero to CF, Friedl to LF, Fairchild to RF, Myers to 1b.

    The wheels on the bus……

    • JB

      We still have our two big threats on the bench ready to pinch hit as well.

  69. Dennis Westrick

    Schwarber must have gone to the Reds base running school in the off season!

  70. Kevin H

    Nice Job Herget. My crow taste good. Two good innings. Will he be a success? time will tell

  71. Mark Moore

    I continue to gain some faith in Steer’s ability to be a solid 3B.

    Last call here, gents! And I can finally crack open a beer with that filet I’m cooking for dinner tonight.

    • JB

      Ahh there is the filet we’ve been waiting for.

      • Mark Moore

        I’m probably cooking all 4 for just the 2 of us. That means some high-end leftovers for Tuesday. I’ll let you know how it all turns out.

  72. Dennis Westrick

    Herget & Cruz toss 4 scoreless innings in relief! Miracles do happen!

    • JB

      But will Herget stay up or is he AAA bound now.

      • Dennis Westrick

        You’re probably right! Mediocrity or failure are the only ways to get promoted in today’s world!

    • Hanawi

      I actually think Cruz is pretty solid overall.

  73. Dennis Westrick

    If the Reds don’t pull off a win today I may have to switch my allegiance to the Tampa Rays having lived in Florida since 1986!

    • JB

      My brother did. He was a Cubs fan and was tired of their front office as well. Lives in Port St. Lucie

      • Dennis Westrick

        One of the Rays starting pitchers, Zach Elfin, pitched at the same high school in Oviedo, Florida (Hagerty High) where my son pitched from 2006-2009.

  74. Hanawi

    Fairchild probably strikes out too much, but he does walk and has some power. Still think he could turn into a starter with an opportunity.

    • Kevin H

      Brantley said the other night Fairchild can’t hit right handed pitching. I don’t have the numbers in front of me. It is a joy listening to Brantley announce.

      • Hanawi

        He has a higher career OPS against right-handers, so not sure that’s accurate.

  75. Mark Moore

    A little hope on this Easter Sunday for our guys. Game’s a little more exciting at the moment.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m sold on the 2023 version of TJ to this point.

  76. Mark Moore

    Jake Freaking Fraley, ladies and gents!

    All courtesy of some solid play leading up to that smack.

    • Slicc50

      There is never a reason either of those two guys shouldn’t be in the lineup on a daily basis if they are healthy….Never

  77. JB

    Play the three F’s in the outfield please. Put Myers at first.

  78. Dennis Westrick

    So, who pitches the 9th for the Reds?

  79. Kevin H

    Does anyone know if Farmer is hurt? He hasn’t pitched in 3 games now.

    • magi210

      Would love to see more bullpen sessions like today.

      • JB

        Maybe they just need to weed out the has beens and give more shots to the guys that deliver.

  80. Harry Stoner

    So where was Gibaut with that stuff yesterday?

  81. Mark Moore

    A little extra celebration at my house tonight. Felt like we really needed this win. Atlanta will be a tough trip. Really did the “never say die” thing today.

    Great chatting with y’all!

  82. Joe P.

    Gibaut looked arm weary yesterday, but he was solid today. Bullpen did a great job in this one.

  83. Dennis Westrick

    Woo! Hoo! Reds back to 500!

  84. TR

    Big win for the Reds. Turn about in the ninth. Bullpen gets it done.

  85. Dennis Westrick

    Five (5) shutout innings with one (1) hit allowed by the Reds bullpen today! Outstanding job guys!

  86. Dennis Westrick

    One final comment on this game thread! I guess a 3-22 start is no longer possible!

  87. Doc

    How about that BP! Five innings of 1 hit shutout ball. Check that box of getting four wins before the 25th game and bettering last year’s start by game 9. Do people ever get embarrassed making their negative comments during the game only to see how wrong they were? Probably just can’t help themselves.

    Good job, Reds!

    • Harry Stoner

      It’s a MLB game discussion thread, bubba, not some chest butting exercise, as much as that seems to attract you.

      There are folks here, like you, who enjoy keeping count so they can show up at the end of the game to play the Know It All.

      You probably can’t help yourself, right?

      • JB

        He only shows up when it goes in his favor, Harry.

    • Votto4life

      It was a good win by the Reds and I hope they keep it rollin’.

  88. J

    As I said earlier, baseball is a surprisingly predictable sport. I’m sure this is exactly how we all predicted the 9th inning would play out.

    • Mark Moore

      +10,000 and thanks for the chuckle. Couldn’t have drawn it up better myself.

    • TR

      As a very longtime Reds fan I can only hope and today it worked out. As usual I’ll be hoping during the tough series coming up with Atlanta, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay along with the rest of the new balanced schedule.

  89. Mark Moore

    Headline for the recap should be something along the line of “Bullpen Holds Strong, Reds Rally for the Win”

    Just plain fun couple innings to watch.

    • LDS

      The bullpen performance today simply illustrates Bell’s inexplicable choices yesterday

  90. J

    Note to all fans and managers: even with a bad bullpen, there are multiple guys who are capable of pitching an inning without giving up two runs.

  91. old-school

    Great win…needed win.
    Go reds.

    Here’s to staying healthy. Pirates just got crushing news. Cruz fractured ankle.

    • JB

      Maybe we can trade them Barrero. He apparently has no shot here.

      • MBS

        Maybe Newman! Give Barrero the reigns, and see how long he can hold off McLain.

  92. Eddiek957

    Great win for the reds. Never say die. I agree that Jose B should be playing more short. I thought Newman was a back up infielder I’ve only seen him play short. It frustrates me how the Reds mismanage young players. The kid is a ss play him at ss