The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates are both looking for a win tonight to move them up in the standings. The Reds have a chance to catch the St. Louis Cardinals if they win, while the Pirates could be tied for first place by the end of the day if they win. Pittsburgh can seal a series win with a victory tonight, while Cincinnati is looking for a win to keep a series split on the table for Sunday’s finale.
First pitch tonight is set for 6:35pm ET. The game will not start on time due to incoming rain.
|Jonathan India – 2B||Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B|
|Spencer Steer – 3B||Bryan Reynolds – LF|
|Stuart Fairchild – LF||Connor Joe – 1B|
|Tyler Stephenson – DH||Carlos Santana – DH|
|Wil Myers – 1B||Jack Suwinski – RF|
|Kevin Newman – SS||Rodolfo Castro – SS|
|Nick Senzel – RF||Ji Hwan Bae – CF|
|Jose Barrero – CF||Tucupita Marcano – 2B|
|Curt Casali – C||Austin Hedges – C|
|Luis Cessa – RHP||Rich Hill – LHP|
|Links: Luis Cessa’s Stats | Rich Hill’s Stats
After a solid first start against the Cubs on April 4th, things have taken a quick and painful turn for Luis Cessa. He allowed five runs in 3.2 innings on the 11th and then allowed 11 runs in 3.0 innings his last time out against Philadelphia.
Given that he’s allowed 18 runs in 12.0 innings this season, the splits look like you would expect – not good. Righties have hit .382 and struck out just twice in 40 plate appearances. They haven’t hit for much power, though. Left-handed hitters have basically hit like Barry Bonds on a heater in 2004. Cessa has struck out one lefty in 30 plate appearances this season and they’re slugging .962 against him. For his career, Cessa’s pitched slightly better against lefties than righties.
The 43-year-old left-handed has given up the most home runs in baseball this season. He’s allowed one home run every three innings this year (that’s 7 in 21.0 innings). Last year he only allowed 15 of them in 124.1 innings. The Reds hit two of them in 5.0 innings against him in his first start this season. After struggling in his first two starts, he’s pitched better in the two most recent ones – allowing just three runs in 12.0 innings against Houston and Colorado.
Left-handed hitters haven’t been given many opportunities this season against Hill, but when they have they’ve struggled. They are 2-13 with no walks or extra-base hits. Right-handed hitters, though, have found plenty of success. They’ve hit for a lot of power, a solid average, and gotten on base at a good rate.
When and Where
- Game time: 6:35pm ET
- Where: PNC Park
- Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 60°, cloudy, 55% chance of rain
News and Notes
Is Jose Barrero figuring things out?
Jose Barrero started the season in a slump, but over the last two weeks he’s been hitting better, drawing walks, and cutting down on his strikeouts. Earlier today we looked at his season to see if maybe he’s figured something out or if he’s just been riding a little bit of a hot streak.
More Road Woes
With last night’s loss the Reds have now gone 1-7 on the road this season.
|Playoff Odds via Fangraphs|
Feels like we really need the win tonight. Radar looks a bit iffy for an on time start or maybe an early delay.
Pig Kicking and all that.
Interesting article about Will Myers. Charlie Goldsmith wrote the article. Talking about his leadership with the young players, and how he is batting and playing better since April 10th.
Crazy prediction, Cessa pitches no hit baseball and picks up the win.
I bet Pittsburgh is looking forward to their BP session.
Cessation has pitched well before and no reason why he can’t today. I remember Bronson Arroyo giving up 8 or more runs in a inning. Cueto as well. It happens
Cessa,, darn auto correct
This was supposed to be a reply to Kevin H. Somehow my old Chromebook allowed me to reply to my own post!
“We can always dream! About the No-Hitter that is! Actually, the no-hitter I’m hoping for is that Cessa doesn’t get hit by a batted ball!”
OK folks! Fasten you seatbelts and put your tray tables in the upright and locked position! Likely to be a bumpy ride! May be a rare game where the fireworks happen early and not after the game! Hoping for a good outing by Cessa and lots of runs to support him! We’re probably going to need more than 2 runs tonight!
We can always dream! About the No-Hitter that is! Actually, the no-hitter I’m hoping for is that Cessa doesn’t get hit by a batted ball!
Seeing on Twitter as of a little after 6pm Pittsburgh local they declared a rain delay and say the game will not start on time. No further detail
Maybe it was a few minutes before 6 but you get the picture. 😉
Just looked at the radar. We’re not starting anytime soon.
Looks like we’ve got the old righty bats vs. the lefty pitcher going again tonight. It must be extremely difficult managing that way. Lot’s of sleepless nights figuring out who should play. Fraley may, and probably does need a game off but Friedl? At .300/.364/.471 I don’t think so. Especially not when we’re trying to crawl out of the basement fighting for our lives….already.
Friedl vs LH pitching split 2023BA/OBP/SLG/OPS (16PAs):
Senzel same split (6PAs):
Fairchild same split (23PAs):
And to further push your point, here are Fairchild’s splits vs RH pitching (15PAs) where Bell tries to avoid using him:
I saw those splits and wonder why as you have been saying isn’t Fairchild getting more of a shot. Also Friedl should be playing, I just don’t get Bell anymore. Truly
Looking at the Louisville box scores for both ends of their doubleheader today (after they were rained out Friday) and saw Will Benson did not play in either.
He left the Thursday night game early an inning or so after an awkward play leaping and trying to catch a flyball at the wall. It looked like he might have had an issue with his legs either bumping into the wall or in his off balance landing.
Louisville’s roster shows his status as “Active” but guessing he may be day to day,
Wow. They just showed on replay that the ball Barrero threw to Vosler for the error actually went through the webbing of Vosler’s glove.
So it is the error on the glove or did Vosler not have the glove positioned correctly? 😉
Way back in my high school days, as was often the situation, one of our pitchers was playing shortstop on his day not to pitch. He bobbled a ball right around the 2B bag then came throwing lightning to me at 1B. Turns out in his hurry to recover and throw, he had grabbed the ball with a 2 seam grip and threw an absolute diving sinker which I didn’t pick up in time to adjust for and had deflect off my glove about knee high. When the inning ended, he ran straight to me apologized, and also told the coach it was on him as much or more than me.
I also caught some and during the summer league had caught this same guy a lot. When that throw came at me, the break started not more than 10 feet in front of me; and, just like a catcher crossed up on a signal, I realized what was going to happen but could not react in time to get my glove position right. Now imagine this at the MLB level.
haha Of course if the ball hit the ground the error automatically (right or not) goes to the thrower. Of course if it didn’t hit the ground and the throw would have beat the runner the error goes to Vosler (bad glove or not). I’m not exactly sure what happened to be honest.
Matt McLain .277/.405/.569
I didn’t know he played CF in college. I think that would help him get here sooner. My guess is they won’t call him up till after May, you know the extra year of control? Hope I am wrong.
With all the infielders in the minor leagues, I think they need to figure out who is a legit player for them and who is expandable. When that time comes of course.
The Reds haven’t played the service time game and FWIW, we’re past the point in the season where they would gain another full year of control.
When and if does Nick Lodolo sign extension contract?
Reds playing jim day hunter greene house hunters episode
Seems Lodolo is done by May 1
First, Pete bets on baseball. Then Votto announced he’s never had Cincinnati style chili, and now Hunter Greene wants Jim Day to wear a bikini and be his pool boy. Is this never going to end?! LOL
Oh, game started lol
Good start. 😉
Tuned in just in time to see Hayes end up on 3rd. Bad move on the dive (inexperience).
Why is Senzel in Right Field??? TAlk about being out of position good grief
Well so much for that no hitter hope. LOL
Should we just issue the IBB to Connor Joe?
And it begins! Leadoff triple by Cessa, followed by a sac fly and Voila! Down by a run! Many more to come I’m afraid~
Lead-off SINGLE that was badly misplayed by an inexperience CF’er … score it a triple and the run still counts.
This started badly, but cessa calmed down
Generous call goes our way.
Only 1 run … I do believe that’s an improvement, isn’t it?
Too bad that first hit was misplayed into a triple. Had it been played correctly, no runs would have scored that inning.
Well when a player is playing out of position go figure HUH.. Geesh
If Barrero is indeed the best SS we have then might as well play Newman out there somewhere if playing him is what you think you have to do. Barrero with a hit as I’m writing this. 🙂
Sorry Tom, I thought the ball was hit to Senzel, just saw the video. Still frustrated with Reds lol
Also noteworthy! ALL three (3) of the outs by Reds batters (obviously NOT hitters) in the top of the 1st inning were strikeouts! Pitiful!
Checked the Gameday box and made a note of that. Way different from what we’ve been seeing (or were seeing).
Don’t know if this stat falls under the category of Good News, but, Cessa’s pitch count after one (1) inning is 15.
and only 1 run … I’ll take the positive spin on that pending the 2nd inning
Lesson is learn what is going on Kevin before posting. LOL
It’s all good, Kevin. All. Good.
LOL, I saw Nick in right then went bonkers LMAO.. Well not really but…
Early on, Cessa is locating very well.
Clean inning for Cessa and very pitch efficient. More of that, please.
I hope Cessa does well tonight but if he struggles it will probably mean giving Williamson a shot (since Stoudt has to be down for 15 days). If that happens maybe the next step is moving Abbott to AAA. 🙂 Looks like Cessa is doing okay so far. He can always go back to the bullpen.
That’s where I believe he’ll wind up. He’s not a starter.
Classic long-man and spot starter.
I agree. He’s only a starter for the Reds. lol
Time to push Hill’s pitch count up and add crooked numbers.
It’s going to be real interesting to see what this team that can’t hit anyone will be able to do with back-to-back leadoff walks.
Barrero is one of one tonight. He is batting .1000 just sayin’
Just seems to me some of these guys should be pounding those slow curves. I know I couldn’t hit them, but … 😀
Just goes to show how the timing aspect of the game is in regard to the slow curves.
Yeah … but the guys who have been around more “should” be able to handle it. It’s a little more like BP.
Sorry, I still see Myers as looking pretty lost.
And now the Chumpire is really flexing that zone.
Myers has looked lost for about 90 percent of the year to date.
Umpire trying to get this game over in an hour.
2 walks to start and the bupkus … we can blame the cold night, but Hill won’t even touch 90 so he’s not overpowering them.
Gotta think Reds will break through soon before Hill leaves the game.
Hope they can, Kevin. But we need to squeak out of the 3rd first.
That inning was ridiculous, two on nobody out, zero advancement. This is just a bad, bad team. I don’t see how 100 losses is avoidable.
Same team as a week ago or so when we or some where saying how fun this team was to watch. Teams go through slumps like this.
Did Senzel miss play the ball for a double? or a legit double?
Legit. He did a good job sliding to cut it off from hitting the gap all the way to the wall.
Jim Day saying the HP Chumpire is trying to beat the next storm 😀
Barrero 2 for 2 tonight..probably the Red’s all-star representative.
Barrero haters are not going to like that.
Spoke too soon
Probably close to the “best move” by Hill.
If nothing else, the Reds are running up the pitch count for Hill. Again, don’t know if that’s a good thing or not given how well the Pie-Rats bullpen has performed YTD
This team frustrate anyone else. As no matter what I say they frustrate me LOL
Yep. Very frustrating. Should be ahead here with a ZERO on the Pie-Rats side. Instead, we’re still working from a hole (smaller one, but still a hole).
Agreed. Right now it’s very tough to envision this lineup being able to string enough of anything together to even come close to scoring. I know that’s excessive, but just how it feels at the moment.
This 2023 Reds team is an enigma! Can’t score runs when the opportunity is staring them in the face, they are one of the worst baserunning teams in MLB and, besides the Big 3, their starting pitching is, sorely lacking a quality No. 4 or No. 5 starter ! And, their bullpen, except for Young & Diaz, is a Roulette Wheel of assassins and arsonists!
Has Bell ever managed a good base running team? Sound fundementals in any area?
I really dont know but i tend to think he doesnt command fundemental peformance from any aspect of baseball.
This 2023 Reds team is amazing! Four (4) hits and three (3) walks but ZERO runs!
Last October, the Reds dismissed five coaches: hitting coach Alan Zinter, first-base/infield coach Delino DeShields, bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, assistant coach Rolando Valles and advance scouting coach Cristian Pérez. But not David Bell.
The team seems more incapable of beating ANYBODY now than it did last fall. Jim Riggleman is managing in the Pioneer League. Can we get him back?
How about Larkin. He seems to have all the answers on TV.
Yeah, last season, Barry Larkin wanted to make Kyle Farmer a Red for life.
Seriously, that is my fear about firing David Bell, if they hire Larkin or someone like him, I would prefer they just keep Bell.
I really hope the next time the Reds hire a manager, it will be someone with a track record of winning.
There was a time I thought Larkin would be a good choice but I’ve since reversed my thinking. He simply is too much in tune with Big Bob & Son for what I can see.
The Reds have two centerfielders in the outfield tonight, unfortunately neither are playing center field.
I was happy with the Myers signing but he looks lost.
Reds making Rich Hill look like Steve Carlton.
Technically, they have 3 … but definitely looks like Senzel is baffled.
+500 for the Steve Carlton reference. I’m old enough to remember watching him pitch.
Me too! Amazing curve and slider!
Tom – I don’t think we’ll ever see that many pitchers of that caliber ever again. Carlton, Seaver, Tommy John … guys throwing 250 innings and to fail to complete a game where you were leading was a personal insult.
Santana’s belly flop slide was at least amusing.
Senzel and Barrero with OJT tonight out there … and it isn’t looking all that pretty.
and there it starts to go….
Bell is ridiculous.
Does any other team move their starting SS to the outfield so the backup can play?
Senzel in RF and Barrero in CF?
Fairchild batting 3rd?
Refuses to hit Stephenson 3rd ever? Hits guys like Fairchild there to avoid it?
Newman batting ahead of Barrero every time he plays?
Time for someone new
Well past time, but I think we all know how that little story plays out. He’s “legacy” based on his family name. Misplaced loyalty and intentionally blind to what is going on is hard to combat.
Nice rip by India. C’mon Steer!
This line up has to find ways to score and Bell has no idea what that means.
72 mph … seems like you could wait until the last blasted second and still put some wood on that.
The Reds theme song for this season should be Slip Slidin’ Away!
Except we’re nowhere near our destination yet … my calendar still shows April.
Nice hit … plus blind hog finds an acorn 😀
finally a run
OK, we at least get one back on some fine aggressive play and a flub by Bae.
Probably seen the last of Hill and any chances of scoring once the bullpen takes over!
I think I have lost patience with Myers, and Senzel too.
Kevin, you can’t give up on Senzel. We need SOMETHING to talk about for the next 5 months.
62 pitches and Cessa is out for our bullpen? C’mon, Man!!!
62 pitches and only 2 runs in 4 2/3 innings. One man on 1B. I guess that’s not enough for Mr. Bell. He’d rather roll the dice with the bullpen. Cessa obviously didn’t want to come out.
Did Cessa get hurt? 62 pitches??
DTBell checked his little book and something had triggered the move, no doubt.
Scheduled day off I suppose.
Tomorrow, we’ll get the Sunday line up. Lord help us.
No. David bell is just smarter than the rest of us.
David Bell cannot stand to be a behind the scenes manager. He has to be in the limelight one way or another.
Almost got gifted a TOOTBLAN there.
So, Cessa is finally pitching a good game and Bell takes him out? Clueless!
Clueless is being NIce lol
So old reliable Farmer comes in and gets nailed for a double on the first pitch.
I am sorry but that is terrible management. Yestedays game and now today. What the Heck is Bell thinking guys?
Sunday line up coming up
Good AB by Barrero there. 0-2 and worked a walk. He’s got two hits and a walk tonight. That’s not quite enough to earn a day off for David Bell. You need three hits for that.
Very good AB followed by a nice PH single … and then all wasted.
leading the inning with 2 guys who can’t hit led to 2 early outs, making the nice inning a difficulty from the get-go.
Strand 2 … story of the game so far.
Friedl got a hit there, but he’s gone for the rest of the game. Pittsburgh’s bullpen is mostly righthanded. Curious choice with only a runner on first.
I stand corrected. Friedl stays in, Barrero is out, and Luke Maile in at catcher bats in Barrero’s spot.
SMH Oooo boy. Take out your best SS who has two hits and a walk tonight. I’m getting sick.
On base 3x and you pull Barrero … that’s a MAJOR SMH Hard and Repeatedly.
Why would you pull Barrero?? Makes no sense.
It was Kevin’s turn to play a whole game, that’s why.
Barrero’s mother is here with snacks for the team. It’s his turn and he needs to help her.
+50,000 for probably the best response of the year.
His mother died of Covid a couple years ago.
I thought he lost his grandmother a couple of years ago and that’s why he changed his name form Garcia to Barrero in honor of her. In any case you know what I mean. No disrespect intended. Of course sorry for his loss. I like Jose.
Bell strikes again Why try to win?
LDS, I owe you a apology Bell is Terrible. I changed after that Fraley being pitched hit foe, however since then just moves after moves that make no sense.
I won’t be surprised if he gets an extension. Sadly, Bell will likely be there to screw up all the prospects as they arrive
Hunter Green has a great arm, so I think we need to try him out at third base.
Tyler Stephenson is a good hitter, so I think we need to have his steal more bases.
Jose Barrero is arguably the organization’s top defensive SS, so I think we need to put him in the outfield.
All asinine ideas, but sadly the Reds’ manager seems to be in love with one of them…
Remember Greene was a top-flight SS in high school 😀
Let’s see if this “handy” change pays off.
Not digging Bell’s moves tonight. Malle in for Barraro who’s 2-2 with a walk leaving in nick and Newman. Thought he pulled cessa too early. I rarely complain about bell probably less than I did with dusty.
Watching the hockey game. Did Bell pull Barrero after 2 hits and a walk and keep The Great Kevin Newman in ?
So, Barrero who is on base all 3 times gets benched, while the worse offensive and worse defensive shortstop Newman is kept in the game.
It certainly seems like Bell is either ridiculing upper management’s lack of baseball understanding, or is flaunting his unearned job security.
I’ll tell ya. There are times when it seems like David Bell is a double agent. 🙂
Tonight’s game, with removing Cessa for Farmer and the removal of Barrero, once again demonstrates that: A) Bell apparently does not care about trying to win a winnable game and B) Bell has no “feel” for the game as it is progressing!
I choose “C” both of the above
Yes, I forgot about option C, Both A & B!
I’ll come right out and say it plainly. Whether you like David Bell or not, after 4+ years of this (baloney), it’s time for a new manager….NOW. Interim is fine.
Freddie couldn’t possibly do worse for the rest of 2023
Curious what the franchise record is for consecutive innings without holding a lead. I believe this team is now up to 42.
That doesn’t surprise me. It sure feels that way.
That would match up with approaching a 5th straight loss. Always even or behind. Tough way to play.
I love this forum mostly because it reminds me that, I am not the only one wasting my life following this baseball team. Lol
You know, I was thinking about that earlier. This is a very hearty and devoted crew. I’ve said before, I love this website because I feel like I’m “home” with a bunch of like-minded people.
Tom I agree. One thing about this group, it’s made up of very loyal Reds fans.
With those Bell moves tonight , that extension should be coming any day.
Hahahaha!!!! Sad thing is you might be correct. Hahahaha!!!! I hope Krall is finally fed up and does what needs to be done or get fired himself for trying to do the right thing.
Stephenson couldn’t hit me right now.
Good lord, neither could Myers.
Can anyone say Matt McLain? 🙂 I don’t want to imply this team needs a jolt. 🙂
Waste another lead off base runner … time is growing very short tonight to salvage this one.
Well, they’re going to see Bednar in the ninth, so that will be lights-out.
Steer is definitely no Edwin Scissor-hands.
Melvin hit it with Bell, he just has to be seen no matter how the game is going. Nice move pulling Barrero who has been on base 3 times. I just can’t believe this stuff with Bell goes on and on. No other team in baseball would pit up with this.
Team cant score
Myers and Stephenson arent performing
First base is nothing
Pirates handing Reds a lesson
Good thing bell pulls Young after 2 good outs
The body language, and the “oh well, I guess I’ve failed again” looks on these guys’ faces when they make terrible decisions is just part of the “intangibles” Bell brings to this club. Once or twice a week someone will say “I love that these guys never quit and are always battling,” apparently forgetting the numerous at-bats they seem to give away in what seem like very winnable games. These guys may not “quit,” but they definitely take some long vacations. Bell demands nothing, and that’s what he gets.
I think they’re worn down mentally, just like us. They know by now they don’t have the talent to compete.
In my view they have the talent to compete a lot more than what they’re doing if you know what I mean.
I believe they have enough talent to score more than one run in this game and to beat the Pirates at least one out of three games. These are reasonable expectations but the guys have to really try and the manager has to not be dumb.
I think I disagree with you on this one. They are showing no power with the bat. Outside of the top three starters and three relievers, there’s not much there either. I want to believe as much as anyone, but when you watch as much as we do, it seems pretty clear that there is no “there” there. I’m for getting McLain up as soon as possible, and Abbott not far behind.
That reply was for Melvin. 😉
I understand Tom. It’s just the players see the “dumb” moves that are made too just like we do. That alone takes the air out of them.
I know this question was asked earlier in the comments but, was Cessa injured?
Nope. He wanted to stay in.
I believe it’s now been 43 consecutive innings without a lead.
The last time they led was the last game they won against Tampa Bay, right?
Pretty sure that’s correct.
Intermission. So is Vosler in the game yet? Bell has to get him going.
Good outing for Sims in a high-leverage moment, even though he was asked to face a weak batter.
Right. Because a LHP couldn’t possibly have gotten Hedges out. Not a chance.
Bell genius switches has set up an 8th inning of Newman, Senzel, Maile and then Bednar in the 9th.
That should work well.
David bell needs to be fired again
Pulling barrero after 2-2 with a walk
What message does that send
All the bell defenders ???
Bell over manages and destroys young players confidence and is a losing manager
The Reds are going to have to admit that Senzel was a busted pick and the sooner the better.
But he’s so versatile….
Haha has three catchers and Bell still screws it up. Bring up Chuckie Robinson. Bell needs four catchers
Three catchers and STILL lost the DH. One of the things they were so terrified of happening.
Pretty much sums up the Reds offense tonight! Eight (8) hits, four (4) walks and one (1) measly run! Beyond frustrating!
David bell needs to be fired again
Pulling barrero after 2-2 with a walk
What message does that send
All the bell defenders ???
Bell over manages and destroys young players confidence and is a losing manager
Good point Old School. I have been on the fence about firing David Bell, only because I just don’t think it’s going to matter a great deal until ownership is committed to winning. But you make a persuasive argument about destroying the young players confidence.
They will say “well he knows something we don’t know.” “He knows the players.” “He works with them everyday.” Baseball players are creatures of habit. They need to be doing the same thing every night! They never know what they will be doing with David Bell! He has NO idea how to guide his team when things are going tough. It shows in the way they play.
Sure, bring Fraley in cold and lose the DH. That’s a fantastic move in a 1-run game. It worked very well.
I’m fairness, the DH isn’t going to matter.
For Bell, the choice was to use Fraley in that spot, or wait until the ninth when Friedl, India and Steer are the first three hitters. Fairchild would bat fourth, and we may see Vosler there if they get that far.
Yeah, J & Tom … I agree. But why did he let it get to that situation anyway? At least we have 3 catchers, right?
Don’t look now but Bell’s favorite player, Newman, is 0-4!
I thought Vosler was?
If Bell isn’t on thin ice now he may never be. His in game managing is so bad it’s almost hard to believe.
Truly, Truly is
Diaz might be a little rusty?
Rusty? He needed a map to find the mound!
So I agree with you guys. We may disagree at times, however it is enjoyable to talk baseball or type. And sounds like most are just fed up with Bell and his decision. Ashcraft and Cessa pulled after less than 90 pitches! Barrero on base abd gets replaced. Man….
If it weren’t for RLN, I don’t know how I could manage a season like this.
Just the decision making by the manager. Just horrid.
Tinker Bell at it again! Brings Diaz in for Sims in a game the Reds will not win! Guess he needs work?
If he needed work, why not let him start the inning. Let’s him get freshly prepared and keeps Sims from warming up twice since he is coming back from injury.
Friedl with a web gem!
5.2 IP, 12ks 3 BBs for Boyle tonight.
Friedl with a great play. That man should NOT be sitting in the dugout when available to play.
Only David Bell can use 4 freaking relief pitchers in a 2-1 game.
Surprised it wasn’t more than 4!
Can they go five full games without a lead? I believe.
Any chance we can get to Bednar in the 9th to force the issue?
Underwood for the 2-inning save?
TJ makes it close.
David Bell went 3-22 last season with a better rotation and still wasn’t fired.
I do think he will be fired before his contract expires.
Yep. I truly believe they need a change. They may still lose, however Bell in my opinion isn’t the right man for this team. I know I know lol what took me so long
And it comes to this
Again, wish I’d been keeping track of how many check swing strike threes this team has had. With two strikes, either swing or don’t swing.
I’m old enough to remember when Steer would be met by the trainer with the “freeze spray” 😀
Night all. See you tomorrow afternoon. Hoping Greene has enough pixie dust and rest to break these Pie-Rats.
Wonder if a sweep from the pirates will get Bell fired. (He asks knowing the answer.)
Fire David Bell !!!
Awful April again
This team doesnt play for him
And who lost this game? Oh, the Reds. Go Tinker Bell
We all know Reds can’t win if they don’t score. I saying that it’s these game decisions that are really showing lately. In my opinion showing Bell has no management strategy
Glad you are seeing where some, not all, of the fault lies! Perfect example of what happens when you hire a manager for a ML job based upon his last name despite having little, if any MLB managing experience! Can’t take much more!
And a horrible MILB management record, from which Louisville has still not recovered
The Fraley being pitched hit for when at that time Fraley was your best hitter. Then another game the opposite happend. Fraley pitched hit for Newman. I dunno Dennis, he has no baseball smarts or i am just dumb lol
The Pirates are pretty impressive. The Reds may be a lock for last place for a very long time to come.
Pirates are winning without one of their best players! Their bullpen is obviously much better than the Reds! Got beat by a 43-year old pitcher!
You are overreacting….geez , the offense is just dead, very bad pitching of late.
Stephonson, Myers and Vosler are disappointing to watch offensively. Just trust the team, we will lose but will be interesting, David bell can’t manage
For a long time, I guess you haven’t noticed but our minor league system is good (sarcasm.) Every team has a losing record again this year. The culture of the Reds entire system is losing.
Sorry. Chattanooga is 7-6. So not all have losing records.
The Reds just need a better team. I see some help coming. They are minor league players right now.
I would sure love for someone in this organization to make some attempt to explain what it is they think Bell is doing for this team. Do they think he’s got an amazing gift for making all the right strategic decisions? Do they actually think these guys would be playing *worse* if they allowed someone else to take control? Do they just love the fact that nobody seems to be committing any major crimes on his watch? I mean, what could they possibly say right now to justify letting this guy continue to run things? Does anyone in the media ever even dare to ask this question?
Great post, 100% correct.
The overall records in the minor leagues may not be good, but it will be about ten players in their minor leagues who will help turn things around. This year was always going to be what we are currently seeing. No surprise. I hope they can get a few more extensions.
Oh I’m sure they are working on Bells extension as we speak.
I am very grateful for the Greene extension. I do hope they extend Lodolo as well.
I was not talking about Bell. However, I do not think he is the problem. He is just a lightning rod for criticism. The Reds were winning with Bell the first year. The difference was the players.
I don’t remember the Reds winning all that much the first year under David Bell.
75-87 in 2019. I agree they probably had a better team with better players.
Not really….I assume you mean 2020? They had a pretty darn good team that year. They horribly under performed that year. I think they actually did get fairly hot with 20 or so games left. They did take one of the gift playoff spots. Then promptly got bounced…..in embarrassing fashion….against the Braves in the first round without even scoring a run! Man, I guess I just have a different opinion about what winning is than other people do?
Yes, I hope they can extend Lodolo as well.
Melvin…do you remember Bells second and third years. I was off on the first year. I will give you that one. Have a good night.
Hey William – Yes. In 2020 it was the short season. The Reds had a pretty good team. Two of our pitchers were in the running for the Cy Young award and one actually got it. The team had a late “surge” and barely made the expanded playoffs with a record of 31-29. They didn’t score a run in the playoffs. In 2021 the Reds also had a pretty good team and, I believe, were 12 games over .500 at one point in the second half of the season. At that point they went into a deep dive so to speak even though it was determined that they had the second easiest schedule of all MLB clubs for the remainder of the season. They ended up with a 83-79 record and did not make the playoffs. Some would say David Bell has had two winning seasons. Others would say yeah he did barely but should have won a lot more. I’m in the second group. The point is even when David Bell has had pretty good teams/players he hasn’t done much with them in terms of winning. Of course winning is the bottom line.
Bell had two winning seasons. I give credit where it is due.