The Cincinnati Reds dropped their third straight game in the series last night to fall to 7-14 on the season. They’ll look to avoid being swept this afternoon and pick up their second road win of the year. The Pittsburgh Pirates could move into first place with a win today and a loss from Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 1:35pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jonathan India – 2B Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B
TJ Friedl – CF Tucupita Marcano – 2B
Spencer Steer – DH Andrew McCutchen – DH
Jake Fraley – RF Carlos Santana – 1B
Wil Myers – 1B Jack Suwinski – LF
Stuart Fairchild – LF Rodolfo Castro – SS
Jason Vosler – 3B Canaan Smith-Njigba – RF
Jose Barrero – SS Ji Hwan Bae – CF
Luke Maile – C Jason Delay – C
Hunter Greene – RHP Vince Velasquez – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Hunter Greene 17.0 4.24 1.53 6 24
Vince Velasquez 19.1 5.12 1.50 10 17
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Vince Velasquez’s Stats

Hunter Greene

The Pirates found success on Opening Day against Hunter Greene, scoring three runs on five hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. Since then Greene has settled in, giving up just five runs in 13.2 innings (3.29 ERA) with three walks and 16 strikeouts. His last start saw him exit early after taking a hard grounder off of his shin. The next day he signed a contract extension.

The splits this season for Hunter Greene are big, but the sample size is quite small. Righties are hitting well, posting an .895 OPS against him. Lefties have been solid but unspectacular against him with a .742 OPS against him. While the numbers aren’t quite the same for his career, right-handed batters have performed better against him than lefties, with an OPS advantage of 86 points. Greene has kept the ball in the ballpark in his last three starts.


RHH 38 11 6 0 0 3 10 .324 .395 .500
LHH 40 9 4 0 1 3 14 .243 .300 .432

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Change Slider
Velo 99.6 92.0 88.8
Usage 57% 2% 40%

Vince Velasquez

The Reds faced Velasquez in the opening series of the season and hit two home runs against him as he allowed three total runs in 4.2 innings. He’s coming off of a quality start in Colorado where he had seven strikeouts while giving up three runs in 6.0 innings – his second straight 6-inning start. The Pirates won both of those games after losing his first two starts of the season.

This season it’s been lefties that have crushed Vince Velasquez to this point. That hasn’t always been the case, though. In 2022 right-handed batters had more success against him. But back in 2021 it was lefties doing more damage. This season, though, it’s been the walks that has been a big difference as lefties have walked more than twice as often in fewer trips to the plate. The additional home run has also helped boost the slugging percentage against in such a small sample size.


RHH 49 10 2 0 1 3 9 .222 .271 .333
LHH 39 9 2 0 2 7 8 .281 .410 .531

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.8 93.0 80.7 83.7 89.3
Usage 45% 2% 0% 39% 13%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 48°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Christian Encarnacion-Strand is back on the field

The corner infield prospect missed the first three weeks of the season with a back injury. This morning he was activated in Triple-A Louisville. Last season between his time with the Twins and Reds farm systems he hit 32 home runs and .304 while driving in 114 runs. That will work.

Avoiding the Sweep

Cincinnati hasn’t been swept in a 4-game series in Pittsburgh since April of 2019.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 15 6 0.0 72.6%
Pirates 15 7 0.5 17.8%
Cubs 12 8 2.5 27.9%
Cardinals 8 13 7.0 42.5%
Reds 7 14 8.0 0.4%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

208 Responses

  1. DW

    Predicting a dominant performance from Hunter Greene today.

    Hopefully the bats will wake up today against another very mediocre pitcher.

    Great to see that CES is back!

  2. MK

    Why is Vosler playing 3B today? Even though it is a right-handed starter Newman is still hitting and fielding better

    If they are swept today Bell should be taking a separate flight out of Pittsburgh.

    • LDS

      Even if they win, he should be. Krill should end his Reds career first thing Monday

      • Daytonnati

        What’s he say to Buddy in the break room?

      • Melvin

        “What’s he say to Buddy in the break room?”

        “Sorry Dad. Your son’s not cuttin it.”

    • Mark Moore

      It’s mind boggling … Vosler has to be 3rd or 4th on the depth chart for playing 3rd.

    • Jim t

      Steer fouled a ball off his foot yesterday probably gave him a day off in the field.

  3. Doc

    Time for the $53MM man to step up and pitch like it. 3 to 4 innings of work every 5-6 games just doesn’t cut it.

    • Kevin H

      He is still learning to pitch and last outing before injury he went 6 innings. His contract has no bearing on this year. Let Greene develop as he will be fine

      • Dennis Westrick

        Agree 100%! Greene is still very young and a lot of very successful MLB pitchers struggled early in their careers! Look it up! Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, etc.!

      • Votto4life

        Also, a lot of unsuccessful major league pitchers have gotten off to slow starts. Having said that, Hunter Greene will be OK.

      • Doc

        He was very good today. Glad he listened to me rather than everybody else!

  4. Dennis Westrick

    The Pirates have a 6 game winning steak and the Reds are on a 5 game losing streak! Every winning streak starts with win, so, let’s get that winning streak started today!

    Also, as bad as the Reds are currently playing, the team all the baseball pundits predicted to win the NL Central, the Dirty Birds of Saint Louis, are only one game better than the Reds! Baseball is a funny game!

  5. Votto4life

    Scheduled off day for Tyler Stephenson? I thought the idea of the three catchers was to allow Stephenson to play first base or DH?

    Is he injured?

    • Melvin

      This is his second game off of the year. Don’t know.

    • Mark Moore

      Planned day off most likely. He’s scuffling a bit at the plate as well.

    • Dennis Westrick

      This whole scheduled “Off Day” for major league players by Bell is a farce! Having played, coached and umpired baseball thru the years the only players that need a day off are pitchers and catchers! Think about it! When players are in the field they are mostly standing or are in a defensive crouch! Once their team is batting they are either standing or sitting in the dugout! Finally conditioned athletes should NOT need a scheduled day of rest! The exceptions are for players nursing injuries from muscle strains/pulls or being hit by a thrown or batted ball.

      • Votto4life

        Dennis I agree, it’s especially true during the third week of the season.

      • Doc

        How many of those opining never took weekends off, working 7 days per week for six months? I sure as heck didn’t, and I have always stayed in shape. The brain needs rest, too, and it doesn’t get it actively playing.

      • Votto4life


        I don’t think giving a players an off day is an issue. I think scheduling off days in advance is the issue. A manager should use a line up that gives his team the best chance of winning. By giving players “planned days off” you are unable to take advantage of pitching match ups and hot bats. Despite what analytics might suggests, players do have hot and cold streaks.

        Besides that, no one suggested a player should play 7 days a week for six months. We are only 25 games into season. Hardly, 6 months, so I’m not sure where you came up with that number.

      • Votto4life

        Doc – After reviewing my last comment, it comes across as a bit snippy. That wasn’t my intention.

  6. Melvin

    “Christian Encarnacion-Strand is back on the field”

    Glad to see that.

    • MBS

      Yep, it should be fun to see what McLain, EDLC, and CES do together. Hopefully they’ll push each other to move up fast.

      • Melvin

        Unfortunately neither one has a hit yet today. McLain does have a walk.

  7. Mark Moore

    Hope the guys have heated batting gloves today. 46 degrees is just plain cold for April. Meanwhile, my windows are open with a gentle breeze coming through. Plenty of sunshine.

    • Daytonnati

      Greene seems to lose velocity in this kind of weather.

      • Mark Moore

        So many of the flame-throwers do seem to lose their fastest stuff.

    • Dennis Westrick

      A sunny 81 here in Central Florida today!

  8. Mark Moore

    No worries about a no-hitter now … that’s a good thing, right?

  9. CI3J

    Not a good start here.

    Reds go down 1-2-3, while the first two Pirates reach base on hits.

    Let’s see if it goes off the rails.

    • CI3J

      Well, that double play ball helped, but the Pirates still score.


  10. JB

    I hate the fast ball down the middle on first pitch. Not sure why guys don’t swing more often.

  11. Mark Moore

    Forgot it was Vosler who started that DP. Now focus on Santana and get out of this only down our usual 1 run.

  12. J

    Reds are now on their way to a sixth complete game without having a lead.

  13. Dennis Westrick

    Facing another Cy Young candidate today in Pittsburg’s Velasquez! His pregame ERA was nearly 5!

  14. Mark Moore

    Myers in his polar suit but no batting gloves

  15. CI3J

    Fraley’s slump continues.

    He’s going to drop below the Mendoza line soon.

    • J

      He’s at least hitting the ball somewhat crisply on a fairly regular basis, which is more than can be said for Myers, who just seems to have no idea how to hit a baseball.

  16. J

    I wonder how many consecutive innings without holding a lead will have to occur before Bell starts to feel a tiny bit of pressure to start doing a few things a little bit differently than he’s been doing them. Does it have to reach triple digits?

    • CI3J

      I think Bell’s job is guaranteed no matter what happens, so I think the concept of “pressure” doesn’t really exist for him unless he makes it for himself.

      • J

        Oh, yes. Of course I meant internal pressure. I know the organization has made it clear that he’s under no obligation to win any games.

  17. Dennis Westrick

    No hits by this Reds juggernaut thru 2 innings! If the Reds get swept in this 4 game series against the Pirates it’s finally time to fire Bell! Yes, I know Bell doesn’t pitch or bat but he is the manager who makes up the lineups and attempts to make changes during the game that ultimately determine the success or failure of this team! Quite simply, he continues to fail at every metric used to measure the success of a ML manager!

    • J

      With any normal franchise, I’d expect to be reading a “Bell fired; Benavides takes over as interim manager” headline just about every day, but with this franchise I’ve come to believe that it may literally not be possible for reasons that we will probably never really understand.

  18. Mark Moore

    Bullets dodged. Pitch count reasonable. Now to break our streak.

  19. Mark Moore

    Vosler put some wood on that one, no?

  20. Melvin

    Barrero is showing much more plate discipline these days. He’s improving a lot.

    • Old-school

      I hear you but Id be happy if hes hitting 8th and playing SS every day and can just get some continuity and confidence knowing that.

  21. CI3J

    Barrero with another quality AB.

    What’s it going to take to move him up in the order?

  22. Hanawi

    Have the Reds played the same lineup with the same batting order in two games this year? I am almost certain they haven’t done it consecutively and I’m thinking that they may not have at all. I get that they want some flexibility, but the constant moving of positions and batting order doesn’t allow for any kind of routine, which I think is important for baseball players.

    • Mark Moore

      I do not believe so. I’m pretty sure that isn’t in DTBell’s little book of extreme baseball knowledge.

    • CI3J


      Bell’s constant tinkering and trying to be the smartest guy in the room isn’t allowing any of the players to get comfortable in any kind of role or to establish any sort of routine.

      I think the only constant in Bell’s lineups has been India leading off, although recently he seems to have settled on Friedl as the #2 hitter as well.

      You look at other teams, and they have set batting orders, although they’ll sometimes swap players who need a rest or something, but the basic order doesn’t change. Bell seems to go India, Friedl, Steer, then just starts drawing names from a hat each day.

      • J

        Well, no. Fraley and Myers will always be in the top 6 no matter how poorly they’ve been hitting. And we can say the same about Votto if he ever returns. And if Pham were on this team, he’d always hit 3rd no matter what. Bell does have certain guys that are locked in to certain spots (or roughly the same spot every day) no matter what. And then there are other guys who can’t get locked in to any spot no matter what.

  23. Mark Moore

    Turned it over. Time for India to be India. Good speed on 2nd.

  24. CI3J

    Wheels are wobbling a bit for Velasquez. Can the Reds capitalize?

    • CI3J

      To the surprise of absolutely no one, the answer is “no”.

  25. Mark Moore

    Day and Thrall are a little chilling in their booth today. Day keeps mentioning it and asking if any heat is coming out of the registers.

  26. J

    I’d like to point out that the Reds just had an opportunity to be creative and try a hit and run with Barrero at 2nd, one out, and India at the plate. It was the 1,397th consecutive time that Bell felt that calling for such a play would be too risky, because, you know, this team can always just find a way to drive in those runners without taking any risks.

    • Mark Moore

      Hit and what? Is this some kind of dark magic or voodoo you speak of, sir?

      • J

        I’m old. It’s something I remember from the 1900s.

    • Melvin

      “try a hit and run”

      Don’t you know you can get arrested for that? David Bell does.

  27. Mark Moore

    Clean inning and under 40 pitches through 3. Yet I still feel like something is missing. Can’t quite put my finger on it … 😮

    • CI3J

      Greene isn’t really dominating. There have been some loud outs that on a warmer day might have carried over the wall.

      Greene is pitching well. But he’s not pitching like a #1 despite, like you said, pretty good numbers overall.

      • Doc

        To me, what makes a #1 a #1 is being able to get the job done when you don’t have your best stuff. I can’t see the game, only a transcript play by play. Looks pretty good to me. Finishes with 6 innings and 1 run on 4 hits. That’s pretty good stuff, at least anywhere but on RLN.

  28. Mark Moore

    Thin crowd there … still 2-3x what we’re drawing.

    • Dennis Westrick

      You think this crowd is small? Wait until the Reds return home to play the marquee Texas Rangers! Will be lucky to draw 5,000 paying patrons!

  29. Mark Moore

    Myers pulls one, almost a tomahawk type swing. Time for Stuart to deliver?

  30. Mark A Verticchio

    This team is so dull it’s actually sad to watch. If ever a team was a mirror image of it’s manager this is it, no life, dead to the world. The clock has to be ticking on Bell. It is lie watching paint dry when the Red’s are at bat. The players are going through the motions on the 22nd game of the year, only 140 go.

    • Mark Moore

      +50,000 duller than dull and no life showing whatsoever. Kind of like all the bodies stacked up in the old movie “Coma”. 😀

    • JB

      Lol you are correct. This team is their manager. Dull as crap. I mean I’m trying to stay awake every game. Just think if it was last year and the games went on for over 3 hours.

    • Erik the Red

      This team needs some energy in the worst way. Reminds me of a corporate board room where the average age is 60 plus.

  31. Mark Moore

    Let’s see if this call holds up. I don’t think it does. I wouldn’t want to be making that call.

    • Mark Moore

      I think he did. But Jack’s had was on the bag when he did.

  32. Mark Moore

    All for nothing as Greene freezes him and gets that extremely slow call from the ump.

  33. Mark Moore

    Anybody else keep getting Spanish language commercials during the games?

    • JB

      Yes!! Am I going to have to learn a new language?

  34. Melvin

    61 pitches after 4 for Greene. That’s an improvement.

  35. Mark Moore

    Thrall, “Vosler has cooled off considerably …”

    Well, yeah, if you consider Arctic conditions “cool” … 😀

      • Mark Moore

        I feel for Thrall. He doesn’t have Sadak’s “gift for continuous speech” and he has to say something.

    • J

      I’m not listening, so you’ll have to let me know if he added “and I have no earthly idea why Bell keeps giving him playing time. Being left-handed doesn’t matter if you’re bad at hitting. I have no idea why the guy is even on the major league roster at this point, let alone why Bell keeps giving him starts every time there’s a right-handed pitcher. At least bat the guy below Barrero for god’s sake.” I’m just wondering if he said that.

      • Mark Moore

        No, J … he didn’t say any of that in his outside voice. I have to think he did with his inside voice.

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Wasn’t aware the Pirates had so many Cy Young candidates among their starting pitchers!

    • Melvin

      Seems like every team we face does recently.

  37. Mark Moore

    Cy Velasquez makes it 50 innings.

  38. AMDG

    During the 5 game losing streak, plus today, Barrero has a 0.500 OBP, while the rest of the team has a 0.227 OBP.

    I assume that means Barrero will continue to bat at the bottom of the order, and get benched for Newman later in the game today.

    • J

      Well, if there’s a lefty brought in to face Vosler, what else is Bell supposed to do other than take Barrero out?

  39. Mark Moore

    Greene isn’t racking up the K’s but he’s getting the job done. He’s got to be more than a little frustrated with the complete lack of offensive support. He may even find that lack of support itself to be offensive.

  40. Kevin H

    Well ain’t this fun
    Greene doing his job. Wondering if the few who question his pitching are noticing.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Been saying all along, Patience Grasshopper! Patience! Only 2 walks so far and that is a definite improvement!

    • Mark Moore

      I know I was critical of him, but I like this version on a cold day. He’s making it work. Good pitchers find a way to do that.

  41. Hanawi

    Need to dump Vosler and Maile as soon as possible. Those guys just aren’t getting it done and aren’t part of any future or present.

    Great to see Greene with a good start. Could get into the 7th if he can have a clean 6th.

    • Kevin H

      Has two good starts, one cut by a injury. Just building off his last two starts.

  42. Dennis Westrick

    As bad as the Reds were last year, I don’t recall a stretch of games where the offense was more pathetic!

  43. CI3J

    Is Greene throwing more changeups today? I notice a lot of his pitches are clocking in the high 80s.

  44. Kevin H

    This series, losses by 4-3, 4-2, 2-1, and…..

    Pitching has done well. Starting pitching as well

    • Dennis Westrick

      Pitching not the problem of late! Bell and his lineups and constant perplexing in-game tinkering are part of the problem with the offense!

      • Kevin H

        Yep, and his bizarre changing his starters after only 89 pitches and what 62 yesterday by Cessa?

    • CI3J

      Steer on track for the Golden Sombrero today.

  45. Mark Moore

    Steer 3/4ths of the way to his sombrero

  46. Melvin

    McLain with a hit and a walk today. Robinson with two hits and an RBI. Probably don’t need any help though. 😉

  47. CI3J

    Fraley has officially hit the Mendoza Line (.200).

    Myers (.211) and Fairchild (.212) not far behind.

    Vosler (.164) and Maile (.176) wish they could go on a hot streak to get back TO the Mendoza line.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Speaking of dreaming, I’m waiting for a supermodel to knock on my front door!

      • Mark Moore

        Annie on the pre-game is as close as you’ll get, Dennis

  48. JB

    I said in the spring, with the new rules, that the Reds would break the team record of stolen bases for a season. They were stealing constantly. Now? Nothing. I mean down 1-0 and they arent even thinking about it. All these guys with speed and playing basically station to station again.

  49. Kevin H

    Greene two outings plus this one, he seems to be throwing his off speed pitches. How does he look on TV?

    • Mark Moore

      Smooth and efficient. Very focused.

  50. Dennis Westrick

    Good job by Greene today! Too bad it appears to be another wasted effort by one of The Big 3!

  51. JB

    Greene down to a 3.52 ERA. Don’t be surprised,at the end of the season, Greene,Lodolo and Ashcraft have ERAs of 3 or less and losing records. Offense is pitiful.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I would classify the Reds offense as abysmal! Pitiful would be an improvement!

  52. Kevin H

    Do reds make some switches with how offense is going right now? I mean seriously this is becoming frustrating lol

  53. Bet on Red

    Great start by the kid, horrible batting by the reds…..or are the Pirates legit?

  54. Dennis Westrick

    Vosler has GOT TO GO! Don’t care how much Bell believes in him!

    • J

      He’s left-handed. Ergo, he starts against righties. That’s the rule. Don’t question the rules.

    • Melvin

      How dare you question “the rules”.

  55. J

    Myers has pretty reliably swung at balls and taken pitches down the middle. I don’t think I can remember seeing a guy looking more confused at the plate. His hit today was on a pitch that would have been called a ball. He almost appears to be hitting with his eyes closed and trying to judge pitches by their sound.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I think that’s known as a guess hitter.

      • J

        I’ve never seen a guess hitter who guesses wrong on every single pitch. He’s taking it to a new level.

  56. Votto4life

    David bell is six outs away from the unemployment line.

    • J

      Yeah, and I’m six outs away from winning the lottery. It’s fun to dream.

    • CI3J

      He SHOULD be, but he’s not.

      He’s part of Big Bob’s “in” group. Nothing he does or says could make them fire him.

  57. Kevin H

    Not one to say let’s just call guys up, however McLain, Robinson and Hopkins are hot. Are they the answer who knows. Are they better than Maile, Volser, and Myers maybe.

    • Mark Moore

      Don’t trust DTBell with those high-value assets one bit.

    • Melvin

      What’s the worst that can happen? We fall out of last place?

  58. CI3J

    Fraley .200
    Myers .208
    Fairchild .206
    Vosler .161
    Maile .176

    A real Murderer’s Row there.

    Meaning, they murder any chance your team has of scoring.

    Oh, and just for fun:

    Senzel .152
    Newman .200

  59. Dennis Westrick

    Sanmartin in for Greene! Wait for it! What, you say! The mandatory walk by a Reds relief pitcher!

  60. Mark Moore

    6 innings and done … SMH so hard I’ll feel it tomorrow.

    • Kevin H

      He could of went 7 innings. People say he can’t get out of 5th innings. Well his manager pulls him for no reason. Yes today I know 6 innings and two starts ago 6 innings lol

  61. Dennis Westrick

    And there it is! Sanmartin checks the box by walking the leadoff hitter in a one run game!

    • CI3J

      I’m convinced all Reds relief pitchers have that clause in their contract: “You MUST walk the first batter you face, every time. Failure to do so will result in instant deduction of $50,000 from your salary.”

      • Melvin

        “$50,000 from your salary.”

        The same amount of money, I believe, we get for an ugly Kroger patch.

  62. Votto4life

    Remember when people here were saying “there is no way this team would 100 games again this year” ? Or “if the Reds catch a couple of breaks, they can contend for a wild card”.

    Yeah, good times.

    • Kevin H

      After first 15 games. Lmao… now well not so much

    • Votto4life

      “It’s so hard for a team to lose 100 games. The Reds have only done so 3 times in 153 years.”

      “there is no way the Reds will go through another 3-22 stretch again”

      “The Reds are too good offensively to lose 100 games again”.

      • Kevin H

        And admittedly it started out that way. Then a hitting slump a teamine the reds can’t afford to do. Pitching failed 3 out-of four games and here we are

  63. Pete

    David Bell has no feel for the game of baseball. It’s really a shame.

    • Doc

      It’s the players apparent lack of feel for the game of baseball that is currently concerning, especially hitting.

      • Pete

        It’s puzzling that the players at each level of the organization struggle so much. Especially the hitters. Must just be a coincidence that we pick guys that can’t hit proficiently.

        It’s not inconceivable that the Reds not only fail to identify talent fail to develop talent as well. My money is on the latter…

  64. Dennis Westrick

    Sanmartin with the daily double! Walks that Is! Let’s see how many runs the Pirates get before Bell wakes up from his nap!

  65. Kevin H

    Mandatory 4 relief pitchers used into play now. Lol

  66. Dennis Westrick

    OK, Cruz! Fulfill your contract obligations! Walk the first batter!

  67. Votto4life

    Things always look better in the off-season. I actually thought Will Benson was going to be the biggest steal in Red’s history. Turns out Cleveland knew what they were doing.

  68. TR

    However it’s done, I have no idea, but change is needed in Redsland.

  69. Old-school

    Stephenson with a towering double!

  70. Mark Moore

    Nice PH by TySteve. Warmer day and that’s probably out.

  71. Jim Walker

    Somebody (Reynolds I think) just hit a 3 run HR for the Bats. When was the last time the Reds even had the potential for a 3 run jack?

      • CI3J

        I think Greg Vaughn hit one once.

        Might have just been a fever dream, though.

      • JB

        Loved him. Where have you gone Trader Jack? We need you more than ever.

    • J

      See, that’s the problem. They had two guys on base with India at the plate, and Bell was thinking “3 run HR” and not “hit-and-run and put the ball in play somewhere,” which is something this team might actually be able to do sometimes if they ever tried.

  72. Kevin H

    Reds offense In a horrible slump right now. Positive side these guys came out hot swing the bats. No reason they can’t do it again. Baseball season is ups and downs.

    My Positive spin for the day

  73. Jim Walker

    Now Ramos hits his 2nd in as many days and what was a 6-1 Bats deficit is now a 1 run deficit

  74. CI3J

    The only Reds starters to not K at least once today are:

    Fraley and Fairchild.

    Take a bow, guys!

    • Melvin

      Fraley is out of the game now. 🙂

      • Jim Walker

        What did I miss trying to watch 2 games at once? My gameday box shows Friedl out but Fraley still in?

      • Melvin

        Mine just switched. lol You’re correct. Must have been a glitch in the program or in my mind maybe. lol

      • Melvin

        David Bell must think there’s not much chance of a comeback. That’s why he takes one of his best and only hitters out. That spot won’t come up again.

    • Jim Walker

      Hold the kudos maybe? Fraley will bat for sure in the 9th and Fairchild would bat 4th.

  75. J

    India obviously isn’t the problem with this team, but the guy just took strike three with a runner on second, and it looked like the ump got it right. Even if it’s an inch or two off the plate, you can’t count on the ump. I’ve never played professional baseball, but even I know you’ve gotta shorten your swing and swing at anything close in that situation. This team has no baseball IQ whatsoever. Bell demands nothing, and he gets nothing.

    • Mark Moore

      Definitely within that rendering we see on the screen. Way too close to take it.

    • Doc

      But wait. Many on this site are clamoring to extend a guy with no baseball IQ? Where’s the logic?

      • J

        He’s a gifted player who could learn to be even better under better management. There’s the logic.

      • JB

        If you don’t extend India then who are you extending? Are they just going to turn into the A’s? India is doing a great job in my book. Everybody wants to hand the job to McLain and EDLC but what have they done in the Majors? They might get here and end up like Senzel. I’ll extend the guy who has done it at the top level first.

    • CI3J

      Bell asks for nothing, and he receives it in abundance.

  76. Mark Moore

    And that should but the final nail in our coffin. 54 innings here we come. Broomed by the Pie-Rats.

  77. JB

    Pittsburgh swiping bases left and right. Bell is looking at the pretty clouds.

  78. Doc

    Is that why you need three catchers? So you can use one of the three to pinch hit for another of the three, and then pinch run for the second so you can put the third in to catch? Now I understand roster construction.

    • JB

      Man Doc don’t go there. A very sore subject. You want logic? There is none with the three catcher scenario.

      • Melvin

        Yes there is logic. The problem is yesterday we still lost the DH. We just need 4 catchers now and everything will be fine.

  79. Jim Walker

    cue the Mexican hat dance for Steer. Happens to everyone from time to time

  80. CI3J

    Steer gets the Golden Sombrero!

    ¡Ay Caramba!

  81. CI3J

    Fraley at .197 now.

    But at least he didn’t strike out today.

    • Jim Walker

      Not for Stu. At least he was ready and went after the one early he had a shot to hit.

  82. GPod

    and Bell will come on the post game and say: “we’re close” Blah, Blah, Blah……and it goes on and on…..nobody cares that this manager is horrible, I don’t care if you’re rebuilding or a championship team….it’s all the same : HE IS A TERRIBLE MANAGER OF A MLB TEAM. I would like anyone to show me evidence on the contrary

    • CI3J

      Hey, look on the bright side. At this point last season, they were 3-19.


  83. CI3J

    And Fairchild Ks to end it.

    Making Fraley the ONLY Reds player not to strikeout today. Despite that, Fraley never reached base even once.


  84. Mark Moore

    Beyond frustrating. To borrow from Gene Hackman’s character in “The Replacements” it seems we’re lacing in heart. Once again, this isn’t on our pitching staff. Not one bit.

  85. Hanawi

    Fairchild and Fraley aren’t long-term pieces, except as bench depth. Reds desperately need to find at least 2 more OFs to be consistent starters. And this is where the farm is the weakest. They should be switching guys out there now to get experience.

    • Slicc50

      Swept by the Pirates. This is how far we have fallen. Hard to believe this is the same team putting up competitive at-bats just a few games ago. Drawing walks, keeping the k’s down, getting the timely hits. It was the pitching we were worried about then. Well the pitching was good enough to win every ball game in this series!

      We have to get rid of the automatic outs on the 26. Vosler, Maile, Senzel have got to go so when the good hitters struggle, there is someone to provide offense!

  86. Dennis Westrick

    Keeping all my Reds paraphernalia well hidden for now!

  87. Rob

    Did we just get swept by the lowly Pirates? Last I read here was no way we were as bad as the Pirates. Might have been pre season. Might be July now before we catch them in the standings. And they are playing without their best player. What is going to happen when we start playing better teams like the Dodgers, Padres, Mets, etc. We will lose 5 games of a 3 game series? Looks to me like some type of unexpected shakeup is in order. Releasing any of our players won’t accomplish anything as far as a message. An extended trip to the minors for 3-4 guys might piss somebody off.

    • Votto4life

      The Reds are not catching the Pirates this season.

      • Slicc50

        Nope, the Pirates appear to have a little something going over there. Their best hitter right now being a guy that barely got a shot with the Reds!