After being swept by the New York Yankees over the weekend, the Cincinnati Reds welcome in one of the hottest teams in baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have gone 11-3 over their last 14 games to climb out of last place in the National League Central. Both teams will be running out left-handed starters this evening with the first pitch set for 6:40pm ET.

Starting Lineups

St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds

Tommy Edman – RF Jonathan India – 2B
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B Matt McLain – SS
Willson Contreras – DH Spencer Steer – 1B
Nolan Arenado – 3B Tyler Stephenson – DH
Juan Yepez – LF Nick Senzel – 3B
Nolan Gorman – 2B Stuart Fairchild – LF
Paul DeJong – SS Wil Myers – RF
Oscar Mercado – CF Jose Barrero – CF
Andrew Knizner – C Curt Casali – C
Jordan Montgomery – LHP Brandon Williamson – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Brandon Williamson 5.2 1.59 0.71 2 6
Jordon Montgomery 51.1 4.21 1.34 13 48
Links: Brandon Williamson’s Stats | Jordan Montgomery’s Stats

Brandon Williamson

It was just one start, but Brandon Williamson looked good in his big league debut after battling inconsistency in Triple-A this season. The lefty pitched into the 6th inning in Colorado and allowed just one run while striking out six batters.

Even in the minor leagues this season teams tried to avoid sending too many lefties to the plate against Williamson. Left-handed hitters have had some success in picking up singles, but they aren’t walking much and they aren’t hitting for any power against him. Right-handed hitters are hitting for a lower average than lefties, but they are walking significantly more and hitting for way more power.

Splits (AAA & MLB)

RHH 135 33 7 0 8 19 26 .255 .340 .479
LHH 50 13 2 1 0 3 7 .277 .320 .362

Pitch Usage (AAA & MLB)

4-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 91.8 87.2 73.9 81.5 84.3
Usage 51% 6% 13% 20% 11%

Jordan Montgomery

For the most part, Jordan Montgomery has pitched quite well this season. But a 7-run outing on April 18th and a 6-run outing on May 10th have made up for 13 or his 24 earned runs this season. In his other seven starts this season he’s given up 11 runs in 42.1 innings pitched – that’s an ERA of 2.34.

This season teams have tried to avoid lefty-on-lefty match ups with Jordan Montgomery. The few left-handed hitters that have gotten the opportunity to face him have picked up hits at a solid rate, but they’ve all been singles and they haven’t drawn a single walk in 40 plate appearances against him.


RHH 185 45 17 1 6 13 41 .266 .324 .485
LHH 40 11 0 0 0 0 7 .275 .275 .275

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Change
Velo 93.7 93.4 89.0 80.9 84.2
Usage 13% 42% 1% 24% 19%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 75°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Joey Votto and Connor Overton updates

There were some good updates and some not-so-good updates out of Great American Ball Park today. Joey Votto’s progressing with his recovery from his shoulder and biceps surgery and is doing better, but not quite ready for games yet. On the flip side of that good news is the bad news that Connor Overton had a setback while rehabbing in Arizona and is undergoing elbow surgery. We’ve got more information on both from our piece this afternoon if you’re looking for that.

Spencer Steer: Super Sub?

Earlier today Jason Linden took a look into the future and argued that the best role for Spencer Steer may very well be that of a super sub for the Cincinnati Reds. With the positions he can play and the guys that are coming up, it may push him into such a role and it’s possible he could fill that role out better than anyone has in quite a while for the club.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 25 21 0.0 62.2%
Pirates 24 22 1.0 12.4%
Cardinals 21 27 5.0 45.3%
Cubs 20 26 5.0 12.9%
Reds 19 27 6.0 0.7%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

271 Responses

  1. SlippinJimmy

    “Hey I know, let’s bat Stephenson 4th!”

    Said no one ever.

    • Dennis Westrick

      He’s a power hitter, don’t you know! Count your blessings, it could have been Myers! Sometimes I think Bell just puts 8 names in a hat and draws them out one-by-one to determine the batting order!

      • J

        It might actually be better if he did. Pham wouldn’t have hit third every day. Stephenson wouldn’t be in the middle of the order every day. Guys who are left handed wouldn’t automatically go to the bottom of the order when a lefty starts. Guys who’ve been really hot lately might show up at the top of the order even if Bell sees them as bottom of the order kinds of guys. etc.

    • J

      He’s good enough to be the DH and hit 4th today, but yesterday there was no reason to have him hit with the game on the line. Instead, it was a guy who shouldn’t even be on the major league roster. Bell is living in a world where 2+2 = 4 on Sunday, 2+2 = 5 on Monday, and on Tuesday it could equal anywhere from 3 to 6. There is simply no logic to any of it.

      • SlippinJimmy

        Polite correction there, friend.

        WE are living in HIS world. 2 + 2 = Hotdog. “These pretzels are makin’ me THIRSTY!”

    • wkuchad

      Some of the complaints on here are silly. He’s currently 5th best on the team versus lefties this year.

      If you look at prior years, even higher.

      4th only one spot different than 5th. Chill.

      • wkuchad

        Clarification, 5th best of the current starters this game.

  2. Dennis Westrick

    Regardless of the batting order du jour, this is an important start of a 3-games series against The Dirty Birds! Need to start with a win and hopefully win the series! Don’t like being in last place but still only 6 games out of 1st in the NL Central. Long way to go but need to start scoring more than 2 runs a game and win series, especially at GABP!

    • Tar Heel Red

      It is actually a 4-game series. Hoping the Reds can at least split with the Cardinals, but not very confident. Reds pitching is just too weak right now.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks for the correction! At my age I don’t plan too far in advance!

        A split would be OK but to escape the NL Central will need to win 3 of 4!

  3. SultanofSwaff

    Players have been given enough at-bats that we’re no longer in small sample size territory. You have to think guys like Casali, Fairchild, Senzel, Newman are feeling the pressure to justify their presence on the roster. To that I say good.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’ll add Myers to that list and note that both Senzel and Newman are both outperforming him.

      I’m ready for Myers to step up or step up to the plate or step closer to the plate or whatever to start making a contribution.

      Some RLN folks have been using the tired “he’ll be fine….” tagline.

      Myers must not have got the word yet.

      If the plan is to trade him at the August deadline, if this keeps up I doubt they could get Strickland back for him.

      • David

        A trade requires two teams to meet on value. Right now, Wil Myers has no value. Perhaps one of the biggest disappointments of the 2023 season so far. Nobody in their right mind in professional baseball would give you anything for him, and likely the Reds would have to pay someone to take him off their roster. The Mike Minor of 2023.
        Maybe he turns it all around tonight and goes on a big hitting tear!

    • 2020ball

      Who should be on the roster instead?

      Elly sure but i reeallly dont get what you’d expect a bunch of AAA guys and rookies to do any better.

  4. SR

    With a left handed pitcher tonight, don’t think it matters who bats where. The inability of this team to not be able to score runs off of pitchers who give up 5 or 6 runs a game to the rest of the MLB is astounding. Let’s see if senzel breaks out of his power dive with a lefty going tonight.

  5. Mark Moore

    I cannot express how much I want to see us dismantle the Dirty Birds tonight. Here’s to Williamson settling in to a good routine tonight.

    • Tar Heel Red

      I REALLY, REALLY hope you are right, but I just don’t see it. Hey, at least we don’t have to watch Molina’s classless act anymore, so that is something, right?

    • Harry Stoner

      Or at least he can start Edman off with some chin music.

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    Could be a rough series the way the Cardinals are hitting. The point about Stephenson not being good enough to pinch hit for Benson, with the game on the line Sunday, and yet good enough to hit clean up on Monday tells the story of David Bell as a manager. What a joke this guy is as a so called manager. I really don’t see much progress this year so far. I realize the record is better but the big 3 has digressed and the best prospects are still stuck, for some reason, in Louisville.

    • JB

      They might be better than last year, but win wise , they are tied with Colorado as the worst in the National League.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      Another sweep and Bell should be gone.

  7. Melvin

    Time to compete or possibly get buried in last place.

    • JB

      Win wise they are the third worse team in baseball. Thank God for the Royals and A’s.

    • David

      The odds are getting buried in last place.

      I expect Williamson will not be able to repeat his excellent start last week against the Rockies, which was a very pleasant surprise. And the last game the Reds have won.

      I hope he pitches great, but I would not put odds on that. The Cardinals are hot! hot! hot!
      The Reds are not, not not….

  8. Bet on Red

    Larks right, its starting to look like these trades are starting to sort themselves out

  9. DataDumpster

    When about 6 of the 9 guys in the lineup either need “extended” rest days or worse, I can’t get too concerned about the order except where it was already noted how someone is hitting fourth today while being bypassed for Benson yesterday.
    I guess it is Casali’s turn to catch but hope that Maile gets more playing time [Yes, he does lead the team in OPS]. And, what about that guy Fraley? Even though he gets lifted for lefties almost every time, he still has 32 RBIs while the next highest is 18. Fairchild isn’t exactly burning the cover off the ball, is Fraley really that bad or not given much of a chance? Maybe it’s time to call up the Giants and see if they can return a favor and send us the fat guy who can drive a few over the wall: Joc Pederson.

  10. Mark Moore

    That was ugly … and he knew it. Glad he recovered and caught it.

    • Melvin

      Glad he’s an good athlete. He could have never recovered otherwise.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      A work in progress … 😉 but he DID recover.

  11. Mark Moore

    One pitch – one double.

    But my wife says it isn’t how you start, it’s how you finish.

  12. Melvin

    McLain is awesome. I like he and Steer both.

    • Melvin

      Two rookies batting 2nd and 3rd. Hold on to your seats friends but I’m going to pay David Bell a compliment for doing that. 🙂

  13. Mark Moore

    Backward K … those are really getting annoying.

  14. Melvin

    Good hit by Stephenson and an RBI. Wouldn’t that have been nice yesterday? Oh well. Time to move on.

  15. 2020ball

    Lotta complaining and zero suggestion for what would be better in this thread.

    • Mark Moore

      Aside from the “look at a 3rd strike” pattern I keep seeing, I’m not complaining tonight … yet 😀

      • 2020ball

        The lineup mostly. LDS is the only one I saw offer up anything other than to whine about Bell and then come up with an insult after that.

      • LDS

        Thanks 2020, though I’d love to see Bell gone. IMO, though the Reds aren’t great, Bell really isn’t maximizing what he does have. Too much emphasis on handedness, regardless of the numbers, and too much little league “everyone plays”.

    • Melvin

      I don’t mind TS hitting 4th tonight. We don’t exactly have a lot of choices. Now if De La Cruz and CES were up that would be different.

      • 2020ball

        The top 5 guys are the guys I want getting the most ABs, thats all I care about. Waaaay too much is made of the batting order, just another excuse to complain. My only complaint is why we have two catchers batting every other night.

      • Melvin

        Well if you have poor hitters in the bottom four of your lineup it doesn’t matter as much. Otherwise….

    • Dennis Westrick

      A reduction in walks by Reds pitchers would be helpful in reducing runs allowed and lowering SP pitch count! Just sayin’!

  16. Beaufort Red

    That’s the modus operandi on this board.

  17. Mark Moore

    A 60′ 6″ curve to chase Arenado. I’ll take that all day long.

  18. Mark Moore

    Keep an eye out to see if that’s a strike in other AB’s.

  19. Jim Walker

    Every ball put in play by the Reds in the 1st inning had an EV>91. The 2 outs to end the inning were both hit harder than Stephenson’s single (lowest EV of the inning) and had xBA’s of .640 (Senzel) and .310 (Fairchild)

    • Melvin

      Seems like there are quite a few players that “kill the Reds”.

    • Jim Walker

      And Rizzo and Happ and seemingly at least 1 guy from every team that regularly played the Reds in the previous scheduling schemes.

    • 2020ball

      missed 3rd strike call then a HR, so dumb

    • Mark Moore


      Its way past time to get there. The Flex-o-Zone is getting ridiculous.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Second that! Is it just me or does it seem like every time a HP umpire misses an obvious strike call, especially on a potential strike 3, it comes back to haunt the Reds?

  20. Tom Mitsoff

    Wow, this could get ugly in a hurry.

  21. Mark Moore

    Need a couple bike helmets from Kizner here to give Williamson a chance to go collect himself.

  22. JB

    Good to see Myers benefitted from that day off yesterday.

    • Melvin

      It’s getting to the point that they are just wasting his roster spot. We could use a hitter or two don’t you think?

  23. Mark Moore

    Sit right on that line and blow the call … glad it went our way.

  24. Mark Moore

    I like Casali … but I’m thinking it’s time. Maile is the better #2 guy all the way around.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      They still like the way he handles the pitching staff.

      • Mark Moore

        I get that … but giving up an AB every time around gets very old.

    • Jim Walker

      Right now Maile is the best catcher on the team, period, exclamation point, case closed.

  25. Tom Mitsoff

    Williamson has thrown five curveballs at an average of 71 mph.

  26. Melvin

    Looks like McLain’s “slump” didn’t last too long. 🙂

    • Melvin

      Steer with a two run HR. Two rookies getting it done. 🙂

      • Melvin

        Too bad we don’t have more rookies to call up that could possibly help us out. 😉

  27. Old-school

    McLain 2-2.

    Steer with the GABP special

    I want:
    India 2b
    Friedl CF
    McLain SS
    Fraley LF
    Steer 1b
    Stephenson C

    Every day . Against lefties Fairchild is fine in LF. Senzel 3b against lefties. Maile is fine.

  28. Melvin

    Fairchild has to make contact there and get a run in. Ks don’t help.

  29. Old-school

    Reds HR leader is Spencer Steer

    Raise your hand if you called that.

    • Mario

      I had Steer at 16 HR’s, 3 behind India and Stephenson. But I had Votto at 25. Doh. He had a lot of warning track fly balls last year playing with 1 good arm. I am still in the belief that he is going to come back strong. Maybe not 2021 strong but he’ll hit some HR’s.

  30. Mark A Verticchio

    Fairchild and Myers batting 6th and 7th. How weak can a line up be? I am sorry, but how can Hopkins not be better?

  31. Dennis Westrick

    Another orphan abandoned at 3rd! Those opportunities have a way of coming back to haunt a team later in a game, especially in close (one run ) games!

  32. Bdh

    Fairchild is sun .200 vs righties and now after the 0-2 start he’s under .240 vs lefties this year too.

    1 out runners on 2nd+ 3rd and Myers pathetic bat on deck He had to get something done and crapped the bed.

    Including today the Reds face 6 lefties in their next 10. Hopkins needs to be up immediately! He and Friedl (when healthy) should replace Myers (just cut your ties and accept the loss) and Fairchild (has options)

  33. Melvin

    Williamson holding his own through four.

  34. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds top 5 hitters are average but the drop after that is awful.

  35. Melvin

    Two good ABs by barrero working walks.

  36. Harry Stoner

    What’s up with Barrero?

    Laying off pitches….

  37. LarkinPhillips

    I know people hate the bunt. But when you have people under 200 and with no power a bunt to move the runners or get a run in is way better than a dang strikeout or ground into a double play.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Fairchild could have bunted the runner in and Casali could have bunted a runner into scoring position for India twice now.

  38. Melvin

    I’m glad Casali calls a good game because he sure can’t hit anymore.

  39. Tom Mitsoff

    Wow, you couldn’t miss a call any worse than the umpire did on the 0-2 pitch to McLain.

    • Melvin

      Have you been watching the “challenge system” in AAA? It’s a lot like tennis.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I like the challenge system a lot.

    • Mark Moore

      I was out on my walk and listening. Thrall and Cowboy expressed their disbelief.

  40. Melvin

    McLain battling like crazy. Good job.

    • Sr

      13 pitch at bat. Even with K, he hung tough and protected

    • LarkinPhillips

      Good outing by him. I think they are watching his pitch count very carefully to protect him. But it sucks to pull him this early and go to the over worked pen.

  41. Mark Moore

    This batter reminds me, I need a snack in a bit. Perhaps a Nootbaar 😛

    • Harry Stoner

      Reminds me how chewy and nougat-y the Reds’ bullpen is.

      • Harry Stoner

        I wrote that after the game tying double, Tom.

        Maybe ‘marshmallow fluffy’ bullpen is more appropriate.

  42. JB

    Nootbaar loves the high heat. Casali calls for the high heat.

  43. Mark A Verticchio

    Another one of Bell’s decisions to pull his starter early works like a charm.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I think this was more of a pitch count than bells decision. They kept him under 85 in the minors too. (If I recall correctly)

    • wkuchad

      You really don’t think it was time to pull him. I certainly would have.

    • Melvin

      One run games haven’t been all that kind to us.

  44. Melvin

    Stephenson with three good ABs tonight with a hit, RBI, and two BB.

  45. Dennis Westrick

    Another walk by a Reds SP ultimately scores! Wash, rinse, repeat!

    Time for a crooked number by the Reds please!

  46. J

    Late to the party, but I just want to revisit the decision to let Casali swing away with a fast runner on first and nobody out. Casali isn’t a good hitter in general and is literally hitting like a pitcher this season. If he were a pitcher, there’s a 99.9% chance Bell would be asking him to bunt. But Casali isn’t asked to bunt because… why? Because it might hurt his feelings? Again and again and again Bell’s behavior suggests his top priority isn’t winning games.

    • Votto4life

      Not sure why people think Casali is manager material. He is not that great when it comes to situational baseball.

      • Harry Stoner

        Was it up to Bell?
        I guess he could have bunted on his own initiative.

      • Votto4life

        I wasn’t referring to that particular play. In general, Casali seldom moves the runner up and doesn’t seem to have a plan when he steps in the batters box. Of course, being a .140 hitter doesn’t help.

  47. Melvin

    At least Myers put the ball in play and got a run in.

  48. Old-school

    Id rather watch Williamson than Cessa
    Id rather watch McLain than Newman
    Id rather watch Steer than Vosler

    I would disagree with the anti Fairchild crowd only for this reason . Fraley Friedl and Myers are the outfielders against righties

    Id have a competition with Fairchild and Barrero as the righty OF against lefties in the short to medium term . Barrero has the tools and clearly isn’t the future SS if McLain replaced him before Mothers Day and EDLC is #1 on the depth chart . @ BDH points out a big run of lefties. We all agree Myers isnt the Reds RF of the future but reality is he is here for 60 more days for $7.5 mil reasons .

    • VaRedsFan

      Wishful thinking OS…
      If there is a competition, there will be a loser or losers.
      If there are losers, somebody will get their feelings hurt.

      I like your way of settling it, and most teams award playing time like that….but it’s not the Red’s way

      • Old-school

        Looks like Friedl returns tomorrow and Benson back to AAA tomorrow.
        Newman and Fairchild become #25/26 on the roster. Reds arent sending Barrero to AAA with his athleticism and potential in CF and a great back up SS. Fairchild is at most risk in the short term but that pendulum swings to Newman after the AS break

      • Melvin

        If they are indeed going to keep Barrero up there is no need of a Newman anymore. Several guys can play multiple positions besides him.

      • wkuchad

        Disagree, once Benson gone, one of our backup catchers are the 26th man on the roster.

      • Old-school


        You are obviously correct but which off-season contradiction lasts the longest???

        1.) Kevin Newman at SS with 3 shortstops better right now in EDLC mcLain and Barrero.
        2.) 3 catcher commitment
        3.) Will myers $7.5 mil committment

        I didnt think Casali would be this horrible

        My guess is Casali gets buried on the bench awhile and Newman plays some and Reds double down on Myers.

  49. Melvin

    Barrero looks like he’s having fun out there in CF.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      He seems to have the speed and get good jumps. We’ll see how it works out.

    • CI3J

      Maybe Barrero can settle into a Super Sub type role, someone who can play good defense at multiple positions and won’t embarrass himself at the plate.

      We already know he can play SS, 2B, and CF competently. Maybe they can get him some reps at 3B. I imagine he’s also capable of handling the other OF spots.

      It’s an interesting idea.

      • wkuchad

        Based on who’s coming to the Reds soon, I love the idea of this role for Barrero.

    • VaRedsFan

      Young has really struggled lately

  50. Mark Moore

    TySteve looks a little better to me tonight. Not as hesitant at the plate.

  51. Mark A Verticchio

    No reason to to take Sims out. Bell just can’t get out of his own way. Let’s face it he is a horrible manager.

  52. J

    I’m sitting here saying to the screen: “You have a chance to get Young out of the game before he gives up the lead… you have a chance… you have a chance… nope, too late.”

  53. Melvin

    Walking Myers not too smart but we’ll take it.

  54. LDS

    Benson ph’ing for Barrero? Barrero hits RH’ers better than LH. And Benson doesn’t hit anyone. Mr. Clueless needs to be fired before the game ends.

    • LarkinPhillips

      This is the craziest move I can remember Bell making in a while. And that is saying something.

    • LDS

      Gee that worked really well. Way to run up the pitch count, Will.

  55. LarkinPhillips

    Benson?? Pitch hit Benson? What the heck?

  56. Melvin

    Why not pinch run for Myers with Benson and pitch to Barrero? Hope Benson gets a hit here anyway.

    • Redlegs1869

      +600. Who thought that move was gonna end well?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That would have been the best move.

  57. Mark A Verticchio

    Barrero had some nice at bats today, Benson is horrible.

  58. J

    Bell just used a guy hitting .042 as a pinch hitter. That must be some sort of major league record.

  59. JB

    Benson for Barrero. Building Barrero’s confidence one game at a time

  60. Tom Mitsoff

    Let me just say I would seriously think about using Maile, who leads the team in OPS, as the pinch hitter here.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I thought the same. Says a lot about this team that Maile is the bat off the bench.

    • wkuchad

      If it were a lefty pitcher, I might agree

      • LarkinPhillips

        Because Newman crushes right handers and has been hot lately?

      • wkuchad

        Hits righties better than Casali, yes

      • LarkinPhillips

        Better than Maile? Who you have to use to catch after the substitution. Why burn three players there? Maile has hit well lately. He was the choice there over Newman. Keep Newman to hit later or run or hit instead of Benson.

  61. docproc

    Why bat Newman instead of Maile?
    (writing this before the AB–please prove me wrong)

  62. CI3J

    Why does Bell disrespect Barrero so much?

    I really don’t get it.

  63. JB

    We are all shocked that Benson struck out.

    • Protime

      Bell, at his best: Pinch hitting with Benson for Barrero. Meanwhile, CES, EDLC, etc. slugging away in Louisville. The franchise and fan ‘s are being defrauded…

  64. JB

    I would have batted the batboy before Benson.

  65. Melvin

    Well, at least we got Newman in the game. 🙂

  66. CI3J

    In all honesty, after that chicanery from David Bell, the Reds deserve to lose this game.

  67. LarkinPhillips

    Great managing by Bell. Pitch hitting Benson and his boy Newman. Now let’s burn our closer in a non closing situation. This crap drives me nuts.

  68. Harry Stoner

    Wow. That was Bell at his most surreal.

  69. LDS

    Can we fire Bell now? Tie game and he’s cleared the bench – even went against handedness to get his buddy Newman in the game. When the Cards win, which seems likely, it’s on Bell.

    • wkuchad

      Why would literally anyone complain about Newman hitting for Casali.

      Benson pitch hitting complaints at least have merit, but really LDS?!

      If he let Casali hit there, that would have been a very valid complaint.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I think the complaint is Maile has been hitting well recently so why not let him hit there instead of Newman.

      • LDS

        That Newman & Benson even have roster spots is reason enough. But, seriously, had he not just used Benson, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But, his management in the 8th was flawed.

      • wkuchad

        Because Maile has been terrible both this year and in his career versus righties. This was not the time to use him as a pinch hitter.

      • wkuchad

        Newman and Benson’s roster spots have nothing to do with Bell

      • LDS

        Again had Barrero batted then PH for Casali with Newman that would have been different. For his career, Newman hits RH 20 or so points better than Maile. But, as I said a couple of days ago, Benson isn’t ready. In fact, I’m not sure he shouldn’t spend time in Chattanooga before returning to Louisville. Barrero had been on base 2 of 3 ABs. Take the chance instead giving away the out.

      • wkuchad

        Agree 100% about Benson. He should be in Louisville right now.

  70. Redlegs1869

    Sad. Just sad. Cannot take advantage of opportunities. This is how losses happen. We’ll see how it ends.

  71. Mark A Verticchio

    Pinch hitting Benson was basically giving an out away. I can’t believe he pinch hit somebody hitting .043. Where was Maile. Bell has to go.

  72. JB

    Clete. I’ve seen enough to last me for awhile.

  73. Melvin

    Benson now at .040 🙂 But hey. He was a lefty against a righty right? 🙂

    • Kevin H

      Analytics has its advantages for sure. However common sense says you don’t use Benson to pitch hit. You just don’t. Sigh

  74. J

    Baseball games seem to move too quickly for Bell to process what’s happening. Apparently, all he knows is he’s got a lefty on the bench and a righty scheduled to hit, and his mind can’t work fast enough to realize why he should allow the righty to hit. I assume he does want to win games (even if it’s not his top priority), which makes me increasingly think he’s just not a very bright human being.

  75. Old-school

    Sorting sorting sorting

    Casali newman and Benson arent big leaguers. Fairchild is poor and Myers is poor too. We dont know on Barrero but give him reps in CF behind Friedl

    Reds have literally 5 open roster spots positionally and maybe 6 with Barrero

  76. AMDG

    How absurd – bringing in Benson and Newman as OFFENSIVE substitutions.

    I’m not sure i’d even bring in Benson or Newman to pinch hit for a pitcher…

    • CI3J

      I’d actually like to see Hunter Greene hit sometime.

      • Mario

        So would I. I would like to know if he still works on his hitting and has any desire to be a 2 way player. HG is a great athlete.

    • J

      Newman was hitting about .240 with a couple home runs. He’s considerably better than a pitcher. If Bell had no other options, that decision would have made perfect sense. However, the obvious thing to do was to use Maile, who’s been hitting well and has to enter the game either way.

    • Jim t

      Newman is hitting 296 in his last 11 games.

  77. Mark Moore

    This isn’t looking good for the home team at this point.

  78. Mark A Verticchio

    I think this has been a typical Bell game, mistake after mistake.

    • wkuchad

      What were the mistakes besides pinch hitting Benson?

      • J

        Removing Sims for no reason. Not asking Casali to bunt after Barrero had led off an inning with a walk. That’s two off the top of my head.

    • Votto4life

      Agreed, I guess Bell figured he had nothing to lose. Bad challenge though.

  79. VaRedsFan

    Worth a challenge, but he’s safe

  80. Sr

    This sort of strategy is not how you develop young talent. Barrero earned the right to get his chance in the eight. Bensons only hits this year have been belt high inside. The other 8 boxes of the nine box show NO hits this year. Zero.

  81. Kevin H

    Well bullpen will be short tomorrow. I assume Farmer and Diaz unavailable after today’s game.

    With Law, Cruz and Sanmartin out. Bullpen is weaker

  82. Dennis Westrick

    Bell has go to! Enough already!

    • Mark A Verticchio

      You could not be more correct, we are all tired of this madness.

  83. Melvin

    Win or lose Diaz will be done for awhile.

    • wkuchad

      Diaz will be available Wednesday if needed

  84. Melvin

    I’m glad Diaz is good. We’d better find a way to win this one.

  85. Votto4life

    Bracho waiting in the wings if we go to extra innings.

  86. Melvin

    Diaz giving it everything he’s got. 32 pitches and counting.

    • Melvin

      Wow. Great job. We’d better win this one.

  87. VaRedsFan

    Great work by Diaz to wiggle out of it.

  88. Kevin H

    McLain is gonna win it with a homerun.

    Calling it

  89. Mark Moore

    Need to end it in our half of the 9th. Really don’t want to play the extra innings game tonight.

    Nice job by Diaz to bear down and make it happen.

  90. Old-school

    Diaz is best closer since?????!
    Iglesias was pretty good
    Chapman obviously

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I’d say Chapman. I truly believe Diaz has a chance to get out of any jam.

  91. Brian Rutherford

    Just checking in. Tie game but Bell needs to go? What happened? Did he pinch it Newman for Ronald Acuna?

    • Dennis Westrick

      Were to start? Burned Diaz in a tie game! So, Diaz will definitely not be available tomorrow! And, pinch hit Barrero with a guy who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat! Left Young in one batter too long resulting in him giving up the tying run!

      • Melvin

        “And, pinch hit Barrero with a guy who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat!”

        Cracking me up again. 😀

      • Brian Rutherford

        Just about every manager in the league uses his closer in a tie game in the top of the 9th. Every. Single. One.

        The difference between Barrero’s hitting skills and whoevr he brought in instead is like “would you rather have the rotten catfish or there is some rotten tuna you might be interested in?”

        Which one of the showstoppers should he have brought in for Young? Diaz?

  92. J

    I’m still thinking about the fact that Bell had a guy hitting .042 pinch hit for a guy hitting .231. A guy who’s reached base twice this season pinch hit for a guy who’d reached base twice in this game. There HAVE to be some major league records in there somewhere.

  93. Mark A Verticchio

    Pinch hitting Benson was nuts, but how about wasting 2 players when he pinch hit Newman for Casseli. Maile is a better hitter than Newman anyway.

  94. Mark A Verticchio

    Top of the order K K K. This team is just bad.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That was a pretty tough pitcher they faced.

  95. Melvin

    At least Gibaut can’t face Rizzo tonight? 🙂

  96. Mark A Verticchio

    He was bombed his last time out.

  97. Mark Moore

    DeJong is a big out. Then that weak pop-up.

    • Harry Stoner

      Then, of course, with 2 outs, he can’t find the plate.

  98. Mark Moore

    Wow! Gibault makes quite the comeback after getting shelled the past few days.

    On to something we excel at … scoring a guy from 2B with no outs 😮

  99. J

    This game could come down to a bases loaded, two outs, Benson at the plate situation.

  100. Mark Moore

    Steer on 2nd to start, right? TySteve needs to make it happen right here.

  101. Tom Mitsoff

    I was going to say bunt with Senzel, but not now with Steer at third.

  102. LDS

    Senzel saves the day, just like Bell planned

  103. J

    Good job Senzel! So nice to see a guy put the ball in play when he needs to put the ball in play. Reds once again forced to overcome a certain person’s lunacy.

  104. Mark Moore

    That really feels good. Cool off the Dirty Birds and start the series off right. Helps flush that taste of the Evil Empire out of our mouths, yes?

  105. Harry Stoner

    Never any doubt. Bell masterminded the whole thing.
    Curds played right into his hands.

  106. Mark Moore

    Senzel hilarious with Day. Day closes with, “Oh, live TV.”

    • LarkinPhillips

      That was an enjoyable interview. Easy kid to root for there!

  107. Harry Stoner

    After throwing the unhittable heat Helmsley went with the slow slider outside three times in a row.

    Kind of strange after the 9th inning Ks.

    Senzel rode with it.

    Good hitting.

  108. LarkinPhillips

    If Bell isn’t asked why he used Benson as a pitch hitter in this post-game press conference, every single journalist there should have their credentials pulled.

    • Harry Stoner

      No reason to ask.
      They have the answer on theit template.
      “Got to get Benson going. He’s done it for us this season and we know he’ll be there for us. He’s close.”

    • VaRedsFan

      I like Jim Day, but he doesn’t ask tough questions at all.

      • wkuchad

        That’s not Jim’s job.

        Now it should be someone’s job. But definitely not Jim’s.

    • Old-school

      You’re not from around here are you ?

      Just kidding…

  109. Dennis Westrick

    This team somehow finds a way to win despite their manager who makes Mr. Magoo look like a genius!

    • wkuchad

      I thought he managed a great game, besides the Benson pinch hit. To each their own.

  110. Protime

    Let’s be honest: the Reds “won” the game in spite of Bell, and the Cardinals help…. Send Benson, he couldn’t a bull ‘s behind with a bass fiddle…

  111. Sr

    9200 in attendance tonight. Likely half were cardinal fans too. Even with the win, sad reflection on the Cincy baseball legacy. You have to be pretty bad to lose the fan base in Cincinnati.

  112. Harry Stoner

    Are Curds’ fans second guessing La Russa sending Helmsley back out for the 10th?

    The WP cost the game.

  113. Protime

    Correction: Let’s be honest, the Reds won the game, in spite of Bell, and the Cardinals help. Send Benson back to Louisville, he can’t hit a bull’s behind with a bass fiddle…

    • wkuchad

      That’s not my definition of honest.

      However, I do believe Benson beings in Louisville right now, which that decision is not on Bell.