The Reds picked up an 8-5 win on Saturday to guarantee a series win in Chicago. But Cincinnati will take the field at Wrigley this afternoon looking for a sweep of the Cubs before an off day on Monday. This afternoon’s first pitch is set for 2:20pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Jonathan India – DH Nico Hoerner – 2B
Matt McLain – SS Dansby Swanson – SS
Spencer Steer – 1B Ian Happ – LF
Tyler Stephenson – C Seiya Suzuki – RF
Stuart Fairchild – LF Christopher Morel – DH
Nick Senzel – 3B Trey Mancini – 1B
Kevin Newman – 2B Mike Tauchman – CF
Jake Fraley – RF Patrick Wisdom – 3B
Jose Barrero – CF Yan Gomes – C
Graham Ashcraft – RHP Drew Smyly – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Graham Ashcraft 53.1 5.57 1.48 21 41
Drew Smyly 55.1 2.93 0.98 12 51
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Drew Smyly’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

After his first six starts of the season, Graham Ashcraft had an ERA of 2.00. But over his next four (and most recent) starts he’s allowed 25 earned runs in 17.1 innings (12.98 ERA) and his season ERA has ballooned up to 5.57. He’s given up 32 hits in that span and struggled to get hitters out.

As it has been for his career, right-handed hitters have found plenty of success against Graham Ashcraft. They are hitting .321 this season, making plenty of contact, walking at a solid clip, and hitting for a good amount of power against him. Lefties aren’t hitting nearly as well, though managers still put plenty of them in the lineup against him despite overwhelming evidence that he’s got reverse platoon splits.


RHH 126 35 6 2 4 12 18 .321 .392 .523
LHH 110 23 7 1 2 9 23 .228 .291 .376

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Slider
Velo 97.0 96.6 88.7
Usage 5% 58% 37%

Drew Smyly

Through 10 starts this season, Drew Smyly leads the league with a 0.98 WHIP. His 2.93 ERA isn’t bad either. The lefty has been very good in the first two months of the year in his second season with the Cubs.

This season his splits are crazy. Left-handed hitters are hitting .320 and slugging .540 against him while also striking out a bunch and not walking at all. Right-handed hitters are walking more, making much more contact, and just haven’t been able to turn any of that into any sort of production. Since his return to the big leagues in 2019 (he missed all of 2017 and made one rehab appearance in 2018 in the minor leagues), his platoon splits have been all over the place – so it’s tough to say how against the grain this season as been in regards to how it’s played out so far.


RHH 167 26 4 0 5 10 36 .170 .228 .294
LHH 52 16 4 2 1 2 15 .320 .346 .540

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Curve
Velo 91.7 88.6 78.1
Usage 43% 8% 49%

When and Where

  • Game time: 2:20pm ET
  • Where: Wrigley Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 67°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

The Tyler Naquin trade is paying off early

Earlier this morning we took a look at how the two prospects that the Reds acquired in the trade last July with the New York Mets that sent them outfielder Tyler Naquin. And let’s just say that the results have been good so far – with both players being among the best performers in the leagues they are playing in this year.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 27 25 0.0 51.3%
Pirates 26 25 0.5 13.8%
Cardinals 24 30 4.0 44.8%
Reds 23 29 4.0 2.0%
Cubs 22 29 4.5 13.9%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

257 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Here’s hoping Ashcraft can get off the schneid and Smyly goes on it this afternoon. Our lineup is capable, but breaking Smyly has been a pretty tall order for anybody this season.

    Let’s kick the Stupid Cubbies whilst we have them down and head off to Boston.

  2. CFD3000

    I don’t see this as a likely playoffs year but 2% is both good (better than where it started at essentially zero) and low – Ashcraft has struggled, Lodolo is out, and several prospects plus Votto may arrive to upgrade the roster. I’m enjoying watching the Reds this year. My playoff odds are 25%. Totally unbiased of course. Go Reds!

    • Mark Moore

      Absolutely unbiased … aren’t we all on this forum?

      • Timothy Popp

        Mark did you use to live in Ocala, florida? Hope we can get out the broom!

  3. Redsvol

    Interesting / jake Fraley in right field for a game with a good left handed starter. And at the bottom of the order.

    Fairchild in left field instead of right. Isn’t he the better fielder compared to Fraley?
    Let’s go graham!

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. But perhaps LF in Wrigley is harder to play than RF. I believe we’ve seen it eat up a few players over the years. One Yonder Alonso comes quickly to mind.

  4. Jim Walker

    LH pitcher for Cubbies, Fraley plays ahead of Friedl. Wondering if this is an indication Friedl is feeling his meeting with the wall last night. Haven’t found anything about it. Has anyone else?

    • Kevin H

      David mentioned Friedl coming back from injury would play every other game. Not sure how long that will last.

      I thought he played last two games. So


      • SR

        Fraley is 3 for his last 19. Bell rarely lets Fraley play against lefties, as we all know. Unless Friedl is hurting, this almost looks like setting up a struggling Fraley for failure. Given Bell’s penchant for giving days off to regular starters, especially on a flyaway day,this would have appeared to be a good one for Fraley. Given the success Friday of cincy against another strong lefty, I would have used the same line up except Maile catching.

    • Mark Moore

      I’ll chalk it up to some caution. Plus the need to get Barrero some reps in CF.

    • Melvin

      Too bad. The offense seems to “click” and run a lot better when India, Friedl, McLain, and Steer are all in the lineup together.

      • greenmtred

        It does, but making sure that Friedl doesn’t aggravate the oblique problem seems reasonable. The lineups against lefties have been really getting it done lately.

  5. Mark Moore

    HDTBell is “not real concerned” with Ashcraft. Didn’t give anything specific he’s looking for to say he’s turned the corner.

    Another monotone interview from where I’m sitting.

    And, just in case anybody is interested, crab cakes and scallops are on the menu for dinner … 😀

  6. Mark Moore

    That works for me. Make Smyly throw LOTS of pitches.

  7. Mark Moore

    OK, Jake. Just lift one to moderate depth and rack up another RBI.

  8. Mark Moore

    Nice heads up by Newman. Keeps the DP off the table.

  9. LarkinPhillips

    Why is Ashcraft not throwing a sinker anymore?

    • Mark Moore

      Thrall and Cowboy saying maybe he’s “hunting strikeouts”. That could explain the erratic outcomes and lack of certain pitches.

      • LarkinPhillips

        The old saying is you should dance with the girl that brought you to the dance. That is his sinker and early contact.

      • Hanawi

        That seems like a DJ strategy. Reds pitchers rarely pitch to try to induce weak contact. Trying to strike everyone out and end up with high pitch counts and too many walks.

  10. Mark Moore

    That’s the Ashcraft we’ve seen … sadly. Complete cookie after breaking stuff that didn’t fool anyone.

  11. Bet on Red

    started strong…. and then fell apart…. really making the play for a relief job

  12. Mark A Verticchio

    Ashcrafts problem is everything is up.

    • Mark Moore

      And his breaking stuff is never headed over the plate, so it’s an easy take.

    • greenmtred

      I think that’s right; he used to mostly keep everything down.

  13. Mark Moore

    Offense needs to chase Smyly. That will take care of a multitude of sins from Ashcraft.

    • Melvin

      He and Steer and battle it out for ROY. 🙂

  14. Mark Moore

    Yeah, this McLain did MIGHT work out. Maybe … 😛

  15. Tom Mitsoff

    Krall was quoted a few weeks back that they have specific criteria and plateaus for each player to achieve before they advance to the next level. I don’t know what McLain’s were, but wow, he sure seems like he was more than ready to be here. I want the front office to continue whatever they are doing in that regard.

    • Mark Moore

      Tom – you going to see any of the upcoming games at Miller against the Bernies?

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Not this trip, but probably the next trip, which is July, I think.

  16. Melvin

    McLain stats now at .362/.444/.596 hahaha 🙂

    • Beaufort Red

      Yeah some individual said minor league hitting usually doesn’t translate to the major leagues. You know, when your sticking up for your boy and don’t want him replaced.

      • Melvin

        In the case of McLain I don’t think it matters who’s pitching. Can’t wait for EDLC and CES.

    • Votto4life

      McLain really hasn’t missed a beat since being called up. If anything, he has stepped it up a notch.

  17. Mark Moore

    Lucky that throw didn’t find the seats or the tarp. Nice job by Steer to come off the bag and grab it.

  18. VaRedsFan

    To my untrained eye, all of Ashcraft’s stuff is hard…fastball…cutter…slider…(88-96 mph)
    He needs a spinning curve ball (80-82 mph) or something that keeps the hitter off balance of all the hard stuff he throws.

    • LarkinPhillips

      All are moving the same direction too. That is not a good thing at the mlb level.

    • SR

      I agree about speed changes. He also needs to use that sinker to show some vertical movement in the zone. This guy pitched to ground ball contact his entire career. Either somebody is monkeying with his pitch mix and location, or he is monkeying with it in desperation. Either way, he needs to go back to a three pitch approach and pitch to contact. No ground ball outs in three innings.

  19. Mark Moore

    Zone is terrible again today. Consistency no matter who is batting helps, but still. I don’t think the continuous appearance of the Flex-o-Zone is good for the game in any way.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I think Flex-o-zone has been a thing since the beginning of the game, but not magnified so much as it has been since the strike zone outline has been visible during telecasts.

      • Mark Moore

        Very likely the case. To me, that emphasizes that the technology is quickly catching up and needs to be leveraged. It’s a much faster pace today than in the 70’s (thinking primarily of the pitch speed and spin rate). Adaptation is necessary.

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Always, always, always a walk before a Reds pitcher gives up a HR! D. Johnson must have been a teacher in the Department of Redundancy Department! Ashcraft following the script of 20+ pitches per inning!

  21. Dennis Westrick

    Does anyone know which direction the wind is blowing at Wrigley Field today?

    • Mark Moore

      I’m thinking it’s generally “in” again today.

  22. SR

    I agree about speed changes. He also needs to use that sinker to show some vertical movement in the zone. This guy pitched to ground ball contact his entire career. Either somebody is monkeying with his pitch mix and location, or he is monkeying with it in desperation. Either way, he needs to go back to a three pitch approach and pitch to contact. No ground ball outs in three innings.

    • Mark Moore

      If I were to hazard a guess, it would be “monkeying” 😮

  23. Tom Mitsoff

    Don’t look now, but Kevin Newman’s stats against lefties: .326/.380/.522. He definitely belongs in the lineup every day against lefties.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      (Actually you can look now. That was just a figure of speech.) 😉

    • Melvin

      If he gets another hit today it will be four games in a row with two hits. He’s upping his trade value. 🙂

  24. Mark Moore

    Went with the pitch, but not quite enough on it to get it past the infield.

  25. LarkinPhillips

    I’d like to see Barrero sent back to AAA as a CF/SS with the mandate to hit the ball the opposite way. He is way to pull happy which causes his hard contact to be foul and be very susceptible to off speed pitches. He needs everyday ABs to work it out.

    • Mark Moore


      His days at SS are over from what I can see. That’s just how things played out.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I think they are with the Reds. But I’d keep him playing some there. Either for future utility or trade value.

  26. Mark Moore

    And Ashcraft isn’t fooling anyone now. Will need a couple rabbits out of multiple hats to avoid a big inning.

    • Dennis Westrick

      You should try rabbit! I hear it tastes like chicken!

    • Mark Moore

      OK, so he fooled Wisdom there.

      No walking Gomes, please.

      • Mark Moore

        And Gomes. Filthy stuff against him.

  27. LarkinPhillips

    Interesting that Ashcraft threw a sinker away against a lefty who likes to slap it to opposite field. His pitch choices/sequences seems odd to me this year.

  28. Mark Moore

    Top of the order coming up. Can we end Smyly’s day with a frowny face, please?

  29. SR

    Do Reds catchers call the pitches during the game, or is it coming from the dugout coaching ? Do pitchers shake their catchers off anymore?

    • Mark Moore

      As I understand it, mostly from the coaches according to “the book”. I rarely see them shaking it off anymore. All just my uneducated opinion and observation.

  30. Dennis Westrick

    Nice job by Ashcraft to escape 2 on, no out situation in the bottom of the 4th inning!

  31. Mark Moore

    Gomes has got to be PU’d at the fielders.

  32. Tom Mitsoff

    Wow, if the Reds score this run from third, that’s a complete gift from the Cubs defense!

    • Mark Moore

      With whipped cream and sprinkles from Smyly

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That popup by Steer should have been the third out.

  33. MK

    As bad as Cubs fundamental defense has played you wonder how long David Ross is going to be around.

  34. Mark Moore

    Would have liked to see McLain try to force that one. But that’s just me.

  35. LarkinPhillips

    Tough outcome for Steer, but that was av ery gritty AB for him. Hope tysteve can pick him up.

  36. Tom Mitsoff

    I’d hit Friedl for Fairchild here.

    • Mark Moore

      It would be a good time to do that. We shall see.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I agree Tom. Especially with a right handed reliever coming in to face Fairchild.

    • Melvin

      Good call Tom. You have my vote for manager. 🙂 I mean a lot of us did during the Strato season. 🙂

      • Melvin

        I always like to see Friedl hit but to be fair to Fairchild he’s hitting .391/.462/.565 in his last 7 games with 9 hits and two BB. (25 PA)

  37. Mark Moore

    Smyly did that to himself. Our fate this inning rests on a 14-year-old and the Stupid Cubs relief core.

    • LarkinPhillips

      +11783 for the 14 year old reference lol

  38. LarkinPhillips

    Getting Smyly out in less than 5 is a good thing considering how he has been pitching.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Good to get into the Cubs bullpen as early as possible.

    • Mark Moore

      +10,000 for telepathetically getting HDTBell to make that switch.

    • VaRedsFan

      Good call.
      You have private line to the dugout?

  39. Mark Moore

    Tom called it … and it worked perfectly.

  40. Mark Moore

    Let’s all agree we’re Newman fans today … especially right at this moment.

  41. Mark Moore

    Good job by TySteve to hold tight there.

    • VaRedsFan

      Stupid brick walls…(even though it hit the ad sign)

  42. VaRedsFan

    awesome AB by Newman….paycheck earning right there

  43. Mark Moore

    Nice job, Newman! Chased Estrada and have completely wrecked Smyly’s day.

  44. Beaufort Red

    Contrary To what many have said, Newman has got a place on this team.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Absolutely. He’s had some shaky moments on defense, but he’s swinging the bat much better than I expected.

    • Mark Moore

      True enough. Not as an everyday starter, but he’s capable at 2B, SS, and 3B. He’s showing some great plate discipline. So maybe he’s an IF bench piece or finds himself traded to somebody who very much needs one of those positions as the season progresses.

  45. Mark Moore

    I suspect Mr. Ross will find himself in Mr. Hoyer’s office before long if this trend continues.

  46. Tom Mitsoff

    Neither of those runs score that inning if Gomes catches that foul popup.

  47. old-school

    Tommy thrall a few innings ago noted the Reds are 16-14 since april 24 and have the best record in the NL Central.

    This is a great game so far. Lead off walks kill. Get the bullpen in yesterday. Day off tomorrow. Need this sweep.

  48. Mark Moore

    Ashcraft needs a pitchers best friend pair of bike helmets.

  49. LarkinPhillips

    Got a lead in top. Leadoff walk from pitcher in bottom. Completely unacceptable.

  50. Dennis Westrick

    Just too many walks by Ashcraft and most of the Reds pitchers! Almost impossible to maintain a low pitch count!

  51. old-school

    There it is. Pitchers best friend. Hit the showers Ashcraft and bullpen needs 12 outs. This team is fun to watch play baseball.

  52. Kevin H

    Ashcraft battling today it appears. Looks like 1 mistake pitch for a 3 run homer?

    Late to the party lol

  53. greenmtred

    Ashcraft probably through for the day, but I’d say this counts as a bounce-back performance.

  54. Dennis Westrick

    Ashcraft needs to buy a Lottery ticket! Worked his way out of several jams today, most of them self-inflicted! Nice job by the defense so far today!

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Bravo! Guardians got to Helsley in the ninth!

  55. Mark Moore

    Swanson is a pretty fair SS, you know. Taller than MaMc as well 😀

  56. LarkinPhillips

    McLain should be in running for player of the week in Mlb this week.

    • Melvin

      it’s “Steer Season”…again. 🙂

  57. Tom Mitsoff

    Who would believe that two of the first three in the batting order for a team consistently hitting and scoring well are rookies?

    • Jim t

      Probably a few posting here. I have read many comments indicating that Bell would ruin the youngsters

    • Melvin

      Krall has a real unexpected problem with these young guys playing very well much sooner than expected. 🙂

      • greenmtred

        But it’s a perfectly fine problem to have.

  58. Mark Moore

    Who do we have rested that can give us 2 innings?

      • Kevin H

        Really impressed with Herget as well. He has been a good pick up for this team.

  59. Dennis Westrick

    The Dirty Birds lost to the Indians (I refuse to call them the Guardians)! Chance to move up to 3rd in the NL Central today!

  60. Dennis Westrick

    For once a walk preceding a HR worked in the Reds favor!

    • Mark Moore

      Oh most definitely. That’s what we’ve been watching all game long.

  61. Mark Moore

    Ball 3 … take your base

    Wolcott has been REALLY bad this game. Thrall and Cowboy can barely contain themselves.

    • Kevin H

      I know calling balls and strikes is difficult, however its become almost unbearable to watch/follow and or listen as these calls affect outcomes of the games.

      • Mark Moore

        Absolutely, Kevin. It was never easy and with the speed and spin it’s only getting harder. The inconsistency seems to be on the rise from what I’m observing. The tech is about ready and it’s way past time to use it.

      • Melvin

        Calling balls and strikes in the majors must be an extremely difficult thing to do.

  62. Mark Moore

    Nibble, nibble like a mouse …

  63. Old-school

    McLain with the major league SS play to end the threat. This is a fun team to watch. Sims buckled down. WOW

  64. VaRedsFan

    Sims gets out of his own jam
    MMC made a smooth play to end it.

  65. Melvin

    Good play by McLain there…and a big one.

  66. Mark Moore

    Major escape action there. No thanks to Chumpire Wolcott for his work. And the fluky play from Sims on the dribbler is the kind of thing that happens.

    May need some add-on against this masterful Stupid Cubs pen 😛

  67. Mark Moore

    So much for TJ’s day off 😀

    • Melvin

      Injuries only happen if you’re starting I guess. haha

  68. Jim t

    How about the way Bell gave Friedl a rest after running into the wall against a tough lefty but still had him in the game in a high leverage at bat,

    • Mark Moore

      +1,000 to HDTBell for that move. TJ has earned the day off tomorrow, that’s for sure.

    • VaRedsFan

      It was a good call on the pinch hit call.
      But the real dividends are going to be the 4 innings of rest he got.

  69. Mark Moore

    And we think our pen has problems

  70. Tom Mitsoff

    Don’t look now (well, you can if you want) — Reds are sixth in the majors in stolen bases.

    • LT

      Bell pushing all the right buttons. Coach of the year? 🙂

      • Mark Moore

        Well … probably not. Definitely ahead of David Ross at the moment though.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        You have to give him and Krall (I’m guessing that’s who to credit) for the idea to prioritize aggressive base running with a team full of good athletes. It has made a definite difference.

    • Melvin

      You’re confusing me today as to whether to look or not. 🙂

    • VaRedsFan

      They did flash a stat the other day, that they were 28th in success rate though.
      It’s likely improved over the weekend

      • Melvin

        The Reds are scoring more runs playing small ball then they did playing the “three outcomes”. It’s a lot more fun. Add some power to this lineup (coming up) it will be smoking.

    • Mike Adams

      And 6 out of 12 hits were for extra bases!

  71. Redlegs1869

    Really pulling for Barrero to figure things out at the plate. Not seeing it yet.

    • Mark Moore

      Time at AAA to focus only on CF and revising his hitting stroke perhaps?

  72. Mark Moore

    Why not Herget? Gibault has been working A LOT of late (or so it seems).

    • MBS

      Tough part of the lineup? I agree Herget, or Salazar might have been my choice. Maybe we’ll see 1 or both of them over the next 2 innings.

  73. Mark Moore

    It’s been a good Newman kind of day today

  74. Votto4life

    Bareerofor4 is the only one not hitting these days.

  75. Beaufort Red

    Hey LDS and others. Still think Barrero should be the starting shortstop? Newman should be DFAd? Your may be right about one thing, McClain may end up oin the outfield, but it will be EDLC not Barrero

    • Mark Moore

      This version of Newman as a bench piece works on any team. Given the glut of middle infield talent, Barrero’s future lies in the grass or in another organization. MaMc may end up in the OF as you note. Or he may go to 3B, giving way to ELDC in a few weeks.

      Regardless, I think we’re all very happy with what we’ve seen here on Clark this weekend.

      • Melvin

        As I said earlier Newman is upping his trade value. Some team in need might want him for an every day SS at least for a while.

      • Randoxu1

        Couldn’t agree more. I said McClain was a better shortstop then Barrero any day of the week. Just cause you have the physical tools does not make you a better player.

    • LDS

      McLain isn’t the long term SS under any scenario. He’s off to a tremendous start. But let’s not forget that guy, Aquino. How’d that work out. Once again, small sample size, big inferences. Hope he keeps it up, but don’t bet the farm. As for Barrero? No problem sending him down to Louisville to play everyday. He still has a high ceiling and playing daily may bring the hitting back around. As for Newman, yes, he’s had a good week. Assuming he’s something other than what he is, based on this week, would be a mistake. So, trade him while he’s “hot”. Reversion to the mean will occur. So enjoy a good week, but don’t get ahead of yourself. The Reds still aren’t competitive. Neither are the Cubs.

      • Kevin H

        Newman is batting over 300 his last 30 games. That is more than a good week. His career batting average is over 260. I mean you can say all you want. Newman isn’t a bad player. He is a solid player. A veteran who can help the clubhouse. Barrero has struggled and when will you stop with “regular abs” he has played just as much as Newman.

        “The reds still aren’t competitive ” then why do you follow this team?

        They are 24-29 in a so so division. They have a chance and actually are competitive.

        Kudos to Bell and management for getting this team on the right track

  76. Mark Moore

    Dribbling bunt IF hit. Rucker should have just stuck that in his back pocket.

    • MBS

      Yep, could have been 2 if it was a bad throw, so no point throwing at all.

      • Mark Moore

        We pulled that trick earlier. Steer had to leap for it.

  77. Melvin

    You knew they didn’t have a chance against McLain on that one. He’s fun to watch.

    • Melvin

      Steer again. Rookies getting it done. Cool.

    • Redlegs 1869

      I believe the call up of McClain has been the primary catalyst for the entire offense.

  78. Jim t

    Some very nice comments relayed by Welsh concerning the benefit of Newman’s presence in the club house.When you have so many young players as the reds it’s very nice to have a veteran with a good attitude to teach them how to be professional players

  79. LT

    McLain is going after Rose’s hit record.

  80. LarkinPhillips

    Mclain is 15-31 this week with 3 doubles and 2 home runs. Player of the week!

    • Mark Moore

      If he doesn’t get that, it’s grand theft.

  81. Tom Mitsoff

    Steer has really, really opened my eyes. He doesn’t strike out much at all and hits to all fields. He looks like a keeper and a starter for awhile.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. Somebody(s) have to go. As much as I’m happy for Senzel the logical thing to do is to trade him knowing his history. He does have some trade value now hitting LH pitching so well.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Not necessarily. Keep all of your best players on your major league roster. It would be nice to have a strong bench, huh?

      • Melvin

        Yes for sure. As long as they’re able to accept those roles. If Senzel doesn’t mind that then maybe yes. I don’t think he should play over Steer, McLain, EDLC, CES, India, Friedl. I wouldn’t be surprised if Marte is up by the end of the year. If he (Senzel) and Fraley are both on the team, which I’m not sure either will be, they can platoon as some have suggested.

  82. Soto

    These young players all are showing a very mature hitting approach. Kudos to the Reds farm system for helping them develop.

    • LarkinPhillips

      It’s a wild thought to think tysteve should hit 7-9 once EDLC or CES get called up, but that is probably thr casewith McClain and steer hitting like they are.

  83. LT

    TS is still struggling. Took a step forward yesterday and 2 back today. When his bat wakes up, I can’t wait to see 20-hit games from Thai reddddd hot team.

  84. Mark Moore

    Credit Steer for that out. Timing of the stretch was perfect.

  85. Melvin

    Great stretch by Steer there. Saved an error.

    • VaRedsFan

      twice this series he’s saved Nick.
      Nick takes his time and has short armed 2 throws.
      Cut it loose young man….don’t think.

  86. Soto

    I think TS will eventually be fine but I don’t ever see him developing much power. He is best when going to the opposite field. I think he will eventually be the Reds 8 hole hitter once EDLC and CES join the party.

    • Melvin

      Recovering from the collar bone injury has to take away some of his power I bet. We’ll see.

  87. Tom Mitsoff

    Now we’ll see Diaz in the ninth after that homer.

  88. Mark Moore

    Bit of a cookie. Glad we got that one out to keep it a 3-run lead.

    May be time for Diaz in the 9th.

  89. Beaufort Red

    In all seriousness guys. I hope everyone takes a second to remember the soldiers, sailors and airmen who let us enjoy this wonderful game and great country. Served 24 years and brought back way too many heroes to their loved ones. Today isn’t for veterans, but for those that made the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless America and Go New Red Machine.

    • Mark Moore


      I’ve visited Arlington twice. Been at the Tomb of the Unknowns both times. Somehow it felt “wrong” to take a picture as opposed to just stand there and observe. All in my family who served came home. But so many more didn’t. 🙁

      • Melvin

        Been there many times. It’s an awesome thing.

    • Kevin H

      God Bless all that have served in our world. I have friends from Canada who lost loved ones.

    • Jim t

      @Beaufort Red, couldn’t agree more. Served 21 years in AF. Best years of my life.

  90. Mark Moore

    The Roku froze and rebooted. I see Gomes whiffed.

  91. Dennis Westrick

    Just can’t have an east win! Bell is back to his one inning per RP nonsense again! Gibaut only threw 13 pitches, but, NO, you can’t go back out because everybody has to play! Why not use Benson as a RP because he has demonstrated he can’t hit ML pitching!


    Frustrated old Reds fan!

    • Mark Moore

      Gibault has pitched a lot of late. I can’t fault HDTBell in this case for only letting him go one inning.

    • Kevin H

      I disagree and here is why, that is what got the Reds in my opinion into a over used bullpen. He was using his relievers two innings. The 4 who pitched yesterday hadn’t pitched in 5 days. You want to stagger guys and not over extend guys.

  92. Mark Moore

    44 hits in this series (and counting).

  93. Soto

    An insurance run or two would be nice!

  94. Dennis Westrick

    Would be nice to recover those 2 runs the Stupid Cubbies scored with 2 outs last inning!

  95. Mark Moore

    Gomes was on top of that mess. I’d call that a TOOTBLAN by Senzel.

  96. Soto

    Ouch! Hope that doesn’t come back to haunt us.

  97. Melvin

    Correct call there. Got to know the rules.

    • Kevin H

      What happend, and a 3 run lead should be enough!! lol

      • Melvin

        A little mess up there with two runners on 3B. It was on Senzel.

    • Mark Moore

      Exactly. Gomes did. Senzel did not.

      • Kevin H

        Sounds like Senzel thought it was a force play?

      • Mark Moore

        No, it was “procedural”. Gomes tagged the runner from 2nd and then Senzel stepped off. Umpire had called him safe until he stepped off when the play was still live.

  98. Tom Mitsoff

    I’m beginning to get the feeling when Diaz comes in that I had when Aroldis Chapman would come in — lights out.

    • Mark Moore

      I think Diaz is ultimately better than Chapman. Way less of a “headcase”. My opinion, we ruined Chapman and Iggy by filling their heads with “visions of closers”. Pretty much my only reference point is how TB used David Price when they brought him up from Durham late that first season. Then again, I’m not a huge fan of the super-closer role anyway.

  99. Mark Moore

    Happ hasn’t owned us this series. 1 for 11 at the plate.

  100. LarkinPhillips

    Big sweep! Let’s go reds! Happy memorial day RLN!

    • TR

      It seems a bit strange with no Reds game on Memorial Day. In the old days it was usually a doubleheader.

  101. Mark Moore

    Almost 10 years since we broomed the Stupid Cubs at Wrigley. Got to be the Viking gear.

    Great game, RLN friends. Everybody take the day off tomorrow.

    • TR

      Big NBA game tomorrow: Heat at Celtics.

  102. Dennis Westrick

    Love the Win and the Sweep! But, should never have had to use Diaz!

    Bottom line, Reds are in 3rd place in the NL Central!

  103. Beaufort Red

    Beginning to love this team. On to Beantown!!!!!!!!

    • Dennis Westrick

      He has earned a day of rest! He is money and a big reason for the Reds winning close games!