The Cincinnati Reds will take the field at Kauffman Stadium tonight looking to pick up another win against the Royals. They beat Kansas City 5-4 on both Monday and Tuesday night, and a win this evening would give the Reds a 3-game sweep hearing to an off day on Thursday. Tonight’s first pitch is set for 8:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Kansas City Royals

Kevin Newman – 3B Nick Pratto – 1B
Matt McLain – 2B Salvador Perez – DH
Jonathan India – DH MJ Melendez – RF
Elly De La Cruz – SS Bobby Witt Jr. – SS
Spencer Steer – 1B Michael Massey – 2B
Tyler Stephenson – C Edward Olivares – LF
Stuart Fairchild – LF Nicky Lopez – 3B
TJ Hopkins – RF Freddy Fermin – C
Jose Barrero – CF Dairon Blanco – CF
Ben Lively – RHP Daniel Lynch – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Ben Lively 36.1 4.21 1.13 9 37
Daniel Lynch 16.1 4.41 1.47 5 17
Links: Ben Lively’s Stats | Daniel Lynch’s Stats

Ben Lively

The last time out was a tough one for Ben Lively as he allowed seven runs in 6.2 innings – including giving up three home runs to the Cardinals hitters. He’s given up a lot of home runs this season, but he’s kept runners off of the bases so it hasn’t been as harmful as it could otherwise be.

So far this season Ben Lively has had reverse splits. He’s held left-handed hitters to a .211 average and a low walk rate. Right-handed hitters are hitting a little better, hitting .254. Righties strike out more than lefties have, but are showing similar power and walk rates as lefties.


RHH 68 16 0 0 4 4 19 .254 .309 .444
LHH 81 16 2 0 4 5 18 .211 .259 .395

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 91.0 91.8 89.2 76.3 80.4 84.9
Usage 30% 19% 9% 8% 24% 10%

Daniel Lynch

After missing the first month of the season with a rotator cuff injury, Lynch went on a month-long rehab stint in the minors before being activated in the final week of May. He’s made three starts since his return and has been solid across the board.

Looking at his splits from last season (this season doesn’t make sense given he’s thrown just over 16 innings), lefties hit better against him than righties did. But that doesn’t actually provide much information because teams pretty much only let their best left-handed hitter on the team face him because in 27 games he pitched in eight games where he didn’t face a single lefty and in the other 19 games they had just 76 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters found success against Lynch, hitting for average, getting on base at a solid clip, and hit for a solid amount of power.

Splits (2022)

RHH 524 135 20 1 19 43 109 .287 .348 .455
LHH 76 20 4 0 2 9 13 .308 .400 .462

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 92.8 93.2 87.9 81.0 84.0
Usage 40% 2% 24% 9% 26%

When and Where

  • Game time: 8:10pm ET
  • Where: Kauffman Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 82ยฐ, partly cloudy, 15% chance of rain

News and Notes

Nick Lodolo likely out until August

The Reds have arrived and they’re for real

Baseball America’s Updated Reds Top 30 Prospects

The crew over at Baseball America updated their prospect rankings for the year and the Cincinnati Reds list saw plenty of movement on it after early season big time performances. Elly De La Cruz still tops the list, but some of the other placements are interesting.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Pirates 34 31 0.0 23.5%
Brewers 34 33 1.0 52.3%
Reds 33 35 2.5 7.2%
Cubs 29 37 5.5 11.5%
Cardinals 27 41 8.5 14.6%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

324 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Lively Over 17.5 outs tonight. He might give up a TD but Bell let’s him get his innings in. Hopefully he can miss some barrels tonight

    • VaRedsFan

      Let’s hope he does, because that would be good news for the Reds.

      Only caveat is, they have an off day tomorrow, so Bell might be willing to use the entire pen, and have a quicker trigger, if need be.

  2. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Doug, I know you’ve heard it before, but I still don’t believe you hear it enough. Thank you for Redlegnation.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Not only providing us the source but also putting up with us all, me included.

    • REdsvol

      +10,000. Thank you Doug and thank you @Steve for reminding us to thank him!

      • REdsvol

        oh, and thank you Doug for your other site – Because of it, I feel like I know so much more about the guys that have come up over the last several years.

    • JayTheRed

      Had a friend who is a big Brewers fan see this site and asked me what it was all about. He was very jealous of the detailed information that is presented here and that on a daily basis there is great analysis done by the team here.

      Thanks again Doug for you and your team for what you do daily here during the season and during the offseason.

  3. Dennis Westrick

    Can we PLEASE have a “normal” game tonight! And, I challenge anyone on this site to define “normal” when applied to this 2023 Reds team!

    Let’s finish the job by sweeping the Royals and move on to Houston!

    • Mark Moore

      A Houston team without Lance McCullers … hope he recovers well. Don’t wish a season-ending injury on anyone.

    • Melvin

      Famous quote from Dennis the other night after Karcher finished the game, “Let’s not do that again”. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Mark Moore

    OK, friends, I really mean it tonight …

    I can’t stay up late. So we need to pile on early and get a huge lead (I won’t even suggest the alternative). That library book is now overdue and not finished yet. No fines, but it’s a new release, so I don’t want to hold on to it too long and deprive others on the wait list.

    Almost time to Kick This Pig!!!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! Two late nights in a row are making this old man feel even older! Playing at Houston won’t be any better unfortunately!

      • Mark Moore

        I can handle Friday night. Saturday and Sunday are earlier starts. Just have to make it through tonight.

  5. LDS

    Friedl injured? Other than McLain, heโ€™s the only guy hitting .300 regardless of L/R pitchers. I guess itโ€™s just a Bell thing. Numbers donโ€™t matter.

    • Mark Moore

      It’s a Handyman special situation

      • Melvin

        Yeah. Me no understand about Friedl for a LONG time. I don’t know what he has to do to show he can hit LH pitching. Having said that here’s hoping we win with WHATEVER lineup Bell uses.

    • Redsfan4life

      LHP for KC. Like it or not he isn’t starting much against a LHP

    • Redsvol

      actually, I think its a good idea to give him the entire night off. Gives him 2 days (with the off day) to rest up the hamstring. Hamstrings on professional athletes just linger forever unless they are dealt with properly. Here’s hoping he can make it thru without any more major DL time because he is the straw that stirs the drink IMO.

  6. Tim

    Can really gain some ground tonight with a win. And I concur with gratitude for this site Doug

  7. Redsfan4life

    Win tonight means a winning road trip 5-1 heading to Houston for 3.

  8. Redsfan4life

    They are very high in MLB in wins when a LH starting pitcher starts. I’d say sitting Friedl hasn’t hurt. He will be in at some point anyway.

  9. Moon

    Brewers have lost 6 in a row including today. The Cardinals have lost 5 in a row. Oakland has won 7 in a row including the last 2 over Tampa Bay. Kansas CIty now has the worst record in baseball. The odd of the Reds making the playoffs as shown above is now over 7%. The Red enter tonight’s game 2.5 games behind the Pirates for the Division lead and 3 behind the Giants for the last WC spot. The Giants have won 4 in a row to move ahead of Milwaukee for that last playoff position. All in all it has been a pretty good 10 day for the Reds. Free CES!

  10. Dennis Westrick

    I’ve come to the conclusion that being a Reds fan (short for fanatical) during the Reign of Bell is like riding a roller coaster without a the lap restraint in place! This year in particular has been a wild up & down ride! Still believe this Reds team has a real chance at winning the NL Central Division or snagging one the 3 Wild Card spots!

    Just need to keep on winning series regardless of the opponent!

    • Mark Moore


      Have to win the NLC. I don’t see a WC berth coming out of that division.

      • Dennis Westrick

        It’s there for the taking Mark! Need some injured pitchers to make it back and adding CES would help the offense IMO!

      • Melvin

        Adding Chapman if possible would help too.

      • Moon

        Probably but the Pirates and Brewers have held that last WC spot most of the year until just a few days ago. The six game losing streak by the Brewers dropped them out of it. Just saying I would not write that last WC spot off.

      • Mark Moore

        I just looked at the standings. I honestly thought there were more teams ahead of us for the WC. A whole lot of season to play and winning the NLC is still the best option. But the 3rd WC slot may remain at the edge of the table anyway. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • JB

        Wild Card? Who cares about Wild Card. They will win the division. We don’t need no stinkin wild card. The of little faith.

    • JayTheRed

      We have a pretty rough stretch in the schedule from here until the All-Star Game. Only a few chances at teams that have losing records.

      Oh, speaking of All Stars everyone go vote for Matt McClain for SS for the All-Star Game.

    • Daytonnati

      Yeah, I noticed. Hope it’s not an omen.

      • Michael Lieb

        He is not in the same seat as the last two nights. Sitting to the right from the centerfield camera

  11. Old-school

    Why does Kevin Newman get the most at bats hitting lead off. Is this the guy that hits 5x and more than anyone else? Makes no sense hitting lead off. Id rather McLain or India or Steer or EDLC get 5 at bats .

    • wkuchad

      Look at his stats vs lefties. I thought we were done complaining about Newman vs left handed pitchers.

      • old-school

        Lead off hitter โ€ฆ.lead off hitter.

        Are you saying newman deserves the most at bats in a game of all the players on this Reds roster

      • Melvin

        I know Newman hits lefties pretty good but a better lineup in my view without Friedl (smh) would have been something like this:

        De La Cruz

        Those would have been my top four but oh well. Let’s win either way.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Would like to see more patience from the Reds hitters!

  13. Mark Moore

    Minor Keystone Kops routine brewing there. Lively needs to get Massey and wipe this inning off the books.

  14. Dennis Westrick

    Why is Hopkins in the outfield? Asking for a friend!

    • Mark Moore

      Handyman special placement ๐Ÿ˜›

      He’ll be back in L’ville soon enough.

  15. Mark Moore

    Time for ELDC to get #2. Kauffman is a big field, but he’s bigger.

  16. Bet on Red

    Can we get the sweep tongiht….

  17. Mark Moore

    Nope … it was Steer who pounded one.

  18. Melvin

    Another Reds awesome Rookie…STEER with the HR. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • wkuchad

      Rookie and team MVP so far this year

      • JayTheRed

        Steer is my 2nd favorite player on the Reds. McClain is my favorite.

      • Melvin

        Very happy to have them both. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Dennis Westrick

    Steer has been more than a pleasant surprise!

  20. Indy Red Man

    Losing Tyler at DH would be a plus. I think he’d have 1 hr if he played at an average park. I’ll even take Votto

  21. Daytonnati

    JB – I think I spot #94 on the right side behind home plate.

  22. Mark Moore

    Let’s keep this lead and then make it grow.

  23. SlippinJimmy

    Anyone else think maybe Elly would be better off batting 3rd? Steer is certainly an appropriate #4.

    • Melvin

      Problem is India, Friedl (when he plays smh), and McLain are pretty good top of the order guys already.

    • MBS

      I like the fact that we are starting to get so many players who can fill important spots in the lineup. I could be convinced that Friedl, India, or McLain should be the leadoff hitter. That middle is filling up too, with EDLC, and Steer. Itโ€™s only going to get fuller when CES joins the team.

      • JayTheRed

        Don’t forget Frailey too. Nice middle of the order guy.

    • Ted Alfred

      I actually think they should drop Elly down to 6th or 7th right now because you can tell he’s pressing and he’s guessing a lot and really not coming close on most of the breaking balls, so I think it’d be better to take some pressure off of him until he relaxes a bit

      • JayTheRed

        I’m with Ted, Maybe bat him a little lower but not much lower.

  24. Mark Moore

    Nice throw by Stewie. Great tag from MattyMc. Erases that mistake by Lively.

  25. wkuchad

    For some reason, I thought Fairchild was starting in RF tonight. Glad I was wrong.

      • Kevin H

        No, just having some fun. His first name is Kevin, he can’t be all that bad. hahahahah

    • Mark Moore

      In a world where awesome = average then yes, yes he is. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Seriously, a nice guy and has been getting the job done. Not a huge fan of him leading off, but whatever …

      • Kevin H

        Nor am I, and I dunno Friedl is great. Oh well lol

      • Kevin H

        @JB, that is right he is legit!! I forgot lol

  26. Melvin

    Barrero robbed. Excellent line drive hit with nothing to show for it.

  27. Mark Moore

    These Royals can play some D … have to give them that.

  28. Kevin H

    How about those A’s. 7 wins in a row. Baseball is a strange game sometimes

  29. Melvin

    Pretty good play by Fairchild there.

  30. Dennis Westrick

    Reds making Lynch look like a Cy Young candidate! And, yes, there have been some hard hit balls but need to string some hits together and add on to this slim lead!

  31. Kevin H

    Connor Phillips is pitching lights out in double A.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. I noticed that. He could be AAA bound soon. If he turns into another Abbott we’ve got our starting pitcher without trading anyone. Just need a good lefty…hint hint…in the pen.

  32. Kevin H

    2 errors by Hopkins, is he not a right fielder? One of those games?

    • Mark Moore

      He’s a AAA guy who can play the corners. That won’t work in a park like Kauffman.

  33. Dennis Westrick

    OK, now 2 mistakes by Hopkins! Good choice by Bell

    • SlippinJimmy

      Here ye, here ye! These beith the Laws of Bell! How dare thou questioneth his superiority in all things?

    • wkuchad

      When Hopkins was first called up and didnโ€™t immediately start every game, Bell was blasted on this site. Pick a lane.

  34. SlippinJimmy

    Reds need to have some Red Bull. Time to channel their inner Max Verstappen.

  35. Dennis Westrick

    Nice recovery by Lively to limit the damage to one (1)! Let’s get that run back plus a bunch more! I would really like to turn in at my normal work day bedtime at 10:30!

  36. Melvin

    Good bunt by McLain. Almost made it. We know now for sure he CAN bunt…not that he should often though.

    • Melvin

      Correction…DID make it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Mark Moore

    Let’s see if that’s the sparkplug that ignites a little rally here

  38. Mark A Verticchio

    Reds need a big inning, 1 hit in 10 innings.

  39. Melvin

    Hahaha I don’t know how McLain read that so well but I’m glad he did.

  40. Mark Moore

    Super aggressive play by MattMc. Glad it worked out in our favor.

  41. Old-school

    Mclain should hit lead off if Friedl doesnt against lefties. He needs the most at bats. Speed. Runsโ€ฆ

    • Melvin

      I think McLain would be an excellent leadoff hitter. He’s an on base machine and a good hitter as well. Perfect.

    • JayTheRed

      No I disagree. I think McClain should be batting 3rd. Consistently gets hits all the time.

  42. Mark Moore

    Mental error on India for not looking back to pick up the ball.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Little League play by India! Reds baserunning looks like a Keystone Cops episode!

      • Kevin H

        busted out laughing at this comment LOL..

        I bet you have people laughing with your sarcasm LOL

  43. Dennis Westrick

    EDLC can’t catch a break tonight!

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s not hitting anything hard lately, but it’s a learning process

  44. JB

    Reds have a record of 7-13 on last games of a series. They need to improve on that. They looked sluggish early but speed and youth have solved that some.

    • Melvin

      One could argue that David Bell is not using his “getaway day” lineups as much.

    • wkuchad

      Weโ€™ve had a few questionable lineups in getaway games. Tonight is not that case.

      • Melvin

        Unless you count Friedl…but he always does that. lol

  45. Melvin

    Lively keeping us in the game so far. Good job.

  46. Melvin

    McLain giving Steer a run for his money as team MVP this season. Great jump, timing, and grab on that line drive.

  47. Mark Moore

    That half-inning helps. Now let’s pile on!

  48. Indy Red Man

    That’s about 4 balls roped to 2b shaded up the middle

  49. Kevin H

    Fairchild does it again. He doesn’t want to go down

    • JB

      I would be surprised if he does. He plays great defense and has a nice arm. His bat gets more consistent, look out.

    • wkuchad

      I think there almost no chance Fairchild is sent down

      • Melvin

        Who knows? Somebody has got to go. Lots of somebodies.

  50. Mark Moore

    Another jack by the 14-year-old! That’s the kind of juice we need to see.

  51. Melvin

    Fairchild! Hard to give up on him. Home Run!

  52. Mark Moore

    That’s a case of better lucky, amiright?

    1st career steal by Hopkins.

  53. VaRedsFan

    Fairchild and #15 prospect for Chapman….while his value is the highest

    • Melvin

      I’d probably do that. Don’t know it KC would though. lol

  54. JB

    Barrero can’t buy a hit. Robbed twice

  55. Mark Moore

    This just in … Bobby Witt is a really good fielder.

    • JayTheRed

      No that has been known since he came up. KC does have a pretty decent fielding team overall.

  56. Melvin

    Barrero robbed AGAIN! Good hard hit. Can’t complain about his hitting tonight.

    • VaRedsFan

      Tune in a week from now when he gets another shot

      • Ted Alfred

        Poor Barrero…. Crushed two balls in two at bats and he’s got nothing to show for it.

  57. Indy Red Man

    Told ya Stewie had some pop!! He’s had quite the series

  58. Kevin H

    I called it Mclain homerun, however I didn’t comment on here LOL

    My thought was a bunt hit last inning and a three run bomb now

  59. Melvin

    McLAIN!!! = AWESOME Three run dinger!

  60. Mark Moore

    That’s what I call going yard … WOW!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  61. Dennis Westrick

    Hopkins is 0-2, batting .190 with 2 bonehead plays in the outfield. The late, great John Madden was once asked by a sideline reporter to comment on one his Raider players who was having a bad game! The question was “How much longer is he gonna remain in the game?” Madden said NFL. The confused reporter asked Madden to explain what he meant and he said again, NFL – Not For Long!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Correction! Hopkins is now 1 for 2! My bad!

      • MBS

        To be fair, his non hit was a bullet, just at the RF. Heโ€™s probably a day late and a dollar short with these hard hits, because the IL squad is about to return.

  62. Mark Moore

    What are we seeing????

    Talk about piling it on.

  63. Melvin

    Can EDLC make it three in a row? ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Dennis Westrick

    I thought the HR Derby was part of the All Star week!

    • JayTheRed

      This is a preview of the Reds taking over the All Star Game voting in 2025. Maybe even 2024.

  65. VaRedsFan

    That ball swims with the fishes in the fountains.

  66. Amarillo

    This team is tired of small ball.

  67. Old-school

    What is going on exactly?

    Queue the Michael Scott GIF

    Its happening

  68. Kevin H

    When De La Cruz gets hot again look out world

  69. Mark Moore

    JB – did you ship a case of raw Seneca Lake water to the boys and somehow get them to drink it? I’m thinking that would explain some of what we’re seeing. Glacial lake water is magical afterall.

  70. Melvin

    Lively not great but not pitching bad either. Need to get out of this inning with very little to no damage.

    • Melvin

      No. Hope not. No walks tonight. That alone should help your blood pressure Dennis. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Dennis Westrick

        Gonna send the Reds FO a bill to cover the cost of my BP meds, CBD products and additional adult beverages I need to watch this team!

    • JayTheRed

      I let him go another inning.
      Bell probably won’t though.

    • redbone

      With this lead let him go another. A well rested bully with the off day and a big series coming against a monster.

  71. JayTheRed

    Lively may have looked a little shaking to start the game but now he seems to have settled in nicely.

    Just heard that Chapman has said yes in an interview that he would like to come back to the Reds.

    • Melvin

      Yep. I’m thinking more and more we ought to get him. The Cowboy was in awe when thinking about him and Diaz in the late innings. Me too.

  72. Indy Red Man

    C’mon Lively…get thru 6. Already cashed Reds ml with the 2 run lead promo

    • JB

      Wait wait, you dog the starting pitching relentlessly and then you bet on them?

      • Indy Red Man

        Hes been bad lately? I’m not a cheerleader

      • Indy Red Man

        I also talked about Lively when nobody mentioned him or wrote one word about him. None of you, Doug, or anybody else

      • JB

        True but you crapped on him for the past 2or 3 starts. Said he was trash. So what is it?

  73. Daytonnati

    Now Indy has to sweat out three more outs ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. old-school

    Reds and Pirates battling for #1 pick in 2022.

    No battling for best young team in 2023. I didnt see that.

  75. Melvin

    Keep this up we pick up a game on the Brewers. Pirates are winning in the sixth.

  76. Dennis Westrick

    6 or 7 innings from Lively tonight would be huge given the challenge ahead in Houston!

    • JayTheRed

      Nope Bell doesn’t let any starter finish their innings. Almost always 4 and 2/3, 5 and 2/3, 6 and 2/3… That’s one of the many things that drives me bananas about David Bell.

  77. Mark Moore

    Need a pair of bike helmets here

  78. JB

    So these guys are going nowhere
    1) McLain
    2) EDLC
    6) Stephenson
    7) 2nd catcher

    Then these 6 have a chance on being sent down.
    8) Fairchild
    9) Benson
    11)3rd catcher
    12) Barrero
    13) Hopkins

    No really set order there. So don’t get to infatuated with that. But basically this is who goes from 13 down when players start coming back. Senzel, Fraley, Votto,Myers, CES … You bring up those five and we could be looking at a different team. At least bench

    • wkuchad

      I think 8, 9, and 10 have almost no chance of being sent down. Just my opinion.

      • JB

        I agree but one might if Myers is your 4th guy called up. I would DFA him personally.

      • Dennis Westrick

        No way Bell agrees to get rid of Newman!

      • JB

        Dennis- I don’t think Bell has a choice. I will say Newman has been a nice surprise though and probably has more trade value than Myers.

  79. Melvin

    Tell ya what. EDLC, McLain, and Barrero is a pretty good up the middle defense.

    • Ted Alfred

      Barrero again…for the 3rd time kills a ball, this time right at 3rd…hitting missiles around the infield with nothing to show for it…0-3.

  80. Mark Moore

    Welsh talking about pitching to George Brett. Used the phrase “trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster” about throwing him a fastball and thinking he’d get away with it.

    • JB

      Haha great line. I love Welsh. Great sense of humor.

  81. Mark Moore

    My wife asking if HDTBell has his concession coupon with him to give to Lively when he takes him out ๐Ÿ˜€

  82. Indy Red Man

    Noooo. Lol. Still made a little with the DraftKings promo. Lively competes, but he’s so hittable. Idk? I guess he might pull off 4.90 as the 5th starter….maybe?

  83. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Alright, not only us here but many baseball pundits talking about how are bullpen is being strained; I believe even Bell has talked about it. So, what does he do? He pulls a starter with a 7-2 lead in the 6th after 95 pitches and 2 out? Alright. . .

    • Indy Red Man

      Last time he let off the gas StL rallied and he ended up needing Diaz. We don’t need that

  84. Mike Adams

    Five out of the Reds’ seven hits are extra base hits.

  85. old-school

    A Reds win tonight is unquestionably the high water mark of the season and a nice day off

  86. Dennis Westrick

    OK, this is the point in the game where I start counting outs! I don’t start in the 5th inning because I would have to take my socks & shoes off!

    • Harry Stoner

      Weโ€™re not out of the woods yet.

      Weโ€™ve seen this kind of lead go up in smoke too many times.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Yep! Here we go! Leadoff triple off of Young!

  87. Mark Moore

    Chumpire must be double-parked. Seems his zone is expanding.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Either that or Happy Hour at the Holiday Inn ends soon!

      • Mark Moore

        I think it’s the Airport Ramada ๐Ÿ˜€

  88. VaRedsFan

    1st missplay i’ve seen from Barrero in CF

  89. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking Friedl catches that. Inexperience. Glad we’re ahead by 5.

  90. Harry Stoner

    Time for Bell to wake up and take charge.

    Donโ€™t sit around twiddling until it;s a one run game.

  91. VaRedsFan

    over 9.5 gets there tonight, after last night’s horrific beat

    • Dennis Westrick

      Someone please tell Young we have a 4 run lead and don’t walk anyone! Bell made a good choice in pulling him! Sends a message IMO!

      • Mark Moore

        I tried … the call went straight to voicemail

  92. Dennis Westrick

    Cubs just put up a 6-spot on the Pie-Rats and lead 7-5 in the 7th inning!

  93. MBS

    Real good chance the Reds, Pirates, and Brewers will all be tied with 34 W at the end of the day.

  94. JB

    Barrero can’t worry about the runner going to 3rd. Inexpierence.

  95. Mark Moore

    They’re gonna make me stay up past my bedtime again, aren’t they … ๐Ÿ™

    • Dennis Westrick

      Sometimes better to be lucky than good!

  96. Dennis Westrick

    OK, I can breathe again! Reds outfield “defense” has been offensive!

    • Mark Moore

      Definitely not the “A-Team” out there tonight.

    • JayTheRed

      Don’t worry it’s not our normal OF.

  97. Beaufort Red

    This inning shows why Barrero needs to go down. Work on his outfield defense. You just canโ€™t throw a shortstop to the outfield, even if heโ€™s a great athlete. This ainโ€™t high school ball.

  98. Mark Moore

    That strike to ELDC probably should have been in the fountain.

    • Jim Walker

      Yes, but I think one of EDLC’s biggest adjustments right now is that he had the ABS system absolutely dialed in and now he is having to adjust to a changing zone every night.

  99. Dennis Westrick

    EDLC 0-4 tonight! Needs to relax and use his skills! May need to move him out of the 4-spot in the batting order and put CES there! Oh, that’s right! CES still stuck in Louisville!

    • SlippinJimmy

      Prediction: Elly will be back in Houston.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Hope you’re right! He puts a lot of pressure on the opposing team’s defense as well as the opposing pitcher when he gets on base!

    • VaRedsFan

      So if he was batting 6th he would be hitting?

    • LDS

      And hitless for the series with a GIDP in each game. N all honesty, a dose of humility will probably help him in the long run.

  100. Beaufort Red

    I knew that every time Sadak wet his pants over EDLC, it may come back to bite him. EDLC is a unbelievable talent, but major league pitchers with their advance scouting reports are a different breed. If nothing else he needs to be dropped to 5th or 6th. Less pressing.

    • bug

      Yes, Red. I concur. Way too many Ks for EDLC!!! He takes too many pitches. He needs to take his bat off his shoulders and get his swings in. The other night he took 3 pitches right down the heart of the plate and then sat down. No excuse for that. Matt McClain is the player!!! If EDLC does not cut way down on his Ks, he needs to be sent back down to AAA to figure it out. The best thing about this team is this year we are not strking out (since we don’t have Suarez king his normal 200 times/year,..along with some of the others we no longer have). We don’t need someone batting clean up that is extremely prone to whiffing. Something needs to change soon about his strike outs.

  101. Ted Alfred

    Hopkins defense tonight has been terrible, along with Berraro in CF. Time for those 2 to head back to AAA when Senzel comes up…then trade Barrero to a team needing a SS

  102. Mark Moore

    Welsh is golfing tomorrow (the 2-some or 3-some he’s playing with has no idea he’s joining them) and Thrall/Cowboy are headed out to sea to try and catch dinner.

  103. Mark Moore

    Another misplay.

    Thrall is right, these are not “easy” but between inexperience and Kauffman this is what we’re getting.

  104. SlippinJimmy

    You know who’d be good in center field? A center fielder.

    • Mark Moore

      You think? This should underscore why you can’t just throw ELDC to the wolves and put him out there.

    • VaRedsFan

      Billy Hamilton was a SS, and became just about the best CF’er I’ve ever seen.

  105. Ted Alfred

    And right on cue he badly misplays that ball to Right Center…wow. He is a really good shortstop defensively who is not an outfielder and he’s never going to play SS for the Reds again…time to work a trade

    • Mark Moore

      Bad read = bad route = trying to jump for it

  106. Melvin

    CF and RF are having bad nights for sure.

  107. Dennis Westrick

    We just can’t seem to get an easy win! If it’s not the pitching, it’s the bad baserunning or lack of hitting or awful defense!

  108. Dennis Westrick

    Cruz could get a job in Las Vegas! He worked some serious magic to get out of the bottom of the 8th inning!

  109. Indy Red Man

    Viva La Mexico City Chihuahua’s new SS Jose Barrero

  110. Melvin

    Cubs winning 7-6 bottom of the eighth.

  111. Dennis Westrick

    Cubs clinging to a one (1) run lead, 7-6 in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Pirates!

  112. JB

    Everytime I see these infielders trying to play the outfield it reminds me of when Bell put Van Meter in the outfield and he immediately turned into Les Nessman.(WkRP) for you youngins.

    • Mark Moore

      As God as my witness I thought turkeys could fly!!!

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s exactly why the organization should foresee the logjam on the infield, and start getting these guys OF experience in the minors, instead of just hoping things will work out.

  113. Hanawi

    Might need to start batting Stephenson 9th. Definitely should not be DHing anymore, which means they can get rid of the 3rd catcher.

  114. Mark Moore

    OK, just need 3 outs to call it a wrap. All the drama and angst will be forgotten.

    I probably need to check my BP.

  115. Dennis Westrick

    Hopkins so far below the Mendoza line he can’t even see it! Can’t wait for Senzel and others to get healthy and return to the lineup!

    • Melvin

      Hopkins to me looks intimidated to be in the majors. Good for him to get a taste and then go back down to work on things.

      • Mark Moore

        I’d buy that. He came up out of necessity, not because he was ready and tearing it up.

  116. Indy Red Man

    Cubs up 3. Reds most likely within 1.5

    Feel bad for Barrero actually. Send him down to play SS every day for 4-5 weeks and hopefully he’ll hit this horrific AAA pitching and we can deal him

  117. Dennis Westrick

    Cubs increased their lead to 9-6 over the Pie-Rats!

  118. Hanawi

    Saw a Twitter post today about how “unclutch” the Royals are as a team. Basically they should have 9 more wins than they do and most of it is because they are absolutely awful in clutch situations. Tonight they have 13 hits and the Reds have committed 3 errors and still they have only 3 runs.

    • JB

      I guess we could say the same about the Reds. I mean how many times in the past games have they left runners on 2nd and 3rd ?

      • Hanawi

        Reds are in the top 10 in average and middle of the pack in wRC+ in high leverage situations. Royals have a 27 wRC+ and no other team is below 61 (100 is average). They are also the worst in pitching in high leverage situations by quite a lot. Reds are again middle of the pack. Jesse Newell is the name if you want to look the thread up.

  119. Mark Moore

    Looking at Witt, I’m thinking he should play CF. What do y’all think?

    Just focus on the batters, please.

  120. LT

    Beat the team we are supposed to beat and steal some games from the top teams. Should be enough to make the playoffs? On to Houston

  121. Melvin

    A walk after getting ahead 0-2. Not good.

  122. Jim Walker

    Bell slow to get the closer ready again. He should be in with only 1 out and 2 on despite the 4 run lead.

    • Jim Walker

      And there we go. Newman’s best play was to pivot and dive for the 3B bag and hope he got the force out. Like they say on an airplane in the emergency exit briefing, the closest exit may be behind you.

    • bug

      Yes, Jim. Bell waited one batter too long to bring in Diaz. Luckily we wone in spite of that mistake, no thanks to Bell’s decision. Oh well. Go Reds!!!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Getting the “homer” calls now!

  123. Melvin

    Why do I feel we’ll need Diaz again tonight? Need a double play to end it.

    • JayTheRed

      Sure would be nice to have Chapman for the 8th or 9th if Diaz has pitched too much.

      Come on get him now don’t wait.

  124. Dennis Westrick

    If the Reds outfield plays like they did tonight, they will get embarrassed by the Astros!

  125. Indy Red Man

    Diaz should be warming up. Of course we’re off tomorrow so nail this down. Just walked a guy ahead 0-2 with a 4 run lead

  126. JB

    You have to eat that Newman. Come on , you’re a veteran.

  127. Mark Moore

    Kevin!!! Put that ball in your pocket!!!

  128. Mark Moore

    Get 2 outs and give up no more than 2 runs … sounds simple enough, right?

  129. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds have not played well tonight.

  130. Indy Red Man

    This team…lol. Predictable that it will get more entertaining then it’s supposed to be whether they’re way up or down

  131. HoF-13

    Four errors and a couple of hits that could have should have been outs.

  132. Mark Moore

    Facing the 9-hole hitter … don’t lose him.

  133. JB

    Like I said, 7-13 record on final game of the series. Don’t know if it’s lack of concentration or eager to get out of town or whatever but they need to clean it up.

  134. Melvin

    Well… we win another cardiac game. ๐Ÿ™‚

  135. Mark Moore

    Finally … press it to the limits but get out of town with a sweep.

    22 saves in a row to tie his big brother. That’s got to feel good for Diaz.

    • JB

      Yep. Turn out the lights and lock the doors.

  136. Jeff Morris

    That was harder than it should have been….Thought A Diaz could have rested tonight, but smart move bringing him in to slam the door. A Diaz is the definition of a closer. These AAA pitchers going from AAA to the Reds and back to AAA and back to the Reds are not the best. Thank God we have a 3-4 run lead tonight.

  137. Dennis Westrick

    YIKES! The Reds defense is like a Stephen King novel, very scary!

    • west larry

      Yes. they played defense as if they were wearing blindfolds.

  138. LDS

    Newman reverting to his career averages. As for Barrero and Senzel, the comments here are somewhat humorous. Put Senzel in the OF and heโ€™ll do what he always does, return to the IL. As for Barrero, starting a 25yo SS once a week in CF and expecting Cesar Cedeno is wishful thinking. So send him down, let him get his stroke back, and trade him. It worked so well with EE.

    • wkuchad

      Can always count on LDS to be the proverbial wet blanket after a win

      • LDS

        Just observing the facts on the ground. Yes, the Reds swept KC, a team decidedly worse than they are. But, they didnโ€™t exactly dominate. Every team in the NL Central has a negative run differential, the Reds being the worst at -29. If they play no better against Houston, they could well find themselves swept. As for my comments, Senzel was performing adequately at 3rd and wound up on the IL after a couple of games in LF. He isnโ€™t the answer to the Reds OF mess anymore than Myers is. Wins are nice, but I donโ€™t really care this year.

  139. Dennis Westrick

    One game under .500 and 1.5 games out of 1st! Let’s see where we are next Monday!

    • JayTheRed

      I’m Nervous. We have a lot of tough teams coming up. Colorado might be our only breather until the All-Star Break.

  140. LT

    We will have Abbot and Green start in Houston series, so the chance to get a game or two is a ok

  141. Mark Moore

    Houston starters not posted for any of the games. Hoping our guys can leverage the day off to clear their heads and focus on winning a game down there. One of three would be a success. Two of three would be a complete gift. And I’ll stop right there.

    Let’s see who from our side finds the Crawford Boxes ๐Ÿ˜€