The Cincinnati Reds will be looking to get back to their winning ways tonight when they face off against the Baltimore Orioles. After dealing a rain-interrupted game got restarted last night, Baltimore pulled away to hand the Reds their third loss in a row. First pitch tonight at Camden Yards is set for 7:05pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Baltimore Orioles

TJ Friedl – CF Austin Hays – LF
Matt McLain – SS Adley Rutschman – C
Jonathan India – 2B Anthony Santander – DH
Elly De La Cruz – 3B Gunnar Henderson – 3B
Jake Fraley – RF Aaron Hicks – CF
Joey Votto – 1B Ramon Urias – 1B
Spencer Steer – DH Jordan Westburg – 2B
Will Benson – LF Ryan McKenna – RF
Luke Maile – C Jorge Mateo – SS
Andrew Abbott – LHP Tyler Wells – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Andrew Abbott 23.2 1.14 0.97 9 22
Tyler Wells 86.2 3.22 0.89 19 88
Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Tyler Wells’ Stats

Andrew Abbott

In his last outing Andrew Abbott wasn’t credited for the win for the first time in his big league career. The Reds still won the game as he set a career high with 10 strikeouts in his 6.0 innings. It was the first game he had allowed runs in as the Rockies hit three solo homers in the game.

In limited action with the Reds, Andrew Abbott has been dominant against the few lefties he’s been allowed to face. They’ve gone 3-16 with three singles and no walks. Right-handed hitters have done better, but they are hitting just .164 so far – but they’ve walked plenty and in the most recent outing, they hit for some power.


RHH 79 11 1 0 3 9 17 .164 .263 .313
LHH 16 3 0 0 0 0 5 .188 .188 .188

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.9 80.4 82.5 86.6
Usage 53% 18% 15% 14%

Tyler Wells

The American League leader with a 0.89 WHIP, Tyler Wells is having himself a strong season for the Orioles. Hitters have a .185 average against him on the year, but they have showed a good amount of power against him.

The splits for Wells show how well he’s pitched against everyone, but right-handed hitters have found a little more success in hitting for power against him. He doesn’t walk much of anyone, and he’s struck out lefties a lot more often than he has righties. Not shown in the splits below is that he’s got a 2.52 ERA at home (4.17 on the road) and allowed far fewer home runs than he has on the road.


RHH 188 32 4 1 12 12 44 .183 .234 .423
LHH 147 26 4 1 6 7 44 .188 .231 .362

Pitch Usage

4-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.7 88.7 74.3 84.4 85.5
Usage 37% 19% 9% 16% 19%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:05pm ET
  • Where: Camden Yards
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 72°, cloudy, 25% chance of rain

News and Notes

Alec Mills called up, Jake Wong designated for assignment

A day after making his big league debut, Jake Wong is out and has been designated for assignment as the team is calling up Alec Mills and needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for him. You can read more about Mills and how he wound up with the Reds here if that is something you are interested in.

The international signings are playing well early on

Over the last two years the Cincinnati Reds have signed two of the top prospects in the international signing period. Both of them are out to great starts in 2023. Read all about them here.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 41 37 0.0 54.6%
Reds 41 38 0.5 16.8%
Cubs 37 39 3.0 21.4%
Pirates 35 42 5.5 2.7%
Cardinals 32 45 8.5 11.7%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

230 Responses

  1. Tim

    VOTE. If you were to vote today for the Reds ROY, who would you choose? It’s a harder question than you think. Several have WARs over 1.5.

    • Melvin

      It is a hard question…and will get harder as the year goes on.

    • J

      Today, it’s Steer. The much harder question for me is guessing which it will be at the end of the year.

    • BK

      Matt McLain if I had to vote today. In the overall NL race, Corbin Carroll is comfortably in the lead at the moment. But Abbott, Steer or McLain are likely 2 through 4, solidly ahead of the next contender and ELDC is certainly capable of passing each of them with more playing time. The Reds have to be ecstatic with all of their rookies.

    • DW

      That is a really tough one. A good case could be made for any of Steer, McLain, EDLC, or Abbott. I lean towards Steer by the slightest margin at this time. He has sustained success for the whole season at this point. I would like to see how the other three respond to adversity as the league figures them out a bit. If they all continue the trajectory they are on, then Steer would probably be number four on this list. So close though. Great problem to have!

    • Mike Adams

      “If you were to vote today…” it would be McLain.
      Ask me again at the end of the season.
      Abbott, Steer or EDLC could change my vote.

  2. Melvin

    I hope Abbott doesn’t fall apart like he did last time. He actually gave up three runs. 😉

    With this offense I’ll take three runs a game from our pitching anytime. 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      And it was 3 runs 1-at-a-time if I recall correctly 😀

      Certainly an anomaly of late.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Bell needs to stay aggressive! Freidl was on 1st and Newman kills lefties, but no hit-n-run so Newman’s chopper up the middle was a force out instead of an infield single.
    Later India’s on 1st and they’re feeding Elly soft breaking balls. Great chance for India to steal, but he doesn’t go and it’s another force out. Elly might’ve beat that out.

    Play your game. Don’t sit around and wait

    • Melvin

      I agree with that. Don’t let a 12 game winning streak make you hesitant to be aggressive afraid to make mistakes. Keep pushing. Go for it…wisely of course.

    • Jim Walker

      Also agree. Reds aggression and resulting chaos were hallmarks of the 12 game streak. Now they seem to have throttled back and are waiting for things to happen instead of forcing the opposition to make a play.

      Perhaps there are guys nursing injuries just looking to make it to the off day Thursday and then on through the 10 day stretch to the All Star break?

  4. Mark Moore

    My new City Connect gear arrived today. Of course I’m wearing it 😛

    Almost time to Kick This Pig!!!

    Need a dry game to help us out. Line-up looks promising.

    • Melvin

      Make sure to turn your hat inside out if we need a rally. 😉

      • Pharmer85

        Would switch India and Steer in the lineup tonight. India not a 3 hole hitter. Steer may not be long-term but he’s hot now.

    • Jim Walker

      That stuff must have been on a fast boat to the UK or wherever you are tonight 😉

  5. Doc

    I wonder how much of the pitching merry go round results from the loss of milb teams.

    • Melvin

      Funny how MLB talks about expansion when there aren’t enough good pitchers/players to go around already.

      • Mark Moore

        Well stated, Melvin. MLB has multiple problems that expansion will only complicate further, rather than resolve. And the pitcher talent pool (especially starters) is at or near the top of that list.

        At least the Las Vegas Ace-thletics are building a park with less seats. That might provide a little more exclusivity for them. Of course, slot machines near every bathroom and concession stand won’t hurt either … 😮

      • Melvin

        Probably at your seat. 🙂 Bet on each batter.

    • Jim Walker

      Interesting thought. I think most undrafted guys who would have been drafted in the former system still end up getting as much of a look as they would have before though because many, even most, of the prior official rookie leagues still exist as the same leagues and venues as before.

      The major difference in most instances is that the entire league is “affiliated” with MLB (receives some sort of support); but, the individual teams and players are not affiliated with a specific MLB organization.

      However, previously undrafted guys who used to fill out rookie league rosters may now be ending up in unaffiliated leagues instead

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    I would go with Steer, he’s been the most steady and has played solid D at three different spots = 3rd base, 1st base and most recently left field. I would go with Mclain a close second, EDLC third but with the highest ceiling and Abbott a long long shot but moving up if he can hold up his end as the defacto staff ace.

  7. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds needed win yesterday to avoid enter in a losing streak so tonight is very huge to reach the W as they can…
    The Reds July schedule is very tough especially considering the poor pitching staff they have right now… They will face Giants, Dbacks and LAD but teh most important is playing against Brewers 9 times…If the FO think to make a trade for starting pitching , now is the time because at July 31th would be very late…

  8. LDS

    The Reds badly need to win tonight. The risk of being swept here is far too high. And yes, be aggressive. I saw an article saying the Reds led the majors in SBs in June, 50% more than the next team(44-30 I think) and yet last night they stood around waiting for something to happen. That’s on Bell. He’s got to turn these guys loose.

  9. Soto

    Tonight’s lineup is very close to the best possible lineup for the current roster as we are probably going to get. Stevenson instead of Maile is probably the only change that would improve it. If they finally end the madness, add CES and DFA Casali, I would move Steer to left and DH CES. If we could start Abbott everyday (lol) I would take that lineup over any in the Central.

  10. Mark Moore

    Made the choice last night to buy a couple pieces of cable that allows me to still sit in my favorite chair and connect over to the TV.

    Let’s make this happen right here, right now!!

    • Bet on red

      Oh really…. but the triangle are such Baltimore fans or something

  11. Mike Adams

    I agree with all those who said be aggressive.
    Baltimore is probably thinking these guys lost 3 in a row and are no big deal.
    Reds gotta take it to them.
    Even if it is a 13-11 win or such like.

  12. Mark Moore

    Decent inning from Abbott. Seemed to mix it up a bit. The BB could have gone either way over the course of that AB.

    Back to work for EDLC. And let’s see if Employee #19 makes some thunder tonight.

  13. Indy Red Man

    I’m thinking 1 double 1 hr in GABP. I cannot believe how radically they changed Camden

    • Mark Moore

      Frazier was saying one of those would be about 10 rows in before the changes.

  14. Mark Moore

    I’m not completely certain, but the batter he walked may have just scored … 😮

  15. Indy Red Man

    Bet Abbott over 15.5 outs. Walks kill in more ways than one

  16. Old-school

    At the end the of the year…. Which Red leads the team in WAR ???

    Im taking Matt McLain

    • Jim Walker

      McLain sounds good to me too unless EDLC really gets in going from the RH side and goes on a double edged tear for a month to 6 weeks with no deep canyons along the way

  17. Roger Garrett

    Yep but you can’t walk hitters.Another hitter walks and scores.Walks run up pitch counts and get you out of the game quick and right now or any time for that matter it isn’t good.

  18. Mark Moore

    I saw Fraizer play for most of a season at AA back in 2007 when the team here was their affiliate. Played quite a bit of LF if I recall. Cozart was with that crew as well, if memory serves.

  19. Roger Garrett

    Braves just hammer everybody.Hard to imagine anybody beating them this year.They are just so deep on offense with power and speed.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Maile with a Gabp special for sure

  21. VaRedsFan

    The Wells change up has Reds hitters all messed up.

  22. J

    Has any team ever had a 12 game winning streak followed by a 12 game losing streak? Just curious about that for some reason.

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Definition of Insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results! Example: Leadoff walk will NOT result in a run!

    Reds pitchers walked NINE (9) batters last night and FOUR (4) of those batters scored.

    Love Abbott but please DO NOT emulate your fellow Reds pitchers!

      • Dennis Westrick

        Make that TWO (2) leadoff walks in 3 innings so far!

      • Old-school


        Walks miss bats

        Theres that.

  24. Roger Garrett

    Benson nor Steer made contact.Time for me to check out.Don’t like what I am seeing at all at the plate.

  25. Old-school

    This baltimore pitcher is outstanding.

    Changes speeds. Mixes pitches. Throws strikes .

    Probably doesnt make any pitching ninja videos though

    • Mark Moore

      Truth. He’s mixing it up effectively and has our guys off balance. Meanwhile, they are patient and Abbott has the hallmarks of a bit of nibbling going on. We all know how that script usually plays out.

  26. Dennis Westrick

    And, there it is! Another leadoff walk by Abbott! 40 pitches thru 2 innings means he will, in all probability, not last more than 5 innings!

    Gets old ladies and gents!

  27. Mark Moore

    BTW, for those who commented last night about “what would Sparky have done” … I believe the answer is he’d have pitched his designated long-reliever/spot-starter which every team had as an option back in the olden days. At least that’s how I see it.

    • Jim Walker

      Pedro Bourbon. Never the “6th” starter but the guy for a role like last night.

  28. Mark Moore

    OK, boys … time to pick Abbott up. Even with the BB’s he’s doing his part so far.

  29. Indy Red Man

    AA battles. If he gets his slider going might go 6

  30. J

    It would be nice if baseball broadcasts showed us a stat called something like “pitch differential” in each game, meaning the number of pitches your team has thrown minus the number thrown by the other team. I wonder how often the Reds would be at least +20 by the end of the fourth inning. Feels like it might be every day.

    • Mark Moore

      I like the idea of that stat. Offset it with WHIP (indicating less pitches but more on base for example) and I think you’ve got something.

  31. Dennis Westrick

    Abbott now at 62 pitches thru 3 innings! Don’t understand that strategy!

    • DW

      Did you ever pitch Dennis? I’m not saying that in any ill way. Some days you just don’t feel it physically. Some days you struggle to find your release point on certain pitches. Sometimes the mound has issues you don’t like that throw off either your drive foot or your landing foot. I could go on, but the point being, I don’t think it is a strategy. And I’m not saying that strategy, such as trying to nibble at the corners, isn’t a contributing factor. It can be. But up until tonight, Abbott has gone after hitters, and has done a pretty good job of limiting his walks as a big leaguer.

  32. Mark Moore

    Abbott’s dad is in the stands again … saw Day interviewing him. What’s he saying?

    • VaRedsFan

      Last time Dad said he needed to attack the zone.
      Listen to Dad.

  33. Mark Moore

    Completely perfect dead ball bunt.

  34. VaRedsFan

    Atlanta 4 bombs thru 1+ innings tonight.
    They’re on some kind of heater right now.

    • Dennis Westrick

      The only team that can beat the Braves right now is the Braves!

    • Mark Moore

      If it comes down to rooting for the Bravos in the post-season vs. anyone other than our Reds, I do believe I’m in. Maybe the Rays. The list of “never in a million years” teams is pretty long.

  35. Indy Red Man

    India is killing them in the 3 hole

    • Friedl Green Tomatoes

      Can’t forget De La Cruz batting cleanup. Both are an anchor around the neck of any rally right now. He’s electric and the potential is incredible, but it’s pretty clear the league has figured him out at the moment. Don’t throw him any hittable straight stuff. Up to him to make the adjustment now.

      • Doug Gray

        The guy won the league’s player of the week for last week and now on Tuesday he’s an anchor around the neck of the team and the league has figured him out? Man…. tough crowd. No one is going to get a hit every single game. Even the absolute best players alive have little mini slumps here and there where they go 3 days without a hit.

      • Friedl Green Tomatoes

        Doug, Yes everyone has mini-slumps, but Elly is a rookie, and not the first reds rookie to come out of the gates white-hot before the league figured out how to pitch him. Aristides Aquino ring a bell? How about Jay Bruce? Elly’s raw talent is second to none, but raw talent only goes so far. Elly is now properly stuck into the cat-and-mouse game with pitchers and scouting reports, and based on the at-bars I’ve seen the past 3 nights, they have the upper hand right now.

        Also, I didn’t say he’s an anchor around the neck of the team. I said he’s an anchor around the neck of a rally. He belongs in the lineup, but he and India should not be batting 3-4. Bat him leadoff. Bat him 5 or 6. Friedl-McClain-Steer should be a block, with fraley tacked on against righties. India and Elly coming to the plate and striking out on fastballs at their eyes is a rally killer.

      • Melvin

        “The guy won the league’s player of the week for last week and now on Tuesday he’s an anchor around the neck of the team”

        haha That’s kind of funny.

      • Melvin

        What have you done for me LATELY? 🙂

      • Friedl Green Tomatoes

        Sure is, Melvin. But what it isn’t is something I said. Doug twisted my words for a cute little quip, but my point stands. Raw talent is not enough for prolonged success at the major league level, and the past 3 games are a portent of the upcoming weeks and months unless Elly can adapt to what the league is now throwing him and improve his plate discipline. Is he capable? Absolutely. The question is, how long will it take?

      • Doug Gray

        I didn’t twist your words big fella. You’re acting like a 3-game struggle of sorts is just destroying this offense and he should be moved from the spot in the line. Three games.

      • Friedl Green Tomatoes

        Doug, I never said he was an anchor around the neck of the team. All I said is that he and India shouldn’t be batting 3-4 when Steer has proven himself much more reliable at manufacturing runs when given the chance. If anything it should be Elly-Friedl-McLain-Steer. And yes, “three games”. Three games which happen to account for 16% of his MLB resumé. I want to get drunk on the koolaid as much as anyone. I love Elly and the energy he’s brought to the team and I believe, health permitting, he’s destined for a legendary career. But pretending that a couple of great weeks from a historically-gifted rookie aren’t going to be followed by a regression as the league learns his weaknesses defies logic.

  36. Mark Moore

    Just couldn’t lay off that high cheese

  37. J

    This inning is a good illustration of why India wouldn’t be hitting third in my lineup tonight.

  38. Mark Moore

    OK, that zone is now growing. Kind of like a middle-aged spread.

  39. J

    Classic Reds. They can get a guy in from first with one hit, but a speedy guy at second with nobody out can’t even be advanced to third.

  40. Beaufort Red

    It seems several Reds have moved away from contact baseball and are trying to go deep every time. Putting pressure on the defense with good at bats and aggressive base running was a major reason for their success. With our pitching it’s a very fine line between winning and losing. Empty at bats don’t help.

  41. J

    Abbott must have glanced at RLN between innings and decided to help save Dennis from a trip to the ER.

  42. Old-school

    I love Jon india and Tyler Stephenson but india is fading. Hes played every game about and not a 3 hole hitter. Stop this nonsense. India season WAR is diminishing. Hes tired and not a 3 hole hitter. Matt McLain and Fraley and Steer passing him. India needs rest regularly and 2nd half of season is about who is the Reds core???!

    Friedl McLain Steer Fraley and Elly may be the reds best 5 position hitters.
    Who woulda thunk india and stephenson 6 and 8 . Its heading that way.

    • MBS

      I’m sure India doesn’t want to sit, but Bell needs to save him from himself. We are deep enough to let even Mr. India take a night off. I’ve been thinking of the top of the lineup, and I kinda like

      1 EDLC 2 McLain 3 Friedl
      4 Steer 5 Votto 6 India
      7 Fraley 8 Stephenson 9 Benson

      I used to think India was the 4 hole guy, but I’m liking what Steer is doing out there.

    • Jim Walker

      It is past time they do what they need to do to get CES up and in the lineup every day.

      TBH, what is Stephenson’s role on this team hitting and catching as he is when CES is in the wings and they have Maile and Casali to catch.

      And I ran Senzel’s OPS vs lefthanded pitchers in June today. It is sub .600 despite his seasonal OPS vs LH pitchers still being > 1.000.

      NOTE: I did this Senzel calc on Fangraphs because I couldn’t isolate by June and vs LH pitching only even in the premium area (Stathead) of BBRef. I didn’t believe it and cleared the form and re-ran it to the same result. So, if anyone has a different calculation please speak up. The “filters” are in June of 2023 and vs, LH pitching only.

      Anyway, here’s 2 ways to get CES onto the 26 man roster via optioning a player, not that they are any more palatable to a lot of folks than trading Fraley and actually getting something in return 😉

      • Melvin

        Look. I’m not saying that it’s Newman’s fault but he did play the last three games we lost going 2-10 I believe with a BB. I’m not saying he’s a bad player. However saying that there is no room for CES is just not true. Newman played 3B and 1B during that time. Unless you believe Newman is better than CES there IS room. Senzel played during that time too going 2-9 with a couple of BB I believe. The truth is CES should be up and these guys should not be playing very much. We have ten guys that can get regular playing time rotating a day off every 7/8 days with Stephenson catching only and sitting when he doesn’t. Of course someone has to go off the 26 man. I say quit making dumb excuses, make a decision, and GET IT DONE. It’s time to WIN. You can win/lose a season in June just as much as in September.

      • earmbrister

        Melvin, Newman and CES don’t play the same positions. Newman is a middle infielder who has had very limited time at the corners. In his SIX YEAR career he has 335 G @ SS, 119 G @ 2B, 25 G @ 3B, and just FIVE games at 1B. CES is strictly a corner infielder, who DOES NOT PLAY the OF.

        And Senzel is already getting squeezed out of the infield, spending more and more time in the OF.

      • Melvin

        Yeah but buddy he was playing 3B and 1B those games where CES plays. An argument can be made that there really isn’t a need for Newman as a utility player now with so many guys able to play different positions. Newman is not going to play middle infield very much at all anymore. Time will tell but I believe CES is more than capable of playing the outfield. I saw him play a little there. No too many plays but I did see him make a decent play holding the runner from getting to 2B. I know he has the arm especially after seeing him throw someone out pretty easily on the outfield grass behind 3B. As I keep on saying, Newman and Senzel should not be playing much and ten guys can be rotating playing on a regular basis which will also make our bench stronger which is also needed. I know there are different opinions. That’s okay. 🙂 I respect yours of course.

  43. JB WV

    Reds looked tired last night, especially after the rain delay. Crisper today. Doesn’t hurt to have a pitcher that doesn’t go 2-0 to every batter

  44. Old-school

    Abbott 8 first pitch strikes and a quick 5 th inning with 10 pitches disposing of 1/2 hitters

    Can we hire Abbots Dad as pitching consultant at least???

  45. J

    Abbott is now adding years to Dennis’s life.

    • Redlegs1869

      Reds have lots of exciting rookies. But McClain and Steer are the Reds’ front runners for ROY consideration as of today.

      • Melvin

        Can’t argue that as of today. Abbott is creeping up after his 4th good start. EDLC can pass all of them up really fast. CES says, “Please give me a change. I’ll help. I promise”.

  46. Indy Red Man

    Is AA done at 88 pitches? Need 1 more out
    Should’ve bet under 2.5

    Matty is a beast!! And their pitcher is getting strikes AA isn’t getting

  47. Old-school

    Matt McLain is Dustin Pedroia

    Mvp type 2nd baseman and backup SS

    I love india but McLain is our 2b

  48. Soto

    Whoo! Spoiler alert…Matt McClain is a good baseball player.

  49. Reddawg2012

    What if Matt McLain is the second coming of Jose Altuve?

  50. Soto

    Abbott has definitely gotten squeezed a bit today compared to Baltimore’s starter.

  51. Old-school

    Good baseball game between reds and orioles

    SP solid on both ends

  52. Tom Diesman

    Pleasantly shocked that he let Abbott come back out for the 6th with 89 pitches.

  53. Melvin

    India with that great catch in CF tells me he can play the outfield.

  54. VaRedsFan

    India made a heck of a catch there. When the bat is struggling, let the glove help the team.

  55. Harry Stoner

    When McLain was first drafted, I was skeptical due to his stature.

    Shows how wrong I can be.

    I prefer to think of him as the 1st McLain, not 2nd Altuve.

    Besides he probably has 4” on JA.

    And he doesn’t bang trash cans.

  56. Melvin

    Hey. We’ll take more of those timer violation Ks. lol Cuts down on pitch count. 🙂

  57. Mark Moore

    That was a fun way to end Abbott’s 6th inning (with a K, no less)

  58. J

    Abbott’s last “pitch” of the night is a timer violation. What a perfect ending (for Abbott and for Dennis).

  59. MBS

    Andrew the Ace Abbott!!! Guys been dynamite for this team.

  60. Optimist

    Whoa – just reading ESPN Gamecast – Hicks ends 6th on automatic strike? Is there an ejection coming? Any argument?

    On a related note, we’re getting to the end of small sample size with AA. See if he can maintain a similar level over the next 6-8 starts.

  61. VaRedsFan

    Crew has lined up behind the tarp, ready to roll it out.

  62. Indy Red Man

    Votto over matched vs lefties. Bell being Bell though

    • LDS

      Nah, give Bell credit here (I can’t believe I’m saying this), he didn’t play Votto last night against the LHers. I had hoped surgery would bring Votto’s splits closer to his career averages. Seems like it hasn’t.

      • Indy Red Man

        I can’t believe it either))

      • Melvin

        When I look on the Reds site it says Votto its 2-5 against lefties with a BB and a HR. Is that incorrect?

  63. LDS

    Not Abbott’s best control, but apparently they couldn’t hit him. Right now, if everyone is healthy, it’s starting to look like he’s #1 on the depth chart, followed by Lodolo and Greene with Ashcraft way down at the moment. And yes, Lodolo ahead of Greene currently. Greene’s ceiling is sky high but Lodolo seems more polished at the moment. Can’t wait for August.

  64. Mark Moore

    He really got squeezed on that call. Once again, the Chumpire was right in the sight line so zero excuse for botching that call.

  65. VaRedsFan

    strike 3 called ball 3.
    Then ball 4 happens

    • VaRedsFan

      erased on the pitchout, caught stealing

  66. Indy Red Man

    Sims with the K, but ump only gives them corners.

  67. Mark Moore

    Excellent use of the pitch-out to deke him into going. Great tag by Inida.

  68. Soto

    Great call by the Maile or the bench!

  69. Votto4life

    These HP Umpires seemingly get worse every day.

    • Mark Moore

      They “adjust” within the game it seems … and not in a good way.

  70. J

    India is reminding us that he can be a good second baseman. Sims is reminding us that he can’t be trusted.

    • Ryan

      Never trusted him if the lifetime 5.00 ERA

  71. Melvin

    Another walk Dennis. smh How many tonight?

  72. VaRedsFan

    To his credit this ump has been pretty good tonight.

  73. Melvin

    Good pick by Votto. Saved McLain an error.

  74. VaRedsFan

    Super scoop by Votto.
    Somebody wanted to know how a 1st baseman could save the team.
    Exhibit A.

  75. Mark Moore

    A little bit of a makeup call there?

  76. Soto

    I believe in Simms. He is a quality BP arm. I like how he competes.

    • Harry Stoner

      A rough inning for Sims, but I thought he pitched a great sequence against Hays.
      Big K.

    • J

      He certainly throws some impressive pitches sometimes. I don’t quite know what to make of him.

  77. Mark Moore

    At least we have the lead with 8 in the bag. No impact on the pitchers this way and we win if they call it short (which I doubt they will).

      • Mark Moore

        Yep. That’s what I mean, Larry … 7.

      • west larry

        bag. anyone here an estimate as to when the game resumes?

      • Melvin

        Do we have an “on the scene guy” we can ask tonight?

  78. Mark Moore

    I seriously doubt I’ll last through the delay and restart. Just hoping they don’t try a restart with it still raining off and on. Would be nice to hand Abbott his win tonight.

  79. Melvin

    Mets are killing the Brewers 7-0 in the eighth.

  80. Mark Moore

    I’m gonna tap out here. Hoping we can hold up for a restart or get completely washed out.

    I’m still on the fence about a DC trip for the Monday and Tuesday games. Found a reasonable hotel right near the ballpark. Thinking tickets won’t be an issue. It’s all down to the weather forecast.

    Only real downside is I likely can’t do any in-game posts. My phone browser seems to make me look like a robot to the RLN site. But who knows, right?

    Night, all!

  81. VaRedsFan

    Tarp is still on the field, no movement. 9:57

  82. Melvin

    Brewers lost 7-2. Back in first if we win. 🙂

  83. J

    Reds now tied for first and in control of their own destiny.

  84. Steelerfan

    Sigh, call the game, spare both teams the bullpens, and move on.

    Randomly, I have been in Dayton and able to see every Abbott start. Circumstances have not been the best, but that plus EDC certainly have added some bright spots.

    Have a good night all.

  85. Votto4life

    According to the radar, the rain is suppose to stop in 25 minutes or so. Probably looking at 45-50 minutes before the game resume?

    • Melvin

      Okay. I’m counting on you Mr. Weatherman. 🙂

  86. LDS

    Just call the game. No one wants to play ball at midnight after a couple of hours of rain delay. Baltimore can afford the loss.

    • Melvin

      “Baltimore can afford the loss.”

      That’s RIGHT! 😉

    • Jim Walker

      Just call it (, baby).

      +1000,000 ‘-)

  87. Doug Gray

    Game estimated to resume at 10:50pm

  88. TJ

    I am at the game. They just announced…. starting at approximately 10:50

  89. Redbone

    Night fellas, Hope we pull it out.

  90. Indy Red Man

    Hit Abbott Over 15.5 outs & parlayed with
    Rangers W both teams 2+ runs (+105). Nice night if Texas closes it out

    Reds finish is scary without Sims. Thinking Bell might try Diaz for 4 outs if need be

  91. Indy Red Man

    Thinking about India. He had a .761 ops entering tonight, .776 ops overall in the bigs, and a .773 ops in the minors. Maybe that’s who he is? He could have a higher ceiling, but he’s definitely supposed to be bottom of the order on this team. I wouldn’t look to trade him, but if he’s part of something for a solid #2 #3 starter then probably wouldn’t say no

    • LDS

      He hits considerably better leading off than batting 3rd. His defense isn’t great. Trading him for some high grade pitching prospects would open 2nd for McLain and keeps EDLC at SS. The corners open up for Marte/CES/Steer/Votto as the roster shakes out. Shop Newman as well. Senzel as the utility guy. It works out for everyone

      • Chris

        Terrible idea to trade India. Maybe over the winter, but no way. Too important of a leader on this team. I will suggest though, that he moves down to about 6th or 7th in the order. He is NOT a 3 hole hitter; that’s just silly.

  92. Melvin

    Friedl! HR! Too bad JB isn’t here. haha

  93. Indy Red Man

    I think I’m done underestimating Freidl. He’s really good

    • Jim Walker

      +100. I thought he was better than most everybody else did from the get go in the minors then cooled on him last year during his early season time. But now I am back on board.

    • Jim Walker

      BTW, have you seen Stuey is 2/9 with .973 OPS so far with the Bats. His 2 hits are a 3B and a 3 run HR. But he has K’ed 3x. I think he needs to work on his mental focus and approach more than anything physical. Too many PAs he doesn’t really get into until he is down 0/2 or 1/2 and he still guesses at those counts vs defending the zone.

  94. VaRedsFan

    2-3-4 for the O’s
    No walks please!

  95. Tim

    TJ is really having a good year. And how about Matty McDouble?

  96. Soto

    Friedl really looks like he has refined his approach. You never know for sure, but he looks like a legit big leaguer in his prime.

    • Melvin

      “looks like a legit big leaguer in his prime”.

      Ask JB about that. 🙂

  97. LDS

    Time for EDLC to break out of that slump. Add on and take the pressure off Diaz. Win this one without the drama of Diaz’s last appearance

  98. Melvin

    Votto works a walk against a lefty. He’s 2-5 so far.

  99. Soto

    Votto’s swing looks good. A healthy Votto is going to be very productive this year! I hope he stays healthy. He was right on that 97 MPH fastball with 2 strikes on him.

    • Melvin

      That’s what I’m seeing. Can you imagine he and CES in the same lineup? lol (keep beating that drum) lol

      • Soto

        I’m with you brother! Way past due!

  100. VaRedsFan

    Same instructions Diaz.
    No walks please!

    • Melvin

      Good advice. Let’s win for 1st place.

  101. Soto

    He’s trying to raise VRF’s blood pressure.

  102. Melvin

    I can’t believe what I just saw. lol

  103. Melvin

    HBP and a BB. Oh booy. Also had the runner at 2B if we had just made a decent throw.

  104. Melvin

    Finally. It took 20 pitches unfortunately but he got it done. 🙂

  105. J

    Diaz really seems to be determined to make every save as dramatic as possible. Whatever works, I guess…

    • Melvin

      I was hoping for around 10 pitches. It was almost there.

    • Jim Walker

      Agree. I think maybe that messed up play that should have been a game ending TOOTBLAN broke his concentration tonight.

      • J

        I thought Maile should have immediately gone and talked to him just to say it doesn’t matter and get him focused again.

  106. VaRedsFan

    It was worth the delay, since we got the W

  107. Soto

    Huge win! Great job by Friedl setting the tone after the rain delay. Exactly what you want from your leadoff man. Psychologically a very important win. Now win the series and go home on a roll!

  108. Indy Red Man

    There we go! 1st place!!

    Abbott 14+ more starts. Reds go 10-4 and that’s 10 over .500. Isn’t outrageous at all considering they’re 5-0 w AA now

  109. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Might be putting a hex on it. I hope not. . .

    The trend with this team after a winning streak “of some kind” has been to go on a losing streak “of some kind”, then come back to “normal”.

    We just lost 3 in a row. Won tonight. Maybe this is where we get back to normal.

    Also, considering with Krall and trades, Krall may be trying to hold out for the AS break. I mean, from what I’ve always heard, all the baseball people are there. So, maybe Krall is looking to try to meet with some of them about some deals. Of course, we all would prefer now. But, still. . .

    • J

      Most teams seem to wait until the very last moment to make trades, and I’ll never understand it. Teams like the Reds ought to be willing to offer a little more to make a trade right now and not have to send Weaver out there ever again, and teams willing to trade a decent pitcher this season ought to be interested in taking advantage of the Reds’ interest in getting a deal done ASAP. Both sides presumably could have gained more from a deal made last week than a deal that gets done at the deadline, but somehow they’ll both see it as being in their best interest to wait until the very last possible moment.

      • Melvin

        As I’ve said there is a risk of injury for those teams holding out too.

      • Rob

        I truly don’t understand the wait in trading. I would be inclined to overpay vs sitting for another 3-4 weeks. I surely hope we are not holding out over a #26 prospect vs #29 prospect. Or who pays the remainder of Mr. Xs remaining $6M salary. I am totally unconvinced a deal can’t be made today that doesn’t compromise the Reds future. Are we to believe that none of these “going nowhere” teams have any interest in a Barerro or Fairchild or Santillan for a 30 year old starting pitcher rental with an ERA of 4.50? Think of last years Reds team. What did it take to lure 240 hitting $8M Tommy Pham from us? A single A #29 prospect or something. We are not talking trying to acquire an All Star here. We are talking #4 starter who doesn’t fit on a rebuilding team. Think Dauri Moretta for Kevin Newman trade of this past winter. 2 rebuilding teams including one with a bookoodle of talented near ready SS prospects who badly needed a 3-6 month “insurance policy” and another looking to get younger and take on a promising prospect. And we have a million more Dauri Moretta’s as we know from the past 3 weeks. Similar situation but vet starting pitcher vs vet SS. Think we need to be thinking a lot harder about being in first place and our situation for the next 30-45 days and the 9 games with the Brewers therein.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      For J

      J “teams willing to trade a decent pitcher this season ought to be interested in taking advantage of the Reds’ interest”

      That can easily be the answer. The teams are looking to take advantage of the Reds interest and, thus, asking for more than the Reds are willing to give.

      On the other hand, a rather unscientific analysis, I counted up that, including Senzel, we have 10 total players set to play 2nd/SS/3rd, including those at the big league level and our top 8 prospects. 10. And, people are afraid of trading away our future? This is what worries me. We have way too many players for way too few positions.

      Prospects serve 2 purposes: 1) replace someone on the big club, and 2) tradebait. Taking the latter one first, for example, quite easily, a prospect is blocked on the big club. So, the team looks to trade him. Now, the ney-sayers with this say, “No, don’t do it. Keep him in the minors, just in case the big league player gets injured.” Then, we are getting relatively no value for Not to mention, what if that prospect gets injured in a minor league game? Then, we may lose all value for that player.

      For the former purpose, if the prospect is blocked, thus is more likely they aren’t going to replace the major league player, then change their position while they are still in the minors, so they can replace another major league player. Then, they can ease into the position more and, thus, not be rushed into playing it up here.s

  110. Tim

    Kudos to the pitchers tonight. Nice turnaround after last night and last series

    • Soto

      Amen. I love how Abbott pitches. He mixes it up well and keeps hitters off balance.

  111. Will the Red

    Made it interesting in the end, but LET’S GO REDS!

    • Melvin

      The guys who went to bed owe us one. We pulled out the win for them while they were sleeping. 🙂

      • Daytonnati

        I usually sleep with my phone charging on the nightstand next to me. Why kid myself? I couldn’t sleep if I wanted to.

  112. Indy Red Man

    Chris Flexen released. Better then Weaver

    Mets owner announced press conference tomorrow. I think they’re close to blowing it up. Looked up their roster and we can’t afford anyone big, but they have lefty Joey Lucchesi at AAA. Career 4.25 and just went 7 the other night. He’s pretty decent. Much much better now then Williamson or Ashcraft or Weaver.
    Krall has to do something!

  113. Redgoggles

    Alec Mills breaths a sign of relief.

    • Daytonnati

      Another meal per diem tomorrow! 🙂

      • J

        I swear I hadn’t seen these comments when I wrote mine!

  114. J

    One story we shouldn’t ignore from tonight’s game: By virtue of not pitching, Alec Mills remains a Red for a second day! Congrats, Alec! Enjoy another day in Baltimore, and what I’m sure is a glorious hotel room and an insane per diem. The bad news: with Weaver starting tomorrow, you’re probably going to be asked to pitch a couple innings, and then it’ll be the next guy’s turn to fill your bullpen seat.

    • Indy Red Man

      Was it Spahn and Sain and pray for rain?

      Ashcraft and Luke and get ready to puke

      • tim

        alec mills pitched a no-hitter for the cubs in 2020. maybe there’s some life left in him as a starter. cant be worse than weaver, can he? (don’t answer that.)