The Cincinnati Reds are hitting the road today after a series victory over the San Diego Padres over the weekend at Great American Ball Park. The first place Reds are making their way to the nations capitol to take on the 34-49 Washington Nationals. They have been on a roll in the last week plus, though, going 6-2 since June 24th. First pitch tonight is at 6:05pm ET. Tonight’s game will be delayed due to rain. First pitch is now scheduled for 6:30pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Washington Nationals

TJ Friedl – CF Lane Thomas – RF
Matt McLain – SS Luis Garcia – 2B
Jonathan India – 2B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Elly De La Cruz – 3B Dominic Smith – 1B
Jake Fraley – RF Joey Meneses – DH
Joey Votto – 1B Keibert Ruiz – C
Spencer Steer – DH Corey Dickerson – LF
Tyler Stephenson – C CJ Abrams – SS
Will Benson – LF Derek Hill – CF
Luke Weaver – RHP Jake Irvin – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Luke Weaver 64.2 6.96 1.81 20 55
Jake Irvin 47.2 4.72 1.49 25 37
Links: Luke Weaver’s Stats | Jake Irvin’s Stats

Luke Weaver

It’s been a tough year for Luke Weaver. He’s struggled in nearly every start he’s made, and it’s been just over a month since you can look at one where you could argue he didn’t struggle. Despite that, the Reds have slugged their way to victory in each of his last six outings despite him posting an ERA of 9.11 in them.

Right-handed hitters have found more success against Weaver than left-handed hitters have this season. They are not walking much at all, but when they aren’t walking they are doing real damage – hitting .329 and slugging .605. Lefties are walking a bit more, and while they aren’t hitting for as high of an average or slugging as much, they are also doing plenty of damage. Not shown in the splits below is that Weaver has been significantly better on the road…. but that’s just because of how poorly he’s pitched at home. His road ERA is 6.11 (it’s 7.98 at home).

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 163 50 13 1 9 8 36 .329 .368 .605
LHH 132 34 9 1 5 12 19 .286 .349 .504

Pitch Usage

4-seam Cutter Curve Change
Velo 94.0 86.6 81.9 85.9
Usage 44% 18% 14% 24%

Jake Irvin

The 26-year-old Rookie has pitched well in his last three starts, giving up just five runs in 16.2 innings pitched against Miami, Arizona, and Seattle. His ERA is high due to two poor starts in mid-May when he allowed 10 runs in 7.1 innings. At times he’s struggled to consistently throw strikes, and he hasn’t missed bats all that often, either.

Lefties have gotten the better of Jake Irvin this season in the big leagues when it comes to his splits. They are walking more, making more contact, hitting for a higher average, and hitting for a ton more power than righties are. Right-handed hitters are walking at a solid clip, but they aren’t hitting for average and they are hitting for next to no power. Not shown below in his splits is that his ERA is nearly 1.50 higher at home than it is on the road.

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 100 20 2 0 1 11 19 .247 .350 .309
LHH 113 26 4 0 4 14 18 .265 .363 .429

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Change
Velo 94.6 93.9 88.1 81.1
Usage 34% 31% 32% 3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:05pm ET
  • Where: Nationals Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv (Free Game of the Day)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 85°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain

News and Notes

Reds add Brett Kennedy to the taxi squad

Nothing is official yet, but the Reds have added Brett Kennedy to the taxi squad. With the club needing a starting pitcher tomorrow, it seems that he’s likely the guy. Kennedy was pitching for the Long Island Duck in May before Cincinnati bought his rights to fill a need in Louisville. He’s posted a 3.71 ERA with the Bats in eight starts.

Previewing the 2023 MLB Draft

The 2023 Draft begins on Sunday and it’s 20 rounds will run through Tuesday. If you’re looking for some information on all that’s happening there, I have you covered over at RedsMinorLeagues.com with a preview full of rankings, mock draft information, bonus pool information, and more.

Standings

Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Reds 45 39 0.0 25.4%
Brewers 45 39 0.0 60.2%
Pirates 39 44 5.5 3.8%
Cubs 38 44 6.0 10.8%
Cardinals 35 48 9.5 9.8%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

217 Responses

  1. Steve Schoenbaechler

    First inning is the key for Weaver. I looked at his ERA last game per inning. It was wild. Went from a 14 to 2 from first to second inning.

    After that, just get through 5 innings and hope our relievers will be on, and theirs won’t be.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yeah, in the last game he pitched I kept mentioning in the game thread that it would make sense to maybe try an opener for him for the first inning or two and then bring him in because he’s been so brutally terrible in the 1st inning and what do you have to lose?

      Apparently my advice didn’t change D Bell’s way of thinking.

      • greenmtred

        You don’t have anything to lose, and it might answer the question about whether his problem is the actual first inning or the first inning that he pitches. I’m betting on the latter.

      • LT

        It seems the Weaver has been struggling with the first inning that he pitches because it took him a while to get his off speed pitches going. So in the first inning he pitched he threw a lot of 4 seamers and cutter and his cutter has been just terrible. So I don’t think using an opener would help. Maybe changing his warm up routine where he should try to throw more warm up off speed pitches

      • Indy Red Man

        Bad 0-2 pitch selection there. Throw something away and you might get a double play. Solid effort for Weaver atleast

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Yes, the first inning has been very tough recently for Weaver but after that he settled through next 3 or 4 frames…I think the bad fastball location brought him in trouble consistently starting the games… They should have a plan for today in order to try don’t put the Reds in a hole early as usual…
      Bell insists on India at #3 spot …

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        Yeah, I don’t like India at #3 either. He looked better at #1. Either lead him off or drop him.

        If leadoff

        India
        Friedl – India on base helps open up the right side for Friedl. But, we are talking strategy here
        McLain
        Elly
        Etc.

  2. Cincinnatus Rex

    I hope the line-up/order gets a nice shake-up after the ASG — but I’m not too optimistic. Meanwhile, 60% playoff probability for the Beers and 25% for the Reds?? That’s a heck of a drop-off.

    • JA

      It used to be worse…. 2.5% or so for Reds a few weeks ago….

  3. Dennis Westrick

    Somebody tell Dream Weaver when he first goes to the mound that it’s the bottom of the 2nd inning! Obviously, the 1st inning has been Weaver’s Achilles heel this season!

    Seriously, it goes without saying that this series is important for the Reds leading into the 3-game series this weekend against Milwaukee! Cannot afford a stumble against the Washington Gnats in this 4-game series!

    Need to be tied or ahead of the Brewers going to Milwaukee before the All Star break!

  4. Mark Moore

    In the park right above the bullpen.

    They are prepping the field like it will start as planned.

  5. Dennis Westrick

    The Stupid Cubs blew a 6-3 lead against the Bernies and just lost 8-6! Need a win tonight to stay even with Milwaukee!

  6. JB

    I’ve been saying for awhile now Weaver needs an opener. Almost half his runs come in the opening frame. It’s almost like Bell needs a slap in the back of the head.

    • Indy Red Man

      I agree. Its obv in Weavers head now and Law seemed to like opening. Go out and get 4-5 outs and let Weaver start off with the bottom and maybe he can challenge guys and get away with it

    • greenmtred

      I reiterate: any reason why you suppose his problem isn’t the first inning he pitches? The small tragedy of this season is the fact that the Reds don’t have somebody better than Weaver.

      • Ted Alfred

        Yeah, because when he comes in in the second inning he’s not facing the top of the order, which is typically a hell of a lot easier facing worse hitters to start, in addition to maybe relieving some initial pressure he feels. Why would Bell not at least try it, what does he have to lose?

      • greenmtred

        You may have a point, but Weaver does better against those hitters when they come up later. I wonder whether it’s just that he doesn’t know which of his pitches he can trust on any given day until he’s tried them, with usually terrible results.

      • JB

        Have to disagree Ted. Weaver is giving up enough runs in the first where he is facing the top of the order basically in the 2nd.

  7. Tim

    Run Weaver around the stadium three times before he starts. Work up a lather and go into the first like it’s the second

    • Ghm08

      Yes, tire him out so his nerves are settled down. Simulate 30 pitch inning with a couple walks and doubles before he comes out and pitches in the game.

  8. Indy Red Man

    Cubs pitching with 8 walks and blow 6-0 lead to Milw. How do you give away a game to an offense that bad? Well atleast its starting to look like a 2 team race. The Reds have closed to within 2.5 of Miami for the 1st wildcard and 1 back of SF for the last wildcard

    • Dennis Westrick

      Apparently the Cub’s “June Swoon” started a little late!

    • Indy Red Man

      Jazz Chisolm back on the IL for the Fish as well. I think they’ll drop off and probably get replaced by Philly. Phils are a .5 game behind us

    • Old-school

      I think its fine if the Cubs pirates and cards throw in the towel at the deadline and sell . Make it a 2 team race.

  9. Old-school

    If my review is correct- this is Ty Steve’s 3rd out of 4th game catching and hes hitting well. Could the Reds be building him back for a role as primary catcher and end the 3 catcher system at the AS break?

    Washington is a nice park for this offense to spray the ball around and run the bases

    Go Reds.

  10. Mark Moore

    Tarp crew is ready if needed. Radar says pouring around 9.

  11. JA

    Brewers plan seems to be earning the NlC central by winning vs the division … now they are 15-6 vs NL Central teams (Reds are 11-12)

    • Ted Alfred

      Luckily with the new balanced schedules that plan is not going to work nearly as well for them as it might have before. Remembering back to that brutal four-game Series in Pittsburgh early in the season when the Reds dropped four straight and really weren’t even competitive…my how things have changed.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        I believe I read somewhere that we have the easier schedule left.

  12. Doug Gray

    The game will not start on time.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Yep, game will probably start a bit late. Hopefully, they can get the starters warmed up quick.

      Looks like rain coming in sometime after 8:30.

  13. Mark Moore

    Not raining, but heavy storms nearby.

  14. J

    I would be more upset about this lineup that Bell refuses to change, but I’m too focused on the fact that a team fighting for first place is willing to allow Weaver to make another start. I hope he figures it all out and pitches a perfect game tonight, but this is indefensible.

    • TR

      We shouldn’t worry. Getting behind with Weaver has usually
      resulted in a win.

  15. Mark Moore

    Weaver and TySteve right below me. TJ loosening up his legs. Moderately light crowd.

  16. Mark Moore

    Bases going in. Ceremonial first pitch coming.

  17. Kevin Patrick

    Well…its obvious if the Reds continue to win Weaver starts, they’ll be just fine.

  18. Beaufort Red

    Votto ahead of Steer. I guess they’re gonna let Votto sink or swim this week. If he goes hitless this week some real uncomfortable decisions to be made. But he did say he would step down if he’s not contributing. We’ll see. And I understand the concept of Benson turning over the lineup but sure would like him moved up to get more ABs.

    • Indy Red Man

      We all agree the lineup isn’t maximizing who’s hot and who’s not, but once again this isn’t Stratomatic with player cards. They’ve won 16 of 20 and somehow they’ve even carried Weaver. Something has to give at some point

    • MBS

      You could easily make an argument for Benson as the leadoff with that stupid high OBP, but you can make an argument for Friedl, McLain, India, EDLC, and Fraley.

  19. Mark Moore

    Kid sitting next to me says EDLC pouned some in BP

  20. kypodman

    they have about 2.5 hours to get this in or this game will be whoever is ahead after 5, so, jump on them early boys, cause this game will not continue to way after midnight and with a 11 AM tomorrow, oh boy!

  21. JB

    Maybe because the game is starting late, Weaver will be better.

    • LT

      4 fastball to the first hitter and got smoked as you described. He introduced the curve and the change up and got success immediately. Pitch selection will keep him the game. TS needs to call a good game for him.

  22. JB

    No matter what happens , the bullpen is going to get used. Starters last about 5 innings. Indy has said to put Law in to start the game for an inning or two. He is going to be used anyways. Now or later.

  23. Mark Moore

    Nice way to work around that double.

  24. Ted Alfred

    Stop the presses…what did I just see???

  25. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Compared to how he has done in the first inning, Weaver just won the Cy Young.

    • Roger Garrett

      I was thinking the guy we are facing is Cy Young cause he is just saying here hit it.We will get him though.

  26. Mark Moore

    Nice station to station. TySteve got it done.

  27. Beaufort Red

    I know I sound like a grumpy old man, but I wish EDLC would quit posing on everyone else’s home runs and concentrate more on his own hitting.

  28. JB

    Stephenson is back fully healthy in my book. Steer is just a ballplayer. Sign that boy to an extension

  29. Ted Alfred

    De La Cruz is starting to become very predicable in a bad way. He is going to need to spend the off-season working on earlier pitch recognition because he looks lost at the plate on the great majority of off speed or breaking balls.

  30. LT

    SS and TS are locked in. They are allowing Votto to see good pitches to hit but he still misses.

  31. Old-school

    Ty steve is catching a lot and hitting again.

    Maybe just needed 300 at bats and reps and health coming off major surgery a concussion and broken hand.

    Welcome back Tyler!

    Lets end the 3 catcher system at the AS break . Theres enough bats to rotate thru DH without TS. Might even be another named CES who could play 1b and DH

    • Oldtimer

      Reds don’t need another 1B (or 3B) where CES plays.

  32. Mark Moore

    Efficient inning. Time for Jobu to wake-up bats.

  33. LT

    Weaver is in a groove now. Let’s get a QS today

  34. Mark Moore

    Where balls go to die in this park.

    • old-school

      Fair trade off with Weaver pitching. Reds need to string together some hits and doubles and start a track meet on the base paths.

    • VaRedsFan

      Didn’t look like Indy got that much of it, but it carried to the wall.

      • Mark Moore

        Wind is pretty light at the moment.

  35. Mark Moore

    43 pitches. I’ll take that. He’s looking good from my seat.

    Now Crooked Number time, please.

  36. old-school

    Braves are 16-1 in their last 17 games. What team had that 1 win and had them running out of town to play someone else?

  37. Ted Alfred

    Is it just me or does it seem like Weaver is working at a very accelerated pace between pitches tonight versus any other night that I can remember? Maybe he has decided to intentionally up his tempo to not overthink things and not give himself time to tense up between pitches… because he is certainly throwing it better and in a better rhythm. He’s basically just getting the ball of the sign and starting his wind up without any hesitation between pitches and I’ve noticed a couple of the Washington batters trying to slow him down by taking time in the last inning.

  38. VaRedsFan

    Again Jake swinging 0-0 with Elly on.
    Come on.

  39. Mark Moore

    That works. Dropped right in front of me.

  40. old-school

    Votto goes opposite field to break the 0-21 skid. Much needed.

  41. VaRedsFan

    That bomb headed right to your spot Mark

    • Mark Moore

      Bullpen mound right in front of me

  42. Bet on Red

    BUT BUT BUT…. EARLY FIREWORKS

  43. LT

    Finally Votto got a hold of one. Been making good contact since last game. Let’s not start burry your head in the sand by overthinking. Just see the ball and rake

    • Votto4life

      Yeah, he has been hitting the ball hard lately. Glad it paid off tonight.

  44. VaRedsFan

    Different guys every night.
    Two players scuffling have just produced 2

  45. Roger Garrett

    Votto banging and thats how he can help this team and to left center.GO REDS

  46. Redbone

    Hope dream Weaver can go deep tonight saving our pen. We really need to make hay versus the Nats!

    • VaRedsFan

      Nats have won 3 straight series.
      They won’t be a pushover vs the starters we are running out there.

  47. Steve Schoenbaechler

    OMG!!! Al Bundy just got a notice in a major league baseball game. I wonder how the New Jersey Nay-Nays would respond to that?

  48. Roger Garrett

    Went the other way with 95 and that is impressive.

  49. old-school

    Solo home runs arent the end of the world. Settle down Weaver and get 3 outs.

  50. Roger Garrett

    Exactly just throw strikes and move on.

  51. Roger Garrett

    Good job Weaver and now offense go to work.

  52. Harry Stoner

    I’ll comment on Weaver’s control tonight.

    How’s that for being ambiguously safe?

  53. Beaufort Red

    What in the crap is Sadak talking about!

  54. Kevin H

    @Mark,

    are you at the game this evening?

  55. Kevin H

    Man that curve ball really locks a player up after seeing a 94mph fastball

  56. LT

    Bro, EDLC can’t not recognize the curve ball with a microscope

    • Kevin H

      How they recognize any pitch in the split second they have to swing or not still amazes me.

      • Rick

        Always has amazed me how good these guys are.

    • Old-school

      Elly is 21…Most 21 year olds are in single A or playing East Carolina or Indiana State in college. He still top 5 on reds in OPS. Patience grasshoppers.

      • Beaufort Red

        But, but, but he’s not at East Carolina or Indiana State. He’s in the major leagues.

      • Old-school

        Elly clearly is struggling against righties but also has a learning curve. He’s 21. No he shouldn’t hit 4th and he needs some time against lefties.
        India is hitting .143/.270/.304/.574 over last 15 games and last 30 games isnt much better.
        Votto is 6-38 with 15 k’s on the year.

        They are playing major leagues too.

        How bout we move Steer out of the 7 hole as step 1?

    • Harry Stoner

      Hitting cleanup, man on second. Take strike three.

      I hope Bell is watching.

      And someone is advising.

      Foul them off, Elly.

  57. Mark Moore

    Joey went a long way for that one

  58. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Weaver gets out of the 5th.

    I would at least start Weaver for the 6th, but on a short leash. We need our starters to go as long as they can.

    • Kevin H

      We debate this alot, however Weaver’s at 75 pitches. I would see if he could make it through the 6th.

    • Roger Garrett

      Why not but lets get a crooked number first.

  59. Doc

    Votto bought himself another week.
    Weaver buying himself another start.

  60. Mark Moore

    Sitting with a family of Guardrail fans from North Dakota. On a summer baseball tour.

  61. Ted Alfred

    That was huge for Weaver…1st and 2nd qith 1 out and the top of the order up and the leadoff hitter was 2-2 hitting the ball hard twice… that should build his confidence.

  62. Mark Moore

    Weaver will start the 6th. Pen is quiet right now.

  63. Kevin H

    Nat’s Pitcher is really mixing his speeds well.

  64. Steve Schoenbaechler

    With the walk, I would have gone to get him. But, I could understand allowing another batter or two, see what happens.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I’d go get him, Bell.

  65. Redbone

    I’ll take Weaver into the 6th with run..

  66. Mark Moore

    Cruz staying loose out here.

    Need that pair of bike helmets.

  67. Reddawg2012

    Say hello to Ian Gibaut and goodbye to the Reds lead.

  68. Mark Moore

    Turned out to be a nice crowd. Great evening for baseball.

  69. Roger Garrett

    No problem with giving Weaver a shot right there.It was his only walk so all of us would take what he did every time out.

  70. VaRedsFan

    Gibault threw 4 straight high fastballs to Ruiz.
    How about changing the eye level and the speed.
    Don’t throw same speed same location 4 straight times.

  71. LT

    Time for offense to feast on relief pitchers

  72. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Well, some rain cells are coming in. But, some huge stuff coming in around 10.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Probably just enough time to get it all in.

  73. Roger Garrett

    Nats won’t roll over at all.Play with house money every night.Got to beat em.

  74. Mark Moore

    MattyMc hasn’t looked good today

  75. Mark Moore

    Quire a bit of Cincinnati gear here tonight

  76. Roger Garrett

    Pen will have to win this one.GO REDS

  77. Mark Moore

    Park definitely playing biggish tonight in CF to RF

  78. Kevin H

    Good bounce back for Farmer after a couple rough outings

  79. Mark Moore

    Time for Elly to show us something from the right side.

  80. Beaufort Red

    EDLC hitting right handed is beyond concerning, it’s a joke.

    • Harry Stoner

      Yeah, some guys trying to keep the switch hitting dream alive might give it a rest and see what becomes.

  81. Ted Alfred

    Elly needs a day or two off. It’s obvious he is not seeing the ball at all and is a bit lost and frustrated at the plate. I’ll bet he sits tomorrow and maybe Wed too.

  82. Roger Garrett

    He and India both need a day off.India chases and ELLY took 90 right down the middle.Now the Nats can pitch but Weems and this guy aren’t there best in the pen.

  83. Mark Moore

    Wondering why we didn’t see Newman there.

    Here comes the Law!

  84. Kevin H

    De La Cruz is gonna struggle. Patients is a virtue.

    Players go into slumps, however agree a day off may be what he and India need.

      • old-school

        You may be correct harry. Maybe Elly gets a rest against tough lefties and Mclain plays SS and Steer play’s 3b and India 2b. This team has flexibility Dont need to abandon that yet, but yes it’s a red flag.

        How about Derek law?

      • Kevin H

        In all fairness he has 27 abs while batting right handed. Let’s give him some time. He has 100 major league abs.

      • Kevin H

        And I should add, yes it is concerning his struggles against left handed pitching

    • Mark Moore

      It’s especially the right side that looks very bad

  85. Mark Moore

    Young is up. Maybe Diaz gets a night off?

    • LT

      Hold on to your seat gents 🙂 Diaz has been giving us Karcher kinda thrill of late. No longer automatic save.

  86. old-school

    Ty Steve is back. Make him the catcher 7/10 and Maile 3/10 and work something out with Casali.

    • Kevin H

      Casali hasn’t played since June 26th, I wonder of he maybe on way out

  87. Kevin H

    McLain 0-5 wow stop the presses LOL

  88. Friedl Green Tomatoes

    Just circling back around to check: Is 7 games with a .160 average and a 42% strikeout rate is enough of a sample size to admit that the league has figured out Elly and he probably shouldn’t be batting cleanup over the likes of Steer or Fraley until he develops as a hitter?

    • VegasRed

      Sheesh! Elly has made an adjustment at each level along the way! I predict he will at the mlb level as well? He’s doing pretty darn as it is.

      You guys in a tizzy when Elly or someone else doesn’t get a hit or have a massive game every night are lame!

      Btw, Joey had a hit tonight also…..!

      • Friedl Green Tomatoes

        Wanting our best hitters to be in the best position to drive in runs is lame? Cool, good to know. It’s not like I’m calling for bell to bench him, btw. Bat him leadoff. Bat him 8th. I don’t care. But at this stage he’s not a good cleanup hitter. He had his Aristides Aquino-like hot start, and now he’s having his Aristides Aquino-like slump. He’s vastly more talented than Aquino and I have faith in him to make adjustments over time, but he should be making those adjustments in a position where his strikeouts aren’t so damn detrimental.

        As for Votto, he sure did! Good for him! Brought his average up to.154!! Who knows, a few more and maybe he won’t be a 40 year old with chronic injuries that will never heal and a difficulty catching up to a mid-90s fastball!

        Joey is a class act and he deserves all the love and respect for what he’s done for the franchise, but no one can claim they want to field the best possible team or win this year if they support Votto being an everyday starter when CES is languishing in Louisville. If you view any success this year as gravy and want to let Joey have his farewell tour, fair enough. Just stay consistent.

  89. Old-school

    Holy Cow. Maile is a great backup catcher.

    Let’s. Move this thing forward with 2 catchers.

    • Friedl Green Tomatoes

      But then who will catch after Bell pinch hits for his catcher the second time?

    • Rick

      It needs to happen, but will it?? DJ’s boy… Casali needs to go. Maile does a good job controlling the pitchers, aside from the pitchcom. Perfect #2. Another good pickup by Krall. Great arm, gets his point across to the pitchers on what he’s seeing to be corrected. Rifle arm, stout as an ox & ocassionally runs into xbh. Funny locker room dude to keep guys loose. Joe Oliver type with some humor.
      Curt was Greene’s backstop that’s not needed and Luke can handle Hunter and Nick if needed. Ty Steve is going to have to work with 4 of 5 starters with Joey back & the DH for Ty has or should be diminished.

  90. Mark Moore

    TySteve laser throw

    And that’s ballgame

  91. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds win, despite the offense is cooling off in recent games

    • Friedl Green Tomatoes

      Offense was never gonna stay that hot consistently. But somehow, against all odds, the starting rotation seems to be righting itself just in time. 4 consecutive solid starts from Reds starting pitchers. Do you believe in miracles?

  92. Ted Alfred

    Thank God Bell put Maile in defensively in the 9th cuz Tyler Steph enson is not getting that guy out… that was a perfect throw. If Stephenson doesn’t get the hit in the 9th then Senzel doesn’t go in to run for him, so who knows how the 9th plays out.

    • VaRedsFan

      Senzel pinch ran for Ty in the 8th.
      Just worked out that the defense came into play.
      Does Ty come out if he doesn’t get a hit?
      We won’t know until the situation comes up again.

      • JA

        Lol ….

        I just wanted to emphasize some merit in his pitching today

  93. Redgoggles

    Win lead by the recent whipping boys, Weaver & Votto. Love this team!

  94. J

    I’m nominating this game for “most unlikely way for Reds to win a game.” It’s certainly in the top three. Congrats to Weaver for proving he’s capable of not being terrible. Maybe he can do it again?

    Votto showed why I think it’s a mistake to ever count him out no matter how bad he may look for a stretch. Today he looked like he could have hit three home runs.

  95. Kevin H

    11:05 game tomorrow. Going up against Corbin. Right handed line up will be in. Senzel, Fairchild, and Newman I would assume.

  96. Rick

    R-e-d-s! Reds, Reds, Reds!
    I couldn’t resist.

  97. Protime

    Well played game by the Reds. Timely hitting, good defense, solid bullpen. A winning recipe.

  98. LT

    Season high 7 game above, yet. Keep winning Reds. Love it.

  99. Roger Garrett

    Its just a perfect storm right now for the Reds.Buck bounces back,the Law returns,Votto with the bomb and Diaz is good enough again,not dominate but good enough.My oh my forgot Maile with the laser and its a grind em out team win.Reds young uns learning how to win a variety of ways.GO REDS

    • Doc

      Reinforcements from within, and more in the pipeline.

  100. Beaufort Red

    Maile is our backup catcher. I’m sure Casali is well respected and a great guy, but we don’t need someone taking the 26th spot that never plays. If the Reds added another position player I would hope it would offer Bell more flexibility making a third catcher despensable.

  101. Doc

    Probably won’t happen but I think Weaver was the Reds player of the game for his excellent turn around performance.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep and I didn’t mean to forget him at all.He got us to the 6th with the lead and well we will take that every time for sure.

  102. Indy Red Man

    Different guy or two every night it seems. Its been a fun ride. Maile with the bullet to India. Thats exciting to nail a guy in the 9th w/a 1 run lead.

    So a Kennedy is back in Washington? Pretty solid record in Washington for the Kennedy’s. Dallas? Not so much

    • Rick

      And we have a sitting LA. U.S. Senator John Kennedy(R). He’s a good dude, funny as heck on his talking points.