After a low-scoring game in the opener that the Reds won 3-2, the two teams get back on the field this morning. Cincinnati will be looking for another win that would guarantee at least a series split, while the Washington Nationals will be looking to even the series up. First pitch is set for 11:05am ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Washington Nationals

Kevin Newman – 1B Lane Thomas – RF
Matt McLain – SS Luis Garcia – 2B
Jonathan India – 2B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Elly De La Cruz – 3B Dominic Smith – 1B
Spencer Steer – LF Joey Meneses – DH
Tyler Stephenson – DH Corey Dickerson – LF
Nick Senzel – RF Riley Adams – C
TJ Friedl – CF CJ Abrams – SS
Curt Casali – C Derek Hill – CF
Brett Kennedy – RHP Patrick Corbin – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Brett Kennedy (AAA) 43.2 3.71 1.35 12 37
Patrick Corbin 96.2 4.84 1.54 29 66
Links: Brett Kennedy’s Stats | Patrick Corbin’s Stats

Brett Kennedy

When 2023 began, Brett Kennedy was pitching for the Long Island Ducks. He signed with Cincinnati in mid-May and then made eight starts and posted a 3.71 ERA for Louisville. Today when he takes the mound he’ll be making his first big league start since September 7th of 2018. He made six starts for San Diego that year and posted a 6.75 ERA.

This season in Triple-A he’s had more success against righties than lefties. Both groups walk about the same, but he’s striking out righties more and they are hitting for slightly less power. With that said, it’s a limited sample size for both groups, and of course it’s also Triple-A.

Splits (AAA)

RHH 97 23 6 1 2 6 23 .258 .320 .416
LHH 90 24 3 1 3 6 14 .293 .333 .463

Pitch Usage (AAA)

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 93.0 91.5 85.2 82.9
Usage 56% 5% 11% 28%

Patrick Corbin

For the last two seasons Patrick Corbin has led the league in losses. He’s doing the same thing again this year, though he is pitching better overall. Two starts ago he allowed seven runs in 5.0 innings to San Diego. But the last time he took the mound he fired 7.0 shutout innings with nine strikeouts against Seattle in what has to be one of the best starts he has had in years.

Even with all of his struggles, teams don’t send many left-handed hitters out to face him. Ones that do get that chance are making contact and drawing some walks, but they aren’t doing much with that contact in either the average or slugging department. Right-handed hitters are doing a lot more, hitting for a .313 average and showing a solid amount of power. He’s pitched better at home (4.38 ERA, .765 OPS against) than on the road (5.36 ERA, .849 OPS against).

RHH 361 105 15 0 14 22 56 .313 .352 .484
LHH 71 12 2 0 1 7 10 .238 .324 .318

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 91.9 92.2 79.8 81.3
Usage 14% 45% 33% 8%

When and Where

  • Game time: 11:05am ET
  • Where: Nationals Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, (Free Game of the Day)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 83°, sunny, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Stuart Fairchild optioned to Triple-A

To make room on the roster for Brett Kennedy the team optioned Stuart Fairchild to Triple-A Louisville.

Ricardo Cabrera is killing the ball

The Reds 2022 top international signing had a huge night last night in the minor leagues and is now hitting .400/.533/.614 on the season with more walks than strikeouts. He’s not the only prospect that is absolutely crushing the ball right now, either. We’ve got all kinds of notes and information over at if you wanted to check in on how some guys are doing right now.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Reds 46 39 0.0 28.1%
Brewers 46 39 0.0 63.2%
Pirates 39 45 6.5 3.1%
Cubs 38 45 7.0 7.9%
Cardinals 35 49 10.5 7.7%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

286 Responses

  1. Doug Gray

    Whoever is responsible for an 11am start time should spend the next year in prison.

    • Mark Moore

      It works well for me on this trip:D

      • Doug Gray

        I’m still sleeping on a normal day. This better be the most viewed game thread in history and I better make like $15,000 on this for having to wake up so early.

        Let me dream (both in terms of sleeping later than 10am – I was working until like 230am last night, and in making $15,000 today, somehow).

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        You got $10K from me, Doug.

    • Tar Heel Red

      Since today is Independance Day, the reason for the early time is evident. The early start time allow for traffic to thin out (as much as Washington traffic can thin out, that is) before the July 4 celebration traffic starts coming in to town. Not that difficult to figure out and for those of us who have lived/worked in the greater DC area it works pretty well this way.

      • Doug Gray

        I’m very selfish.

        And they could have easily had a 12:35 start time and accomplished the same goal.

      • Moon

        I lived in Northern VIrginia and have been to the 4th on the Mall several times. Great fun but it is a madhouse. You are right…best to get the game out of the way before the big crowds show up for the 4th celebration!

    • Jim Walker

      Yeah. This is a weekday matinee even I took a pass on. The dogs get me up early but not early enough for this one 😉

    • RedsMonk65

      Jeff Brantley feels your pain. (He was posing the same question on the air.)

  2. Mark Moore

    Settled in. Watched Williamson do his bullpen session. Gonna be a warm one.

  3. J

    If a manager were betting against his own team but wanted to maintain some plausible deniability, I think this is more or less the lineup he’d come up with.

    • Kevin H

      This is the normal lineup against a left handed pitcher. Minus the Padres game. LOL

      I am disappointed Fairchild got sent back down and isn’t in the outfield today.

      Other than that and Casali it’s a good lineup

    • LDS

      @J, I’ve had similar thoughts myself but at the end of the day, I settled on the fact that Bell’s biases and innumeracy underly those decisions.

  4. Dennis Westrick

    Breakfast baseball! You bet!

    • Mark Moore

      Breakfast right across from the park for me. Perfectly planned.

  5. LT

    I am in the west coast, just woke up, and this is the first thing checked. Instead of the normal breakfast at Wimbledon, it’s breakfast with the Reds this year. Happy 4th all.

  6. MK

    Is acting like a baffoon part of being a former Reds star? Bench went through it and thankfully he has moved past it. Now it seems as though Votto has picked up the role.

  7. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s hope Brett Kennedy has an awesome start!

    And, let’s hope we get the Patrick Corbin who pitched against San Diego!

    Finally, maybe the Stupid Cubs won’t blow a 6-0 lead today if they get ahead of the Brewers!

  8. LDS

    Senzel’s numbers against LH’ers are better than Newman’s, If Bell is going for OBP in the lead off slot, Senzel is better. Would Newman is that as a slight? Possibly, which brings us back to the discussion of India in the #3 slot.

    • Mario

      Agreed, no idea why Bell hasn’t thought of this or maybe looked at his analytics. After all, he is supposed to be some analytics expert

  9. CFD3000

    Doug you don’t deserve this start time, and we ALL appreciate how hard you work to make this our online Reds fans’ home. On this all American holiday, I thank you!

    On a pessimistic note, I think the Reds need three of four in DC, and this lineup is not encouraging. EDLC (especially batting right) and India have been struggling, Newman doesn’t scare anybody, and Stephenson is still not hitting his best. Add in Casali and the Reds are leaning hard on McLain, Steer, Senzel and snubbed all star TJ Friedl. Then throw in an unfavorable pitching matchup and this game makes me nervous. Here’s hoping Corbin isn’t at his best today. Go Reds!

    • VaRedsFan

      Different guys every night do something for this team.
      Joey, Elly (recently), and Weaver did it last night.

  10. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I don’t understand something here.

    I mean, I can understand sending Fairchild down to bring Kennedy up.

    I can understand the club having to do this, what I will call “smoke and mirrors” to keep fresh arms up here.

    But, surely there was someone else they could have optioned down. The club has Senzel playing RF. And, I hope I’m not remiss to say for all that, as a Senzel fan (I believe he’s been misused since day 1 in the bigs), that he can’t play RF. He could barely play LF, much better in CF.

    • Kevin H

      I truly believe his best position is 3rd base. He hustles in the outfield which I like, however as you mentioned he struggles playing the outfield.

    • LDS

      Actually, he was better at 3rd. Playing the OF is a ticking timebomb before he’s injured once again. They really need to look for a trade partner that wants a reasonably “young” utility guy. That’s all he is these days.

      • wkuchad

        Agree 3rd is his best position, but look at our infield most nights – he’s not going to play there often. We have at least three third basemen better than Senzel.

        Outfield platoon is the only spot for Senzel currently. If he gets hurt, then he gets hurt, We will just bring up Fairchild to take his place.

      • VaRedsFan

        Agree WKU – although he could have got a spot start at 3rd to let Elly have a breather from batting right handed today. At least until a pitcher change.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        For wku, if he gets hurt playing RF today, you can’t bring up Fairchild in midgame to play RF.

        I mean, it would make more sense to have him play LF and Steer RF probably. Or even play Senzel in CF and Friedl in RF.

        Of course he’s better at 3rd. That’s the position he played in college, when he was possibly the best bat in the nation in college. And, I believe he played mostly 2nd and 3rd in the minors for us.

        It’s just, we tried to pull a Hamilton again by switching him to CF once he got up here, just so we could keep Suarez at 3rd and we needed a CF. I said back then we should have traded Suarez off.

      • Melvin

        Just play Benson every day. Senzel and Newman basically have no role on this team any longer as starters. If CES was up like he should be Newman wouldn’t be playing today.

  11. Eddiek957

    Good morning Doug and happy Independence Day my fellow Reds fans

  12. JB

    Love this time. Wish it could be earlier. When I lived on the Yukon in Galena Alaska Sunday Football would start at 9 A.M. Heaven I say.

    • Jim Walker

      I agree. One of the hidden delights I have discovered when visiting with my wife’s family on the left coast is waking up to sports events in full swing. It is hard to beat streaming the Reds poolside side at brunch.

  13. Melvin

    McLain keeps on rolling with a hustle double.

  14. Old-school

    McLain serves one into LF and hustles out the double.
    India hit and run and drills one to RF.
    More of this.

  15. Mark Moore

    Hustle double and an RBI knock. That works.

  16. LT

    MM is back at it after an off day yes. Not sure what the record for consecutive xtra base hits is, but I guess MM is making a run at it. All his hits of late have been double or Hr, right?

  17. old-school

    Cruz soft liner and reds running circles around the nats.

  18. Kevin H

    Good to See De La Cruz get a hit batting right handed.

    Good to see India drive in a run with a single

  19. Mark Moore

    No man’s land. Nobody took charge.

  20. magi210

    Breakfast and baseball. Good start, nice to see Elly hit a breaking ball.

  21. old-school

    Looks like one team went to bed early last night and ate a good breakfast and came ready to play baseball. the other did not.

  22. Kevin H

    Senzel hit it hard, hopefully next ab it finds a gap

  23. Daytonnati

    Kennedy wearing Bronson’s old number. Let’s hope something wears off 🙂

  24. Kevin H

    Was Kennedy put on the 40 man roster today? 1 inning I know so not overreacting here but a question

    If Kennedy does well would you let him have another start?

  25. Steve Schoenbaechler

    16 pitch first for Kennedy? I think we will take that.

  26. Mark Moore

    Solid first inning from where I’m sitting

  27. old-school

    Wait…Reds brought this guy up as a (2) pitch pitcher because he throws strikes? Fast efficient inning with 2 k’s. Thats against the rules. You cant do that.

  28. LT

    Mid 90 fastball, riser and sinker, and a decent change up. The Reds have found their 2nd ace 🙂 anyone that can throw the ball over the plate will be 3rd ace.

  29. Dennis Westrick

    Left the bases loaded, Again! Hope that doesn’t come back to haunt later in the game!

    • Kevin H

      It was 2nd and 3rd Dennis, I don’t think they left the bases loaded.

  30. Votto4life

    I see our old friend Archie Bradley has been outrighted by the Fish. Might be worth a minor league contract if he chooses free agency.

  31. old-school

    Santillan in the dugout. I suspect he gets activated after this game and Kennedy goes down.

    • Melvin

      Kennedy not pitching like he wants to go down.

  32. Beaufort Red

    Love the early game times. Gives me enough time to take the boat out to the sandbar with friends for the cookout. Happy 4th everyone and God Bless America!

  33. Mark Moore

    That got it done. Play some addon now.

  34. Indy Red Man

    This guy has better stuff then Lively

  35. Tom Mitsoff

    Through two innings, this is not what I expected from Kennedy. I expected another guy who is all over the place with his pitches. Washington is not a good hitting team, but it’s still interesting to see the effects of being able to throw a strike when needed. I also noted his fastball at 95 MPH at least once, which I also wasn’t expecting.

    • Doc

      Interesting. Scorecard’s pre game write ip says the Nats have the third best average in the NL.

  36. Kevin H

    De La Cruz with another base hit. Has to give him confidence one would think batting from right side.

    • Melvin

      I know what you mean but I doubt De La Cruz is lacking confidence.

  37. Bet on Red

    Hope you all are having a happy fourth

  38. Old-school

    Ty Steve hammered that ball. thats a 3 run bomb at GABP

    • Mark Moore

      It was tailing to the seats. Gave the RF fits.

  39. LT

    Unexpected but appreciate early fireworks by Senzel.

    • Kevin H

      Senzel hits left handed pitching very well.

  40. Mark Moore

    I actually called that to the guy behind me 😀

  41. Melvin

    Senzel coming through today anyway. 🙂

  42. magi210

    5 run lead, let’s rest the bullpen today.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Probably won’t be able to, since Kennedy is unlikely to go more than three or four innings.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      No worries, no worries. Only 1 run.

      • Daytonnati

        It seems the truth about Brett Kennedy is being revealed. 😉

  43. Beaufort Red

    Why does EDLC make sure he poses for everyone’s home run?

    • Kevin H

      He’s having fun and enjoying his teammates

    • VaRedsFan

      Enjoys life.
      Nothing wrong with having fun.
      In fact I encourage it.

  44. RedsgettingBetter

    Kennedy just to pitch for contact starting from now with a 5-0 lead…shouldn’t give walks

    • Tom Mitsoff

      He followed your advice precisely.

  45. Matt McWax

    Senzel says “Don’t bury me, I’m not dead yet.”

  46. Melvin

    Good bunt by McLain. If we’d challenged it and won that would have been a two run homer by India.

  47. Tyler Hawk

    Two times now the Reds have bunted absolutely no reason. Neither the modern analytic or the old school philosophy would support the bunts today. If anything back in the day bunting with a 5 run lead might get you ear holed.

    • Kevin H

      I disagree, just because you have a lead doesn’t mean you stop playing the game. Newman’s bunt put a runner in scoring position. I think that is what you want, and it shows this team can bunt and beat you several ways.

      • JB

        Agree. 5 run lead is nothing in today’s game.

      • Tyler Hawk

        I disagree … now if we had scored 3-4 runs off fluke plays or weak contact and Corbin really started to turn the corner and start pitching better I’d get your point. However that’s simply not the case and speaks to Bells inability or unwillingness to understand the flow of the game which to date is my single biggest issue with him.

      • JB

        McLains bunt was on his own. Had nothing to do with Bell

      • Chris

        Guarantee you Bell didn’t ask Newman to bunt there.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I remember when I was younger that the “unwritten rule” was that you don’t bunt or steal with a lead of six runs or more.

      • Tyler Hawk

        That’s why I said “might” lol
        Again my view has nothing to do with being against bunting or small ball to the contrary I’m all for it when the situation makes sense. Todays game and how many hard hit balls all of the Reds have hit it just doesn’t make sense.

    • Kevin Patrick

      My thinking is the speed game constantly puts pressure on their defense. I thought it interesting that India homers the very next at bat. It takes some big time endurance on Corbin’s part to hang with this lineup. I think they took something out of his legs on that bunt.

    • VaRedsFan

      Trying to bunt for hits is different than sacrifices.
      I’m with Kevin H.
      Did you question it when TJ got 10 hits on bunts?

      • Tyler Hawk

        TJ is struggling at the plate and I simply don’t subscribe to the idea bunting is his way to getting back to hitting the ball hard. Again situationally I’m all for bunting for a hit and TJ does it well but all things considered I’d rather he try and get right swinging the bat today

  48. Old-school

    What in the Homer Bailey of bad contracts is going on with the Nats?

    Corbin owed $24 mil this year and $35 mil next year.
    Strasburg still owed 4 more years and $128 million.


    • JB

      I knew the Strasburg one was bad when signed. Don’t give that contract to a picture with arm problems. Looking at you as well Texas Rangers.

    • Harry Stoner

      Homer is making wine and raising cattle with all that dinero.

      I hope the big Greene contract plays out better for the Reds.

  49. Daytonnati

    Rather than follow-through, it looks like Corbin ducks … 🙂

  50. old-school

    Anyone see a Dan Straily resemblance with Kennedy? Can we flip him for Castillo?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Wow, that’s a name I haven’t thought about for awhile!

    • JB

      Lol as bad as starting pitching is league wise, they might. Teams are dying for starters.

    • Harry Stoner

      Could help stave off an expensive trade.

      Straily was a treat for the Reds, and the Castillo trade was genius.

      Now the Reds have some great prospects for LC.

      Ties back to the Straily move.

  51. JB

    The Nats are terrible. At least fundamental wise.

  52. Old-school

    Here’s big news Reds fans. Reds are not only tied for first place in the NL central but also tied for the third WC with Brewers and Giants. Reds now have (2) credible paths to the post-season. Win the NL Central OR be a wild card.

    • Tyler Hawk

      The next 4 series is crucial schedule wise though … Brewcrew x 2, Giants and D-backs. I’d consider it a success we come out of that .500 anything better is just a bonus

    • JB

      My bandwagon is looking pretty good. They win the division I collect a cool $2600

      • old-school

        May I please join your bandwagon….Sir?

  53. Mark Moore

    Taking a break in the shade. Kennedy seems to be holding together well.

  54. JB

    McLain to my eye is way better at short than EDLC.

  55. VaRedsFan

    Wow…defense is super tight today.
    Two by MMC, Elly and Nick with some nice plays

  56. SR

    I don’t know how you could be much better than McLain at short. Except may be taller.

  57. Mark Moore

    Settle down. Get the out. Still have cushion.

    • Matt McWax

      Good job. He seems to have good temperament. Maybe he should go out for the 6th.

  58. Tom Mitsoff

    Presuming that’s it for Kennedy today, he certainly earned another start (or at least to stay around as a long reliever). The Nats’ contact was almost all soft. The Reds HAVE to give him another look.

    • GPod

      I think he likes July better than June!

  59. JB

    Why don’t we just leave India at the 3 spot.

  60. JB

    EDLC has got to do something with his over slide.

    • Kevin H

      Was he safe other than the over slide?

      • Mark Moore

        Yes. Beat the throw. Went to the outside and past the vag.

  61. LT

    eDLC has 4 singles and India has 2 HRs. Shouldn’t EDLC hit for power and India single? But will take it

  62. Mark Moore

    EDLC needs to come right at the bag. Pat it by a foot.

  63. VaRedsFan

    It was jus a matter of time for the overslide caught up to Elly.
    Slide earlier.

    • LT

      Yep. But he took an RBI away from Steer

    • JB

      I’ve never had that problem. I would only be half way there with my speed.

    • Daytonnati

      Going head-first is going to eventually backfire, I fear.

  64. Roger Garrett

    Yeah just tuned in and I thought both could use a day off to recharge some batteries.Course I am an old man and keep plugged up all the time and well they are young guys and I do remember being 21 or so and recharging well just never was important.GO YOUNG REDS

  65. Roger Garrett

    Cruz has to get some outs right here.Can’t let them back in this game.

  66. Melvin

    Don’t like the way this is heading.

  67. JB

    Cruz was doing really well but he hasn’t got it today.

  68. Roger Garrett

    Got to get him out right now.

  69. Kevin H

    Kennedy pitched better than “allowing 4 runs” sometimes the inherited runner rule stinks ll

  70. JB

    What was a good stat line today by Kennedy was just trashed by Cruz.

  71. JB

    Would be nice to get Mark a couple of bike helmets here. But I’ll take the K

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I really didn’t expect him to keep them off the board further with no outs and bases loaded. Great job.

  72. JB

    Steer getting better and better in Left. The guy is a ballplayer and team player. Sign him to an extension

    • Tom Mitsoff

      He’d be first on my list for that.

      • JB

        Tyler Hawk – I would have a line outside my office of guys to sign.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Yes. Steer does everything well that he’s been asked to do. I’d also be very interested in locking down McLain, Abbott, Diaz, De La Cruz and several others, but we’ll just have to wait and see how this team’s ownership is going to approach the issue.

      • Daytonnati

        When you think of the Reds’ rookies, you don’t automatically think of Steer. He seems like a vet whose been here for years. Great ballplayer and the underrated straw that is stirring this drink.

      • Tyler Hawk

        I agree 100 precent just was curious why Steer was at the front of the line in your view. I have Steer, Matty Mac, AA as my top 3 priorities followed closely by EDLC, and Diaz. We might have a good debate for who’s expendable moving forward possibly though.

  73. LT

    Cruz finally realized he needed to pitch to get hitters out. The mound visit woke him up.

  74. Harry Stoner

    Reds need to keep scoring.

    No reason to be complacent with the team offense given the shaky pitching.

    3 more innings with the BP is no guarantee.

  75. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Why Bell hasn’t made the switch off Senzel to Benson or Fraley is beyond me.

  76. VaRedsFan

    Votto for Newman was an obvious move IMO

    • VaRedsFan

      2 men on, chance to extend the lead. Now they have to use bigger bullpen names.

  77. Melvin

    Newman hitting against a righty again….and a double play.

  78. LDS

    Newman all the way. SMH. On a different note, does The Athletic ever publish substantive pieces or is it always Enquirer like puff pieces like Bowdon’s today?

    • Daytonnati

      C. Trent is usually pretty good.

      • Old-school

        Only thought is maybe Votto isnt best defensive alignment late inning. Steer is at first now and votto is still available to pinch hit when Senzel comes up against a righty. But yeah, Votto would have been logical move there.

  79. west larry

    A perfect spot to pinch hit Votto, But no, not with his favorite up,

    • VaRedsFan

      or Benson…with Steer moving to 1st.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      My guess is that, as the TV commentators said, since the Reds were ahead, it seemed appropriate to save Votto for a possibly more critical point later in the game.

      • Harry Stoner

        What would that ‘more critical point’ be?

        Runners on…your fast guy at second…for a second time?

        Bell had LH Benson as well.


      • JB

        How about Benson or Fraley? I mean come on. He pulls Newman anyways.

    • Melvin

      This is why people seem to dislike Newman. It’s not true. Just the way David Bell uses him. It’s for that reason I’ll be glad after he’s traded…to the Angels.

  80. VaRedsFan

    Now he pulls Newman from the field after allowing him to hit with 2 on vs a righty.

  81. JB

    Seriously! Newman is out of the game? Bell let’s him hit. SMH I usually don’t yell about Bell but that move is absolutely stupid.

  82. Harry Stoner

    So Bell pulls Newman defensively after the GIDP?

    Instead of
    PHing for him?

  83. JB

    Melvin- Freidl with the white spikes today.

  84. old-school

    Elly and Matty Mac looking good on the left side.

    How good has Alex young been this season? Not blowing guys away but pitching.

    • JB

      I’m with Indy and they need to go get Suter to help Young.

  85. VaRedsFan

    Hadn’t seen too much of Elly charging the slow hopper at 3rd.
    2 dandies today.

  86. Tom Mitsoff

    Just a guess, but it’s possible Diaz isn’t available today. I’m expecting Sims if there is a ninth-inning save situation.

    • Harry Stoner

      Reds need about 3-5 more runs then, in this case.

  87. Mark Moore

    That snag an flip by EDLC was so fluid

  88. Steve Schoenbaechler

    So, Bell still had Newman hit, not bringing up Benson, even though he was still moving Steer to 1st?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Saving Votto for a possibly more crucial situation later in the game.

      • VaRedsFan

        Saving Benson too?
        How many late inning things are there going to be?

      • Melvin

        David Bell has never been one to “save” guys before emptying his bench early many times.

    • Harry Stoner

      There must have been a good reason.

      “Bell knows things that we don’t know.”

  89. Hanawi

    Nice manufactured run there by McLain. Love the aggressiveness.

  90. Harry Stoner

    McLain steal of 3B w 1 out.

    Seriously heads up ball.

    I hope Senzel was watching.

  91. VaRedsFan

    Super “baseball plays” by Matty Mac, on the steals.
    Elly gets robbed, but gets the SAC Fly

  92. JB

    Wasn’t it like 2 or 3 years ago the Reds offense was trying to set the all time record for futility?

  93. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Why doesn’t Bell put in Benson?

  94. Hanawi

    Senzel and Newman should never hit against righties. Is Benson unavailable?

  95. Tom Mitsoff

    Hitters 2 through 5 today: 12-for-17, 5 runs scored, 5 RBI, 2 walks, 2 homers.

  96. old-school

    Young and Duarte saying we are nailing this thing down.

  97. Hanawi

    Solid inning by Duarte. Wouldn’t mind seeing him go back out for the 9th.

  98. Pete

    It sure would be nice to swap Newman and Senzel for CES and Fairchild.

      • Pete

        It might be sacrilege, but I would also swap Maile and Casali out for Chuckie Robinson. I’ve seen enough for Robinson this year to think he is the real deal. Don’t care that he’s 28. Finally found his swing.

        That would ensure the best offensive team that I’ve seen since the 75-76 teams. Especially as far as depth goes.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’d keep Senzel for the exact reason he played today.
      Kills lefties….and Fraley doesn’t.

      • Pete

        And for this very reason, I think Nick Senzel might be underrated as a nice trade piece.

      • Hanawi

        I’m fine keeping one or the other. I think Newman might have a bit more trade value since he can play SS, but neither will probably bring back much either way.

      • Pete

        Even if we take it as a given that Senzel and Fairchild arebasically equals as hitters, I don’t think it’s arguable that Nick is anywhere near the base runner that Fairchild is. Love to have that pitch runner available on the bench late in games. Also, I believe the Fairchild can play all three spots in the outfield at a plus level, and perhaps our best outfielder defensively.

  99. VaRedsFan

    No drama Duarte.
    We like boring from here on out.

  100. Mark Moore

    Nobody warming up. Maybe Duarte gets the 9th.

    • Melvin

      Counting on you to pull us through Mark since you’re there.

  101. JB

    I need someone to get on so Mighty Mac gets up.

  102. Kevin H

    Not understanding why some are upset. Bell is doing a fine job and has this team playing well. 8 runs today on 16 hits.

    • Hanawi

      Because he makes obvious strategic mistake regularly? People can talk strategy and enjoy the way the team is playing simultaneously.

      • Harry Stoner

        I would credit those 16 hits exclusively to Bell’s mysterious “clubhouse vibe”. 😉

      • Tom Mitsoff

        One could argue that in a game in which you’re leading, you’d rather have your best defensive first baseman (Steer) at that position than someone who has not played that position very well in recent years.

      • Kevin H

        Sorry, I don’t see “obvious strategic mistakes regularly”

      • VaRedsFan

        It was outlined above …thoroughly.

    • Kevin H

      @VA, yes I saw the discussion, thanks

  103. Tom Mitsoff

    If the Reds win today, that’s 17 of the last 20 on the road. That has to be close to an all-time record for this team over the span of 20 road games?

  104. Melvin

    Walk the leadoff guy in the 9th with a 8-4 lead. Dennis is reaching for his BP meds right about now.

  105. JB

    Well Bell tried to give some relief pitchers a day off. Unfortunately Duarte is showing why he is going back to AAA soon. Just throw it over the plate for crying out loud.

  106. Redgoggles

    Perhaps this is evidence to support why Bell doesn’t send relievers back for a second inning even if they cruise through their first. It doesn’t always translate.

  107. Optimist

    Strongly doubt they get a starter by the deadline, but they can get 2 relievers. They may need 3.

      • Optimist

        Oh my no. The need for a 3rd is in case of more IL time. They need 2 more right now.

      • Kevin H

        Actually that is a good point. I didn’t give it thought.

        Getting another stronger bullpen option could indeed help, or 2. My bad. Lol

  108. Cincinnatus Rex

    I appreciate all the WINNING the Reds have been doing — but just out of curiosity, can anyone find the last time the Reds won a game by retiring the first three batters of the final inning?

    • TR

      I can’t regard since I’m blinded by the Reds record in this ‘sorting’ season.

  109. old-school

    Stick a fork in the nats.
    Reds keep first place.

  110. Kevin H

    8 games over 500 and first place. Bell has this team playing great baseball.

  111. LDS

    Put the pressure on the Brewers. Heading to a really interesting weekend. Hopefully, the Reds can sweep the Nats and Chicago get at least 2 of the next 3.

    • Melvin

      I want to be in 1st place by ourselves at the all star break.

  112. Doc

    Perhaps 18-4 over the last 22 games suggests Bell’s strategy has some positive benefit. Benson, Votto get a full day of rest. That horrible performance by India in the 3 slot and EDLC batting RH where he can’t hit, dang, did Bell actually manage looking at the long haul knowing that there are ups and downs, rather than managing by small sample sizes of what did you do yesterday and so far today.

    • Harry Stoner

      EDLC was hitting ~.100 vs RH over his last 30 abs.

      India in a protracted slump over a similar number of abs.

      Folks here were identifying those issues over the last couple days.

      One day of respite and the RLN know-it-alls start swarming in with their typical “Bell knew it all along!” 20/20 hindsight.

      Still trying to determine what is “Bell’s strategy” is that’s making such a profound difference vs what a talented group of players are doing.

      But of course you know it alls know.

  113. LT

    Winning continues. Can’t wait to see Ashcraft pitch tomorrow, see if he can build on his last start.

  114. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Just watching the Brewers Cubs game, starting watching in the 10th.

    Bottom of the 10th, one out, Brewers get a hit. The runner from second is coming home. but gets thrown out. BUT ALSO, the batter is trying to stretch it into a double. He gets thrown out, also. Double play, end of the 10th.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I do not believe it. The Cubs, in the 10th and 11th, got 3 outs off 2 batters to win the game.

      I told you about the 10th. In the 11th, the first batter was out at first on a FC, runner went to 3rd. Then, with the second batter, flyout to LF (second out), thrown out at home (third out).

      I mean, doing that once is weird enough. But, twice? Wild.

      That’s why you want to pay attention to the close things. The nit-picky things. Those are what can easily win/lose close games. Things like substitute wrong, misuse your pitchers, etc.