After taking the final two games of their series against the Giants and earning a series split, the Cincinnati Reds welcome in the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight for the start of a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Arizona D’backs

Cincinnati Reds

Geraldo Perdomo – SS Elly De La Cruz – 3B
Ketel Marte – 2B Nick Senzel – CF
Corbin Carroll – LF Matt McLain – SS
Christian Walker – 1B Spencer Steer – LF
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Jake McCarthy – RF Joey Votto – 1B
Emmanuel Rivera – 3B Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH
Gabriel Moreno – C Tyler Stephenson – C
Alek Thomas – CF Will Benson – RF
Tommy Henry – LHP Ben Lively – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Ben Lively 55.2 3.72 1.20 15 53
Tommy Henry 78.2 3.89 1.35 30 56
Links: Ben Lively’s Stats | Tommy Henry’s Stats

Ben Lively

Since returning from the injured list, Ben Lively had thrown 9.2 innings and allowed two runs. He did exit his last start early as he battled cramping on an extremely hot day in Cincinnati.

The splits for Lively are interesting. Left-handed hitters don’t hit for much average and they rarely walk. Their on-base percentage and batting average is worse than that of righties against Lively. But left-handed hitters to hit for a lot more power against him. Righties hit for a higher average, but they also don’t do much walking. They also don’t hit for much power at all.


RHH 112 26 1 0 4 7 29 .252 .313 .379
LHH 121 26 5 0 7 8 24 .230 .281 .460

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 91.0 91.7 88.4 76.3 80.5 84.7
Usage 30% 20% 9% 8% 23% 9%

Tommy Henry

After having back-to-back rough outings to begin June, Henry has pitched quite well in his last five outings – posting a 2.20 ERA in 28.2 innings pitched. His last outing, though, was the worst of the bunch, giving up three runs in 4.1 innings in Toronto.

Teams aren’t sending many left-handed hitters out to face off against Tommy Henry. But the lefties that are getting a chance to face him are having plenty of success. That group has a high average, a higher on-base percentage, a higher slugging percentage, a higher walk rate, and a better contact rate than right-handed hitters do. Righties have a solid walk rate and a good contact rate against him, but they are hitting .249 against him with mediocre power. Not shown below are his home and road split, and he’s been much worse on the road. His ERA is 1.91 high away from Arizona, and hitters have a 173 point higher OPS against him on the road, too.

RHH 244 55 9 2 8 21 43 .249 .320 .416
LHH 88 21 4 0 4 9 13 .266 .341 .468

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 90.7 79.0 83.2 84.0
Usage 49% 19% 12% 20%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 77°, cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Tejay Antone, Vladimir Gutierrez on the road to rehab

Both pitchers are coming back from Tommy John surgery (and for Antone, it’s his second). Antone is set to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday. Gutierrez isn’t expected to be too far behind that.

Reds go big to sign 4th round draft pick

The Cincinnati Reds paid nearly three times the slot value to sign their 4th round draft pick, Cole Schoenwetter. His bonus of $1,900,000 wraps up the signings of the Reds top 14 draft picks, leaving just five players unsigned – all between rounds 14-20.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 54 43 0.0 75.3%
Reds 52 46 2.5 21.3%
Cubs 45 51 8.5 5.9%
Cardinals 44 53 10.0 11.6%
Pirates 42 54 11.5 0.3%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

389 Responses

  1. Jim

    Surprised to see Votto in the line up against a lefty?! I like him playing but only against the # 3,4 and 5 rotation right handed pitchers ! Also if he gets on base after batting twice he should imitately be replaced with a pinch runner.

    • Bill

      Agree, lineup is screwed up. De La Cruz is not a lead off hitter and Votto needs to be on the bench vs a lefty. I love Votto but the Reds will never be contenders with him in the lineup going forward.

      • Tom Reeves

        “Never” seems like a lot of word for that assertion.

    • Mark Moore

      I read he’s on schedule to pitch his regular slot in the rotation.

  2. LT

    Someone needs to start the discussion, might as well be me. Another tough series in this very competitive part of the schedule. Cincinnati Enquirer has a nice article about the similarities of these two teams being young, talented, and wreckless. For today game, I want to see if Lively can keep the QS streak going for Reds SP; I wan to see if CES can hit LHP; and I want to see how good the Diamondbacks are. May thI better team today win.

    • Melvin

      “May thI better team today win.”

      I’d rather the Reds win either way. 🙂

    • Mike Adams

      “May thl better team today win” = obviously the Reds.
      Even if by 0.0000001% in any statistic you care to use.
      Of course we know what you mean, LT.
      Jinx’ (jinxes?) don’t work if one has the facts.

  3. Dennis Westrick

    It’s on campers! Yes, my annual trek from Central Florida back to Northern Kentucky and then to the Queen City is scheduled for the week of Labor Day! Plan on attending at least one game while I’m there! The purpose of my trip is the Carroll County (KY) High Class Class of 1971 is celebrating the Class of ’71 Turns 70! Yes, I’m old but a loyal Reds fan since 1961. Hope the Reds are still in the hunt for either a NL Wild Card spot or the NL Central Division title when I go to GABP!

    Let’s keep the winning streak going tonight and round up the Snakes!

    PS: See that the Stupid Cubs stopped the Dirty Birds winning streak this afternoon!

    • Melvin

      “Let’s keep the winning streak going tonight and round up the Snakes!”

      …and very few walks. Right Dennis? 🙂

      • Dennis Westrick

        Last time I checked, snakes don’t walk!

    • JB

      Hoping the Cubs and Cards split and neither gains ground.

  4. Melvin

    Keep looking on MLB Trade Rumors. Nothing but “Notable Draft Signings” the past few days.

  5. Rick

    Glad that we got Schoenwetter on board.

    • Jason Franklin

      Yes the draft has turned out pretty great. It is amazing how well the team handles drafts, international signings and trades the past few years. Krall and crew deserve so much more credit then they receive. I believe he may still get the Executive of the Year if the Reds keep punching away.

  6. old-school

    Two young teams get to play to determine who is better. Great series.

    Go reds.

  7. Mark Moore

    No taming or charming the Snakes tonight … just need to eradicate them!!

    Build on yesterday, start this series with a BANG, and Smack These Snakes Hard!!

      • Mark Moore

        Did I mention the 2′ Copperhead stretched across my walking path from earlier this week?

        +1,000 for the Indiana Jones quote.

      • Melvin

        “Did I mention the 2? Copperhead stretched across my walking path from earlier this week?”


      • RedsMonk65

        Ick. St. Patrick must have been watching over you. Way back in 2007, I stepped (unknowingly) on a huge, coiled copperhead. Must have just eaten — otherwise, I cannot explain why it did not react. Glad it didn’t!

    • Jason Franklin

      I must admit something: the Diamondbacks are my other team I follow in the league. But they don’t hold a candle to our Reds. Also, thank the stars we don’t have to face Gallen.

  8. Jason Franklin

    I am wondering if Krall is looking for an ace for the rotation in trade? It is the time for that? Or would the Reds be better suited trading for players with potential and years left? Like JP Sears? He would and should be Krall’s main goal, I think. The A’s seem to be in total asset relocation mode before their move in a few years to Vegas. With Sears you get him through 2026 (arb years) and he even has some options left. So, he would probably cost a pretty penny (probably top 5 level pick, maybe another two in the top 30) but he seems to be a hardnose team player just like the Reds like. To get an ACE, whomever (Marcus Stroman) would definitely cost more, especially a younger, arb years type. So, Sears would make sense. You could still get someone like Lorenzen for another top 30 player. That would give you two arms to bolster the rotation.

  9. Tim

    I am wondering what the possibility is that Votto returns next year at a negotiated lower salary with the hope of adding some arms and going for a World Series as well as breaking Johnny Bench’s HR record. It would be fun to watch if he can still produce. Also a valuable leader and presence.

    • Jason Franklin

      Nah, I think he wants to become a full time bus driver. 🙂

    • Melvin

      That’s what I think will happen if the Reds want him.

    • Jason Franklin

      I love Votto but if he is taking at-bats away from CES or someone else more deserving, then it is time to let the man wander into the sunset. Or offer him a coaching role? Remember, next year the Reds will need to find ab’s for Marte and possibly Dunn, too.

    • Votto4life

      I would be surprised if Votto is back next year, unless it is at quite a discount. Maybe if he would play for the $7 Million buy out or close to it.

      Regardless of how well the Reds are doing this year, they are still owned by the Castellinis.

  10. LarkinPhillips

    Mark, the V P N you use is Norton vpn right? Do you have any issues at all with it? I have used express for two years and suddenly I can’t get any reds games anymore. Mlb will still let me watch every game other than the Reds though. Any thoughts or help from anyone?

    • Mark Moore

      Mine is the standard Norton VPN included with my subscription. I have to use a location other than the US.

  11. JB

    I hate the pants pulled down all the way. I wish they would pull them up to the knees and show the red socks , like McLain.

  12. Mark Moore

    Nice recovery. Relatively efficient pitch count. Need to back him now.

  13. Jason Franklin

    Man wish I had cable tv sometime to watch the games. Oh well, the single father life for me. Ha. Go Reds!

      • JB

        For $99 you can watch all MLB, NBA, NFL for a year.

      • Melvin

        If you have T Mobile often you can get MLB for free.

  14. Mark Moore

    Nice job all around to tie it up.

  15. Old-school

    Reds answer. Double steal creates the run

  16. old-school

    Reds putting bat to ball… Need a Joey Votto 2 out magic against the left.

  17. JB

    Perdomo has a better chance with a fork than a glove.

  18. Melvin

    Thank you very much for another bobbled ball this inning.

  19. AMDG

    Men on 1st and 3rd.
    Chance to really do some damage.
    But it’s Votto up to bat…

    Well, at least they scored 1 run.

    • Allthehype

      Thats on Bell. CES should have been up there.

  20. Melvin

    Poop. Votto just missed that one. We tied it up though.

    • LT

      Yeah. He probably was looking for something other than slider.

  21. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t envision a low-scoring game tonight! Just gotta out-score the Snakes!

  22. J

    Would sure like to have seen what CES could have done in that situation. #LineupsDoMatter

  23. Mark Moore

    Zone seems a little flexible to me tonight. It worked for us that time.

  24. VaRedsFan

    With Larkin at the HOF this weekend, we get Cowboy on the TV side.
    There’s less dead air for Sadak to fill, so everything is fluid.
    Sooo refreshing!

    • JB

      I was going to say that. It’s really nice. Sometimes I don’t blame Sadak because Larkin is that bad.

      • Jason Franklin

        There has to be anyone better then Larkin for color commentator. He is a robot when I have seen him.

      • Melvin

        Sadak loves to talk ALL THE TIME and Larkin never wants to talk. They love working with each other.

      • Tom Reeves

        Cowboy is the the best baseball broadcaster in the game and that includes both play-by-play and color commentary. He’s. That. Good.

    • Melvin

      I remember Johhny Bench doing TV play by play during the 1990 season. He was pretty good…Tommy Hume wasn’t. lol

    • Mark Moore

      He also seems to keep Sadak in a more controlled state most of the time.

      I’m still missing him on the WLW audio side.

  25. JB

    One thing I like about Lively is he is a bulldog. He gets upset at himself when he gives up a homer. He wears his emotions on his sleeve.

  26. Mark Moore

    WOW!!! And he was jammed a little bit.

  27. old-school

    CES nearly hit 2 home runs in 1 at bat. 400 foot foul to left and warning track to rf. he might be ok.

      • old-school

        And your point is what exactly?
        Shut down discourse that CES is good?????

    • Mark Moore

      Maybe. Maybe he’ll work out okay.

    • Ted Alfred

      The really impressive thing is… he literally didn’t hit either one all that good!!!

  28. Ted Alfred

    I’ll tell you what, I’ve enjoyed watching Lively pitch this entire year with the Reds. He is really impressed me because his stuff is just good enough, he can throw the all four of his pitches for strikes anytime in the count, he pounds the strike zone and he doesn’t get flustered. I’d like to see the Reds re-sign him. I don’t know what his contract is but I’m a fan.

    So as I am typing this I watch CES pull one 6 in up the bat from the sweet spot with a short armed swing and it’s 30 ft over the wall barely foul, then he basically hits a pop fly to right that’s to the wall.

    This guy looks like he has stupid power and a pretty good eye. Too bad he wasn’t called up for the 1st Breweres series before the break

    • Melvin

      “Too bad he wasn’t called up for the 1st Breweres series before the break”

      Yeeeah as in Yep/Yes.

  29. Beaufort Red

    It’s crazy even though EDLC gets all the pub, I think McClain, CES and Steer are all better hitters.

  30. Mark Moore

    Gutsy take from Benson. That’s going to rattle Henry. Let’s make him pay a HUGE price.

  31. Amarillo

    It’s incredible how big Lively has been for us this year. For a guy who signed a Minor League contract and got called up due to everyone else getting injured, he has 11 appearances and 9 of them have been 2 runs or less. He’s brought stability when we have needed it most.

    • Ted Alfred

      He has been the antithesis of Weaver…. literally the exact opposite even though they both came from situations where not much was expected from either when they were signed. So in that sense we got exactly what we expected from Weaver… but a hell of a lot more from Lively

      • Amarillo

        It’s kind of funny that we are 4-5 in Lively’s starts and 10-6 in Weaver’s.

      • Melvin

        Looking forward to at least 10 Reds runs on Weaver’s next start. 😀

  32. Mark Moore

    OK, Nick. Time to make good use of your opportunity.

  33. VaRedsFan

    Senzel beat this…
    should be reversed.

  34. Mark Moore

    Nick beat that one. Really shouldn’t be a doubt there.

  35. Old-school

    senzel isnt slow I guess. 2 hustle hits

    • JB

      No but he is terrible at stealing bases.

      • Melvin

        Hasn’t shown to be a smart base runner.

  36. Votto4life

    Man, major league umpiring really needs an overhaul.

    • Mark Moore

      At least they can challenge that call and win. Positioning is everything on a bang-bang play. But I agree, the game has gotten much quicker and the Chumpires not so much.

  37. LT

    Scored a run without a hit, happy to take it. EDLC did get hit, a “hit” for a run 🙂

  38. J

    I’m glad Senzel managed to beat the throw by two inches and the Reds scored a run, but maybe after two walks and a HBP you want to force the pitcher to throw at least one strike before swinging…

    • Melvin

      Not picking on Senzel but I’m not a fan of putting a part time player at the top of the lineup.

      • J

        I don’t mind Senzel in that spot, but I’d like him to approach the game as if his name is Senzel and not Ruth. Gotta force the pitcher to throw at least two strikes in that situation.

  39. Mark Moore

    A speed double on a seeing-eye hit.

    • VaRedsFan

      Senzel kinda loafed after the ball.
      Might not of even attempted if the runner saw Nick attacking the ball.

      • JB

        Yep and I put that run on Senzel. Lively will not be happy with that

      • Mark Moore

        I do think the batter saw that and took advantage of it. The grass also ate that ball up quite a bit. And the kid is lightening fast.

      • Votto4life

        The Reds outfield defense leaves a lot to be desired. They show poor judgement, take the wrong angle on fly balls, dives for balls they shouldn’t, throws to the wrong bases, and fail to hit the cut off man or a regular basis.

      • J

        But other than that, the outfield is pretty good.

      • Melvin

        Votto4life – Besides that what problems do you have with them? 🙂

  40. old-school

    First one to 8 wins! Lively has a non-scoring inning.

  41. Old-school

    I volunteered to drive the shuttle from AAA louisville to Cincy and back. I am now volunteering to hP umpire. balls and strikes are awful

    • Mark Moore

      How will you explain the bus spontaneously combusting at a gas stop while you are in getting a beverage? 😀 😛 😉 🙂 😮

      • old-school

        I Will drive the shuttle. Bathroom stop at Sparta. I know the drive well.!!! Hunter and Lodolo and Stuey need a good driver.

    • LT

      Yep. CES just missed that curve ball a bit. Will get it next time

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. If it’s out he’s home anyway. If it bounces off the wall, he’s probably home. Instead he’s camped out at 2nd.

    • Melvin

      CES with nearly three home runs tonight. Just barely is missing.

      • Mark Moore

        Well 2 … those first ones were during the same AB.

      • Melvin

        Since they didn’t go out it’s THREE buddy! OKAY?!…. 😀

    • Dennis Westrick

      Another Little League base running brain fart! What is the Reds 3rd base coach doing or saying?

  42. Mike Adams

    The Reds are just missing a lot of balls.
    Eventually some of those will go out

  43. Mark Moore

    Welsh and Thrall talking cooler temps and firepits. Color me jealous. It may be right at 70 for my morning walk and it’s supposed to top out in the low 80’s (then back up on Sunday).

    CES just missed another one.

    • Dennis Westrick

      98 degrees and high humidity in the Orlando area today!

  44. Dennis Westrick

    Reds have left 3 RISP in 3 innings! Just saying!

  45. LarkinPhillips

    Louisville hitting coach might be on the trading block. Every time I see a score from them they score 8+ runs. The pitcher they lit up tonight had an Era of 3.27 before tonight. He made it 2.2 innings and gave up 8 er.

      • Melvin

        Got me thinking and looked. Barrero with another HR and extends his hitting streak to 15 games playing SS tonight.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Needless to say, I’m not impressed with the Reds hitting coach! Especially in that stretch of games where the Reds batters had 12, 18 & 14 strikeouts!

  46. Melvin

    Another ball barely missed. Benson almost got that one.

  47. LarkinPhillips

    The ball seems to be dying in the outfield tonight, I thought a couple of the deep flyouts would have been home runs. Or at least off the wall.

  48. Mike Adams

    Is the wind blowing in like at Wrigley?
    Too many warning track fly outs

    • Old-school

      No humidity. Atypical cool July night

  49. JB

    Reds hitters didn’t eat their wheaties today.

  50. Ted Alfred

    Watching CES hit I can’t help but think he’s not even hitting these balls that well based on what looks to be just average contact on pitches that are low…not really in the power zone… but he still hit two to the wall right and left. This guy’s power potential ceiling looks very high…like a 40+ potential HR guy down the line. Maybe just Rosie Red colored glasses for me…but it will be fun to watch him

    • Melvin

      He’s a good hitter too. It would be cool some day to see him in the running for a Triple Crown.

  51. Mark Moore

    OK, rookie or not, this is a bad pattern with EDLC. Blame it on the hitting coach if you want to. But the steep drop-off is killing us over and over and over.

    Just a bit frustrated … 🙁

    • RedsMonk65

      He needs to learn some things, that’s for sure. Just get on base, dude.

  52. Melvin

    De La Cruz may benefit from switching his spot in the order with Benson for a while to take some pressure off. I know he’ll come around.

    • Mark Moore

      As long as it doesn’t screw up Benson.

      • Melvin

        If it does move someone else there. No biggy. I think Matt McLain might be the best leadoff hitter we have. Problem is he’s kind of like Larkin. He’s the best hitter in a lot of spots. Still though I’d like to see him leadoff. Never underestimate the value of a good leadoff hitter.

    • LT

      EDLC just cannot be a lead off hitter because he’s not a patient hitter, not a contact hitter, and not a smart base runner. Everything you would look for in a lead off hitter, he does not have. I thought India was doing fine when he lead off against RHP. Agree, MM can hit anywhere including lead off

    • Ted Alfred

      I think at this point the best idea is to move India back to lead off where he has been at his best for 3 years…drop Elly down to 7… move CES to 5 (for now unless he earns the 4 over Steer etc) and we’re good. Elly needs some pressure taken off him…just get him back to basics… and I think India’s comfort level would go way up. Obviously CES should be no lower than 5… to this point in limited bats he is the true power hitter the Reds have been lacking…plus he consistently makes good contact to all fields and has a good eye.

      • Longtimefan

        I agree entirely with your batting order. Elly is starting to concern me. He is totally lost at the plate. He takes strikes and swings at balls in the dirt or a foot off the plate. Nothing but weak dribblers and strike outs. You can’t have him leading off or batting 4th at this time. Hopefully he can figure it out sooner than later. He can’t even hit fastballs at this point because of his inability to time breaking balls. I think India should be leading off again also and maybe he can get back to where he was earlier in the season. He is more a catalyst than a clutch hitter. He was driving in way more runs leading off than batting 3rd or 5th. It’s a totally different mindset for him depending on where he is batting in the lineup. CES looks comfortable hitting off of everyone and should be no lower than 5th. Steer has earned a chance to bat 4th even with his recent struggles. He leads the team in rbis. You can even flip flop Steer and CES but I would rather not put that pressure on CES just yet. Give him a chance to get settled in without the added pressure. Votto looks horrible at the plate right now but I don’t have a problem with him playing against right handers. That is also our current 3 catcher problem. Who are you going to play instead of him? All we have is one of the 2 other catchers. Elly is giving me visions of Aquino. A great first month and nothing afterwards. He has to be able to adjust to them pitching to his weaknesses. Aquino never could. I’m not comparing Elly to Aquino talent wise because there is no comparison but he has got to start approaching his at bats differently or he is going to set another all time record. The highest percentage of strike outs per at bat. Maybe even sit him every 4-5 days as a wake up call.

  53. J

    So NOW Senzel is willing to be patient at the plate and draw the walk…

  54. Mark Moore

    Jobu must have celebrated too much. Somebody check under the purple bridge … and bring some coffee and rum. You’re gonna need it.

  55. Old-school

    Reds hitters wearing down this guy…only a matter of time.

  56. LT

    Steer! Big hit we’ve been looking for

  57. Mark Moore

    That’s the way to do it, boys!!

  58. VaRedsFan

    Steered it into the corner for 2 more RBIs

    • LarkinPhillips

      Sadak said that was his “third rbi tonight which is more runs than the diamondbacks have scored tonight.” Such insight.

  59. JB

    Steer is the Reds offensive MVP. Sadak can talk all he wants about Elly but he isn’t even the best rookie.

    • Votto4life

      Yep, another rookie who goes 2 for 30 with a ton of strikeouts would be on a bus back to Louisville.

    • Ted Alfred

      Honestly after seeing Steer, McClain, CES ( admittedly only a few games) and Elly…. I would take the other three above Elly if forced to. Ellie has a canyon sized problem with breaking balls (especially low or in the dirt) and I’m not sure it’s something he’ll ever really be able to fix.

      • VegasRed

        Really dude? He has shown the ability to adjust with each step up the ladder.

        Maybe give him a minute before giving up. I think he’ll make the adjustments, and probably more quickly than most. Let’s see after few hundred AB’s.

  60. J

    “He makes the glove” says the Reds play-by-play announcer describing what most people would call a “catch.”

    • Melvin

      I believe this is Sakak’s DREAM JOB with the Reds. He LOVES it. He can talk all he wants and nobody checks him. It would kill him to lose it. 🙂

  61. old-school

    Ben Lively 3 solid starts in a row. Hes a poor man’s Michael Lorenzen. Huge freak.

  62. JB

    Outfielders have cost Lively two runs tonight.

  63. Melvin

    Benson has a lot of work to do on tracking balls.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He needs to play deeper. I say it every night on here. If you can’t read the ball, you play deep so you only have one option to run. If he mis reads it the wrong way playing deep, it don’t matter because it is a home run anyway. He has enough speed to still cover a bloop as well.

      • J

        It’s too bad the manager doesn’t seem to watch the games.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Sorry to be a broken record.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. Much easier to come in then go back on a ball. To be honest he looks like an infielder learning to play the outfield who’s never played there before. He’s just not stable. Steer looks better right now.

      • Ted Alfred

        1000%… and I can’t believe that the bench coaches don’t make him play deeper.

      • Ted Alfred

        It’s hard to understand that the coaches are not fixing such an easily fixable problem

    • Beaufort Red

      His athleticism has saved on numerous occasions.

    • MBS

      Yep, it’s a shame, Benson has all the tool you’d want.

      • Ted Alfred

        He has everything you want in a player, but his depth perception off the bat is just not good and he often takes a wrong first step or two which leads to defensive misplays.

    • Votto4life

      Yes, but the outfield defense overall is atrocious. Benson looks like a deer in headlights every time the ball is hit to him. On that particular play, he looked liked an outfielder in co-Ed softball league.

  64. LarkinPhillips

    Regardless of how this pitching change turns out, I am a fan of it. Lively is back from injury and cramped up last game. He seems to have run out of gas.

  65. SR

    And now they pull him. Not lively’s pitching that is the problem. This is just another in. Long line of reasons why the bullpen is gassed. 76 pitches and he’s out, and we burned our lefty reliever in the fifth

    • Ted Alfred

      Just thinking the same thing. Lively was pitching fine… it was totally stupid to pull him there. Once again our poor outfield defense has allowed two of their three runs to score. Benson just doesn’t see the ball that well off the bat and often his first step is not correct and therefore balls end up going over his head as just happened again. Bell sucks as a manager…he just does.

      • Melvin

        I don’t quite understand unless Lively wasn’t “Lively” anymore.

  66. JB

    Riley just hit a 2 run homer. Braves up 5-2.

  67. Melvin

    Votto up right now. Good hard hit right at someone again.

    • Melvin

      My guess is it will be his turn to get the “designated day off” tomorrow after getting nailed hard in the ribs earlier. It’s going to be sore.

  68. Dennis Westrick

    A 2-out walk by Lively that, guess whats, results in a run for the Snakes! Maddening!

    • JB

      Ahh that’s Benson’s fault. Should have been caught.

    • SR

      Does Fraley make that play in right? 10×10. Inning over. I hate walks too, but they happen, and good pitchers work around them. Lively did his job in the fifth.

  69. MBS

    Phillips is smelling blood in the water. 5IP 2H 0R 2BB 7K so far.

    • Melvin

      Would be nice to see him keep it up. Could solve a lot of problems.

  70. Melvin

    CES good hit up the middle. He’s a hitter. 🙂

  71. LarkinPhillips

    Down on the farm, Carlos Jorge has hit for the cycle. Phillips is pitching a good game in Louisville too. 5IP 0ER 7K

  72. J

    If CES hits any lower than 5th for the rest of the season, Bell should be fired as soon as the lineup card is submitted. (And leaving him in AAA for all of those Milwaukee games should be the basis of a class action lawsuit.)

    • Melvin

      hahaha He’s a four hitter all the way. Maybe a three hitter since he’s more than a slugger. This team..a four hitter. 🙂

  73. Dennis Westrick

    I applaud Bell for removing Lively after that 2-out walk! Yes, I said it in support of a Bell managerial decision! Potentially saved a run by stranding a D’back runner at 3rd.

    AND, it sends a message to Reds pitchers that 2-out walks, with a 2-run lead are not wise!

    • Melvin

      “AND, it sends a message to Reds pitchers that 2-out walks, with a 2-run lead are not wise!”

      Or in tonight’s case 2-out “crawls/slithers”. 🙂

  74. Melvin

    CES showing some decent speed again.

  75. Dennis Westrick

    Guess it’s a bullpen game now!

  76. old-school

    There is simply no way Christian Encarnacion strand isnt the Reds best first baseman…NOW.

    Joey votto hits righties in the 6 hole with power. He doesnt do anything else. he is hitting .200 against all comers. Joey Votto Is slower than molasses. hes terrible defensively. he cant hit lefties. Take away his home run against Rockies lefty Austin Gomber and his 7.0 ERA and he has literally done nothing against lefties all year. He is hitting .167.

    PLay CES at 1b every day. Votto is a lefty DH platoon.

    • JB

      Easily the best. No reason whatsoever should the Reds pick up his option next year.

  77. Mark Moore

    When is a GR2B bad luck?

    OK, now we get EDLC back and batting from the left side against a guy that throws hard. Maybe we see something here.

    Like this IBB. I’m guessing that means the managing starts now.

    • Mark Moore

      OK, TJ. Show us what you can do. Even if that’s taking a walk.

  78. Melvin

    Good move to pinch hit Friedl here. See? I gave David Bell a compliment.

    • JB

      I would have pitched to Elly with the slump he is in.

      • Melvin

        Yeah although I wouldn’t want to be one of those drawn in infielders if he got a hold of one.

    • Mark Moore

      Good until THAT happened. Then again, not sure Fraley would have done any better.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. Friedl also tookover CF which Fraley probably wouldn’t have. I’m starting to think Benson shouldn’t be in CF.

  79. J

    Update: the Reds have some good rookies.

      • J

        Yes. I hope I don’t ruffle too many feathers, but I do.

    • Melvin

      They were saying on Broadcast that the rookie of the year is probably on one of these two teams.

  80. Dennis Westrick

    Wow! Simply wow! Mighty Mac!

  81. Mark Moore

    Who found Jobu and sobered him up??? 😮

    MattyMc for the SLAM!!!

    Welsh giving an interesting bit of trivia. Snakes wanted to draft him out of HS but wouldn’t meet his signing $$ number.

    • Ted Alfred

      Speaking of signings, I just saw the Reds paid their fourth round pick 1.9 M…three times over the slot. Does anybody have any info on why the Reds were willing to pay so much for this player.

      On another note…. if we could have Jeff Brantley on the TV broadcast every night it would be so fantastic…is there any way to make that happen??

  82. Votto4life

    Matt McLain is the best hitter on the team.

    • Dennis Westrick

      To quote the movie Rudy – “He’s so little!”

  83. Dennis Westrick

    I’ll enjoy my Bloody Mary (it’s a Red adult beverage) with only one shot of vodka now!

  84. old-school

    I think the reds win most annoying team to play on the road.

    • Andrew Brewer

      That’s how the Big Red Machine was. They’d win 3 out of 4 on the Road, and play 50/50 ball at home.

  85. J

    Have any of McLain’s home runs been hit to left? I can’t remember any. I just don’t understand how he generates so much power.

    • Mark Moore

      I think they have. Just amazing what the kid can do. 101 mph inbound didn’t hurt any.

    • Ted Alfred

      Not sure about any homers to left. He is just so good at swinging through the ball and fully following through where ever it’s pitched instead of trying to pull it. I think it helps him generate good power to whatever field the ball is pitched to in relation to the plate, which is generally more to center and right than left because they don’t pitch him inside that often. He definitely likes the ball middle out where he can extend bette

  86. Mark Moore

    Living rent-free in their heads tonight for sure. And with 2 outs again!!

    And WLW is telling us the Snakes BP is rather weak.

    Just don’t let up. 4 more innings to play.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Exactly Mark! Can never score too many runs when Bell starts the RP Roulette game!

  87. Dennis Westrick

    Hey Brewer fans! The Braves are good and hit a lot of HRs! Enjoy!

  88. Andrew Brewer

    Mighty Mc puts the Reds up 9-3 belting a hundred mile an hour heater !
    Yes, the Reds are back, you just have to realize things just don’t go perfectly with the Cinderella kids. The Reds are a force !

  89. CI3J

    Seems like McLain likes hitting in the 3-hole. I thought either he or Steer should have been moved there a long time ago.

    I’m still not convinced of EDLC leading off, though. I’d prefer Benson, with EDLC moved back to 4th.

  90. LarkinPhillips

    I am sure there will be some fuss about only using Young for one batter. But again I support bells decision there since he is the only lefty and we will need him to face their lefties the next two games. (2 decisions tonight that I agree with Bell on. Which shocks the crap out of me.)

    • Dennis Westrick

      Strangely enough, I agree with you and Bell’s decision!

      • LarkinPhillips

        Normally you and I criticize Bell greatly too. Strange times.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I can definitely understand your thinking. Along those lines, I checked some things. . .

      The next 3 batters he would have faced. . .R-R-L

      Also, Young actually pitches better against RH batters than LH batters.

      Where, I would have to withhold judgement, I believe. What do I mean? If this is how Young gets used the next 2 games, also, this is a waste and how Bell causes a taxed bullpen. If he doesn’t even use Young, then, again, this was a waste and how you tax a bullpen. If he actually does leave Young and leaves him in longer, then all fine.

  91. Dennis Westrick

    Oh God! Astronaut Farmer is now on the bump trying to find the strike zone! Hint: It’s not Mr. Red – do not throw at our mascot!

    • Mark Moore

      Ended in a clean inning. That’s a plus.

  92. Dennis Westrick

    Does anyone know if that’s Mighty Mac’s first Grand Slam?

  93. Mark Moore

    10.80 ERA … 😮

    Snakes trying to get us to score enough so a position player can come in and mop it up tonight?

  94. Mark Moore

    9 outs, guys. Just 9. 3 at a time if you would.

  95. JB

    Looks like the Reds will pick up a game on the Brewers tonight. Brewers offense 3 hits. They need to hit to beat the Braves.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! We found that out by losing 2 of the 3 games against the Braves recently by a single run even after scoring 6 runs against their very good pitching staff!

    • VaRedsFan

      Jinxed for sure.
      People talk about Sadak doing that.

  96. LDS

    Time for Votto to retire and EDLC needs a day off and comeback in #3 slot.

  97. Melvin

    Fairchild three hits tonight. Probably, especially seeing how our outfield defense is, to have him in place of Casali for pinch running and defensive replacement (also RH bat of course).

    • Harry Stoner

      Can he work out of the bullpen, too?

    • Melvin

      Fairchild with an HR now four hits. Barrero with another hit. lol

      • Melvin

        Siani has been killing it lately. He’s got two hits with a HR. As BK pointed out recently he has elite defense and stole over 50 bases last year. Could help?

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Actually, numbers show, with defense, it’s pretty much a wash with Fraley, Friedl, Benson, and Fairchild. If any one of them, it looks like Friedl is the weak link defensively.

      Again, the numbers show.

      • Melvin

        According to the article I read and posted on here tonight Friedl is the best defender we have if I’m not mistaken. In my view Fairchild is better than Fraley and certainly BETTER than Benson. SF can play all of the outfield well.

  98. Dennis Westrick

    Bell is like one of my damaged (scratched) circa 1970’s rock vinyl albums! He is just stuck on one (1), and only one (1), relief pitcher per inning! Infuriating! Even when it works!

    • LarkinPhillips

      I assume you would have used Farmer more (I agree if so.)

  99. Mark Moore

    This is why you can’t stop pouring it on. Thrall is saying this may mean we end up seeing Diaz tonight.

  100. LarkinPhillips

    Looks like Marte is going to be the Reds killer this series…

    We should be able to hold a 6 run lead without having to using our best bullpen arms. I like Cruz, but I think I have seen enough of him this year and he would be the odd man out if we add a bullpen arm for me.

    • Jason Franklin

      I think it is probably a guarantee that Krall will add someone(S) to help the Pen. Let’s hope so.

  101. Jason Franklin

    Just stop pitching to Marte. For the love of all that is holy.

  102. Mark Moore

    Reminder … killing Snakes isn’t easy. You can’t just stomp on them. You have to crush them.

    Need to get at least one back here. Then 6 quick outs.

  103. J

    As I said the other day: this is why you don’t pull a reliever who’s pitching well and thrown just 15 pitches. Last time it was Cruz, this time it’s Farmer. Bell just isn’t satisfied until he finds some way to make things harder than they need to be…

    • Dennis Westrick

      It’s the Bell way! He has to have an unusually short memory or loses the pitch count data on his last choice of RP in the previous inning! 15 pitches is less than what they throw in the bullpen warming up!

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        I called back in April, this is how you cause a taxed bullpen. Bell didn’t learn anything with that.

    • Hanawi

      Yep. Will never understand the strategy Bell uses for his bullpen.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        I think he uses “the Force”.

    • AllTheHype

      It was a 9-3 lead. As it stands, Famer can still pitch tomorrow. But if he came back out, he would be burned for tomorrow. What sense does that make in a game with a 6 run lead? NONE whatsoever.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Farmer is not a high leverage reliever right now, hence being in up 6. Burn him up today if he is pitching well.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        The thing is, this is how you cause a taxed bullpen, also.

        There’s still 7 other pitchers that Bell can use tomorrow if needed. Using one guy for 2 innings wouldn’t hurt you.

      • Hanawi

        They should try to win this game first.

      • J

        Bell doesn’t like to use pitchers on back-to-back days if he can help it. So, while Farmer is technically “available” tomorrow, he’s probably not going to be used. Also, now he’ll use Sims, and quite possibly Diaz. There’s no reason for either of those guys to be pitching today. When a guy is pitching well, you take advantage of it by letting him pitch.

  104. RedsMonk65

    OK, now, a little too close for comfort.

  105. RedsGettingBetter

    Ketel Adames Flores Marte

    • Jason Franklin

      Man you just made me cower in fear with those words.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I was going to lost the same ones. Every series…

  106. Dennis Westrick

    Nice batting practice inning by Cruz! ALL runs via HRs with 2 outs! These guys need an IQ test or a lesson on how not to pitch with a 6-run lead!

    • Jason Franklin

      Seems like all the pitches to the lefties were down and inside… that never turns out bad for a pitcher against lefties.. never..

      • Dennis Westrick

        I never pitched but did coach and the Rule for Lefties is up & in and low & away! Always! Lefties love low & in pitches! Just ask Freddie Freeman among others!

  107. Mark Moore

    Nice take on 3-0. Got a good result and chased another Snake pitcher.

    • Jason Franklin

      Benson knows what he is doing.. he should never bat 2nd in the lineup 🙂

  108. CI3J

    Bensons OBP is at .398.

    Unreal after that April he had.

    Sign this kid to a 5 year contract STAT!

    • CI3J

      Also, I wonder if this game finally convinced Bell that it’s ok to let Benson hit against lefties?

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        Bell? Someone would need a 2×4.

    • Ted Alfred

      And I think he’s the kind of player who now feels like he really can play in the majors and has a spot on this team. So he’ll probably bust his ass this entire off season qgetting a lot better on his jumps and reads off the bat defensively.

  109. Roger Garrett

    Bell is just Bell and you knew Young was out after 1 hitter.After AA goes 8 innings yesterday everybody is available and its one reliever per inning and often you can find the guy who doesn’t have it and hopefully that was Cruz.Its just the way it is and Cruz has been good lately.Need to score some more runs so that it doesn’t matter.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Actually, with Young, I’m going to “wait and see”. Someone mentioned how we are going to need Young against left handers the next 2 games. I’m willing to wait.

      But, I called back in early April, this is how you cause a taxed bullpen.

    • Dennis Westrick

      But that’s my point, Roger! If you use a RP per inning for 4 or 5 innings, the odds are pretty high that at least one of them will have a bad inning! Case-in-point – Cruz!

  110. Old-school

    Miami and SF lost as did the Cards.

  111. Ted Alfred

    I think the Diamondbacks Bullpen is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Reds to get the 3-0 sweep this series where Diaz won’t have to pitch at all and he’ll get a nice rest. Sounds like they have the same starting pitching rotation injury problems we do and don’t even know who’s going to start the next two games for them. Time for everybody to get right these next three games and have a major head of steam heading to Milwaukee for a little payback with our new secret weapon CES doing some serious damage up there.

  112. Jason Franklin

    I am sorry but De La Cruz is not a leadoff hitter. Who thought this? Just because he has speed doesn’t mean he is ready for that spot yet. Drop the man back down so he can regroup.

    • RedsMonk65

      Agree. The word in MLB is out. He needs to adjust, and the pressure taken off in the meantime. Eventually, I think, he will be fine.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I agree! Move him to the No. 2 spot or anywhere but leadoff!

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep, India back to leadoff where he is moat comfortable, drop Elly to 7, CES to 5…make it happen asap

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        It’s more than obvious. Oh, wait, Bell is managing.

  113. Votto4life

    Elly is currently the easiet out in the line up.

  114. Mark Moore

    No further comment on EDLC’s current slump and plate approach.

  115. CI3J

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one:

    EDLC strikes out on a pitch low and way inside.

    He really, REALLY needs to learn to lay off those pitches. The whole league has the book on him and will keep throwing them as long as he keeps swinging at them.

    • Jason Franklin

      I think he needs to either hang off of it or shorten up. Does he only have one speed with his swings? He is a rookie but he needs to learn how to temper that power.

    • JB

      After he let a fast ball down the middle go by on first pitch.

    • Ted Alfred

      But this is exactly why I’m worried about it. He knows that the whole league knows it, yet he still can’t stop swinging at these terrible breaking pitches low and in the dirt
      I’m starting to wonder if he just doesn’t have good eyes when it comes to picking up the spin on the ball and if that’s the case he might not ever be able to fix it.

    • Tim

      He’d better read the “History of Aquino”

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I see very few good swings from Elly. I mean, forget any of the hits, I simply see very few good swings.

  116. Mark Moore

    That bouncer thrown now makes me sad Benson tried to steal. He could have walked to 3rd and saved the out.

    • Mark Moore

      And that would have scored him.

  117. Dennis Westrick

    Why is Benson trying to steal 3rd with one out?

    • Jason Franklin

      Would it have been some weird hit and run? Or maybe a missed call? I have no idea. It doesn’t seem like he would do that normally, right? He has only been caught twice.

    • Votto4life

      To get in position to score on a fly ball. It wasn’t a bad idea, just poor execution.

      • JB

        Should have never tried it with a left handed batter up. Way to easy for a catcher who does well throwing out runners.

      • Votto4life

        Not saying I would have done it, but that was the thinking behind it. It wasn’t that outrageous, If Benson makes it, there’s a good chance he scores.

    • VaRedsFan

      That’s the best time to steal 3rd.

  118. Tim

    Why try to steal 3rd with McLain coming up? The guy serves up more doubles than McDonalds

  119. LarkinPhillips

    I would like to see EDLC get a little more balance in his swing. He seems to be lunging after the pitch and almost running when he hits it. Moving your head that much makes it hard to read pitches. Barrero had/has the same issue of too much head movement. Watch mclain, steer, etc and their heads hardly move.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I agree. I see very few good swings by Elly.

      • Steve Schoenbaechler

        I’m not talking hits. I am talking just good swings. Very few.

    • bug

      He swings too long and too hard. He needs to cut down on his swing until he can put a bat on the ball. Hitting a 500 foot home run once every 75 at bats does not help that much, if you also whiff 35 of those at bats. Put your bat on the ball for a while. Once you do that,…then if they throw a hanger, you are permitted to come out of your shoes with a swing. First, learn to put your bat on the ball though. Please and thank you.

  120. Harry Stoner

    I’ve got a bad feeling about this one.

    That old familiar Reds bullpen meltdown vibe.

  121. LarkinPhillips

    Sims comes in and walks the leadoff. Standard operating procedure for Reds relievers under DJ.

  122. Old-school

    Lead off walk of course by Sims up 3 runs.

  123. Mark Moore

    Somebody get to Dennis and charge the paddles to 200 after that walk

    • VaRedsFan

      Dennis gets mad if you walk guys, but also gets mad if they throw strikes and they get hit for homers. (Cruz)

  124. Beaufort Red

    EDLC is lost. Like I said he hasn’t discovered what Ted Williams called the science of hitting. He’s relying on his talent and just hacking. MLB scouts and coaches are superb at finding hitter’s weaknesses. And if the pitchers can execute, it’s all over.

    • bug

      Yep. He needs to sit on the bench a game or two and think about it. Too many Ks is not acceptable,..I don’t care how great at defense you are. At minimum, he needs to bat 9th. He’s very talented,..but it’s not okay to contantly strike out. Simple as that.

  125. Jason Franklin

    Too much anxiety for my heart. Will check the score letter. Go Reds.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Me too Jason! My family doctor says I need to reduce stress in my life to help control my high blood pressure! Watching this Reds team is not medical therapy!

  126. old-school

    Sims is a bit like Uh-Oh Cordero. Mostly gets the job done but blows up enough and walks guys enough and misses enough and escapes with rockets right at guys enough you ask why does this guy make life so hard?

    • JB

      Constantly smoking in the dynamite shack

      • Tom Reeves

        SIMS = Smoking In Munitions Shack

  127. Dennis Westrick

    I am going to lose my mind with these walks by the Reds relief pitchers!

    • Harry Stoner

      Is it me, or does it seem so often they aren’t prepared to pitch when they enter a game.

      Control is way off, walk a batter, hit someone, give up a run and then buckle down.

      You’d hope there would be a team meeting about it, but it seems to have been going on for years and the topic is never discusses.

      No one from the press seems willing to ask Bell or Johnson: “What’s up with that?”

      You’d think it would drive Bell crazy, but he’s Mr. Blade about nearly everything.

  128. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow two flyballs at the warning track representing the tying up run… suffering

  129. Mark Moore

    WLW team just talking through a “ask the booth” question about if Chumpires are graded. Obviously, the answer was “yes”. But the idea of one being “tenured” so they aren’t subject to getting sent back down was noted. Also they talked about the fan sites that regularly publish Chumpire metric behind the dish.

    Bottom line for me is we don’t see any tangible evidence of accountability. And likely won’t until we get the challenge system or some other robo-zone in place.

    Score please. Even 1 helps.

    • Harry Stoner

      Just wondering…not projecting….has calling balls and strikes always been bad but now we have the cameras and tracking to expose it, or has it really gotten progressively worse?

      Honest question…not a loaded one.


      • LarkinPhillips

        I think the box on the screen for.every pitch makes it worse. I watch a lot of minor leagues and it’s much harder to criticize umps when the box is not there.

      • Mark Moore

        I think both the increase in information and data makes it easier to judge. It’s more than just the “magic box” because they can replay it in slow motion from different angles as well. Higher spin rates and speed definitely contribute.

        But I think the umps from a generation or so ago were at least more consistent and the players came to know their zones.

        It’s a great question, Harry.

      • Votto4life

        I used to believe the old adage that “umpires get it right, most of the time”. I think that’s still true for routine plays, but on close plays, I think they get it wrong, as often as, they get it right.

  130. Tim

    Reds need to get EDLCs minor league bat whisperers to spend a couple of days in Cincinnati. Also need to get him out of lead off

    • Votto4life

      Or have EDLC spend some time with them in Louisville.

  131. Roger Garrett

    AA saved the pen yesterday and today the pen just went dead again for tomorrow.Sims with 28 pitches are you kidding me.

  132. old-school

    Phillies and brewers losing. Cubs beat Cards. Giants lost. marlins lost. Reds have 2 chances at post-season…NL Cntral and Wildcard.

    • Mark Moore

      I maintain it’s with the NLC or miss the post-season. Too many hurdles to overcome for the WC spot.

  133. bug

    It is so refreshing to hear Cowboy in the booth. He’s smart. I wish he was manager,… or at least in management.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s probably too smart for that.

    • Beaufort Red

      It’s amazing how Sadak tones it down with Cowboy.

  134. Melvin

    Braves still holding on 6-4 in the eighth.

  135. Old-school

    Elly is struggling but not as much as Joey Votto.
    Worst player on the Reds is Joey Votto.
    Votto last 7 games


    Last 30 games hes hitting .198

    Votto is worse against lefties and is in total free fall.

  136. Ted Alfred

    Votto is starting to look lost again..swinging at lots of bad pitches low and away. I love Joey but David Bell has to do what’s right for the team and right now that is pretty clearly playing CES every day and Votto is going to have to sit more often. I heard CES talking about Joey and how much Joey helped him inlearning how to play 1st base defensively in spring training, so it seems like those two have a good relationship which should make this transition easier for both of them…it needs to happen.

    • J

      It was nice to get that win against SF because of COURSE they were going to have a winning streak. They never do anything that doesn’t involve a streak of some sort.

  137. Roger Garrett

    Phillips with 7 scoreless and 11 punch outs.Fairchild with 4 hits and a homer,Hopkins with 2 homers and Barrero 2-5 with a homer. Bats win 16-1

    • Harry Stoner

      I’d like to know more about how Krall bulled Phillips out of Seattle in the Suarez / Winker deal.

      Sounded like the Mariners were only grudgingly going along with it.

  138. Mark Moore

    Efficient inning from Diaz. Nice job of not wasting pitches.

    I was more than a little nervous for a while, but we’ve now got 3 in a row back in the W column.

    Back at it tomorrow.

  139. Harry Stoner

    Somebody was talking about John Coltrane and said he has the most intense powers of concentration he had ever seen.

    That’s what I feel separates Diaz from the rest.

    He just radiates concentration and focus on the mound.

  140. Roger Garrett

    Diaz with 10 pitches and 3 ground outs and this one belongs to the young guys.Just let them play.GO REDS

  141. Mark Moore

    Sam with the Connect jersey and hat … which is on backwards. Got to love that!

  142. Dennis Westrick

    Should NEVER have had to use Diaz! Reds were up 9-3 until the WALKS started! I propose a $1,000 fine for each walk with the funds to be donated to a deserving charity in the Greater Cincinnati area!

    • J

      Karcher would actually lose money if he got called up again with this policy in effect.

    • Harry Stoner

      Hey! That’s my gambit, Dennis! 😉

      But I’ll gladly second yours…

      Bell could pre print the yellow fine slips and have a little ‘shame on you’ ceremony instead of the Viking helmet.

      Some deserving kid could come out of the stands to accept the $1K for his charity.