Last night saw the Dodgers even up the series with a 3-2 victory. This afternoon’s contest will decide which team gets the series win. The Cincinnati Reds enter the day a half-game back of first place and will be looking to get out of Los Angeles atop of the division if they can take care of business and get some help from Atlanta. First pitch is set for 4:10pm ET today.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers

Elly De La Cruz – SS David Peralta – LF
TJ Friedl – CF Freddie Freeman – 1B
Matt McLain – 2B Will Smith – C
Jake Fraley – RF Max Muncy – 3B
Spencer Steer – 3B J.D. Martinez – DH
Joey Votto – DH James Outman – CF
Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B Jason Heyward – RF
Tyler Stephenson – C Enrique Hernandez – 2B
Will Benson – LF Miguel Rojas – SS
Graham Ashcraft – RHP Michael Grove – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Graham Ashcraft 99.0 5.64 1.55 43 74
Michael Grove 56.2 6.19 1.55 17 53
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Michael Grove’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

After going through a real bad stretch from early May through late June where his ERA was 12.82 in eight starts, Graham Ashcraft has returned to how he had been pitching in the first six starts of the season. In his last five starts he’s posted a 2.10 ERA in 30.0 innings and hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of those five starts.

When Ashcraft was really struggling earlier this season the big issue was how well lefties we’re hitting him. Righties have always hit well against him, but lefties hit .201/.270/.251 against him in his first 25 starts. From May 4th through June 25th they hit .484/.522/.766 against him. In his last five games they’ve hit .189/.283/.358 against him.


RHH 239 62 11 2 7 25 36 .301 .387 .476
LHH 203 48 8 1 8 18 38 .264 .337 .451

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Slider
Velo 96.6 96.2 88.3
Usage 10% 52% 38%

Michael Grove

Inconsistency is probably the best word to use to describe Michael Grove’s season. He’s also spent time going back-and-forth between the rotation and bullpen over the last two months. In his last two starts he’s allowed three earned runs in 9.2 innings against Baltimore and Toronto while striking out 10 batters and walking just two.

Right-handed hitters have a good average and hit for a solid amount of power against Grove. What they don’t do is walk against him. Left-handed hitters have done it all against him this season. They are hitting .333, they draw plenty of walks against him, they make tons of contact against him, and they are hitting for a lot of power against him.

RHH 127 35 5 1 5 4 32 .285 .307 .463
LHH 123 36 8 2 4 13 21 .333 .415 .556

Pitch Usage

4-seam Cutter Slider Curve
Velo 94.8 89.3 85.8 78.4
Usage 40% 7% 36% 17%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Dodger Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 88°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jonathan India placed on the injured list

About 90 minutes prior to the start of this afternoon’s game, the Reds placed Jonathan India on the 10-day injured list with plantar fasciitis in his foot. Outfielder Stuart Fairchild has been recalled from Triple-A to take his spot on the 26-man roster.

Reds interested in lefty starter Eduardo Rodriguez

It was reported this morning that Cincinnati was showing interest in Detroit Tigers starter Eduardo Rodriguez. His contract can be a bit complicated, which may make trading for him a little more difficult. We’ll see if anything here pans out, but with the trade deadline being on Tuesday at 6pm ET, there’s not much time left to get something done.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 57 48 0.0 68.8%
Reds 57 49 0.5 30.4%
Cubs 53 51 3.5 32.1%
Pirates 46 58 10.5 0.2%
Cardinals 46 60 11.5 1.8%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

295 Responses

  1. J

    This has been posted for several minutes with no comments. I can only assume we’re all too stunned by this creative and totally unpredictable new lineup.

    • Mark Moore

      +1,000 😀

      I was out gassing up the U-Haul truck and then doing a couple “Dad things” upstairs for DD#1 as we prepare to move her out of this apartment in the morning.

    • Jason Franklin

      Man… I hadn’t checked the lineup and didn’t realize the sarcasm for a minute. My heart was happy until my eyes looked at the glorious lineup and then my brain computed it’s creativity.

      • J

        So sorry for getting your hopes up. I’m just trying to find more interesting ways of saying “this continues to not be the best possible lineup.”

  2. Mark Moore

    Really time to Kick the Trolley Dodgers Pig off the rails and get out of LA!!!

    I’m declaring this a Stink. Fish. Pot!!! free zone today. 😮 😛

    • Mark Moore

      And I get to watch this on DD#1’s TV instead of my phone whilst lying in a hotel bed late at night. That’s a plus right there.

      • Jim Walker

        Guessing that #1 TV will be among the last things loaded to the truck

      • Mark Moore

        TV is likely traveling in one of two cars making the trek (hauling one, First Wife and DD#1 driving mine).

      • Melvin

        Finally got my power back on a few hours ago after about 38 hours. Was looking forward to watching the game today. Nope. Bally not showing game in Indy today. Indiana Fever instead. smh

  3. LarkinPhillips

    Olson with a 2 run HR to put braves up 8-6 in bottom of the 8th. WLB up 3-0 in bottom of 7th over the cubs. It is a great day for the Reds to pull out a win over the dodgers. LETS GO REDS!

    • LT

      Just like we decided to pitch to Muncy last night, Brewers pitched to Olson with 1st base open, smh. We take it.

      • Mark Moore

        Bad decisions abound. Some by the #30 MLB manager, some by one presumed to be higher up that food chain.

  4. J

    Braves are feasting on all that “great” Milwaukee pitching again…

  5. VaRedsFan

    Olson just took the unhittable Piyamps deep for 8-6 lead.

    • Hanawi

      First runs Payamps has given up in a month and a half! Happy to see it.

  6. Mark Moore

    Stupid Cubs took Bellinger off the market and are declaring themselves buyers looking for pitching (along with EVERY OTHER TEAM). Here’s hoping they wickedly overpay for some arms that don’t work out and we blow into Wrigley and blow THEM into Lake Michigan.

    • LT

      I won’t be happy unless we take all 4 games from the Cubs starting Monday. Not 3-1, 4-0, just to show them that Hope is a danger Thing. Put an end to their hope.

      • Mark Moore

        I hear you, LT. I’d strongly prefer we sweep them in their house. And I know we’ve historically been pretty darned good there. But even 3 of 4 would make me smile. Especially if the WLB Dirty Birds hold on to their current lead over the Stupid Cubs.

        And EDLC and TJ just made us shout and smile here.

    • LT

      Score early and score often. That’s our mantra today 🙂

  7. Mark Moore

    In what amounts to ancient, bad dreams for RLN, I see 4M has moved to the declining LAA of Anaheim. Odd move, I’m sure, but it costs nothing given the Bob/Phill Monster is still paying that freight bill.

    • VaRedsFan

      he’s been there several weeks.
      Actually been pretty good so far.

  8. Rick

    Put the bat on the ball today guys. Hit fb’s in the zone.
    With 2 strikes get the bat off your shoulder.

  9. CI3J

    Ashcraft should keep the Reds in the game.

    It’s up to the offense to win it.

  10. old-school

    C’mon RLN. We like to bellyache about Bell and lineups and bullpen management . But, this is fun. Reds are in a pennant race. We’re rooting against the Cubs and Brewers and scoreboard watching. We could be tied for first place in short order. Reds are mostly playing young guys and the trade deadline isn’t about trading away good guys. Its can we add good guys?

    This is fun.

    Did I mention the Cardinals suck?

    • Mark Moore

      The WLB Dirty Birds have agreed with all of MLB that they suck and are selling off assets (though not Arenado, I see). We, on the other hand, should be good for a few years coming. I try to remind myself of that little gem on bleak days.

  11. Mark Moore

    Iggy popped the Bernies. I just saw the last AB (odd given I’m about 90 minutes from Atlanta with only the US Region VPN on). Win today, and we’re back on top.

  12. MBS

    I can’t watch Dunn struggle at AA any longer. His BA is a measly .383, and it wouldn’t even be that good if he didn’t pick up 3 hits today. Send him down to A+ or maybe even low A.

  13. Old-school

    Cant draw it up better than that after 2 hitters

  14. JB

    We need to pile it on today. We didn’t yesterday and paid for it.

  15. Jim Walker

    Chaos crew off and running (literally). Keep it coming.

  16. Mark Moore

    So far, not running up Grove’s pitch count … yet 🙂

    • Ozzie

      True, a lot of first pitch swinging. Very aggressive early.

    • Jim Walker

      Like Tony Perez always said, “See de ball, hit de ball”.

  17. Ron

    Big series coming up with the Cubs. Will be interesting to see what the Reds do before the trade deadline.
    Two relievers I think would help:
    Carlos Hernandez (KC) 3.63 era, 0.98 whip
    Brent Sutter (Col) 2.85 era, 1.12 whip

    Good start in this game!

  18. Mark Moore

    How many innings of free rent did Grove give our boys to start the game?

    This should show Graham we’re backing him today.

    Nice job by Steer and MattyMc.

    OK, Joey. You have ONE JOB here.

    • Mark Moore

      And that was NOT what we needed from Employee #19. Not at all.

      I almost hesitate to bring it up again, but didn’t Joey make some sort of promise to all of us? Anyone recall? Anyone … Bueller …

      • Hanawi

        He isn’t retiring during a pennant run. No one should ever think that he would do that. It’s on Bell to play him more sparingly.

      • Mark Moore


        If HDTBell would play him much more sparingly, then that would at least take away some of the “pain” of watching this. I know he’s not going to retire in the middle of the season. I’m pointing out what he said and the contradiction of what we’re seeing.

  19. Old-school

    Votto needs to get this run home

  20. GPod

    What more do we need to see from Votto… 5 for fhis last 50 and the debacle last year….why is he still in the everyday lineup?

  21. LarkinPhillips

    What a poor AB by Votto. Tough to watch this struggle. If he faces the lefties in Chicago, Bell should get his extension canceled.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Same by CES. He has to stop trying to do so much and relax. It looks like he has the weight of the world on his shoulders to him.

  22. Beaufort Red

    Votto is 5 for his last 50. This is now ridiculous. There’s probably 5 minor leaguers that could hit better than that.

  23. Hanawi

    Bad AB by Votto followed by even worse one from CES

  24. Mark Moore

    Is somebody not actively (aggressively) coaching CES about that plate approach? I know hitting at this level isn’t easy by any stretch. But flailing away at 3rd strikes 2 feet off the plate will never work.

  25. old-school

    Great start but Votto and CES hamstrung by the slider/off-speed stuff swinging at garbage out of the zone thats not even close.

    Let’s go Ashcraft.

  26. Indy Red Man

    Good God….bitter taste in your mouth after Votto and CES there. Almost forgot the 3 spot

  27. LT

    This news just came in. Votto and ECS are half brothers. They can’t hit sliders to save their life. My gosh it’s bad their swings looked against sliders.

  28. LarkinPhillips

    Alright GA let’s put a zero on the board and let tysteve and Benson turn this order over.

    • Jim Walker

      Parting gift for all those guys named Jordan who are leaving the Birds today.

  29. Jim Walker

    That was not the CES I saw watching night the Bats night after night on MiLB TV. I refuse to believe this pitcher’s stuff is that much better. What happens when these guys get called up.

    • LT

      So you saw him hit sliders in AAA? If that’s true, that’s hard to explain.

      • Jim Walker

        They told him he had to quit chasing and cut his K rate to get to MLB and that’s what he did. 21.8% K rate vs 10.4% BB rate at AAA this year.

      • LT

        Those numbers look fine. Thanks Jim. Do you happen to have it broken down by pitch type? If I were Dave Roberts, I would tell my pitcher throw CES nothing but sliders until he shows he can fouls off, not hit

    • LarkinPhillips

      I agree Jim. I watched a lot of CES in AAA and he didn’t give ABs away like that. He is pressing and not playing like himself at all.

  30. Indy Red Man

    How bout Votto self retired, CES either shapes up or ships back out with Steer to 1B and give Marte a spin

    • Hanawi

      Again, Votto is not going to retire during a pennant chase. For multiple reasons. At best, they would put him on the IL with a mysterious injury, but mostly it’s on Bell to use him sparingly.

  31. VaRedsFan

    Graham with the extra days rest..hope he’s not to amped up.
    I believe he is a better pitcher when he’s not trying to throw it through the backstop

  32. TR

    A good 1st. inning, but the pitcher was on the rope and it ended swinging at bad pitches. Enough.

  33. old-school

    Ashcraft with the wicked slider. That looked like Jose Rijo.

  34. Mike Adams

    Hard to believe CES’ at bat was worse than Jo-Jo’s.
    Can’t let a good team loose when you got them on the ropes!

  35. JB

    Somebody has to let Ashcraft know Freeman’s going. He had time to step off and throw to 2nd

    • LarkinPhillips

      I think teams have a read on him to steal. Maybe the deep breathe and then delivery or something, but several teams in a row have got jumps like that on him.

    • Jim Walker

      The someone was probably too busy replaying his 1st inning PA

  36. Indy Red Man

    Ashcraft’s velocity seems down. Slider is dropping a ton though

  37. Old-school

    Easy 6-3 dbp by Elly. He looks so good out there.

  38. Mark Moore

    Need a couple of Bike Helmets to atone for that HBP. But for the love of all that is good an holy, don’t throw a cookie to Max Muncy!

    And as I was typing it … 😀

  39. Mike Adams

    Wheel and deal, Ashcraft! GIDP to save the inning

  40. VaRedsFan

    Big DP…that ball looked like it was destined for CF

  41. GPod

    Really impressed in how ashcraft has turned his season around….I remember thinking back on July 1st: How is this pitching going to get thru the month to get to August when some of the injured guys come back….and the last day of July is tomorrow…and the pitching has been doing just fine

  42. JB

    Let’s hope Benson feels like swinging today

    • Jim Walker

      He will. Stu’s back and WB only edged him by a nose for the last spot when Votto came back, not that the choice should have even been either of them.

      • Mark Moore

        Cowboy said something about a high, hanging breaking ball with a “Hit Me!” sign hung on it.

  43. Indy Red Man

    Yeah Elly needs to be dropped down alright. Bell is stubborn, but I don’t think he’s stupid

    • Tim

      EDLC the past couple of games is what Bell is hoping for moving forward. Sure sets a tone.

    • Hanawi

      Brewers hammered him down in the zone. Throwing elevated fastballs like that one is the way to get burned

  44. Hanawi

    If I was a Dodgers fan, I’d be pretty annoyed that Grove hasn’t thrown his slider more, especially to EDLC. As a Reds fan, I’m grateful.

  45. LT

    Score early and score often. Stay true to the mantra. You go, EDLC.

  46. Mark Moore

    Oh it’s good to have WLW audio over the TV feed again. I ended up watching the Dodger TV feed last night (good team). Especially good to have Cowboy back with Thrall. I like that team in the booth. I really do.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Same. It’s worth taking the time to sequence them up and avoid Sadak.

  47. Ozzie

    Throwing Elly a FB in the strike zone is a bad idea. He’ll chase above the zone on FBs and misses on low sliders. I’m guessing the pitcher wanted that pitch further up.

    • Hanawi

      Yep. Made the same point above. Can’t throw that pitch to EDLC

      • Mark Moore

        Well, to be fair, you CAN throw it. Grove did. You just have to be willing and prepared to pay that kind of price.

    • Mark Moore

      It was a complete cookie and EDLC just hammered it.

  48. old-school

    Elly is heating up again folks….maybe he is adjusting. McLain has done that. Steer has done that. Would be amazing if 3 rookies figure it out on the fly.

    • Indy Red Man

      Native Americans taught their kids how to swim by throwing them in a lake. That’s what leadoff is for Elly. You’re going to see more not less to figure it out

  49. Indy Red Man

    Philly had 2nd/3rd nobody out top of 10 with Trea Turner at the plate. I thought it was over and went to the Reds. Pitt just got 2 run walk off hr

  50. old-school

    Sadak and Welsh talking Roberts screwed up line up card and JD Martinez out.

    • Old-school


      Hamstring tightness.

      So no Betts and no Martinez. Thats ok.

    • VaRedsFan

      Dodger feed say removed for hamstring tightness.

      • Mark Moore

        So no Martinez and likely no Mookie. Kind of playing really short-handed today.

    • Mark Moore

      I believe Thrall/Cowboy said something similar. Or maybe it was when the Roku TV flaked out and I had to reload the app and game and then switch back to the WLW audio overlay.

  51. Indy Red Man

    Bell is Casey Stengel compared to Roberts

  52. JB

    I’m a Steer fan but McLain is going to be a stud. Best hitter on the team.

  53. VaRedsFan

    Love to see MMC pull the ball to compliment his oppo power.

  54. old-school

    Matt McLain new nickname.


    Matt Machine Mclain.

    • Mark Moore

      I like that. I like it quite a lot.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Hate to give the guy anything with 3M on it.

  55. Mark Moore

    Oddly enough, Grove’s pitch count isn’t terribly high right now. Kind of like we’re jumping on early pitches or something … 😛

    • Indy Red Man

      They’re not messing around. Hicks went to the Jays

    • Mark Moore

      So St. Louis is basically going to call up most of their AAA team then … 😮

      • old-school

        I feel so bad for Wainwright to go out like this…….

  56. Brian Rutherford

    Great start for the good guys. The bats are singing and Ashcraft is dealing. All is right in Redsland. Of course they can do better, keep it going!

    As I type that, Matt Mclain goes yard. Hershiser said it was the wind. LOL.

    Go Redlegs

  57. Indy Red Man

    Fraley is one dude that loves the shift ban. 1b on the line. 2b way over and SS in normal 2b and he’d never sneak one thru on the ground

  58. Bet on Red

    But but but…. I guess shirts are optional today

  59. Hanawi

    Boom. Joey doing his Muncy impersonation.

  60. JB

    Right down the middle and Votto didn’t miss it. If Joey can do what Muncy does and hit homers and draw walks , I’ll take it.

    • LT

      Agree with you. Maybe too much to ask but I would ask Votto drop all of his antics and adjustment talk, just accept that he’s here to walk and hit a bomb here and there when pitchers make a mistake like that.

  61. Bet on Red

    I will say this is a very good start

  62. Mark Moore

    Well, well, well … this would be the way to close up the year with the LA Trolley Dodgers. Maybe CES will imitate Votto again.

    DD#1 says JV now needs a juice box and a cortisone patch … 😮 😀 😉

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. CES still chasing balls well out of the zone.

      • Melvin

        He’ll struggle but he’ll figure it out. He’s a good hitter. Just pressing.

      • Mark Moore

        Agreed, Melvin. And a 7-0 lead at the moment makes that easier to take today.

  63. JB

    Where are the Cards trading Goldy and at least two of their outfielders. I love it.

  64. LarkinPhillips

    CES looks very pull happy. Not how hit in AAA

    • Old-school

      Benson went 1-21 with 14 K
      Elly went 5-44 or something with 35% K

      It’s part of the graduation to MLB.

      Good news is McLain and Steer have navigated thru it and now Elly shows signs of a rebound. Other teams have data and a strategy.

      • LarkinPhillips

        No disagreement from me OS. I’m a fan of CES.

    • Mike Adams

      Must be his day to take one for the team.
      So, the Reds should make it hurt

  65. LarkinPhillips

    Pour it on boys. Don’t relax. Need another 0 here GA.

  66. Beaufort Red

    I think CES will be an outstanding hitter. But AAA breaking balls and major league breaking balls are two different animals. Right now I’d rather see Senzel, Fairchild or even Newman at bat. At least they put the bat on the ball.

    • J

      Fun fact: yesterday CES was one of two Reds who reached base twice.

    • VaRedsFan

      Nahh…he needs a chance to play through it and learn from it. Playing every 3 days won’t help him with that.

      • Beaufort Red

        Yeah let’s have 2 black holes in the middle of the lineup. It’s not like we’re in a pennant race or anything.

    • Jim Walker

      There was nothing left for CES to learn or accomplish at AAA except for putting in time. His OPS at AAA was at 1.000+ vs pitching from both sides when he was called up and had been at that level for weeks ahead of his callup.

      The only place he is going to see the consistent step up in pitch quality he needs to see is at MLB getting batting reps like EDLC is.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I wonder if he would be better playing the field rather than DHing where he can stew on and ABs. That’s hard for a youngster.

  67. Melvin

    This has all the signs for being a good day for a Reds fan. Breweres and Cubs both losing. That’s just TERRIBLE. sniff sniff

    • Mark Moore

      I’m weeping as I sit here. Harder now as Freeman (who I like and respect) flies out for a 1-2-3 inning for GA.

      It’s an Everybody Hits; Everybody Scores!! kind of day brewing.

      • Melvin

        It’s a FIRST PLACE day….hopefully. 🙂

      • Mike Adams

        No tears from me, M & MM.
        Pour it on Reds

  68. GPod

    one thing about Votto this year….coming into that last AB, he was batting .333 with 5 hr’s with runners in scoring position….that will do….now he needs to work on the other at bats

    • Hanawi

      I also think people have an impression that there are a bunch of hitters out there mashing the ball. Votto’s slugging would be 7th best among qualified 1B in MLB and his OPS would be top 15. He shouldn’t be playing 6-7 times a week but he still has value.

    • Mike Adams

      Today Jo-Jo is 1 for 2 with risp, batting a cool 0.500.
      Pour it on Votto. Pour it on Reds.

  69. Mark Moore

    Roberts is in a pennant race of his own. I have to wonder at what point today he rolls over and concedes they won’t win this one (or the series or the season series). NLW is still a hard row to hoe and he’ll need all hands on deck over the next two months.

  70. old-school

    Looks like the Dodgers folding the tent. Will Smith subbed out.

    No Mookie, no Martinez and now no starting catcher.

  71. Ozzie

    Hopefully this remains a comfortable win and key BP guys aren’t used. Will set us up well for Chicago, which has now become a big series.

  72. LT

    Williamson’s cutter for him through 5 and 2/3. One would argue that Ashcraft cutter is better and therefore he would be able to get through 6. The 7-run lead helps, of course.

  73. LT

    Just want to get some discussion around a very u see the radar pick up by the Brewers. They need more offense and picked up Santana, a veteran bat. I thought it’s a very smart pick up. What everyone thinks? Reds should be doing something similar.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I thought it was a very good move for them. Their lineup looked much longer with him in it today when I watched them play the braves. Reds need to make a couple under the radar adds of relievers to counter.

      • Indy Red Man

        I saw they moved Adames down from 3 to 5 like we did with India

    • Indy Red Man

      We need a high leverage reliever that’s better then Sims. That’s a need & not a desire

  74. Hanawi

    Grove has a nasty slider that no one has been able to hit, but he doesn’t throw it enough.

    • Jim Walker

      And on CES’s 2nd plate appearance, Grove showed him the slider away which he took for a ball then Grove came right back with a flat fastball right at the lower outside corner of the zone the slider was breaking just ahead of to lock CES up for called strike 2.

      I think CES then chased the high heater on the next pitch just because he thought he had a chance which he wouldn’t on the slider if it came next.

  75. VaRedsFan

    I hope the Reds aren’t putting a stop sign on for Elly stealing while up 7-0.
    Wayy to early in the game IMO.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Agree. This game is far from over.

    • J

      Really no excuse for Elly to be standing at first after three outs. Gotta keep playing. Can’t assume everyone is getting an extra base hit.

      • Mike Adams

        Correckamungo, J.
        Gotta pour it on until late innings, say, ninth with two outs and a 12 run lead

  76. Mike Adams

    Come on Ashcraft, deal up another DP

    • Mike Adams

      Fly ball to left also acceptable

      • J

        I think we can all live with the outcome.

  77. Indy Red Man

    Both the Reds & Brewers went 1-5 vs Atlanta. Cubs haven’t played them yet so there’s that

  78. Mark Moore

    If my math is correct, Roberts has now burned 11 of his 13 position players. Betts probably isn’t an option again today, so he’s got one player left to get him through 5 more innings. I’m thinking that looks an awful lot like a white flag for today.

    But I still want our guys to pour it on and keep scoring.

    • J

      If he’s still got major league players on the field, they’re still capable of scoring runs.

      • Mark Moore

        Oh, I get it, J. But the wind does seem to be fading from their sails at this point. A quick inning for the 5th would really help GA. Kind of like that one.

  79. Mark Moore

    Outman got an out, man!!

    Quite the timed leap.

  80. Brian Rutherford

    Orel Hershiser is the worst color guy ever. Just so annoying

    • Mark Moore

      I somehow had the feed on last night. I didn’t mind him at all. Nothing overly exciting, for sure.

      • Brian Rutherford

        I’m shocked that we don’t agree on it.

    • VaRedsFan

      I disagree. I think their booth does a fantastic job.
      I’ve heard stories about Reds players I’ve never heard before.

      • Melvin

        “I’ve heard stories about Reds players I’ve never heard before.”

        How is that possible with Sadak around? 🙂

      • Matt McWax

        That’s one thing I always noticed about Vin Scully, good to see the tradition continued.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He showed a good improvement this year in laying off them. He is pressing very hard and trying to pull everything. Probably afraid he is going to be sent back down and told today isn’t his day like after her crushed spring training this year.

  81. GPod

    I can see Strand being sent down to figure out some things out…like how to stop swinging at the same (non-strike) pitch over and over

    • J

      Maybe someone should ask him to take a pitch or two in the majors before sending him down. Just a thought.

      • GPod

        My guess is he’s just afraid to strike out looking…’s not a crime

      • J

        He’s trying to poke the ball to right. Which is good in theory, but someone needs to ask him to take one of those pitches at some point.

      • Brian Rutherford

        I guess it just that easy. Coach says don’t swing at a pitch and hitter does what he is told. That’s why all hitters are MVP candidates. Hitting coaches tell them to swing at strikes and that’s what they do.

        Simple game.

      • Melvin

        GPod – He’s been quoted as saying he likes to protect the plate on a close third strike and not leave it up to the umpire. Smart. Just has to settle down.

      • J

        Yes, giving a guy a “take” sign every now and then is actually quite easy. If you think he’s chasing too many pitches out of the zone, that’s a way you might help him out. Take the pressure off him for one pitch. If it’s a ball, he gets a better count. Maybe it’s a walk. If it’s a strike, you say “okay, that was my fault.”

      • Brian Rutherford

        I’m sure you’re right. It’s too bad he hasn’t tried coaching other guys like that too. Benson could have used that kind of coaching. Oh, wait….

  82. Mark Moore

    At what age do y’all think CES developed permanent 5 o’clock shadow? My money is on around age 5 or 6 … 😛

  83. old-school

    CES is a perfect example of how AAA pitching is just horrific with the 6 day one team week. you see the same guys- who are in AAA for a reason after Memorial Day…… over and over and over. That doesnt translate to MLB. CES cant hit MLb righties with sliders. He is not seeing it or understanding what they are trying to do. Until he stops swinging at sliders that are balls by 6 inches…he will never see a FB. But, as Jim said, there’s nothing left for him to do in AAA.

    • J

      Bell needs to ignore his instincts and actually ask CES to change his approach instead of just hoping he figures it out.

    • Melvin

      There have been LOTS of times EDLC hasn’t looked good too. It’s just part of the process. McLain is the only one out of the rookies who really hasn’t gone into a slump. He has looked bad at times but he figures it out quicker than most. That’s why he’s the best hitter we’ve got.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I said that about mclain last night. He had 3 bad ABs then fourth Ab made an adjustment and got a hit to RF. He understands it so much more than most.

      • LT

        Agree. It’s about learning new things quickly. I think the mechanics of a player’s swing determines his ability to adjust. Players with A compact, simple swing will be able to adjust quicker.

    • Jim Walker

      Today has to be tough for CE mentally; but, it could also be a learning day because the Reds are continuing to turn over the lineup with a big lead which means CES can stay in the game and get multiple looks.

      Hopefully they have video on the bench and someone to work with him.

  84. LarkinPhillips

    Just as Jim is a Stu guy, I’m declaring myself a CES guy. I’ve watched him too much in AAA this year to believe what we are seeing right now is anything more than a young guy pressing. He can hit, he will show it.

    • Indy Red Man

      Big strong kid and his swing isn’t that long. He’ll be fine

      • Jim Walker

        CES is not as lanky as Tony Perez was at a young age but there is something in his movements that remind me of Tony,

      • TR

        Perhaps that determination to drive in the runner in scoring position.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m with you.
      He will figure it out with playing time.

    • Ted Alfred

      Agree 100%. Definitely pressing.

  85. Indy Red Man

    Should change his name to Groove

    • Brian Rutherford

      Ouch. He resembles that remark.

  86. LarkinPhillips

    Love the add on. Another 2 and I might start to feel comfortable with a lead.

  87. Rick

    Reds Offical Siite saying the team has interest in Eduardo Rodriguez but his contact is complicated.
    You very rarely see a simplified contract by athletes.

  88. Moon

    Hope to get one more inning out of Ashcraft. 2 would be gravy but a great performance so far through 5. I would like to see him hit the showers with a strong showing. Not getting chased after allowing a few runs in the 6th or 7th.

  89. old-school

    Reds hammering the Dodgers. Ashcraft solid start.

    But to the handedness deniers who focus only on the lefties who cant lefties….Start-focusing on the righties who cant righties. BTW. Righties pitch 75 % ish of the time. You need lefties who hammer righties. today is exhibit A.

    So far today.

    Reds lefty hitters:
    9-17 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs….They’ve scored 6 of the 8 runs. They’ve driven in 6 of the 8 runs.

    Reds righty hitters:

    1-11 with 1 HR and 2RBI and 6 K’s.

    Dont be trading Elly or Friedl or Fraley or Benson. Votto can hit for power against righties as a DH….his only remaining skill set

    You need 4-5 good righties every day and 4-5 good lefties every day depending upon the opposing pitcher.

    • Old-school

      Fraley makes it 10-18 for the lefties.

    • GPod

      Votto is a left-handed version of Dave Kingman ….for all you old timers

      • VaRedsFan

        We’d be lucky if he were:
        Kingmans last 3 years

        .268 – 35 HRs
        .238 – 30 HRs
        .210 – 35 HRs

    • VaRedsFan

      wholeheartedly agree when it comes to platoons….especially with Jake

  90. Mark Moore

    Looks more like a white flag now. Freeman out. Nobody on the bench who isn’t hobbled. It’s the kind of game where you hope nothing happens to Barnes, for his own sake.

  91. Mark Moore

    OK, Joey. It’s been a good day today. Keep it going.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. Revert to what we’ve seen.

      Time for CES to find some green space.

    • Old-school

      1-4 with a homer and 2k’s against a righty is a great day for joey who turns 40 next month. Interesting to see if JV plays against lefties but CES isnt taking his job either. I see an OF of Friedl , Senzel and Fairchild with Newman at 3b, Steer at 1b and Votto at DH. and as I type this, Newman goes to 3b and Steer to 2b.

      • Melvin

        He did hit two over the wall today. One was robbed.

      • Mark Moore

        Wonder if HDTBell is experimenting. Been a while since Steer has been at 2B. If he can at least match India there in his absence, that gives us a very nice infield with EDLCS back at 3B.

  92. Mark Moore

    Can he lay down the Law in LA? Asking for a friend …

    • J

      He really ought to be traded to the Dodgers. The nickname LA Law would be amazing.

  93. Indy Red Man

    Stroman tomorrow. Lit up in July to the tune of a 7.99 era. Cubs haven’t seen Abbott. Advantage Reds

    • Mark Moore

      Oooooooh … that could be fun for us.

    • Brian Rutherford

      Cubs hottest hitter is a lefty as well. Let’s hope the wind is blowing in. Can’t wait to see Elly hitting there for the first time.

  94. J

    Apologies if I’m repeating something that’s already been said, but as of this moment the Reds have scored MORE runs than their opponents in 2023.

    • Mark Moore

      Thanks for the reminder, J. That little stat gets lost in the shuffle. It’s taken a LOOOOONG time this season, but we got there. Now to keep that advantage and keep winning.

  95. LarkinPhillips

    Very good start by GA today. Heading into Chicago in first place after taking 2 of 3 from LA is a great place to be!

    • GPod

      and we don’t play the Brewers again this year (except maybe in playoffs)

  96. LT

    How about starting to discuss Cubs series? 4-game series deserves a head start does it not? Abbot starting off is just what the Doc orders right?

    • Harry Stoner

      You’ll have to check in with “Doc” here, but I think he’d agree.

      No more Stoudt holding onto a bid lead, right?

      Every win needs to be nailed tight from here on out.

      • LT

        Yep. Cubs came crashing down today and we need to come in and give them 4 hard kicks on their rear end so that they give up any hope of making the playoffs 🙂

    • Brian Rutherford

      What are the pitching match ups? The way our starting staff is pitching, I like our chances.

      • LT

        Agree. I like our chances against any team not named Brewers. Atlanta will beat us in a series but on a game to game basis, I like our chances.

  97. VaRedsFan

    Get right day for Elly….4 knocks

  98. Brian Rutherford

    I hope Stephenson gets himself straightened out. He just looks lost. Can a broken collarbone have that big of an effect on a guys career? I hope not.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’m still feeling mine from 1985.

      TS probably got better care and PT than I did, though.

      • Brian Rutherford

        Sorry to hear about your injury Harry. I don’t even know if it’s the injury at this point. He seems to be guessing every time at bat. Not at all like what we have seen before.

  99. Jim Walker

    Umps have seen enough. They just want to get this one in the books and be on their way to LAX.

    Dodgers don’t seem to mind.

    Reds, just don’t open the door enough to get either back into this game.

  100. Jim Walker

    Yes! Benson got that one right moving laterally and back.
    Outstanding play

  101. Harry Stoner

    Just got my AC back up and running in TX so I’m in a good mood.

    Somebody’s got to do it:

    They fought The Law and The Law won.

    • Melvin

      I know the feeling. AC is wonderful again today. Especially in the hot summer while the power is out. 🙂

      • Harry Stoner

        Installed a float kill switch for the unit in the condensate overflow pan.

        Forgot about it.

        “Baby, it’s getting kind of warm in here…”

        Went up in the attic and had to sponge out the water and free up the main drain line.

        Reset the system and cool air again.

      • Melvin

        Happy for you. 🙂 It’s a BIG deal.

      • Harry Stoner

        That’s what I know.

        We’ve got an old southern house, big overhangs, high ceilings, ceiling fans, metal roof to reflect the sun, big pecans for shade.

        But it’s 101 out there.

        Which is actually on the cool side of lately.

  102. Harry Stoner

    Stat cast said 47 mph curve to SF.

    Is that possible?

    EDLC ran faster than that on his 3B the other day.

    Fairchild went to RF with it.

    Not a bad out.

    Not enough for Newman to advance…

  103. Melvin

    Votto with two hits over the wall and a double. Not dead yet.

    • Old-school

      No..his double against a position player throwing 43 mph doesnt count in a 8-0 game.

      • Melvin

        Sure it does. He didn’t make an out and others did. 🙂

      • old-school

        I think Joey can maybe hit 6 th as a DH agaisnt righties only and hit homers and help this team win. Other than that….i dont think he has any skill sets left.

      • Melvin

        Maybe. I wouldn’t be surprised him coming back from the dead though…again

      • Harry Stoner

        When you’re playing the Dodgers, every run counts.

        They could run Dann Bilardello out there to pitch and the runs would count.

    • Beaufort Red

      Seriously! That’s funny. One home run and a double off a position player. Desperation by some. Good, he’s now like 7 for 55. But remember, he’s a historically slow starter.

      • Melvin

        haha You’re forgetting about the other one he hit over the wall too.

      • Beaufort Red

        Was it a home run? It’s sad when you look at positives from an out. But I guess 7 for 55 will make some grasp at anything

      • Harry Stoner

        JV is struggling for sure but 9 hrs and 25 rbis in ~100+ ABs is some production.

        Let’s see how he fares at Wrigley.

      • Melvin

        Well Votto has shown me to never give up on him until he’s done (I don’t like crow)….and it would have been a HR if not for a spectacular play. At least that’s the way the guys on radio described it. 🙂 One hot streak by Votto and people will be talking about extending him again. lol

      • Melvin

        Extension as in picking up his option for another year one way or another renegotiating or whatever. As always with Votto. We’ll see. 🙂 As Harry pointed out 9 HR and 25 RBI in 100 AB ain’t too bad. Of course projected in 400 AB it would be 36 HR and 100 RBI.

  104. old-school

    I think we can call this one. Dodgers bring in position player throwing 43 mph. No. Votto double doesnt count and Steer and Fairchild outs dont either. Whatever CES does, doesnt count either. Oh HBP

    Reds win the season series and the beat the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. i will take it.

  105. VaRedsFan

    Is this the first time we’ve faced a position player this year?
    We’re in so many close games, it might make sense.

  106. Mark Moore

    A little surprised we scored in that inning. Newman did his job well and Joey showed the kind of patience we would expect and then still went the other way with it.

    And with those two Bike Helmets we’re nearing the end of this 2-hour 15-minute contest.

  107. Mark Moore

    And we’re out of LA with a series win and a season win over the Trolley Dodgers. Feels pretty darned good to me.

    Bring on the Stupid Cubs!!

  108. Bet on Red

    absolute rout…. we are back in first place.

  109. J

    Reds have now outscored their opponents by 3 runs in 2023.

  110. Indy Red Man

    Day off helped and we played well. Missed their best pitchers and Mookie missed 2 games, but we still won the series and almost swept. Keep grinding boys

  111. west larry

    Great game overall. I thought CES and Stevenson looked off their tonight, but they had plenty of other guys stepping up, The Brewers and Cubs, as well as Philadelphia all lost today. Go reds!

    • Melvin

      That’s one nice thing about having a strong lineup like this top to bottom. Guys can have bad days and the team can still have a good win.

  112. TR

    A big series win on the left coast. Ashcraft is back. On to Wrigley where 3 of 4 or more would look awfully good in the race for the NLC.

  113. Stoney

    Nice outing again by Ashcraft. Definitely back on track! Great series win. No walks today. EDLC 4 hits. Back in first place. Good day. Now let’s bring it against the Cubs!

  114. LT

    Folks, 2-1 series but it feels like we completely dominated LA (which by the way means Lose Again). Feel free to disagree with me :). On to chic-cago

    • Harry Stoner

      3 good starts: Williamson, Weaver and Ashcraft.

      Good pitching continues.

      I wonder if it has the Bull rethinking trade options?