The Cincinnati Reds took two of three on the west coast from the Los Angeles Dodgers and climbed back into first place in the division. Tonight they’ll face off against the surging Chicago Cubs (10-2 over their last 12 games) at Wrigley Field under the lights. First pitch is set for 8:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Chicago Cubs

Elly De La Cruz – 3B Nico Hoerner – 2B
TJ Friedl – CF Seiya Suzuki – RF
Matt McLain – SS Ian Happ – LF
Jake Fraley – RF Cody Bellinger – CF
Spencer Steer – 2B Dansby Swanson – SS
Joey Votto – 1B Yan Gomes – C
Christian Encarnacion-Strand – DH Christopher Morel – DH
Will Benson – LF Trey Mancini – 1B
Luke Maile – C Nick Madrigal – 3B
Andrew Abbott – LHP Marcus Stroman – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Andrew Abbott 61.2 1.90 0.96 19 66
Marcus Stroman 125.2 3.51 1.20 48 109
Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Marcus Stroman’s Stats

Andrew Abbott

What would you think if someone told you that Andrew Abbott was the most valuable pitcher in the National League this year even though he’s only made 10 starts? Well, Baseball-Reference has him tied with Blake Snell at the top of the league among pitchers with 3.3 WAR. The lefty is coming off of back-to-back shutout performances against the Giants and Brewers, covering 14.0 innings where he struck out 15 batters.

The splits for Andrew Abbott are quite big. Lefties have not done much of anything this season against him. They don’t get many opportunities to face him, but the guys who do have manged to hit .174 with one walk and one extra-base hit. Right-handed hitters have performed much better than that, but they still haven’t found much of any success. They are hitting .187 against him and have a .620 OPS.


RHH 190 32 6 1 7 18 49 .187 .263 .357
LHH 47 8 0 0 1 1 17 .174 .192 .239

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.7 80.7 82.8 86.5
Usage 50% 17% 18% 15%

Marcus Stroman

After being named to the All-Star team, Marcus Stroman has struggled in the month of July. He’s made five starts in the month and his ERA is 7.99 as his hit’s allowed and walk rate have shot up. In his last start he allowed seven runs to the White Sox in 3.1 innings. It was his second straight start where he couldn’t get out of the 4th inning.

This season has Stroman showing reverse splits, but over the last three years he’s been a bit more even against both lefties and righties. This year managers have put in lefties as often as they could against him, but they are hitting just .182 with no power to speak of. They have drawn plenty of walks and have a good contact rate – it’s just led to no production. Right-handed hitters don’t walk nearly as often, and they made less contact, but they also have found a lot more hits and have hit for more – but still not much – power.

RHH 236 58 12 0 5 15 54 .264 .309 .386
LHH 284 45 9 0 3 33 55 .182 .285 .254

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 92.2 91.7 90.0 85.3 86.7
Usage 8% 46% 10% 28% 7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 8:10pm ET
  • Where: Wrigley Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 77°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

The Cubs and Brewers make trades

Chicago has acquired Jeimer Candelario from Washington in exchange for two prospects. Milwuakee landed Mark Canha for a minor league pitcher.


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Reds 58 49 0.0 36.5%
Brewers 57 49 0.5 70.1%
Cubs 53 52 4.0 26.6%
Pirates 47 58 10.0 0.3%
Cardinals 47 60 11.0 1.3%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

218 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Reds twiddling their thumbs. Lorenzen?

    • Doc

      I sure hope they are. Pitching is not their problem at this point in the season, which is the only point that counts right now.

      • Indy Red Man

        It’s July 31 and all our relievers lead in appearances. I’m also not counting on Lodolo or Antone. Not counting on Lively either for that matter. Lorenzen could help

  2. Protime

    The clock is ticking against the Reds as the trading deadline expires. All we have to show is a 3-year extension to a subpar marginal manager. How about Lorenzen? The relief opportunity was missed by not getting Chapman.

    • Doc

      And a $53,000,000 multi year contract to a stud former first rounder, lest we forget.

    • Kywhi

      Having come to age with the Big Red Machine, I am more than confident you David Bell haters would have been calling for Sparky Anderson’s firing in 1975 and 1976. Thank goodness social media didn’t exist then.

  3. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds need to play well the next few weeks, look at The Brewers next 13 games, 3 at Washington, 4 vs the Pirates, 3 vs Rocks and 3 at White Sox. Stay close because they then play 17 against pretty good teams.

    • SR

      I would also take a look at the last half of August for the Cubs. The Reds probably have one of the tougher august schedules in Baseball this year.

    • Indy Red Man

      Supposedly Milw has the 3rd easiest remaining schedule & the Reds have the 10th easiest. What’s that mean? Not much, the Nats just swept SF last week

      • Will the Red

        and the Phillies lost 2-of-3 to the Pirates. It’s why they play the games.

  4. SR

    At this point, do we trade two or three prospects for a starter who gives us three starts before Greene is back? Who may or may not be a rental? A lefty reliever would be a good pick up. I suspect our wealth of prospects has other teams asking us to overpay and Thrall is saying no.

  5. Lid

    Seems like Abbott is logging innings like no tomorrow .. so could they shut him down as a starter to become the elite lefty reliever in the playoffs .. Julio Urias was shutdown reliever for Dodgers in their WS run a few years ago. How does it affect his development (career), if at all?

    • Chris

      NO! Krall also says no. The kid will dominate all through the post season too.

      • Doc

        As have others said, yet there have still been at least two innings limits for Abbott on these sites, and responses have echoed yours. I, too, have read Krall saying no innings limit for Abbott. A lot of writing occurs on this site, but not nearly so much reading!

  6. Dennis Westrick

    I was concerned about the Reds before the series with Milwaukee and again with the Dodgers! After a 3-3 record thru the first 6 games. I am now very nervous about this 4 game set with the Stupid Cubs! Should the Reds split the 4 game series they will likely fall out of first place in the NL Central as the Brewers are on the road against the awful Washington Gnats!

    Patience and plate discipline will be necessary tonight, especially with the younger hitters who have not faced Stroman!

    Go Reds! Score early and score often!

    • Doc

      Why do you get very nervous? You can’t affect the outcome, your livelihood does not depend on the outcome, the four game set will have small effect but is 10% or fewer of the remaining games. And how do you know the Cubs are stupid since you use that label frequently.

  7. Dennis Westrick

    One more thing! As much as I detest WALKS, I’m OK with walking Happ & Bellinger as long as the bases are not loaded!

  8. Indy Red Man

    Brooks Raley, Kyle Finnegan, or Daniel Bard please!

    • TJ

      Indy, I’m with you. Raley would be a nice boost and not cost too much in prospects. No to Lorenzen

      • Indy Red Man

        I think many of you are selling Lorenzen short. Starter, long man, high leverage possibilities, or pinch runner. We just had somebody slow on the other night in LA with no pinch runner. Game we lost I think

  9. Brad

    We made our “trades” in McClain, Elly, Abott and CES.

    Don’t short circuit anything

  10. old-school

    FWIW, lance McCalister had his Chicago media friend on for an interview and the word is when other teams call Krall…HE says you cant have this guy this guy this guy or that guy. Still interested? and they Hang up. I see a last minute FA rental pitcher. I think Marte/Arroyo/Collier/Petty/and Phillips are untouchable unless the other team is offering a young controlled elite pitcher…..which no one does anymore.

    More from lance…Phillies and Guardians lead MLB in attendance increase from 2022 up 40%. reds are third up 38%. Last week was the most attended week in MLB since 2012. Last time the Reds played the cubs this late in the season with both winning records??? 1994.

    Go Reds.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Ditto from a guy who detests walks! Happ just feasts on Reds pitching!

    • greenmtred

      For Joe Boyle, apparently. Oh ye of little faith.

  11. Ted Alfred

    Refs just traded for left-handed reliever Sam Moll from the A’s for minor league pitcher Joe Boyle. Exactly the kind of deal I was hoping for, get another Lefty in the bullpen but don’t give up a lot to get him which is what they did…well done

    • RedBB

      Great trade, Joe Boyle’s O/U IMO is below Moll especially considered how long Moll is controlled and a Lefty to boot. Boyle has shown ZERO progress in his ability to find the plate in his 3 years with the Reds and in fact regressed to some extent. He is not a MLB starter IMO and destined for the pen.

    • Colorado Red

      I like the trade.
      4+ years of control, and cheap.
      Nice mid-level RP.

      • Matt McWax

        Yep, good trade. Good FIP, low HR rate, high BABIP, so the ERA should improve. He has just a little less usage than Alex Young on the season so far.

  12. Votto4life

    They move Hunter Greene to the 60 day IL?

    • Colorado Red

      Saves a 40 Man spot, for the next weeks.
      Already been out 60+ days.
      Not a big deal (I hope)

      • Votto4life

        Oh good was hoping it didn’t mean anything.

    • old-school

      He wasnt coming back from the timeline of 60 days. August 20 return is past 60 days. Moll is controlled and lefty and a bullpen guy.

  13. MEGGO

    That first inning looked like we are playing the brewers

  14. J

    Top of the order just watched two called third strikes and grounded out weakly on a 2-0 pitch. Those are exactly the opposites of what you’re supposed to do in those counts. They are young, but old enough to know better.

  15. Melvin

    Got out of that one without any runs. 🙂

  16. old-school

    Looks like a Loogie. Opponents BA .197 against lefties per Sadak.

  17. VaRedsFan

    So refreshing to see them base hitting them to death!!

  18. Brian Rutherford

    I think enough time has passed where I can say this team might be good. I don’t want to go out on a linb but I think they are good

  19. LT

    2 out RBIs are golden. Look like Stroman sinker is very hittable. Score early and score often, let’s go.

  20. JB

    Right on cue with Brantley saying Abbott hasn’t allowed a run in 17 innings. I just wish they would shut up.

  21. old-school

    47 pitches thru 2+ from stroman.

    • wkuchad

      4 game series, and I believe Cubs only have 1 lefty reliever. Would love to start using up their bullpen in game one.

  22. Melvin

    I like scoring on these solid base hits. 🙂

  23. Melvin

    We’re playing “our game” tonight. Good job so far.

  24. old-school

    Jake Fraley nice RBI hit and stolen base.

    Fraley leads the team in HR and RBI and steals. Thats pretty good.

    • Melvin

      I just wish he could hit left handed pitching even a little. He’d be an awesome right fielder. I do wish he’d get more chances.

      • Old-school

        I think he cant hit lefties. Use his strengths and acknowledge his weakness. thats being part of a team. Some other righty teammate pick him up. hes really good in his current role

      • Melvin

        I’m still not convinced he can’t. I’ve seen him hit some hard balls against lefties. Sometimes numbers are deceiving.

  25. Mark Moore

    Settled in to the hotel for tonight (only a 1-night stay in transit). Had the game on from the start, but just getting things set up to where I can comment.

    Love that we’re pressing Stroman and hope we keep it up. Even old Employee #19 got in on the action.

    Let’s keep Kicking this Stupid Pig!!!

    • Mark Moore

      Father Time does it again … 😀

  26. old-school

    Votto settling back in as a 6 hole hitter against righties. great to see. fun.

    Stroman pushing 65 pitches thru 2.1

  27. earmbrister

    Joe Eh!!! Stroman struggling to get out of innings. Good start to the series!

  28. VaRedsFan

    Base hits and stolen bases.
    Love this version.

  29. Matt McWax

    It’s nice to not face Stroman at the top of his game. Back in mid May to mid June, he was filthy, I remember him 1-hitting the Rays when they were dominating. Fatigue is maybe setting in, he’s averaged 4.5 IP per start in the last 6 starts coming into tonight.

  30. Hanawi

    Maybe it’s just the Brewers pitching.

  31. JB

    Would love to see a sweep and knock the Cubs back to 8 games out.

  32. RedsGettingBetter

    Walking the 9th batter with a lead of 6-1 is not ideal

    • JB

      No. Have to be smart and know what the score is .

  33. Mark Moore

    Abbott looking to match Stroman’s pitch count?

    Need to reign this crap in and not let the Stupid Cubs succeed.

  34. J

    Abbott needs to go have a quick chat with his dad.

  35. JB

    Get the bullpen up! Before the lead is totally gone.

  36. old-school

    This is starting to look like a game thats bigger than 1/162.
    Buckle up.
    Cubs can hit
    Abbott may be hitting a wall

    • JB

      I think Brantley is right. The 113 pitches last game might be wearing on him.

      • J

        To me it just looks like he’s afraid to throw a pitch over the plate, and he’s waiting he’s behind in the count to try it. This is the opposite of what his dad preaches.

    • VaRedsFan

      Not really a wall.
      He did throw 113 pitches last game.
      This is the reason we need to see more than 100 pitches per outing…so they can be trained up to go longer.

  37. Votto4life

    Abbott seems to not be following through on his pitches. In better news the Nationals are up 5-3 over the Brewers.

  38. Indy Red Man

    Cubs can hit and AA doesn’t have much of a slider tonight. Go with Cruz or Gibaut or someone that might get 5-6 outs if AA gives us much more.

  39. JB

    On the positive side, Nats just took the lead on the Brewers 5-3

  40. Old-school

    reds knocked out stroman. May need 9 runs. Gotta win this game. Hitters gotta keep adding on. this is one of the bigger games of the year. Send a message to the Cubs Reds are in first place.all hands on deck

  41. Indy Red Man

    Big test for AA. Can he rally and atleast get us thru 5 with the lead?

    • Indy Red Man

      Or 3.1? Nico is 2-2 so it’s probably smart

  42. J

    Fraley got a good pitch to hit, but that’s why I’m not a fan of swinging at the first pitch when two guys in front of you have walked. A major league fastball is hard to hit even if it’s over the plate.

  43. Jason Franklin

    Why not let Abbott stay in the game? Maybe he gets through this and lasts a couple more innings? Save your bullpen for the 4 game series?

    • wkuchad

      He’s struggling a little tonight, and more importantly we need him to finish the season.

      • Jason Franklin

        Yes I agree he was struggling but he needs to learn how to handle it.

  44. Votto4life

    I don’t feel good about this now being a bullpen game.

  45. Mark Moore

    OK, friends. Time to take the phone and the game to bed with me. I’m beat. Easier day tomorrow, which will help.

    Here’s to the Bike Helmets we just added to the mix. Got to love that as the result to hold down any more damage.

    Night, all.

  46. Indy Red Man

    Finnegan gets Milw 1-2-3 in the 9th. 98 mph and K’d Yelich to end it

  47. LT

    In the words of Jack Nicholson “I love Washington”.
    Winning this game will be huge. Let’s go Reds

  48. old-school

    CES with the opp double. Drive him in !

  49. VaRedsFan

    Cubs have a long man.
    Reds – eight 1 inning guys.
    See if we can hold .

    • Dennis Westrick

      It’s a Bell dream game! He gets to use at least 5 relief pitchers!

  50. Dennis Westrick

    Once this series with the Cubs is over, the Reds will have only 24 road games left while having 27 home games!

  51. Indy Red Man

    Suzuki isn’t nearly as bad as Shogo, but he makes $17 mil a year I think?

  52. J

    Farmer being allowed to get five outs was a pleasant surprise.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell was distracted playing Candy Crush on his iPad

      • J

        It’s impossible to tell how he’s doing in that game because his expression never changes.

  53. old-school

    Buck Farmer gets 5 outs and mows down 1-2-3-4.

    • Dennis Westrick

      And, with only 16 pitches!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Astronaut Farmer is an enigma! Either very good or very bad! No in between for our Buck!

  54. Indy Red Man

    Maile hits the ball so much harder then Tyler

    • wkuchad

      Tyler has a better track record than Maile and more potential.

      I have a lot more faith in Tyler, but very glad both on the team.

  55. J

    I sure do wish Elly would shorten up to bunt now and then. At least put the idea in someone’s head that it’s possible.

  56. Indy Red Man

    Morel .880 ops batting 7th and Mancini 8th. How were they under .500 all this time?

  57. old-school

    9 more outs. this is a huge game to win.

  58. Indy Red Man

    The Air Force issued glasses like this guy wears. We called them BCs. Birth Control glasses

  59. Brian Rutherford

    I miss living in Chicago. The 7th inning stretch singing “take me out to the ballgame” is one of the best traditions in baseball. Wrigley is a great place to see a game. If you haven’t done before, treat yourself.

  60. Votto4life

    Aye aye aye Lucas Sims here we go

  61. Indy Red Man

    Sims is fading. He’s been used so much and he’s max effort every time

    • Redlegs1869

      My goodness (as Barry Larkin would say) sims has been awful lately. Maybe he’ll get out of this jam. My guess is Bell will pull him before he gets out of it. Fingers crossed for Lucas.

  62. J

    Young threw 3 pitches but he had to leave because he doesn’t walk guys with his right hand.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I don’t understand it at all.

  63. LarkinPhillips

    Sims up to his normal tricks. Hbp and walk. Bell needs to get someone up ASAP. 3 batters max if he don’t get Suzuki.

  64. JB

    Hoping somebody is up in the bullpen. Get Sims out of there after this guy.

  65. Daytonnati

    Happ with 2 guys on … here we go.

  66. old-school

    Sims need Chaos and runners on before he zeroes in.

  67. JB

    Good Lord. My heart can’t take much more of Sims.

  68. LarkinPhillips

    We have to score an insurance run or two.

  69. J

    I don’t believe what I just saw. If you’re going to get past those two guys in that situation, you really might as well go ahead and win the division.

  70. Melvin

    Wow. Got out of that inning with two on and nobody out. Nice comeback by Sims.

  71. VaRedsFan

    Everybody can breathe again…
    ’til the Bot 8th

  72. Indy Red Man

    Sims great rebound, but we still need a better setup man

    • Melvin

      It would help to get another good arm before the deadline.

  73. Mark A Verticchio

    My bad good come back by Sims, he started to locate his fast ball. Now get some runs.

  74. Dennis Westrick

    Sims is definitely not good for my heart!

  75. Redlegs1869

    Sims makes me crazy but he is a bulldog.

  76. Soto

    Sims always seems to make it interesting. You gotta love his stuff and his competitiveness, but his control leaves a lot to be desired. I think he just likes messing with Dennis.

    • Tim

      For weeks, Sims comes in and blows the first two ABs. His warm up routine needs to be modified or he needs to sports psychologist to work with him.

  77. J

    I was going to congratulate Sims for being more efficient by putting the first guy on base with a quick HBP instead of a walk, but then he undid it by walking the next guy. But yet another good job of getting out of the mess he’d created for himself.

  78. RedsGettingBetter

    Who is gonna pitch the 8th for the Reds? Gibaut? Law?

  79. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t have to worry about climate change when Sims is on the mound! Why? Because everybody is holding their breath!

  80. Soto

    The Guardians have to be kicking themselves for giving up on Benson. What a find by Krall!.

  81. Indy Red Man

    Dang. I was thinking Senzel or Newman for the squeeze. Oh well

    • J

      That would have been a smart thing to do. I wish you were managing.

      • J

        Someone should ask Bell if he can define it.

  82. Old-school

    6 outs. Dang. Had a chance at add on

  83. Daytonnati

    Jeez, Elly was winding up to swing before the ball was delivered.

    • Gpod

      He strikes out on the same pitch over & over

  84. JB

    Everybody knows the off speed stuff is coming but Elly.

  85. Melvin

    That was a Concepcion/Larkin play there by McLain.

  86. Soto

    Just saw that the Brewers picked up Canha from the Mets. He might improve their weak offense a bit.

  87. Indy Red Man

    I could not wait to get rid of Barnhart. So tired of him. They just showed him on the Cubs broadcast cheerleading

  88. JB

    Things could be different if Freidl or Fraley would have caught those balls.

  89. J

    Bell not knowing what a squeeze play is might turn out to be somewhat costly…

  90. LT

    Look like we’re in trouble. C’mon Gibaut.

  91. Melvin

    Friedl payed a price going after that. Still no padding in Wrigley. smh

  92. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds have a setup man problem lately… it is a suffering

  93. Indy Red Man

    2 balls we had our gloves on and the ivy got them. Gibaut only 93 to Morel there. He’s a hacker… not giving him a 3-2 fb down the middle

  94. JB

    This would be a bad loss if they lose this. Up 6-1.

  95. Old-school

    Gibault got it to Diaz…How about an add on run??? Asking for a friend. THIS IS A HUGE GAME

  96. LT

    It will be up to Diaz to bring this one home. Can offense add a run to give him some wiggle room ?

  97. RedsGettingBetter

    It is extremly necessary to score here in the 9th by the Reds

  98. Indy Red Man

    Good battle. Just like that first one in LA. Need a boring 1-2-3 ninth just like Friday

  99. Gpod

    That 9-0 win yesterday’s was a break on the nerves…right back at it tonight

  100. Dean

    Has any Reds FO type commented on Abbott having a shutdown point when he reaches xxx innings pitches?

    • VaRedsFan

      Krall said no….but that was a month ago.

    • Old-school

      Yes..Derek Johnson has… No one listens or reads what he says. There’s no set point ..they are monitoring but Reds usually go 20% more from prior year and hes getting close. They will deal with at that point per DJ. They may be at that point. Johnson says he prefers lengthening starts rather than shortening innings each start.

      • Dean

        Thank you very much, though I wish the answer was different. I don’t see how this is a thing that you “deal with when you get there.”
        I mean, 120% of innings pitched from ’22 to ’23??
        He threw 118 ip in 22. He’s thrown 119 ip in 23. 120% is only 142 ip! He will hit that in 4 or 5 more starts. I don’t see how we have him for Sept and October if we don’t shut him down in August.
        Now… I know there may be no October if he skips a month, but that seems to be the prudent thing to do.
        Get Verlander and sit Abbott in August. Bring him back mid-Seot if we ooen some ground and Greene and/or Loyola co e back and pitch well.

  101. J

    Just can’t get past the fact that you had a speedy runner on third with one out, ahead by 2 runs in the 8th inning, your #9 hitter at the plate, and to Bell that doesn’t seem like a good time to squeeze. What WOULD be a good time to squeeze, if not that? The guy’s “I’m just going to sit back and hope for the best” attitude may be fun for the players, but it’s not fun for me.

  102. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds offense turned off after the 3rd inning….

  103. Rob

    This May all work out but I sure didn’t like Bells pulling off Cruz after 7 pitches and having Young come in to pitch to 1 batter. Kind of wasteful in my view. Not considering the possibility of an extra inning game when we would have to use Duarte. But maybe Diaz will shut them down in the 9th. ?? Hopefully or we will probably lose because of using Cruz and Young foolishly. Using your only left handed for one batter with 2 outs isn’t wise.

    • JB

      I think Cruz should be the 8th inning guy.

  104. Melvin

    One more. 🙂 Walk Happ here? Naw.

  105. J

    Diaz! This is NOT how the game would have turned out last year. Now they really might as well go win the division.


  106. Melvin

    WooHoo! We got em. Diaz didn’t have to use too many pitches. 🙂

  107. LT

    When Diaz slider works, he’s quite good. Big, huge win.

  108. VaRedsFan

    Hey Chicago whaddya say???
    The Cubs are going to lose today!!!

  109. Mark Moore

    Lights out for Diaz and for me.

    Winning feels good against the Stupid Cubs.

  110. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds win!! Cubs can’t even the Reds in the NLCD in this series falling 5 games behind tonight…Brewers now at 1,5 GB

  111. Soto

    Great ninth by Diaz. That first pitch 97 mph fastball at the knees with life was nasty. Nice to finish of Happ for the exclamation point. What a luxury to have a top shelf closer!

    • J

      Unless I’m forgetting something, I think every pitch he threw either went over the plate or was within a few inches of the plate, so they were too good to take, but most of them dipped slightly low or slightly outside. Just a thing of beauty. I feel SO much better when his first couple pitches aren’t way off the plate.

  112. LarkinPhillips

    Great win tonight. Krall please get us another big time bullpen arm!

  113. Tim

    Amazing how EDLC is either hot or cold. 3Ks is cold.

    • J

      If only he knew how to bunt. Could help him reach base when he’s cold, and would be an absolute nightmare for the corner infielders every time he came to the plate.

      But I would settle for just having a better sense of when to swing and when not to swing…

  114. Soto

    How many teams in baseball win at Chicago when their top 5 in the lineup go 1-18? Probably not too many. Hitters 6-9 were 7-16. Not too shabby.

    • J

      How many teams would have one of the best hitters (statistically) in the national league hitting 8th?

      • Soto

        At least he’s hitting 8th for the Reds and not Cleveland!

      • Dean

        How many fans thought we’d never see him again after sub-.100 BA and demotion to Louisville?
        Hand raised here.

      • Kywhi

        Please stop the consistent negativity. Whatever the Reds current management is doing is working and the players and the majority of fans approve. Apply for a management position if you can do better.

  115. Dean

    Splitting this series will take some wind out of Cubbies’ sails. Winning 3 will demoralize them. Sweeping would deflate them 100%.