The Cincinnati Reds had to come from behind last night to pull out a victory over the Angels. Today they’ll wrap up the series with a doubleheader. The Reds can win the series by picking up a win in either of the two games. First pitch is set for 4:07pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Angels

TJ Friedl – CF Luis Rengifo – 2B
Matt McLain – 2B Shohei Ohtani – P
Elly De La Cruz – SS Brandon Drury – 1B
Spencer Steer – 3B Logan O’Hoppe – C
Joey Votto – DH Randal Grichuk – LF
Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B Eduardo Escobar – 3B
Nick Martini – RF Hunter Renfroe – RF
Will Benson – LF Mickey Moniak – CF
Luke Maile – C Andrew Velazquez – SS
Andrew Abbott – LHP Shohei Ohtani – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Andrew Abbott 81.1 2.99 1.12 27 88
Shohei Ohtani 130.2 3.17 1.06 54 165
Links: Andrew Abbott’s Stats | Shohei Ohtani’s Stats

Andrew Abbott

After a bit of a hiccup in two straight starts, Abbott has rebounded well, giving up just four runs in 10.2 innings without a walk and with 14 strikeouts in the last two outings – both Reds victories.

When it comes to splits it’s clear that teams try to avoid sending anyone but elite left-handers up to face Abbott. The lefties who do get the opportunity to face him haven’t been able to do a whole lot. They have one double, one home run, and one walk in 59 trips to the plate against him to go along with their seven singles. Right-handed hitters are doing much better, but they still aren’t doing all that well. They don’t hit for average or get on base, but right-handed hitters are hitting for solid power against him when they do happen to find hits.


RHH 268 55 14 1 10 26 66 .231 .302 .424
LHH 59 9 1 0 1 1 22 .155 .170 .224

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.6 80.8 82.9 86.4
Usage 50% 17% 17% 16%

Shohei Ohtani

After dealing with a little bit of arm fatigue, Ohtani is making his first start in two weeks. While he had time off, his previous three starts saw him allow zero earned runs in 19.0 innings while giving up just seven hits.

The splits for Ohtani show that neither side hits well against him, but lefties do have an advantage. They hit for a higher average, make more contact, and the biggest thing is that they hit for a lot more power – though still not much power. Right-handed hitters walk more often, but they hit for a lower average and show little power.


RHH 274 40 7 0 7 31 90 .171 .292 .291
LHH 252 45 8 0 11 23 75 .200 .279 .382

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Curve Slider Splitter
Velo 96.8 94.1 89.8 75.7 83.8 88.1
Usage 33% 7% 12% 4% 39% 5%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:07pm ET
  • Where: Angels Stadium
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 86°, sunny, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Lyon Richardson is up for the doubleheader

The Reds are bringing up Richardson as the 27th man for the doubleheader today. The starting pitcher for game 2 is listed as TBA. But with Brett Kennedy scheduled to start on Friday it seems that Richardson will get the nod for game two today.

Graham Ashcraft sets a good and bad MLB record


Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 69 57 0.0 91.0%
Cubs 65 60 3.5 52.1%
Reds 65 61 4.0 24.4%
Pirates 57 69 12.0 0.1%
Cardinals 55 72 14.5 0.0%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

300 Responses

  1. Rednat

    you would like to have Fraley in a game like this.

    • Melvin

      Hopefully Fraley and India can come back as pinch hitters this year and make our bench stronger. You’re right it would be nice to have him today.

    • Beaufort Red

      Yeah, I love Votto at 5. He’s beencrushing it lately.

      • RedAlert

        Unbelievable ….. Bell remains lost at sea ….. dude don’t need to be playing and
        certainly doesn’t need to bat 5th ….

      • David

        Wait, is that……sarcasm??? ;0

        Yeah, and Joey wants to come back next year, too.

  2. Melvin

    Still a mystery as to why Benson is still in the bottom of the order sandwiched in between two of the worst hitters in the lineup. Oh well. Gotta win today.

    • Tim

      Benson has been unimpressive in August. 9 of 34. Striking out nearly 50%. Not much performance from the entire bottom of the lineup. Votto has 4 HRs and 6 RBIs to Bensons 0 and 0 in August.

      • Chris

        These guys don’t even pay attention to facts. They get stuck on an idea and choose to just repeat the same nonsense. Benson needs to bat 9th or 8th. That’s a good spot for him.

      • Melvin

        As he picks up a hit. 🙂 7th? Maybe. 8th or 9th? Nope

  3. Dennis Westrick

    Have little, if any, hope the Reds win or stay close in Game 1 of this fractured DH. At least Mike Trout is not in the lineup but fully expect to see him in Game 2!

    Speaking of Game 2, can’t wait to see the batting & fielding position changes by Bell after we get shut out by Ohtani and have 14 or 15 stikeouts! You can bet we’ll see Newman (Alfred E.) in Game 2 plus a different catcher of course.

    Again, hoping & praying the Reds can manage a split of this DH which will not help in reducing the NL Central lead by Milwaukee or in the NL Wild Card race. A loss is a loss no matter what time of the season it occurs and you can’t erase it in the standings!

    • VaRedsFan

      Newman has been on the IL for a week now.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Thanks! But, if Newman could hobble to the plate or his position I’m sure Bell would insert him in the lineup!

  4. Rick

    Tough task for game one. Let’s go guys!

  5. Mark A Verticchio

    Tough first inning, hoping for some hits.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Wonder why the Reds didn’t use Abbott in game 2, where they stand a better chance against Detmers.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      Very good question, for one David Bell.

    • Dennis Westrick

      That would require critical thinking and baseball strategy! Neither of which Mr. Bell has or knows where to find!

    • Chris

      Because that would be dumb. You put your best against their best. I guess on opening day if you think your best starter is a little less than your opponent you let him start the 2nd game, right? Weird logic.

  7. JB

    The best we can hope for is Abbott can post zeros with Ohtani. Then maybe they can put a run across against their bullpen.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Ohtani K-Prop today is 7.5.
    Only question is will he pitch enough innings after coming back from injury (blister)

  9. RedsGettingBetter

    Abbott can’t start the game worse…

  10. VaRedsFan

    Ouch…Ohtani spanked that 115.7 mph.

    He will look great as a Red next year.

    • JB

      I agree. Give him 40 mil. Payroll might reach 80 mil then.

      • Ted Alfred

        That would be interesting: Reds payroll = 80 million
        Otani 40M…other 25 guys 40M

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    This game might be over, sadly.

  12. JB

    I would pay Ohtani just because he can bat and pitch. He might hit 90 homers in GAPB

    • Melvin

      If I good get a guarantee he wouldn’t get injured I might. 😉

    • LarkinPhillips

      I personally wouldn’t. My argument is that for a small market team, if you pay 50 Million a year for one player, you have no money for anything else. Then, if that one player gets hurt (which will happen at some point during a long contract) you lose both your best hitter and pitcher. I would much rather see them sign 2-3 big time relievers which cost 5-7 million a year each, a quality starting pitcher at 20 mil a year and a quality OF bat at 15-20 mil a year with that $50 million dollars a year it would take to sign Ohtani.

  13. Dennis Westrick

    Walks Haunt! Always! Especially leadoff walks or prior to Ohtani batting! Young Reds pitchers never learn!

  14. LarkinPhillips

    Steer works a lead off walk, Votto chases ball 1 for a week infield fly out. The approaches from this team as a whole are awful.

    • Ted Alfred

      Over the last few games Votto had had a lot of really brutal AB’s.

      • David

        He seems to have forgotten everything he has learned about hitting in the Majors since 2008.

        It’s weird.

    • Doc

      Yes, didn’t Votto watch Ohtani? He was supposed to hit an HR. After all, walks always haunt, except when they don’t.

  15. GPod

    did i see a walk, then Votto swings at the first pitch ?

  16. Mark A Verticchio

    It looked like Votto couldn’t wait to get out of there.

  17. LarkinPhillips

    Every time an opposing pitcher falls behind 2-0 or 2-1 or 3-0 to a reds hitter, they throw off speed. Reds will chase and sell out for a fastball. MIL pitchers showed this after the all star break, and the reds have yet to adjust to this.

    • Dennis Westrick

      All-in-all, this is NOT a smart baseball team! Which is a reflection of their field manager!

      • LarkinPhillips

        Adjustments and decision are consistently made way to late. Both pre game, in game, and personnel decisions are always made way to late to have a real impact. Management is poor, both on the field and front office. I like Krall’s trades last year when he was selling off. I still question a ton of his other decisions and am not willing to just blame ownership for things like extending Bell, or trading for Minor as others on here are willing to do.

      • Doc

        Votto has been here a lot longer than our field manager.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I laughed after I read this due to my response above. Hate it for Ohtani though. He is an easy guy to root for.

    • Old-school

      Reds need a diverse payroll and a healthy one but cant put too much into one player. Griffey ruined it. Bailey ruined it. Moose ruined it.

      • JB

        To put Moose and Bailey in the same thought as Ohtani is laughable.

      • Old-school

        Reds playing $400 million to one player isnt credible

        Not really laughable….more just ignorant and absurd.

  18. Old-school

    Ohtani coming out…here’s your opportunity reds. No trout or Ohtani

    • Melvin

      Trout is still recovering from his hand surgery. I doubt he will be that good.

  19. Melvin

    I think they need to take Ohtani out as a precaution. 🙂

  20. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds must take advantage of this.

  21. LarkinPhillips

    I absolutely hate Ohtani getting pulled early for an injury. With that said, it tremendously improves our chances for this game and game 2 of a double header. Reds HAVE to take advantage of this break.

    • Ted Alfred

      After the Angels gift wrapped the game last night with the horrendous E at 1st base this is about the biggest break in this situation you could ever dream of.

  22. Melvin

    That’s why you don’t pay him $50 million.

      • Melvin

        Sorry. $50 million, $40 million eh. lol Wouldn’t want to take food off a man’s table with him only making $40 million. 😉

  23. JB

    Angels have a bottom ten bullpen. We have a chance.

  24. RedsGettingBetter

    Ohtani is out for an injury apparently but the reliever is a lefty …Let’s see…

    • LarkinPhillips

      I wonder if Bell will mass substitute in the 2nd due to a lefty… I sure hope not lol.

      • Jim Walker

        Maybe Bell will protest the game on the basis that starting Ohtani was just a ruse to burn his LH hitters??? 😉

  25. Melvin

    So is Ohtani still going to hit? He can’t can he?

    • Ted Alfred

      I would seriously doubt that he will play anymore today due to how valuable he is as a free agent and also the fact the Angels are essentially out of the playoff race.

      • Melvin

        He’s the DH and he’s out of the game so they lose their DH correct or am I not thinking clearly?

  26. Roger Garrett

    Reds may not even score regardless of who is on the mound.Votto first pitch swinging after a walk is just awful.Is there anybody on this team thinking?He never got the ball out of the infield for goodness sake.

  27. CI3J

    Oh no, the Angels are going with a lefty.

    They’re trying to bait Bell into burning through his whole bench in the 2nd inning.

    Let’s see if Bell is actually dumb enough to do it.

  28. Laredo Slider

    Welsh/Sadak were day dreaming instead of paying attention to the game. Ohtani’s translator was having a long discussion with Nevin last inning plus Ohtani was windmilling his arm after pitches. He clearly was not comfortable. Huge break for the Reds.

  29. RedsGettingBetter

    Well , this two innings at the offense have been really awful…

  30. Mark A Verticchio

    You know after watching every game for the last month and 1/2 it’s a miracle that this team is even in a playoff race the way they have played. June was fun since then any win has been like pulling teeth. Hopefully 2024 will be better.

    • JB

      It’s more of how terrible the central is and wild card teams.

  31. Ted Alfred

    Sorry…Bell will still be here in 2024

  32. Mark A Verticchio

    The reality is for all of us, including me, who wanted pitching at the break, in retrospect it would not have mattered with this miserable offense.

    • Roger Garrett

      Pitchers just following the script that the Brewers used on us.Get ahead and then slow stuff.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I said the exact same thing above Roger. Its been 3 weeks since then. Same thing from every opposing team with ZERO adjustments by any Reds hitters.

  33. JB

    Look Martini Walks. Did anybody in the dugout see that?

    • LarkinPhillips

      They did. They will make sure he understands soon that what he was doing at AAA is not acceptable in the major leagues and change his approach. Its time to swing and be all or nothing like the rest of the team!

  34. Roger Garrett

    You right Mark but they are still in it and 2024 will be much better if they can add some pieces.I am not sure right now how good these young guys can be.They need coached up in the worst way but we continue to see some not so smart plays all over the place.They have got the physical tools but will the mental side ever catch up.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      The big problem is they are not now and never will get the coaching they need from this current staff. The mental mistakes and the lack of any adjustments at the plate are mind blowing. 3 MORE YEARS.

  35. JB

    Nice at bat by Benson against a lefty. Surprised Bell didn’t pinch hit for him.

  36. Roger Garrett

    Sadly this game could be already over down 2-0.

  37. Mark Moore

    Just out of my meeting and I see Ohtani wasted no time in striking hard.

  38. RedsGettingBetter

    Tyler Anderson has an ERA above 5.50. He has already worked easily 1.2 scoreless frames with less than 20 pitches

  39. Hanawi

    Actually surprised more teams don’t use openers against the Reds given their platoon-heavy lineups. Guess without Fraley and Senzel now it makes less sense, but Bell still likes to pinch hit to get those matchups despite analytics.

  40. Roger Garrett

    @Larkin Phillips Didn’t see your comment buddy but if we can see it why can’t the Reds and if they do see why no adjustments.

    • LarkinPhillips

      That is the mystery that we all wonder Roger. I have said for weeks, we need to get back to hitting the ball middle/oppo and that will take away our tendency to hit weak roll over grounders and chase off speed pitches.

  41. Mark Moore

    And I may just tune out already based on how that unfolded. Completely misplayed that ball and then slipped on the throw. SMH!!

    I’m hearing Ohtani is out of the game? And they chose to NOT used the DH, so they’ll burn through their bench every time that spot comes up.

  42. Melvin

    Is it possible to make a worse throw than Benson made there? It bounced several times before getting to the cutoff man. Not to mention he didn’t track/go back on that ball very well. He has a lot of work to do in the off season on his defense.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He needs to play deeper. His first step is always in and he has the speed to take away bloop hits easy. But he is terrible at going back on the ball or reading the hard line drive.

      • Jim Walker

        I thought it looked like Benson was generally playing deeper at GABP on this last homestand; and, he looked much smoother and more effective.

    • JB

      His angles are terrible. He would be better if he just had his back on the wall. SMH

    • Mark Moore

      In all fairness, he lost his footing. But the route he took set that up.

      • Melvin

        He just looks nervous and unstable out there more often than not.

  43. Mark A Verticchio

    This may turn out to be an awful day in the playoff race.

  44. Roger Garrett

    Sorry about Ohtani but it doesn’t matter cause we are just awful right now at the plate.They could run out of players and play short handed in the field and bring in a guy from the stands to pitch underhanded and we wouldn’t score.I am gone bring it home Nation.

  45. LarkinPhillips

    Big pick off by Maile there. He has done that a few times lately. Seems like he has a feel for when the pitcher is struggling and tries to bail them out with pick offs.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’ll add that CES made a great play on that tagout.
      I’m thinking #19 wouldn’t have been able to make..
      I can’t recall seeing Votto tagout a player…pickoff or otherwise.

      • Mark Moore

        The “blind sweep by a RH player” is what made it work. WLW booth said he did that more than a few times in the minors.

  46. Mark Moore

    Looking for a little redemption here. Nice tag by CES.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Lorenzen lit up for the 2nd straight game.

  48. LarkinPhillips

    Need to score this inning, 2-3-4 against a weak throwing lefty…. Nice start by MM!

  49. LarkinPhillips

    Can Elly bunt RH? WIth his speed and a lead off on, that might not have been the worst idea.

    • Melvin

      Not swinging for the fences with two strikes might be a good idea right now.

  50. Mark Moore

    I’m not convinced Elly switch-hitting is a good plan at this level.

  51. LarkinPhillips

    2-0 curve, 3-1 curve to Steer.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Great job to sit back and hit the ball the opposite way. Cut down his swing with 2 strikes. Come on VOTTO!

  52. JB

    Steer: let me show you how to hit with two strikes ,Elly.

    • Jim Walker

      hey, at least it worked like a successful safety squeeze this time.

  53. Mark Moore

    Cowboy commenting on how MattyMc and Steer shortened their swings and got hits where “the guy with the big monster swing is sitting in the dugout”

    • JB

      Exactly. Even Welsh said he is swinging for the fences.

  54. Beaufort Red

    Like Walsh just said “ that’s not a 2 strike swing”. I don’t think Cruz has a clue when he goes up to bat. I was gonna when he goes up to hit but that would be a stretch. Great tools but undisciplined in every facet of the game.

    • Melvin

      If hitters make adjustments it seems like they do it on their own. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of game plan from the dugout. It would seem they have the freedom to swing away constantly if that’s what they want with no penalties of any kind.

    • Old-school

      He had a clue on that 3 run game changing home run

  55. Ted Alfred

    I know we just scored a run but if I have to watch Joey Votto make one more of these half ass lame half- swings or check swing little dribblers to 3rd base I’m going to break something. Does he not take any committed full swings at the plate anymore??

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I agree, as a long time Reds fan watching Votto bat is so sad. I really believe he is swing at the first pitch so he doesn’t look as bad as he looked last night.

  56. Beaufort Red

    So far Martini looks better than most of the guys ( Hopkins, Ramos etc) that we’ve brought up.

    • Ted Alfred

      I was just thinking that same thing and his numbers the last 65 games that Louisville are really good hitting. I Bell keeps him up here and plays him

      • LarkinPhillips

        I watched him quite a bit in AAA. He seemed to give consistent ABs for the most part. He doesn’t do anything outstanding that I saw, but may be a suitable replacement until Fraley gets back. Maybe he gets HOT and helps us go on a decent run.

  57. LarkinPhillips

    CES just bailed Mclain out on the fly ball, but he cost us an out on the bunt. He stretched with the wrong foot on the base which costs you about 3 foot on catching the ball.

    • Jim Walker

      Seems like very few of current the 1B around the league really understand about footwork and stretching. BTW, having the correct foot on the base also increases the vertical reach a guy and make while staying in contact with the bag.

      • Chris

        So true, and sadly Votto is the worst. I’ve never understood where he learned to play 1st base. He always stretches before the throw, which makes it impossible for him to grab an errant throw and stay on the bag. On pickoffs he stands about 3 feet in front of the bag towards the mound, and can’t reach to tag the runner if he tried.

  58. LarkinPhillips

    Hopefully we can get one more out of AA. He looks tired today, but with a double header and Richardson starting game 2, we need the bullpen for every inning possible in game 2.

  59. Protime

    JV time has come and gone, however, Bell continues to play him because he doesn’t have the cojones to bench him. No leadership or managerial acumen. Extension is looking better and better every day he’s at the helm for three more years of futility and and underachievement. He’s not leading but misleading….

    • Chris

      NO, because he has no one else to play who is better than him.

  60. JB

    Twins take the lead in the 10th. Let’s hope they can hold it.

  61. BuzzKutter

    Where are the coaches at? CES just stretched with the wrong foot at first on that bunt. That kinda stuff can’t happen in the big leagues.

    • Melvin

      The fundamentals on this team are very poor at times all the way around.

  62. JB

    I honestly thought that home run would have went farther.

    • LarkinPhillips

      The ball really isn’t carrying today at all. I am not sure if that is the normal for their park, but if it is, it makes what Ohtani has done the last couple years even more impressive.

  63. LarkinPhillips

    Big time homer for Elly. We had to make them pay for the walk and error. He missed that pitch last AB, glad he didn’t this time.

    • VaRedsFan

      For the last 3 games….an error is the major source of our runs.

  64. VaRedsFan

    Elly saw y’alls comments and cranked it right handed.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I am more than happy to keep criticizing and eating crow if that is what it takes.

      • VaRedsFan

        We’d gladly eat a cookbook full of crow for the right results.

        Imagine the menu after David Bell wins a world series.

      • Beaufort Red

        Timely HR yes, but give me consistently good at bats.

  65. Ted Alfred

    Just watching this Angels team, when you take out Ohtani and Trout they’re pretty lousy. Pitching, defense, hitting…. none of it’s very good. The Reds caught a huge break last night with the huge E, then another really bad E just now by SS to extend the inning leading to the Elly 3R dinger. They need to sweep this double header and get the momentum back… this Angel’s team kind of stinks without their two big guns playing.

  66. Indy Red Man

    Abbott doesn’t have it so get the pen ready quick

    • LarkinPhillips

      Bell should have had someone ready to start this inning. A lead off walk should have been his last batter. As usual, Bell had no one ready and shows he has no feel for the game that is actually going on. I said the same thing above about hoping AA could get throw 5, but that he clearly was tired and struggling. With this lead, we can’t afford to save the pen for game 2. Hopefully Farmer can pull a rabbit out and get us out of this inning.


      Your right his Fastball only about 90 mph today. Hope he is just tired

  67. VaRedsFan

    Brew get 2 in the 10th to walk it off.:(

  68. Ted Alfred

    Abbott doesn’t have it today. I agree with this early hook by Bell.

  69. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell asleep at the switch Abbott should have never come out for the inning, he obviously didn’t have it today. Bell needs to manage every game like a playoff game and he doesn’t know how to do that.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I think I would have sent him back out there to try to get him through 5. But the leash would have been one batter. Someone would have been throwing in the pen to start the inning.

    • Indy Red Man

      Probably trying to let him go for the W. He did get out of the 4th.

  70. Old-school

    Buck Farmer dealing. who called that? Not me for sure.

    • Indy Red Man

      Actually Buck and Sims have been fairly solid overall. Farmer allowing .208 and Sims is probably still better then that

  71. LarkinPhillips

    Great job Farmer! Let’s play add on now Reds!

  72. VaRedsFan

    Great job by Farmer…. and Bell for shutting Abbott down early.

  73. JB

    Votto hurt? Hard to believe Bell would take him out.

    • Hanawi

      6th inning is when handedness starts to take precedence in Bell’s managing. Still is somewhat surprising though

  74. LT

    An article came out about Farmer might might DFA and Farmer has been pitching great since. That’s what it takes to get these guys going?

    • Chris

      Yeah, I read that. Laughable that’s for sure.

  75. Indy Red Man

    Fools gold these last few games. We’re not hitting at all. Nobody can string anything together?

    • LT

      Nope. We need the other teams to beat themselves. An error, a hitter count and a big fat fastball to Elly. Are the Angels tanking? Lol

  76. LT

    Hopkins decided to swing instead of looking at strike 3, so that’s progress. But ten CES regressed. Smh

  77. VaRedsFan

    The pen guys do a good job overall.
    Especially with a few off days and rain outs….which gave them a breather.

    This begs the question…if they are better when rested, shouldn’t they go every other day at 2 innings instead of back to back 1 inning outings

    • JB

      Well Nevin used a reliever today and he threw 87 pitches. Never happen in Bells bullpen. That’s why you need a long reliever.

      • Chris

        His reliever that he used was a starter who actually was on 5 days rest.

  78. JB

    Bell loves to make pitching changes because then he can hand out the little cards to the fielders.

  79. old-school

    Buck Farmer amazing job.
    I like Steer moving around and Elly at SS and Mclain at 2b.

    Elly needs a long look at SS. I love him at 3b but he is an improving SS and a force and Mclain is already a stud at 2b and a good SS.

    This team is way more entertaining to watch.

    • VaRedsFan

      MMC is better at SS than he is at 2B
      Elly is better at 3rd than he is at SS.

      Steer better at 3B than Marte.

      Nitpicking the small samples.

      • Daytonnati

        I don’t know if you stayed up last night, but McLain had a heckuva play behind 2nd base late in the game. I don’t think India could have made it.

    • Mark Moore

      I think MattyMc is our best SS. But if EDLC continues to grow, we’ll be fine with that combination up the middle. Challenge will be getting the right 3B glove in there regularly. The last thing we want is the second coming of Edwin Scissorhands.

  80. VaRedsFan

    Buck: 5 outs on 13 pitches.
    Bell: You’re done.

    • LarkinPhillips

      In a freaking double header even. What an insane move by Bell! Brought him in a batter late, and takes him out after 13 pitches. 5 outs and all weak contact.

  81. Old-school

    Young throws a strike down the middle of the plate and called a ball.


    • LarkinPhillips

      That might be the worst call I have seen this year. That was middle middle and missed.

    • Mark Moore

      That mistake was beyond ridiculous. Definitely the worst I’ve seen all year.

  82. GPod

    Votto 3 for his last 29…..this has been going on for more than “just needs to knock some rust off” excuse ….hard to watch

  83. Indy Red Man

    Moniak .114 vs lefties over .300 vs righties.
    Bell may be forced into his moves by the analytics police anyway

    • Mark Moore

      HDTBell knows things nobody else does. Full stop.

      It’s why he’s the #60 Field Manager in the league (if you’re following my rankings, he dropped another 10 slots).

  84. Jim Walker

    I love that Fred Flintstone break out of the box by Benson when he makes contact. 😉

    • Mark Moore


      He’s not making THAT mistake again.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He takes two negative steps before he heads to first lol. That is a fundamental that you can work on and with his speed could add 5-10 extra hits for him through out a season.

    • Daytonnati

      You can almost here that music that accompanied it! 🙂

  85. Mark Moore

    TJ with pretty much a suicide bunt … and he makes it!!

  86. BuzzKutter

    Put the helmet and cape on Maile for hitting behind the runner and moving him over.

  87. old-school

    This is a fun game so far.Friedl and benson creating chaos.

    • LT

      Yes. That’s when our offense is at its best

  88. Jim Walker

    Friedl may have just landed awkwardly on a piece of personal protection equipment. At least lets hope that is the extent of it.

  89. Indy Red Man

    What happened to Ramos? Hurt or they gave up on him really quick?

  90. Chris

    That lousy Elly who can give consistent AB’s. 🙂

  91. Old-school

    What a game from the young playmakers. WOW

  92. old-school

    Send Elly to AAA.

    Reds making a statement here.

  93. magi210

    De La Cruz with the exclamation point.

  94. Indy Red Man

    Wheres our boy Beaufort now? 6 rbis for Elly. I’m down on Greene like he is on Elly, but Greene’s not 21. He’s a starter with 3 years experience and 1.5 pitches

    • Beaufort Red

      You can’t ba serious. Aquino had done monster games. Have you been watching all his at bats. I wish in college I had you for a coach . One good game and I would be golden for another ten.

      • Beaufort Red

        Calling a veteran of Granada, Panama, Desert Storm, Mogadishu, Bosnia and Iraq a boy is comical. I know, you didn’t know, but be careful what you say grasshopper.

  95. Mark Moore

    Wow!! That was something to watch. When Elly is on he is ON in a big way. And Steer will not be left out of the fun.

  96. old-school

    The Atlanta Friday night game was fun. This one is a good one.

      • RedAlert

        Derrick Law man – get this dude out now !!!!!! What is freaking Bell waiting for !

  97. Mark A Verticchio

    This is more like the Reds of June, yahoo.

  98. LarkinPhillips

    When we played the dodgers, Elly did say that LA was his city. Hopefully that is not foretelling something else in the future though….

  99. LT

    Elly can hit fastball, i know that. I’ll be happy when he shows me something I dont know, like hitting any off speed pitches. As long as other teams give him fastball, will take it though.

    • Jim Walker

      The pitch he laid off of to get the straight fastball was a good take. It was a juicy looking hanger that took just enough of a late vertical break, he would have rolled over or otherwise mishit had he swung and made contact.

  100. VaRedsFan

    uh oh…Friedl has been removed.

    • Melvin

      That’s okay as long as he plays next game. 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      Fell on some protective equipment? That’s what the booth was saying.

      • Jim Walker

        Take it from a former catcher. That piece of protective equipment can really pinch/ bite when it is not fully/ tightly seated and is hit or you move in a way that allows it to shift and pinch.

  101. Melvin

    Did it seem like Martini was a little lax on that ball?

    • Mark Moore

      It ended up closer than expected at 3rd. So if he didn’t hustle all the way, then that run is on him.

      • Melvin

        Could be wrong but it seemed like he thought it was only going to be a double.

  102. Mark Moore

    Ignore the guy on 3rd. Get some Bike Helmets.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope. We see some LL stuff instead.

      Fix that with this batter, please.

  103. LarkinPhillips

    8 pitches from young was too many, we have to make sure we use every reliever in the first game? I don’t understand Bell’s management at all.

    • Mark Moore

      None of us do. But I understand he knows things nobody else does.

    • RedAlert

      He is complete and utterly clueless …

    • Harry Stoner

      Does anyone?
      Law now at 2X Young w only 1 out 3 runners on.
      Is it # of pitches, or innings for Bell.
      With starters he has one method, relievers another.
      Mystical man.

  104. Mark Moore

    Getting back to when Ohtani was pulled. I thought if the pitcher was hitting, they forfeited the DH. Apparently they get to have it both ways?

    • RedAlert

      What is Bell waiting for – LAW stinks !!!

    • VaRedsFan

      There is a specific Ohtani rule that lets them do this.

      a rule that allows the pitcher to be assigned to the designated hitter spot in the batting order and to remain as the designated hitter even if replaced on the mound by another pitcher.

      So basically they can replace him as a pitcher…and also as a hitter.

      • Jim Walker

        Sounds fair enough to me since they had to burn 2 players when he went out.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I think that was the rule implemented 2-3 years ago. I think it is even called the Ohtani rule. (Not being sarcastic here actually)

    • Mark Moore

      Thanks everybody for clarifying. The “Ohtani Rule” indeed. Isn’t he the only one across either league doing what he’s doing?

      I do wonder who buys his services in 2024 and beyond.

      • Melvin

        JB will pay $40 million for him…until he left the game today. 😀

  105. LarkinPhillips

    Reliever is getting quick outs and hasn’t thrown many pitches: Bell removes him.

    Reliever is struggling and giving up runs: Bell leaves him in to continue giving up walks and runs.

    Sometimes it seems like he bet against the Reds. That is the only logical argument for the crazy moves he makes. We are on our 4th reliever in the 7th inning of game one of a double header. Despite the first two relievers doing great. One threw 15 pitches and the other threw 8.

  106. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell let Law go one batter to far, he has no clue what he is doing.

    • RedAlert

      Dude waited till law painted himself completely in a corner where the game could be tied … complete lunacy

  107. GPod

    That was a pathetic display of pitching by Law

    • Chris

      That is the problem with Bell’s bullpen management. He expects each reliever to have his best stuff that day, and the odds suggest that will not be the case. Today, Law was the one that didn’t have his stuff; we got lucky.

  108. JB

    Gibaut gets them out of trouble. Bell has no feel for the game when it comes to the bullpen.

    • Mark Moore

      He’s got a “wheel of fortune” app and his own privately designed “magic 8-ball” to help.

      And we get at least 3 more years of this garbage.

      • Harry Stoner

        I understand the Bell defenders here get tired of the Bell bashing, but instead of the constant “team loves playing for Bell!” I do honestly wish they’d offer some insight into his bizarre ‘managing’.

        I realize “Bell knows things!” but he could do wonders by saying “This is why I do this….” during a PG interview.

        We get the same mumble-core win, lose or draw, and everyone is left wondering or complaining.

      • Harry Stoner

        I understand the Bell defenders here get tired of the Bell bashing, but instead of the constant “team loves playing for Bell!” I do honestly wish they’d offer some insight into his bizarre ‘managing’.

        I realize “Bell knows things!” but he could do wonders by saying “This is why I do this….” during a PG interview.

        We get the same mumble-core win, lose or draw, and everyone is left wondering or complaining.

      • Mark Moore

        Harry …

        +25,000 for you. And an extra +1,000 for “mumble-core” … 😛

  109. Mark Moore

    Gibault doing Gibault things for us … AGAIN.

  110. Mark A Verticchio

    Who will pitch the 8th, my money is on Sims.

  111. old-school

    Gibault solid. This is turning into one of the more entertaining games of the year. need to finish this. Of course, when Elly hits a 3 run triple and a 3 run HR…….that makes it easier.

  112. Indy Red Man

    Took Reds +1.5 when Ohtani went out and just took Reds +143 for tonight. It would be nice if the Reds could become my side hustle again. On Over 83.5 pretty big

    • Beaufort Red

      Indy Red you may want to read my earlier response to your silly post. Will make you feel pretty insignificant.

  113. Mark Moore

    Bike Helmets right here, right now.

  114. Mark Moore

    C’mon 4M!! You remember how to hit a weak grounder.

    • Mark Moore

      Or whiff at the high junk you can’t touch. That works.

  115. Mark A Verticchio

    How much lighter is Moose, he took the Reds for a ride.

    • Harry Stoner

      For sure.

      Good to be gone. Sooner forgotten.

      Krall made the right move jettisoning him.

  116. Jim Walker

    If I am counting correctly all the current Reds position players on the field except Steer and Maile were on the field at the same time with the AAA Bats this year.

  117. Mark A Verticchio

    That was Mclain’s ball plain and simple, poor defense.

    • Jim Walker

      Yep. Are you old enough to recall Danny Driessen? Like CES, he was a converted 3B and at 1B instinctively went after balls just like that with the same sort of results.

      • Bow Red

        Dan Driessen. Now there’s a name from the way back time machine.
        Silky smooth LH hitter.

  118. Mark Moore

    Weird inning, but we’re still up by 4. Would love to see another run added on to that total here.

    Nightcap should be a wild and wooly affair. I’m probably only good for about 30 minutes of it again tonight.

    • JB

      I hear you and I’m retired. Couldn’t keep my eyes open at 11 last night and kept drifting in and out.

  119. VaRedsFan

    CES learned that from Votto.
    Votto used to do that once per week.
    He did eventually stopped by 2021 or so, hopefully it won’t take as long as Joey

  120. JB

    Moose needs a contract next year, so he has decided to get in shape. Good luck to who signs him.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. For me, it shows a complete lack of integrity on his part. I know he had some injury issues, but it didn’t look like he even tried coming into 2022 camp.

  121. Harry Stoner

    Who will the Bullpen Wizard send out for the 9th?

    Diaz to nail down the win?

    Or will he try some Bellsmanship?

  122. Mark Moore

    OK, Mike S. … make a little noise while you have the chance.

    • Mark Moore

      Well NUTS!!! Another over-slide out.

  123. JB

    What is it with Reds players oversliding the bag? Siani was safe if he didn’t go 6 feet past the bag.

    • Mark Moore

      MattyMc almost did it as well. Did the Halos grease that spot in anticipation of our guys putting on a foot race?

    • VaRedsFan

      MLB dirt is less sticky than MILB?
      Elly did it a lot….but not lately.
      Need to slide earlier.

      • Mark Moore

        Thrall and Cowboy saying the dirt is extremely dry. A little hard to believe given they had 3 inches of standing water earlier in the week.

      • JB

        Excuses and butt holes. Everybody has one.

  124. Mark Moore

    A productive AB for Steer. Officially out of “slam reach”.

  125. LT

    We’re seeing some big time HRs today. A Detroit player hit a GS to tie the game with eh Cubs but Cubs ended up winning anyway, Emmy’s HR to take the lead for Reds, and now Harper, 3 run shot to tie the game against SF for Phillies.

  126. Indy Red Man

    Hopkins better save that $ because he’s not a big leaguer

    • Mark Moore

      He should take his meal money in cash if he can 😉

  127. Mark Moore

    Benson played that one correctly 😛

  128. Melvin

    Benson a little shaky on that one too. lol He’s got to get better.

    • Mark Moore

      I think he’s much better in RF. Odd since LF should be easier in the majority of parks. Maybe it’s a mindset thing.

      • Melvin

        Maybe. He ain’t too great in RF either. 🙂

  129. Mark Moore

    That was satisfying 😀

    Got to experience two wins today given my delayed gratification from last evening.

    Dare we even hope for a sweep? (which I won’t find out about until tomorrow morning).

    • Melvin

      Good win. Just be happy we’re playing the Angels in LA instead of the Dodgers. 🙂

    • Dennis Westrick

      You & me both, Mark! 10:30pm is bedtime for this old working man!

  130. RedsGettingBetter

    Reds taking advantage of Angels mistakes and Ohtani leaving out of the game just after 1.1 IP… Keep fighting Reds!

  131. Doc

    Reds win 9-4. I hope the local establishments stocked up on crow.

  132. TR

    Another series win in L.A. Go for the sweep.

  133. BatsLeftThrowsRight

    What’s the status of Lucas Sims?

  134. Mark Moore

    Game 2 line-up questions:

    Reds starter?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  135. Dennis Westrick

    Great come-from-behind win! Outstanding bullpen work! Only one (1) run allowed by 5 Reds relief pitchers!

    Let’s make it a great day and win Game 2!