After a wild extra-innings win Saturday night, the Cincinnati Reds (68-63) now look to salvage the weekend with a series split between them and the Arizona Diamondbacks (68-62) at Chase Field in Phoenix this afternoon. Graham Ashcraft takes the mound for the Reds. First pitch is at 4:10 EDT.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Arizona Diamondbacks

CF T.J. Friedl RF Corbin Carroll
2B Matt McLain 2B Ketel Marte
SS Elly De La Cruz LF Tommy Pham
LF Spencer Steer 1B Christian Walker
DH Nick Martini DH Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
1B Christian Encarnacion-Strand 3B Evan Longoria
3B Noelvi Marte CF Alek Thomas
RF Will Benson C Gabrial Moreno
C Tyler Stephenson SS Geraldo Perdomo

 

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Graham Ashcraft 134.0 4.84 1.38 50 100
Slade Cecconi 15.1 2.93 1.04 4 9
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Slade Cecconi’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

Graham Ashcraft has been, in a word, brilliant, over the last month. In 35 innings (five starts), he has a 2.57 ERA with 26 strikeouts and only seven walks. He’s also been going deep into games, as he’s pitched seven innings and beyond in all five starts. Ashcraft is also coming off a career high 10-strikeout game against the Angels. Unfortunately, while he’s pitched well, the offense (or bullpen, in some cases) hasn’t been able to pick him up. The Reds have lost three of those five starts.

Ashcraft hardly ever used his change up in previous years, but it seems this season, he has cut it out completely. He’s relying a lot more on his slider this year than he did in 2022. He’s also throwing fewer two-seam fastballs this year. Of course, the cutter has always been his go-to pitch. It still is, and he’s throwing it about 50 percent of the time.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 299 74 12 2 11 10% 16% .286 .373 .475
LHH 278 61 9 1 10 7% 19% .240 .303 .402

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider
Velo 96.5 96.0 88.3
Usage 10% 53% 37%

Slade Cecconi

Slade Cecconi is a right-handed rookie pitcher who has made four appearances for the Diamondbacks since getting called up on August 2. This afternoon will be his third start at the major league level. In two of the four appearances for Cecconi, Arizona has used an opener. Cecconi has pitched well since being called up, with a 2.93 ERA. He has only pitched 15.1 innings thus far, but he has nine strikeouts and only four walks in that span. Three of the four walks were in a game at Colorado–his worst outing of the four.

Drafted in the supplemental round out of college in 2020, Cecconi has moved up the Diamondbacks’ minor league system quickly. He’s listed as the 9th or 11th best prospect in Arizona’s system, depending on what rankings you’re looking at. In 2022, when in Double-A. he pitched very well, striking out 127 batters in 129.2 innings while only walking 32. He didn’t have as much success at Triple-A this year in the much tougher Pacific League, with a 6.38 ERA. However, he did still strikeout 104 batters in 103 innings.

Splits (from Triple-A)

Split PA H HR BB K AVG
RHH 49.1 64 10 13 45 .303
LHH 53.1 49 13 16 59 .244

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.9 73.6 82.9 82.0
Usage 54% 13% 26% 7%

Details:

  • Time: 4:10 pm EDT
  • Place: Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ
  • Weather: 109 degrees, mostly sunny
  • Roof Status: Closed
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Minor League Updates

Check out how all of the Reds minor league teams and players performed on Saturday.

 

Reds MiLB Notebook: Connor Phillips has been struggling of late at Triple-A Louisville.

 

Standings

Team W L GB Playoff Odds
Brewers 72 57 0.0 96.6%
Cubs 68 61 4.0 62.1%
Reds 68 63 5.0 29.4%
Pirates 58 72 14.5 0.0%
Cardinals 56 74 16.5 0.0%
Playoff Odds via Fangraphs

 

228 Responses

  1. Dennis Westrick

    Despite all the trials & tribulations of this 2023 season for the Reds, it does truly warm my heart to see the Yankees AND the Cardinals in last place in their respective divisions!

    Need a win this afternoon to split the series with the Snakes before moving on to play the San Francisco Little People!

    Let’s NOT wait until the later innings to score and NO Xtra innings today!

    • Moon

      I expect the Arizona rookie pitcher to have his best game of the year today. It seems to be a pattern with the Reds. Need this game, a series win against the Giants and Cubs coming up. We are down to it now…

  2. J

    Maybe this will be the day the Reds leadoff hitter reaches base and gets driven in to score a run in the top of the first. It’s bound to happen sooner or later if Bell keeps sticking with this lineup. Why not today?

  3. Melvin

    I’ve really seen some improvements in the hitting approach of EDLC recently. That’s a big deal if he can keep that up.

    • J

      He does seem to be more serious about trying to get on base instead of just swinging hard. I was begging for him to at least start showing a bunt, and now he’s proved he can put one down the third base line. I’d like to see him at least act like he wants to drag one to first and force the first baseman in a few steps so those 110mph line drives down the line will be really hard to catch.

      But the walks and pitch selectivity have been the most obvious improvement. Hope he continues the trend. He could actually be a legit leadoff hitter if he can keep it up.

  4. J

    I just checked, and it looks to me that it’s been 10 games since the Reds last had the leadoff hitter reach base in the first inning. It was August 16, against Cleveland. Friedl singled and McClain drove him in with a double. Since then, I believe they’ve scored a grand total of one run in the first inning, which was a McLain solo homer. to start the last series.

    • Moon

      Most of recent games the Reds have gone down in order in the first inning.

      • J

        And without much of a fight. They’re often out in about 10 pitches, if even that many.

  5. Mark Moore

    Locked and loaded … let’s hunt us some Snakes!!

    BTW, the exterior shots of that building … 😮 … more than a little ugly IMO.

  6. LT

    Ax showed that they can hit 4-seamer and slider, so Ashcraft needs to be careful with those 2 pitches. Let’s ride the cutter to victory. I have things ready to whip up martini when Martini has a hit. Go and win this game Reds.

  7. Indy Red Man

    Cubs took it Over 8.5 in the 9th! On a nice heater again.

    This pitcher had a 6+ era at AAA. The Reds need to open up a can on somebody today! Dbacks go to LA and host the O’s plus 7 more with the Cubs. Cubs go to Milwaukee tomorrow. I’m thinking root for Milw to sweep, but I doubt we catch either one. I want the #6 and go to Milwaukee.
    1000% of the pressure would be on them

    • Jim Walker

      I just want the Reds to be invited to the party. Milwaukee would be fine with me because I don’t think the Reds would sneak up on LA or the Braves because of how tough the Reds played them during the season.

      Meanwhile, Counsell would have to work OT to make his guys believe things weren’t in the bag from the start vs Reds.

  8. Eddiek957

    I like the use of an opener last night. Seemed like the games Law opened earlier in the season worked out well. Like to see it employed more down the stretch

  9. Indy Red Man

    Same gamer +420:

    Reds over 3.5
    Steer rbi
    GA 4+ Ks

  10. JB

    Why is Friedl still on first? They decide not to attempt to steal today?

    • Mark Moore

      Either can’t get a good read or (more likely) his ankle is still a little cranky from last night. That from the WLW team.

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell gets so tight in big games, afraid to take a chance

    • Mark Moore

      Tight enough he could eat copper and fart pennies.

      It’s why he remains the #75 Field Manager in MLB.

      • Mark Moore

        Melvin – I’ve had him at #75 all week. “Up” is highly unlikely at this point in my ranking system. And his ceiling is #30 anyway … 😉

      • Melvin

        I guess I missed the #75 update. Last I saw was #60. Up or down depends on your perspective. Up in numbers and down in rankings. 🙂

  12. LarkinPhillips

    Cecconi threw 20 pitches in 1st. He hasn’t went deep at all prior to this in his starts. The diamondbacks pitched 6 of 8 relievers yesterday including there closer who is probably not available today. The quicker we can get their starter out the better. Hopefully the approach to start is to be very patient. Reds need this win with cubs, Phillies, marlins, brewers all winning today.

  13. JB

    If he has a bad ankle then bat him ninth. I would rather have a guy at top of the order that is willing to take it to them. That’s how they win. Force them to make an error with their speed.

  14. Melvin

    Bally Sports showing Indian Fever basketball on Spectrum in Indy today instead of the Reds….fun 🙂

    • Indy Red Man

      I saw it in time and rolled over to BWW on 31

      • Indy Red Man

        Buffalo Wild Wings south side

      • Melvin

        If I’m missing something please let me know.

      • Melvin

        I don’t understand how they can show it but I’ll take your word for it. Thanks.

      • Indy Red Man

        They’re not on Bally’s schedule.

      • Melvin

        When I had Uverse they had several channels for Bally so I could get both games if I wanted. Spectrum only has one channel and they chose…the Fever. Oh boy.

  15. Mark Moore

    Please none of this LL defense today!!!

  16. Indy Red Man

    This guy loves his heater. We usually hammer this kind of guy

  17. Indy Red Man

    Anyone else doubting Martini? I’m not saying he’s great, but he’s not a hacker and he’s locked in. We have too many kids giveaway atbats

    • Jim Walker

      Martini has an MLB career OPS+ of 111 and OPS of .769 through 350PAs in 4 seasons.

      I’d guess he has been one of those square pegs on round hole teams and his OPS+ was about 5 points too low for anyone to ever move heaven and earth to make a spot for him.

      Somehow he didn’t even get an MLB look until his age 28 season. Go figure

  18. MBS

    Blake Dunn so far today has hit his 19th, and 20th HR on the season with a .355 BA in AA. Why is this man still in AA, he should be in AAA or even (crazy) on the Reds. BTW that’s not to mention the 47 SB’s.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Lookouts are in playoffs and they want him to try to win a championship is my only thought of a reason.

  19. RedAlert

    4 strikeouts 2 innings …. Pathetic once again

    • Kevin H

      And d-back have struck out 3 times through 2 innings. What is your point
      D-backs struck out 13 times last night.

  20. Mark Moore

    14-pitch AB from the Martini Man … then nothing.

  21. Mark A Verticchio

    Hopkins nor Siani really need to be on the team right now. Mancini would be a big upgrade as would anybody else.

    • Mark Moore

      you definitely don’t need both of them Siani gives you some speed and a true back-up CF player. Hopkins looks mostly lost in the very few times he gets a chance.

    • Melvin

      I don’t know much about Mancini. I’m a little puzzled as to why a lot want him up with the Reds so fast when the Cubs didn’t want him. He’s had a couple of good games but also has gone 0-4 two games as well. Maybe I’m missing something. I agree Hopkins is not doing anything and even Lopez would be a big improvement. Siani is basically taking the role of Fairchild in my view as a late inning pinch runner defensive replacement.

  22. Mark Moore

    Love that 12 GIDP Bike Helmet stat for Ashcraft.

  23. Dennis Westrick

    Had to step out to run a couple of errands!

    I see nothing has changed as Reds batters have four (4) strikeouts thru 2 innings!

    No other team in MLB has the strikeout ratio this 2023 Reds team has! Truly remarkable statistic!

    • Mark Moore

      Martini’s was a 14-pitch AB with a foul-tip to end it. He did a pretty good job, though on base would obviously have been better.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I will say elly actually battled as well rather than his normal 3 pitch k at bats.

    • Melvin

      “No other team in MLB has the strikeout ratio this 2023 Reds team has! ”

      Is that true?

      • Old Big Ed

        No. The Twins, Angels, Rockies, Giants and (barely) the Angels have higher strikeout rates going into the day.

    • Kevin H

      D-backs struck out 13 times lastnight. Struck out 3 times through 2 innings.

  24. JB

    I see that the Reds aren’t going to get to see Luis Castillo when the Mariners come to town. Quite the bummer. I was really hoping to see him pitch again GABP.

    • Indy Red Man

      Why? So he can K 11 guys in a blowout M win

    • Melvin

      Him pitching wouldn’t help your “bandwagon” get closer to the playoffs. 🙂

    • JB

      If you can’t beat the good pitchers you aren’t going anywhere. Especially in the playoffs. Hoping to always miss another teams best pitchers gets you nowhere.

  25. Mark A Verticchio

    This team just can’t seem to hit at a playoff contender level.

  26. Mark Moore

    I like the bunt attempt by Friedl. Took a nearly perfect throw to nail him.

  27. Indy Red Man

    They should get to this guy 2nd time thru. Milw turned into a run scoring machine. Cubs too. We’re nothing like that right now. Idk about Fraley and India, but it would nice to get them back

    • Mark Moore

      I’ll agree on Fraley. I’m thinking India is cooked for this season. Just a hunch on my part. Plus the whole “press stuff” from another Boras client doesn’t sit well with me or a whole lot of others.

      But at least we have HDTBell and guys LOVE playing for him. 😛

    • Jim Walker

      I am always skeptical about playing guys who have been diagnosed with post season surgical conditions.

      Being able to play without making the injury worse in a medical sense often does not equate to being able to play as well as if they were uninjured.

      I am OK riding things out with Martini till he cools or the league catches up to him.

  28. Indy Red Man

    GA has hung a lot of sliders today. Needs to hang in there

    • LarkinPhillips

      This walker at bay scares me for that reason…

  29. Mark Moore

    And so it begins.

    Perfectly placed hit. Ashcraft needs to shake that off.

    So, even if they are racking up K’s on the Snakes side, they are also doing stuff like that. Our guys, not so much. It’s why every little hole seems like we dug it bigger than it actually is.

  30. Jim Walker

    The Reds have been getting burned in the RF corner this entire series. Not saying it is Benson’s fault because he has charts telling him where to play; but, it seems to be taking him forever to get over there.

    • Melvin

      Yes. Benson has a lot of improving to do over the winter. Hopefully working on it right now.

  31. JB

    As much as the Reds hitters have struck out this year, they are nowhere near the Twins. Twins have struck out over 100 times more.

  32. LarkinPhillips

    2 pitches 2 outs. Guess we don’t want to get to their tired bullpen.

  33. old-school

    Cant win if you dont score. Cant score if you dont get on base or hit home runs. to the Krall didnt do enough at the deadline crowd……add 2 more elite hitters to the list of needs.

    • Indy Red Man

      Give me Soler and Jeff Montgomery and we’re good to go. Transition one of these big arms to the pen. Lodolo is no better then HG when healthy. Even if he’s on it’s 100 pitches thru 5

      • old-school

        Im good with Montgomery. Hard pass on Soler. He strikes out too much. I dont see the Reds taking any starting lefties in the FA off season though or spending 100 mil. They have Abbott and Lodolo and Williamson. Blake Snell would be my guy. Maybe they trade some prospect capital for a controlled righty. White sox stink and need a rebuild. Dylan Cease, although A’s killed him last night, finished 2nd the AL Cy young last year. Give them Marte, Phillips, and Jorge.

  34. Mark A Verticchio

    Lead off single then 12 straight with no hard contact. It is just really hard to watch these young guys. I thought they were much more polished hitters, that is why I think Mancini might help he might actually give a professional at bat.

  35. RedsGettingBetter

    The only positive thing was Cecconi pitching count thru 3 innings , now in the fourth , the Reds helped him attacking the first pitches but it didn’t work at all so he is just on 60 pitches on 4 easy scoreless so far… The same story as the last games…

  36. Indy Red Man

    What really sucks is most of these games it’s like walks aren’t even a possibility. We swing at garbage or we try to do too much with a decent pitch. This kid is just rolling for them

  37. LT

    Nothing fancy, just 4-seamers, some right down the middle, and reds hitters still couldn’t do any damage.

  38. Gpod

    15 in a row retired by AZ pitcher…unbelievable

  39. Mark A Verticchio

    As a Reds fan this is pure torture watching theses guys go down so easily. I have little hope for them to score a run.

  40. Indy Red Man

    Martini though? 2 hrs on this trip and 2 more that are gone in GABp like that one His swing might be a keeper…atleast off the bench

  41. J

    Once again, we’re seeing the lack of leadership on display. Guys swinging at bad pitches instead of trying to draw walks, guys swinging at first pitches when they should be trying to get to the bullpen, guys swinging for the fences, Friedl leads off with a single (first leadoff runner in 10 games) and there’s no attempt to do anything with it other than swing hard. No stealing, no bunting, no hitting and running. Just swing hard and hope for the best.

    Bell doesn’t hit, but he’s supposed to be in charge of the guys who do hit, and they need someone’s help.

    • Mark Moore

      +10,000

      It’s why HDTBell is the #75 Field Manager in all of MLB … with a bag of rocks chained to his ankle. He may be #100 by mid-September.

  42. Indy Red Man

    GA is our ace. I’d have Abbott do whatever Law did to gain velocity. He could get stronger for sure. Give Abbott 3 mph and he’s Cole Hamels

  43. Mark Moore

    Solid, fundamental relay on a guy who runs like blazes. Excellent job by EDLC. Nice work by Friedl considering it’s 18,000 feet to that CF wall.

    • Indy Red Man

      What a play! Let’s get it going now!!

      Laughing at my buddy. He has $20 on 40-1 Carroll & Elly to both homer. So close to having a shot

  44. JB

    Terrible coaching. 3rd base coach has to take note that Cruz is the relay guy throwing home. We will take it.

    • Indy Red Man

      Nah… 2 outs and we had to execute perfectly.

  45. Old-school

    Folks….you just witnessed why Elly is the SS….elite arm guns an elite runner at the plate. Elly is the SS and McLain is 2b….. Move forward. Thats an elite Double play up the middle combo. Now time to figure out 3b and 1b.

    • Mark Moore

      EDLC has room to grow if he’s staying there. MattyMc showed he has room to grow as well. But as long as that happens, I’m fine with them up the middle.

      A return of India next season at 3B might work. I’m of the opinion Steer should be at 1B and stay there. Not sure what you do with both Marte and CES at this point. They end up pretty redundant as I see it.

      • old-school

        trade for pitching!!!!. Dylan Cease

        Al #2 Cy young last year and controlled

  46. LT

    Carrol is one heck of a player. He can hit any pitch, hit with average and power. But Frield got him. He’s not as fast as Elly 🙂

    • old-school

      +500. I like watching Carrol play baseball. Hes right there with anyone in baseball. good for the game. fun watching him hit and Friedl throw and Elly throw and see what happens. reds won that one.

    • Lem

      It looked Carrol even kind of clapped for EDLC after that one, like , “You got me that time”…..The look on Carrol in the slo-mo when the ball and glove suddenly appeared right in front of his face was almost a wide-eyed “What!?”

  47. old-school

    Let’s go…rally in progress with benson, ty Steve.

  48. Mark Moore

    A good throw makes it close. A bad throw that hits the rosin bag? Tie ballgame.

  49. Indy Red Man

    Hmm. Would’ve thought that guy was right in McLains wheelhouse with fastballs middle away. Oh well. Need to keep fighting. We’re better then them. They have 3 good hitters, 2 average, and 4 scrubs

  50. Mark A Verticchio

    Mclain is hitting as poorly as he has all year.

    • J

      It seems like it’s either a hit or a strikeout.

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s got 7 hits w 3 bombs on this road trip already

  51. J

    Sorry, I’m a little late to the party… a sacrifice fly!!!! I’m marking this day on my calendar.

    • Rick

      I’m on Gameday switching back & forth.
      The last one we had Nuxy was doing Hudhepol commercials on radio:)

      • J

        Oh, come on. There’s been at least one in the Cowboy era.

  52. Mark A Verticchio

    I thought they might have a big inning there but the rookies hit like rookies again. Lucky it’s 1 to 1. Could be a bad day everybody else won.

  53. Beaufort Red

    Just looking at McClain’s batting stance, it seems his left foot ends up such that there’s no way he can reach an outside strike. I’m sure his stature also means he has shorter arms. That’s why he always seems to strike out on outside pitches. Oh BTW, he’s my favorite player.

    • Mark Moore

      But we’ve got professional coaches to see that and help him fix it … right? All under the direction of one HDTBell.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      without a doubt, poor coaching as usual.

  54. Indy Red Man

    Gidp. Let’s go!!!!

    Was just thinking sac flies are like winning Powerball tickets to the Reds, but Freidl bunt there made more sense. Get slow poke Tyler to 2B

  55. Reddawgs2012

    Pitching and defense are keeping the Reds in this game. Desperately need the bats to wake up.

    • Mark Moore

      Jobu is completely ripping drunk down near Nogales. Have to hang on here and get him up to SF for the next series.

  56. old-school

    Ashcraft is right there with Abbott answering the SP bell as clearly the Reds best 2 starting pitchers. Great 5-4-3 DBP there. Williamson trending and bullpen arms of Diaz, Cruz, and Gibault really good too.

  57. Mark Moore

    Nice job by Steer to capitalize on that moon shot fly ball from Senzel. Nick almost caught that one.

  58. Indy Red Man

    That’s a leaping fight in the stands for their RF in Gabp

    • Indy Red Man

      Or into that tent thing that I hate down the line in RF

    • Mark Moore

      The outfield there is a cavern. Makes that one Benson hit out even more impressive.

  59. Melvin

    So Martini has been tearing it up and Senzel hit for him. Never mind about who’s seeing the ball well I guess. Almost worked.

  60. Doc

    I hope Greene is paying attention to how Ashcraft pitches. Right now, if Greene is worth $53MM, Ashcraft is worth double that, or more.

    • Kevin H

      Yep Ashcraft has turned it around. He really struggled there in May and June. Some here wanted him sent down. Etc etc.. now he is ace of staff.

  61. Indy Red Man

    CES seeing away away away. He’s got to move up to handle that outside corner better. Marte atleast can cover the whole plate

  62. Mark Moore

    Skipped one by Longoria!! Nice hustle by Steer. Makes Nick’s productive fly ball even bigger.

  63. JB

    Good hit by Marte after a good play in the field.

  64. Indy Red Man

    Counterpoint to you Old School. Elly gets that ball every time at 3B. Marte maybe & Steer I doubt it

    • Indy Red Man

      And Elly can still take relays that rattle around the wall from 3B

      • Melvin

        Or he can just throw out runners straight from CF without needing a cutoff. 😉

    • old-school

      Elly is a great third baseman too.

      I think I take his arm and range though as a SS

      Marte had that great bare handed throw last night.

      I think Marte 3b, Elly SS, Mclain 2b and Steer 1b. Trade CES for pitching and get an elite outfielder. He just doesnt have the plate discipline or defensive skills. He does have ridiculous power.

    • MBS

      @Indy, I’m with you EDLC’s is a better 3B than a SS. He seems much more fluid on the hot corner. McLain makes all the plays at SS, and is more reliable than Elly is up the middle. The arm upgrade that Elly can provide isn’t enough for me to move McLain off of SS.

  65. old-school

    Marte!

    This is a hot take but CES and marte seem a bit redundant with Steer at CI. Marte is more athletic but I might package CES and some prospects for a controlled elite righty pitcher.-Dylan Cease or whatever 2024 version of Mat Lagos is out there.

    • MBS

      I don’t think Steer stays a CI. He’s likely a corner outfielder, but as Bell said his best defensive position is 2B. So many moves possible in the offseason, it’s really had to speculate who goes where. Only 1 thing seems clear someone is going to be traded, just not enough beds at the inn for all to stay.

  66. Mark Moore

    Well that was short-lived … 😮

  67. Indy Red Man

    Hung a few sliders. Bad time there, but he’ll keep battling

  68. Mark Moore

    I can’t do extra innings today. I need to mow the entire yard given the rain has held off today but appears to be coming on strong through the rest of this week.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Raining here in east Tennessee and headed your way Mark.

  69. RedsGettingBetter

    Another tying-game home run surrendered by Ashcraft in 7th or 8th despite he’s tossing a gem… unbelievable

  70. Old-school

    Playoff caliber baseball….we are here. tough game. Ill gladly take this considering 2022.

  71. J

    Now the Reds will need to score at least THREE runs to win this game? Ashcraft really let the team down today.

  72. Mark A Verticchio

    Ashcraft was not happy about Bell taking him out, good for him.

  73. J

    The Ian Gibaut Fan Club welcomes new members.

  74. LT

    Ashcraft pitched his tail off, good game, but 7th inning has been his nemesis all year. Too bad we couldn’t win for him.

  75. old-school

    C’mon Redlegnation.

    This is fun.

    Our Winning team playing a winning team fighting for playoff position in late august. Sign me up ever year. Yes, Id rather be the Braves.

    This beats Papierski and Colin Moran and Joel Kuhnel right?

    • Mark Moore

      “We’ve got Jack for that”

  76. Indy Red Man

    But if Marte is a better hitter then CES then how did CES crush his numbers? CES is much better then this. Just needs a breather like the Cubs gave Suzuki. This s is hard. Bell never adjusts til your dog knows a guy is pressing and needs a day off

  77. Indy Red Man

    Freidl just isn’t top of the order guy. Hates taking pitches.

    • Mark Moore

      Not sure we have anybody who consistently will take pitches at this point. As I’ve stated before, that’s much more of a coaching thing in my book.

      • Melvin

        Basic fundamentals are lacking in so many areas.

  78. Mark A Verticchio

    The top of the reds order is really struggling

  79. Kevin H

    Growing pains are fun. LOL I don’t mind Bell being the manager as much as some on here.

    I still though don’t understand his usage of the bullpen. Unless on pitch counts lastnight Cruz could of went 3 innings, and Lively could of pitched 6. I dunno I am wishy washy with Bell and bullpen usage LOL

  80. Gpod

    Why would you walk that guy….that could be the game

  81. Mark Moore

    Somebody check on Dennis Westrick, please.

  82. LT

    Sims to the rescue? 2 days in a row? I dont about this.

  83. Mark A Verticchio

    Gibault with a terrible outing. This would be a tough loss but they go to L.A. next so the games can be made up quickly.

  84. Kevin H

    No one can pitch a strike all of the sudden. LOL

  85. Mark Moore

    Sims with guys on base. That usually works out very well for us.

  86. Gpod

    Last night & today, we stayed away from walking guys….now in the 8th inning with the game on the line , you start walking people….there is no excuse

  87. Mark Moore

    So … I believe my mower is calling. I’ve got about an hour or so of good daylight. Plenty of time to rip through my acre lot.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. Time to get my mow on.

      Frustrating once again.

      • Melvin

        Frustrating? Why? Just because we walked the first three batters in a row to start the 8th? Complain Complain Complain 😉

  88. RedsGettingBetter

    No way…three walks leading off in the 8th in a 2-2 game… holly sh..

    • RedAlert

      Atrocious bullpen work from both those guys

  89. J

    Ian Gibaut Fan Club has been terminated.

    • Old-school

      Lucas Sims fan club never formed

  90. Jeremiah

    What an incredible throw by De La Cruz to get Carroll…man he’s fun to watch when he can display his athleticism… I wonder how he would be in Center or right field he might potentially save a lot of runs keeping guys from going to third base or home.

  91. Indy Red Man

    Gave away another game where Ashcraft was really good. Blew leads w Nats & Fish at home and gift wrapped this one. They don’t deserve it.

    • old-school

      Indy…you win. Adam Duvall for Lucas Sims was a Reds lost trade.

      Not even close.

  92. Kevin H

    4 walks by the bullpen so far. WOW..

  93. RedlegScott

    Why Gibaut and Sims? Where’s Farmer and Law? Scratching my head…

  94. J

    Someday it would be nice to see the opponent actually have to earn runs late in the game. They can pretty much just stand there, or hit it anywhere, and it’s runs.

  95. Gpod

    Reds lead the league in games given away….2 runs without a hit

  96. LarkinPhillips

    2 runs in the 8th of a tied game without ever getting a hit. That’s pitiful. Even the in yesterday, the Reds did their best to lose numerous times.

    • RedAlert

      Bullpen bright their gas cans to mound today – this is what happens when you have a
      clueless manager who has overused bullpen the entire year …. Long as this dude is
      manager and ownerships remains the same this team ain’t going nowhere

      • Tom Reeves

        How would you have managed the bullpen at some point losing every started this year? Geez.

      • RedAlert

        I wouldn’t use 6 relievers every game to start …

      • J

        All goes back to being unwilling to start someone other than Weaver. If a starter had pitched another two innings per game for 10 starts, he’d have saved the bullpen over 20 innings of work. That means 20 fewer appearances, mostly among the same three or four guys.

        And if they’d bothered to develop someone who could pitch three or four innings in relief, they might have saved another 10+ appearances.

        Maybe the bullpen would still have problems, but at least fatigue would be much less of a factor.

  97. LarkinPhillips

    Elly has to keep that ball in the infield at least. Run doesn’t score if he at least knocks the ball down.

  98. Gpod

    Good Sims yesterday….bad sims today…in a game sitting there to win if you don’t give it away

  99. J

    The good news is that now the Reds might be able to score a run or two.

  100. old-school

    Lucas Sims stinks

    I dont care what his spin rate is or his pitches look like in a lab in February. He cant throw strikes or get guys out. So much for that baseball analytics nonsense. Reds needed him today to win a game and he failed…….again.

    • Kevin H

      Maybe today’s game, however that simply isn’t true. He is a good bullpen pitcher

      • Tom Reeves

        Imagine if the players had a little faith as this comment section?

      • old-school

        Lucas Sims walks 5.92 hitters per 9 innings. Dems da facts.

  101. RedlegScott

    Guys, again Sims and Gibaut were in last night. What are they doing out there again with Farmer, Law, and others on the bench? Makes no sense to me.

    • Kevin H

      Maybe they weren’t available today we dont know. I mean I agree its a good question, however we just don’t know.

      • RedlegScott

        Young is injured, that explains him, but the other two? Can’t blame Gibaut or Sims when they just pitched. What did Young do last time he went back-to-back games? Gave up a walk and a homer. Doesn’t work.

  102. Beaufort Red

    EDLC is not the answer at SS. Great talent but poor SS skills and technique.

    • Kevin H

      You just don’t like him. almost every time I come here to read comments you have negative comments about him. Geesh what were you doing at 21?? Not playing MLB BASEBALL

      • Beaufort Red

        Well I was playing Division 1 shortstop in college. What were you doing? Sorry if I hurt your feelings. Call them as I see them.

      • Beaufort Red

        Yeah I just don’t like him. Do you know how sophomoric that sounds. Put you big boy pants on .

      • Kevin H

        However you weren’t playing MLB at age 21. What team did you play for so I can look up your stats and critique your skills

      • Kevin H

        Yeah I call them as I see them and do you know how you sound

  103. Pharmer85

    Unless it’s a called third strike

  104. Redlegs1869

    Another embarrassment. Four walks? Don’t deserve to win. Two pronged issue though. The “Double B Collapse.” Bullpen and Bats. No bullpen, but can’t expect to win scoring two runs. And almost every game we have 0-1 hits through 4-5 innings. Can’t be the “Rally Reds” every day. Gotta score some runs.

  105. Kywhi

    As bad as Gibaut and Sims were today, its tough to win anytime when your offense only has 2 runs on 4 hits and puts two men in scoring position.

    • RedlegScott

      Precisely. Can’t win if you don’t produce on offense.

  106. Roger Garrett

    Just tuned in to see we gave another one away late.WOW its just hard to imagine how they can come back from the dead one game and just play dead the next day.Sims was awful but 4 hits just ain’t going to get it done.

    • J

      If it makes you feel any better, they swung very hard several times. If any of those swings had connected, someone would have been wearing the cape. And isn’t that really what it’s all about? The cape?

  107. LarkinPhillips

    Every time they have showed the dugout this trip, the guys just look exhausted. It’s hard to bring energy every day like the did in June. But bell needs to figure out a way to fire this team back and keep them loose. His monotone nature and random screaming at umps isn’t going to do it.

    • J

      Has he even bothered to scream at an ump lately? I haven’t watched every inning, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen him scream randomly about anything. I’ve watched a lot of Reds hitters get burned by bad calls, and he seems mainly uninterested.

    • Roger Garrett

      I agree but all of us starting with me are just beating a dead horse.Bell is just Bell and will be the manager until he isn’t.Always thought he got the job because he was family and will keep it for the same reason.I could be wrong and I am a bunch but if you watch MLB network they have anointed him the next whoever.The guy will get some votes for manager of the year if this team finishes at or above 500.Go figure.

    • Rick

      Exhausted for sure, both physically and mentally.
      Now that the league has a book on our youngin’s, they look beaten down and frustrated. And, it’s a double jeopardy due to their undisciplined approach especially when they are ahead on the count and swing at pitches out of the zone, or at a pitchers pitch.
      A lack of tutelage by the staff especially with such a young team. Individual film study with a couple of players a day, skipping batting practice pointing out pitch selection based on different counts could be useful. Both good & poor hitter selections should be used to atleast keep their moral high while pointingout how they can improve.

  108. doofus

    Reds need an assassin. A hitting assassin. Someone who kills pitchers.

    • Melvin

      That doesn’t seem very nice. 😉

  109. Gpod

    Come into a big 4 game set with a team that is battling for the same playoff’ spot….you win one game on a ball call….don’t think it’s looking good going forward

  110. doofus

    Dugout shot of India during Senzel’s at bat showed a total disinterest. I thought that India was supposed to be a leader?

  111. LT

    Terrible offense, terrible bullpen + Greene is the story of this series for the Reds. AZ combo or Carrol and Marte is dynamite, way better than MM and Elly in this series. Better team won.

  112. Mark A Verticchio

    The season is slipping away, need to win 2 of 3 vs Giants and even that probably isn’t good enough. They are down to 2nd wild card Cubs = 2 back, 3rd wild card D-backs = 1 and 1/2 back. They have so many problems I just don’t see it happening = worn out bull pen, questionable starters and saddest of all an awful offense that peaked in June. Add it all up and it spells 2024. I didn’t even mention Bell.

  113. Rick

    Krall needs to acquire or convert an organizational pitcher to create an 8th inning power arm that can throw strikes. A 2 pitch pitcher with movement on a haired up fastball, & a descent changeup.
    Plenty is needed for this ball club, but that 8th inning role is invaluable in baseball.

  114. Gpod

    Reds 5th worst record in MLB in August….good thing Reds were so active at that trade deadline

  115. Mark A Verticchio

    One very very small hope is that the Cubs and D-backs play each other 7 times. Reds have to get going and hope one team dominates in those 7 games, like 5 wins or more.

    • Votto4life

      Qi get what you are saying Mark, but the problem is the Reds still have to win games. You can’t make the post season relying entirely on other teams beating your opponents. I remember in 2021, everyone saying the Reds had the easiest September schedule in baseball, we all know how that turned out. You can’t play .450 baseball in the second half and expect to make the play-offs.

  116. Votto4life

    Would have preferred a slow start and a strong finish. This team seems to have more questions than answers. Not sure 2024 is going to be any better. If the Reds have an actual window, it’s going to be with David Bell as manager.

    I just don’t understand why David Bell was given a three year extension. They could have offered him a contract for 2024, but why sign him through 2026? It makes absolutely no sense at all. By the time that contract is up, the team will be going into their next re-build.

    • Melvin

      “I just don’t understand why David Bell was given a three year extension.”

      …because cheap Big Bob C. is the majority owner, has his nose in most everything, and doesn’t know what the crap he’s doing.

      • TR

        I expected, at most, a two year manager renewal in the offseason based on the unexpected excitement of 2023, but not done months before the season ended, and three years more after five is excessive.

  117. Roger Garrett

    Bell is family and what happens regarding wins or losses really doesn’t matter.Krall has rebuilt the team and the minors with talented players which will bring fans back to GABP.Pro sports is about entertainment and putting an entertaining product on the field.I would guess most of us that comment are retired or close to it because of all of the references to the BIG RED MACHINE but we come from an era that says winning is the most important thing.When we see players that appear to not be thinking at all and constant head scratching moves by the manager it drives us nuts.Dugout celebrations for home runs down by 4 runs in the ninth is well just makes little since.Its entertainment and its about the money and everybody wants some and wants more.Lots of stuff on here about Scott Boras and I read an article about how he said the Dodgers wanted Bellinger to play at 35% and then they cut him.He of course is now saying Bellinger walks on water and will demand a contract that who knows how high it will go.Its about putting butts in the seats and making money and well if you win some thats good also.Old fans want to win and everything to us starts with winning.