A baseball game was scheduled between the Reds and Giants on Wednesday afternoon, but the score resembled one that would have involved the Bengals and the 49ers. Cincinnati came out on top in a game that saw him club seven home runs a day after they managed just three hits.

Game Recap: Reds 19 – Giants 11

The baseball was flying in Scottsdale on Wednesday afternoon. The two teams combined to hit 10 home runs among 37 hits and there were 30 runs in the game. Cincinnati had seven of the homers, 23 of the hits, and 19 of the runs as they got big days from hitters up and down the lineup. There wasn’t a lot of good to say about the pitching on either side as just three guys of the 14 pitchers were able to end their day without allowing a run and completing at least one inning of work.

The Highlights

Cincinnati got a little bit of luck in the top of the 1st inning. Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit a grounder down the line and it hit the third base bag before heading into left field as he picked up a single. Three batters later it was Nick Martini hitting a grounder and this one deflected off of the pitchers foot for an RBI infield single that put the Reds up 1-0.

In the bottom of the 1st things went south in a hurry for Frankie Montas. He walked two of the first three hitters he saw before giving up an RBI single to Jorge Soler. He then walked his third batter of the inning to load the bases. Cincinnati then made a pitching change to bring in Evan Kravetz. The big lefty struck out the next two batters to strand the bases loaded and avoid disaster on the scoreboard.

The Reds showed off some power in the top of the 2nd inning as Mike Ford and Tony Kemp went back-to-back with home runs – the first of the spring for each – to start the inning off and put the visiting club up 3-1.

Spencer Steer would double and then later score when Luke Maile lined a single into center that deflected off of the glove of a diving shortstop as all of the breaks kept going Cincinnati’s way.

Since it’s spring training and not much matters out in Arizona, Frankie Montas returned to the mound to begin the 2nd inning for the Reds. He gave up two singles in the inning, but worked around them for a scoreless inning. In the next inning he retired the Giants in order.

Cincinnati went to work in the top of the 4th inning. Edwin Arroyo led off with a single, but he was picked off. That would cost the Reds a bit as Spencer Steer followed up with a single and then Christian Encarnacion-Strand homered for the third time this spring.

Luke Maile came up next and he singled before Stuart Fairchild also homered for the third time in the spring as Cincinnati grabbed an 8-1 lead.

The Giants got a run back on a leadoff homer from Theiro Estrada off of Frankie Montas in the bottom of the inning. After recording the next two outs he his Luis Matos with a pitch to extend the inning. Wilmer Flores took advantage of that opportunity and crushed a 2-run homer to end the day for Montas, who was pulled from the game for the second time on the day. Justin Bruihl took over and he got a ground out to end the inning.

Cincinnati went back to work at the plate in the top of the 5th. Josh Harrison singled, stole second, and then scored on a Tony Kemp single. Victor Acosta was then hit by a pitch and Spencer Steer walked to load the bases. After a Giants pitching change Luke Maile greeted newcomer Hunter Dula about as rudely as possible, hitting a grand slam to make it 13-4.

Justin Bruihl came back out for the 5th and he worked around an infield hit for a shutout frame. The offense went right back to it as Josh Harrison doubled and then scored on a single by Mike Ford that extended the lead to 14-4.

Zach Maxwell took over for the Reds in the bottom of the 6th and he ran into trouble, giving up back-to-back 1-out doubles and then an RBI single to make it 14-6. He’d rebound by striking out the next two hitters to limit the damage.

The Reds offense must not have thought 14 runs was enough on the day because in the top of the 7th they would add to it. Two walks preceded a long 3-run home run from Nick Martini that extended their lead to 17-6.

Cincinnati sent Zach Maxwell back to the mound for the bottom of the 7th and he walked three batters to load the bases without recording an out before being replaced by Peyton Gray. He got a double play to start his outing, but a run did come across the plate on the play. He would then pick up a strikeout to end the inning. The Reds offense got that run back after Miguel Hernandez tripled and scored when Anthony Alford homered over the batters eye in center to make it 19-7. It was the clubs 7th homer of the day.

The scoring wasn’t over, though. San Francisco didn’t waste much time getting to new reliever Casey Legumina in the 8th. A leadoff double was followed up by a 1-out, 2-run homer by David Villar that made it 19-9. A single and a 2-out walk were followed up by a 2-run double off of the bat of Chase Pinder that made it 19-11. That was the final scoring of the day as Carson Rudd came on and picked up a strikeout in a shutout bottom of the 9th to seal the win for Cincinnati.

The Reds had 23 hits and that included two doubles, a triple, seven homers, and four walks on the day. Seven different pitchers in the game were charged with at least three earned runs.

You can see the box score for the game here.

Montas on his outing

Thursday’s Games

The Cincinnati Reds big league club will play the Texas Rangers at 9:05pm ET and that game will be on Bally Sports Ohio (1360 WSAI has the radio coverage). But tomorrow will also be the first of two Spring Breakout games for the Reds where a team of their prospects plays against another organization’s team of prospects. That game will also be against the Rangers and it will be at 6:05pm ET and you can watch it on MLB.com.

98 Responses

  1. Harry Stoner

    I’m thinking that all that recent debate about who ‘earned’ the opening day start is pretty much moot at this point.

    Also extra glad Krall didn’t ship out CES for a ‘controllable innings nibbler’.

  2. mac624

    That’s spring training for you. One day you get rocked, the next day you rock someone else.

  3. Tampa Red

    I’m just here for the hot takes on Bell/Montas….

    • Harry Stoner

      Well….Montas pitched one (1) inning last season and started ST coming off a major shoulder injury.

      He’s pitched in two games so far: in the first one he pitched well for two innings and got clubbed in his second appearance.

      Then Bell names him “opening day starter” (with still a couple weeks of ST to go) and RLN faithful say he’s “earned” it.

      Then he gets drubbed in his next appearance of one (1) inning.

      A fair case can be made that Bell has “earned” whatever comes his way.

      “How’s the shoulder doing, Frankie?”

      • Melvin

        “A fair case can be made that Bell has “earned” whatever comes his way.”

        Don’t start cracking me up now. 😀

      • Mark Moore

        I shall reserve all comments on one HDTBell and his decisions for now … 😀

      • 2020ball

        Curious who people think should have been chosen instead, but who am i to expect anything past “we dont like this”

      • Harry Stoner

        Maybe simply just wait a little bit longer and see who is pitching well?

      • greenmtred

        To include the contract extension.

      • wkuchad

        Harry, I don’t remember anyone posting he “earned” the opening day start. And I don’t think anyone can “earn” it based on spring training stats.

        Maybe Bell just wants to start getting the pitchers lined up for the first week of the season.

      • west larry

        Off the top of my head, my list of most favorite to least favored reds managers: Sparky, Hutch, D, Baker, D Bristol, Bertie Tebbets, D. Bell, J Macnamara, Poole. I know that I’m missing some managers.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Expect nothing less from a legacy hire (Bell)! There! I said it! New season, same ol’ clueless Bell. I am counting down the days until is fired!

      • greenmtred

        I assume you’ve calendars for future years, too, Dennis.

    • mac624

      As someone that browses many boards in all kinds of sports, I can assure you that by and large fans complain about EVERYTHING regardless of whether their team is winning or not. Get on a Celtics or Dodgers or North Carolina Tar Heel or Georgia message board and you’d think they’ve never won anything and the coach stinks and can’t make a decision for anything. It’s a common mistake that posters think winning cures complaining, but that’s not true and it’s not how society operates anymore. For the few of us that are glass half full people, it’s annoying and sad but is just how the world works these days.

      • Doug Gray

        I think it’s always worked that way. The problem is that now instead of only interacting with and talking with 10 people a day we interact with and can see the thoughts of 10,000 people a day.

      • VaRedsFan

        Of these teams, which ones are competing for a title most every year?

        Dodgers
        Celtics
        Georgia
        UNC Tarheels
        Reds

      • greenmtred

        But that was the point, VaRedsFan: it’s fine for fans to complain and, indeed, the Reds have mostly not been very competitive for quite awhile. But fans of teams that are consistently competitive complain, too.

      • DaveCT

        A Red Sox or Celtic player gets a hangnail and fans are jumping off bridges in Beantown. And then there’s the Pats … good old WEEI, all day sports radio. My older brother listens like a fiend.

      • VaRedsFan

        Counterpoint GMR – Those other guy’s complaints don’t hold the water that Red’s fans complaints have. In other words, Red’s fans complaints are more justified.

      • greenmtred

        As a general matter, yes, a losing team’s fans’ complaints–or the fact that they’re complaining–may be more justified. But the substance of the complaints may not be. My pet theory is that fans who complain are frustrated managers. When they were younger, they likely were frustrated players.

  4. Indy Red Man

    I hope Stuey runs with his opportunities this year? If I was facing the Reds I’d try to line up lefties if at all possible. You negate Fraley and Benson plus the league knows Elly’s struggles vs lhp as well. Stuey is going to play

  5. Mark Moore

    In other news, Cease is a Friar. Who comes back to the ChiSox is still developing. I believe I counted 5 players at the last reading.

    Quite the bomb-fest today.

    • DaveCT

      San Diego’s No. 5, 7, and 9 prospects in the system, plus a reliever.

      The question is not who in the Reds system are Nos. 5, 7, and 9, however, as the Padres have the No. 3 MiLB system.

      The question is, Who in the Reds’ system equates with these three?

      That said, I still keep the kids and let ’em play.

      • Amarillo

        The number 5 guy is a consensus top 100 and Baseball America ranks him higher than Louder. In terms of value, this would be something like Moll, Phillips, Collier, Floyd.

      • Melvin

        Unless Cease ends up being a lot better than I think he will be I’m glad we didn’t do it.

      • Redsvol

        I understand your position@DaveCT. However, the chances of any of those players producing like Dylan Cease is very low. And if they do, it will be years before they hit their high-mark.

        I would give up 3 of our top 10 any day to get 2 years of Dylan Cease. After looking at these spring training outings, I’m not convinced our starting rotation will get us to the playoffs.

      • DaveCT

        Fair point, RedsVol. a three prospect package of three Top 10 kids, plus whoever, is better than this

        “the White Sox asking Cincinnati for a combination of Rhett Lowder, Chase Petty, Connor Phillips, Edwin Arroyo, and another unnamed prospect.”

        — Doug, RLN

      • Melvin

        “the White Sox asking Cincinnati for a combination of Rhett Lowder, Chase Petty, Connor Phillips, Edwin Arroyo, and another unnamed prospect.”

        No way.

      • MBS

        @Dave, that was a nuts ask by CHI. All 4 they wanted in a trade are top 100 prospects, while the Padres gave up a prospect ranked near the bottom of the top 100, and some other nice propects.

      • greenmtred

        I’m never convinced that any starting rotation will get any team to the playoffs. Pitching a fragile commodity and starting pitchers everywhere generally leave three or four innings for the bullpen to cover. And I particularly don’t base warm and fuzzy feelings or feelings of despair upon spring training results.

      • 2020ball

        @amarillo

        Moll, Lowder, Phillips, Arroyo seems a better comp IMO

      • Melvin

        “Geez, Melvin: we agree again.”

        I know that’s a bummer for you. Sorry. 😉

      • greenmtred

        Not a bummer at all. I prize tranquility.

      • Nick in NKY

        Over at The Athletic, K Law describes the trade as a ‘no brainer’ for the Padres. He argues (obviously paraphrasing) that the ceiling of the players going back to ChiSox are lower ceiling but decent floor, and the Pad’s are in a contention window.

        My initial impression is the return is way less than what the rumor mill had the Reds offering, or the Sox asking, back over the winter. Time will tell.

  6. MK

    Seems like it is going to be an annual traditional, the guy announced as the opening day starter has a less than good outing his next ST appearance.

    • Harry Stoner

      Well, that would support the idea of naming the OD starter early.

      Get the post-announcement melt-down out of the way asap.

  7. TJ

    @ Doug
    Was just wondering if Marte has spoken about his suspension or if anyone has found out about the circumstances surrounding his taking of the illegal substance. I’ve been searching and haven’t found anything. Maybe Marte and the Reds are planning a news conference?

  8. Wild Bill

    Another scratch and scramble day. One can only hope the season goes as well. Difficult to project success over a season given marginal pitching

  9. Redsvol

    Well, I can quit dreaming of getting Dylan Cease at the deadline. Padres just got him. Surprisingly they gave up 3 of their top 8 prospects – plus a quality reliever – to get him. I didn’t think they would get that much.

    However, I’d have the Reds give up that much and more to get a quality, top-tier starter like Cease.

    • Kevin Patrick

      The way Cease pitched against the Reds yesterday I can see why you say that. No point in worrying about it now. I will say that if the Reds don’t win the world series because they didn’t trade for Cease, I’ll be so mad. My guess is that there may be other reasons… Hopefully the entire rotation turns into Tom Seaver.

    • redfanorbust

      Decent arguments for trading/not trading for Cease. IMO it comes down to a teams overall direction/philosophy. If you are in a win now, WS or bust I get trading for him but if your planning for the long haul (as the Reds clearly are) it makes little sense. I am very surprised that the Yankees did not get him with the recent Cole problem and clearly they were all in this year. Only reasons I can see why the Padres did the deal is because they still have a relatively large team salary about $153M and some well paid stars who are getting up there in years and they don’t want all that withering on the vine with possibly not even making the playoffs.

      • Nick in NKY

        I initially thought the NYY would bite as well, but they must be close to salary cap oblivion by now.

        What’s gonna be a real sad day for them is when they overpay Montgomery, the luxury tax effectively doubles his salary, and they’re reminded that they traded him away for Harrison Bader like 18 months ago. Big old El Oh El.

  10. sultanofswaff

    No games broadcast last weekend but they’re on the air tomorrow for a 9 PM start in Cincinnati time. Make it make sense!

  11. Indy Red Man

    Turns out the RLN posse was right about CES. If they rewarded him like everyone else then we probably make the playoffs. Putting up a 1.042 ops at Lville did the Reds no good? He should’ve had 400ish plate appearance w/the Reds and not 241. Hopefully there is a lesson to be learned there somewhere.

    • VaRedsFan

      But they had Vossler and Meyers.

      • Jay

        Hahahahaha Hahahahaha Hahahahaha ? ? ? ? Vosler & ONE ” L ” Wil lmao ? Thanks for the laugh

      • greenmtred

        They had Vosler and Myers and they also evidently felt/knew that CES had a bit more work to do. Hindsight is sometimes 20/20, but not in this case because we don’t know how he would have done if he’d been with the Reds out of spring training. As I recall, he didn’t get off to a hot start when he was called up.

    • VaRedsFan

      He also had “things” to work on.
      When all of those “things” turned out to be non-existent, it still took 2 additional months too long.

    • Melvin

      Who knows if they would have made the playoffs had they brought him up earlier. It was very close to get in of course. Hope he plays now. :)….a lot. 😉

  12. Jason Franklin

    If the Reds were to fire Bell at some point this year, would the new manager stick with the platoon/utility every player system that Bell implements? Or would they go old school and stick with actualy position players. If you let a guy work on one position, he will get better at it defensively.

    My non-Bell lineup:
    Friedl (CF)
    DeLaCruz (SS)
    McClain (2B)
    CES (1B)
    Candyman (3b)
    Steer (DH)
    Benson (RF)
    Stephenson (C)
    Dunn (LF)

    • Oldtimer

      Why not India DH and Steer LF? Dunn needs some AAA experience first.

    • Jim t

      Question: why would you play Benson against lefties when he has never demonstrated the ability to hit them when you have a righthanded hitting option who hits lefties very well at your disposal?

    • AllTheHype

      Is Fraley left bench or right bench? And Marte never comes back, I assume?

    • greenmtred

      And if one guy works at two positions, he probably gets better at both of them. This isn’t just a Bell thing, by the way. I sporadically paid attention last year to other teams when they played the Reds, and plenty of them have multi-position players. Given the prevalence of injury, it makes sense to be able to cover for somebody with a major league player rather than a guy you call up from AAA.

      • old-school

        I like having McLain as shortstop 1B playing 2b because when Elly gets a dayoff or misses a few games for whatever reason, you dont miss a beat. Traditionally, your 26th man was a glove first, no bat back up SS who was an empty hole in the lineup. Remember those Sunday lineups or Wednesday business man specials where the 7 hole hitter was the back up catcher, the 8 hole hitter was the backup SS and the 9 hole hitter was the pitcher? Its like just pencil in a goose-egg for the 3rd inning and turnover the lineup over already.

    • 2020ball

      This is pretty much the lineup i expect from Bell most nights, what in Gods name is your point here?

    • 2020ball

      If you let some guys play multiple spots, they can play more than one position better defensively and give you insurance against injuries. Feel free to look at other teams because those guys literally exist on nearly every team, if not every team outright. Its as if doing research to challenge your own opinions might give you information that you didnt see prior, what an amazing concept.

  13. RED THUNDER

    For some of the Reds older fans, saw were Bill Plummer passed. Was a backup for Johnny Bench and a good defensive catcher. RIP

    • Oldtimer

      Yeah, I saw that yesterday. He was an excellent back-up C to JB. Good defensive C. Called a good game for Reds P.

      Reds traded closer Ted Abernathy to get him from Cubs. Abernathy was excellent in 1967 and 1968.

      RIP Bill Plummer indeed.

  14. tim

    montas pitched three innings not one. but still… the spring clouds are dark, the sky is falling, hunter greene has no idea how to pitch, bell is an idiot and the reds are doomed. what did i leave out?

    • greenmtred

      The sky is always falling, Tim. Enumerating the reasons–over and over–is possibly equivalent to whistling while walking past a graveyard.

    • Mark Moore

      You left out our agreed-upon SarCAsm FoNT

      😀

      • greenmtred

        Maybe it was too obvious to need a special font.

    • David

      I think that sums it up, Tim. You touched “all the bases”. 😉

      It is, after all, Spring training. I honestly have no idea what kind of physical shape Frank Montas is really in. He may be throwing well without pain, but may still be building arm strength, etc. I have a hard time believing he will pitch a lot of innings this year, after pitching almost nada in 2023, and having shoulder surgery. It’s kind of amazing he is pitching THIS well. Think about it.

      • tim

        i think there is so much reason for optimism – hope springs eternal, etc etc – that it makes a lot of us here nervous. so rather than be optimistic about all these new pitchers and great young players, to protect ourselves, we read the spring training tea leaves and assume the worst. ive been a fan since the ’61 yankees broke my little kid’s heart, and every year i think – or believe – or hope – we’re gonna shake up the world. what’s the alternative? to lope along like eeyore, i guess, prepared for what awaits every team, every year except one, in every sport. still, i’m excited… maybe i better go lie down.

  15. LDS

    I turned it off after GameDay froze in the 4th. Apparently, neither team could pitch yesterday. I wonder if CES goes back to Louisville to start the season again this year, in favor of a Ford or Harrison – neither of which would benefit the team. At this point, Candelario hasn’t done anything either and I’d favor Ford over him. Not happening but two hits, both singles isn’t exactly what he was signed for. Hoe he gets it out of his system in ST. It’s only two weeks to Opening Day. Start fast, very fast, like the 1970s Reds – open with 70-30. Yeah, that’ll happen.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      This can not be a serious post. CES back to Louisville?

      • LDS

        I hope it’s not serious However, it won’t surprise me. Guys like Harrison and Fire concern me

    • BK

      Someone frequently posts here that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result and yet continues to indulge their obsession, fetish and old canard about how Bell prefer MiLB players over productive MLB talent. # ??? ?

      • LDS

        You’re calling Ford, Harrison, et al MILB players? Bell’s preference is 30+ year-old journeyman players, not established MLB talent. Myers, Newman, Vosler from last year are just a short list. Paraphrasing “you see but do not observe.” A common fault of Reds fans in Castellini era. The championship team is always “next year”.

      • greenmtred

        Context, context, context. Bell has played journeyman vets, to be sure, and he played them quite a bit when the Reds had those guys and few good young players. He played the good young guys last year as they became available, And, yes, the vets still got playing time. A smart manager uses everybody so they’re ready to play when injury, match-up or somebody’s rest day dictates.

      • BK

        Characterize the players however you like, you’ve become a RLN ST tradition. so, keep ’em coming.

      • LDS

        The Reds made their position clear with last season’s contract extension to Bell and the less than stellar off-season acquisitions. Sure, we’d all like to see a topflight Reds team, but without a change of ownership, that’s not likely to happen unless they get lucky. Their payroll is substantially below average, at about $85M according to BetMGM and Spotrac, which is higher than only three teams (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Oakland). This despite having the largest percentage increase in attendance last year. Just remember, they know the fans will come out in droves to see the young guys play. We have shown that winning isn’t an expectation, so why spend the money?

      • greenmtred

        LDS: the payroll is low, of course, but this is in part because the players around whom the team is built are young and haven’t gotten to the point where they’re paid big money. We know that you see Bell’s extension as evidence that the Reds strive for mediocrity. Perhaps they really are that cynical or perhaps they feel that he is an excellent choice.

      • greenmtred

        I should add that the attendance increase certainly had something to with the excitement generated by the young players, but I remember–despite my great age–that the team also won 20 games more than the previous year and was contending for a playoff spot until nearly the end.

      • MBS

        @Green, the payroll is low because we traded away anyone with a contract over the last few off seasons.

        Maybe this is the last time Bob pulls this “rebuild” crap, but I doubt it. His history says otherwise.

      • 2020ball

        @all

        The payroll is low because of the Reds market, whatever it is y’all expect the Reds can do to compete with the Dodgers i’m not totally sure.

        That said, new ownership sounds great to me.

      • AllTheHype

        @green, your quote is perfect:
        “payroll is low, of course, but this is in part because the players around whom the team is built are young and haven’t gotten to the point where they’re paid big money”

        Indeed, the best players on the team are pre-arb. You would expect/hope payroll is somewhat low in that situation, to allow room to afford those players in subsequent years.

        But, those that come here to complain will find a reason to complain.

      • MBS

        @2020, No, just no. Not 1 person in the comments has ever said that they expect the Reds to spend like the Dodgers.

        All that most of us want is a team that is willing to spend up to their capability. 120M – 150M is probably the range that the team can afford.

        To find a payroll lower in Reds history you’d have to go back to 2011.

        Quit carrying water for ownership.

      • BK

        @LDS, FWIW, Spotrac reports that the Red’s payroll is “projected” to be ~$94M. The salary that you cited does not include any of the Red’s pre-arbitration players; thus, it excludes twelve players who could be on league minimum salaries. Is this what you meant by “you see but do not observe.”

      • 2020ball

        Ill remind you that you dont know their spending capabilities, i certainly wont pretend to understand all the details of their failing TV contract. My suspicion is they do have some room, but just spending for the sake of it or simply judging payroll numbers between teams without more detail is a short-sighted way of looking at things IMO.

        By all means change ownership groups, full support here so we can see “where they gonna go”. No one is a magician though, even different owners likely will not be able to satisfy a smaller market’s fans in MLBs current state.

      • MBS

        @2020, that is something we can agree on “Ill remind you that you dont know their spending capabilities” I don’t and either does anyone here. I am simply basing my estimations on previous payrolls.

        Also signing good players to help you win games isn’t spending money to spend money.

        You are also correct that a change in ownership isn’t a cure all. To really increase the team’s ability to spend, they need to create a winning culture that fans support with their pocketbooks. This yo yo’ing of trying and rebuilding isn’t going to bring in the fans. The goal is to become the Cardinals. The Yankees, and Dodges are unrealistic comps.

        Maybe baseball needs to crater for the owners/players to wake up and create a balanced system for all markets to compete.

      • greenmtred

        MBS: it’s perfectly reasonable to be frustrated with the rebuilds. The ones previous were neither fish nor fowl, a team that didn’t go all in. This one looks and feels different, though we won’t know if it is successful for awhile. There have been numerous discussions about the guys the Reds traded/let go, and, speaking for myself, I’m substantially more enthusiastic about the current group of players than I was about them.

  16. Grand Salami

    Everyone is healthy and ramping up. Only lost Marte to his own devices.

    Lodolo on track, Antone looking recovered, McClain and India getting work in. Montas shaking the rust off.

    That’s all it takes to call this spring training a success – getting in work with no injuries.

    • redfanorbust

      Agreed even though we have some guys still dancing around possible previous injuries that could still turn up, but it is a huge sigh of relief that they are still on the field playing. This club is extremely overdue for such news.

  17. Frankie Tomatoes

    Wish we could have watched this one. Listening just is not the same. It is a good option when you can’t be around the tv because of something else but I hate that it is not available to us. Looks like we can watch two games today though! Hope the pitching goes better.

    • David

      From the past seasons, dating back to Bryan Price, the Reds have gotten off to slow starts. I kind of expect the same this year. The pitching still does not look that sharp and consistent, and it may take a couple of turns in the rotation for everybody to get in a groove. I think the “talent” is there, but maybe not sharpened up enough this season. I would be pleased if they are around 0.500 at the end of April, and then get hot and start winning.

      • 2020ball

        GL with basing your opinion on the readiness of a team based on ST stat, an obvious fools errand most years if not all.

  18. 2020ball

    Bell bell, David bell. Manager, Bell… also Bell. Heres my non David Bell lineup:

    (Posts same lineup)

    • Harry Stoner

      You forgot:

      A. “Bell knows things!”

      B. “You’ve never owned a baseball team! (Or been a manager or….)”

      C. “It’s not your money!”

      and

      D. “If the management made a decision, it must be a good decision because!”

      Let’s not forget:

      E. “I’m entitled to give my opinions here, but noone else is, because, you see, my opinions are mine and therefore the correct ones. Because: A – D above.”

      • greenmtred

        Good list, Harry. Everything correct except D.