After picking up a win on Opening Day and then spending the worst day in baseball not playing baseball, the Cincinnati Reds get back on the field this afternoon for Kids Opening Day at Great American Ball Park. They will once again play host to the Washington Nationals. Today’s first pitch is set for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Washington Nationals

Cincinnati Reds

CJ Abrams – SS Jonathan India – DH
Lane Thomas – RF Spencer Steer – LF
Jesse Winker – LF Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
Joey Meneses – DH Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Joey Gallo – 1B Santiago Espinal – 2B
Keibert Ruiz – C Elly De La Cruz – SS
Eddie Rosario – CF Stuart Fairchild – CF
Luis Garcia Jr. – 2B Luke Maile – C
Trey Lipscomb – 3B Will Benson – RF
Patrick Corbin – LHP Hunter Greene – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Stats are from 2023.

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Patrick Corbin 180.0 5.20 1.48 7.2% 15.7%
Hunter Greene 112.0 4.82 1.42 9.6% 30.5%
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Patrick Corbin’s Stats

Hunter Greene

This spring, Greene showed up with the plan of throwing two new pitches – a splitter to replace his change up, and a curveball to add another look. We’ll get a look at how those pitches work for him today.

Last year Greene showed sizable split. And they were reverse splits, at that. He held lefties to a significantly lower average than righties and they hit for far less power while striking out at a higher rate. Righties hit for a good average and a lot of power against Greene in 2023, but did walk at a much lower rate than lefties did.

2023 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 254 66 22 2 10 7.9% 27.2% .288 .353 .533
LHH 244 45 11 2 9 11.5% 34.0% .215 .320 .416

Pitch Usage

*Greene added the Curve and Split this spring. In his one pitch-tracked game this spring he threw the curve 7% and the splitter 19% of the time. The curveball was 80.2 MPH and the splitter was 87.6 MPH.*

4-Seam Slider Change
Velo 98.6 87.4 91.1
Usage 54% 38% 7%

Patrick Corbin

Ever since signing his big contract, Patrick Corbin’s production has fallen off of the map. In 2023 he posted a 5.20 ERA. That was his lowest ERA since 2020. He’s led the National League in losses in each of the last three seasons.

There are noticeable splits for Corbin. Lefties don’t see nearly as much time against him as righties do, but the ones who get to face him has an OPS 146 points lower than righties. They hit for less power and while they make plenty of contact, they do strike out more often than righties do. Right-handed batters put up an .851 OPS against him last season while doing a bit of everything – making lots of contact, hitting for a high average, and showing off power.

2023 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 650 178 29 1 29 7.2% 15.4% .301 .350 .501
LHH 140 32 5 0 4 7.1% 17.1% .254 .317 .389

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 91.8 92.2 80.5 81.3
Usage 16% 42% 35% 7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 73°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain

News and Notes

The minor league season begins

Last night the Triple-A Louisville Bats kicked off their regular season. Daytona, Dayton, and Chattanooga all begin on Friday, April 5th, but Triple-A has a longer season and gets started a week earlier than everyone else. The Bats won 9-8 with some big performances from Jacob Hurtubise, Blake Dunn, Rece Hinds, and Hernan Perez. It was their first win on Opening Day in a decade. No, that’s not a typo – the Bats had not won the first game of their season since 2014. We’ve got some highlights over at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you’re looking for that sort of thing.

Kids Opening Day is the best

Around the Beat

Is this Hunter Greene’s breakout year?

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Cincinnati Enquirer looks at today’s starter, Hunter Greene, and what it could mean if he takes that next step and breaks out for the Reds this season.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Pittsburgh 2 0
Cincinnati 1 0 0.5
Milwaukee 1 0 0.5
Chicago 0 1 1.5
St. Louis 0 2 2.0

227 Responses

  1. LarkinPhillips

    This lineup is ridiculous!!

    Just kidding… let’s go Reds. Excited to see HG today.

  2. CI3J

    Interesting lineup.

    I have no problem with the personnel, but the order is a bit strange.

    Really hope Greene can copy Montas’ performance. He certainly has the physical ability to do it, it’s all about what’s between the ears.

    Either way, let’s keep the train a rollin’! Go Reds!

    • JayTheRed

      Don’t get the lineup either. Espinal should be either near the top to get on base or near the bottom. As I have mentioned before he has almost no power. Batting 5th is very strange unless they are trying to set up where he gets on base so Elly can get him in???? That’s the only thing I could come up with for batting him 5th and Elly 6th.

      • CI3J

        Yeah, that was my main gripe.

        But honestly, outside of India, CES, and possibly Benson, no one is hitting where I would put them in a lineup.

        But who knows, let’s see how it goes.

      • Oldtimer

        Espinal was an All-Star recently. He sets the table for Reds hitters after him. Reds have good pop in bottom of lineup.

      • Mauired

        Yeah old-timer that makes a ton of sense. Leadoff hitter in the 5 hole

  3. LarkinPhillips

    Hinds with a no doubt 3 run home run to take the lead in AAA.

    • BK

      Hinds finished 2023 strong. If he continues to keep his K-rate in check, he’ll give the Reds a solid everyday RF with star potential. He’s my breakout candidate for this season.

      • LarkinPhillips

        The three OF in AAA are interesting. Hurtubuise and Dunn put up great numbers,but neither impresses me each time I watch them. Hinds doesn’t have the numbers necessarily but definitely has the tools.

      • DaveCT

        Non one could touch Paul Skenes through the first three (he’s that good), but when Hinds came up v. a LHP with two on, he looked like he’d seen Sunday dinner. Big part of winning baseball is beating both individual opponents as well as teams you’re supposed to beat. Very impressive.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @Dave, honestly I don’t understand why scenes is not in the majors. That is one time where I would listen to the service time stuff.

      • MBS

        @BK, “He’s my breakout candidate for this season.” I hope your right, he’s got a big bat. Back to back days with a HR to start the season is a great way to start a break out!

        Richardson doing his job today as well.

  4. Tom Mitsoff

    Reds pitching already has more walks today than they did Thursday.

  5. CI3J

    And Greene walks the first batter.

    A reminder that Montas didn’t walk a single batter.

  6. CI3J

    There, you see that, Hunter?

    You can get people out with your offspeed stuff. You don’t have to try to blow them away.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Once he can locate those in the strike zone consistently, he’ll be an ace.

      • Dewey Roberts

        Tom, I think it is very doubtful that he ever becomes an ace. After 63 years as a Reds fan, I just don’t see him ever being more than a guy who can throw it 100+ and strike batters out, but who throws too many pitches, walks too many batters, and never is more than a .500 pitcher. I would be glad to be wrong, but that is my opinion,

  7. Tom Mitsoff

    Breaking and off-speed pitches perfect to Winker.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Greene’s offspeed looked beautiful in inning 1

  9. Jason Franklin

    I think if you look at another hard thrower, Spencer Strider with the Braves, it shows that a flamethrower can learn offspeed pitches. Just checkout Strider’s latest start and his curves/changes/whatever were devestating with his fastball.

  10. Hanginwithem

    Tinker still trying to reinvent the game, I see.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Nice turn by CES on the 3-6-3 DP

  12. VaRedsFan

    Note to Reds hitters.
    Corbin is pitching inside

  13. VaRedsFan

    Stuey with the hit…but right at Winker to cut Espinal down at the plate.

    Bang…. Bang….Took a perfect throw.

  14. CI3J

    Benson works a walk against a LHP.

    I’ll take that.

    • CI3J

      …then promptly erases himself with a TOOTBLAN.

  15. LarkinPhillips

    That ball has to be caught!

  16. doofus

    Greens needs to prove he can be a pitcher here.

  17. VaRedsFan

    Nats broadcast shows a lot of replays.
    Fairchild froze for a full 2 seconds before charging.
    He still could have called Elly off I believe. Ball falls in.

    • Ted Alfred

      Fairchild is fricking terrible defensively. And then he forgets there’s one out instead of two and just gave them another run.

      That dude shouldn’t see the field for a week…brutal defensive lapses that have up both runs. Not to mention Benson calling off CES when CES is under the ball and Benson’s going 100 miles an hour sliding and still can’t touch it. Just absolutely horrific defensive outfield play through five innings

  18. Hanginwithem

    The mis-play in CF was and has been a by-product of Tinker’s constant line-up juggling.

    • doofus

      Wait. De La Cruz IS the starting SS. Benson is in CF b/c of injury. Why isit Bell’s fault because his SS and CF cannot catch a meager bloop to CF?

  19. doofus

    HG’s control and command are still…a WIP.

    • VaRedsFan

      All pitching is a WIP for all pitchers.
      He looks very much in command. Only 1 really hard hit ball in 4 innings.

      • doofus

        He is averaging close to 20 pitches per inning. That is not indicative of a pitcher with control nor command.

      • doofus

        “All pitching is a Work In Process for all pitchers.” This is a deep comment. Are you related to Yogi Berra?

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Hate to harp on one of my pet peeves so early in this 2024 season, but, WALKS KILL! More often than not, walks turn into runs AND run up a pitcher’s pitch count!

    May get one more inning from Greene!

    • Doc

      Relax. When I mentioned walks I was remonstrated that it was ST and he was working on things. Isn’t it still ST? Looks like it.

  21. CI3J

    Nice job by Greene to limit the damage.

    Still 75 pitches through 4 innings is not what you like to see.

    • VaRedsFan

      When guys swing and miss, it tends to drive pitch counts up too.
      So blame the Nats for missing so many pitches?

  22. VaRedsFan

    Catch it first Luke. But I think he had it stolen easily.
    Greene doesn’t hold runners very well.

  23. Hanginwithem

    Another mis-communication. Shocking…

  24. Old-school

    Hunter Greene is the same pitcher. Tyler Mahle 2021. Nibbler with a good fastball but cant get outs efficiently. Might get you 5 innings.

  25. VaRedsFan

    Defense is giving up extra outs.
    Looked like Benson called off CES….ball drops.

    • VaRedsFan

      Now Greene boots the comebacker…DP ball.

    • BK

      I agree. Greene’s pitch count was up due to defense rather than poor control. Lots of poor communication today.

  26. Dennis Westrick

    More walks! Good grief! Let’s see how many of these free passes score!

  27. VaRedsFan

    What the heck Stuey?

    Throw the ball home?
    Two misplays in 2 innings by him.
    1 by Benson in right.

    • VaRedsFan

      Paging any outfielder that can play defense…..

    • Ted Alfred

      He flat out forgot there was one out instead of two…Unforgivable

  28. docproc

    WHAT IN THE ENTIRE…..
    Why didn’t Fairchild throw home????

    • CI3J

      I think he figured there was no chance to get the runner, even with a perfect throw, and all it would end up doing is advancing the runners on the bases.

      • VaRedsFan

        He figured wrong. Shallow ball with all momentum coming forward.

      • JB

        VaRedsFan- exactly. Even the Nats announcers were wondering wth?

      • CI3J

        Abrams is one of the fastest runners in the game.

        I still think there was no chance Stuey could have got him. If he had Vlad Guerrero’s arm, then maybe. But he doesn’t.

    • docproc

      What VARedsRan said. Bonehead play by Fairchild.

  29. CI3J

    Greene with 100 pitches through 4.2 innings.

    That’s not going to get it done.

  30. Old-school

    Greene is an expensive #4. For all you folks who say the Reds are cheap….$80 million for a #4 is breaking the bank.

    • VaRedsFan

      Pitch count got high for sure.
      3 defensive misplays add a lot to that.

      It’s right in line with what DJ’s pitchers do though.

      Montas…not a DJ project = pitch efficient

  31. JB

    Either Fairchild didn’t know how many outs there were or didn’t know there was a guy on 3rd. Either one,hurry back TJ.

  32. Dennis Westrick

    Didn’t Greene start last season 1-4? He is not the ACE of this staff!

    • Dewey Roberts

      Not sure he will ever be an ace.

  33. Hanginwithem

    And another mis-play by Fairchild…
    And another typical Greene outing. Over 100 pitches and only 13 outs. He only threw 112 innings last year, so, no surprise.

  34. Tom Mitsoff

    LOVE that bunt hit by de la Cruz.

    • Melvin

      He will bee a .300+ hitter if he can do that. Easy hit from the right side no less.

  35. Grand Salami

    4 2/3 isn’t good but he’s added pitches to his repertoire. I imagine he’ll be adapting and growing a lot more this season than last.

    Nats aren’t good. Reds have a minimum of 15 chances to comeback! I think they will

    • VaRedsFan

      Agree with this take.
      They hit 2 hard balls off of him. one was an out.
      Defense misplays allowed 4 extra outs….possibly 5 if the double play is turned.
      People need to relax.

      • earmbrister

        Yes, agree GS and VA. People are jumping to conclusions on the smallest of sample sizes. Not a bad start considering the overhaul of his pitching repertoire.

    • JB

      I agree. I did like Greene’s off speed stuff today.

  36. VaRedsFan

    It’s such a BS call that you aren’t contacting the bag for a micro second.

    • Grand Salami

      interesting, Cowboy is a pretty fair judge and liked what he saw from Greene.

      Reds drive Corbin from the game in the 5th. Their bullpen isn’t a strong as ours, correct?

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Today’s Reds defense looks like a long lost episode of The Keystone Cops for those on this site who are old enough to remember when TV shows were in Black & White!

  38. Old-school

    Luke Maile with a GABP special. Big hit to grab the lead.

    Bullpen game now.

  39. Indy Red Man

    Giving it away so far today. Hard to make this many fundamental errors by the middle of the 5th.

    Boom Gabp special. Glad to see Stuey & Maile carry over something from Arizona

    • VaRedsFan

      I do…But I can be persuaded otherwise with more strokes like that.

  40. Dennis Westrick

    OK, we have the lead! Albeit, only one (1) run! Wonder what the Over//Under is on the Reds bullpen pitching 4 shutout innings in Game 2 of this 2024 season

  41. Old-school

    Benson and Jonny Baseball creating havoc. Fun inning.

  42. GreatRedLegsFan

    Same old story for Greene, 100 pitches and less than 5 IP, I wonder if he’ll ever be able to turn the corner. On the other hand, what a steal has Benson’s trade been.

  43. Old-school

    I like Jon India,AKA Jonny baseball… hitting leadoff. Hes a gamer. It might be my fandom and totally subjective but i love that dude. I plead guilty. Glad they kept him.

  44. doofus

    “He pitched somewhat unpredictably.” ~Barry Larkin on Hunter Greene’s pitching today. Uh?

  45. Ted Alfred

    Greene deserved zero earned runs and if we could play defense… that’s what he should have had.

    And as I am typing this right on cue our first baseman and second baseman can’t catch a pop up…they look like a little league team of 8-year-olds

  46. doofus

    Who is Larkin’s partner? He must stop making excuses for the bad defense.

  47. Old-school

    Watching first hand the impact of losing Friedl and McLain today on defense.

  48. docproc

    Sick and tired of the defense today. Just awful. Good thing we’re playing the Nats.

  49. Oldtimer

    Reds up 4-2 in 6th inning. Two HR. Hunter with 7 K in under 5 IP.

    I thought I’d check here to see what RLN coaches really think how the game is progressing.

    • BK

      Reds up, but defense has been subpar. Defense drove Greene’s pitch count up, but overall he pitched well. He mixed three pitches which was a plus, but his command was just okay. Hitting has been good, but we had a tootblan on the bases. Fortunately, the Nationals aren’t great.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Greene’s four (4) walks contributed to his high pitch count as well, don’t you agree? At 4.2 innings pitched, that works out to roughly one (1) walk per inning!

      • BK

        Yes, I agree, that’s why I said his command was just okay. His command waivered in the longer innings. Multiple defensive mistakes/missed opportunities.

    • Oldtimer

      Teams win games even when they make mistakes.

      Teams lose games even when they play well.

      I can just imagine the BRM playing .500 baseball in April and May 1975 if there were social media.

  50. LarkinPhillips

    Anyone else having trouble with their V Pns this year? I used express and Norton last year. Neither has worked this year. Nord has been troubled greatly. What’s others using?

    • doofus

      Prime Video on my Sony is a mess. Prime Video on my flattop is fine.

    • VaRedsFan

      My son tried Nord….with no luck.

      • LarkinPhillips

        It amazes me how hard MLB makes it to watch a team you like. Especially when you are willing to pay for it.

    • musicclown.red

      No, my Express is working well. Do you use wifi? My MLB on wifi sometimes doesn’t connect (Netflix also) so I use a direct hard wire connection through a Roku device for my tv watching.

  51. JB

    Somehow no error on that misplayed popup. Home cookin

  52. Old-school

    Gonna give Bell some Credit on pitching changes and timing. Wilson did good. So far so good. Cruz did great.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Hold that thought on Cruz! Let’s see if he can wiggle out of the mess he just created!

      • CI3J

        I’ve never been convinced by Cruz. He always struck me as a pretty mediocre pitcher.

      • BK

        @Dennis, would not Abrams have been stranded on second if the Reds played clean defensively?

    • VaRedsFan

      Thought Wilson was cruising, but it worked out.

  53. CI3J

    Imagine if the Reds played clean baseball.

  54. Dennis Westrick

    Just eight (8) more outs to go, without giving up any more runs!

  55. Michael B. Green

    I’m seeing walks, errors, wild pitches, and a missed attempt to throw home. And, of course, micro-management of the pitch count and the bullpen. We still have the lead, and I hope this was just one poorly-played game (fundamentally). Lark said it best during the game, “good teams make plays.”

    • Dennis Westrick

      Hate to break it to you Michael, but, you watching Bell ball 2.0!

  56. DHud

    Boy Winker looks like he’s slimmed way down

    Maybe he’s finally healthy again and can really get after training and conditioning. Hope it works out for him

    • musicclown.red

      Agree I thought the same. To bad about Senzel though.

    • Jeremiah

      I thought the same thing, he looks pretty skinny. I hope he turns it around and has a good year for the Nats. Would be huge if he can become a .300 type a hitter again for them. He looks good.

  57. Old-school

    This is a game Reds have to win. 1 run game late against a bad team. Gotta go 2-0. Need to play add-on first and then we are going to see closer Alexis Diaz who is a huge key to a winning season.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Agree 1,000% Pirates & Brewers are both 2-0

  58. Old-school

    Think we see Lucas Sims and Diaz in the 8/9th. I may need some tums. Really need some runs.

  59. Michael B. Green

    Is there a history of my posts in which I say that Lucas Sims should not pitch in high leverage instances because of walks or home runs?

    • VaRedsFan

      I predict there is a similar history in mine.
      Not a fan for high leverage. Every count goes to 3-2.
      I imagine DJ loves him because of so much swing and miss/nibbling

  60. Tom Mitsoff

    Nothing against Sims, but I really want to see Pagan and Antone in these situations at some point. Pagan was formerly a closer.

  61. Redsfan11

    Lucas Sims is no longer a set up man. He needs to be dropped in bullpen leverage until he can prove otherwise

  62. Dennis Westrick

    Looking a lot like season! Two (2) run lead with 9 outs to go and can’t seal the deal

  63. VaRedsFan

    Martini quickly starting to earn legend status

    • VaRedsFan

      He fouled off 2 incredibly tough pitches.

  64. Matt McWax

    Martini serves a Harvey Wallbanger

  65. Dennis Westrick

    Don’t like Martinis the drink, but, man I love this Reds Martini!

  66. Jeremiah

    I would have thought Fraley would be the guy to pinch hit there….As I say this Martini gets a double ha! I would have gone with Fraley, but hey Bell’s move worked there. Nice having both those guys as pinch hit options. Martini NL MVP so far…

    It’s just one game, but short outing by Greene or any SP really can throw just a lot off with bullpen management not just for the particular game, but potentially for several days for a team.

  67. CI3J

    Nick Martini isn’t afraid of the dark.

    The dark is afraid of Nick Martini.

  68. Dennis Westrick

    Had just tuned into the MLB Network and saw Martini’s hit on an 0-2 count!

    Now, let’s win this thing!

  69. RedsGettingBetter

    EDLC seeing a fastball in the middle , what are he doing?

  70. CI3J

    Let’s see if Diaz left all his problems in Arizona.

  71. Hanginwithem

    I guess Martini finally caught his breath after having to jog around the bases 2 days ago! S/
    Making Tinker look like a genius!

  72. HoF-13

    We will see if Diaz can be better than he was in spring training.

  73. VaRedsFan

    All 4 of those pitches in the box.
    CB Buckner

    • JB

      True but He has missed a few for the Nats as well. He isn’t very good

  74. RedsMonk65

    Diaz making me nervous. According to radio team, each of those first four pitches were awfully close to being strikes.

  75. Mike Adams

    Buckner must have decided to take control of the game outcome. 2 out of 4 balls to Abrams were strikes!

  76. CI3J

    Man, that ump wasn’t giving Diaz ANYTHING.

    At least two of those pitches were strikes.

  77. RedsMonk65

    Argh. C’mon let’s close this out!

  78. CI3J

    Narrator: Diaz, in fact, did NOT leave his problems in Arizona.

    • Doc

      Not clear why Diaz wasn’t pulled after three batters. Clearly still in ST mode working on stuff, like finding the plate.

  79. Ted Alfred

    Diaz looks terrible…slider is exceptionally flat

  80. Old-school

    Diaz had the double play ball. Why is Elly playing so far away from 2nd base? that said….Diaz is done..hes throwing 93 mph with no command

  81. RedsMonk65

    Geez. I have lost all confidence in Diaz.

    • Ted Alfred

      Going back to last year Diaz looks like the guy you put in in the sixth inning. No way he’ll be the closer by May…if not well before then.

      Not sure what happened to his stuff but it’s gone.

  82. Tom Mitsoff

    I just have the feeling that Diaz has no idea where the ball is going when he releases it.

    • RedsMonk65

      Sure seems that way. Hope he gets it figured out soon. But for now, he needs to come out — and is, as I type that.

  83. Michael B. Green

    Micro-managed us out of the game.

    • VaRedsFan

      Closer in with 2 run lead. This one’s not on Bell

    • HoF-13

      I don’t think this is on Bell. You have to expect your “closer” to be able to get it done there.

  84. Tom Mitsoff

    Diaz hasn’t yet recovered from whatever caused his late-season slump last year. He needs to be in another role until he and the coaching staff can figure something out.

  85. Hanginwithem

    Might as well burn out Suter while you’re at it, Tinker.

  86. CI3J

    Diaz: 20 pitches, 9 strikes, 54.00 ERA, 1 blown save.

    Not a good day at the office for Mr. Diaz.

  87. RedsGettingBetter

    A new problem has arisen … The Reds closer…

  88. Dennis Westrick

    Painful to watch the Reds bullpen blow a 2-run lead in the 9th against a weak Nats team! Hope this is not going to be a habit!

    • bug

      Oh it will be. You can count on it, if Bell is going to pitch Diaz. More chance than not when Diaz comes in that he blows the save. He can’t throw a strike, and when he does they tee off on it. He’s the worst I’ve ever seen. Something happened mid season with Diaz, and he’s been AWFUL ever since.

  89. VaRedsFan

    Was Fraley unavailable to bat for Fairchild?

  90. Ted Alfred

    Reds deserved to lose this game. Played terrible defense the entire game and the Bullpen was horrendous.

  91. Michael B. Green

    The first manager to realized you don’t need 5 relievers to win a baseball game gains my respect and likely has a 100-win + season. Micro-managing is boring and does not work. Tom Seaver would have worked about 83 pitches a game in today’s gross game.

    • Hanawi

      Also leads to overuse. I can’t imagine it is better to have a guy pitch one inning every day instead of 2-3 innings every few days. Diaz in particular has never been quite the same since the Houston series last June when he was in the first game so he ended pitching 5 out of 6 games.

  92. RedBB

    Wow…like watching a trainwreck. You could se that coming from a mile away from the first batter he faced. Diaz has ZERO confidence and his stuff is just not there and has not been there for awhile now.

  93. Doc4uk

    Diaz was horrible down the stretch last season and also in ST? Surely the catching staff and our ace pitching coach saw that

    • Still a Red

      To be honest, he always made me nervous, usually allowing a couple runners on before getting out of the inning. Then came the end of the season and he couldn’t get out of the inning. And something wrong this spring. Maybe he’s hurt, or last year was a fluke.

  94. Old-school

    Sims and Diaz stunk. Period. End of story.

  95. Jeremiah

    It seems Bell wasted the opportunity to have Fraley available by pinch hitting Martini and then putting Fraley in his position if I understood correctly. It worked out with Martini getting the big hit, and you don’t expect Diaz to blow the game, but maybe a missed opportunity there I think. All the injuries the Reds have had are gonna make it harder to make those end of game defensive switches, Bell maybe have to go a bit different approach at times.

  96. VaRedsFan

    Maile providing a professional AB
    Stuey swung at the 1st pitch out of the zone.

  97. bug

    DumBell is back at it. I told my wife when Diaz came in that 100% chance he blow this game. I had no doubt. Not a chance he would hold the lead. Diaz is worthless. Not only should Bell have not put him in at all,…he left him in for 2 batters too many. That’s two major mistakes that snatched a loss from the jaws of victory. Bell has lost another one. Diaz should be sent to Little Leagues. He will lose plenty more before they understand just how bad he is. He will continue to be awful,..and Bell will continue to use him until he loses at least another ten gams or so. It’s a shame. DumBell!!! Broke arm Diaz. This is just the first that Bell has lost by his moronic moves, when we had the game won. Sad,..and frustrating, nts.

    • Jim t

      This might be the dumbest comment ever posted on this site. Congratulations!’

      • TJ

        Yes, I agree Jim. We should just cut Diaz. He will never amount to anything.

    • Beaufort Red

      Diaz stunk true. But game 2. Take a deep breath. BTW I take it you don’t like Bell?

      • bug

        You got that right. So many of the Reds players deserved better than to lose this one. Clutch hits that were all in vain due to bad managing and horrible closing. If he brings in Suter one batter earlier, the Reds win in spite of Diaz and Bell. But it’s not unique, as we have seen it for years now with Bell. Makes the right move one batter too late. That’s his motto.

  98. CI3J

    To be honest, as sloppy as the Reds played, they didn’t deserve to win.

  99. Dennis Westrick

    In a 162-game season there will be losses and there will be ugly losses! This was an UGLY loss that I hope does not portend to season-long problems with the 2024 Reds bullpen!

  100. VaRedsFan

    Sometimes you get beat.
    This one felt like a give away though.

    Diaz is a major concern. Hope he rights the ship.

  101. Jeremiah

    Diaz statistically wise was just really bad for about 10 innings in September of last year, but he seems he’s kind of lost his way pitching since then. Just one outing, but I’m concerned about him as your closer. I think they have to find out pretty soon whether he is the closer or not, maybe he gets 2-3 weeks, 4-5 more chances and if he blows a couple of those I think you’d have to lessen his role and go closer by committee.

    Tough loss in this one, Happy Easter though Reds fans, have a good evening!

    • Rob

      This entire Diaz situation is heading toward awkward territory. We didn’t trade him last summer when there were plenty of folks knocking at our door. (Yet we didn’t add whole lot at the deadline either.). And then we got 2 months of crap performance from him after that. So I am kind of confused by these mixed messages. Too good and important to trade in July. I don’t see anything since. Obviously we haven’t added a Closer so it sure seems like the Reds have ordained this guy as the guy. Gosh, let’s hope they got this right and we are not sitting him in early to mid May with a missed evaluation and no Closer and no high value trade piece. You can spend all the money you want on the Candy and Montas but you better be right about your Closer or you are going to be trading prospects to make up for missed judgments. Too soon to hit the panic button but might not be too soon to be identifying alternatives.

  102. Hanginwithem

    Lofty expectations, mediocre results. Many changes to the Reds roster since 2019, yet one constant remains. At some point, the front office has to stop kidding themselves and get a manager.
    P.S. Tinker’s career winning percentage of .470 went down again.

    • bug

      You got that right. It’s refreshing that at least some fans understand that is the case. Thanks.

    • CI3J

      I do agree Bell is probably not the right guy to take the Reds to the promised land, but I don’t really see how this loss was on him.

      He put his closer in with a 2 run lead. That’s what any manager would do. The fact his closer didn’t perform is not really his fault.

      • bug

        I prefer Captain Hook Sparky Anderson. When it was obvious a pitcher didn’t have it,..Sparky got them out of there before they blew the game. He didn’t always wait one batter too late to give them the hook, like Bell is famous for doing.

      • David

        I think that’s a true statement. Despite Alexis Diaz not being good at all in Spring Training….you still go to him.

        And yet, I think our worst fears are confirmed. Diaz is not throwing well, at all. He did not throw well in Spring Training (but it WAS Spring training), but now the season has started, and he lost the game.

        They might not say it, but there is a degree of fear in the Red’s Front Office right now, that the guy that they depended on to close out games may have a damaged arm.
        How many times will they run him out there before a decision to put him on the IL, or do something, is made?
        Tony Santillan says “Hi!”

        And Hunter Greene couldn’t get out of the 5th inning.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Bell HAS to recognize when his RP hasn’t got “it”! Diaz didn’t have his A-game and Bell waited 2 batters too late to go to someone else!

      • Hanginwithem

        No one is saying he shouldn’t have gone to his “closer” (your word, not mine). What many fans recognize is he left him in too long. That has been the same old song and dance for the last 5 years. He does not know how to handle a pitching staff. It’s glaringly obvious, yet, here we are, reading the same comments from fans since 2019. It needs to change and maybe it will, now that daddy is no longer in the front office.

      • Rob

        Don’t know that I agree about the Closer’s failure not being Bell’s fault. If we were talking a Josh Hader or Devin Williams failure, I would agree. But Diaz is a guy who did a poor job the last 2 months of 2023 and had a poor spring training. And who Bell and Krall did not obtain anything better at the deadline or this winter. My point is when does it become Bell’s failure. Only after Diaz has 4-5 implosions by mid May? Bell is the talent evaluator and not me but it sure looks to me like this guy isn’t the guy. I hear his cries for patience but I am not sure Diaz has earned that. can get onboard with 4-5 strong performances but at the same time, let’s keep an open mind that your evaluation may not be correct. The tired arm excuse of last year doesn’t apply.

  103. RedsMonk65

    That is a game the Reds should have won. Discouraging after yesterday’s big performance.

  104. Frogem

    Abrams has a .295 career OBP and .678 career OPS. So, let’s walk him three times. Oh, and he’s very fast, which led to three runs. That was the difference. We let the speedy guy who had no business getting on base beat us with three runs.