Spencer Steer’s 10th-inning grand slam homer helped the Cincinnati Reds slam the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-3, before 33,754 at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (3-1) 6 8 0
Philadelphia Phillies (1-3)
3 7 0
W: Diaz (1-1) L: Brogdon (0-1) 
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

With the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the 10th inning, Steer jumped on a 2-1 pitch from struggling Phillies reliever Connor Brogdon, sending it into the left-centerfield seats to give the Reds their third win in the first four games. The game was also a triumphant effort for Alexis Diaz, who recorded the final five Philadelphia outs to preserve a 2-2 tie after nine full innings and set the stage for Steer.

The Offense

Reds hitters struck eight hits in 37 at-bats in this game. They walked five times while striking out 17 times.

Jonathan India got things going quickly for the visitors, leading off the game with a triple against lefty Cristopher Sanchez. But when Steer hit a fly to medium-depth centerfield, India came home standing instead of sliding, giving Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto a chance to make the tag on what was a high throw from Brandon Marsh.

In the second, Cincinnati had runners on second and third with one out, but they stayed there on Luke Maile and Will Benson strikeouts.

After being dominated by Sanchez’s unhittable changeup in innings three through five, Cincinnati broke through with a leadoff walk to India and a double to right by Steer, putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Phillies Manager Rob Thomson replaced Sanchez with righthander Jeff Hoffman, the former Red. Christian Encarnacion-Strand looped a hit to center, scoring India and sending Steer to third. He then scored when Jeimer Candelario grounded one through a drawn-in infield to score Steer and tie the game. The rally ended when Hoffman then retired the next three hitters.

In the top of the 10th against Phillies righty Connor Brogdon, Bubba Thompson pinch-ran for Luke Maile as the free runner at second. On a 3-2 pitch to Will Benson which was ball four, Thompson stole third. Two pitches later, Benson stole second. India then walked on four pitches to load the bases with nobody out. Steer’s game-winner came on a 2-1 pitch.

Steer and Encarnacion-Strand both had two hits to lead the victorious offensive.

The Pitching

Reds pitchers allowed two earned runs, seven hits and four walks over 10 innings while striking out 10 Phillies.

Andrew Abbott got off to a slow start, allowing the first two batters to reach on a hit and a walk. Then with two outs and those runners having advanced a base each, Alec Bohm rolled one off the end of his bat over the first-base bag for a double that scored two runs. Thereafter, he was in charge — locating all of his pitches consistently in ideal spots of the strike zone. He looked very much like the Abbott who dazzled Redleg Nation for the first half of 2023.

Abbott went the first 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four. It says here he solidified his rotation spot with tonight’s performance.

Through the next 2 2/3, Emilio Pagan, Justin Wilson, Brent Suter and Alexis Diaz shut down the Phillies. Diaz’s appearance was noteworthy in that he entered with two on and one out — perhaps not optimal for someone struggling as he has been. But he picked a runner off second base for the second out, and then struck out Realmuto swinging on a slider to end the inning — reminiscent of vintage Diaz.

Manager David Bell sent him back out for the bottom of the ninth in the 2-2 tie, and Diaz retired Philadelphia in order, including an inning-ending strikeout on a slider. Diaz’s velocity is down considerably, but if he can locate within the strike zone as he did tonight and then use the slider as an out pitch, he still has great value.

Tejay Antone pitched the 10th inning. With two out and two on, Trea Turner hit a bouncer back to the mound which glanced off Antone’s glove, scoring a run to make it 6-3 and bringing Bryce Harper to the plate representing the tying run. Antone struck out Harper on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.

What’s New(s)

Pittsburgh is attracting attention with its 5-0 start against the Marlins and Nationals. It’s a team that’s been in a multi-year rebuild, and it might be just about time for its farm system crop to begin harvesting results at the major-league level. Yes, it’s early, but don’t dismiss the Buccos.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies

Tuesday, April 2, 6:40 p.m. ET

Graham Ashcraft vs. Spencer Turnbull

101 Responses

  1. LarkinPhillips

    Took a quick peak at a Phillies fan site just now after the game…. WOW!!! That is a toxic community. Very thankful Doug keeps this site from spiraling into that kind of mess. Great win today.

    • Doug Gray

      Rule #1 of the internet: Never read the comments.

      • Tom Reeves

        Bill Burr take down of Philly Fans is one of the greatest moments in comedy. He does not hold back.

    • Dewey Roberts

      I wonder what this team could be with Castillo, a healthy Friedl, a healthy McLain, and Marte. The trade of Castillo is the one that sticks in my belly because this team needs a true #1 pitcher.

      • Frostgiant

        If I am not mistaken the Reds got Marte from the Castillo trade. So, they couldn’t have both.

  2. DaveCT

    I agree about the Pirates. They added a few key pieces to their young core and I think they’ll be good for baseball. I’m also just glad the Clint Hurdle Bucs are long gone. That guy was bad for the game.

    • mac624

      We shall see. They started out well last season as well before slipping towards the end. The first week of the season is much like Spring Training. It tells us very little about how the rest of the season will go.

  3. VaRedsFan

    Houston gets the no hitter.
    8th career start.
    Walked the leadoff man…26 straight outs….walked Springer again before getting VLad

  4. Oldtimer

    Cowboy on the radio said Bell had to boost Diaz’s confidence. It seems that he did that.

    • Tom Reeves

      I think he got Antone’s as well.

    • JayTheRed

      Felt like Diaz pitched with confidence tonight. Didn’t see that the other day. I feel like they slowed down his delivery a little.

    • Stock

      Wait a minute. Bell getting credit for quality managing by the Cowboy, Oldtimer and Tom Reeves. Maybe Bell isn’t such a bad manager after all.

      • VaRedsFan

        Bell does plenty of bad things. Many of can point out the good things as the flaws. You know….have an open mind towards the good and the bad

  5. Indy Red Man

    Nice win! I think Bell has done a nice job so far other then batting Steer 7th vs righties. I’m not sure Maile should be getting an equal share of catcher either, but thats just nitpicking at this point. Ashcraft finally gets a go and he’s got the best ceiling imo. 95+ cutter and a harder slider then what Greene throws. Actually Montas, HG, and Ashcraft all have that big workhorse frame that should mean alot of innings if they pitch to contact.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Error free on defense allows the boys to stay in the game long enough to break out. Can’t stress enough how important that is to the pitching staff, and team’s success.

  7. Reddawg2012

    Probably no baseball the next two days, so I’m glad this game could leave us with some good vibes while we wait.

    It’s pretty cool to have some level of confidence in every starting pitcher we throw out there.

    Maybe the most imporant development tonight, Alexis might be back! Go Reds.

    • Jim Walker

      The most important development for me was that the Reds did not let another very winnable game slip away, especially when they seriously flirted with that possibility after taking a 4 run lead in the top of the 10th.

  8. JB WV

    Great to see TJ have success after two TJ’s (sorry about that). Clocked in his fastball at 95.
    Espinal looks like a smooth veteran in the field and at the plate. Nice pickup by Krall to plug a hole late.

    • JayTheRed

      Told you all you were going to like Espinal. Guy was so clutch for the Blue Jays. I can’t believe how little the Reds had to give up.

  9. Harry Stoner

    EDLC’s K rate above 50% for the first 4 games.
    Beyond Stubbs.
    Can he sustain that?

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s slightly concerning.
      But he is incorporating his new approach and has been mixing in a hit along with some SB’s.
      Just like people wanting to send CES to the minors after 2 games, and demote Diaz after 1, how about we give Elly more than 4 games? or 40….or 80.

      A lot of different people contributing every day.

      • Harry Stoner

        I don’t hear anyone calling for Elly’s head, do you?

        I’m looking forward to “the new approach” as much as anyone.

        He can mix it in along with all those Ks anytime now.

        Hopefully, the Reds win tomorrow without the last minute heroics.

        BTW, I read the ‘send down CES’ as tongue-in-cheek after his inexplicable demotion after 2023 ST.

  10. Mitch

    Golden Sombrero for EDLC. It seems he smashes minor league pitching but struggles when facing big leaguers. Brought up too soon, perhaps?

    • Harry Stoner

      I don’t think he was brought up too soon.
      I don’t know what more AAA time would have done for him.
      He’s up where he belongs but obviously needs work on his hitting approach.
      I’m sure he’ll continue to show flashes of brilliance while racking up the Sombreros.
      However goofy, the Vikining helmet is a much better fit for him.

      • Justin T

        What else would he achieve in the minors? Id suggest work on hitting off speed pitches and work on that “new approach” without hurting the big club. But it’s hard to say, he may just be what he is. He is the guy a pitcher cant make a mistake with. No way they send him down with the tickets he sells though and Im not sure they should anyways. But there is alot to his game he could work on in the minors if they went that route. Suggesting otherwise disregards the fact he strikes out almost half the time he comes up.

      • Old Big Ed

        Yeah, I can’t see how facing AAA pitching at this stage is really going to help him learn to adapt to MLB pitching. He’s already shown that he can hit AAA pitching and that he can hit MLB fastballs. He just needs more reps against MLB pitchers, and the only place to see MLB pitching is in the Major Leagues. Ronald Acuna, Jr. had a 29.7 SO% as a 22-year-old; it was 11.4% last season at ae 25.

        Plus, the only other shortstop that the Reds have for now is Espinal.

        Elly’s still only had about 350 PAs as a RH hitter in the U.S. at any level. And he did get a line-drive single last night hitting RH. He is also going to hit better when it’s 82 degrees outside instead of 52, as will the rest of them.

    • bug

      So much talent,..but he desperately needs to learn to put his bat on the ball. No excuse for that many Ks. No one in the Majors can remain with that % of Ks per at bat. Maybe he needs to bunt more. Whatever,..but that’s too many Ks.

    • JayTheRed

      Wish he would focus on batting from one side of the plate. It’s hard enough to hit MLB pitching but to do it well from both sides. Are they asking to much.

      • TR

        Elly de la Cruz is an enormously talented player, but so far, he’s not a consistent hitter with way too many strikeouts. If his pitch recognition does not improve, Elly could develop as an inconsistent type hitter similar to Dave Kingman in the 70’s and 80’s.

      • Still a Red

        Not sure I’d use Kingman as an analogy. I’d take those 40 HRs…What I’m worried about is a Billy Hamilton analogy.

  11. Brian Rutherford

    Great win for the Reds! (Insert random negative statistic to further narrative)

    • Harry Stoner


      After we praise the Reds for a great comeback win, we shouldn’t make note of any negative trends ever again.

      I get it.

      It’s impossible to be a Reds fan, get excited about their wins and strong performances and also discuss potential weak spots all at the same time.

      • greenmtred

        My comment above is in the wrong place: I meant it to agree with C13J’s comment below about Abbot.

  12. Tampa Reds

    Seems if the RLN obituaries for Diaz/Antone were a bit premature lol Nice win! Somehow Reds are 3-1 despite David Bell. Go Reds!!

  13. Tampa Red

    It’s amazing what gets tagged with “content moderation” around here

    • Doug Gray

      Can’t figure out why that got sent to the moderation queue. None of the like 10 moderated words were used, you had the right combo of username/email, not a bunch of links (or any for that matter).

      But just for future reference for you and anyone else reading this: If your post goes to moderation – it’s automatic. No human ever saw it. We just see it later on after it’s already there.

      • Will the Red

        Always appreciate the clarification, Doug! AI knows nothing, just like David Bell (depending on the day/hour/minute/position of the moon/speed of the current of the Ohio outside Great American Ballpark).

  14. MK

    The Pirates were in first place most of April last year.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Exactly! Let’s see where the Pie-Rats are come August!

  15. Matt WI

    Steer. Not too shabby for someone who one commenter here somehow projected as the 8th or 9th best hitter on the team in the off season. Great work by the pen. Always mnice to get Philly fans roiled up. On to Ashcraft!

  16. MBS

    The Rotation has been looking good through 4 games.

    It would seem as if we have the upper hand tomorrow with Ashcraft vs Turbull. As long as Ashcraft is our 5th starter we should carry the advantage over almost all other clubs 5th starter.

    • Jason T.

      Agreed. It’s been solid so far with a very nice performance by Montas on opening day and Abbott last night. Abbott really settled in and was locating his pitches well. Gutsy performance. Will really like to see Ashcraft locked in too. Makes things really interesting with Lodolo hopefully returning to full health. I love the depth. Throw in a healthy Williamson in the near future as well.

  17. Rednat

    Reds on pace to steal 445 bases this year. That would crush the modern day record but interestingly not the all time record of the st louis browns of 570 in 1887. Something interesting to follow this year

  18. Andrew Brewer

    How is it that India doesn’t slide on a play like that at the plate in the first ?
    I would have to guess that the on-deck batter was telling him to slide.
    Then I have to surmise that there’s something about sliding and his plantar fasciitis, that we don’t know about… Good day for him at the plate.

    • Old Big Ed

      I don’t understand why India even tried it on a short fly ball for the first out and the 3-hole hitter on deck. I doubt that House “sent” him, because that is something that the runner has to decide to do.

      As to his failing to slide, it was CES’s job to get in position to coach him what to do, and CES failed to do that.

      • jon

        India is a pro and doesn’t need CES to tell him to slide on that play.Its a no brainer.

      • Jimbo44CN

        Because he has his back to the ball and fielder. It’s the on deck guy’s job to let him know whether to slide or not.

    • Westfester

      Reds were on the 3rd base side, so there wasn’t anyone opposite of where he was coming. Maybe that means Steer was slow moving over there but it was just how the dugouts were set.

      • VaRedsFan

        It was on CES. (Steer hit the ball). Replays showed him standing on the 3rd base side of home plate, near the stands, spectating.

    • redfanorbust

      I don’t know what the on deck hitter did or did not do but should have been there telling him to slide. Given the situation (they were probably going to try and throw him out at the plate) he should have know to slide no matter what, head first maybe if for some reason his foot wont allow it. If it is his foot and no one has come out to say it, that’s obviously a really bad restriction for a baseball player.

  19. CI3J

    I don’t understand why Abbott’s rotation spot was ever in question.

    In my mind, it has always been: When Lodolo comes back, Martinez moves to the pen, and someone gets bumped from there (I would personally choose Farmer).

    • Mauired

      Nearly every Reds fan would choose Buck Farmer but it’s too early for Reds to eat the 2.25 million that he was stupidly signed for. So instead they will send a better pitcher with options to minors. Antone or Cruz. I’m guessing Antone goes.

  20. Old Big Ed

    Antone looked very good after the walk. He struck out Marsh and got comebackers from Rojas and Trea Turner, before striking out Harper. Hit 95, which he can live with; he’s not going back to trying to hit 100, nor should he.

    His inning wasn’t nearly as hairy as it felt at the time.

  21. Pablo

    Tyler Mahle to the Twins for Steer and CES has to sting the Minnesota front office on a daily basis!

    • SultanofSwaff

      I was thinking the same thing!

    • Jim Walker

      Yep, unless Marte and Arroyo both come up big or generate a huge trade return, it is going to end up looking like Krall took the Twinks to the cleaners on Mahle but got himself fleeced on the Castillo deal.

      • Still a Red

        Hard to say Krall got fleeced in re: to Arroyo (at least not yet). Marte?? Depends how long he’s been taking PEDs. Of course, Castillo is (and was for the Reds) an ace…hard to say any viable trade would amount to a ‘steal.’ I still think the Reds could have built around Castillo if they were willing to spend $$.

    • redfanorbust

      Sting is a fairly decent size understatement.

  22. Doc4uk

    The Reds have at least three pitchers on Major League Contracts and rehab assignments who must be brought back. All three are lefties. Young, Moll, and Lodolo. So essentially three pitchers must be sent down or released. Who will they be? Farmer, Antone, and perhaps a position player like Fairchild or Thompson.

    • SultanofSwaff

      Good question. Thompson is a given, but after that it gets tough. Just based on usage patterns, I would think Farmer, then Wilson. Fairchild is safe imo,

      • greenmtred

        You’re probably right about Thompson, but he is a weapon.

    • mac624

      I wouldn’t be shocked if Diaz doesn’t go the DL either. His lack of velocity is very concerning at this point. Sure, he had very good success tonight and Doug is spot on that he’s still a weapon with a finely tuned and located slider, but 93 FB velo is not what you want in a closer. That slider better be spot on, or he’s going to get crushed. Idk if he’s hurt or what is causing that 4 mph drop in speed, but that needs to be figured out at some point, so him going to the DL is a temporary possibility as others come back healthy and spots are needed.

      • greenmtred

        Chris Welch has frequently said that when a pitcher is having problems with command, the solution is to pick his best pitch, take a little off it, and throw it for a strike. I wonder whether that process or something akin to it is behind Diaz’s loss of velocity.

    • MBS

      Young, Moll, and Lodolo all have options. Now I don’t see a healthy Moll, or Lodolo staying in AAA for an extended period of time.

      Antone looked a bit wild out there, he’d better tighten up his control or he’s an easy call do send down with his option. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an injury, or an “injury” pop up in the pen by the time Lodolo, and Moll are ready to return. Otherwise Cruz has an option, and Farmer is a potential DFA candidate.

      It won’t be a position player, we can only carry 13 pitchers, so it will have to be a pitcher for a pitcher.

      • Optimist

        Correct about the 13 limit, and I wonder if they’re all close to ready. Lodolo’s start determines that, but Moll seems to need more work, and had Young even pitched yet?

        On top of all that, what if Williamson returns quickly?

    • Jim Walker

      The MLB limit for pitchers on the active 26 man roster is 13. The Reds are currently at that number. They do not need an additional 40 man spot for Lodolo, Moll, or Young.

      Any musical chairs to get those guys up is going to involve the 13 active pitchers.

      Per Fangraphs, the active pitchers who have an option remaining are Antone, Cruz, Diaz, Ashcraft, and Abbott.

      Also Lodolo, Moll, and Young all have an option remaining. Thus any or all of them could play through their rehab and be optioned instead of activated to the 26 man MLB roster.

      Finally bear in mind looming in the wings are Ian Gibaut on the MLB IL plus Tony Santillan who will require a 40 man roster spot if he is brought up. Neither of these guys has an option available.

      • Optimist

        Good points about Gibaut and Santillan. Adding those two to the list (and what happens if Richardson and Phillips put up fantastic numbers into late May) could have the Reds in an unusual spot of making an early season trade, optimally to an AL team. They’d have plenty of those “MLB ready” types struggling teams often need.

    • Mauired

      I believe the new roster rules don’t allow the Reds to exchange a hitter for a pitcher on the active roster. There has to be 13 pitchers and 13 hitters at all times.

      • Jim Walker

        I think there is no limit on the number of position players. The limit of 13 is for pitchers. A team could actually go with fewer than 13 pitchers and fill out the roster with more than 13 position players.

        If memory serves correctly, the Reds did this short term once or more last season when they were bringing a pitcher up to make a single start then sending him immediately back down.

  23. greenmtred

    Something I noticed: the Phillies, a team considered elite or nearly so, used six relief pitchers, none of whom pitched more than one inning. This after pulling the starter, who had been dominating the Reds, after five innings. Further: two TOOTBLANS for the Phillies.

    • old-school

      Not to mention the chorus of boos raining down on the Phillies players from Phillies fans. Watched the game with my daughter who felt sorry for Brogdon.

    • Roger Garrett

      Almost all managers go with the one inning per reliever concept.Bell is no different but in the first 4 games he went first with Suter for 2 and last night he went with Diaz for 5 outs. Now I can tell you that wasn’t in the script which I feel Bell uses much much too often that was on gut or feel for the game in front of him.I like that and it may never happen again but it tells me something.Analytics are great but this game has been played and managed for a long time by little boys and grown men.You can do it all by the data or just let the game be what it was meant to be.Sometimes the greatest movies come when actors just go with it and not follow the script.Same in baseball at times.Phils fanned our guys 17 times but the last guy on the mound gave Steer a cookie at 92 and well that was the ball game.The guy that didn’t have it finally showed up.

    • VaRedsFan

      Are you trying to say that he played it like Bell did so many times and lost, like Bell did so many times? By removing an effective pitcher.

      • greenmtred

        No, it was an observation. But, logically, it seems sensible to pull a starter when he’s clearly tiring and before he becomes ineffective. Abbot was losing velocity and beginning to miss the strike zone. There’s other stuff, too: we don’t know what DJ and Maile might have had to say and the third-time-through the order concerns, plus upcoming match-ups. I’ve never figured that I had enough information from watching the game on TV to know.

  24. earmbrister

    Nice to see Antone and Diaz have bouceback games. A few too many whiteknucklers out there saying that Bell CAN’T pitch Diaz at all after his first game this year. Gotta disagree, you need to sort out who you can and cannot rely on NOW and it was important that Bell show some faith in guys that have gotten the job done in the past.

    Even with 3 starters sidelined at the moment, there are no huge black holes in the lineup. It was only a couple of years ago where the 7/8/9 spots were empty offensive threats. Krall has built considerable depth in both the lineup and the pitching staff, and it’s already being tested. It will be great to get Friedl back on the field for his glove and for the spark he provides offensively.

  25. AllTheHype

    Can’t imagine the fodder for Bell here if Diaz or Antone had blown the game. Pretty gutsy of Bell putting those guys in high leverage situations.

    • Jimbo44CN

      Yep, but like others have said, it’s early in the season and he has to figure out who he can rely on.

    • Still a Red

      Gutsy probably, but also, I think a sign of a good manager of people. You have to build these guys confidence if they are struggling.

      • earmbrister

        Yes indeed. There’s more to being a good manager than filling out a lineup card. It will be interesting to see how the team performs now that they have better players on the field.

    • redfanorbust

      Antone, I was not really worried about but Diaz I was given how his last year ended and his spring training this year. No one came out this year and said what was or might be wrong with him that I heard. It was supposed to be overworked and fatigue but that was last year. So running him back out there so soon after his last outing we can probably rule out injury of some kind. That leaves mechanical and or mental. I go mechanical. Maybe they figured something out (they should have) and felt it was safe move to make.

  26. old-school

    That whole Spencer Steer full time left fielder experiment is going ok.

    Love to watch that guy hit. He got that 3-0 fastball and watched it and timed it and then waited on the 3-1 FB knowing he was getting another and just ambushed it. Great piece of hitting.

    • AllTheHype

      And he’s taking his shots to RF too, just hitting it where it’s pitched. He’s eliminating holes in his hit approach, making it hard for pitchers to pitch to him in general. It’s been impressive to watch his refinement.

      • Reaganspad

        He hits the curve so well, and as AllTheHype shares, he has a great approach at the plate. He did in college too. I am an Oregon Stater and he is a hated duck (think Michigan with worse costumes but more obnoxious fans who think Nike money makes them cool). But Spencer has always risen above all that. A guy you always want on your team.

        And although I agreed with Stock that he was a good trade candidate, Steer has India type leadership traits that make a team better.

        Excuse me while I go spit for saying I am a fan of a player from that university

      • greenmtred

        He’s not there anymore. It’s okay.

    • Jim Walker

      Yes, it is; and, over time, it makes Benson or Fraley (plus a platoon partner) expendable. This could put the Reds in a position to be focused buyers at the deadline with less pressure to dip into their highest end prospect capital.

  27. RedsMonk65

    That was a FUN game. Listened to the whole thing and followed the game thread but refrained from commenting. After a rough start, Abbott really buckled down. Bullpen arms had some nice bounce-back performances (Diaz, Antone). India continues to stir things up for the opponent. And what can you say about Steer?! What a player. Quickly becoming a fan favorite, I might say. Guy can hit. And as they say, if you can hit, you will play.

    Pirates at 5-0 a little worrisome, but there’s a lot of baseball to play between now and September. Honestly, I could see just about any team in the division winning it. We’ll see.

  28. RedBB

    FWIW Joe Boyle got destroyed last night in his opening start. Noticed in the highlights his FB was around 96-98. Not sure if he was taking something off for better accuracy or not.

    • Mauired

      Yeah he struck out 4 in 2.2 innings. But allowed 12 base runners and 8 of them scored. Not looking good for him as a starting pitcher but it’s only one start.

  29. Jim Walker

    So, for a change, I am going to give Bell credit for adapting. He was aware of how many LH arms the Phillies had in the pen and did not gut his lineup to rush Fraley and Martini into the game at 1st sighting of an RH Phillie on the mound.

    Bell also did not play mind games with the Phillies manager in the 10th by swapping out Steer which would have put the Phillies in a position choose between bringing in their final LHP to face the LH PH (Martini/ Fraley) but then being forced to have him face CES following the PH versus having the RHP face the Reds PH for Steer.

    Kudos for letting the players play the game without micromanagement

    • Mauired

      Agreed. It’s one thing to platoon players but the in game platooning was really annoying. To see him frequently take players out of the game when they were already 2 for 2 with a homer and steal because a same sided middle relief pitcher, just to see the new batter hit a ground ball out and go 0 for 2. Then the guy that hit the home run sit on the bench for the rest of the game. Just nonsensical. Hopefully the new trend of keeping guys like Fraley and Benson in the entire game continues.

  30. Indy Red Man

    I know velocity isn’t everything, but Moll & Farmer at 90-91, Abbott at 91 by the 5th last night, and Diaz at 93. Hopefully these guys are just ramping up?

    Never on board to trade Steer, but if they could put together a package for Luis Robert then I’m in. HG & Marte maybe?
    Not as high on Marte as RLN even B4 the juice ban. Scouting reports I read when he came up said solid, but not a star. Of course he hit well last year, but not with a lot of power

    • Mauired

      I don’t know if I love this or hate this trade idea. Haha. Robert is a great player with a great contract. Just not sure if Reds should give up on Greene and Marte.

    • Will the Red

      Love this idea as a “GO FOR IT” move! The concern becomes that I think the need for an ace on the staff outweighs the need for a big, more consistent bat. And while Hunter isn’t an ACE, he’s got as much potential as just about anyone we have, and is on a very favorable contract. At the same time, considering the current (and soon-to-be) influx of pitchers, a few are gonna need to go so why not try it? And that lineup would definitely be more dangerous, and faster, with Roberts in it, wooo!

    • Indy Red Man

      I like to gamble and I also like to speculate without all the facts so maybe I’m not MLB GM material…lol. I’m not sure when Robert hits $30+/mil year etc, but the White Sox are terrible and I bet he goes somewhere this year and here’s hoping its not the Cards, Philly, Cubs, etc.

      • Mauired

        He’s at 12.5 million now, which is a steal. 15 million next year, still quite cheap for his production. Then two club options for 20 million. He won’t be a free agent and get that 30 million a year until 2028.

        How about Marte, Phillips, Stewart?

    • redfanorbust

      Interesting trade proposal. Baseball trade values says this would be a minor overpay by the Reds. If I were Krall I would have to consider this but as quality starting pitching with a team friendly contract and potential to be an ace, 2 or 3 are in short supply and high demand I would need to take a bottle of tums and sleep on it.


    Good WIN!
    Diaz was 92.8 to 94.6 according to mlb app live. Took him 3 FB’s to go from low to high speed, then every FB was in-between was between those speeds, but was usually 93. something.
    Tejay Antone has lost a few mph too, but he’s lucky to be pitching, and a injury risk on every pitch with 2 TJ’s.
    Hope both of them can pitch now instead of throwing gas.