The Cincinnati Reds played the role of the Rally Reds in the series opener against the Phillies last night, putting together a rally in the 10th inning that culminated in a Spencer Steer grand slam in Philadelphia for the win. There’s rain in the forecast for the next 36 hours, so things may be pretty dicey when it comes to getting a game in over the next day or two. If things work out, first pitch tonight is set for 6:40pm ET. Tonight’s game will be available on both Bally Sports Ohio as well as TBS.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Philadelphia Phillies

Jonathan India – 2B Kyle Schwarber – DH
Will Benson – CF Trea Turner – SS
Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B Bryce Harper – 1B
Jeimer Candelario – 3B Alec Bohm – 3B
Jake Fraley – RF Bryson Stott – 2B
Elly De La Cruz – SS Nick Castellanos – RF
Spencer Steer – LF Brandon Marsh – LF
Nick Martini – DH Johan Rojas – CF
Tyler Stephenson – C Garrett Stubbs – C
Graham Ashcraft – RHP Spencer Turnbull – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Stats are from 2023.

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Graham Ashcraft 145.2 4.76 1.37 8.3% 17.8%
Spencer Turnbull 31.0 7.26 1.68 10.3% 16.6%
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Spencer Turnbull’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

There was a stretch last year, for eight games, where Graham Ashcraft may have been the worst starting pitcher in baseball. He was tipping his pitches and everyone knew it except apparently him and the Reds. The stretch before that, and after that, though, he was arguably one of the best pitchers in the game. Overall he was merely average but he showed for two different long stretches last year that he could dominate.

2023 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 329 82 12 2 12 9.4% 16.1% .285 .366 .465
LHH 295 66 11 2 11 7.1% 19.7% .244 .306 .422

Pitch Usage

2-Seam Cutter Slider
Velo 96.5 95.9 85.8
Usage 10% 53% 37%

Spencer Turnbull

It’s been a tough few years for Turnbull. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2021, which limited him to nine starts that year and cost him all of the 2022 season. He only made seven starts in 2023 while dealing with multiple non-arm injuries, and he struggled when he was able to get on the mound. Only one of his starts in the spring had pitch tracking, but his velocity was still down quite a bit from where it was pre-Tommy John surgery.

Last season was pretty limited in terms of the sample size, but left-handed hitters found far more success against him. They didn’t walk as much, but they made more contact, hit for a higher average, and hit for a ton of power against him. For his career lefties have hit better against him, but not to that extreme.

2023 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 66 14 3 0 1 13.6% 18.2% .259 .394 .370
LHH 79 23 7 0 4 7.6% 15.2% .315 .367 .575

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.6 93.0 78.6 84.5 87.8
Usage 21% 40% 6% 22% 10%

When and Where

  • Game time: 6:40pm ET
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, TBS
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 47°, cloudy, 60% chance of rain

News and Notes

The Reds took that guys job

Connor Brogdon started the 10th inning with two walks to load the bases last night before he gave up the grand slam to Spencer Steer. An hour and half before the game today the Phillies designated him for assignment.

Jacob Hurtubise to the injured list

After losing out on what felt like the final roster spot to Bubba Thompson right before opening day, Jacob Hurtubise headed to Triple-A. On Sunday he dove for a ball and exited the game. Today he was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain.

Another minor league roster is here

While the non-Louisville teams won’t begin their seasons until Friday, we got our first roster from Dayton earlier today and the Dragons roster is loaded. Rhett Lowder, the Reds top pitching prospect and 1st round pick from 2023, will be with the team to begin the year. The roster also features seven other top 25 prospects – all on the hitting side of things. The full roster and some write ups are up at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you wanted to check them out.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Pittsburgh 5 0
Milwaukee 3 0 1.0
Cincinnati 3 1 1.5
Chicago 2 2 2.5
St. Louis 2 3 3.0

137 Responses

  1. AllTheHype

    Looks like we’re gonna get this one in weather wise.

    Looking forward to watching that 96ish cutter. Sure looks nasty on TV. Like Hunter though, wish they both had an 87 league average changeup or split that they weren’t afraid to throw. The oppo movement would make the cutter that much better.

    Maybe Montas can show them the split this year.

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  2. Jason T.

    Hopefully Ashcraft gets out to a solid start and can give us 6+ innings of quality pitching. Really hope the weather holds out there too.

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  3. Indy Red Man

    This is the kind of C- minus righty the Reds are designed to beat up

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    • wkuchad

      Sometimes the Reds do, but sometimes we turn the pitcher into Cy Young. But I’m hoping and thinking you’ll be correct.

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    • Matt McWax

      If Turnbull returns to the best version of himself, he used to have very good (low) hr rates. I’m guessing he was coming off an injury last year and his k’s were down, walks and homers were up. Poor guy had a 2.8 WAR in 2019 and had a 3-17 record. The Reds should be selective and patient, see how his control is. Ashcraft needs to throw lots of strikes.

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  4. wkuchad

    I thought the central was supposed to be weak – we’re 15-6!! (j/k, small sample size alert)

    I do think the central could be a little better than expected.

    Really hoping the Reds get the win tonight. We have the advantage with the pitching matchup.

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    • Melvin

      Yeah. Our #5 is better than their #5. :)…hopefully and should be.

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  5. David

    In case anyone was wondering, I was looking at the Louisville BATS roster and stats today.
    Rece Hinds is batting 3 for 10 (that’s 0.300!), and two of those hits are homers.

    This guy may turn into something….someday. 😉

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    • LarkinPhillips

      Of the three outfielders that were talked about, he is out to the best start. Hurtubuise is out injured and Dunn has started slow, so Hinds may play himself into an opportunity sooner than later with the Reds.

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  6. Old-school

    Conner brogdon brutal

    NL East reactionary 4 days into the season .

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    • Matt McWax

      He has some interesting movement on his pitches but no room for a project guy on a contender.

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  7. Bet on Red

    did they give him a beer? i mean i felt that he deserved it

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  8. JayTheRed

    Darn Brewers win again. That team finds a way no matter what players are injured.

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    • JB

      I watched that game. Brewers just keep finding relief pitchers that shut the other team down.

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  9. DaveCT

    I spy with my in-game eye an ump who wants to get this game over with quickly.

    Swing the bat boys.

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  10. JB

    Man this game should be over by 8 with this umps strike zone

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  11. Indy Red Man

    Chris Welsh just said Elly doesn’t chase alot of bad pitches. Ok

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    • Doc

      Is he saying, then, that Ella is terrible at hitting good pitches that are in the zone. That would be worrisome as his K% climbs further.

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      • JB

        EDLC let’s to many fastballs right down the middle go. He did that last night on his final at bat. Put himself in a 0-2 hole. He is going to have to learn not to let those first pitch strikes down the middle go.

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Prior to Harper’s HR, I was thinking the Reds need to win the series against the Phillies and get out of town before Harper finds his hitting stroke!

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    • JB

      No Sadak blew that to pieces when he introduced the lineups and mentioned Harper had zero hits. Bad juju from Sadak,again.

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    • Harry Stoner

      After his game ending K last night, you kind of figured he’d come out swinging this evening.

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  13. Indy Red Man

    Ashcraft has great stuff, but have to use your head on that bomb to Harper. That’s not just bad execution, that’s bad strategy and anything you can imagine. He missed the first sinker/hard slider by a foot? Why the meatball?

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    • LT

      Agreed. GÀ has good stuff to be a very good pitcher. Just need to learn situational pitching

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  14. Roger Garrett

    Cy Turnbull it appears.Young aggressive Reds just struggle with slow stuff.

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  15. Mark Moore

    A pitchers’ battle in a cold Scottish mist … glad I’m not in Philly watching it in that stadium. That’s beyond uncomfortable.

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  16. Dennis Westrick

    Unfortunately, Harper has found his hitting stroke!

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  17. Ozzie

    Reds need to score here because this game isn’t likely to go 9.

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  18. VaRedsFan

    That could have been a serious encounter for all parties involved. Slippery bases. India/Harper could have been a catastrophe.

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  19. RedlegScott

    Let’s go offense! Ashcraft pitching too well to leave hanging.

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  20. VaRedsFan

    Ashcraft has looked very good.
    Just had his 1st 3-ball count, followed by his 1st walk.
    Harper hit 2 good pitches to beat him twice. Down and away on the first and bottom of the zone on the 2nd, but too much in the middle I guess.
    Good hitters tend to do that

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  21. VaRedsFan

    They really struggle against changeups.
    Most hitters do. It’s a real weapon of a pitch.

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  22. DaveCT

    AAA, Connor Phillips very effective at 52 pitches through five innings. Blake Dunn with two highlight reel defensive plays in CF.

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  23. VaRedsFan

    Will just made a play that Billy would be proud of.

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  24. LT

    Between 5th and 6th innings is where GÀ struggled last year. Bell is taking a big risk leaving him in there. Bell is counting on another late game wake up by offense.

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    • DW

      How is a young starter ever going to learn to go deeper into games if he gets pulled after five innings with less than 80 pitches? And how worn down do you want the bullpen to be come September?

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  25. Melvin

    Unfortunate big error there by EDLC. Ashcraft is pitching a great game and really wanted that out.

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    • Melvin

      EDLC has to play SS this year but a lot of times he reinforces my belief that he’d be better off in CF.

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      • Daytonnati

        It seems he just loses focus sometimes.

      • BK

        Unfortunately, poor concentration is a problem at any position.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. I actually think the outfield is less demanding mentally.

  26. Ozzie

    Phillies bullpen is thin tonight. Gotta find a way to take advantage of that.

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  27. Dennis Westrick

    Anybody else notice that the Reds batters have twice as many SO’s as the opposition?

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  28. Steve

    I’m at the game live, this is the first time that I have seen a lacknof hustle from ellie, the ground ball to 2nd he carried his bat and jogged to first, on the grounder, not aggressive, I know it’s miserable out here tonight, but very disappointed in the effort i am seeing from him

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  29. RedlegScott

    Make up for that at the plate, Elly. Great game by Ashcraft.

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  30. Mark A Verticchio

    I don’t see EDLC as the long term answer at shortstop. Arroyo or Mclain are a lot better. He needs to go the outfield some day, just not this year.

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    • Melvin

      McLain is good but Arroyo is the best I’ve seen out of the bunch.

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    • Beaufort Red

      Agree. He’s not the future shortstop. Athleticism certainly doesn’t equate to sound fundamentals. Sometimes his head doesn’t seem to be in the game. Not good for someone who hasn’t even played an entire year.

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  31. Steve

    Again, you have to be here, Jake busted down the line, Elle jogged again, little taken back by the effort….

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    • Mark A Verticchio

      EDLC is not living up to the hype, however it is early and he is young, but effort should never be an issue.

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      • greenmtred

        Avert your eyes, then. You’ll notice that he’s hitting well and producing runs.

  32. Melvin

    Last year’s team MVP has the early lead at this year’s MVP. Steer is just a good player.

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  33. Jim

    I’m glad our 7 hole hitter is 2/3 with nobody hitting before or after him. We have the best #7 hitter in mlb. Bell shouldn’t brag about that…

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    • greenmtred

      In last night’s game, only one of the first 4 hitters in the lineup had as many rbi as Steer, and Steer has 8 in 5 games.

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  34. Dennis Westrick

    Hope Steer has a concealed carry permit! Anybody else notice the guns (arms) on that guy!

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    • Daytonnati

      Inexcusable. Sparky or Lou might have pulled him right then and there.

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      • Ted Alfred

        Be interested to see if he’s sitting next game… or if Bell plays him as if everything was fine with his effort tonight

      • Melvin

        It’s just one game but it doesn’t fit into the narrative that Bell’s players play hard for him.

    • JB

      Of all the years our other shortstops get hurt and out for the year.

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      • Melvin

        Yeah. How many SS did we have at the beginning of this year? lol

  35. Mark Moore

    I see it didn’t improve when I went for a walk. And then Elly did that “flip thing” … 😮

    At least my grilled chicken and peppers were tasty.

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  36. Ted Alfred

    Elly’s going to start pissing off his teammates and a lot if fans with his very lackadaisical “ooh look at me, oops another error” attitude. It is fricking pathetic

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  37. Mark A Verticchio

    EDLC needs to sit the next game or two, Bell has to take control f the team.

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  38. doofus

    EDLC is again proving that SS is not his best position.

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  39. Ozzie

    Chris Welsh: “Fundamentals over flare”. Say it again! That was a frustrating play by Elly.

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  40. Beaufort Red

    You can work on his fundamentals at AAA but how do you teach attitude?

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      • Mark Moore

        My first formal HDTBell comment of the 2024 regular season …

        That’s not how he manages. I am considerably older school along those lines, but I just don’t see it happening anymore (especially for our Reds). And you certainly won’t ever see the likes of Sweet Lou’s antics again.

      • Ted Alfred

        This Elly game tonight and subsequent repurcussions for his lack of effort has been where David Bell has been really weak as a manager in the past. We’ll see if he’s learned anything over the last few years

      • VaRedsFan

        There are a lot of flaws, but that may be the biggest. Never seems to be any accountabilty

    • Melvin

      I’m sure he’s frustrated but you still have to be professional.

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  41. doofus

    DID WE GIVE UP WHEN THE GERMANS BOMBED PEARL HARBOR?!!!

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  42. Mark Moore

    Had to Clete after that one. My wife says it isn’t over, but I’ve seen enough for tonight. I’ll say it for the record …

    Stink. Fish. Pot!!!

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  43. MK

    On the whole it has been a boring game, hard to watch. Everybody makes such a big deal when Elly does something spectacular, he might think that is what is expected.

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  44. JB

    Lol freaking Sadak. Introduces the lineup and points out Harper is hitless on the year. Man you just can’t say those things and he is notorious for it.

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  45. Jason Franklin

    Sounds like I was lucky not to have access to MLB games afterall.

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    • Jason Franklin

      I should clarify, lucky not to have tv/cable access to this particular Reds game. What happened with Elly?

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      • VaRedsFan

        Casual flick that CES couldn’t handle allowed 1 run.
        Next inning…easy DP ball and he tried a glove flip that pulled India off the bag….opened flood gates.

  46. doofus

    Reds need a centerfielder. And a SS.

    There is no fluidity, smoothness to Elly’s play at SS. He looks like someone trying to play SS on stilts.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Yep… he looked a lot more comfortable and natural at 3rd base last year than he does his shortstop

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  47. RedsGettingBetter

    Very terrible game tonight… there would’ve been better to be rained out …

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  48. The Other GreenMtRed

    Maybe we should be revisiting the article that was posted by someone here last year about how statistically Elly should stay a shortstop. Not so sure the “facts” are holding up.

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  49. LarkinPhillips

    Elly should not finish this game. He should benched for several lazy plays tonight. Maybe benched tomorrow as well.

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  50. Jason Franklin

    I would not start Elly tomorrow. From what I am hearing, he played like a single A player.

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  51. RedsGettingBetter

    I’m a big fan of EDLC but let’s see if Bell will lineup Espinal at SS in the next contest and giving EDLC one reset game…

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  52. VaRedsFan

    I’m a huge Elly fan, but it has not been a good look tonight. If Bell won’t (and we all know he won’t), then a player needs to step in, and jump his stuff.
    I’m not sure that players even do that anymore.

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    • Melvin

      Thinking about the Big Red Machine, Sparky wouldn’t have to do anything. As a matter of fact a player would rather face the wrath of Sparky than his teammates. lol

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    • Jason Franklin

      I don’t know if the Reds have a Scott Rolen type on the team anymore. Not sure if maybe Maile, Canderlerio or Steer may be that type of player? They surely need a hard-as-nails type.

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  53. Rob

    This defense is really terrible. Easy, easy plays being botched. Will be interesting how Bell handles this. The “play the young guys” doesn’t seemingly apply this year. Not with the expenditures we made over the winter. This is acquire somebody to fill the hole. I don’t pretend to have the answers but as Manager, it is your job to correct the sloppy play. Bench him for the weekend?

    Stellar pitching effort by Ashcraft. Suter? He certainly dint help his chances of sticking with the club considering the upcoming returns of Williamson and Moll.

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  54. VaRedsFan

    This is the perfect game to let Buck go 2 innings?

    Their relief pitcher on on 56 pitches and counting.

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  55. redsfansince62

    Hello:

    I am new to this comment board. I look forward to being part of your comments and discussions.

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      • redsfansince62

        From: redsfansince62

        Melvin, good point – it is indeed a bad game to make a comment debut.

    • Jason Franklin

      The games will be better then this one. Welcome aboard. We are usually pretty civil here.

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    • Melvin

      Hopefully it’s just a one time thing. Everyone has terrible nights.

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  56. Melvin

    Bell loves to five days off. I’d say it would be a good time for EDLC.

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  57. Mark A Verticchio

    You are just going to have nights like this, but something has to be done about EDLC before it gets out of hand. Bell should bench him tomorrow and also have some of the veterans jump him about the right way to play the game. With all of the players missing these types of issues cannot become a problem.

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  58. LT

    Elly is why the saying “don’t believe in the hype” came about.

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  59. Daytonnati

    It will be interesting if Sam LeCure says anything on the postgame about Elly? He is usually a straight shooter.

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  60. Vottomatic937

    Most of the ELDC slander on this site is childish and overreaction. Calm down!

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  61. Jim Delaney

    Suter’s arm is going to fall off. Now used in four of five games. Bell’s mastery of handling a bullpen continues!!!!

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