In last night’s series opener the New York Mets pulled out a nail biter with a 3-2 win. The Cincinnati Reds will look to even up the series this afternoon on Jake Fraley Bobblehead day. First pitch is set for 4:10pm ET at Great American Ball Park.

Starting Lineups

New York Mets

Cincinnati Reds

Brandon Nimmo – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Francisco Lindor – SS Will Benson – CF
Pete Alonso – 1B Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
Brett Baty – 3B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Starling Marte – RF Jake Fraley – RF
Tyrone Taylor – LF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Jeff McNeil – 2B Spencer Steer – LF
Harrison Bader – CF Nick Martini – DH
Omar Narvaez – C Tyler Stephenson – C
Luis Severino – RHP Nick Martinez – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Martinez 5.0 5.40 1.40 1 3
Luis Severino 5.0 5.40 2.20 0 6
Links: Nick Martinez’s Stats | Luis Severino’s Stats

Nick Martinez

This will be the second start at Great American Ball Park for Martinez after spending the last few seasons pitching out west with the San Diego Padres. The ballparks are quite different in the NL Central than they are in the NL West (except for Colorado). With that said, looking at his splits heโ€™s been much better against right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters since the start of 2023. Righties hit for a low average and next to no power against him. Lefties have hit for a solid average, and while they havenโ€™t shown much power against him, it has been more than righties have hit for.

2023 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 267 53 5 0 5 9.0% 20.6% .223 .297 .307
LHH 194 46 6 0 7 8.2% 26.2% .263 .330 .417

Pitch Usage

4-sm 2-sm Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 93.6 91.2 89.8 82.0 86.0 80.9
Usage 14% 22% 16% 19% 1% 29%

Luis Severino

After spending 2015-2023 pitching for the New York Yankees, and making two All-Star teams along the way, Luis Severino is in his first season with the Mets after signing with them in December.

Last season didn’t go well for Severino as he posted a 6.65 ERA in 19 games and opponents hit .301/.366/.555 against him. He didn’t walk many batters, but his strikeout rate was low. His splits favored left-handed hitters, but righties still put up strong numbers when he was on the mound. His home and road splits were big. On the road last season opponents put up an OPS of 1.008 and his ERA was 8.14.

2023 Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 215 52 8 0 12 7.9% 20.9% .271 .341 .500
LHH 202 61 14 2 11 8.4% 16.8% .333 .393 .612

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 49% 10% 24% 17%
Usage 96.5 91.7 85.4 86.7

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: 57ยฐ, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Spencer Steer’s on fire at the plate

Last night saw Steer get on base three more times. He’s off to one of the best starts at the plate in Major League Baseball this season. His 1.308 OPS leads the team. We wrote more about his hot start, as well as some other notes from the organization earlier today in our Reds Notebook if you wanted to check that out.

Around The Beat

The next step for Elly De La Cruz

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about the next thing that Elly De La Cruz is working at improving – striking out. Everyone involved is aware it’s an area that need improved upon, but getting there could take time, experience, and putting in the work – things that are all talked about within the article.

Hunter Greene taking notes from Frankie Montas

Mark Sheldon of Reds.com wrote about how Hunter Greene has been taking notes from Frankie Montas and how last night that carried over into his strong performance against the Mets.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 5 1
Pittsburgh 6 2
Chicago 5 2 0.5
Cincinnati 4 3 1.5
St. Louis 4 4 2.0

 

209 Responses

  1. Beroader

    Anyone see Shane Bieber is set for Tommy John? I can’t remember if there were any trade rumors about the Reds acquiring him. If there were, it’s one of those trades that are great in that they weren’t made.

  2. DW

    Spencer Steer is on fire at the plate…and still batting 7th

      • Doc

        Never let facts get in the way of a good theory.

      • greenmtred

        No, of course it doesn’t. What could I have been thinking?

    • MBS

      Split the difference guys, plug Steer into the 4 or 5 hole. He’s got a lot of RBI’s in that bat.

      • Melvin

        Hitting somewhere between 3-5 would be good with me. By the way it’s understood in the discussion that we’re talking about hitting vs. RH pitching so as someone pointed out last night doesn’t count hitting 2nd. Anyway let’s win win win either way. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • greenmtred

        Doesn’t count, Melvin? Seriously?

    • Oldtimer

      Chris Sabo led 1990 Reds with 25 HR and batted 6th.

      Eric Davis had 24 HR but batted 4th.

      • Melvin

        As I recall Sabo either batted leadoff or 3rd.

      • Oldtimer

        You can look it up at Baseball Reference. He batted 6th of the the year.

        Larkin batted leadoff. O’Neill batted third.

      • Melvin

        Oldtimer – You got me curious. Interesting. Just looking up the first 40 games he batted leadoff every game except the only one he got a day off on the 38th game. Gonna check the rest when I get the chance. Interesting. Curious to know when he started moving down in the order.

    • Melvin

      Oldtimer – Did a little more quick checking. In games 41-80 he batted 3rd seven times, 4th four times, and 6th four times. Every other time leadoff with only one more day off. Looks like Lou was giving him a rest every 40 games or so. Interesting.

      • Melvin

        Okay Oldtimer – After you got me curious about Chris Sabo in 1990 and how Lou Piniella handled him here’s the quick study I cam up with for you or anyone else who might be interested.

        He only played 3B and hit:

        1st – 71 times
        2nd – 0
        3rd – 25
        4th – 03
        5th – 15
        6th – 30

        He had 14 games off and also 4 games as a replacement/PH. He played both games of a DH twice.

        Obviously Lou didn’t mind moving him in the order according to how he was doing at the time. Most of his leadoff games came in the first half. Sabo was one of the best hitters that year and his numbers were:

        .270/.343/.476/.819 25 Hr – 2 Triples – 38 Doubles – 61 BB – 71 RBI – 25 SB – 58 Ks

        Obviously he never hit below 6th and only 30 times there for whatever it’s worth. All this interesting.

  3. Mauired

    Yeah Bell seems to invent new ways to be a bad manager. Having Steer hit seven against righties is ridiculous. Best hitter on the team for a year now already. Someone needs to wake Bell up. He’s been sleeping on the job for five years.

    • wkuchad

      Check entire 2023 stats for OPS versus righties – you may walk back your โ€œridiculousโ€ comment

      • Mauired

        I saw it and as I pointed out. It was around .750 I believe with a .350 obp. Those aren’t bad that he needs to be dropped to seven. I am a big CES fan and think he will right the ship. But how many times have India and/or Benson gotten on base this year just to see CES and Candelario do nothing when Steer has been that guy for a year already.

      • Mauired

        Actually his ops was .780 last year against righties. He didn’t struggle.

      • wkuchad

        I didnโ€™t say he struggled last year against righties. He was good. The others were better.

      • Mauired

        Yeah almost everyone was within 50 points on the ops. Not a dramatic difference. But point taken his overall production against righties last season does not make it an obvious call to move him up from seven.

    • greenmtred

      Did you read Oldtimer’s post on one of the other threads, Mauired? He pointed out the BA’s of some of the guys on the BRM one year after seven games. Few people would call Sparky a bad manager. Maybe Bell is, but I’d bet good money (if I could access Shohei’s bank account) that he has reasons for the decisions he makes. Since I don’t know the reasons, I’m not prepared to judge him one way or the other. That my opinion of what he should do might be at variance with his wouldn’t be, for me, a factor.

      • Mauired

        Who was the hitter? Context is a funny thing. And I’m also not asking Bell to drop Morgan or Bench down the down lineup for Spencer Steer. This is such a weird comparison. Something that happened half a century ago with of the greatest teams ever and David Bell shouldn’t really be in the same conversation.

      • greenmtred

        Oldtimer didn’t identify the hitters, but the point was that a guy hitting near the bottom of the lineup had a BA of over .400 and the guys hitting near the top were doing little. And still the team was 5-2 at that point. When I pay attention to other teams’ lineups, I often see ostensibly lesser hitters batting higher in the order than guys with better BA’s. I assume that there are reasons involved that go beyond strict lineup construction orthodoxy.

      • Harry Stoner

        The โ€œBell knows things!โ€ theorem at work.

        Everyone who does something in baseball or in life has a reason for doing so.

        Ergo, all decisions must be unassailable.

        BTW, I like the idea of having a stronger hitter placed down in the order to avoid stringing a series of weak hitters in a row.

        Which some teams do. Which has also influenced some of Bellโ€™s handling of relievers.

      • LDS

        Comparing this team to the BRM is laughable. And any attempt to compare Sparky with Bell is beyond laughable- absurd would be closer to the truth. Yes, stats in the first couple of weeks are necessarily indicative. However, the trends are recurrent and need to be mitigated. Otherwise, this year will turn out like the last few seasons.

      • greenmtred

        Parse, Harry. I didn’t say that managers’ decisions are unassailable: I said that if I don’t know the reasoning behind the decision–reasoning that would, in fact, be informed by managers knowing things that I do not–I wouldn’t judge the decision’s soundness. We do live in an age which distrusts knowledge and expertise, but knowledge and expertise have value regardless.

      • LDS

        Actually we live in an age where people attribute secret knowledge and expertise to empty suits instead of acknowledging whatโ€™s right in front of their faces

      • greenmtred

        It’s true enough, LDS. Comparing the managers–which I didn’t directly do–would be laughable: Bell has never lost 103 games in one season. Oldtimer was simply pointing out that Bell isn’t the only manager who had a batting order at a point in time that didn’t conform to people’s theories.

      • greenmtred

        Actually, LDS, there have been poseurs in every age. But not not all experts are poseurs, now or then. You’re younger than I am, I believe, but you’re already a bitter curmudgeon.

  4. Klugo

    Guys who can avoid striking out seem to be able to foul off good pitches. Elly has a hard time working a tough AB. But just like basketball, when your shot is not falling, you gotta defend and rebound out of a slump, Elly needs to focus on playing solid defense. Weve seen a little of that from the Mets third baseman actually last night.
    The difference in two of our losses could directly be attributed to EDLC errors.

  5. Old-school

    Spencer Steer 2023 Reds MVP
    Spencer Steer hitting 7th
    Spencer Steer has a team leading Barry Bonds OPS

    Theres no universe hes a 7 hole hitter

    There. I just guaranteed an 0-4

    • Oldtimer

      George Foster batted 6th on 1976 Reds. He led Reds with 29 HR and 121 RBI.

      • Melvin

        We have different memories I guess. Bench had a bad year in 76 and Foster hit 4th or 5th most of the time as I recall. It was definitely that way in the World Series. when Bench hit 7th. Anyway that was a whole lot different but your point is well taken anyway Oldtimer.

      • Oldtimer

        Nope. Foster batted 6th most of the year. Not every game, of course.

        I wasn’t talking about WS. But if you want, Bench was WS MVP batting 7th.

      • Melvin

        Cool. Tell you what. I wouldn’t mind Steer hitting 7th on the Big Red Machine. ๐Ÿ˜€ Problem is he wouldn’t even be a regular starter. haha

  6. Bet on Red

    First off Apple Plus should not be allowed to show baseball.
    Reds are competitive, lets get game 2

    • Mark Moore

      +5,000

      It’s about money at the top, not the fans. I’m assuming the announcers were as bad as the last time around.

      Should be it for the year, I think, based on the schedule I saw. But maybe that’s only for the first half of the season.

      • Bet on Red

        not even the announcers…. it was continuously freezing and fallling behind. I received the ESPN notification the game was over in the bottom of the 8th.

  7. Old-school

    In fairness to Elly SS criticism, that was absurd range to catch a fly ball in left field. Also fair to ponder to CF if he tracks fly balls that well.

    • Melvin

      It was a great catch by our CF I mean SS. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • MBS

      Balls don’t just drop in around EDLC

  8. Mark Moore

    Nice job by Elly getting Martinez that 3rd out. Quick innings are always a good way to start.

    I’ve got the WLW audio on the laptop and the TV feed on the big screen. We’ll see if I can keep it relatively synched so I can avoid Sadak/Larkin.

    Anybody watch the Day interview with Brett Boone where he called Bell a very funny guy? Day looked shocked … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • DaveCT

      Didn’t see the interview but Bell just strikes me as very reserved, publicly, and ultra cautious with his words. Outcome is he doesn’t come across as good in the PR department.

  9. Mark Moore

    And for anybody who is wondering, the menu says burgers tonight. Remains to be seen if the wind cooperates and I do it on the Blackstone or need to make an alternate arrangement (like the grill or maybe the cast iron pan over the burner in the garage).

    • Old-school

      When are you going to sign up for DoorDash?????
      Ill take cheddar, bacon, grilled onions and tomato.

      • Melvin

        I’ve already asked….many times. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Mark Moore

        It’s walk-up only and cash.

        Nobody had my preferred White Cheddar slices, so I’m settling for Co-Jack slices tonight.

        And there will be grilled onions, but no bacon or tomatoes. And the First Wife had me pick up a bag of frozen steak fries, so that’s in the mix as well.

      • Melvin

        “Itโ€™s walk-up only and cash.”

        Don’t give out your address. I and others just might show up. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • greenmtred

        The First Wife? Sounds like there might be an interesting story lurking there.

  10. Melvin

    “Last night saw Steer get on base three more times. He’s off to one of the best starts at the plate in Major League Baseball this season.”

    He moves up in the order to sixth (small steps). haha Ride the momentum. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Melvin

      Oooops. I can’t count today I guess. lol 7th (with a hit already) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • greenmtred

      Steer was batting 2nd last night, Melvin. So he’s moving down. 6th was always referred to as the second lead-off man when I was a kid.

      • Melvin

        Vs. RH pitching buddy. He’s hot and should be hitting at the top either way.

    • Oldtimer

      The Reds leading HR hitter in 1976 (Foster) and 1990 (Sabo) both batted 6th in lineup.

  11. Melvin

    “Mark Sheldon of Reds.com wrote about how Hunter Greene has been taking notes from Frankie Montas and how last night that carried over into his strong performance against the Mets.”

    Great to hear that. Starting pitching has not been a problem.

  12. Mark Moore

    Ooops … better get the guy out there with the towel/mop to dry up that slick spot.

    Man on 3rd with only 1 out. Take note of that, Elly.

    • Mark Moore

      Take advantage of poor play …that’s what gets you on and now on 3rd. Still with only 1 out.

  13. Mark A Verticchio

    I worry about Martini continuing to hit much.

  14. Mark Moore

    Severino is more than a little rattled at this point.

  15. Mark Moore

    Worked out of that little jam nicely. Time to play add-on and keep Severino rattled.

    • Mark Moore

      The 2nd coming of “The Manatee” … ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Old-school

    Montas and Martinez- M&M- have provided tremendous stability to the SP rotation early on.

    • Mauired

      Martinez looks like he’s fighting to keep that spot in starting five when Lodolo comes back next week. Six man rotation?

      • Mark Moore

        I keep thinking the league will end up moving to 6-man rotations at some point. The active roster limit will need to get bumped up. But seeing the number of pitches per game edging down across all levels, it seems logical (at least to me).

      • Mauired

        Martinez ended up breaking down in the fourth. Maybe swingman role is better for him.

  17. Mark Moore

    Reds FB post says EDLC covered 92 feet on that catch in LF.

      • Mark Moore

        I know you’d like to see that, Melvin. But I’m not convinced him learning CF at this level is the best thing. My strong preference was him at 3B, but that’s not even remotely possible right now.

      • Melvin

        We’ve already seen what he can do. There wouldn’t be much to learn. However unless we have an unforeseen replacement for the rest of the year at SS it ain’t happenin soon. If somehow he did start playing CF right now he would be a gold glover before the end of the season and might even bring the award home with him at the end of the year.

      • Mauired

        I agree. I think he has the skills to be a natural in center. But that’s Friedl’s best position and he should be back in a month. And the short stops are all hurt so it doesn’t make sense this season.

        *Unless Espinal hits his way into the lineup and Friedl has another injury.

      • Melvin

        Mauired – I don’t see it happening this year but Friedl, because of arm strength, would fit better in LF with EDLC in CF. Then of course you have the problem with Steer, Benson and the rest of the outfielders. Even so if everyone healthy you’d eventually have an overabundance of infielders too. To figure it all out I’d start with your best all around player playing his BEST position which equals EDLC in CF and go from there. Like I said though. I don’t see it happening this year.

      • DaveCT

        Melvin, there is zero evidence CF is Elly’s best position. There are years of evidence that short stop is his best position. Further, he is evaluated, as the Reds’ best short stop. Opinions are not facts. As the great Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” And as the common adage states, “”Opinions are like (arses), everybody has one.

        Trolling RLN is one thing, (and I occasionally take the bait). However, Factually, in reality, based on evidence, consider: EDLC just turned 22 (January 6th). He has played exactly 74 games at short in his ML career. He has a career ML fielding percentage of 0.974. He has played 161 games at short in his minor league career, and just 2 1/2 years of full season ball. That is so far short of being able to m make an informed evaluation on EDLC that it’s just theater of the absurd.

        So, trolling, theater, have at it. Just don’t pretend opinions represent reality, They don’t.

      • Melvin

        DaveCT – Of course it’s only my opinion. He’s never played there. lol However, I’m not a betting man but if he ever did play there I’m very confident I could make a lot of money on those who don’t think he would be a gold glove centerfielder. I do believe he will improve over time and might even be very good but he shows no signs to me of being a gold glove SS.

      • Mauired

        I agree with Melvin. Looks too big and lanky at short. Racking up the errors. But I imagine with his speed and skills he could be a monster in center.

  18. RedsgettingBetter

    Reds are now 0-13 with RISP since yesterday… I can see an upcoming breakout…

  19. LarkinPhillips

    Larkin and sadak seem to have zero chemistry. It’s tough to listen to them.together.

    • Mark Moore

      One seems to make the other worse. I realize Bally isn’t going to give up on Sadak, but I think the Larkin experiment as the color/analyst needs to end sooner as opposed to later. Even Welsh keeps Sadak more in check more often.

      • Daytonnati

        I sometimes think Sadak’s peppiness is an attempt to arouse some semblance of life in Barry ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mark Moore

        For me, it’s less that and more his buckets full of “words” the seems to just HAVE to work into the mix. It’s just too much to listen to. Case in point, “That ball had a family!”

  20. RedsgettingBetter

    The Severino’s 96-97.5 MPH fastball is apparently invisible to the Reds hitters

  21. Mark Moore

    Can’t give into this, Martinez. Bear down and get the outs.

    • Mark Moore

      OK, that’s the first one. Maybe a GIDP is in order?

    • Matt McWax

      They should have check Narwhal’s tusk to see if it was regulation.

      • JB

        Martinez is an expensive bullpen pitcher in about a week.

      • Melvin

        “Martinez is an expensive bullpen pitcher in about a week.”

        Yep. The good news is he might be able to help Diaz out at the end of the game when he needs it.

  22. Melvin

    Benson looks better in CF than he does in the corner outfield spots.

    • Mark Moore

      But I wonder how he would look at SS? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      • Melvin

        haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I said he looks better. I didn’t say Benson looks GOOD in CF. We’d be back to finding positions for everybody again. lol

  23. Ted Alfred

    4 rbi’s on 2 rockets both with 2 outs to the 8 and 9 hitters…not good.

  24. Old-school

    That was a tough inning and now a bullpen game.

  25. Andy

    Martinez = reliever not a starter

    Good for 3 innings max after that he gets hit

    Heโ€™s pen bound with lodolos return

  26. Mark A Verticchio

    Couple of things, Martinez soon returns to the bull pen and more importantly I am not sure this bunch will hit well enough to stay in the race and when you combine that with below average defense I am very concerned about this team this year.

    • bug

      I’m with you, Mark. Also,…add in Bell’s managing, and it’s even more worrisome. There’s a lot of talent on this team that very well may be easily wasted. Pitching has been great thus far,…but Martinez needs to be a long reliever ( i.e. when you are 8 or 10 runs down and need someone to pitch to the end).

    • JB

      Yeah with the loss of McLain and Friedl it really hurts this team. Losing Marte also hurts this team because we went from a team that had a ton of talent and infielders to a team that had nobody but Espanal. So sitting EDLC for a couple of games to get his head straight isnt possible because they have nobody to play short. Espinal isn’t the answer and they have nobody at AAA. Young guys are going to have to grow up and become what the front office thinks they can be and vets are going to have to start hitting. It’s early but can’t get to far behind.

      • Melvin

        Yep. We don’t even have Barrero anymore if we needed him.

      • Rob

        The definition of getting too far behind will have to be addressed and answered by Krall. Not a strong Division. I would assume if we could stay around 500 until July, we would not have to make any additions. But if we dip a few games under 500 in June, we made have to trade for some reinforcements. Too much talent and too much money invested in this team to surrender without trying to improve.

    • greenmtred

      After today’s game, they’re averaging a little under 6 runs a game.

  27. Mark Moore

    What gets me is that we were right there on the brink of getting out of the jam and barfed on ourselves TWICE … once may be excused at times, but twice just irks me.

    And another double to score Marte. I do think I have burgers to prep and cook … ๐Ÿ˜

  28. RedsgettingBetter

    The Mets doing that the Reds did not…to hit with RISP…Suddenly this series is meaning a wake up to the Mets and a nightmare to the Reds so far… Let’s see if the rally Reds arise again…

    • Mark Moore

      That’s what it will take. We squandered some opportunities to really step on Severino in a big way. Then we got slapped around ourselves.

  29. redsfansince62

    Unless Abbot or Ashcraft have a very poor outing their next time up, and possibly even if they do, I would bet that Martinez will be the pitcher out when Lodolo returns on April 12. I like the way Martinez pitches – he moves the ball around. He also had a good spring. However, the bullpen needs him very much right now with all the bullpen injuries.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I just hope Bell uses him correctly in the bullpen. He is more than a one inning guy in the 6th in my mind.

      • Mark Moore

        My confidence in that happening is Slim-to-None (and Slim’s out of town). So few relievers are slated as multi-inning guys anymore, let alone the sparsely used long-man from a bygone era.

  30. JB

    Another Left on Base. Getting old, early.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep … a helmet-losing triple and nothing to show for it.

    • Mark Moore

      The Narwhal knows how to play the game.

    • JB

      He gets 2 more hits today and he will tie our catchers output for the year.

  31. JB

    Couldn’t have hit Steer in a more perfect place.

    • Mark Moore

      Did Sadak call that a “sweeper” that almost swept him off his feet?

      • JB

        I don’t watch the Reds broadcast anymore.

  32. Mark Moore

    OK, boys. let’s not try to get all 3 back in one swing/AB here. Even getting one across would be a good thing at this point.

    Time to man-up, young Stewie …

    • Mark Moore

      Nicely done, young man. It’s what we needed at the moment.

  33. Mark A Verticchio

    Not to sound too negative but the difference between this year and last is that there will be no calvary being called up to save the day.

      • JB

        Dunn needs to do a lot more than what he has done so far.

      • Mauired

        JB we are one week in. There are about 23-24 weeks left in the season.

    • Mark Moore

      Fair point, though getting Friedl back should help. I just want MattyMc to heal. And whatever happens with Marte happens.

  34. Melvin

    Fairchild doing a good job today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mark Moore

      Spring Break must have been good to him ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Melvin

        He’s too young to go to Florida without his parents. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • greenmtred

        High school class trip, Melvin.

      • Melvin

        I guess he did graduate from junior high. ๐Ÿ˜€ He played well today regardless. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Mark Moore

    OK, nice way to get 2 back. TySteve kind of got hosed on that call, but we managed to close the gap.

  36. RedsgettingBetter

    The ump has saved the Mets one more time… Crappy

    • Mark Moore

      I’ve given up any hope of Chumpires improving. It’s beyond time for some variation of the robo-zone. The technology is here and will continue to get better.

      • Mauired

        Yeah that’s two games in a row the umps have served as rally killers.

  37. Mauired

    Wow Buck Farmer with two shutout innings to keep Reds in the game. If Reds win, he gets pitching MVP. Pleasant surprise.

  38. Ozzie

    Fairchild was really big last inning. 2- out RBI, then stealing 2b allowing Steer to score. Changes the momentum and allows the Reds to play for one or to runs the rest of the way.

  39. JB

    Probably no Ottavino, Raley or Diaz today so the Reds need to do some damage.

  40. redsfansince62

    “Mark Moore 04/06/2024
    Iโ€™ve given up any hope of Chumpires improving. Itโ€™s beyond time for some variation of the robo-zone. The technology is here and will continue to get better.”

    Mark, I agree completely. To extend your comment regarding home plate umps, in my opinion, it is much more important to get the call right. In general MLB umps cannot or do not do this consistently enough. The nostalgia, etc of having a human ump is not as important in our tech oriented society anymore. I do not like the ‘freedom’ that too many umps feel that they have to call pitches ‘as they feel they should be called’. If the pitch is a strike, call it a strike, etc – an ump’s biases are not needed or helpful.

  41. Doc4uk

    So far Pagan, Martinez, and Candelaria do not look like a good thirty million dollar investment. Hope this changes.

  42. Melvin

    Alright. Need to get that run in now.

  43. Melvin

    Alright Bubba ๐Ÿ™‚ Good steal.

  44. Melvin

    Wow. We’ll take that. They’ll need at least four outs now this inning to get us. Wait…a balk instead. Great either way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Ozzie

    Getting few breaks. JC good at bat to get the walk. Now Fraley to 1b on WP. Need to get more than one here. Got to capitalize.

  46. Melvin

    Good job EDLC. Good things happen when you put the ball in play. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Amarillo

    Elly showing off that exit velocity.

  48. Melvin

    Our #7 hitter comes through AGAIN! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • JB

      You have to be strong to hit it out in this cold weather.

    • wkuchad

      Maybe he really likes it there ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Melvin

        haha He likes it anywhere right now. Last night hitting second he had a hit, 2 walks, and an RBI. If I’m not mistaken the last four games hitting 7th he’s had games of 2, 2, 3, and now 2 hits today. He’s just the best hitter the Reds have right now.

  49. RedsgettingBetter

    Rally Reds!! The breakout with RISP I had seen coming

  50. greenmtred

    Well, Lads. If I were actually making a case, I’d rest it now Steer, batting 7th in the order, and you just saw it. The Reds are now ahead 8-5.

    • Melvin

      If you think your best hitter should be batting 7th I guess you win the debate. haha ๐Ÿ˜€

  51. JB

    Like to see Stephenson get going. Like to see him have a good year. Love it when he goes to right.

  52. Old-school

    Steer is officially the best 7 hole hitter of All time.

  53. JB

    Tootblans all over the place and it’s not the Reds!!!

  54. redsfansince62

    “Doc4uk 04/06/2024
    So far Pagan, Martinez, and Candelaria do not look like a good thirty million dollar investment. Hope this changes.”

    Doc4uk, I agree regarding Candy. I still have high hopes for Martinez and Pagan. I could not see investing 45 million (for 3 years) on Candy, whose stats are not significantly better than players which tremendously lower salaries. I say this even with the loss of McLain and Marte (which Krall did not know would happen at the time of the acquisition of Candy).

    At the time and even more with the loss of Friedl, we needed a starting outfielder who could play center. This would have been a much better choice at the time, and all the more with Friedl out.

    After the first option of spending the 45 million on a starting outfielder who can play center, spend the 45 million on more pitching. We all know that you can never have too much pitching. Even if we did, you can get excellent return when trading a pitcher.

  55. Ronnie

    Steer is amazing. Going to be here for a long time. I still sit here and feel really sad mcclain is out all year. India is a fine replacement but how much better do we look with candy on the bench and mcclain batting 2nd (or even 3rd)

  56. Melvin

    You see. EDLC wants to be the CF anyway. hahaha :D…he should have let the CF have that one.

  57. Ozzie

    Diaz in a non save situation tells me they want to give him more low stress opportunities to figure things out. He’s still not fully himself yet.

  58. Oldtimer

    Ah, some Reds fans. Steer has 3 HR and 12 EBI batting .448 BA in first 8 games.

    And yet, some complain where he bats in lineup.

    • Ted Alfred

      The Twins organization and fan base has to be absolutely beside themselves knowing they gave up Steer and CES for Mahle… not to mention the other player we got who we traded to the Indians for Benson. This will go down as one of the all-time greatest trades in Reds history

      • greenmtred

        The poor Twins. You’re absolutely right, Ted.

      • Melvin

        The poor Twins definitely don’t have a good taste in their mouth over that trade.

      • Oldtimer

        December 15, 1900: Christy Mathewson traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Giants for Amos Rusie.

        July 20, 1916: Christy Mathewson traded by the New York Giants with Bill McKechnie and Edd Roush to the Cincinnati Reds for Buck Herzog and Red Killefer.

        Mathewson, Rusie, McKechnie, and Rosuh are all HOF-ers.

    • Hanawi

      Well, yeah. It’s better to hit him at the top where he would get more at bats. This is pretty basic baseball knowledge.

      • Oldtimer

        See what I mean. Classic. Some Reds fans are two pair short of a full house in a poker game.

  59. Tom Reeves

    What a heck of a game. Maybe this will silence the doubters for 30-40 mins.

    • Mauired

      Yeah despite the mediocre pitching from the highest paid pitcher on the team, Bell pushed the right buttons and the offense came through. Let’s get another series win tomorrow and get ready for Brewers for four.

  60. Mark A Verticchio

    Nice win, fooled this doubting Thomas.

  61. RedsMonk65

    Had to dip in and out of listening to the game. Pleasantly surprised to find a 9-5 score on the board in favor of the Reds (when I left, it was 5-2, Mets). Perhaps I should have left earlier… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Great comeback. Keep it going. Need those bats to stay alive (and the ones that are asleep to wake up)!

    • Dennis Westrick

      Same with me RedsMonk65! I was busy with other things and bailed out with the Reds down 5-2. Re-engaged with the game tied 5-5 before the Steer bomb! Nice comeback effort by the offense and the bullpen!

  62. RedsMonk65

    Oh, and STEER.

    What else can you say?

  63. redsfansince62

    “Oldtimer 04/06/2024
    Ah, some Reds fans. Steer has 3 HR and 12 EBI batting .448 BA in first 8 games.
    And yet, some complain where he bats in lineup.”

    I reverse from what I stated on another day. Let Bell do whatever he chooses with Steer regarding where he bats in the order. Generally, the place that one of the best hitters on the team bats DOES matter, because the higher in the order, the more bats a player gets over the course of a year, and it is a significant number of at bats.

    However, ‘LET IT BE’. whatever Bell is doing is not hurting, and to give Bell his due when appropriate, it may bear part of the reason for Steer’s success.

  64. Mark Moore

    Good burgers, Innis & Gunn rum-cask beer, and what amounts to a walk-off win (kind of) during that 10 AB inning.

    And now … ANNIE!!!!

    • Melvin

      I bet everything tastes better now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • RedsMonk65

      It doesn’t get any better than that! How late is the drive-thru open? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  65. Moon

    Very nice bounce back win after a lackluster performance yesterday. Now let’s get the series win tomorrow,

  66. Roger Garrett

    Buck and Fairchild were very key today in the comeback win.Great example of a team win and what can you say about Steer.Dude is just a professional hitters in his second year.He got 95 right down the middle and did not miss it.Reds pen bounced back today.EDLC ties it which is good for his confidence as well.

    • Melvin

      That’s a 13 game hit streak for EDLC now if I’m not mistaken. That’s pretty impressive for a guy who strikes out as much as he does.

  67. Indy Red Man

    Nice win! Cashed Reds over 4.5

    Stuey has really helped out and Candy isn’t exactly killing it but that leadoff walk was big in the 8th and he does have 4 doubles and hr in 8 games. I’m sure we’ll take 75 extra base hits this season from him

  68. RedlegScott

    The good news: Middle relief and offense led by Steer.
    The not so good news: starting pitching. We need you in the two-spot, Lodolo. Unsure about Diaz…

  69. Mark Moore

    Wild win to say the least. Equally wild way for ELDC to extend his hit streak.

  70. redsfansince62

    “Ted Alfred 04/06/2024
    The Twins organization and fan base has to be absolutely beside themselves knowing they gave up Steer and CES for Mahleโ€ฆ not to mention the other player we got who we traded to the Indians for Benson. This will go down as one of the all-time greatest trades in Reds history”

    Ted, I agree. Many would consider the Morgan trade to be the best in Red’s history. The Morgan acquisition may be hard to beat, with Morgan’s influence on the 75,76 World Series wins.

    However, it is possible that this trade(s) for Steer, CES, and Benson could become known as the greatest ever. All three could possibly become superstars and/or potential all of famers, or likely at least one of them.

    • Mark Moore

      They certainly have the raw material.

    • Harry Stoner

      The trade the Twins did make…giving up prospects Steer and CES…for “controllable innings nibbler, Mahle” was the trade the Reds didn’t make this past Winter.

  71. Doc4uk

    Won’t be long before Reds bring up Dunn. He is just starting to find his footing in AAA and has the speed to help the Reds in multiple ways.

  72. redsfansince62

    “Doc4uk 04/06/2024
    Wonโ€™t be long before Reds bring up Dunn. He is just starting to find his footing in AAA and has the speed to help the Reds in multiple ways.”

    Doc4uk, I agree. Wouldn’t it great if Dunn is presently that starting outfielder that can play center field?

  73. Eddiek957

    Bell had a nice day managing. His pinch hitter got a two out knock and his pinch runner stole a base and scored. Iโ€™d like to see our pitching so deep that we have two long men in the pen who pitch 3-5 innings regularly. Martinez if I remember correctly last year was best as a starter and worse as a one inning reliever

    • Melvin

      I didn’t think too much about David Bell today (other than our best hitter batting 7th lol). As I’ve stated before the best kind of manager is the kind that has his team winning a lot and you don’t think about him very much so he must have done at least a decent job today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Melvin

    I didn’t think too much about David Bell today (other than our best hitter batting 7th lol). As I’ve stated before the best kind of manager is the kind that has his team winning a lot and you don’t think about him very much so he must have done at least a decent job today. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • RedsMonk65

        As the saying goes: It was so good, I had to say it twice!