A four-run first inning held up for the Texas Rangers as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3, before 37,008 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (15-13) 3 6 0
Texas Rangers (15-14)
4 6 2
W: Dunning (3-2) L: Abbott (1-3) Sv: Yates (5)
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Texas’ two two-out, two-run homers in the first inning against Reds starter Andrew Abbott stood up, though Cincinnati had the tying and go-ahead runs on base as the game ended in the ninth inning.

Following today’s loss, the third-place Reds remain 2 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central Division. Milwaukee fell 15-5 to the Yankees today.

Chicago, which plays later tonight against Boston, is temporarily tied for first. If the Cubs win, they will move into first place by one-half game. A Cubs loss puts them a half-game behind Milwaukee and two ahead of the Reds.

The Offense

Cincinnati hitters’ composite box score line today: 6-for-33, 1 walk, 15 strikeouts.

Texas starter Dane Dunning dominated Cincinnati hitters over the first four innings. The righthander struck out seven of the minimum 12 hitters he faced while pounding the strike zone: 31 strikes on just 43 pitches. Jonathan India poked a one-out single to center field in the fifth to end the perfect-game possibility, but Dunning boosted his five-inning strikeout total to nine on a still-efficient 42 strikes through 58 pitches.

Reds hitters solved Dunning’s magic in the top of the sixth. Luke Maile led off with a double, and an out later, Will Benson singled him in to make it 4-1 Rangers. Texas Manager Bruce Bochy acted quickly, replacing Dunning with Josh Sborz. Elly De La Cruz responded with a 112-mph rocket past second baseman Marcus Semien which moved Benson to third. De La Cruz then stole second base, his 18th, putting runners on second and third with one out.

Spencer Steer hit a ball up the middle which shortstop Corey Seager dove to stop, but his throw to first got away from first baseman Nathaniel Lowe. Both Benson and De La Cruz scored on what was scored as a single and a throwing error on Seager to draw the Reds within 4-3. Steer then stole second and was in scoring position with still just one out. But Jake Fraley struck out swinging, and India grounded out to end the inning.

India grounded a one-out single to center off Kirby Yates with one out to put the tying run on. Bubba Thompson then pinch-ran, took off for second on a steal attempt and was initially called out. But a replay review overturned the call, with Thompson safe and representing the tying run. Nick Martini then drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Jeimer Candelario then struck out for the fourth time in the game, extending his hitless streak to 0-for-19. Maile then lined a screamer at third baseman Josh Lowe to end it.

India’s two hits led the Reds. He had eight hits in the three-game series, raising his average of .235.

The Pitching

Reds’ pitchers’ composite pitching line: 8 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks, 11 strikeouts. All four runs were earned.

After retiring the first two Texas batters in the top of the first, things went quickly bad for Abbott. With a man on, Adolis Garcia lined a two-run homer to left. Then, after a Jonah Heim single, Wyatt Langford launched a drive to right-center that caromed off the wall back toward the right-field foul line. It turned into the rookie’s first major-league home run, an inside-the-parker, and put the Reds down 4-0 after the first inning.

After that, Abbott retired 11 in a row at one point and did an admirable job in shutting down the Ranger offense to give the hitters a chance to rally. Manager David Bell removed him after a one-out sixth-inning Lowe single, bringing on Lucas Sims to face Garcia. A wild pitch moved Lowe to second, and Lucas walked Garcia. But Jonah Heim grounded into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning.

Emilio Pagan got into trouble in the bottom of the seventh, walking two of the first three batters he faced. But he escaped damage, keeping his team’s deficit at only a run.

Justin Wilson struck out the heart of the Rangers’ batting order in the bottom of the eighth in perhaps his most impressive outing of the year.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres

Monday, April 29, 9:40 p.m. ET

Nick Lodolo (2-0, 2.12 ERA) vs. Matt Waldron (1-2, 3.96 ERA)

60 Responses

  1. AMDG

    Until McLain, Marte & Friedl return, I suppose the Reds just need to fight to remain above 0.500 despite playing with guys like Candelario, Martini, Espinal, Fairchild and Thompson regularly in the lineup.

  2. RedsMonk65

    A few observations:

    — Except for the first inning, Abbot had a decent outing. Not bad at all. With offensive support, the Reds should have been able to pull it out. Other good teams do.
    — I admire the Reds’ determination to keep fighting from a 4-0 deficit, even if they did fall short. Past Reds teams have not always done that.
    — The Reds cannot continue to strike out 10-15 times a game and expect to win. Period.
    — Elly and Steer are solid (though the latter is in somewhat of a funk). India is on a hot streak. Other than that, where are the bats? This has gone on for several games now.
    — Candelario is the worst. It is time to do something about him, no matter how painful.
    — With the above, as well as wrist injuries to CES and Stephenson, I think reinforcements are needed immediately. I know the AAA cupboard is sparse, but something ..!
    — Friedl, please hurry — but no pressure! 😉

    • MK

      If they would, would I don’t believe they will, can’t do anything with Candelario until the end of June when Marte comes back.

    • Ted Alfred

      I’m just amazed at how bad the Reds Big Money free agent position player signings are. How can they consistently be this brutally horrific at this aspect of building a team….because Candy is fricking AWFUL!!!

      • Jim Walker

        Because the “big money” the Reds are paying these guys isn’t big money in today’s FA market and buys (at best) second or third tier guys who have high risk/ reward profiles. IOW the Reds have moved from dumpster diving to shopping at second chance thrift stores, not at Rodeo Drive boutiques.

      • MBS

        @Jim, Exactly. We only signed B tier FA’s, some workout some don’t. They are “gap fillers” for the team until we have a few more prospects graduate to take the load.

  3. RedsMonk65

    Repeated from the end of the game thread:

    Frustrating, to say the least. I thought for sure Reds could take 2 of 3 from the Rangers — and they should have.

    From another perspective — and not predicting anything here or making any comparisons — but the 1975 Reds were 16-12 after 28 games, only one game better than where the current club is at. So …

    But the bats need to pick it up!!!

  4. Klugo

    How lost does Candelario look at the plate? Whoof.

    • Mark Moore

      Completely. And Elly looks like he needs a day off.

      • Ted Alfred

        I didn’t watch the entire game but I saw Elly’s first three at bats and it looked like he the ball hard all three times… just hit into bad luck twice. He doesn’t look like he needs a day off to me but what do I know.

    • Tom Diesman

      Candelario does look really bad at the plate right now. I wasn’t big on the Reds signing him, but then l lost absolutely no sleep over the signing either. I do want to note that the entire year for Candelario is not yet a given loss.

      We all know from when we signed Candelario that he put up OPS of .795, .633, and .807 from 2021-2023.

      So the fear is that he may not improve upon his poor April and put up another 2022 season where he had the OPS of .633. Could happen, you never know since this is baseball.

      The bright spot to be aware of is that Candelario is a slow starter, be it a good or a bad season for him:

      Career BA OBP SLG OPS
      Apr .227 .306 .358 .664

      The other thing to note is that in both of his good 2021 and 2023 seasons he put up two sub .700 OPS months in each season:

      Period BA OBP SLG OPS
      2021 .271 .351 .443 .795
      Apr 21 .260 .321 .340 .661
      Jun 21 .194 .293 .236 .529

      2023 .251 .336 .471 .807
      Apr 23 .239 .292 .404 .695
      Sep 23 .152 .286 .391 .677

      So sure, it could still go either way, but I believe it’s still too early to call it a done deal that he’ll be terrible this season.

  5. Mark Moore

    The first inning … UGH!!!!

    As I said on the game thread … Stink. Fish. Pot!!!

    Limited watching for me the next two days.

  6. Rob

    What a managerial comment. “This guy has earned the right to play.” Some of Candy’s swing today were pathetic waves at 77 mph balls outside the zone. What is Bell seeing that I am not seeing? This doesn’t look like a guy in a slump. This looks like a guy who is overmatched. Keep this up for another month or two and the Reds will have a big dilemma. Too many IFs and Candy won’t be the odd man out. I watched India in spring training and OF doesn’t fit on his resume.

    • JohnnySofa

      Translate “has earned the right to play” to “I can’t sit $45 million on the bench, no matter how painful it is to watch.”

  7. Redbb

    Sorry but Jeimer Sucks….0-4 with 4 SO’s. Literally anyone on the planet could not have done worse. AWFUL

    • Mauired

      I said for the money they should have just kept the spot for Barrero. Still think he could be as good as Candelario and for 740k not 15 million. Reds always overpay mediocre guys.

  8. Jeremiah

    Yeah you almost can’t sit Cadelario because of his contract. I think the strikeouts are what is really concerning. He’s not even hitting the ball. It’ll be interesting to see in two more weeks where he’s at. Could there be something physical or mental going on? Pressure of the contract? Or he got the contract and he’s just coasting? He doesnt seem to be that kinda guy.

    Maybe he’s just really pressing. Mlb is intersting…once you get established and make a lot of money you can really struggle and stink and you’ll stay uo where a rookie/triple aaa guy who got the same at bats would be down in triple a…and some probably have never made it back up.

    Bellinger I think hit .195 for like a whole season. Candelario is getting close to where you almost can’t put him out there if this continues and they need to have a sit down, or have him talk to one of those sports psychologists.

    Can’t imagine this will continue but will see.

    • Mauired

      Bellinger won an MVP before that so maybe he actually did earn some patience to stink. Candelario is simply a career average player playing terrible ball. Yankees can afford to pay average talent 15 million. Reds can’t. Those are sub .500 moves for Reds. ie losing season.

      • Ted Alfred

        The problem is we’re stuck with this horrific contract for 3 years…with Marte coming soon who should probably be the regular third baseman going forward as soon as he gets here … so then what?? This was always going to be the problem signing Candy, who’s basically a 3rd baseman only and Marte coming, who’s also basically a 3rd baseman only. That’s why a lot of us thought this FA signing didn’t make sense then…and after seeing Candelario play it makes even less sense. Candy is bot even average defensively…a black hole of ineptitude. Marte looked really good last year in the second half and really looks like he’s ready to play at this level, regardless of the suspension. They would have been way better off keeping Senzel who could still play a better 3rd base than Candy defensively, and also play outfield…. and hit left-handers well, while saving a pile of money to actually improve the team somewhere else. I really think David Bell was behind this signing and that wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

      • Mauired

        Not to mention the best prospects behind Marte are Arroyo, Collier, and Stewart. All left side infield. Yeah Collier and Stewart are in a ball but they are tearing the cover off the ball and could be in AA by June and 12 months from (year 2 of Candy contract) both of these 3rd base prospects who were the top 2 picks of 2022 draft could be knocking on the door looking for somewhere to play on Reds. Where do these 3 play in the next year or so? Let me guess Reds trade the cheap young talent for more Candies?

      • Rob

        Mauired, your point is right on and unfortunately I think you are probably correct. No way do I see Candy going before a 2025-2026 prospect. That would involve both long term thinking and an admittance that Candy was a mistake. We brought Candy in for 3 years and not one year because that was the plan vs Arroyo, Collier, and Stewart. The latter 3 guys (or Marte) would be trade pieces. Remember the Glasnow and Cease trade negotiations over the winter?

        It may turn out that Krall made a huge mistake here. But I think 2 things are certain: 1) Candy will not be the odd man out …..at least this year, and 2) Krall will make the necessary trades to avoid this season going sideways. This is not a wait until next yearStewart, Collier, or Marte almost assuredly will be in the offer. Who else do you think would have brought in Glasnow or Cease?

    • AMDG

      The Reds did finally cuts ways with their awful Wil Myers, Moose, and Shogo signings.

      So, there is a chance they may finally bring the Candilero debacle to an end.

      Although it likely won’t come soon enough – especially with McLain and Marte both out.

  9. JayTheRed

    The Reds lost 2 or 3 games by 1 run in both loses. I think they did fairly well considering they were facing the World Series Champions.

    I think some here have way to high of expectations for this team on a day-to-day basis.

    • Mauired

      I mean whats the fair expectation. Can we expect the Reds to field a playoff team or does the decade long rebuild continue?

      • Rob

        This team has more talent and experience than last years 82 wins. Add in all the spending over the winter (Monte’s, Martinez, Pagan, Suter, and Candelario), and I would say something close to 88-90 wins is the expectation. There are offensive injuries that temper this to some degree. But the April pitching looks much better than last years. And we don’t seem to be overloading the bullpen with Weavers 3-4 inning starts.

        A couple other comments. There are no stars at Louisville that can be expected to help this year. If we are facing underperformance issues (Myers, and Barrero as examples), help is going to have to come from the mlb side. I don’t think this means superstars but I do think it is more than Spiers, Espinal, Martini. Maybe guys like Duvall and Drury. And we really haven’t addressed that big thump RH bat we talked about this winter. I have nights where I think we will be fine once we get everyone hitting 250. Other nights, I think the injuries are deep and we need quality mlb replacements. I am not into trading our better end prospects at this point, but I am neither into ignoring offensive issues. A strong manager doesn’t comment about somebody “has earned he right to play.”

    • RedsMonk65

      Every year, I expect a competitive team, possibly a playoff team, and maybe a World Series team. Serious fans don’t expect anything less. Those are the expectations. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. Though, in reality. we more often settle for less.

  10. Rednat

    This series was a microcosm of the reds over the past couple of decades. The starting pitching was solid. The bullpen serviceable. The defense was fine. The baserunning was good.
    Just not enough hitting. Yes injuries were a factor but they always seem to be an issue with the reds. Alor of strike outs . For the most part our hitters looked lost against an average pitcher. At the end of the day just another series loss.
    The negativity of reds fans on this site has not come out of thin air. It is justified because it has been the same results basically over a 25 year period.

  11. Mauired

    Well I was not in high school last time Reds won a playoff series. Now I’m middle aged. So yeah there’s some built up frustration. And we’re talking just moving to the NLCS not winning the World Series. I would love to see them at least win a playoff series before the social security checks start rolling in.

    • RedsMonk65

      Hear ya. I WAS middle-aged last time the Reds won a playoff series. So, yeah, frustrating….

      • TR

        I’m in my eighties and a lifetime Red’s fan. A lost game or series, or even a .500 season & missing the playoffs is not going to dampen my love of baseball and the Reds.

      • Mauired

        Well when you were around my age you got The Big Red Machine. I got the longest playoffs series winning draught in professional sports.

  12. RedsGettingBetter

    I think perhaps the best for Candelario and the team is to put him on 15-day IL and try on some guy from Louisville waiting for Candy’s reset.
    The first inning of Abbott was ridiculous. Got two easy outs and then threw many pitches on bad locations just to surrender 4 runs those were enough to Texas win. After that, he was dominat again.
    I don’t have good feelings about the series at SD but I hope the Reds could hit enough to get a couple of wins at least. The Reds should face Matt Waldron on Monday and Musgrove on Wednesday and still have not announced who will pitch on Tuesday .

  13. Charlie

    The Reds are second to last of as this afternoon in NL, only better than STL, in batting average, 4th worst in MLB, A’s and ChiSox are worst two, but they are both fielding mostly AAA players everyday. Reds are virtually tied with A’s for most strike outs in all of MLB. The starting lineup regularly consists of 3-4 players each game batting below .200. Benson and Candelaro are striking out at approximately 39 and 36 % rate per plate appearance. Benson does have a much higher % of hard hit balls though. Fairchild, Thompson and Martini, are all 5th OFs at best, not regular starters. This team is fun and so frustrating to watch, all at the same time. Honestly, the more options Bell has, the more poor decisions he’ll make. I don’t really following most other teams daily, but when I watch a Reds series against other top teams, sure seems like they have the same players basically batting in the same positions in the lineup, regardless of who is pitching, and play the same positions regularly.

    • Indy Red Man

      And yet they’re 15-13? Personally I think Bell has made improvements this year. He put Cruz into the game in the 5th with Abbott’s last start and saved the game. You just said they aren’t hitting and yet you want a standard 9 man lineup? There is only so much he can do.

      As for Candy. He might have an average career line, but he led the AL in doubles in 2021 and had 39 doubles, 3 triples, 22 HRs, and 66 walks/hbp last year and he missed more then half of September. He only had 505 at-bats. Who knows why he’s so terrible? At .159 its a long road just to get to the Mendoza line. Horrible. If you can’t hit 89 mph down the middle like today then what are you going to hit?

      • Jim Walker

        I agree Bell seems to be managing better within games. However, I remain concerned about how he will behave if he ever has his “full deck” to work with. I also still believe he may be a guy who is a competent manager but not a true leader; in the 162 game MLB grind, success is as much or more about being a leader as about pushing the right buttons.

      • Reaganspad

        I agree Indy, I think Bell is doing a great job this year. I really don’t care about the line up or even the itching changes some of which I had questioned in the past. The guy is developing college age players into Major Leaguers. That takes patience and direction. He seems to be a players coach, and if Candy and Benson and India and Malle and CES and Thompson and Martini and Fairchild all come out of their slumps, we could be even better than 15-13 despite throwing kid starters in their first or second seasons in Greene and Ashcraft and Abbott and Lodolo.

        Did Joey Votto ever start a season hot? We know that Luis Castillo did not like pitching in cold weather. I will judge where we are in 30 days, but think we are competing and the guys have each other’s back. I’ll take that, and good on David Bell for creating that environment where all these kids have a chance to succeed.

        I give David Bell props!

      • greenmtred

        As you say, Indy, he has a track record that indicates he’s much better than we’ve seen in the games so far and would add substantial value if he played to his past record. No, he is not a top-tier free agent, but the few of those available were out of the Reds’ price range and probably unlikely to sign here anyway. The problem now is that for the immediate future there isn’t a good option for third base. If they moved Steer or India there, it would create a hole elsewhere. The injury to McLain hurts in many ways. When Friedl comes back, Steer could go to third without greatly weakening the outfield, and sometime after that, Marte could step in, though he’s far from a proven commodity despite his impressive performance in limited action last season.

      • Roger Garrett

        Bell has done some things that I really like and one of them is going multiple innings with relievers and another is matching up well with his 3 lefties in the pen.I believe at times he is a batter or two late in going to get a pitcher and he has raised the white flag in at least two games by sending out a pitcher from the pen and staying with him regardless.Sure he has brought on Cruz at least twice early in a big moment in the game needing a strikeout but lets be honest he is the only guy we have for that spot.Cruz has swing and miss stuff with the 95 mph fastball and the 82 mph split.Nobody else has that kind of stuff from either side.To be honest Bell has little to work with based on 3 guys that would be on the roster that haven’t played at all and the multiple day to day stuff we see.Trust me Bell is still Bell and if and when everybody can play he will still mix and match,script days off in advance and give us some head scratching moments that will fill up the game thread with lots of comments.He is not much different then most managers but he is ours so we play on for the next 3 years as he drives the boat.GO REDS

  14. old-school

    The strikeout numbers continue to be a major issue.
    Reds strike out 15x and Elly isnt one of them???
    Many of the Reds are approaching 100 PA so some trends developing.

    India had a good series and needs to be back at the leadoff slot. He is giving competitive at bats as are Elly and Steer. Stephenson has looked better of late.

    What can you say about Candelario? 35.8% K rate, wRC+61 and fWAR of -0.2
    Fairchild wRC + 38 and fWAR -0.3. Hes had a fair run of playing time and his splits are dreadful

    against lefties: OPS of .778 and wRC +122.
    against righties: OPS of .140 , thats not batting avg. Fairchild is 1-27 for the year against righties with 1 single.

    Benson has a 46% k rate against righties. OPS .709 against righties isnt awful.

    Fairchild cant play against righties anymore and Benson K rate eliminates him from hitting at the top of the order. Gotta get on base and create runs in those top 2 positions and hes not going to do that with a 39.6% overall K rate.

    • Jim Walker

      Yeah, go figure on Fairchild. His handedness skew was virtually flat last season at .716 OPS vs RHP and .700 vs LHP with more PAs vs RHP than LHP 144/111. And he is hitting for zero power either way in 2024 vs just under .400 slg in 2023.

      He had 2 Ks Sunday but overall has knocked down his K rate by 9% and is below league average (good) with a BB rate right on league average.

      It looks like he is trying to take everything the other way or just spoil (foul off) pitchers’ pitches and instead is hitting a lot of weak pop ups and short fly balls.

      And I know some folks were upset by a Benson comp to Aquino I made several days ago but, he cannot sustain top of the order production with a ~40% K rate and OBP under .290 (or even .300)

      • MBS

        @Jim, I hope you don’t think I was mad. I try to tone down my arguments so they aren’t too pointed.

        I 100% agree with you that he’s not a top of the order guy, despite the fact that his OBP is normally good. He strikes out too much, and his power should be driving in runs deeper in the order. Bell has been bouncing people with big splits up and down the order depending who they’re facing. I’m starting to think Benson should be in the 6 hole vs RHP, and in the 9 hole vs LHP. Something similar to that works for me.

      • Jim Walker

        @MBS>>> No, I thought it was a good discussion. Civil disagreement often plants the seeds of growth and learning for all involved in it.

  15. Roger Garrett

    Down 3 players that make the opening day roster combined with this day to day stuff for first India/Fraley and now it appears CES/Tyler have the Reds behind the 8 ball.The ones that are left just have to perform or you end up like yesterday with the game on the line after they unintentionally/intentionally walk Martini and next up is Candy and the back up catcher.Candy is not even putting the ball in play and yes Maile had a hit and smoked the ball to end the game.I have no clue if anybody on the farm can help but can we afford to have Bubba just to run or play defense and is it time to move on from Fairchild.I don’t have the answers but playing shorthanded and guys that do play not performing will not work very long at all.Lucky to be where we are but luck only will get us so far.Soon nobody will pitch to ELDC nor will they pitch to Steer if not already.

    • Rob

      Votto is a very slow 200 hitter who plays only 1 field position. No way would he have been helpful to the Reds as a part time player. This is not an endorsement for Martini or Candy, both of who can play multiple positions. Krall thought Candy provided over the top IF depth and was a bargain at $15M. Right on one count but there were a bunch of other guys out there who could provide solid performance in the $15M range. Trouble is that some of them would have required a decent prospect in return. A 1 year guy might have been OK but he went for the home run and now we have him for 3 years. Good luck Collier, Stewart, and Arroyo breaking into the Reds IF before 2026. If McLain and Marte were playing, I doubt we would see India on the team. Candy is not cutting the mustard but I haven’t quite given on him yet. Not sure that would accomplish anything anyway.

  16. Mike W

    Joey Votto’s OPS for EACH of the last 4 years was better than Candelario’s for each of the last 4 years.
    We could have kept Votto for half the amount we’re paying Candelario (and rotated Votto between 1B and DH).

    • Tom Diesman

      Maybe I’m misunderstanding you, but I’m only seeing where Votto bested him in two of those four years:

      Year Cand-OPS Votto-OPS
      2020 .872 .800
      2021 .795 .938
      2022 .633 .689
      2023 .807 .747

      • Mike W

        You are correct TD and I’m not sure what I did! ?.
        I’m looking on ESPN’s site now at Candy’s stats and see his 2024 OPS at .580, his worst in 6 years, and then I see split #’s for 2023 (which it looks like you masterfully and appropriately combined). When I was comparing numbers on my iPhone and iPad, I didn’t write them down, I just looked at my two devices.
        Where are those reading glasses?! Thanks (Still, until Candelario gets his OPS back up to .800, I’d rather have Votto at half the cost. Do you — or anyone else — happen to have ANY idea if how he’s doing with the Jays?)

      • greenmtred

        Mike: he was injured when he tripped over a bat and is nearly ready to start rehab.

      • Mauired

        Not even half the cost. Votto signed a minor league deal for 2 million if he makes the team with another 2 million in incentives.

        Currently still in recovery from that spring training incident slipping on the bat on the dugout.

        I’m going to speculate that if Reds signed him, he would not have slipped on the dugout bat and we would have Votto instead of Martini as DH

        I also questioned in the winter if it was a good idea to sign Winker to a minor league deal. He’s got a .900 ops. Reds lineup could really use that right now. They could probably reaquire him pretty cheaply.

      • Hanawi

        Regardless of how many times he bested him, it shows how much they overpaid for Candelario. I think they believe the GABP bump is more significant for some of these guys than it is really is in reality.

      • Melvin

        “I’m going to speculate that if Reds signed him, he would not have slipped on the dugout bat and we would have Votto instead of Martini as DH”

        Are you saying our bat boys are better than the Toronto bat boys? haha I would hope so. That’s crazy how that happened especially to be out this long.

  17. GreatRedLegsFan

    Many people commented their concerns at the time about Candelario’s signing, me included, money that could had been used to sign another starting pitcher or an outfielder. His batting line now is 159/263/317 w/36% K rate, go figure. His contract, I believe, contains player’s opt-out only after this season so looking forward to another sunk cost.

  18. Laredo Slider

    Reds lineup had 7 of 9 “hitters” batting below .250, don’t think I’ve ever seen that.

    • Hanawi

      I think they may have done that last year to start off before they promoted the young guys?

      They are in a bit of a bind, but they’ve made some errors themselves by not bringing in a real starting OF. At this point, need to ride with India, Elly and Steer at the top of the lineup. Put Benson at 6 or 7 and hope Stephenson and CES are good and healthy enough to hit in the middle. Put the rest at the bottom. Hope Dunn continues to hit and can replace one of Fairchild or Thompson.

      • Rob

        Good point on the OF hitting prowess. Fairchild, Thompson, and Martini are hitting 200 with -3 HRs. This is basement level stuff when we need a solid RH offensive threat. Soler hits about 230, fields poorly, but hits like 50 HRs. Seems like an adequate #7 hitter to me.

  19. Mike W

    Breaks my heart to learn about Joey injuring himself on a bat on theground in the dugout. :+(

    We signed Candy.
    We let Joey go.
    We let Sonny Grey go.
    Water under the bridge there’s nothing that can be done now.
    Bell hitting Elly in the 2 or 3 hole the rest of the year can still be done. If Bell ever hits Elly in the 6th hole again we should all be VERY upset.