The Cincinnati Reds offense struggled again on Saturday as they dropped a second straight game to Baltimore. This afternoon the Reds will look to salvage a game against the Orioles and avoid being swept. Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Baltimore Orioles

Cincinnati Reds

Gunnar Henderson – DH Will Benson – CF
Adley Rutschman – C Elly De La Cruz – SS
Ryan Mountcastle – 1B Spencer Steer – LF
Anthony Santander – RF Jake Fraley – RF
Jordan Westburg – 2B Christian Encarnacion-Strand – 1B
Jorge Mateo – SS Jonathan India – 2B
Ryan McKenna – CF Nick Martini – DH
Colton Cowser – LF Santiago Espinal – 3B
Ramon Urias – 3B Luke Maile – C
Dean Kremer – RHP Nick Lodolo – LHP

Jeimer Candelario was originally in the lineup at third base, but he was replaced by Santiago Espinal, who is 5-7 against Dean Kremer in his career (hat tip to the AP’s Jeff Wallner for this one).

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Nick Lodolo 24.0 1.88 0.88 6.4% 33.0%
Dean Kremer 34.1 4.19 1.08 7.1% 22.1%
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Dean Kremer’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

After missing the start of the season, Nick Lodolo’s come off of the injured list and looked outstanding. Through four starts he’s only allowed five runs and he’s struck out 31 batters in 24.0 innings.

Left-handed hitters haven’t done much against Lodolo this season. But they’ve also barely had the opportunity to face him. Right-handed hitters have found more success, but they’ve been quite unsuccessful in posting a .543 OPS so far this season when he’s been on the mound.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 81 14 4 0 1 5 28 .189 .259 .284
LHH 13 1 0 0 0 1 3 .091 .231 .091

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 94.1 94.0 81.2 87.8
Usage 36% 20% 29% 16%

Dean Kremer

Things have been inconsistent for Kremer in 2024, but he’s only had one bad outing – back on April 13th when he allowed six earned in 4.0 innings to Milwaukee. He’s given up eight home runs on the year and at least one homer in five of his six outings.

This season lefties have found more success against him than righties. The big differences have been that left-handed batters are showing a bit more power, walking more, and they are making far more contact – though that additional contact has not resulted in a higher average to this point.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 76 15 1 0 4 4 22 .211 .250 .394
LHH 64 12 3 0 4 6 9 .207 .281 .466

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Curve Split
Velo 94.0 92.2 87.6 78.3 83.9
Usage 32% 12% 29% 13% 14%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 79°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain

News and Notes

TJ Friedl rehab update

When Sunday began, Friedl had played in three games while on rehab with Louisville. He’s 2-12 with both of his hits being doubles. He’s struck out twice and walked once.

Below .500

Cincinnati enters the day under the .500 mark for the first time since June of 2023 when they were 34-35. They reached that point in the middle of their 12-game winning streak that saw them go from 29-35 to 41-35.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 20 12
Chicago 20 14 1.0
Cincinnati 16 17 4.5
St. Louis 15 18 5.5
Pittsburgh 15 19 6.0

186 Responses

  1. RedsMonk65

    Wow, no comments yet. I am never the first one. So much pressure. OK, here goes… I predict a Reds victory today. How’s that?

    • Jeremiah

      I’m feeling a victory I’m with you Redsmonk! I like seeing Fraley in there, facing a righty pitcher, Lodolo pitching, looks like a victory.

      Gunnar Henderson, boy he is really good. Orioles might be in the World Series this year, they should probably really go for it this year.

    • Pat

      Unless somebody other than Elly starts hitting there will be no win today!

    • Dewey Roberts

      This is far and away the worst hitting Reds team in my lifetime. It is hard to imagine that the Reds are this bad.

      • RedsMonk65

        They are pretty bad, of late, to be sure.

  2. Jason T.

    Absolutely need another gem from Lodolo. Impressed by our starting rotation. Bullpen, overall, has been stout as well.
    It’s a new day. Hopefully these professional hitters show up and can break out of this horrid slump that they’ve collectively been in.

  3. LDS

    In what universe does starting Maile over Stephenson make sense? Does Bell have a requisite number of hitters, hitting under .200 that he feels obligated to start? Maile doesn’t hit. He had a flash in ST and that’s over.

    • Mark Moore

      Speculation is that the lineups are largely made out in advance and there is rarely any deviation. That might explain it, though it still wouldn’t make sense to most of us. I try not to waste my fading brain cells on such “logic”. 😛

      • RED THUNDER

        Mark Moore – the lineups are made out in advance! I know a player that use to play for the Reds under Bell. He would get me tickets to the home games, section 115. The only day I could attend were Sunday games and he would tell me on Friday if he had the day off or was playing. Helped me because I live about 3 hours away.

      • RED THUNDER

        Must be getting old! The section was 125 not 115. I would never pay that high of price out of my pocket. LOL

    • greenmtred

      Stephenson just returned from injury and, for all we know, may need a day after playing yesterday. That might be the universe you mentioned. Or maybe it’s the pitcher’s preference. Another possible universe. And when nobody is hitting, what difference does it make?

      • LDS

        When no one is hitting, you go with the upside. Maile doesn’t have one .

  4. Mark Moore

    The scoreless out being over, it’s time to win. We’ll need a sharp Lodolo and some actual hitting and scoring so we can …

    KICK THIS PIG!!!

  5. Oldtimer

    Hope the Reds can hang around .500 through May. Friedl back soon. Marte after ASG. McLain after that. Three projected starters with no trades needed.

    The 1975 Reds were about .500 at this point in the season.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Good point on the 1975 Reds! We are now 12 games into the 32-game Gauntlet that ends against the Dodgers on May 26th! Only four (4) wins in the past 12 games! Plenty of room for improvement! Every winning streak starts with one win!

    • Dewey Roberts

      Somehow this team doesn’t remind much of the 1975 team.

      • Eric Davis Joe Morgan

        Exactly ! We are short about 5 or 6 mvp’s & 3 to 4 Hall of famers & Gold glovers . Not to mention a Hall of Fame type manager ; which honestly who couldn’t manage the The Big Rrd Machine , right , lol

        4 games in May we are avering exactly 1 run a game . Not good , but hopefully we will start to hit & hoping with T.J. coming back soon from injury/ rehab it will give us a spark we need ! Go Reds !

    • Melvin

      “The 1975 Reds were about .500 at this point in the season.”

      Isn’t this about the time Sparky moved Foster to LF and Rose to 3B? haha

      In any case I’m sure everything will be just fine the rest of the season. 🙂

  6. LarkinPhillips

    I am a clear glutton for punishment. As down on the team as I was after last night, I still woke up this morning and bet the reds to win, along with an Elly homer and Kramer to give up 3+ runs. Love the Reds! Let’s win one today!

  7. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell has never realized how important certain games are, with the team being off tomorrow Stephenson should be in the line up. I know he isn’t hitting much but Maile is so bad he should go up there without a bat and hope to walk.

  8. Dennis Westrick

    OK! We broke the scoreless streak! Now, let’s break the losing streak!

  9. Mike W

    Mark A V (above) is right on about Bell not “managing” days off. I can add that to Bell not managing who should be in the line-up and where they should bat, and when to pull starters, and when not to put Diaz in (non save situations!), etc. But enough about our manager. We need our Ace Lodolo to be stellar as his fellow SPs have been the last several days — and we need our hitters to focus on making contact and line drives. A bunt or two against big shifts would be nice to see, too. We’ve lost 4 in a row (currently the longest losing streak in all of baseball), but 6 runs from us should start a new winning streak. Go Reds!

  10. Dennis Westrick

    My only comment about last night’s loss was what transpired in the bottom of the 9th! When you have a runner at 3rd and less than 2 outs, you must have a productive at bat! CES striking out with the bases loaded and only ONE out was NOT a productive at bat! Hoping for better (more productive) at bats and fewer SOs today!

  11. Mark Moore

    Given Lodolo actually K’d him, I guess keeping it in the park helps. Still baffles me how a Chumpire can sit right on the sight line and still blow a call.

    Nick bringing some nasty stuff already. And throwing strikes.

    But I guess I spoke too soon and we wanted to spot them a run 😮

  12. Mark Moore

    Blame me … I must have jinxed it. He kinda grooved that one.

  13. CI3J

    Wow….

    From being one strike away from getting out of the inning to suddenly being down 3-nil.

    Life comes at you fast.

  14. Tom Reeves

    Man, it looks like Lodolo is actually delivering good pitches but this Orioles team simply destroys any small mistake. Wow.

  15. Gpod

    Lodolo gets bad swings on pitches at the back foot of the batter …..just like his last game….and for some reason you throw cookie down the middle of the plate….great start

  16. dimondfvr

    Bell sounds so calm and relaxed on the pregame. He has confidence in this team. Maybe that’s the problem!

    • Mark Moore

      I’ve commented multiple times on what I perceive as his “lack of passion”. You don’t have to go to Lou Pinella lengths, but his PR persona is just this side of a dead fish. But he trusts his guys will get it done and we keep hearing how they love to play for him. Then again, we all know the definition of insanity, right? 😮

      • Eric Davis Joe Morgan

        Ha ha, this made me laugh till I cried , lol ! Thank you for the dead fish ?/ Lou Piniella comedy read !
        I needed that , thanks again Mark !

    • Harry Stoner

      “This won’t change who we are!”

      • Mark Moore

        Translation, “My family ties got me this job, so I think I’ll keep it and just continue doing what I’m doing. No pressure. No risk.”

    • CI3J

      David Bell, like the rest of management, is content with mediocre.

      He knows as long as the team doesn’t do too poorly, he’s got iron-clad job security. Pretty easy to be calm and relaxed when there’s zero pressure on you.

  17. Mike W

    Bell right about Maile. Maile 5 for 7 against this Kramer. My bad.
    Bell is always calm. Reds need a hands on and vocal manager.
    Votto still my first choice. Just saying.
    Anyone else with a “what if” choice.

    • Brian

      As backwards as Botto is, I’m guessing he’d be horrible as a manager.

  18. LDS

    Ouch, 4 runs or more from the Reds of late is a tall order. May be Lodolo’s first loss

  19. Mark Moore

    There’s a BB for Dennis … to the #8 hitter

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yes! I’m here and noting the WALKS! Plus, the Reds hitters are providing air conditioning for the O’s catcher and HP umpire, as they swing & miss a plethora of pitches!

  20. Jason Franklin

    Pretty sad state of affairs when you get down by three runs and realize the game may already be over. The Reds starters have to pitch on a tight rope everyt time they come out due to the poor offense. Pitching under that sort of pressure is probably not easy.

    • Jason T.

      Exactly! That adds so much pressure when you know your margin for error is zero.
      Pitching has been doing their job. Lodolo got burned on a few left out over the plate. Can’t make those mistakes with a team like the Orioles. But I feel like he’ll recover. He’s been so good.

      Our offense looks so lifeless. I mean they inspire no hope. I don’t remember a stretch this bad.

    • Dewey Roberts

      Worst Reds offense ever. Our hitters as a whole are just awful. I think this team has now been exposed and will not see .500 again this season. I hope I am wrong but I don’t think I am.

  21. Jeff morris

    At least the Reds are facing a right hander today. Very frustrating and disappointing, Noelvi Marte has really let the Reds down with his 80 game suspension!

    • Mark Moore

      Well, doubtless his absence for his “little mistake” is costly … but there’s more than enough blame to go around the current roster several times with some left over.

  22. LarkinPhillips

    These guys are pressing so bad. Swinging at every pitch.

  23. Gpod

    I asked this after the collapse at the end of the season 2 years ago, I asked all of last year….and I ask again …..what has Bell done in all the years that he has been the Reds manager, that warrants such job security…..I will wait patiently for an answer

    • Mark Moore

      He’s a “legacy” kid … that’s all. The ownership – for whatever insane reason – has a fealty to the Bell family. Nothing else explains it.

      I may need to publish my first Field Manager rankings of the season. He started our #30 of 30 (ended 2023, #100 of 30). This stretch may cost him a couple of points.

    • Randoxu1

      He’s done nothing but the front office doesn’t care. Just like they keep running out these guys in the lineup and think all of sudden they are going to turn into good hitters. There are options out there but that requires effort by the front office. It won’t happen and it’s sad for the fans of this franchise.

    • Mike W

      Has a father who is/was the Red’s Special Advisor to the GM — who is NOT going to recommend his son be let go.

  24. Mark Moore

    I’m thinking it may be an early Clete for me. My First Wife is trying to decide where she wants to go for dinner. We need to do a coordinated fuel run with both vehicles to take advantage of $1 off per gallon. And, quite frankly, these games have just been too depressing of late.

  25. Daytonnati

    Larkin sort of like Baghdad Bob 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      I’m just glad we never got him as the manager after all the clamoring for it. I can only imagine his approach.

      • Melvin

        I do believe under Larkin hitting slumps like this would be less often and last less time. He knew how to hit.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! Truly “Nothing to see here!”

  26. Mark A Verticchio

    Why do they play all this crap with the players telling what a great manager Bell is. It sounds like the officers on the Titanic describing what a great sea master Captain Smith was.

    • Mark Moore

      +50,000

      Perhaps none of them feel as if they are playing for their next contract. Of course, the majority are pre-arb or arb years, so they’re just “happy to be here” I suppose.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Captain Smith was a visionary! He just didn’t see the iceberg!

  27. RedsMonk65

    OK, let’s see, since I set the table … Increase the challenge!

    I STILL predict a Reds victory today. Living dangerously today…

    C’mon Reds, wake up!

  28. Mike W

    Larkin lobbying for the manager’s job. I’m open to any change. I just think Votto has a preexisting rapport and credibility with most of our players and would be followed faster.
    Jeff Morris (above) is absolutely right about Marte. Total stupidity. Not thinking about his team first. Several teams have or will lose a key player for 3-6 months this year (due instead to injuries), and they carry on. It’s part of each year for most teams.
    Maybe our hitters need to have a Players Only clubhouse meeting and tell themselves we’re losing cuz of us! Our coaches and manager cant hit for us. It’s up top us to hit. Our pitchers are doing their job! We’re not doing ours. This needs to change today! Let’s go Reds!

    • Mark Moore

      I somehow think the days of strong “players only” and “kangaroo court” accountability are long gone, especially for this club. Sure there’s stuff we don’t see, but we also don’t seem to see any evidence that whatever they are doing is working.

    • Brian

      Votto is in buddy zone with many of these guys, how does that help?

  29. Jason Franklin

    Maybe this is a good game to be trying out their bunting skills.

  30. Daytonnati

    Orioles are impressive. A rebuild that the Reds are dreaming of.

  31. Dewey Roberts

    3 run deficit already. With our hitters that is almost insurmountable. This is one really bad team. Krall is not quite the GM genius he thinks he is.

  32. Mark A Verticchio

    The pitching has been good however, when your offense is struggling as bad as the Reds is your, so called ace, can’t give up 3 runs in the top of the first.

  33. LarkinPhillips

    At least Antone is in the booth. He is fantastic in there.

  34. Mark Moore

    And the Chumpire crew isn’t going to offer us any help. Didn’t end up mattering in that instance, but when things aren’t going your way …

  35. Frogem

    So, why do the young Orioles players hit so much better than the young Reds players? Too small of a sample size to make that assertion? They draft better? They develop better? They coach better? All of the above?

    • Mark Moore

      The draft is basically a crap shoot. Development and coaching, however …

    • Justin T

      Their front office baseball personel people are 2 or 3 levels ahead of the Reds. Nick Krall was t even a good scout.

  36. Gpod

    How do you compete in any MLB game when you have 5 of your 9 hitters are batting between .156 and .198 and another hitting .223 (India) ….so there are basically 3 guys of the 9 who “might” get a hit….not one guy in the lineup hitting .300……it’s like having 6 pitchers hitting…..it’s insane

    • Dennis Westrick

      At this point, I’d take my chances with the Reds pitchers hitting!

      • Melvin

        I’m sure Greene could hit some. He wanted to be a two way player at one time. 🙂

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Getting no hit by a SP with an ERA of 4+!

  38. Mike W

    I like Antone in the booth, too.
    Come on Elly, get us going!

  39. Tom Reeves

    Antone’s given better analysis in a couple innings off color commentary than Larkin has in a couple of years.

    • Melvin

      For some reason as a general rule pitchers are better commentators than position players. It seems that holds true in this case. 🙂

  40. Mark Moore

    12 up … 12 down … no joy in Mudville tonight

    • LT

      Yeah Mark. Playing in one of the most hitters friendly ballpark, it’s painful watching Reds hitters struggling mightily to get a hit.

  41. Gpod

    do you think players are embarrassed when they go up to the plate and see their average up on the scoreboard ?

    • Dennis Westrick

      I would much rather have the hitters SEE the ball and hit it!

    • Daytonnati

      They’re not even decent GPAs 🙂

    • Melvin

      I don’t know about that but I wouldn’t say it’s a confidence booster for most of them. lol

  42. William

    The Reds are getting butt kicked by the Orioles.

  43. Dennis Westrick

    So, Lodolo makes one (1) bad pitch in the 1st inning, and we are gonna lose because we can’t hit or score! Depressing team to follow right now!

    • Dewey Roberts

      We only have a fair chance of winning if our pitcher can throw a shutout. These players are all in a slump at the same time. I think the biggest problem with Bell is that he wants to be the buddy of his players. He had no fire in the belly.

  44. Mark Moore

    Again … RIGHT ON THE EDGE and the Chumpire doesn’t see/call it.

    And that add-on run probably seals the deal. I feel that Clete loading …

  45. Nicole Cushing

    On days like these it may help to bear in mind that profitable mediocrity is probably ownership’s goal. It may not have been the goal they had when they took the reins years ago, but I’m pretty sure that’s their goal now.

    As long as the Brinks truck keeps pulling up to Castellini Manor, and fans keep showing up for feel-good moments like the Opening Day parade, Bob will be happy.

    Perhaps this is why Bell is so unflappable: he knows that as long as the team performance this year is mediocre, he’ll be fine. That’s all ownership expects.

    This series shows the vast gulf between an organization that, in recent years, showed a desire to compete at a high level and one that greets mediocrity as a triumph. In my opinion, the Reds shouldn’t be considered a real MLB team. They’re being run as something more akin to an exhibition team. It’s sad.

    • Erik the Red

      Agree losing has become to acceptable and suspect the Castellini’s are not hurting financially. They will not sell until that stops. The Orioles were absolute disaster for lack of wins for 20 plus years and finally they figured out drafting and developing players. I think the issue we now for this season is with this schedule we have for the next 25 games, could put us in a very deep hole with regards to any play-off aspirations. We do not have any assets to sell like we did two or three years ago for more prospects.

  46. Mark Moore

    OK, time to head for the fuel run and dinner. I’ll count that as a Clete for me since I can’t watch on my phone (blackout garbage).

    I guess we wipe this series off the books … oh, that’s right, the Snake are coming up next.

    Night, all.

  47. Gpod

    how many times in the last 2 weeks have we seen reds batters take that outside pitch & try and pull it ……over and over and over

  48. RedsMonk65

    FINALLY — a hit and a baserunner. Now open up those floodgates!!!

  49. LarkinPhillips

    The book is out on the Reds hitters. Slow off speed. Fastball out of zone. If they fall behind, throw off speed and they will swing out of their shoes. Literally no adjustment from any player. That is coaching.

  50. Doc4uk

    This series reminds me of the last time we were in the playoffs against the braves. Decent pitching and no hitting.

    Unfortunately there is no one at AAA or AA that looks like they can do any better .

    We went from too many options to no options/depth in a hurry.

    • Randoxu1

      It can’t hurt to try. What we are seeing now is a total embarrassment.

  51. Gpod

    This is just horrible to watch….Martini….Espinal….what a joke

  52. Dennis Westrick

    Pathetic display of professional baseball by the 2024 Redlegs club!

  53. Tom Reeves

    Drop Benson back to 9th. He did great there.

    Put EDLC at the top of the line up and leverage his unique skill set.

    Steer and CES need to start hitting.

    Bat India forth. He’s not great in that role but he seems to having good ABs.

    Sadly, 3B is a black hole right now.

  54. Doc4uk

    Collier being brought straight from A ball would be able to duplicate what Espinosa and Candelaria are doing . Jay Allen would do better than Bubba. Dunn beats Fraley. Roll the dice! What difference will it really make. We are not winning anything this year. All of these minor leaguers can hit over .150

  55. Mark A Verticchio

    The reality is that many teams come back from a 16 and 18 record but with the upcoming schedule and the putrid hitting I will be surprised if the Reds aren’t out of the race by Memorial day.

  56. Randoxu1

    Don’t look now but winker is having a great start of the year for the nats and Senzel has played well also. Could use a couple of those guys.

    • Mauired

      Senzel hit 5 homers in 5 games. Something he never did with Reds at Great Amercian Smallpark. Apparently he bulked up a little in anticipation of playing his natural 3rd base postion. Funny almost like drafting 3rd basemen and moving them to 2nd and CF might be counter productive. Who knew.

      • Tom Reeves

        Senzel would have been a better choice for 3B than Candy. And cheaper.

      • Dewey Roberts

        The Reds draft relief pitchers and try to turn them into starters and then wonder why it did not work out. They draft a third basemen and try to make him a center fielder and wonder why it messed with his head. They give their best pitcher away and have nothing to show for it. They sign free agents that can’t hit. No wonder they are on the bottom. I am afraid this rebuild is not going to be any better than the last one. They are going to ruin Elly by having pitched around because there is no one to protect him in the order.

  57. Gpod

    Benson has absolutely no clue at the plate right now….his strikeouts are ridicules !

  58. RedsMonk65

    GEESH. Pathetic. This team is broken.

    • Dewey Roberts

      At least we scored one run in this series. I agree this team is pathetic. I think a lot of losing is coming our way. We will be well under .500 by the end of May.

  59. Jason T.

    Strikes out the side. What a joke.
    At this pace, we score a single run this entire series.
    That is beyond pathetic…

  60. RedsGettingBetter

    A team that can’t hit is not fun to watch at all… any opposing pitcher is going to look like Cy Young…I don’t know but something should happen soon , any move, option or DFA’d or firing up somebody, whatever…

    • Mike W

      Like every sports franchise, ownership can’t replace all the players, but they can replace the manager.

  61. Randoxu1

    The way the lineup is constructed right now, you basically have 6 players playing every day that are everyday players and some of them don’t even belong on the roster. It’s really sad

  62. GreatRedLegsFan

    So, what’s next? Aside from the eventual moves of Friedl/Montas in place of Thompson/Wilson, what else could be done?

    • Jason T.

      Could have called up Ford, Hinds, explored a trade, SOMETHING instead of just a hope and a prayer which is the Bell and ownership mantra.

  63. Reddawg2012

    Can’t wait to hear David Bell talk about how good the Orioles pitching was and how the Reds are working hard and doing the right things and that will eventually pay off.

    Granted, I don’t know what else he’s supposed to say. But it all just gets really old.

  64. Gpod

    What else are we really looking at going forward in the next month…we basically have Friedl coming back, that’s it…..so now what? That one player is gonna change things?

    • Melvin

      Concerning Marte I believe the last game of his suspension is June 25. Whether he will help or not who knows?

  65. Doc4uk

    Benson .195
    CES .198
    Martini .179
    Espinol .171
    Candelaria.190
    Maille .129
    Thompson .111
    Stephenson .211
    India .223

    Enough said 🙁

    • Gpod

      They should post that in the clubhouse

  66. Dennis Westrick

    Wow! One (1) run in 3 games at home, no less! That’s enough for me! Gonna watch reruns of The Keystone Cops!

    9

  67. Mark A Verticchio

    This team from Bell on down should be totally embarrassed 5 straight losses, 1 run in a 3 game home series and there is no indication that things will get better. With an off day tomorrow a good team would make some move, fire the hitting coach at least since you know they won’t fire Bell. Freidl has 2 hits today twice as many as the Reds.

  68. Erik the Red

    I know James 007 Bell would not hit the panic button, however as a fan I hitting the button for this season now. Just way too many automatic outs now.

  69. Doc

    It might be time to start rotating people with options down to AAA for batting practice. If you’re only going to get 1 or 2 hits per game, you can hardly do worse giving someone else a shot.

  70. Gpod

    everyone in that big crowd at the game should get their money back

  71. Mark A Verticchio

    I have never seen a team have such a miserable 3 game series, 2 hits – 4 hits – 1 hit = 7 hits and a grand total of 1 run.

  72. Indy Red Man

    They’re hitting to the back of their baseball card which means they must all be covered in a chalky anthrax like substance. Run them all through a car wash windows down. Problem solved

    • Indy Red Man

      Bally’s got pulled from the Comcast lineup so atleast I’m spared there

  73. Gpod

    The Baltimore just said the last time they had 3 starting pitchers go 6 innings without giving up a single run…..1995…….good job reds…..gotta be proud of that performance

  74. Moon

    Reds offensively have hit bottom and now digging for China. They are fading as fast as a summer tan in October. They are going to have to start giving away free coffee to keep the fans in the stands awake. Jeez….what a sad and boring team.

  75. Tom Reeves

    I think Monday is going to be a workday for the Reds – a long workday. They should be well rested.

    • Tom Reeves

      That or the team needs to go out drinking tonight and get in some fights or something. Get the fire back.

  76. Roger Garrett

    Yeah and the only guy that may lose his job is the guy who can’t make the coffee fast enough.

  77. Mike W

    I didn’t see one batter watch the ball to the bat and or glove every time. I didn’t see one batter swing on balance every time. They look lost and confused. And Bell just stands there leaning against the rail.
    And one of my largest pet peeves that I’ve mentioned several dozen times over the last several years — but I know Bell doesn’t read this blog — YOU DONT BRING YOUR CLOSER IN IN NON SAVE SITUATIONS! Bell you can give Diaz work in the bullpen, but not in a non save situation. Closers are wired differently and you just messed with his psyche AGAIN.
    Just one more daily example of how you don’t know how to manage people, not just players, Im talking about the individuals.

    • Dennis Westrick

      I believe in calling a Spade a Spade! Bell is clueless when handling the Reds bullpen!

  78. Dennis Westrick

    At what point can we request The Mercy Rule?

  79. Gpod

    I’m sure Diaz is gonna be happy to watch Pagan come in and possibilly give up all these runs on his bill

  80. Tom Reeves

    Is Diaz even ticked off at how he pitched? Or was that a bullpen session for him?

    • Roger Garrett

      Bullpen session for my money.Bell just pretending and Diaz saying nope ain’t having nothing to do with this stupid stuff.

  81. Gpod

    That GS just puts a topper on the weekend!

  82. Tom Reeves

    I guess let’s hope this is “The Low Point”

  83. Tom Reeves

    Well, if the Reds hit 3 grand slams, they will. let’s Go!

  84. LarkinPhillips

    Even sadak is getting negative. That’s how bad the last few series have been.

    • Gpod

      He spoke the truth…..this is rock bottom

  85. Doc4uk

    Diaz with a blank look on his face and a now ERA of 6.57. Has to be the highest ERA for a closer in the history of MLB!

    • Gpod

      i don’t think it helps your clubhouse when you bring your closer into a blowout….then you turn his runners over to a guy who has a pathetic ERA and batters are hitting over .300 against….just sayin…

      • Mike W

        Like every sports franchise, ownership can’t replace all the players, but they can replace the manager.

  86. Roger Garrett

    Dude threw 7 straight fastballs and do you reckon the hitter knew what was coming.I got to believe he did.Thank you O’s for showing us what a big league team and organization looks like.

    • Rob

      And small market team too! Just to make sure we don’t hear that sorry line.

  87. Dennis Westrick

    Hopefully, whoever is still in the stands watching baseball’s version of Custer’s last stand are BOOING and BOOING LOUDLY!

  88. GreatRedLegsFan

    I guess this is one of those times when the management question themselves the reason for certain decisions made.

    • Dewey Roberts

      This admin never second guesses what they have done. They double down.

  89. Gpod

    Benson finally learned to stop swinging at that high fastball….WOW!

  90. Frogem

    Recall two good points: CES’S hit and Fraley running out a ground out when the game was likely already over.

    Best thing this team can do is have every player give 110% like Fraley did on that play. That energy level will turn things around.

  91. Mike W

    #*^%@ Bell. (Thats not code for a swear word, that’s code for FIRE)

    Your mismanagement of your Closer (for the umpteenth time) just resulted in his ERA for the year jumping to 6.5. Sure it’s Diaz’s fault for allowing the runners on before you pulled him, and Pagan’s fault for giving up the HR, BUT you (Bell) made the gigantic mistake of bringing your closer in in a non save situation AND THEN MAGNIFIED YOUR ERROR BY PULLING HIM OUT AND NOT LETTING HIM WORK HIS WAY OUT OF THE JAMB HE PUT HIMSELF IN! We were down 7-0 in the 9th, the game was likely lost, but it could have been a learning moment for Diaz. But you don’t learn. You don’t teach. You and Reds are not a good match. Time to move on.

  92. Frogem

    Of course, loosening up so they can take the ball the opposite way will also help, among other things.

  93. Gpod

    Question….why did Baltimore make a pitching change in a 11-0 game?

  94. JB

    Embarrassment. Glad I watched the hockey game.

  95. Dennis Westrick

    Mercifully, that debacle is over as the last of the running lights of the HMS Reds (aka Titanic 2.0) disappear below the water line!

    • Gpod

      and Bell will come on the postgame and talk about how great it was for the team to “keep battling” till the end ….give me a break

      • Harry Stoner

        “Reds rally falls short.”

  96. Pharmer85

    Wow. Let’s hope that’s rock bottom.

    • Mike W

      I agree.
      My wife was with our daughter over night and just came home. She gave me a bag with a gift in it. A very nice looking Red’s jacket. I’m excited to be adding it to my Red’s closet, but just don’t feel like sporting it around the neighborhood tonight. Hopefully we win 8 of our next 10 and get back to talking about making the playoffs! I also hope Castellini and Family are as upset about what’s happening as we are. See you all Tuesday.

  97. Justin T

    Hate to kick the mule when it’s down, but this is why some of us were less enthusiast about this team in 2024. When you field a team short on defense and struggle to make contact at the plate the percentages will eventually not be in your favor. No holes were filled for 2024 coming off of 2023. You have 2 or 3 guys who strikeout a TON. Thats a rally killer. That sinks innings. Didn’t Adam Dunn show them thats not how you win in baseball? 2024 Reds to me looked like a young streaky team who will streak both good and bad together. Like last year.

    Bell has been a little better in my eyes at least to the point I don’t put the blame on him. He isn’t much of an inspiring guy but he has stayed out of his own way for much of the season. Itd be nice to see a fire under him. I gave up howling at the moon on the David Bell front.

    You’re kidding yourself if you have any faith in this front office. Not sure what else they need to do to show you that you care about winning more than they do. There is currently no light at the end of the tunnel. This feels like 90’s Bengal football with Dave Shula coaching and Mike Brown as the owner/gm. No children of the owner will save the Reds though, we seen Juniors act on Opening Day couple years back. I do think there will be more highlights this year, just dont hold your breath for any banners to be hung in the near future.

  98. James

    Where are you gonna go? Reds ownership got a nice win today with 31,514 people in attendance. I will not go to a game if Bell is manager. .. and that’s all I got to say about that!

    • Mike W

      I like it! Not to be redundant, okay I’ll be redundant: Ownership of any sports franchise can’t replace all its players, but they can replace the manager.
      Good night everyone.

      • TR

        The Reds have had a total of 62 managers in their history as a NL franchise from 1882 to the present. Only 11 of the 62 were the manager for a minimum of five years or more. David Bell is in his sixth year as manager.

  99. Reddawg2012

    It’s crazy how you can spend an entire winter/off-season eagerly waiting for Reds baseball to start back up again, and then we get this.

    I guess we’re about to find out who some of these guys really are. Hopefully, Friedl can provide a spark. I just don’t know.