After putting an end to their 8-game losing streak last night, the Cincinnati Reds will look to start a winning streak this evening in San Francisco as they take on the Giants. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:15pm ET. The game will be on national television as the Fox Saturday night game.

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

San Francisco Giants

TJ Friedl – CF Thairo Estrada – 2B
Elly De La Cruz – SS Lamonte Wade Jr. – 1B
Mike Ford – DH Patrick Bailey – C
Spencer Steer – 1B Wilmer Flores – DH
Jake Fraley – RF Heliot Ramos – RF
Tyler Stephenson – C Matt Chapman – 3B
Jeimer Candelario – 3B Michael Conforto – LF
Will Benson – LF Casey Schmitt – SS
Jonathan India – 2B Tyler Fitzgerald – CF
Nick Lodolo – LHP Mason Black – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Lodolo 29.0 2.79 0.93 8 37
Mason Black 4.1 10.38 2.54 3 4
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Mason Black’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

Since he’s returned from the injured list, Nick Lodolo has been quite dominant. He’s posted a 2.79 ERA and has a WHIP of 0.93. Teams have stacked their lineups against him with righties and they haven’t been all that successful, posting a .605 OPS against him. By comparison, though, they’ve been very successful when compared to what lefties have done. They’ve managed just one hit in 14 at-bats against him and have posted a .349 OPS.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 97 18 6 0 2 5 33 .202 .268 .337
LHH 18 1 0 0 0 3 4 .071 .278 .071

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 94.0 93.9 81.2 87.8
Usage 34% 20% 29% 17%

Mason Black

When he takes the mound this evening it will be just his second big league start. The first time out he faced the Phillies and they scored five runs against him in 4.1 innings while racking up eight hits and three walks. In six Triple-A starts this season he posted a 1.01 ERA in 26.2 innings with eight walks and 29 strikeouts.

Looking at his splits this season between the big leagues and minors, he’s held left-handed hitters to a lower average, but they are walking a lot against him and hitting for quite a bit of power against him when they do get hits. Right-handed hitters are never walking and striking out a ton while hitting for next to no power.

Splits (AAA and MLB in 2024)

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 73 16 3 1 0 2 23 .232 .264 .304
LHH 51 8 3 0 2 9 10 .191 .333 .405

Pitch Usage (AAA and MLB in 2024)

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 92.4 92.0 81.6 88.4
Usage 29% 24% 44% 3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:15pm ET
  • Where: Oracle Park
  • Watch: Fox, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 63°, sunny, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

Matt McLain’s progress

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with Matt McLain about his progress as he recovers from shoulder surgery. At this point in time he is still more than a month away from being able to swing a bat, and he feels that will be the thing that really determines just how soon he can return, though he hopes it’s in August or September. You can read more about it all here.

Elly’s been running wild

Last night saw Elly De La Cruz steal two more bases. That gave him 25 of them on the season. Half of the teams in Major League Baseball do not have 25 steals. The Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins are tied for the 15th spot in the big leagues with 23 steals each. Cincinnati is tied with the Washington Nationals with 66 steals each. Milwaukee is a distant third at 52.

Rhett Lowder moves up

While Paul Skenes, the #1 overall pick in last year’s draft makes his big league debut today, the second pitcher taken in the draft – Rhett Lowder – will be making his Double-A tonight. He made five starts in High-A Dayton and posted a 2.49 ERA in 25.1 innings with six walks and 29 strikeouts before his promotion to Chattanooga.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 23 15
Chicago 23 16 0.5
Cincinnati 17 21 6.0
Pittsburgh 17 22 6.5
St. Louis 15 23 8.0

127 Responses

  1. Rednat

    I like Steer at first base. If things dont work out for CES,I would be ok with Steer as our everyday firstbasemen

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    • Chris

      It will work out with CES. The kid has hit everywhere, and will this year too.

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  2. Chris

    Great. I finally don’t have to watch it on Streameast or some other bootleg spam site. This Bally’s thing with Comcast is ridiculous. Equally ridiculous is how MLB handles the blackout thing. In Nashville, half the time Bally’s was blocked by another Bally’s channel anyway, so I’d have no way of watching the game, other than bootleg.

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    • Randy in Chatt

      Very frustrating here in Chatt too. Blackouts are one thing. Blackouts on the Reds away games (uh-hem San Francisco!) is a completely different and utterly stupid animal. Are they trying to drum up a fan base? We cannot go to all the games, watching at home should be a viable option.
      Is Comcast the only cable provider to not do Bally (Spectrum, etc.?)

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      • greenmtred

        That really stinks. Do they think that they’ll somehow make money by behaving like idiots?

    • RedinInd

      And I, getting BSO via altafiber, get a break tonight from Sadak.

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    • Chris

      Well, forget that little bit of excitement. Even Fox broadcast is blacked out here, so now I’m back to Streameast bootleg. What a joke MLB is in this regard.

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      • Melvin

        Not exactly helping the young guys in your area become Reds fans huh?

  3. Randy in Chatt

    And, of course, Fox is showing the Cardinals/Brewers game here in Chattanooga and blacked out on the MLB.com link on the web. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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    • musicclown.red

      @ Randy in Chatt. Get yourself a vpn and change your location.

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      • Randy in Chatt

        I may have to look into that. Not very tech savvy but might be worth a try. Especially if Comcast & Bally can’t get there act together.

      • Chris

        The problem with that, is that it messes up your Netflix and other cable options.

      • WCRon

        I have IP tv. I can watch pretty much every game in the country. I live in Tampa and watch the reds every day …. Bally, fox Cincy today etc. I can watch all the bengals games as well on cbs Cincy. Cost me 10 bucks a month plus one time box for 100. Can’t beat that.

    • doofus

      I watch the entire Reds season (games against the phillies are blacked out) with an mlb package on prime video. I live outside Philly.

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      • Chris

        That’s why; you aren’t in an area where Reds games are blacked out. Before I moved to Nashville, I was in Southern CA. Watched all Reds games via MLB.tv

      • doofus

        I watched the Reds games on local fox network I believe in 2017 when I was in east Nashville.

  4. greenmtred

    Ford seemed determined to pop up and, given enough chances, he succeeded.

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  5. Jim Walker

    Mike Ford’s walkup music has to be either “Beer Barrell Polka” or Roll Out The Barrell”, agree?? 😉

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    • Melvin

      Doesn’t exactly fit his name Mike HARRISON Ford. Indiana Jones music wouldn’t quite work. 🙂

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  6. greenmtred

    Wow. What was Bell thinking, starting Lodolo? Sparky never would have done that.

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  7. Gpod

    Way to follow up a feel good win ….a grand slam in the first inning

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  8. RedsGettingBetter

    The worst could happen to put down the Reds very early

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  9. Roger Garrett

    Last time Reds scored 5 runs was their last win prior to last night on April 30.Cy Black has an over 8 era coming in so well you know.

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  10. Gpod

    I think the reds are bound and determined to set some kind of record for strikeouts in a season …that at-bat by Stevenson was a prime example

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  11. Indy Red Man

    Candy can’t get us started. Just tune in and we’re down a granny already. I guess 1 in a row is enough. What did they spend on Candy, Martinez, and Pagan? If we were healthy then none of them fill a need really? Without looking I think its 38-39 mil?
    Jury is out on Montes.

    I just don’t see a scenario where we get out of May within range. Cubs got back Steele, Bellinger, and Suzuki

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  12. Tom Mitsoff

    Tough sky, but Fraley in particular is really having a hard time with it.

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  13. Indy Red Man

    I’m out. Benson is fast and most fast guys on trying for 2 there, but we’re down 4-0 and you have a big righty on the mound with favorable stealing rules and bases….we just can’t stand even a tiny little bit of success

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    • Roger Garrett

      Reds players just don’t get it and haven’t for a long time.The game is what the score says it is and even if he makes it well why talk about.

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  14. VaRedsFan

    Today’s strategy:
    Keep popping up and hope they lose it in the sun.

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  15. RedsGettingBetter

    This hole 0-4 is hard to beat apparently. I feel as the game is lost after this 2,5 innings hopefully I will wrong…

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  16. Erik the Red

    Agree. You can not make the first out of an inning when down by 4 trying to stretch a single into a double.

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  17. Roger Garrett

    Now Fraley follows Benson.Are you kidding me?Good grief.

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  18. Tom Mitsoff

    This devil-may-care base running — without consideration of the game situation — is really driving me crazy. I’m sure there are stats out there about how many runs they have lost with all of the throw-outs of runners trying to take the extra base on a hit.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Do they not understand that they can steal the bag at a higher percentage than going for 2?

      Who’s in charge of that type of stuff anyway…you know…teaching?

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      • Tom Diesman

        Really? What are those percentages?

      • Indy Red Man

        Well its not 100% like Reds opponents, but its better then trying to get your hand in there when the OFs throw already beat u to the bag

    • Ksdavis

      Tom, but some in the local media will defend Bell to no end. This is squarely on coaching and management. You have to know time and situation. Just like EDLC attempt to steal third the other day. Bell’s response will be we have to be aggressive and they (the Giants) made a good play. Some people never learn

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    • Melvin

      There has to be a little restraint/wisdom at times considering the situation the Reds are in. I guess you’d call it “discipline”.

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    • Justin T

      These are the things players seem to do right before a manager/head coach is fired. They are almost asking for it at this point.

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      • Melvin

        ….or in our case an extension? haha 😀

  19. Erik the red

    There is no common sense. Another blunder on the base paths. The score dictates how you should play the game.

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  20. doofus

    Giant announcer says Reds are not being smart about taking extra bases.

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  21. VaRedsFan

    Fraley does that crap all the time.
    Bell: “It was a learning opportunity”
    He said that 20 TOOTBLANS ago.

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  22. Gpod

    Another inning killed with stupid base running…when will it end!

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  23. Tom Mitsoff

    I don’t know if I’m making this up or not, but I believe I’ve heard that the mindset is to make the outfielder “make a play,” or a perfect, on-target throw. I can accept that much easier if it’s a tight game. Today, Heliot Ramos has certainly made all the plays. He’s a Gold-Glover based on his sparkling plays during this game.

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    • Harry Stoner

      Some plays are easier than others.

      Discretion is often the better part of valor. I mean “aggressive”.

      What’s the role of the 1st base coach?

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  24. Roger Garrett

    Giant skipper is in the game.Pulls the righty and goes to the lefty to face Friedl and turn EDLC around.Got to love that.

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  25. Gpod

    Wait….I thought Ford hits lefthanders real good…why pinch hit??

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  26. Reddawg2012

    The losing streak is over, but the offense still sucks.

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  27. Daytonnati

    Stuie really loves that gum! Wonder what he chews?

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    • VaRedsFan

      The rev rate is really amped up after a K.
      Me and my son joke about it.

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  28. JB

    It’s quite an event going on out there with Fraley every time he gets a flyball

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  29. Mark Moore

    Haven’t been watching (or commenting, obviously) as we’ve corralled two stray dogs in our back yard and that’s consuming all our attention. I saw Lodolo started well then kind of fell apart. Still possible to salvage, but hopes aren’t high.

    Oh, and Melvin … we did burgers on the griddle (I even had a piece of “spare bacon” from the breakfast I cooked this morning).

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  30. Harry Stoner

    Lodolo is a pretty good pitcher, that 1st inning tater notwithstanding.

    Hopefully his leg is holding up and his progress continues.

    Could be bound for a long productive career if he stays healthy.

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  31. CI3J

    THREE TIMES NOW the Reds have been thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

    THRE TIMES. IN ONE GAME.

    Mein Gott.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Have a feeling Candy wasn’t busting out of the box. No proof yet.

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    • Ted Alfred

      I like the hustle…we’ll learn from it.

      DB… Cooper

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  32. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow i can’t accept three trown outs at 2nd base trailing by 3 runs , incredible… How horrible base running

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  33. Tom Mitsoff

    I didn’t see the most recent play of Candelario getting thrown out, but the radio description was that the ball was off the wall. You can’t stop running at first base if you hit a ball off the wall..

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    • Moon

      kind of interesting…I was watching Brewers and Cardinals earlier today and a Cardinal batter hit a ball off the wall and he stayed at first base.

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  34. RED THUNDER

    A whole inning worth of outs at second! Maybe the first base coach needs some rope or a Megaphone.

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  35. Erik the red

    Another runner thrown out at 2nd base. Lordy let’s play base to base running. Another throwing error from EDLC. If you can’t play fundamental baseball it does not matter. The Fox announcers are saying the obvious we have seen for several years. Hard to win when you keep giving extra outs offensively and defensively.

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  36. Melvin

    Sub a .202 hitter with a .163 hitter. We’re in bad shape aren’t we?

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  37. VaRedsFan

    5 straight leadoff men on for the Reds.
    Apparently, only the leadoff walks that the Reds issue seem to score a lot.

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  38. Brady

    On the bright side, we’re tracking towards another high pick next year. With enough high picks, you’d think eventually they will be good again.

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  39. RedsGettingBetter

    India rally killer… wow how bad has been really

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    • VaRedsFan

      He’s really good when going to right. Never seems to use that approach lately.

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  40. Mark Moore

    Yeah … pretty sure I’m not interested in following this mess tonight. Squandered opportunities abound again. But we’re not going to change who we are, right? 😐

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  41. Gpod

    India is a shell of his ROY season….don’t know what happened to him

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  42. Mike W

    Why the heck did Bell bring in left handed Suter to face a bunch of right handed hitters?

    Will it ever stop?

    I could point out multiple mistakes Bell makes every game he “manages” for us. I put “manages” in quotes ‘cuz he really doesn’t. I will say he’s “present”.

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    • Mark Moore

      Because “the book” said to do it?

      I’m baffled as well.

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  43. VaRedsFan

    This inning comes down to approach.
    The Giants guy goes oppo for a hit.
    India roll over for a DP.

    Who’s in charge of approach at the plate?
    This is not the first game, they get beat by approach….The Brewers performed a clinic against the Reds with it.

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    • Mark Moore

      These threads are full of comments like yours (mine included). We obviously have no idea what happens when we aren’t watching, but the “evidence” seems to indicate to most of us as fans that “coaching” isn’t what it ought to be. As I commented on another game wrap up …

      Same as it ever was … same as it ever was …

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  44. VaRedsFan

    The defenders will never understand all the little things that keep adding up to losses. Most don’t watch, and just base opinions on box scores.

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  45. Reddawg2012

    It’s starting to feel like there aren’t that many reliable arms in the bullpen.

    Just not sure how good this team is. Even if you add McLain and Marte.

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  46. Justin T

    The 3 hole has been pinch hit for twice tonight by guys hitting under .200 if you count Capels .000. Bet thats never been done before. Bell is back to musical chairs w the lineup and positions. Please make it stop.

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  47. Gpod

    The excuse when reds couldn’t score any runs during the 8 games slide was that they are facing superior pitching…the SF starting pitcher today has an ERA of over 6……reds have 1 run tonight so far……maybe it’s the Reds that stink at the plate….not so much as the opposing pitcher

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    • VaRedsFan

      Not saying Black is good or bad, but he had only pitched in 1 game (4.1 innings) before today

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  48. Mark Moore

    And with that little ground out, it’s another Clete for me. Nothing to see here … perhaps tomorrow.

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  49. Melvin

    Can’t believe the Marlins are 18.5 back already. The Rockies are 15 and the Whitesox 12….already. Crazy. We’re headed that way if you don’t turn it around fast.

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  50. Roger Garrett

    Not me I am done unless changes are made.No way Krall should allow this type of performance.Three players thrown out at second down 3 runs and we just do nothing.No way he can be pleased with this circus.Its an absolute joke.

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  51. RedsGettingBetter

    This game has been hateful … This team can’t afford a bad first inning of the starter…Simply they lost the game there…

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      • Melvin

        One could argue that we can’t afford to be thrown out at 2B trying to stretch a single into a double three times when we’re down at least three runs while on a losing streak. Oh well. Aggressiveness is good but there has to be a balance.

  52. VaRedsFan

    Through 37 games: Reds of 2024: 16-21……..Reds of 2023: 16-21.

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    • Melvin

      Don’t worry. When McLain, EDLC, Marte, CES, Abbott etc. come up we’ll start rolling maybe even a 12 game winning streak….ought oh.

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  53. Melvin

    Almost another one thrown out at 2B. lol. Announcers today, “What’s the definition of insanity?” lol

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  54. Reddawg2012

    Remember last season when the Reds were “ahead of schedule”? So what are they now?

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  55. LDS

    Clearly, the Reds need a new PoBO. The current occupant of that position seems unwilling to address continued poor play on the field, the lack of fundamentals, etc. it starts with hiring a new field management unit, something Krall is unwilling to do. And until he or his replacement does, the Reds are going nowhere. Demand accountability and results. Enough with the empty rhetoric.

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  56. Mark A Verticchio

    Is there any doubt that this season will for all intense and purposes be over by Memorial Day? Then they need to start looking to 2025, first by finding a competent manager. Bell just doesn’t get it, it wasn’t that they lost 3 runners at 2nd base that was bad it was the situation being down 3 runs. What a horrible manager and a very foolish team. I am an embarrassed fan.

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    • Rob

      I can see no way this team is allowed to continue on present course. You have a manager saying things will turn around while it sure looks like there is not enough offense to make that happen. To me that is on Krall and it is his job to provide the offensive help or hold Bell accountable for the team’s demise. Doing nothing is not going to help in 2024 or the future. While you may not have any 2024-ready prospects, you have an excess of future prospects who you could trade for the necessary offensive help. And in my judgment, it is not insignificant help that you need. Something like offering 2 top 10 prospects. ( With each loss, the need gets greater.) I can not believe Krall can not see that something needs to be done now and not 2 weeks from now. Does he really think that the likes of Espinal, India, and Capel provide the offensive help that he needs? To be clear, it really doesn’t matter what prospects you have to trade but making sure you get enough offensive help in here and fast. Krall was in first place last July and decided he didn’t need Scherzer or Montgomery to secure the title. Several applauded him for waiting until 2024 and making any necessary moves then. (Not me…. First place in July 2024 as and is not a given.) Well, 2024 is now here and you certainly have the necessary ammo.

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  57. Mike W

    Glad to read so many on board.
    Bell’s decisions or lack of action last year cost us a dozen games I know of as I’ve watched them all for three years — living the dream watching Red’s games and playing golf and being retired — and we missed the playoffs by 2 games.
    All Bell has is the best seat in the house to watch our games. So complacent. Nonchalánt. Did our three players thrown out at 2B — with the defender fielding the ball literally right in front of them! — run through our 1st base coach’s stop signs? If so the coach should have been all over our guy as he jogged back to the dugout. Or did our 1B coach say “Go! Go!”? In which case Bell should have had a word with him. Sure, we all like hustle, but no outs and down by 3 or 4 requires different thinking than a tied game or blowout. I’m so happy to see so many fellow bloggers wanting Krall to replace Bell. If we can get our act together shortly after that and win 70% of our remaining games against the Brewers and Cubs we will be fine. Let’s go Red’s UPPER management, show us you care about winning more than we lose. Without your fans, you will not make nearly as much money as you had planned. Maybe THAT will resonate with you?

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