After splitting wins in the first two games in San Francisco, the Cincinnati Reds (17-22) will look to end the weekend with a series victory over the San Francisco Giants (18-23) this afternoon at Oracle Park. First pitch happens at 4:05 EDT.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

San Francisco Giants

CF T.J. Friedl CF Jung Hoo Lee
SS Elly De La Cruz 1B LaMonte Wade Jr
LF Spencer Steer 3B Matt Chapman
2B Jonathan India DH Patrick Bailey
RF Stuart Fairchild RF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Jeimer Candelario LF Heliot Ramos
DH Mike Ford C Blake Sabol
3B Santiago Espinal 2B Brett Wisely
C Luke Maile SS Casey Schmitt

 

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Frankie Montas 25.1 3.55 1.30 11 21
Kyle Harrison 45.0 3.20 1.22 12 40
Links: Frankie Montas’ Stats | Kyle Harrison’s Stats

Frankie Montas

Montas returned from the injured list Tuesday to pitch six innings of four-hit, two-run baseball against the Diamondbacks. Considering he struggled in the two starts before he went on the IL, it was an encouraging sign to see a start similar to his Opening Day performance. Left-handed batters haven’t dominated off Montas, but they have done damage against him in a way that right-handed batters have not. He’s faced more lefties, and they’re slugging at a rate almost two hundred points higher than righties are while also getting on base at a .360 clip against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 44 6 1 0 1 9% 23% .150 .227 .265
LHH 64 11 16 3 2 11% 17% .281 .359 .439

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Curve Slider
Velo 94.5 93.7 89.1 85.0 84.3
Usage 36% 18% 16% 23% 8%

Kyle Harrison

Lefty pitcher Kyle Harrison has allowed only one run with 9 strikeouts over 12 innings in his last two starts. He’s got a sparkling 0.75 ERA in this stretch, despite walking seven batters. He’s lowered his season ERA from 5.00 on April 20 to 3.20 in that span. Harrison’s splits are about even between left-handed and right-handed batters. He’s faced righties a lot more, 145 times to be exact, while only facing left-handed hitters 41 times. While he’s struck out 37% of the lefty hitters he’s faced, he’s also allowed them to get on base at a .317 clip.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 145 33 2 0 4 8% 17% .248 .310 .406
LHH 41 10 1 0 1 2% 37% .263 .317 .368

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slurve Slider Change
Velo 93.0 82.4 88.2 86.0
Usage 64% 14% 1% 21%

 

Details:

  • Time: 4:05 p.m. EDT
  • Place: Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
  • Weather: 63 degrees, partly sunny, 0% chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Down on the Farm

Rhett Lowder made his Double-A debut last night, Lyon Richardson struggled at Triple-A, and other news and notes from the minor leagues games last night.

 

Happy Mother’s Day To All the Moms

 

264 Responses

  1. wkuchad

    Love the Mother’s Day messages. Thanks for including in the pre-game write-up.

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  2. Dennis Westrick

    Facing another lefty today! Probably another struggle to just get hits, let alone runs! Hoping for a win, nevertheless, to take the series!

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  3. Dennis Westrick

    Yes! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

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  4. LarkinPhillips

    The Giants had to cover nearly 5 innings with their pen yesterday. Harrison doesn’t typically go more than 5-6innings this year. He has 7 walks in last 12 innings. The game plan should be to get his pitch count up, try to get to the pen.

    This game should be managed as an important game with a well rested pen from yesterday for Bell. Big game. I’d love to see some urgency and passion from this team.

    Also urgency doesn’t mean being crazy aggressive and swinging at first pitches nonstop and trying to get an unnecessary extra base.

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    • Mark Moore

      Worked out well the first time through … dIDn’T It??? 😮

      Reply
  5. CI3J

    Is it just me, or does it seem like the Reds have faced a disproportionate number of left-handed starters so far this season?

    Or are there just more of them now?

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    • wkuchad

      I agree, but if teams are smart, they’d arrange their starters to have as many lefties as possible facing the Reds.

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      • Melvin

        Yes. I think that’s what’s happening. lol

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    Possibly the worst line up I have ever seen for a Reds team.

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  7. RedsGettingBetter

    While Jonathan India is the cleanup hitter vs LHP and Fairchild is 5th , there’s something wrong with this team, Krall knows that…It’s not enough to contend…

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  8. Justin T

    Starting to think Stu Fairchild has some dirt on someone in the organization. One of the worst hitters in all of baseball and he has occupied the 3 hole and 5 hole for the Reds this year. He pinch hit for the 3 hitter last night too. Please tell me what I’m missing as far as his talent? Is it just me or does our team run the absolute oddest lineup out there sometimes? Did the new guy tick Bell off?

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    • VaRedsFan

      It’s mainly because Fraley and Benson are so bad vs lefties.

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    • Tom Diesman

      It’s been posted dozens of times. You’ll need to read and comprehend to understand it.

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  9. Old-school

    Fairchild quality at bat. Pitch count up to 23.
    See if Candelario can do damage

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  10. Mark Moore

    Amazing to me that Harrison is still under 30 pitches.

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  11. Mark Moore

    And on Mothers’ Day the Candyman Can!!!!

    Now their CF’er is shaken up. I like a 3-0 start in our favor.

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    • Mark Moore

      Holding his shoulder immediately … hate to see that happen to anyone.

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  12. VaRedsFan

    Candy is batting .333/.351/.556 over his last 10 games.

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  13. Mark Moore

    OK, Frankie. They boyz spotted you 3. Deep breaths and get these Giants out.

    Let’s Kick This Pig for the series win!!!

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  14. Mark A Verticchio

    How in the world is Bell playing Ford over Fralley or Benson, I know they struggle vs lefties, but Ford is a beer league player.

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    • greenmtred

      Because so many people here were so angry that Ford hadn’t been called up. What happened to Friedl? Did he get hurt running the bases?

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  15. LarkinPhillips

    Friedl removed from the game. Tough to see.

    30 pitches in first. It’s very important that Espinal and Maile see pitches. We can’t bail this pitcher out with a 6 pitch second inning. Keep the pressure on. He now has 9 walks in last 13 innings.

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      • RedsMonk65

        Yes, it appears to be. When I posted initially, that had not been clarified — at least on the radio. Whatever the case, sounded painful.

  16. Old-school

    Friedl out. Getting thumb X-ray after hbp

    Benson in.

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  17. Mark Moore

    WLW audio is just a tick out of sync with the TV video feed. Not enough to be so annoying as to entice me over to listen to Sadak … 😛 I’m OK hearing it before I see it today.

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  18. Mark A Verticchio

    Between the injuries and the poor managing this season is about to become a wash.

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  19. Old-school

    Need a good outing from Montas today and win this series. Walk and hbp up 3-0. SMH. Candy huge hit and crushed that ball to right center oppo. Giants are down 2 players with Bailey a late scratch and Lee injured. Montas needs to buckle down.

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    • Mark Moore

      And Conforto to the 10-day, so he’s got a replacement on the roster for him as well.

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  20. Mark Moore

    Thanks all for letting me know about TJ. “Only” a thumb is less concerning, though burning a bench spot this early in the game isn’t a good thing.

    C’mon, Frankie. Bear down and get the hitter. Yaz is most definitely like his forebearers.

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  21. VaRedsFan

    Benson bats .125 vs lefties. Fraley .333
    So naturally guess who Bell inserts into the game

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    • Old-school

      Schwarber leads benson 59-56 for the NL lead in K’s. Bell trying to get Benson to lead in something!

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      • Dennis Westrick

        One thing for sure, Bell takes the “lead” out of leadership!

  22. Jonathan Linn

    No Stephenson again? It feels like Malie id getting 60% of the reps right now.

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  23. Will the Red

    Can somone tell me why Maile seems to get so many more starts then Ty Steve so far this season. For someone that was supposed to be our backup, and hits like a bullpen catcher, he sure starts a lot of games. Also, hoping that’s nothing serious for TJ!

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    • Mark Moore

      Ask Bell … we all understand he knows things we don’t.

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    • WCRon

      Missed this. There’s got to be better options for backup catchers

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  24. Mark Moore

    Oh, Melvin …

    There’s a slice of homemade NY-style cheesecake waiting for me later. Likely with homemade blueberry sauce. 😀

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  25. Old-school

    Harrison throws 6 straight balls and 40 pitches in 2 innings and Benson swings 2-0 and pops up to SS. This team’s baseball IQ is lacking.

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    • Mark Moore

      This is, once again, where I as a fan and knowing a few things about the game question the approach of the coaching staff (including the top of that pyramid). It just does seem fundamentals are lacking.

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  26. LarkinPhillips

    6 straight balls not near the zone and Benson swings at a borderline pitch. The fact that keeps happening from a lot of different players is the coaches fault. He let this pitcher off the hook.

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  27. VaRedsFan

    6 straight balls and Benson swings 2-0….pop out.
    Who’s in charge of fundamentals?

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    • Jonathan Linn

      I think sometimes a players desire to make a big impact and swing aggressive. Discipline…maybe or maybe not

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  28. Old-school

    Elly took strike 3 but catcher had target at the knees and Harrison threw at the top of zone and umpire gave Elly the walk. Harrison doesnt have it today. Reds need to understand that and have patience.

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  29. Dennis Westrick

    We need to trade for the Giants’ Harrison! He’s at 52 pitches thru 2 innings!

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  30. Mark A Verticchio

    Not to put him down but after a good start Steer has really struggled, but who hasn’t.

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    • VaRedsFan

      He is scuffling, but he’s had a ton of hard hit balls that didn’t go for hits.

      Mark DeRosa on MLB Central (MLB Network), who I think would be an excellent choice to be the next Reds manager, did a breakdown on Spencer Steer Friday morning.
      He was able to pinpoint that his front shoulder was flying open the slightest little bit. I still think Steer has the best hitting mechanics on the team.

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  31. Old-school

    Candy rips a liner 5-3 double play on hit and run. Stuey and Candy bad luck there.

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  32. Mark Moore

    That’s a hard-hit, hard luck DP. Can’t really fault anyone there. Plus, Stewie walked again and Candy struck it well. More often than not, that works.

    Back to you, Frankie.

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  33. RedsGettingBetter

    It seems some things happened only to the Reds… Fairchild running in a line out again for a double-play…

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  34. Old-school

    Montas another solid inning and maile great play on a tough pop up.

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  35. Mark Moore

    Bell not in the dugout right now? Freddie B. in charge?

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    • Jason T.

      Yeah, they didn’t elaborate either on what may be going on.

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  36. Old-school

    Montas ERA is down to 3.18. He had those 2 bad starts in April plus the injury exit, but I like what I am seeing. See if he can build on this. Huge game in SF to win a series. Can Montas give a good 6+ innings with a lead?

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  37. Mark Moore

    Espinal strokes a single and it goes to waste … again …

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  38. RedsGettingBetter

    After the Candy’s 3-RBI double the offense hasn’t capitalized with RISP

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  39. Mark Moore

    Nice catch, Stewie!!!

    Didn’t look like it was out, but it would have been trouble. That single by Flores would have scored him.

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  40. Mike W

    I hope to God Friedl’s left thumb didn’t burst like a banana. That happened to my daughter in high school. She was the team’s field hockey goalie and a shot hit her on the thumb and it was like our ding your fist on a banana. Yuck. We’ve all seen Friedl energize this team in the dugout, on the field and at the plate. Here’s hoping he’s back by next weekend and able to throw and hit. ?
    Maybe I missed someone explaining it in a post above, but why is Ford starting? His swings against ML pitching have not impressed me yet.

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    • Mark Moore

      And nothing you can do for a broken thumb but wait it out.

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    • Ted Alfred

      He was the DH hitting #3 in the order the last two games. And people wonder why we question DBell and his stupid goody batting orders … it’s this kind of fricking nonsensical stupidity. Elly is and has been the best hitter on this team for a month… he should be hitting #3…period. I’m still not sure why Belle insists on not just putting Friedl and India at the top of the order hitting 1st and 2nd to set the table just to see how it goes. Instead he’s got India hitting #1, #9, #4, #6….please make it stop. I think being comfortable at the plate is kind of important to having success hitting. 8 mean, it’s just so surprising that we’re the last hitting team in MLB with a .211 team batting average….shocking.

      Who knew that being comfortable at the plate actually matters.

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  41. Old-school

    Stuey with a nice week as a backup outfielder and bench guy. Just dont expand that role.

    David bell with a stomach issue per Jim Day,

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  42. Old-school

    Montas in a jam with bases loaded. This is the big point of the game for Montas. Im headed out to mow the yard if those goes south.

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  43. Old-school

    Candy makes a nice play.

    Candy and Montas big time in this game for the Reds.

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  44. Dennis Westrick

    Frankie doing his best Alex Diaz impersonation there in the bottom of the 4th!

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  45. Melvin

    Watching the Pacers playoff game. Did we give up a grand salami again?

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  46. Dennis Westrick

    Reds have FIVE (5) batters in the lineup today hitting below .200! Incredible!

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    • Ted Alfred

      I think sometimes the manager has to look in the mirror and realize that he’s part of the problem when his team is consistently hitting this terrible. Maybe his goofy, ever-changing nonsensical batting orders don’t help guys get settled at the plate and therefore lead the bad results?

      Who knew????

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    • Doc

      Which is why it pretty much doesn’t matter what order Bell puts them in.

      I hope Bell’s stomach didn’t get upset after seeing TJ’s thumb!

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  47. Terry Diener

    Looks like San Fran is beginning to zero in on Montas. Five of the last seven Giants hitters have exit velocity 100-Plus according to Cowboy.

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  48. VaRedsFan

    No visit from pitching coach.
    Who’s in charge of that?

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  49. Mike W

    Incredible because that’s one better than when we had 6 batting below .200 a week ago? ?

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  50. Dennis Westrick

    Well, that didn’t take long! It’s amazing when a Reds starter goes South, how quickly they fall apart! Almost always the 5th or 6th inning!

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    • LarkinPhillips

      No adjustments ever made. They try to pitch the same the entire game.

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  51. RedsGettingBetter

    Why did Bell wait to SFG taking the lead to hook Montas? just Incredible, this team isn’t hitting how does Bell permit it ?

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    • doofus

      Welch said Freddie Benavidies is controlling the team. How could Bell have made the decision, he has a tummy ache?

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    • Englishdude

      I was shouting at the tv to hook him after the honer. Its not Bell though, Benavides has the chair.

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      • Ted Alfred

        It’s a Reds thing…hahahahaha

    • Dennis Westrick

      That would require a manager who 1) understands the game; 2) is actually paying attention to the events on the field AS they are happening and 3) plans ahead when in the event his starter is struggling!

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  52. Dennis Westrick

    Brewers & Pie-Rats both lost! Was hopeful we could pull closer to the Bernies and leapfrog the Pirates! Guess not!

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  53. Mark A Verticchio

    You knew that the Reds weren’t going to score again, 3 runs had to hold up and it sure as hell didn’t.

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  54. Ted Alfred

    I just looked at the current batting averages as of the 5th inning in this game.

    .198
    .268
    .245
    .213
    .192
    .217
    .083
    .181
    .135

    When you really look at those numbers and ponder for a minute you truly realize what a disaster this offense is. How can a MLB team hit this poorly through 40 games? I don’t think the hitters individually are this poor, so that would imply their approach to hitting, their comfort level at the plate and where they’re at mentally is not good.

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    • TR

      If those averages, after a month and a half into the season, is not enough to fire the Hitting Coach, then it’s not the long established game of baseball we’re dealing with.

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      • Doc

        It hasn’t been the long established game some of us were familiar with since Curt Flood won his case.

    • Mike W

      What you imply leaves only management to blame. That’s the only common denominator between all those hitters. Perhaps a Harry Potter spell: Bell be gone! 🙂

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  55. Dennis Westrick

    Nowhere near Christmas and we keep giving gifts like throwing errors!

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  56. Indy Red Man

    Are they on the hook next year with Montes, Martinez, and Pagan? That’s 40+ mil down the drain. Expected more out of them

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  57. Kywhi

    If I’ve seen a worse job of game management by a Reds manager (albeit a substitute manager) in my 55 years as a Reds fan, I don’t remember it.

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    • Mark Moore

      Freddie isn’t making any decisions Bell wouldn’t endorse (or isn’t actually making from back in the clubhouse).

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  58. dimondfvr

    Maybe Bell’s stomach is upset because he now realizes just how bad this team is!

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  59. Melvin

    Alright. Pacers win by 32. Time for the Reds to come back and win too. 🙂

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  60. Mark A Verticchio

    17 and 23 after today, I agree that I didn’t think it was possible for a team to be this bad swinging the bats. The problem is I just don’t see any improvement. This will be 10 losses in 11 games. They have 7 left on this road trip and I could easily see 0 and 7 or 1 and 6. The team has quit on Bell and it really shows.

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  61. Mark Moore

    Outstanding play by Espinal to get a relatively quick runner.

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  62. LarkinPhillips

    Benson needs to be sent down for his own benefit. He needs to change a few things fundamentally and have some successs. Maybe be back up in a month and a half or so.

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  63. Dennis Westrick

    Fitting that bell is ill! His (mis)management makes me ill!

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  64. Mark A Verticchio

    I blame Bell for a lot of the Reds problems but I also think it is looking like these guys just aren’t as good as we had all thought.

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    • LarkinPhillips

      Someone has to take the responsibility for virtually every single player performing worse than expected.

      Personally, I think expecting every player to be flexible in hitting and fielding position and relievers being used in all different situations is a very tough ask, especially of mostly young players. That’s all on Bell and his style.

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      • VaRedsFan

        To me, it is approach at the plate.
        Nobody is being taught to hit the ball the other way.
        Nobody is being told to take a 2-0 pitch after 6 straight balls
        Guys are just on their own.

        Isn’t that what a few players that left said anyway?
        There is no plan.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @varedsfan. Several players said that. Also the coaches and development system constantly say “we want the players to be themselves” aka just go play and don’t worry about making adjustments.

    • Hanawi

      Agree with both you and LarkinPhillips. Combo of guys not being that good, but I’m not really convinced that a team that constantly changes positions and batting order with multiple platoon players will ever have success. There is something to be said about a bit of routine for success in baseball.

      I really wanted the Reds to bring in an everyday RH OF in the offseason that they could park in the middle of the lineup. If that meant one of Fraley or Benson needed to go, then it should have been done.

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      • LarkinPhillips

        Exactly. It is okay to platoon a position or two. But for everyday it to be a surprise of where they are hitting and playing has to make it tough to mentally prepare for.

  65. dimondfvr

    There really must be a dis-connect somewhere. Front office to the field, management to the players. It’s a head scratcher when the majority of your starting lineup is hitting below .200, so many misplays, running mistakes, fielding errors.

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    • Doc

      Friedl, McLain, Marte, CES just to name a few. I don’t care how good a manager is, he isn’t going to win much losing 40%+ of his anticipated starters.

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  66. VaRedsFan

    Wow…2 singles up the middle and an oppo hit by Fraley.

    #Approach

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    • LarkinPhillips

      Glad Benson got 3 at bats to Fraleys one after the Friedl injury. Made perfect sense now. It was all strategy for that moment lol

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    • LarkinPhillips

      Also, greatly agree on the approach statement.

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  67. Mark A Verticchio

    While I do believe that the guys are not as good as we thought you all are right that the way Bell uses them makes it much harder. Nobody has a role it’s so hit and miss, also ship Ford to the Sunday beer league where he belongs. He just hit a home run LOL.

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  68. Old-school

    Mike Ford bomb out the front door to dead center.

    This is on me. I went to mow up 3-0 and came back down 5-3. i apologize.

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      • Mark Moore

        Hey, Melvin. Did you see my cheesecake comment above?

      • Melvin

        Yes. I said send me one and I’ll pay for it….EXPRESS. 🙂

    • VaRedsFan

      I told you earlier, you couldn’t leave. 😉
      Grass will be there tomorrow.

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  69. Mark Moore

    That was a very easy looking swing by Ford.

    And Luke snaps his own 0-13 streak.

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  70. Reddawg2012

    Hit a homer Elly. I’m willing it into existence.

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  71. Mark Moore

    Another new Giants pitcher coming on. Let’s see if Elly can deal one here.

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  72. Mike W

    What do:
    Dennis Westrick
    Mark A Verticchio
    LarkinPhillips
    VaRedsFan
    And Hanawi all have in common?
    Each or all talks about TEAM problems such as pathetic hitting, lineups, baserunning, etc. If a problem is team wide and daily, and even the Red’s announcers are questioning our manager’s decisions, and former players are criticizing management, the problem is systemic. And if systemic, it starts with the manager — ‘cuz practically none of the above happens without Bell’s okay. I had to record and am still 10 minutes behind, but even if we come back and win this one, we are almost 25% thru the season. A change needs to be made now, cuz letting the same stuff happen isn’t going to SOLVE any problems. Go Reds.

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    • VaRedsFan

      The whole world of baseball could know how bad it is, but it is up to 1 man as to whether a change gets made or not. And that is the owner. We are at the mercy of his choice.

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    • Mark Moore

      Status Quo + Hope is rarely a productive strategy, especially with systemic issues.

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    • Mark Moore

      4M was mind-numbing during his tenure in the Queen City.

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    • Mark Moore

      I want to say “yes” but that should probably be confirmed via video evidence. His time a 1B has been especially suspect if memory serves.

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  73. Mark Moore

    You know, we ought to cease complaining about our catchers when we play this particular Giants team … talk about brutal.

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    • LarkinPhillips

      Bailey their starter is supposed to be great defensively according to thrall and cowboy. Sabol was rule 5 drafted by reds and traded to SF if memory serves me right.

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      • Mark Moore

        Yeah, I recall them saying that about Bailey. These guys are definitely bottom of the barrel.

  74. VaRedsFan

    Game of inches has definitely gone against the reds today.
    So many near misses.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Candy had 2 this game and 1 last game. not to mention the screaming line drive to 3rd.

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  75. LarkinPhillips

    Terrible strike 3 call. Can’t wait for the challenge system to be here!

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    • LarkinPhillips

      According to MLB gameday, that strike 3 call lowered the Reds chance of winning by 15%

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    • Gpod

      I doesn’t pay to have a good eye because the umpires screw it up….it’s a joke

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    • Melvin

      Yes. That would be best. Don’t understand why it’s not here already at the ML level.

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  76. Mark Moore

    Terrible call to K Ford!!!

    1) Will Freddie bring in Diaz?
    2) Will Diaz be sharp enough?
    3) Will Ford score from 2nd as the “ghost runner”?
    4) Who pitches the 10th if necessary?

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    • LarkinPhillips

      Surely we run Capel for Ford if we get to the 10th.

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      • Melvin

        haha I would hope so….anybody. 🙂

  77. Gpod

    I will wait for the day where the ball/strike call is relayed automatically to the ump behind the plate & he just signals the call….their only job is to watch the timer, look for balks and make out/safe call at the plate (with review available on that of course)….so really their pay should be cut in half

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    • Mark Moore

      +5,000

      It’s past time. And I don’t fall into the “human element” crowd. The inconsistency is maddening.

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  78. Mike W

    Ford, Benson, Elly all victims of really bad strike calls today. The challenge option is the right thing to do —as it gets it right which is whats fair and right for everyone.

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  79. Mark Moore

    Fielding version of a TOOTBLAN. Problem when you don’t have a true CF’er out there.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Yes. He was spectating…and relented to Steer, who I assume was calling for it.

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  80. LarkinPhillips

    Benson has to catch that. He jogged in looking for others to call it. I’m ready to see him in a Bats uniform Tuesday.

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    • Melvin

      Our CF/SS EDLC would have had it…..from SS if they hadn’t called him off. Oh well. They didn’t score. No harm no foul?

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  81. Reddawg2012

    Why is every pop-up/flyball such an adventure. It’s stupid.

    But Diaz was pounding the zone today. Nice to see.

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  82. Mike W

    Let’s get to Elly in the 10th and we’ll win this rubber game!

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  83. Old-school

    Capel on 2nd and Espinal hitting..why dont you bunt? Stupid

    Get the runner to third and Espinal stinks as a hitter.

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    • Mark Moore

      The same Espinal who is 2 for 5 today and playing solid defense at 3rd?

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      • Old-school

        Yes…the same Espinal who is hitting .188 and OPS .484

        1000%

    • LarkinPhillips

      Agree. Horrible call. But terrible approach to that at bat by Espinal. First pitch fastball away was time to hit the ball to the right side. 2nd pitch he tried to hit out of the park.

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  84. Mark Moore

    He probably offered at that one, but we need to get one going our way.

    Come On Elly!!!

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  85. Mike W

    Oh Elly!
    Joey taught you better than that!
    Shorten your swing, make contact and a single would have won the game. Still, lots to learn, but Im sure management told you that when you walked up there, right?

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  86. Mark Moore

    Looking rather bleak … more squandered opportunities.

    A loss is definitely on the boyz with a HT to some terrible HP Chumpire work (again).

    Diaz for the 10th? Can he be sharp enough to make that work?

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  87. RedsGettingBetter

    Back-to-back innings leaving two RISP without score… It’s hard to win for this team

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  88. Mark Moore

    Buckle up … it’s Pagan … poster child for inconsistency.

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  89. Mark Moore

    Huge delay on the call … WLW booth though he blew another one.

    Stupid move not to tag up there, eh?

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    • JB

      Did he save the day or just another make it look harder than it is catch by Fraley?

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      • Melvin

        Well he made it look good anyway. 🙂

  90. Mark Moore

    Thrall: “Isn’t baseball great?”

    And then that BB to Sabol.

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  91. Gpod

    i don’t know why you make the change here to go to Sims

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  92. Mike W

    Oh God!
    Here comes too much thinking by management.
    Hoping Sims has his best stuff from pitch #1. ?

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    • EnglishDude

      99% of the time there is no thinking. Then when they do think it makes no sense.

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  93. Mark Moore

    Get ahead and then groove one to a guy not hitting spit!!!

    STINK!!! FISH!!! POT!!!

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    • Melvin

      Looked like a pitch most professional hitters can hit to me.

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      • JB

        Except the Reds. They would have struckout

      • Melvin

        haha Well I did say MOST. Things aren’t exactly going well right now for the Reds in a lot of ways I’m afraid.

  94. JB

    Schmitt swinging widely on sliders and Sims says let me help you with a fastball kid

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  95. Melvin

    Came close I guess but no cigar today. I don’t have much confidence in Sims right now.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Moral victories won’t get you in the playoffs!

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      • Melvin

        Nope. They will get you better draft choices and more rebuilds though.

  96. Hanawi

    Reds have a much higher opinion of Sims than his results deserve.

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  97. RedsGettingBetter

    Fastball in the middle of the zone with 0-2 count!! God …

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  98. VaRedsFan

    Throw the guy a fastball that just looked silly on 2 breaking balls.

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  99. VaRedsFan

    Wonder what Sam Moll is thinking right now.
    I mean why take Pagan out anyway?

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  100. Eddiek957

    Pagan was an overpay. As I said for the last two off seasons I wish they signed Matt Moore

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  101. LarkinPhillips

    0-2 FB down the middle. Terrible.

    Worst record on 1 run games. Odd that a team that can’t do the “little things” right isn’t winning one run games.

    17 more games this month. I’d be shocked if we do better than 4-13 during that stretch. That will put us at 21-36 and 15 games under500 at end of May.

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  102. Mike W

    Told you!
    Too much over thinking, over managing by management again.
    Just like they wasted so many of our RPs last year.
    Fire Bell right now cuz he either made the call from his couch, or he trained Benavides to do the same junk!
    Our guy Pagan was throwing fine, so we bring in a new guy (Sims) with no idea how he’s pitching and NO ROOM FOR ERROR in this sudden death scenario. Well, “only” waisted 6 relievers in today’s loss and have a game tomorrow. Tik tok Krall. Show some guts. Yuck.

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  103. Indy Red Man

    1 strike from having Elly on 2nd leading off tie game. Why did Pagan go out?

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  104. Jedi Joey

    Remember when everyone was so excited about this season??? That seems so long ago now,

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  105. Gpod

    There was just no reason to change pitchers…..just total over-management ….just like Bell ….sick of seeing it …..over & over & over

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  106. Mike W

    The last ~12 posts above mine say it all.
    Red’s fans need to show their displeasure by not buying tickets now until a management change is made.

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  107. Dennis Westrick

    Just one question? Why Sims? That had to be a Bell call from the clubhouse!

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    • Doug Gray

      You would blame David Bell for shooting Abraham Lincoln if Bell were old enough.

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      • Melvin

        Did he? There are conspiracy theories out there you know. 🙂

      • Dennis Westrick

        Yes, I would! Except Bell has probably never been to a theater or seen a play!

      • Dennis Westrick

        And, as much as I question some of Bell’s in-game decisions, I am a realist and know that the Reds will never fire Bell. Even if the Reds finish dead last and the only people who show up for home games are the ushers and beer vendors!

    • RedsMonk65

      If they were going to take Pagan out, I don’t think they had any choice but Sims. Farmer and Suter both pitched last night. Everyone else in the pen pitched today, I think. Now, whether Pagan should have been taken out at the point …. a different argument.

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  108. Mark A Verticchio

    17 and 23, it’s not that the record is that bad, it’s not good. However, one good hot streak could get them back over .500. The problem is the way they look for example when Maile walks and Benson, hitting under .200, swings at a 2-0 pitch. Crap like that is happening time and time again. This team is just poorly managed, they haven’t got a clue.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      To your point, Steer swung with a 3-1 count and grounded out earlier in the game!

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