After dropping the series in San Francisco, the Cincinnati Reds are now 1-10 in their last 11 games. Tonight they’ll begin a 3-game series with Arizona as the Diamondbacks play host a week after they visited the Reds in Cincinnati. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 9:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Cincinnati Reds

Arizona Diamondbacks

Jonathan India – 2B Corbin Carroll – CF
Elly De La Cruz – SS Ketel Marte – 2B
Spencer Steer – LF Joc Pederson – DH
Tyler Stephenson – C Christian Walker – 1B
Jeimer Candelario – 1B Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – LF
Mike Ford – DH Eugenio Suarez – 3B
Stuart Fairchild – CF Gabriel Moreno – C
Santiago Espinal – 3B Pavin Smith – RF
Will Benson – RF Kevin Newman – SS
Graham Ashcraft – RHP Jordan Montgomery – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Graham Ashcraft 39.2 3.86 1.34 12 32
Jordan Montgomery 23.0 4.70 1.30 6 10
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Jordan Montgomery’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

In his last start, Ashcraft faced Arizona and allowed three runs in 5.0 innings as he struggled with his control – hitting a batter and walking a season high three. The splits have been quite big this season. Lefties are hitting quite well against Ashcraft, while righties are doing a bunch of nothing. But not shown below are his home and road splits, and they are also quite big. His ERA in four road starts is 1.50, while it’s 7.47 in three home starts.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 86 17 1 0 1 6 17 .215 .279 .266
LHH 86 24 4 0 4 6 15 .300 .349 .500

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 95.4 96.0 89.3 91.1
Usage 18% 49% 30% 2%

Jordan Montgomery

His last start came against Cincinnati and he pitched well, allowing two runs in 7.0 innings. Tonight he’ll be making his 5th start of the year. The splits for Montgomery are pretty extreme so far this season, but the sample size is small as he’s only made four starts. Lefties are 4-20 against him with no walks or extra-base hits. They’re making contact at a good rate, but so far it’s not done much for them. Right-handed hitters have had far more chances against him and they’ve hit well, walked nearly as often as they’ve struck out, made plenty of contact, and hit for power.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 75 20 7 0 3 6 7 .290 .347 .522
LHH 20 4 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .200

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Curve Change
Velo 91.9 92.1 84.1 79.2 83.3
Usage 13% 36% 1% 29% 20%

When and Where

  • Game time: 9:40pm ET
  • Where: Chase Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: They have a dome

News and Notes

TJ Friedl to the IL, Jacob Hurtubise called up

Well, yesterday’s inconclusive x-ray on TJ Friedl’s thumb has turned into a conclusive one and the results weren’t what anyone was hoping for. His thumb is broken and he’s heading to the injured list. The club is calling up Jacob Hurtubise to take his place. He had been on a minor league rehab stint as he worked his way back from a shoulder injury that he suffered in the first week of the season with Triple-A Louisville. You can read more about him from out piece earlier today when the transaction was announced.

Elly De La Cruz has a quick bat

It’s unlikely you have watched Elly De La Cruz play and not noticed that he’s got some bat speed. But MLB has released some new metrics that track things related to players swings – including bat speed – and it confirms just that. The rest of the players on the club…. well, they aren’t quite on par with De La Cruz when it comes to bat speed, and the team overall is near the bottom. We talked about a lot of it this morning in our piece that you should check out if you haven’t already read it.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 24 16
Chicago 24 17 0.5
Pittsburgh 18 23 6.5
Cincinnati 17 23 7.0
St. Louis 16 24 8.0

157 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Freidl…its just not his/our year. News is also out that Sims 95 mph fastball is on the 20,000 day IL meaning he’ll never throw that hard again. He’s done. He’ll be in AAA by 2026 trying to hang on. Its a tough business and no guarantee that you’ll be doing your thing at 32-33 in this game. I liked him and defended him alot. He was electric early on, but just not 8th-9th inning material on a contender

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  2. LDS

    Montgomery made them look bad last time. And this is far from the Reds strongest lineup. Maybe they’ll turn it around tonight and surprise everyone. Given EDLC’s splits, maybe it makes since to explore giving up switch hitting as Tucker Barnhart did a few years ago. Might not work, but if it did his production could go up.

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    • Indy Red Man

      Makes sense for Elly I think. Batting lefty he can hit down-n-in even with his long arms, but right-handed he always swings over everything down & in. Probably something for offseason.

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  3. LarkinPhillips

    Capel shouldn’t start tonight verse a tough lefty. But it’s got to be tough ti be in a rhythm and putting up good numbers in AAA only to get called up to sit on the bench for a week straight. Tough business.

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    • JB

      Capel or Hurtubise won’t play. They both bat left handed and Bell will play Benson and Fraley on those days against Righties. Not even sure why they brought both of them up. I mean bring up somebody that might play.

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  4. Dennis Westrick

    First of all Doug, your summary of last night’s game was titled wrong! You said the Reds “fall” to the Giants! The operative word was “fail”, as in fail to win! Seriously, you do a great job and are a saint in putting up with us, especially this old Reds fan who started listening to Reds games with my grandfather sitting in front of his Crosley radio when the Reds played their home games at Crosley Field.

    Yes, I get frustrated when the Reds lose, especially in a close game that was winnable!

    Time to start winning again and it starts tonight!

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    • Oldtimer

      The Reds of the 1960s had ENORMOUSLY more talent than the 2024 Reds.

      Frank Robinson. Vada Pinson. Leo Cardenas. Pete Rose. Tommy Helms. Tony Perez. Lee May. Johnny Bench. Jim Maloney. Joey Jay. Jim O’Toole. Bob Purkey. Gary Nolan. To name just A FEW.

      Hutch or Bristol a boatload better manager than Bell. Not even close.

      It’s absurd and laughable to compare the 2024 Reds to the 1960s.

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    • Melvin

      Dennis – Are you trying to say you DIDN’T shoot Lincoln? 😉

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  5. Indy Red Man

    Took Over 7.5 & Stephenson to get a hit (4-6 off Montgomery) at +115

    Rey Lopez with 5 shutout tonight to lower his era to 1.34. I’m probably hitting about .250 when it comes to throwing s against the wall and seeing if it sticks, but I did mention somebody should give him a shot to start because he’s always been electric. He was just cannon fodder for the White Sox and anyone could’ve got him. Might be a little bit of Gausman type revival for him.

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  6. Dennis Westrick

    Hope Bell is feeling better and took some time to read some baseball-themed books like Tom Seaver’s The Art of Pitching! Seriously, it’s a great read for any baseball fan!

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  7. DW

    A lot of tough adversity so far this year…Marte (suspension), McLain, Friedl (twice), CES, Stephenson, Montas, Lodolo, and Williamson (plus a few relievers) have all missed time due to injuries. Several of the guys had the flu bug that went through the clubhouse, which I don’t think gets enough credit for the struggles so far this season — that really sucked missing two players each game for a couple weeks. And who knows who got sick but stayed just healthy enough to play. Anyway, it has been a tough one so far. Hard to see any huge turnaround anytime soon. Hopefully the starting pitching will continue to be above average and develops more and more throughout the rest of the season.

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    • JB

      Shaking his hand. With the way their luck is going it’s probably fractured.

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  8. Old-school

    India 10 pitch tough at bat and single

    Elly overmatched

    Just put india at 2b and leadoff every game . Its his year to sink or swim and friedl is out till july and McLain is out till august

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    • Tyler Hawk

      That’s why you have to sit for a fastball at the MBL level because it’s easier/ more doable to adjust to an off speed pitch then to sit off speed after 2 slower pitches then the velocity mentally rises and the swing looks like what Ellys did

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  9. Mark Moore

    Nice job by India to battle through and go with a pitch for a single. Then nobody else followed suit. Of course … 😐

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  10. Mark A Verticchio

    Not a good inning besides India, it’s just been a long year.

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  11. RedsGettingBetter

    Stephenson is striking out too much recently…

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  12. Mark Moore

    OK, I suppose we can’t blame that one on Candyman. What a weird bounce 😮

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  13. JB

    Can I dream of Cowboy being the Reds manager? The guy just knows his crap.

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    • Mark Moore

      He does … and he’s far too smart to take the position (were it to be offered) working for this ownership group. But I’m with you, JB.

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    • LDS

      Hey, at least, he could probably manage the bullpen better

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      • Ted Alfred

        And he wouldn’t fall all over himself trying to be everybody’s friend. He would just manage the team with the goal of winning…period. How refreshing that would be….now back to reality…yuck

  14. RedsGettingBetter

    Ashcraft getting out of the jam with a 27-pitch zero inning. The ump had a bad call on the 3rd ball on Pederson that would have been a strike three…

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  15. Old-school

    Espinal may not hit but hes a legit defender with the glove

    He and fairchild are ideal utility backups as 12/13 position players Reds problem is they dont have 9/10/11 …. Or 1,2 and 5

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  16. Indy Red Man

    Stuey 3-0…lol. Ok thats enough. I have $ on it and I still can’t watch their stupidity.
    This team has the baseball IQ of Rainman. We play for Cincinnati…yeah definitely Cincinnati

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    • Mark Moore

      Just remember, his IQ probably would have been off the charts. But it wasn’t practically applicable (aside from in the casino). So I’d be of the opinion that the collective baseball IQ is deficient (which is where you were headed anyway).

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  17. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Fairchild swinging in a 3-0 count is bad strategy. I would rather he gets the amount of pitches he can from Montgomery…

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    • JB

      It’s just mind numbing the things they do. I just shake my head .

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  18. Mark Moore

    1-0 … 5-0 … 10-0 … these days it all feels insurmountable even this early in the game.

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  19. Old-school

    Fairchild swinging at 3-0 and dribbling to the pitcher is pathetic

    This team is headed to 10 under by memorial day

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Plus they will be 10 games out of first by May 21st, the end of this road trip! That’s if we are lucky!

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  20. Dennis Westrick

    Difference between the Reds and the Dbacks so far tonight is our SP took 30 pitches to get through the 1st inning! The Dbacks SP is at 30 pitches after 2 innings! If we have to rely on our BP to win, we won’t!

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  21. Mark A Verticchio

    You can’t see much but the body language from most of the players looks awful. It’s almost like what else can go wrong.

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  22. Mark Moore

    Even Newman goes the opposite way … I do believe my book and bed are calling me. I can’t invest anything more in the boyz tonight.

    Clete here …

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  23. RedsGettingBetter

    Ashcraft is struggling but he could keep the game on a 1-run deficit …. Newman wants to be a Reds killer….

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  24. Dennis Westrick

    GA at 46 pitches thru 2 innings! 5 innings max out of our SP, again!

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  25. Old-school

    John sadak

    “They are giving Will Benson the right center gap”

    Duh

    He and is 40% k rate does it again

    But the right center gap is open

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  26. Dennis Westrick

    Benson takes a called strike 3 right down the middle of the plate with NO OUTS and a runner at 2nd. Do ANY of the Reds hitters understand the concept of situational hitting like hitting behind the runner?

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  27. VaRedsFan

    Benson vs lefties .118
    Fraley vs lefties .333

    I don’t get it.

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  28. VaRedsFan

    How to hit soft tossing lefties.
    Up the middle and oppo.

    Steer: “I’d like to solve the puzzle Pat”

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  29. Dennis Westrick

    Nice to get 2 runs but another SO with 2 outs and a runner at 3rd! A one run lead will not hold up against these Snakes!

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    • WCRon

      This seems to be a pattern. Can never hold a lead
      Ashcroft is terrible. Not fooling anyone. We will be lucky to get four out of him

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  30. Dennis Westrick

    Well, that one run lead lasted all of one batter! Don’t expect another win until after May 26th!

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    • Mark A Verticchio

      Wow that would be a 15 game losing streak and a 1 and 23 run. Very possible, and sadly Bell would survive.

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  31. Mark A Verticchio

    As the season moves along I could easily see Lowder pushing Ashcraft to the bull pen.

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  32. RedsGettingBetter

    Ashcraft has the stuff but he is not inducing whiffs, all the hitters are making contact…and most of them hard contact

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  33. Old-school

    WILL BENSON IS STRIKING OUT 40% OFTHE TIME!!!

    Can some one tell david bell and nick krall this fact?
    40% is worse than aquino or barrero or anyone!!!

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  34. Indy Red Man

    Ashcraft throwing and not pitching like his horrific slump last year

    Atleast one positive. Steer is now hitting .395 with risp. 17-43 with more then half for extra bases (6 doubles, 2 hrs)

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  35. RedsGettingBetter

    Time to remove Ashcraft unfortunately he couldn’t tonight but the game is still tight…

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  36. Mark A Verticchio

    Ashcraft couldn’t hold the lead for 1 inning. As bad as the offense is many times during this streak when they have tied it or taken the lead the pitcher has given it right back, like just happened.

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  37. Dennis Westrick

    Gotta call it a night! Work day tomorrow! Will dream about a win but reality will rear its ugly head when I get up at 6:30 am tomorrow!

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  38. RedsGettingBetter

    Well , I think the staff comes to the game with the idea of Ashcraft throwing at least 95 pitches no matter if he surrenders 8 runs or more…

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  39. 50thyearRedsfan

    Ashcraft struggling terribly why is he still in there?

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  40. VaRedsFan

    Ash had no command tonight….but somehow got through 4 with no further damage.

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  41. RedsGettingBetter

    Arizona gave a big help to Ashcraft after Marte chased ball four to change two runners on base with no outs to bases empty and 2 outs. Pederson was struck out also chasing the last pitch

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  42. RedsGettingBetter

    India rally killer….How many times will hit for double play my Lord?

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  43. Indy Red Man

    India with the daily 6-4-3. Too bad I can’t bet that. Get him the off my team

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  44. Mark A Verticchio

    With the Cards winning, last place is on the horizon.

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  45. Mark A Verticchio

    Benson needs to be sent to AAA for everybody’s sake especially his own, he is lost.

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  46. Beaufort Red

    Really hoped Benson would develop into an everyday player. Now he looks like the guy that Cleveland was more than willing to let go.

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  47. RedsGettingBetter

    India rally killer …. if he doesn’t hit for double play then he is caught stealing a base with a 3-0 count

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  48. Mark A Verticchio

    Oh my God this is so sad, has to be the worst coached team in baseball.

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  49. VaRedsFan

    Said it once…I’ll say it again.
    Don’t steal if you are gonna slide feet 1st….
    Just dumb India.

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  50. doofus

    Reds run into more outs, again? It seems to be the only thing they do well anymore.

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  51. Mark A Verticchio

    It should be 1st and 2nd one out with Steer up instead inning over.

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    • Erik the Red

      This is pure stupidity. I do not care how much talent you have that can not happen. This team needs someone not afraid to rip them from one side to another. Nothing wrong with some tough love.

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  52. Gpod

    Once again stupidity on basepaths …not once but twice….1st no need to steel when Elly is sitting at 3-0….then Elly…..when will this end

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  53. Stoney

    The over aggressive base running hurts this team day after day. Not going to change apparently.

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  54. Beaufort Red

    While my last comment is being moderated I’ll say this, I’ve seen plenty of high school teams with a higher baseball IQ. This such a poor product.

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  55. Kywhi

    Those two outs on the base paths in the top of the 7th are the perfect example of why our Reds are on a terrible losing streak. Nauseatingly stupid.

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  56. RedsGettingBetter

    the running show… This inning should be with runners on 2nd and first with 1 out and Steer hitting … but it’s over actually because the aggressiveness?

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  57. Gpod

    I heard Bell was sick yesterday….now he knows how most Reds fans feel when we watch the Reds play

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  58. Mark A Verticchio

    This could be 11 out of 12 and to see why just look at that top of the 7th. The bottom line is there has to be some accountability in all sports and the Reds have none, that is Bell to a tee. He isn’t accountable and neither are the players. This is a last place team and I can see why.

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  59. RedsGettingBetter

    Why does Cruz frequently start to walk guys after making two outs quickly?

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  60. RedsGettingBetter

    I saw this sad movie before…Cruz making two outs and suddenly falls apart…what a disaster…

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  61. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds need to quit acting like Cruz is some great relief pitcher, he isn’t. 2nd time in less than a week he coughs up a tie ball game late.

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    • Jason T.

      Completely miserable. Another run would have been huge.

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    • Gpod

      Why do I get the feeling that the run left on 3rd will come back to haunt

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    • RED THUNDER

      Another runner at 3rd and one out and a K seems to always happens.

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  62. Mark A Verticchio

    Big hit by Ford but Fraley needed to get that run home, piss poor at bat.

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  63. Reddawg2012

    I cannot watch Lucas Sims blow another game. Just can’t do it. Turning the game off until the top of the 9th.

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  64. RED THUNDER

    Guess Diaz can’t get 4 outs tonight. Good Luck Sims!

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    • RED THUNDER

      Thank goodness, Walker went after the first pitch!

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  65. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell, please give somebody a chance instead of Benson, anybody.

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  66. Mark A Verticchio

    Talking about Ashcraft, he should be a reliever. I would hope Lauder does well in AA to make that move in about a month.

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  67. Mark A Verticchio

    What a start to the bottom of the 9th, come on Diaz.

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  68. Mark A Verticchio

    What a start to the bottom of the 9th, come on Diaz.

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  69. RedsGettingBetter

    What a inning starting…Díaz hitting the first batter…insane

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  70. Jason T.

    A freaking walk… Diaz is another disaster waiting to happen.

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  71. Justin T

    Win or lose Benson cannot continue to take at bats at this level. Its ridiculous. He has no chance up there. He is in one of the worst stretches ive ever seen anyone in.

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  72. RedsGettingBetter

    It smells as blown save … Diaz has no near control …it’s just incredible the hard for this team to win…

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  73. Redlegs1869

    Every game he appears in is just awful. He puts runners on and can’t find the zone. His days as closer need to be over.

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  74. RedsGettingBetter

    Newman reds killer ….a really hartbreaking loss …

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  75. Jason T.

    What’s that now, 1-9 in 1 run games?
    I’d bring up Maxwell from AA to close. Stuff has gotta change.
    Gonna be a long season at this rate.

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  76. Redhaze

    All blame on Diaz. However, it will be all blame on Bell if he doesn’t switch Diaz for Cruz. It’s time.

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  77. Justin T

    Diaz looks like he is afraid to go after hitters. He has the exact opposite mind set of a closer. Terrible. Baserunning terrible again. Diaz had no chance tonight, absolutely no control. I cannot look at David Bell in the dugout without getting mad. He is a can of paint. Everyone watching this game after 3 pitches knew Diaz was not getting 3 outs tonight. Everyone except David Bell.

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    • RedAlert

      Long as this guy remains manager of the Reds , THEY WILL WIN NOTHING ! Dude has GOT TO GO ! Status quo , changes nothing , same mistakes over and over . Couldn’t manage his way out of a wet paper bag …

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  78. Gpod

    You knew the horrible at bat by Fraley would come back to hurt…hitting the 1st batter in the 9th was a disaster….it never ends

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    • Kywhi

      Agreed. That AB definitely set the table for disaster. And don’t forget the base running in the 7th.

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  79. RedsGettingBetter

    The same story every day … two walk off loss in a row… incredible…I think Alexis Díaz has been losing his confidence, he should be moved from the closer role for the time being…

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  80. Hanawi

    Diaz hasn’t been right since Bell overused him against Astros after pitching in a bunch of games in a row in June of last year.

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  81. Jason T.

    Benson and Diaz should not be on this team.
    And the obvious of Bell should not be managing.

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  82. Justin T

    Bells good record in one run games last year, like every other good Bell metric, has been proven to be an aberration as he slides to 1-9 this year in one run games.

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  83. Chuck Powers

    The Reds as a team have the lowest baseball I Q that I’ve ever seen. They are clueless on the bases, no plan in the batter box and down right pitiful on defense. David Bell needs to GO!

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  84. Hanawi

    Benson now tied for the league lead in Ks I think. Despite having fewer at bats than anyone else in the top 10

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  85. Nick in NKY

    Diaz has been a liability for a while now it seems, the only question is how long he’ll stay as the 9th inning guy. Even when’s converted his chances, it’s been ugly. Way out of the zone, multiple walks…. No one should act like this is a surprise at any rate.

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  86. Gpod

    Just listening to Bell talk about Díaz….I’m convinced Bell lives in a different world then reality ….he is totally delusional….god help us

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    • Doug Gray

      No. He’s just not the type of manager who is going to publicly say bad things about his players.

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      • Gpod

        It’s one thing to not say anything bad about a player and it’s another thing to blather total untrue statements….he said Díaz has been so great for this team & “once in a while “ your gonna have a bad game…that is delusional….Diaz has not been a good closer since the all-star game last year & all of this year and his stats prove my point…look it up

      • Doug Gray

        I mean I can look it up and I can make an argument both ways. Clearly, given my postgame write up, I’m well aware of his issues since last year. But let’s play your game here – From the All-Star game through September 19th Diaz had a 2.22 ERA in 25 games. He, amazingly, went 6-3 with 11 saves in that stretch. Then he was pretty bad for the final 10 days of the season.

        Diaz had a clunker to open his season. Then he posted a 1.54 ERA in the next 11 games to finish out April. Then he had a clunker on May 5th before two shutout appearances, then tonight.

        I didn’t listen to the postgame with Bell. But yeah, I think if you’re simply looking at allowing earned runs – Diaz has gotten the job done except every “once and a while”.

        That said, I don’t trust him right now. I wouldn’t have him as the closer. I might even send him to Triple-A and tell him he’s got to figure out how to throw more strikes.

        But yes, I can see how one could argue that he’s gotten the job done a lot since the All-Star break last year with a few clunkers mixed in there. It’s not an untrue statement. It’s just not the way you or I would choose to look at it.

      • TR

        It’s apparent David Bell is not the type of manager to criticize his players in public. So, the question remains, does he talk critically to his players in private? That is the unknown that is needed if some excitement is to return to what has been for the last year a young exciting team. That determination regarding the manager must come from the GM and ownership

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