Cincinnati Reds batters were handcuffed by Dodger pitching, 4-0, before 49,239 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (19-27) 0 3 0
Los Angeles Dodgers (31-17)
4 6 0
W: Buehler (1-1) L: Ashcraft (3-3) 
Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

With their 14th loss in the past 17 games, the Reds fall to eight games under .500 and are firmly in last place in the National League Central, 8 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee. It’s too early to run up the white flag, but this team is going to have to figure out a way to reverse these losing ways in very quick fashion. How they’ll do that? That’s anyone’s guess. If this so-called murderer’s row schedule of games against contenders ends up doing them in this early in the season, then they were never truly good enough to contend.

They’re only 3 1/2 games out of a wild-card berth at the moment. I know, yeah, yeah. But seeing that made me realize that my pessimism over this disastrous stretch may be a bit excessive. Some player or some facet of the team is going to have to morph into a leader, because right now, the roster and the fan base is looking around for it, and it’s under cover at the moment.

The Offense

Offensively, the Reds’ team hitting line in the box score told the story: 3-for-30 hitting, no walks and 11 strikeouts. Walker Buehler and three teammates combined on the dominant shutout.

Trailing 2-0 in the top of the fifth, the Reds’ Jake Fraley hit a ball to left-center on which the Dodgers’ left fielder and center fielder nearly collided trying to make the catch. The ball got through them and to the wall, with Fraley ending up at third on what was scored a one-out triple. But Jeimer Candelario popped out foul to the catcher, and Jonathan India grounded out to second to end that threat.

Jacob Hurtubise’s first major-league hit was the team’s first of the game, a two-out third-inning single. It was a legit, well-hit ball to right-center field.

The Pitching

Reds’ pitchers’ cumulative box score line: 8 innings pitched, 6 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts and 4 earned runs.

Starter Graham Ashcraft held the Dodgers hitless over the first 3 1/3 innings. But while doing so, he ran up his pitch count to 65 over the first three innings. Forty-one of the pitches were strikes, so statistically he wasn’t wild. He went to full counts on several hitters, though, thanks in part to Dodger hitters wasting many possible strikes on foul balls.

Ashcraft walked Freddie Freeman to lead off the fourth, and a subsequent one-out wild pitch sent Freeman to second. Teoscar Hernandez then also walked, putting two on with one out. Andy Pages then hit a single to center, scoring Freeman and sending Hernandez to third. Centerfielder Will Benson made an ill-advised throw to third to try to cut down Hernandez, allowing Pages to advance to second. Gavin Lux then hit a slow roller toward first base on which Hernandez scored to make it 2-0. Enrique Hernandez then struck out to end the inning, with Ashcraft at the 90-pitch mark.

In the bottom of the fifth, Miguel Rojas hit a one-out double to left. Ashcraft retired Shohei Ohtani, but Freeman drove a single to center to score Rojas and make it 3-0 Dodgers. Ashcraft finished the inning, with these as his final numbers for the day: 5 innings, 3 hits allowed, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts and 3 earned runs.

Righty Carson Spiers then entered the game and pitched the final three innings, allowing an eighth-inning run.

One Fan’s Thoughts

Perhaps you thought as I did before today’s game that the Reds are particularly vulnerable to lefthanded pitching. But using team OPS as the metric, it’s righthanded pitching that has dominated Reds hitting so far this season. Before today’s game, Cincinnati’s team OPS vs. righties was .652, ranking 28th of the 30 major-league teams. Against lefties, the team OPS was .682, ranking 18th out of 30 teams.

Reds starters had an ERA of 3.86, which will certainly play. But relievers’ cumulative ERA was 4.29, and that, again, must improve for a team that has intentions of contention.

Unfortunately, it does appear that what we’re seeing this year is a second developmental year for the majority of the young Reds players who emerged as major-league capable last year. Before the season, I never considered that this would happen this year. And the loss of Matt McLain is even more damaging than I ever imagined it would be.

The only aspect of the game the Reds are above average in at this point is starting pitching. If this team is going to win anything this year, the young starters will have to accelerate their development, because they’re the only group apparently capable of leading a sustained period of winning.

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68 Responses

  1. Harry Stoner

    “This won’t change who we are!”

  2. Melvin

    “They’re only 3 1/2 games out of a wild-card berth at the moment.”

    “The only aspect of the game the Reds are above average in at this point is starting pitching.”

    Both good points. The starting pitching is good enough to make it to post season. The offense/bullpen isn’t. It’s time (past time) to start winning in the present and quit waiting for next year. We have the capital to do it. Make some trades ASAP. Go for it.

    • Oldtimer

      Can you remember a year when Reds trade(s) in May made a big difference? I cannot. The best Reds trade ever in May was in 1971 when Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert were traded for George Foster. It made no difference in 1971 but a big difference in 1975 and 1976,

      • Melvin

        They can at least try their best to win and quit waiting for next year. Next year will be another excuse and the year after that…..

      • stuckonthenorthshore

        I remember when frankfurters cost a nickel…..”fire bad” says Frankenstein.

    • Oldtimer

      I repeat my question. What year did trade(s) in May put the Reds into the playoffs?

      The Reds have FOUR starters out. Friedl, CES, McLain, and Marte. And Lodolo is SP who is out. So FIVE key players are out.

      • Melvin

        They can try to make trades until reinforcements get here so we won’t get buried until then. May not have a history but doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try. They CAN emphasize fundamentals right NOW.

      • Doc

        You are correct, Oldtimer, and I have posted a similar comment. Our professional writers even seem to forget that, in this case, it is not just McLain who is out. It is the four starters you have mentioned who are out.

        Every team has a couple of guys who get off to slow starts (anybody remember Votto who had trouble breaking .200 early in the season for a good five straight years), and this team is no exception. However, combine slow starts for a couple of regulars with four starters missing and it becomes easy pickings for opposing pitching who only have to focus on a couple of hitters through the entire lineup.

        No one would have had expectations for this team had they known that every day starters would include Fairchild, Espinal, Hurtubise…

        It soon becomes a developmental year. The starting pitching continues to shine, bullpens are always a crap shoot, and the position players will have another year of experience when 2025 hits. Not writing off 2025, but was not unrealistic about 2024 even without the injuries. And, as I recall, most of the national prognosticators had the Reds back sliding a bit this year from last, and that was without the rash of injuries to key players.

      • Ted Alfred

        Stop it with the excuses. CES started most of the year and was hitting horrifically. Marte was never going to be a starter after they traded for Candelario. Lodolo has made more starts than he’s missed and the starting pitching has been fine regardless. This team plays dumb, uninspired baseball marred by constant mental mistakes. The batting orders that David Bell throws out there usually don’t make sense and that has a lot to do with the Reds bringing up the rear in a lot of hitting categories in MLB. Just quit acting like DBell has nothing to do with his team’s hitting issues while playing terrible baseball as the season circles the drain. Benson leading off as he leads mlb in K’s around 40%… with his .190 ave and .280 obp. Now hitting Ford is somehow consistently hitting #3 as the DH with his .175/.195 obp. The same guy who couldn’t couldn’t make the team out of string training and was basically cut twice in the last 3 weeks… but now he’s your consistent number three hitter on a team that is horrific offensively? How about moving TySteve to #3 followed by Steer and Candy who been hitting better the last 15 games and dopping the journeyman Ford to #6-7 where he should be. Bell keeps rolling Diaz out there over and over in high leverage situations and then defending the predictable implosions in the postgame… as if this is still last May/ June…because Diaz has been really, really bad since last July spanning 45+ appearances.

        This is now a team playing bad baseball with a very below average manager. Some of us forecasted this when Bell was extended. The 2023 season would end with his team choking away the postseason ( they did, up 1 game on the Brewers at the allstar break…finished 10 back) and 2024 would be an epic meltdown now that the Reds had real winning expectations. His teams play worse when the pressure to win goes up…period. He is okay when the Reds are just bumbling along and not expected to do anything. The Reds have a window to do special things over the next 3-4 years, but it won’t happen with him managing.

      • Justin T

        Its an excuse every year and they all sound similar. The 4 starters down thing sounds bad but the reality is some of those guys were question marks to start with and others have been awful when they have played this year. Lodolo is hurt alot, they knew that coming into the season. Mclain is only one player, he cant fix the other 8 who arent hitting their weight.

        Not much they can do now, but please stop all the excuses it sounds silly. Every year its something. The record the last 5.5 years over 750+ games is what it is.

    • Steelerfan

      Trade for who? And I don’t mean that as a rhetorical question. With the wildcard the number of teams selling this early is essentially Oakland. Maybe Miami and the White Sox? Is there a position player on those teams that would make a difference?

      • VaRedsFan

        Since you mentioned those teams.
        A’s – Mason Miller, Brent Rooker

        Chicago – Luis Robert (injured now) back in 2 weeks, might not help today, but could be a big piece of the rest of the season, as well as the future.
        Eloy Jimenez

        Miami – Jazz Chisolm, Tanner Scott, Bryan Hoeing

  3. Rednat

    Who is more disillusioned and disenfranchised in mlb now? The old reds fan like me who was around for the brm days? or the younger fan maybe born after1980 who maybe vaguely remembers the 1990 team but for the most part has seen the reds stink year after yeat?

    Im most concerned with the state of the league right now. The pitching is just so dominant now its harder and harder to even get a hit these days. We definitely seem to be in a “dead ball” era now. This favors the bigger market teams and this is reflective in the standings.

    The answer in my opinion is for the league to “reel in ” the pitching. Keep.moving the mound back. Keep limiting shifts until team batting averages begin to improve.

    • Jon

      Or the fans born after 1990? Zero postseason series wins after 1995, zero home postseason wins at GABP.

      • Oldtimer

        I think the two postseason home wins in 2012 were at GABP.

      • Mauired

        U
        Reds won the first two in San Francisco that year and only needed one win to advance in the postseason for the first time since 95.

        Unfortunately, Giants came to Cincinnati and won all 3. 1st time in NL history that happened. No team ever came back from 0-2 in a five game series to win.

        Giants went on to win the championship that year.

      • Oldtimer

        By golly I had it backwards. Only 12 years ago but I can’t remember that long.

      • TR

        As a fan, the 2012 postseason still hurts. The Reds won the first two games in S.F. and then needed just one win at home to advance, but lost three straight at GABP and it was over. The Giants did not win a World Series title for 56 years from 1954 to 2010. Then they won again in 2012 and 2014.

    • DW

      Well, I fit the younger fan who barely remembers the 1990 team.

      I disagree with the “reel in the pitching” approach. Pitching doesn’t seem to be more dominant now than most previous eras. I think the main problem is that hitting for average and/or contact has been pushed aside in favor of power and on base percentage. It is just a cycle of the sport in my opinion. Eventually, a team will break through and succeed with a more small ball approach again, and then teams will begin shifting back that way.

      I especially don’t like the idea of moving the mound back. I don’t care for that dramatic of changes in the sport, personally. Not saying it is wrong, just not what I would prefer.

      • Doc

        Like the Reds did last year. Small ball took them to a 20+ win improvement over 2022. Now it’s a K fest again, making it boring as heck to watch baseball.

    • Frostgiant

      I was born in ’80. I remember telling my Dad (huge Red fan) that I was going to start rooting for the Reds in 1991. I saw how excited he was in ’90. I thought, that won’t be a bad team to root for…here we are.

    • VaRedsFan

      Just juice the ball 10% per year until you get the results you seek.

  4. greenmtred

    Noted without comment: In last night’s game, the Reds used two pitchers, the Dodgers four, and each of the disgusting Dodgers relief pitchers pitched one inning.

    • Harry Stoner

      Note with comment: The Reds used 7 pitchers two nights before and three the day before.

      Letting Spiers go for three innings was indeed a surprise, likely even to Spiers, himself.

      Bell could have been dozing and tired of walking out to the mound.

      Or maybe he was tossing in the towel early once again.

      • greenmtred

        The point, which I thought too obvious to belabor, was that Bell is not the only manager who will pull a relief pitcher after one inning. If you are going to try to read anything additional into this, please do use a good dollop of your signature sarcasm. No font needed.

  5. Mark Moore

    A complete STINK. FISH. POT!!!!!!

    It’s getting harder and harder (though I’m still a Reds fan). And I know just firing the #45 out of 30 Field Manager won’t solve anything immediately. But the poor fundamentals, apparent lack of plate discipline, etc. can’t continue in the mold of “this won’t change who we are”.

    Yes, the Trolley Dodgers are contenders. But if we can’t muster a split out there, I dread what we’ll see when they visit Cincy this week. Feeling completely out of it by the end of May leaves me beyond queasy.

    • greenmtred

      No question, it isn’t fun to watch. So much so, in fact, that I have adopted–temporarily, I hope–a policy of pre-cleting.

    • LuciusRuber

      it’s official-the pig is kicking us

  6. LDS

    Last place, 8.5 games behind, a game and a half out of 4th, 3-13 for the month of May, scoring only 45 runs in that span, less than 3.0/game. And yet some here still say, if only Friedl, Marte, McLain, etc. weren’t injured. Right then maybe they’d be the 3rd place team they were projected to be. That’s still mediocre. This trajectory was set last season at the trade deadline, when Krall’s priority was rewarding Bell instead of improving the team. In the offseason, Krall bought a stack of lottery tickets that thus far haven’t paid off much. Maybe later one of them will. Comparisons to last year’s team are meaningless. There’s no infusion of new talent coming to change the trajectory. Krall blew the offseason and isn’t doing much to fix things now. The answer now as it has been for several years, fire the entire field management team and hire some outsiders. How much more failure does it take to convince the FO to do what has been obviously needed for years? Or do they simply prefer to waste prospect talent as they have for years?

      • LDS

        Yeah, @OT but there’s no minor league talent to call up this year. At least, no significant impact hitters. And even given the Reds June last year, the team collapsed following the All Star break as they did the year before, wilting during the “easy” schedule. Odds of matching last year’s record are low.

      • Oldtimer

        Baloney. The Reds have Friedl, CES, and Marte coming back within a month or so. McLain maybe later.

        I read that hogwash all the time. Read the boxscore. Look at the lineup.

      • MBS

        @Oldtimer, Good point in 2023, McLain 128OPS+, Friedl 117OPS+ good for the #2, and #4 OPS+ for players with 81 games or above last year.

        Marte also was playing nicely, but his stats have to fall into the short sample size category. Now add in his steroid use, and it will make you at least question the validity of the numbers. So he’s got the most to prove when he returns.

        @LDS, I do think we have some good pieces that could make an impact on the roster this year. Spiers is one, and he had a very nice outing last night. His AAA numbers have been excellent. Santillan, and Maxwell could both be HL/CL options for the Reds this year.

        EDLC 139OPS+, Stephenson’s 127OPS+

        The problem is Benson 90 OPS+, last year 129OPS+, Steer 100OPS+, last year 118OPS+, CES 44OPS+, India 80OPS+, well there’s just too many to name, but our team’s resurgence needs to come from within. We have too many guys not hitting like the back of their baseball cards. The position prospects we have in AAA, and AA are not going to be impact bats on this team.

      • LDS

        Exactly, even with everyone back, the team is a third place team. Krall has to make some moves. Like last year, we expected he’d go for it at trade deadline. He didn’t. He didn’t in the off season and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if Krall makes an impact trade or acquisition anywhere.

      • MBS

        @LDS, this team was/is a wild card type team, not a World Series type team. If we wanted to be a true contender we needed to add more potent FA’s in the offseason.

        The injuries, and sophomore slumps have been much worse than I was expecting. I think both the injuries, and slumps will turn around soon enough to be a winning club.

        I can’t remember my exact number for the year but I think I said 87 W’s. I still think we will probably be over .500 this year, but more like 82 or 83 W’s.

    • Rob

      I think the mistakes began last July when Krall chose to not trade prospects to get in the playoffs. Scherzer or Montgomery would have sealed the deal. We all commented how valuable of experience that would have been to the young team. But there were those who said wait until 2024 and start your run there. Well, 2024 is here and 2025 won’t be much different core wise. So what do you do? Bury your head in the sand and watch it wash away? Or you your prospect capital – before it gets too late – and get some offensive help in here. I would start with Robert and Chisolm and get the one you like best. Quit saying everything is fine. It isn’t.

      • greenmtred

        I’m far from certain, given the condition of the pitching staff late last season, that one good pitcher would have taken them far enough, and the price for that pitcher might well have been exorbitant in what would have been a sellers’ market. They might have made it to the first round of the playoffs, but getting deep into the postseason with one or two dependable starters and a disintegrating bullpen seems like the longest sort of stretch.

      • Harry Stoner

        So the GreenMountainWay (apologies to Joe Walsh) is that if you can’t guarantee that any move you make will lead you to a World Series win, then don’t make any moves at all.

        It “might” have been a high price to pay, so let’s just go ahead and say it was “fine” to not have done anything.

        After all, the odds are good that somebody has to be in last place.

      • LDS

        Maybe @Greenmtred, but one good manager would have made one h?ll of a difference

      • Oldtimer

        The 2023 Reds OVER achieved. They were a slightly under .500 team that finished slightly over .500 instead.

      • greenmtred

        So, Harry: If you are saying that an exit from the wild card round would have satisfied you, fine. I’m willing to bet that you would be in the minority, particularly if the price stripped the Reds of attractive trading chips. LDS: Certainly, a manager who was capable of starting a game and pitching well every other day would have made a big difference.

      • greenmtred

        And by the way, Harry, I welcome the return of the dripping sarcasm, unfounded assumptions and mischaracterizations. You’ve established an enviable brand.

      • Rob

        Green, guess my view is that one good pitcher who could have won 4-5 games down the stretch would have got us in the playoffs. Beyond that, my view would not have been optimistic. But I certainly would not have been optimistic about the Dbacks or Rangers either. 2 teams who got in the playoffs on the last day of the season and beat up on the Dodgers and Phillies and Astros. Speaking of the Rangers, they are not doing so bad giving up on all those expensive prospects to acquire Scherzer and Montgomery for 3 months. But heck yes, I definitely would have traded a couple top prospects (Phillips and Arroyo) for a 3 month starting pitcher who could have gotten me to the playoffs. As shown, anything can happen from there. And in our case, we have a bunch of high value prospects who play the same positions (3B and SS) as MClain, Elly, and Marte, and who may never play for the Reds.

        My point all along has been is that 1-2 big RH bats is needed to compete this year, before the hole is too deep, and also certainly will contribute more next year than most all of our top 10 prospects. Why wait until June or July?

      • greenmtred

        Good points, Rob. My understanding was that Krall explored trades and concluded that the asking prices were too high. Of course we don’t know whom he was trying to get, nor what the other team(s)were asking for in return.

      • Ted Alfred

        I had 74-88 in the season prediction thread here. About 20% of that was due to the McClain and Friedl injuries…the other 80% was a total lack of faith in David Bell to lead his team to playing below their talent with the added pressure of making the post-season in 2024. His track record managing under the pressure to actually win is crystal clear and here we are.

      • Rob

        Green, you are correct and that was Krall’s reported take on not trading a couple of prospects last year. But my take on that was that it was too high for Nick in first place but not too high for the Range rs in third place. And we are not talking money here! We are talking rentals for prospects, which should have been our ballgame, and not the Rangers. I think the Rangers gave up like a #2 and #8 for Montgomery. The translation all comes down to how badly did you want the playoffs and chances therein. Krall chose to ride out a weakened, injured team and hold onto his cache of prospects and go on his run in 2024. Which may not turn out as great as he was predicting. As several said at the time, you take your opportunities when you get them and not be so sure about the next year.

  7. Harry Stoner

    “We had a plan to execute and it was to try and get his pitch count up and we were able to do that,” Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “Even if we didn’t score any runs, we did a pretty good job to get him out and get to the bullpen.”

    The Dodgers’ hitters had a plan…..a clear one.

    Let that sink in for a minute.

    Here’s Bell’s mumble-core: “As tough as it is, you know when you stay with it, it will turn around.”

    Whatever “It” is.

    Grip and rip?
    Swing at anything no matter the situation?
    Strike out 10-12 times a game?

    Throw to whatever base you feel like at the moment?

    Bell: “You wish there were shortcuts.”

    A “plan” would be awesome, but Reds’ fans wish you had an idea or two instead of more inane platitudes.

    • Jim Walker

      As a hockey follower over the winter, I’ve decided Bell’s “it” is the equivalent of “this thing” in hockey hockey jargon. When teams can’t get their game together, everybody talks vaguely about getting “this thing” turned around. When they are playing well, hardly anyone comments on how well “this thing” is going.

      I also recall that when John Tortorella arrived in Columbus as head coach, talk of this thing seemed to end and instead he and others talked specifically about what needed to get better as the team skated their way into the postseason 4 of 6 seasons.

    • Melvin

      “The Dodgers’ hitters had a plan…..a clear one”

      A plan is something we seemingly RARELY have. “He really doesn’t give us things to do. Just go out have fun and enjoy ourselves”. 🙂 lol (Jonathan India about David Bell). 😀

  8. JB

    There are 5 teams out of 15 in the National League that have winning records. 10 mediocre teams battling for that last playoff spot. 7 of them are ahead of the Reds. There is some lousy baseball being played in the N.L.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Single to the left of Elly and the guy ends up on 2nd because nobody knows wth they’re doing? Elly should be going out into the OF and letting Benson know the ball needs to go to 2nd base. And its day after day after day. Walk walk wild pitch mental error. Napoleon said “Never interrupt your opponent when he’s making a mistake”….well the Reds are never interrupted.

    Bell needs to pay the price. Its time. I get that nobody is winning with a small market team with 5-6 guys out, but still? The remaining guys can still keep their head in the game and play it the right way. Hit a dribbler or flyball with a man on 3rd/1 out….just try it one time and see how it fits. What do we fall back on? The starters? They keep giving up 3 in 5 innings so whoopee de _ doo.

    Go Pacers! Atleast 1 young team is competing

    • Jim Walker

      I do not follow the NBA but aside from that +1000

      It gets missed too often here and elsewhere that being short on talent is NOT a license to play poor fundamental baseball. Just the opposite should be the case. Guys with less talent should be working even harder to be the best they can be at fundamentals.

      • Melvin

        “Guys with less talent should be working even harder to be the best they can be at fundamentals.”

        You got it buddy.

  10. Jim Walker

    I saw elsewhere in the comment thread that someone said Friedl and CES would be back in a month or so. Can anyone point me to where the team has given any sort of projected return date for either of them?

    I am not being snarky or facetious here. Last night as things were headed south in the game, I tried to Google up this information and could not find it anywhere.

    One thing we do know for certain is that Friedl did not look MLB game ready in his week of action back starting on May 8 following a mid March wrist fracture (7 weeks and change from the fracture to MLB return).

    • Mauired

      The only mention of CES was Bell stating he would be out six weeks. Not a peep on Friedl. Hopefully it’s six weeks or sooner for him.

  11. Old-school

    Apparently Alexis Diaz is dominating compared to brother Edwin. He blew a 4 run lead yesterday to the Marlins, , has an ERA over 10 in his last 8 outings with 4 bombs and blown 3 of his last 4 saves. In NY, they ask those questions and Edwin says hes open to a change even if that means losing his closer role. Edwin of the $102 million contract who missed year 1 with an Achilles and now cant get outs.

  12. Gpod

    Did I hear one question to Bell about his team having 11 strikeouts & 0 walks….of course not because no one will challenge this man with tough questions

  13. DataDumpster

    I guess what irks me is all this attention on the “bad luck.” I browse over cbssports injury report at times and see that the Reds are not an outlier, firmly near the averages. Our two main nemeses, Cubs and Brewers, have some big names out also and of a similar number to the Reds. How do they do it and we don’t? Do they have better strategy, training, discipline, coaching? Probably, but I have no idea since its still not apparent how this team manages that. Just stick to the “process” and the results will come. But, it hasn’t now and the previous 4 years before that. When the pressure is on, the team folds. Overall, sloppy and unfocussed is what comes to mind.
    Now, I am a big fan of Friedl, Marte and McLain but I wouldn’t expect any of them to ride to the rescue this season. Two of them got injured with aggressive play in SP and the other will miss most of his training for this year. Perhaps, all three of them overestimated their ability and common sense and we (in redlegnation fandom) overestimated the rest of the newbies that came up here extremely well prepared and are now largely floundering. Meanwhile, that low key cheerleader on the edge of the dugout seems incapable of trying anything different since he seems unflappable in agreeing that his “plan” is flawless and just needs time to work. Meanwhile, in year 6…this team and the Cardinals have a 3 game tango for last place to wrap before Memorial Day.

  14. Hotto4Votto

    Haven’t posted much at all this season. Was excited coming into the season after being engaged throughout the entire season last year. Was ready to see the Reds take the next step. Unfortunately the bullpen has imploded and our offense is bad. Injuries don’t help at all, but it’s been pretty bad regardless. I’m feeling myself check out (or quite possibly never fully checked in due to preferring the NBA playoffs to early season baseball). Went to a game against the Orioles that was fun, but seems like it’s been downhill since. Might be different if reinforcements were on their way but AAA and AA seem pretty barren on difference makers (outside of some starting pitching at AA, but that’s not really been the issue). Should probably be used to it as a Reds fan.

  15. Mauired

    Bell strikes again or should I say strikes out again.

    Candelario OPS almost 300 points lower against right handed pitching so in Bells mind it’s the perfect time to put him back in the cleanup spot. Watch him go 0-4 3ks, the final one being in the ninth with tying run on base. I’ve seen it a few times this year already.

    Why not just DH Stephenson instead of completing removing the best and only productive hitter in the lineup? Is even trying to win important to this guy. Guess not when you still get to keep the job no matter what.

    • Justin T

      Stephenson seemed to be seeing the ball well, of course lets bench him.

    • Jim Walker

      Perhaps because they only have 2 catchers and putting TS at DH would cost them the DH spot if he had to go behind the plate for Maile due to injury. At least that’s a solid by the book answer.

      A workaround would be to DH Candelario and put TS at 1B; but, my recollection is Bell has stated on the record that TS would not be used at 1B this year.

  16. Mauired

    What does cost them the DH spot mean?

    If Maile were to leave the game and Stephenson had to catch, Reds can’t replace Stephenson at DH?