Hunter Greene takes the mound for the Cincinnati Reds (19-27) as they try to salvage the series with a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers (31-17) in the series finale and the final game of this long west coast road trip. First pitch is at 4:10 PM EDT.

Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Los Angeles Dodgers

LF Will Benson SS Mookie Betts
SS Elly De La Cruz DH Shohei Ohtani
DH Mike Ford 1B Freddie Freeman
1B Jeimer Candelario LF Teoscar Hernandez
RF Jake Fraley CF Andy Pages
2B Jonathan India 2B Gavin Lux
CF Stuart Fairchild RF Jason Heyward
3B Santiago Espinal 3B Enrique Hernandez
C Luke Maile C Austin Barnes

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Hunter Greene 52.1 3.27 1.19 22 58
Landon Knack 16.0 2.81 1.00 5 11
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Landon Knack’s Stats

Hunter Greene

Hunter Greene has already pitched seven innings in three of his nine starts this season. He only had two starts in all of 2023 where he pitched seven innings. It’s clear that he’s improving with the pitch efficiency and it’s showing up in his results. Greene has a 3.27 ERA in 52.1 innings. His strikeout percentage is down slightly from 30% in 2022 and 2023 at 26.6%, but Greene’s hard hit percentage is in 82nd percentile in MLB. Batters aren’t striking out at the same pace this season, but they aren’t hitting the ball as hard off him either.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 93 19 6 1 0 9% 24% .232 .301 .329
LHH 125 21 5 0 3 11% 29% .204 .315 .340

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Split Finger Curve Slider
Velo 97.7 86.7 80.3 86.4
Usage 57% 5% 2% 36%

Landon Knack

Landon Knack, the Dodgers’ 13th-ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline, made his major league debut on April 17th, pitching five innings against the Washington Nationals and allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. He made two more starts in April before being optioned back to Triple-A. The 26-year-old right hander got another call-up today, which makes seven different starters for the Dodgers in seven days.

Knack fared better against lefties at Triple-A, and it’s translated to the big leagues in his appearances with the Dodgers. He’s faced 36 left-handed batters so far and has struck out eight, compared to 29 right-handed batters to whom he’s given up two home runs and only struck out three.

Minor League Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 95 19 5 2 4 6% 23% .224 .287 .471
LHH 73 12 0 0 1 11% 25% .188 .288 .234

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.7 78.7 84.4 84.1
Usage 43% 12% 29% 16%

Game Details:

  • Time: 4:10 PM EDT
  • Place: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
  • Weather: 67 degrees, mostly sunny
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Hot and Cold: Reds Edition

The Reds’ lineup has been mostly cold, but there has been some bright spots lately.

Minor League Recap

Take some time to catch up on what the Reds’ farm system has been doing this weekend.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 27 18
Chicago 26 21 2.0
Pittsburgh 21 26 7.0
St. Louis 20 25 7.0
Cincinnati 19 27 8.5

 

166 Responses

  1. Old-school

    The Reds DH this year…..again… has to be the worst in baseball

    Benson and Ford again at 1/3?

    Give Bell credit

    He sticks to the plan

    Worst K hitter in MLB with a sub .300 obp hitting leadoff and ford with a sub .500 OPS hitting 3rd again

    Blind squirrels find nuts though

    • Brady Meadows

      I get so tired of this team breaking my heart. I thought this was supposed to be the year. Another year, same results.

    • Pat

      The definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. David Bell needs to set a lineup and stick with it. Major league teams have 9 starters and a bench. Play your doggone starters and if they can’t get the job done send them packing and start somebody else! And for all that is holy, pick a different closer!

  2. VaRedsFan

    Remember last year when the Reds acquired Renfroe, and Bell not only kept playing him when he was a disaster (.128/.227/.205), but kept putting him in the 3-hole?
    It was so bad that Krall had to remove him from the team, so Bell couldn’t keep batting him 3rd?

    Is history repeating itself?
    As with so many other Bell decisions, he like to double and triple down on his most obvious mistakes.

  3. Moon

    I am really beginning to dislike the word “salvage”

  4. Old-school

    Dont understand Stephenson

    2nd best hitter

    Put him as DH

    But lineup scripted a week ago

  5. VaRedsFan

    Tomorrow is an off day, yet Ty can’t DH?

    • Jim Walker

      Only 2 catchers. Put TS at 1B and Candy at DH so the DH isn’t lost if TS had to go behind the plate for Maile due to injuries.

      Since it is Sunday, I am taking a shot at answering Bell explanations before they are offered up here. 😉

  6. VaRedsFan

    Stuey is .063 vs righties this year

    • LarkinPhillips

      Yeah. Can’t give hurtubuise or Capel a chance though.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Bell is just in his own world as a manager.He believes his team is good and never make mistakes.They are good and they know they are good so where they hit makes no difference ,where thy play in the field make no difference, so scripting this in advance makes no difference,pen roles make no difference and neither does scripting days off in advance for the players.All is good in his world and if you don’t believe it he will remind you on a daily basis.Heck if you don’t look at the teams record then I must agree.Maybe we as fans should just not look at the record either.Got to admit I feel good now myself.

    • Oldtimer

      As bad as Bryan Price was, David Bell is worse. When the Reds fire him (someday) he will never manage another day in MLB.

      • Mark Moore

        I’d never place any money on an actual firing. Maybe a “promotion” to his dad’s old spot in the FO. But he’s a Red for as long as the BobPhil Monster run this train wreck.

      • Ted Alfred

        I give up. DBell is stubborn to a fault, I’ll give him that. I wish just once he would explain the thought process behind his strange choices as to the batting order to let the rest of us in on his grand plan.

      • Ted Alfred

        It is hard to believe….but sadly true. This team has a bright future with a good MLB manager…none with Bell.

        I just hope they’ll take their time if they dump Bell before the end of 2024. Hire an interim manager who might turn things around but probably won’t. Make the focus 100% on the next 4-5 years…not this year. Take their time with the search, don’t go cheap… and then be willing to write a big check to hire a really good proven MLB manager. A lot of talent on this team…just need the right guy to help it grow and mature.

  8. LarkinPhillips

    It’s impossible to predict a Bell lineup. There is no way these guys know what “job” to prepare for day in day out. No way to prepare for situational things, no way to get comfortable. Absolutely no consistency in anything yet the consistent phrase is “this won’t change who we are.”

    Who the heck are they? You can’t say a role for anyone on the team except Elly. This organization is a dang cluster!

    • LarkinPhillips

      The constant changes in roles and positions breeds mediocrity. It’s impossible to become a master of several different things. Let the guys develop into a master lead off or master left fielder or set up man or whatever. Bell wants guys to be good at everything which is not possible at the major league level.

    • Ted Alfred

      It would be one thing if all these goofy lineups were leading to good results and overall team hitting… but when they’re basically terrible in almost every possible MLB hitting metric you would think at some point you might look in the mirror, reakize what you’re doing isn’t working…guys aren’t comfortable at the plate and it’s not helping. So maybe change it to something that makes more sense just to see what happens. I mean what do you have to lose? Maybe in his mind if things did turn around it would prove to everybody how dysfunctional his batting orders are and he’s worried about the backlash it could create… who knows.

  9. Beaufort Red

    Let’s see our leadoff hitter leads MLB in strikeouts, our #3 hitter was released from his AAA contact last week and our centerfielder is hitting below.100 vs righties. Tell Bell it isn’t written in stone to run the same lineup out every day. Hope isn’t a strategy.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He only pencils in things consistently that make no sense like Benson in leadoff and Ford in 3 hole.

  10. Mark Moore

    I’m feeling a bit tired this afternoon. If there isn’t some action to keep me engaged, I may find I’ve missed an inning or so … 😛

    • Jim Walker

      Check out what’s on TV in other parts of the world.

      • Ted Alfred

        I’m zoned in on the PGA about 90% And just occasionally flipping back to the Reds to see what’s happening every couple of innings. Just saw India make a nice play.

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    This team is playing with no emotion, they have the same sense of urgency as Bell. A loss today puts them at 19 and 28. This season is all but over unless a miracle takes place. They go down 1,2,3 inning after inning and if they do get a runner on Bell just sits and watches. He has no idea how to create runs.

    • Mark Moore

      +25,000

      It doesn’t have to be over the top. But show us something. We want to root for the boyz. But they make it so very hard.

      We’re going from a long and challenging West Coast Swing to what looks to be a long and challenging homestand. It’s just so hard …

    • Dennis Westrick

      Most athletic teams are a reflection of their coach/manager! Bell is exciting as leftover Melba toast and about as creative! If I have trouble sleeping, I just watch a replay of a Bell post-game presser!

  12. Dennis Westrick

    Only tuned in today to see Bell’s getaway day lineup! Once again, the Brewers and Cubs are losing, and the Dirty Birds lost to the Beaners! Will the Reds take advantage to pick up a game in the NL standings? Not if they only get 3 hits and rack up 11 strikeouts!

  13. VaRedsFan

    India just saved a run there.
    Nice play.

  14. Dennis Westrick

    Again, Reds starter at 36 pitches after 2 innings! Opposing pitcher at 23 pitches after 2 innings! Same old same old!

  15. Rick

    Benson cannot hit anything over third. And does a bobblehead attempt.

  16. Justin T

    Runner on third 1 out. Benson does what Benson does and Elly with an easy groundout. They both looked clueless.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Let’s face it folks! The Reds are not cerebral in their approach to this sport!

  17. Justin T

    Hunter looks like a different pitcher lately. Mound presence is night and day. Attacking the zone more. Looks like a bulldog out there.

    • Mark Moore

      Cowboy and Thrall have a running commentary about him today. Thrall asking great questions and Cowboy is being Cowboy with his analysis and responses.

    • Ted Alfred

      No doubt. Really looks like the light is finally coming on and he is finally really believing in his stuff. If that happens watch out

  18. LarkinPhillips

    16 straight scoreless innings now.

  19. Dennis Westrick

    Well, at least we won’t be no hit this afternoon! HG is doing his part but at 52 pitches thru 3 innings looks like a 6-inning outing at best!

  20. RedsGettingBetter

    Somebody can tell to the Reds hitter that there is a thing in baseball called base for balls

    • Pat

      They are to busy swinging to take balls!

  21. Justin T

    Fraley. Goodness gracious, 3-0 then go down on strikes. They have no plan at the plate they just swing wild.

    • Jim Walker

      If my addition for today’s action is correct, that is 11 Ks in 30 PAs (36.67%) for Fraley on this road trip. Benson is 12 Ks in 38 PAs (31.57%)

  22. LarkinPhillips

    It has to suck to give up 2 runs and know the game is over and you’re getting a loss.

  23. Kywhi

    I’m pretty sure the root canal I’m having later this week will be less painful than watching the Reds so far in May. Just brutal.

  24. Roger Garrett

    Will not matter what Hunter does today but you just have to give him and the Reds other starters some love.They have done their job for the most part.Could it be as the only players on the team that know when they will take the mound that they have settled into a pretty good major league rotation.If only the rest of the team knew what glove to bring or where in the lineup they would hit or when I may come in out of the pen to pitch maybe just maybe I might perform better.Oh well just a thought

  25. Justin T

    Wonder if Hunter knew Freeman hits .438 lifetime when he swings 3-0? Would he have grooved one down the pipe?

    Jake Fraley looked at the same pitch for a strike 3-0 on the front half of the inning on his way to striking out.

    Night and day.

  26. Dennis Westrick

    Nice, efficient 4th inning for HG! Now, for the love of Pete (Rose), let’s score some runs!

  27. Roger Garrett

    Turn out the lights the party’s over after 40 games.Well at least we can sort for the next 120 games or so.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep. Unforunately we’re great at that with all the practice we’ve had.

  28. Dennis Westrick

    I feel another one run loss coming!

    • LarkinPhillips

      Only if we score another 3 runs.

  29. LarkinPhillips

    Nice to score again. Good job Fairchild and Espinal. Too bad it was Maile up next. Could/should have pinch hit Tysteve there.

  30. RED THUNDER

    Wow, dodger manager takes starter out needing one out to qualify for possible win..

    • Justin T

      David Bell has the patent on that!

      Cant blame Dodgers for knowing they have that lefty ready in the pen and the worst left-handed hitter in baseball on deck.

      • RED THUNDER

        Yeah, shows me that they want to win, any inning, whatever needs to be done to get the W

  31. Justin T

    Good at bat for Benson even though the ball was caught. Thats a disgusting lefty.

    • LarkinPhillips

      He needs to start hitting middle oppo regularly instead of pulling everything. He has opposite field power and it will lower his strike out rate.

      • Justin T

        Sounds good to me but he seems allergic to it. He has one swing like his teammates.

      • LarkinPhillips

        @justin T, if most of the players have the same approach the logical conclusion has to be its the coaching they are getting to be that way. I see no other explanation.

  32. Jonathan Linn

    I agree that Stephenson should be DHing…but im not going to join in the Negative fest. Sorry…Bell probably is no different than most of the other managers. The manager gets too much credit when they win and too much blame when they lose IMO. This isn’t like basketball or football. Players still have to play. Bell will get a second job managing if he gets fired.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I don’t believe that for one second.

    • Justin T

      Imagine someone taking a manager with his win loss record and explaining it to their fanbase haha. No division titles. Had a 20 game improvement one season but he was the one that was managing the 100 loss team too. Yes, his decisions do affect the game. They affect the game nightly. The lack of fundamentals, bad base running, throwing to the wrong base.. Bullpens wore out by end of July.

    • Dennis Westrick

      You are correct! Bell will get another job managing if the Reds fire him! In India!

    • Melvin

      “Bell will get a second job managing if he gets fired”

      Not by a competitive team that wants to win he won’t. WHY would they do that?

  33. Mark A Verticchio

    This team isn’t only bad they are extremely unlucky, Benson hit that ball fairly well and still couldn’t find a whole.

  34. Jim Walker

    Good PA for Benson there. Even if he didn’t get the result, he came back in the count, battled, and forced the Dodgers to make a good to outstanding play to get out of the inning with their lead intact

  35. LarkinPhillips

    Not trying to be snarky here, just understand your perspective, but do you watch every game or just a casual reds fan that keeps up with the team?

    • LarkinPhillips

      Posted in wrong spot. That was for Jonathan Linn.

      • RED THUNDER

        Maybe a Fan club member, makes about 4 or 5

    • Kywhi

      Most anytime someone says they aren’t trying to be snarky, they probably are.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I really wasn’t. Trying to understand how you believe Bell has no affect on how his team plays. I would assume someone who doesn’t watch often could easily chalk this season up to players should perform. Watching daily you see the bad baserunning and poor fundamentals and crazy decisions that are made constantly. Such as pitch running hurtubuise for Steer there. Now we are down to one bench player for no reason at all.

  36. Dennis Westrick

    Ridiculous! Ohtani HBP with 2 strikes!

  37. Dennis Westrick

    Cubs, Dirty Birds and the Bernies ALL lost! C’mon Reds! Do something!

  38. LarkinPhillips

    Also, having Benson and elly back to back followed by Ford encourages a team to bring in a lefty to turn elly around to RH. It’s bad lineup construction from so many levels.

    • Justin T

      These are the little things the “Bell doesn’t affect the game” guys do not notice.

      • Ted Alfred

        How could ANYONE possibly think DBell and his goofy decisions don’t affect the outcome of the game when he trots out Ford at DH hitting #3 AGAIN… who was basically cut twice in the last 3 weeks…hitting .163/.189 obp with your season on life support. Meanwhile, your hottest hitter on the team over the last 15 games TySteve is sitting in the dugout with a day off tomorrow. How does that make sense to anybody who understands the urgency this team HAS TO HAVE to win this game today. Its completely nonsensical.

  39. Dennis Westrick

    One more inning for HG! Then Bell gets to spin the RP roulette wheel!

  40. Dennis Westrick

    Any bets that Bell sends HG out to start the 7th inning with 98 pitches?

  41. Jim Walker

    Greene was cooking in the 6th. Guessing he’d been told it was his final inning before he went out for it. Time will tell; but, he finished the 6th with a pitch count of 98.

  42. RedsGettingBetter

    Dodgers comics…Capitalize pleaseee

  43. RED THUNDER

    Bottom of the order trying coming through again

  44. LarkinPhillips

    Great job by Fairchild executing a simple fundamental play. It’s crazy how those have been “good baseball plays” for a 100 years but now sabermetrics tells us not to do that. Good things happen like that.

    Poor job of executing by Espinal. Hopefully tysteve picks him up.

  45. RedsGettingBetter

    As usually ugly Espinal at bat

  46. Jim Walker

    There are more interacting wheels turning right now at Dodger Stadium than inside a mechanical fine watch. Stevenson was going to take the Maile PA all along and Roberts knew that.

    • LarkinPhillips

      Could have had tysteve in previous maile at bat with runner in scoring position as well.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I wouldn’t say that. The dodgers absolutely don’t intentionally wall Maile.

  47. Ted Alfred

    Well, we can’t hit but we can walk!!!!

    Walk, sacrifice error, int walk, another walk…tie ballgame. Ford with a lovely weak pop out to end the bases full threat…a real shocker.

  48. Jim Walker

    Huge PA by Steer. Protected the plate and got them the run on the BB.

    But I question pulling him for a pinch runner in the 7th inning of a tie game unless the Reds know something we don’t about a possible injury that would impair Steer’s mobility on the bases.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I said the same up above. Hurtubuise would be a nice pitch runner later in the game. Maybe even extras. No benefit to having him at 1b there. Steer can also play outfield and maybe get an AB in 9th.

      • Jim Walker

        I looked away after the BB and wasn’t sure what happened and had to check the box to make sure Steer had been lifted 😉

    • Ted Alfred

      Yeah, don’t get that either unless there is something going on wuth his health

  49. Reddawg2012

    Mike Ford hitting third is a borderline crime. Granted, no one on this godforsaken team can hit so it probably doesn’t matter.

  50. Beaufort Red

    If EDLC would sometimes just concentrate on putting the bat on the ball instead of hitting it out of the park. But that’s his DNA.

  51. Dennis Westrick

    Key AB with bases loaded and less than 2 outs was EDLC’s! And what does he do? Another strikeout! This team is doomed to failure due to lack of situational awareness and plate discipline!

    • LarkinPhillips

      Happens multiple times every game from different players. There is never an adjustment. At this point it is organizational approach and poor coaching.

    • Ted Alfred

      Lets not forget Ford’s contribution, as the #3 hitting Mike Ford with a weak popout to end the bases loaded threat. Ford now hitting .159 with a .178 obp.

      To those that say batting orders don’t matter, sure would have been nice to have TySteve at the plate in that Bases Loaded situation instead of Mike Ford. Especially when every game right now is so very important.

      But goofy, nonsensical batting orders don’t matter?????

      Wake me from this self inflicted nightmare

  52. Dennis Westrick

    How does Heyward get a single off of HG! He’s older than dirt!

  53. Melvin

    Pacers knockout the Knicks. On the to Eastern Conference Finals. Time for the Reds to win.

    • JB

      Confused why it took 7 games. Knicks are without three starters .

      • Melvin

        They lost Brunson to a broken hand today in the middle of the game.

  54. Dennis Westrick

    Now that fossil Heyward steals 2nd base?

  55. RedAlert

    Definition of insanity – bringing Cruz in with the game on the line . Hope I’m wrong .

  56. Melvin

    Cruz gets it done this time. Time to score.

  57. Dennis Westrick

    Wow! Cruz actually pitched an inning without giving up a run!

  58. LarkinPhillips

    Candy may be hitting better, but his approach at the plate is consistently terrible. He reminds me so much of Castellanos at the plate with a lot of doubles and a lot of completely non competitive at bats

  59. Roger Garrett

    Hunter did well again and I felt before the year started if he and another starter along with a couple of position players took that next step we would be on to something.Its how you build going forward a team that competes year after year.I want this team to compete and I am good if we sort this year as long as we build towards the future and I think we can. Some guys are just not getting it done.Your time is right now India,Fraley and Benson so get it done.

  60. Justin T

    Spencer Steer is in the league top 10 in steals yet you pinch run for him with a rookie. Wouldve been nice to keep his bat in the lineup in this tie game coming down the stretch. Another classic Bell move, pinch running for no reason with game yet still to go.

    Couple that with your best hitter getting a day off with an off day tomorrow. He is playing the hits today.

  61. Hanawi

    Another solid outing from Greene. Feels like he is pitching better instead of just throwing. Has been able to avoid the catastrophic blowup of an inning that haunted him so much last year.

  62. LarkinPhillips

    Hurtubuise due up 4th in top of 9th. Subbing him for Steer was a crazy move. He should still be on the bench for a runner in the 9th or 10th.

    • Hanawi

      Especially as the man on first with the bases loaded. Made absolutely zero sense.

  63. LarkinPhillips

    Candy turns an out into a hit.

  64. Melvin

    Big DP there. Not our strength this year.

  65. Ted Alfred

    Seeing Moll out there reminds me of the strange decision to send him down to AAA when he’s probably been the best most reliable reliever out of the bullpen on this team since he was traded here last July. I believe is ERA is under 1.00 and he’s given up two runs in 27 appearances since becoming a Red. Just another of many head scratching decisions.

  66. Dennis Westrick

    Moll needs to go buy an Ohio lottery ticket after the game getting Freeman to hit into a DP with a 3-1 count!

  67. Melvin

    Good job TS to throw him out. Good defense that inning at least.

  68. Reddawg2012

    Can the Reds win a close game like this? Just one time? Please? I won’t ask again.

    • Roger Garrett

      We’re good and we know we’re good so maybe they will today or maybe not.This maybe the biggest game of the year even at this time of year.Reds need a win today.

  69. Reddawg2012

    Feels like Elly is regressing.

  70. LarkinPhillips

    Elly has to realize that first base is open and ford is behind him. They are not going to give him anything to hit. Where is the coaching on this?!

  71. Gpod

    From top to bottom of this lineup….only one word comes to mind….failure

  72. RedsGettingBetter

    Horrible game offensively for EDLC… has 4 Ks looking lost at all…

  73. dimondfvr

    Four strikeouts for ELDC. Seven Runner LOB during his plate appearances. Double digit strikeouts for the team. In this case, the “hits don’t keep coming.”

  74. Dennis Westrick

    If the Reds end up losing this game, the main cause will be EDLC’s inability to put a bat on the ball with runners in scoring position, once with less than 2 outs!

  75. Mike Adams

    I don’t get to watch many games on tv.
    I have heard commenters on RLN mention this.
    ELDC is stuck in a rut and opposing pitchers use the same approach almost every time.
    Throw a first pitch strike near enough for ELDC to swing and miss or foul.
    Then groove a strike anywhere in the zone because he takes that second pitch a lot!
    Then throw offspeed junk out of the strike zone and presto! Strike three!
    The only reason that last at bat didn’t follow this approach is because the LA pitcher threw the second pitch near his feet.
    Or am I seeing things?

    • Mike Adams

      I said offspeed but I should have said offspeed or breaking

  76. RedsGettingBetter

    Pagán got injured now? Please , Is it a curse?

  77. Melvin

    Wait. Did Diaz just get out of that inning? 🙂

  78. LarkinPhillips

    Hate to see that for Pagan. Don’t look good leaving like that.

    Elly starts on 2nd. Come on Reds!

  79. Dennis Westrick

    Here’s a thought! Let’s pitch Diaz in the bottom of the 10th!

  80. Melvin

    Strikeout is NOT what we needed Indy.

  81. DataDumpster

    Talking about Ford when he was last up with 2 outs and bases loaded, LA was sitting on a 57.4% win percentage according to ESPN. After he popped out, the percentage was unchanged. Apparently, the simulation calculated that Ford’s chance at driving home a run was effectively 0.
    Talking about Benson, I’m sure many remember when he was hitting real well last year and Bell kept him in the 8th slot. Now when he is struggling mightily, he seems mostly in the leadoff spot. Does that kind of strategy have a name to it (from some obscure management guru perhaps). That Bell may know.

    • Mike Adams

      Obi Wan Kenobi says “Gotta get him going…..”

  82. Reddawg2012

    My 11 year old played a double header this morning and pitched 4 innings. He throws more strikes than Alexis Diaz.

  83. Melvin

    Of course we had to walk the guy with the top of the order coming up. Not good.

      • Melvin

        Well that’s that. The Dodgers may have the best one two hitters in baseball in Betts and Ohtani.

  84. Ted Alfred

    Well, it sure would have been nice to have Stephenson up with Elly on 2nd and nobody out leading off the 10th, but that’s okay. Bell’s decisions don’t affect winning or losing…because according to some on here batting orders don’t matter.

    Signed…the David Bell fan club

    • Moon

      I did not get that strategy PH Stevenson with 2 outs in the 9th. UNless he hits a HR even if he gets a hit the Reds would have had to string several hits together in a row to score him. If there had been no outs or even one out it would have made more sense. Let Maile get the out at that point and bring up Stephenson the next inning

    • Mark Moore

      As sands through the hour glass …

  85. RedAlert

    Bell and Krall gotta go ….. both of em …. Take Diaz with you

  86. Jedi Joey

    It’s 2022 all over again. Garbage baseball

  87. Mark Moore

    And we slink home with another loss. Same as it ever was … couldn’t convert in our half of the 10th and then leave it to Diaz to work his way to Ohtani.

    Lather, rinse, repeat, fly home.

  88. RedAlert

    Zero urgency or accountability from
    Ownweship all the way to the dugout …
    . Absolutely ZERO – out of the playoff race before Memorial Day

  89. LarkinPhillips

    Reds will be 21-36 by end of May at the pace they are playing. As doig pointed out the first half of June is far from a layup as well.

  90. DataDumpster

    A pleasure to see Ohtani play, can’t take that away. 10th straight one run loss, they must keep records on that sort of thing. A well played game by both teams mostly but the fundamentals and Bell’s little decisions may be the margin. As Thrall noted, why didn’t Fairchild throw back to second after making the 2nd out catch. The runner was way off the bag and the throw was very short. Ouch!

  91. Dennis Westrick

    Once again, the walk by Diaz was deadly!

    • Jedi Joey

      Is there a more poorly ran and cursed team in professional sports?

    • Melvin

      Just can’t do that with the game on the line when you know Betts and Ohtani are coming up.

  92. Redhaze

    In April we heard, “ this team always believes it is in the game until the end.” Now they have zero life and believe they do not have the ability to come back in any situation.
    Bally Sports is showing a commercial about how the players like to play for Bell because he never gets upset at their play instead he just talks it out. Laughable.

    • Redhaze

      We haven’t heard from Krall lately either.

  93. Votto4life

    Reasons to be optimistic.

    1. Elly will be here four more years
    2. Second overall pick in the July draft (absolutely can’t get it wrong)
    3. Lowder is a stud
    4. Starting Pitching

    Fire Bell and the major league coaching staff. Revamp player development. No player should be promoted without demonstrating they understand the fundamentals.

    Don’t waste money on marginal free agents this off season. When you do spend money, raise the ceiling, not the floor. Gear up for 2026.

    • Votto4life

      Also, it helps not to watch the games this season.