Cincinnati is red-hot and bring a 5-game winning streak to Great American Ball Park tonight. The Reds picked up a win in the series opener last night as they came from behind to beat the Chicago Cubs. Tonight’s game is expected to begin at 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Patrick Wisdom – 3B Stuart Fairchild – RF
Seiya Suzuki – RF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Cody Bellinger – CF Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Christopher Morel – DH Spencer Steer – 1B
Ian Happ – LF Tyler Stephenson – C
Dansby Swanson – SS Jonathan India – DH
David Bote – 2B TJ Friedl – CF
Michael Busch – 1B Santiago Espinal – 2B
Miguel Amaya – C Blake Dunn – LF
Justin Steele – LHP Nick Lodolo – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Nick Lodolo 46.1 3.11 0.99 10 49
Justin Steele 37.1 4.10 1.21 11 36
Links: Nick Lodolo’s Stats | Justin Steele’s Stats

Nick Lodolo

Less than a week ago Lodolo took the mound against the Cubs and allowed two runs in six innings as the Reds picked up a 5-2 win. He’ll look to repeat that performance tonight.

Left-handed hitters don’t get many chances to face Lodolo, but when they do they don’t accomplish much of anything. Right-handed hitters are finding a little more success, but it’s pretty much just that they have hit for minimal power instead of no power because they aren’t hitting or getting on base.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 154 30 6 0 4 7 40 .211 .273 .338
LHH 34 6 0 0 0 3 9 .200 .294 .200

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 94.2 94.2 81.4 88.0
Usage 28% 26% 28% 18%

Justin Steele

In his last start, Justin Steele faced the Reds. The start didn’t go well as he allowed seven hits, walked four, hit another one, and gave up five runs in five innings. Only one of those runs happened to be earned, though.

The splits are pretty big for Steele. He doesn’t face many left-handed hitters but when he does they don’t do a whole lot. They are hitting just .133 against him with one extra-base hit in 35 plate appearances.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 125 30 8 0 5 8 27 .266 .317 .469
LHH 35 4 0 0 1 3 9 .133 .257 .233

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Curve Slider Change
Velo 92.4 92.3 80.6 83.3 87.2
Usage 6% 59% 3% 29% 2%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 81ยฐ, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Brandon Williamson back from rehab

The Reds have brought Brandon Williamson back from his rehab assignment. He had been in Triple-A Louisville and had made four starts in the minors as he worked his way back from a shoulder strain. But he wasn’t feeling quite right and so the team recalled him from rehab and he’ll get some rest and re-evaluated before the next step is decided. He remains on the 60-day injured list.

With a win…..

The Reds could be in second place.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 36 26
Chicago 31 32 5.5
Cincinnati 30 33 6.5
St. Louis 29 32 6.5
Pittsburgh 29 33 7.0

189 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Simple math in front of us … win tonight and share the NLC 2nd spot with the Stupid Cubs. Let’s get ready to Kick these Cubbies again tonight!!

    Reply
    • Mauired

      Also would share the final playoff spot with the Cubs.

      Also only one game back from the higher seed Padres as well.

      Amazing that they could be in a playoff slot tonight when two weeks ago they were in contention for last place in the league.

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      • Melvin

        Winning the division is probably the best we can hope for. We’re not going to pass up Atlanta most likely.

      • Mauired

        Just need to get in playoffs. No need to pass Atlanta.

        I don’t think Reds are going to win the division. They need to be able to beat the Brewers 1st.

      • Melvin

        At least winning the division would get home field advantage for whatever that would be worth. You are correct about the Brewers.

      • Mauired

        Well neither DBacks or Rangers needed home field to get into World Series last year.

        Reds haven’t gotten into playoffs during a full season since 2013. That’s the goal at this point. Anything extra is great.

      • Melvin

        @Mauired I’ll take just making the playoffs. lol I was just talking about probable best case scenario. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Rednat

    We potentially can have a devastating line up against lefties if Marte, McClain and CES all can come back healthy

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  3. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds have in their own hands a nice chance to assault the NLC first place the next weekend. If the Brewers lose some games and the Reds win the most, they could face Milwaukee being just a few games behind…It’s interesting …

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  4. 50thyearRedsfan

    Why is Friedl not batting lead off? As much as I appreciate Fairchildโ€™s value Friedl is the best leadoff batter we have. This constant put names in a hat to determine the lineup is very odd. I grew up with Rose Griffey Morgan Bench Perez Foster Concepcion and Geronimo and I always knew whose turn it was without looking at a lineup.

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    • Jim t

      Youโ€™re not really comparing this team to the great 8 are you. TJ is batting down in the lineup because a lefty is on the mound.

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      • Mauired

        He hits lefties. Had one of the best ops against lefties last year. He should be leadoff everyday he plays. Just more blind managing from Bell. Ignore the statistics and play platoon.

      • Jim t

        Does he hit lefties as well as Fairchild does?

      • Mauired

        Yes. This is what Friedl did to lefty pitching last year.

        .354/.421/.542/.962

        Like I said blind managing by Bell. Just platoons to platoon.

        Zero excuses for Friedl not to leadoff everyday

      • Jim t

        Our righthanded leadoff hitter with a hit and a RBI. Moving TJ down for Fairchild against Steele is not a bad move.

      • Mauired

        Oh yeah. Half a game makes it a great move. Congratulations. You win

      • Mauired

        The point really wasn’t about whether Fairchild should be in the lineup. That’s fine. He hits lefties.

        The conversation was about Friedl be dropped out of the leadoff spot to seven against lefties. Doesn’t make any sense since he dominates lefties and is a the best leadoff man on the team.

    • Melvin

      I have to agree Friedl should be the regular leadoff hitter. However, David Bell didn’t ask me this time. smh Guess we’ll have to win anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • doofus

      Agree, but unfortunately the present squad lacks the talent Sparky had at hand.

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      • Melvin

        Just by a little bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        @50thyearRedsfan It’s okay to remember the best team that ever played. Most don’t have those memories. One might say you should cherish them. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 2020ball

      Who, on Gods green earth, are the players on the 2024 Reds that compare in skill to Rose Griffey Morgan Bench Perez Foster Concepcion and Geronimo???

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      • 2020ball

        I swear, if all the older fans who lament constantly about the good old days would let it go and view the game differently because, spoiler alert, the game is actually different, you’d have a far more tolerable fan base. Wont happen of course.

      • 50thyearRedsfan

        I think perhaps Elly and Steer might have been in the starting lineup at least some of the time but no one else on the 2024 Reds would even be close to starters for the big red machine. You are correct talent wise they are not even close. But as you all have stated the game of baseball today is so much different than it was in the 70โ€™s, even so I am excited to see how the young players on this team progress and become superstars of this new age. Unlimited potential with these guys because they all play hard and with a positive attitude and they are somewhat talented so anything can happen.

      • LDS

        So @2020, youโ€™re suggesting that we old guys just accept mediocrity, because the game is โ€œdifferent โ€œ?

      • Mauired

        Friedl may have given Geronimo a run for his money. I didn’t get to see the Big Red machine because it was before my time but wasn’t Geronimo basically a decent hitter but a great defender?

    • Dennis Westrick

      Some, if not most, of Bell’s lineup decisions confuse me! But I guess that’s why he gets the big bucks!

      BTW 50thyearRedsfan, I got you beat! Reds fan since 1961, so that’s 63 years by my count!

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      • 2020ball

        Micro-analyzing a line-up every day is what confuses me.

      • 50thyearRedsfan

        Wow Dennis that is awesome so you got to see Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson and so many others who I could only read about and collect their cards. Got any of those baseball cards left?

  5. Dennis Westrick

    Battle of The Lefties tonight! I like our Lefty a lot!

    Why stop at a 5-game winning streak! I say let’s go for 6 in a row!

    Let’s beat the Cubs again tonight, tomorrow & Sunday and send them off to an early hibernation for the 2024 MLB season!

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  6. Beaufort Red

    Just curious , what is the rainbow behind the Bally logo for. Just asking.

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  7. Mark Moore

    No, Santiago … you put that one in your pocket. Got a bit lucky there.

    Now to make Ian UnHappY again tonight.

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  8. Mark Moore

    And we buckle down and escape with no damage. Nice job, Nick.

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  9. Dennis Westrick

    Walks! Arrrrrrrgh! 22-pitch first inning for Lodolo thanks to the walk and some less-than-stellar defense!

    No harm, no foul, I guess!

    Now a crooked number please!

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  10. Indy Red Man

    Bell pressing the right buttons recently. India at 2B and it’s 1-0 Cubs

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    • Mark Moore

      True … though Espinal almost threw that one away.

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      • Dennis Westrick

        Every, and I mean every, Red’s infielder makes be nervous when they have to make a throw!

  11. Dennis Westrick

    The Candy Man struck out on 3 pitches! Nice job! Way to make contact and work the count! Looks like we are well on our way to double-digit SOs tonight!

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  12. Mark Moore

    A little bit lucky on that one to get the tag out. No chance he makes a throw across the diamond to get the hitter.

    Time for the Crooked Number Parade!!

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    • Melvin

      Anytime Candy can keep from making a throw it’s a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  13. Dennis Westrick

    Nick averaging 20+ pitches per inning means a 5-inning outing at best!

    Cub batters are patient AND selective! TAKE NOTE Reds batters!

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  14. RedsGettingBetter

    Lodolo is battling with control issues and has been in trouble despite having 4 Ks…High pitch count…

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  15. Jonathan Linn

    Again with the pitch counts conversation two nights in a row. Really? The Reds are no different than the rest of the clubs

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    • Mark Moore

      And all it takes is a quick inning to get it back in line.

      I get the concern, but some of it does lean toward “hand wringing”. And I know Lodolo had a difficult start to the season. But until we see the 5th as not an option, it shouldn’t be such a big concern.

      Bigger concern is that the Stupid Cubs are working the counts and we aren’t. That’s a habit we really need to break. It’s also one I chalk up largely to the coaching staff (manager included).

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    • Mark Moore

      Our halves have been pretty ugly turds to this point.

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  16. Dennis Westrick

    Wow! Quick 3 up and 3 down for the Reds in the 2nd! Hardly long enough for Nick to catch his breath!

    Baseball is a game of strategy as well as skill! And right now, we are doing about as well as General Custer!

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      • Dennis Westrick

        Yes, Melvin, I am the resident comedian on this site!

        However, I find most of the people posting on here are “humor challenged”!

      • Melvin

        Keep the humor coming Dennis. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Harry Stoner

      I think that it is a conscious and self aware thing.

      I get the feeling that the basically young Reds team self-identifies as being “aggressive” and “running” and thus the hacking away at pitches is really by choice.

      Bell keeps supporting it at every opportunity, and according to India doesn’t offer much in the way of direction or alternatives.

      Being patient and selective “Isn’t who we are!”

      If we see any examples of that, it will be by rogue players not in line with the team “We’re Agressive!” ethos.

      That all might sound pretty cynical, but I’m not sure how else to explain it.

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  17. Melvin

    Alright. 59 pitches after three is better. I’d like to see him go six or seven if possible.

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    • JB

      He is a little off. Missing way off the plate and way inside. Steele tonight is on. Almost every pitch is in the box. They can take pitches but they will be sitting down on strike out looking. Personally if it’s in the box and down the middle .. swing. Might be the best pitch you get.

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  18. Dennis Westrick

    Better inning for Nick in the 3rd but still with a high pitch count! And we all know that, with the exception of Greene, Bell is reluctant to let a starter go much beyond 100 pitches!

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  19. Melvin

    Never understood how you can wear such a long beard like Dunn has in the summertime. To each his own I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Mark Moore

      Well, he’s bald, so that probably makes up for it a bit.

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      • 2020ball

        for sure it does, plus its not a large beard by any means. weird comment, doesnt look hot to me.

      • Melvin

        haha Mark. Maybe it’s a balance thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        It’s long to me 2020 ๐Ÿ˜€ He likes it is all that matters.

  20. RedsGettingBetter

    Well , Steele is cruising thru 3 perfect innings… I really hate that

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Yep! Another Cy Young performance!

      Nick is doing his part!

      C’mon you lightweights, hit the ball! Preferably in fair territory or over the fence!

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  21. Harry Stoner

    Lodolo punches out Reds killer Happ twice.

    Folks here contemplating trading NL for some alt-Pham drive me nuts.

    Reds are growing their own Koufax-Drysdale style tandem with Greene and Lodolo (in reverse throwing arm).

    They should be thinking of a 10-year plan with these two.

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    • Melvin

      No player is untouchable but it would take an AWFUL LOT for Lodolo.

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  22. Mark Moore

    I caught a glance at something from an interview Counsell gave to the Athletic about his catchers poor hitting. He didn’t flame them, but he was rather blunt about the situation not being tolerable. They need to do better.

    I’ve always liked Counsell, though not in the context of a Bernie or Stupid Cubs manager. Just as a baseball guy in general. I think he’s in the upper level off Field Managers. Definitely way ahead of our guy (who I still rank about 50 of 30).

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  23. Mark Moore

    Lucky and fast makes a good combination. Maybe that’s what we need to get us going?

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep. A little luck could be just what we need here.

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    • Mark Moore

      Both runs technically coming with 3 OUTS … ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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    • Harry Stoner

      Time for TS to start getting some of the press he deserves.

      Folks here were ripping on his D when he didn’t come back from his broken collarbone in the 15 minutes that RLN medical experts said he should.

      A good hitting catcher?

      Lock it in.

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      • Melvin

        Well there aren’t that may good catchers that can hit to begin with so he’s definitely valuable.

    • Mark Moore

      4-out innings will give you that kind of a chance, no?

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  24. Indy Red Man

    Reds clutch with 2 outs. Something is off. The end is near

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  25. Mark Moore

    Oh, and before I forget for Melvin …

    Burgers on the menu tomorrow night (regular breakfast scramble with bacon as the meat in the morning). Then pizza on Sunday night. Probably 1 or 2 good beers to go with it.

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  26. 50thyearRedsfan

    Another great catch by Fairchild gotta love his defense he is just a natural, and his hitting is not too bad either, he may never be a great hitter but he can drive the ball on occasion and if you bat .230 in todayโ€™s game you are a keeper.

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    • Melvin

      “if you bat .230 in todayโ€™s game you are a keeper.”

      Crazy but basically true.

      Reply
  27. Kevin Patrick

    Can somebody remind me how strike out and getting on first affects one OBP?

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    • RedsGettingBetter

      I think Cruz isn’t available today… He got the ball 3 days in a row…

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      • Melvin

        Another reason we need another stopper. At least one.

  28. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow , What a ugly call by the ump … really awful night for him

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  29. Mark Moore

    WHAT IN THE HECK ON THAT CALL!!!???!!!

    Sitting right on that sight line and still blows it!!!

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  30. Mark Moore

    OK, as bad as that call was, getting Bellinger on one pitch so we don’t have to deal with him in the 6th is a good thing.

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  31. Dennis Westrick

    Does Bell dare to send Nick out to start the 6th?

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  32. Indy Red Man

    Great job by NL, but he’s not a 110 pitch workhorse like HG. That’s probably it

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  33. VaRedsFan

    I’m the idiot that was commenting on the previous article for 5 innings, wondering where everyone was at. ๐Ÿ™

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    • Harry Stoner

      Glad you found us!

      I’ve been out the last few games. I enjoy watching Lodolo pitch so was sure to sign in this evening.

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    • Melvin

      hahahaha I think I’ve done that before. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Kind of a quiet game in terms of posts huh? hahaha

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  34. 50thyearRedsfan

    Great comeback by Lodolo after that bad call to strand the bases loaded. Five scoreless with 92 pitches time to trust the bullpen cause he has done his job. With his high pitch count and the way he has escaped damage save him for the long season by not over stressing him on a great outing without his best stuff.

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  35. Dennis Westrick

    Mikey Biceps pitching for the Texas Rangers vs Giants tonight! MLB Network regional game being shown here in Central Florida!

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    • VaRedsFan

      Were you on Ty Steve props tonight?
      8-13 lifetime vs. Steele.

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      • Indy Red Man

        No, but I took the Reds 2 run deal on DK. 2 run lead and you win right there

  36. Mark Moore

    Cowboy and Thrall saying our Reds should just start the innings with 2 outs. WOW!!

    Nice 1st knock for Dunn.

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  37. Dennis Westrick

    Feel better with a 3-run lead given our bullpen’s propensity to walk people (except for Cruz)!

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  38. Mark Moore

    Last batter here for Nick. Sit him down and complete your 6 with only 1 run. You can do it …

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  39. VaRedsFan

    6 innings of 1 run baseball.
    Late HR was unfortunate…..but just a solo shot.
    Good work.

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    • Mark Moore

      Swanson found the right angle on a pretty good pitch. GABP HR most likely.

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    • Harry Stoner

      If you can keep them to solo shots in GASP then you are doing a good job.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Yes! Nice bounce back for Nick after the high pitch counts in the first 2 innings!

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  40. Mark Moore

    Martinez for 2 and hand it to Diaz (unless we blow it wide open).

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  41. Dennis Westrick

    That run the Reds scored in the 5th is looking huge right now!

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  42. RedsGettingBetter

    It’s me or when Swanson manages to hit against the Reds it is only homers?

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    • Mark Moore

      He’s not the hitter he was when he inked that big contract, but he still can put one out.

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  43. Harry Stoner

    I’ll go on record and admit that Candelario is growing on me a little bit.

    I didn’t like the signing (and I still don’t) but was also expecting Marte at 3B every day.

    And if JC is going to be around for 3 years (yikes.)

    My take, and this could be an unfair one, is that Candelario has a far greater level of talent than what he is deploying.

    I’m not talking about his D.

    On some at bats he shows a real good eye, waiting on his pitch fouling craxx off in a very Votto-esque manner.

    Other times it’s 3 pitches, three swings , it’s over.

    Reds are stuck with him in the #3 stop at least until CES reestablishes himself.

    I’m far from a Candy-Fan but I’m paying more attention.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Jeimer Candelario

      Since April 29…32 games
      .290-.338-.524-.863
      9 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 17 RBI

      Since May 22…..13 games
      .302-.373-.623-.996

      I’m not a fan of his defense at all though.

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    • 2020ball

      +1

      Compared to our other options he’s been a nice steady force for the team despite his slow start. Given that his contract isn’t that large comparative to the league, he’s been a great signing so far. I know patience isnt always easy, but he’s only 2 1/2 months into the contract, that’s never enough to evaluate a player.

      “On some at bats he shows a real good eye, waiting on his pitch fouling craxx off in a very Votto-esque manner.

      Other times itโ€™s 3 pitches, three swings , itโ€™s over.”

      That kinda describes nearly every hitter.

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      • 2020ball

        I guess I mean AB to AB can be a similar story for any hitter. I prefer overall results somewhat more if we’re trying to determine how a hitter is.

  44. Indy Red Man

    We knocked out Hoerner and Suzuki so far this series. HBp and hbcatcher

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    • VaRedsFan

      Were you on Ty Steve props tonight?
      8-13 lifetime vs. Steele.

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  45. Dennis Westrick

    Something tells me we will see Buck “The Astronaut” Farmer in the 8th!

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  46. Mark Moore

    Cubbie catcher woes continue … ๐Ÿ˜€

    Nice bunt by TJ.

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  47. Mark Moore

    Small ball add-on here would be great.

    NUTS!! TJ probably could have chanced it there.

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    • Melvin

      Have to be able to do that in the playoffs against great pitching and at times during the season as well. There are pros and cons but personally I’m glad to see it. It shows we at least have some kind of plan instead of swinging as hard as we can every pitch.

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  48. Mark Moore

    I honestly would have thought Martinez for another inning. But I don’t know things and somebody else does.

    Just get ’em out, Wilson!!

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    • Votto4life

      Well itโ€™s better than Lucas Sims โ€ฆoh wait.

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  49. Melvin

    Wilson and Sims in the late innings of a close game doesn’t give me comfort. Hope they get it done.

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    • 2020ball

      Who does give you comfort? The pen’s been a strength overall.

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  50. Indy Red Man

    Wilson pretty questionable imo for high leverage, but Bell can do wrong lately.

    Old dude got it up there 98 as well

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  51. Mark Moore

    I love me another 0-4 UnHappY Ian kind of night.

    Let’s add 1 or 2 and then fly through the 9th.

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  52. RedsGettingBetter

    Good for Wilson bouncing back after a lead off hit by a lefty…It’s completely needed one more run at least scored by the Reds

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  53. VaRedsFan

    Jam shot hit, then 3 straight outs.
    Glad that inning with Wilson is over.

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  54. Dennis Westrick

    The Reds might want to consider opening up an orphanage given the number of runners they’ve abandoned at 3rd base!

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    • wkuchad

      Step 1) donโ€™t walk first batter

      Step 2) get the save

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  55. Indy Red Man

    With all his struggles, Diaz still over 90% saves 2023-24

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    • Melvin

      He’s getting back up in the md 90s which is a big deal for him.

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  56. wkuchad

    I know he doesnโ€™t have the greatest arm in the world, but I love friedl Manning centerfield for the Reds.

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    • Melvin

      His arm is the only thing holding him back from a gold glove.

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  57. Melvin

    I was just about to say Alright Diaz!. No walks in the 9th. Sorry Dennis.

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  58. Mark Moore

    Losing some focus and concentration here. Toss him a cookie. That’s what we get.

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  59. Andrew Brewer

    Allowing the runner to advance in a 3-1 ball game, makes it now 3-2. Unbelievable…

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  60. Beaufort Red

    When Diaz closes there should always be someone warming up.

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  61. RedsGettingBetter

    REDS WIN! but too much drama by Dรญaz… What a mess…
    The Reds tie Cubs up at 2nd place right now

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  62. 2020ball

    GG

    Nice thread y’all, I’ve been hesitant to join one most of the year. Good on ya RLN.

    Off on a bike ride next.

    Reply
  63. west larry

    I hate BB’s too, but I could only think of Dennis clutching his heart after the walk and double.

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  64. Jason Franklin

    At what point does Krall make a move for a closer? I don’t think they will give Cruz a shot (even though the Reds should). I know Cruz has his random control issues, but he is the best closer on the team. Maxwell in AAA is too wild. They seem against calling up Santillan due to his options being zero. Who could the Reds trade for? and what would it cost?

    Reply
    • Melvin

      Miller from the A’s is one. It was suggested suggested Richardson and Dunn in the article. That might not be enough.

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      • Melvin

        It was only “suggested” once in the article by the way as far as I know. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Harry Stoner

      Well, they’d have to trade for someone with options if somehow the Santillan option, staring them right in the face, isn’t better than cutting Wilson or Pagan loose.

      Hold on to Diaz.

      Reds just need someone they can trust with a one run lead.

      Cruz could be that guy, but the Reds have for years been missing someone who could come in with guys on base and shut it down.

      Cruz’s role in doing that might actually be more valuable over the long term than as a closer.

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  65. Dennis Westrick

    24 pitches to get 3 outs by our “Closer”! Whatever works! A win is a win! 6 in a row!

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  66. Mark Moore

    That’s plenty of drama for this old man tonight. Time to shut this machine down (I’ll still listen to the Jim Day interview) and watch something for leisure before packing it in for the night.

    Climbed out of the basement and closer to the top than we’ve been in forever. Feels pretty good.

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  67. VaRedsFan

    All’s well.
    No Cubs No…the Cubs are going to lose today.

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    • Melvin

      Always a pleasure to beat the Cubs in our park with all of their fans here.

      Reply
  68. Moon

    And this one belongs to the Reds. It feels a little like Christmas because the Cubs pretty much handed the Reds the game. No disrespect to the great outing by Lodolo. And do not look now but the Reds are tied with the Cubs for second in the Division and the last place in the Wild Card race.

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