After their 7-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon, the Reds had an off day on Monday. Tonight will see Cincinnati return to the field as they welcome the Cleveland Guardians to town for a short, 2-game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Cleveland Guardians

Cincinnati Reds

Steven Kwan – LF TJ Friedl – CF
Tyler Freeman – CF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Jose Ramirez – 3B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Josh Naylor – 1B Spencer Steer – 1B
David Fry – RF Jake Fraley – RF
Andres Gimenez – 2B Tyler Stephenson – C
Kyle Manzardo – DH Jacob Hurtubise – DH
Brayan Rocchio – SS Jonathan India – 2B
Bo Naylor – C Will Benson – LF
Triston McKenzie – RHP Brent Suter – LHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Brent Suter 35.0 3.86 1.26 8 28
Triston McKenzie 62.2 4.16 1.44 36 61
Links: Brent Suter’s Stats | Triston McKenzie’s Stats

Brent Suter

The Cincinnati Reds are going with a bullpen day/opener kind of thing. Brent Suter is getting the start, but he’s not a long reliever and isn’t likely going to be pitching more than one or two innings. Because of that we aren’t going to break down his splits or pitches. We’ll save that for the starters where those things matter more.

Triston McKenzie

From April 19th through May 21st, McKenzie went on a strong run of six starts where he didn’t allow more than two earned runs in any of his outings and threw 34.1 innings (2.10 ERA during this stretch). But in the most recent three starts he’s had some struggles, giving up 12 runs in 15.1 innings while allowing eight home runs.

Right-handed hitters have hit better against McKenzie this season than lefties. Righties don’t make nearly the same amount of contact, but when they do they are making it count a little bit more. The power difference isn’t much between the two groups, but the average and walk rates are higher for righties.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 140 29 3 1 7 21 38 .246 .364 .466
LHH 134 25 3 0 7 15 23 .214 .301 .419

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider
Velo 91.0 77.6 85.3
Usage 53% 26% 21%

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: 75°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

CES and Williamson may have season ending surgery

There was a lot of bad news out of the managers office at Great American Ball Park this afternoon. David Bell told the media that both Christian Encarnacion-Strand and Brandon Williamson may have season ending surgery. The final decision has not been made yet by either player, but that option is on the table for both. We’ve got a little more information on each from earlier today when the news broke.

Noelvi Marte begins his rehab assignment

While he won’t be eligible to return until at least June 27th, the Reds have sent Noelvi Marte to Triple-A Louisville to begin a rehab assignment.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 39 27
Cincinnati 32 34 7.0
Chicago 32 34 7.0
St. Louis 31 33 7.0
Pittsburgh 31 34 7.5

174 Responses

  1. MK

    Looking at Sters foot it looks like you can see dirt between his foot and the rubber. Not sure he is making contact.

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  2. Mark Moore

    Kicking the Guardrail Pig will take some doing tonight. Tough team that plays … like a team.

    Nice opener from Suter. Let’s hit this guy hard and often.

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  3. Mark Moore

    OK Candyman!! Early leads against good teams are a positive thing.

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  4. Roger Garrett

    For the thousandth time can we just put a ball in play on the ground and move a guy to third?Nope nope and nope.

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  5. Harry Stoner

    Say what you will about Candelario, he does hit his fair share of doubles.

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  6. VaRedsFan

    Thought that was a goner for Steer… robbed at the wall

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  7. Mark Moore

    Two “almost” swats and a couple of decent plays to make them outs. But we did put the ball in play more often than not.

    Suter for one more or Martinez now?

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  8. VaRedsFan

    As with the Cubs series, seems like there is a huge amount of Cleve fans in the stands. Sad

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    • Harry Stoner

      I spent a few summers in Cincinnati a long long time ago.

      I’m sure it’s still a nice place to visit.

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      • VaRedsFan

        Making my yearly trek out to GABP for games next Fri-Sat. vs the Red Sox

      • Harry Stoner

        I hope you enjoy your trip!

        I’d like to get back up there some day. It’s been awhile.

        A unique city in many ways.

  9. Mark Moore

    Like those quick innings …

    Pick up where we left off but find some green this time, boyz.

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  10. Mark Moore

    Herd of Beasts for the walk …

    Find your pitch, Jon.

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  11. Indy Red Man

    Candy RBI, reds +2.5, over 8.5

    So far so good. Thought Fraley got that one

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  12. Mark Moore

    My First Wife just commented that McKenzie has “chicken legs”. Maybe more like “stork legs” given the lack of any meat.

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  13. Roger Garrett

    Elly and Benson continue to fight for the league lead in strikeouts.Man just think what may happen if they get that down to 30% of the time.

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  14. Beaufort Red

    If the Reds are willing to send Ashcraft down to “work things out”, why are they so hesitant to do the same to Benson. Highest strikeout percentage in MLB.

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  15. Roger Garrett

    Walks the 8 hole hitter and the catcher hitting below .200 doubles.WOW

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  16. Dennis Westrick

    Begs the question! Why didn’t Bell use Suter for 2 innings? Obvious that Nick doesn’t have “it” tonight!

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    • VaRedsFan

      What are you talking about?
      NMart’s 1st inning ….retired the side on 6 pitches

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      • Dennis Westrick

        My point was why use a PB pitcher as a starter in a designated bullpen day for only one (1) inning? Yes, Nick’s first inning was good, 2nd inning not so good!

  17. Roger Garrett

    Going to get ugly real quick.Martinez has no put away pitch so they foul them off until

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  18. RedAlert

    I like Martinez out of the pen , but he
    Absolutely stinks as a spot starter . He is
    getting ripped . Would rather Speirs get those if not be in the rotation period .

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      • RedAlert

        10-4 my bad. I missed beginning of game, but I see what you mean when checking box score . Thanks – just assumed he started .

    • VaRedsFan

      He came out of the pen tonight.
      He’s done well in that role. Cleveland extended AB’s on him and got some knocks.
      3 runs isn’t the end of the world.

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  19. VaRedsFan

    Cleveland fouled off a ton of good pitches.
    They have the 4th fewest strikeouts in the league.
    It says something for putting the ball in play.

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  20. Don

    Bell’s patience with Martinez here when he clearly struggled to get outs really hurt the team tonight.

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    • Mark Moore

      We’ve seen similar “patience” in the past … even recently.

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    • VaRedsFan

      Only 1 hit was really struck well.
      a slap double…a couple of infield bleeders.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Patience is a poor substitute for stubbornness!

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  21. Roger Garrett

    The Reds sent Ash down,Reds said didn’t need a 5th starter until the 18th,Frankie lays an egg Sunday so Bell uses Spiers.Bell pushed Hunter out from today on regular rest until Friday for extra rest.Bell does what he does by being way ahead of everybody else and because he is he loses games.Can’t make this stuff up.Its just who he is and its what I have come to expect.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Oh, come on Roger! It’s called strategy! (Again, sarcasm)!

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  22. Indy Red Man

    Bell showing some urgency getting Moll into the game in the 3rd. Need some offense though

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    • Roger Garrett

      Yeah and we scored 3,4 and 2 runs the last three games.The problem is the inconsistent offense and until we change from a free swinging all or nothing approach we will not be successful.Candy did it first time up for a run but just as soon as Steer then Fralley almost went yard that was no longer an option.Just who this team is?

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  23. Dennis Westrick

    Bell’s “bullpen day” strategy confounds me! OK with Suter starting but why pull him after one (1) effective inning? Nick now used and on to Moll! At this rate he will use most of the BP in this game!

    Hoping for a CG from Lodolo tomorrow I guess?

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    • VaRedsFan

      Have you even watched how Nick M has done in these situations previously?
      He has routinely gone 4-5+ innings.
      He came in and retired the side on 6 pitches…I doubt Suter would have done better in inning 2.

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  24. Don

    De La Cruz’s BA now down to .233. He hit .208 last month and is hitting .184 this month.

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  25. Dennis Westrick

    OK! Time to start the comeback! One (1) run at a time my minions!

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  26. Mark A Verticchio

    These bull pen games are going to do your team sooner or later. They should be used very seldom, not as often as Bell has implemented them.

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    • Indy Red Man

      2 days off this week and Frankie’s luting/Williamson injury didn’t leave him too many other options

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  27. Roger Garrett

    Mc Kenzie and his 90 mph fastball is killing us.

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  28. Dennis Westrick

    Can’t expect to score many runs if we don’t at least put the ball into play! Four (4) strikeouts already and we haven’t finished the 4th inning!

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  29. Indy Red Man

    Fraley wasn’t running. That’s a single if he doesn’t overrun the ball or thrown out at 2b.

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  30. Roger Garrett

    Swinging 3-0 and down 2 in the 4th.Are you kidding me?I am gone we are just so foolish?Please don’t say he homered on 3-0 in Colorado without telling the score at the time and the inning.It ain’t the same.

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  31. Indy Red Man

    Sims 3 outs on 8 pitches? Alien abduction is my only explanation

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    • Mark Moore

      Bigger question is will he pitch the next inning as a result.

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    • VaRedsFan

      They found a role for him.
      5th inning guy in a game they aren’t leading.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      And I thought the Twilight Zone was cancelled years ago!

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  32. Mark Moore

    Need to score this inning to avoid that Clete that wants to load.

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  33. Redsgettingbetter

    Reds are hitting a harmless lot of fly balls

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  34. Redsgettingbetter

    The Guardians bullpen time is coming and the Reds are trailing… It is getting late

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  35. Mark A Verticchio

    I am afraid to say this but this team is looking like the one that found themselves 10 under. Poor plate discipline and a lot of easy pop ups.

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  36. Mark Moore

    And that Clete is definitely starting to load for me … we’re just in a funk here. Playing a really good team like the Guardrails only amplifies that. I know we just had a solid win streak, but that feels more like a roller-coaster now and we’re at the low point (again).

    Sims for the 6th … I’ll take that as a positive note.

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  37. Melvin

    Just able to tune it. Looks like we need some hits and some runs.

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  38. Mark A Verticchio

    32 and 35 if they don’t come back, please don’t waste the winning streak. Oh, and Fraley was not running hard at all.

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  39. Redsgettingbetter

    I’m starting to think the Reds will call up somebody for the bullpen tomorrow and could be option Spiers

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    • VaRedsFan

      Only Moll and NMart burned to not be available tomorrow? Everybody else short stints?

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      • Mark Moore

        Definitely on Moll. Probably on Martinez.

      • Redsgettingbetter

        Well, the day off on Thursday helps for resting ahead to the weekend series

      • Mark Moore

        Same end result, so that’s a positive.

    • VaRedsFan

      Result worked out, but after 5 straight balls and Candy hit a check swing tapper?

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      • Melvin

        Most on here kind of live and die with the Reds don’t we? 😀

      • Mark Moore

        Welsh said it best … only 3-1 but it feels like more.

        That’s what we’re battling in these cases, JB. But you know that. 😛

  40. Mark Moore

    And finally a haunted walk works for the good guys.

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  41. VaRedsFan

    Tyler heats up going oppo.
    Stops going oppo….cools down

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    • Mark Moore

      He’s way better going oppo. Then a strong pull because he connects is gravy. But what do we know, right?

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  42. Mark Moore

    Get one, strand two … story of our lives lately. Or so it seems.

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  43. Redsgettingbetter

    Espinal has hit just once time out of 100 in clutch situation all season… That was at Wrigley field… Am I wrong?

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  44. Dennis Westrick

    I simply have no words as to why this team, time after time, cannot advance, let alone score, a runner from 2nd base with less than 2 outs!

    At least we made it a one (1) run game!

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  45. VaRedsFan

    Kwan is an Arraez clone.

    Nobody seems to want to copy these batting title contender’s approaches.

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  46. Dennis Westrick

    Let’s face it folks! There’s a reason the Indians (I refuse to call them the Guardians) are TWENTY (20) games above 500! They do the little things necessary to win close games like advancing runners, playing smart defense, etc.!

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  47. Dennis Westrick

    Atta boy, Cruz! Now, Mr. Bell, please use Cruz in the 8th inning! You’ve already used 6 pitchers! Plus, Cruz only threw 10 pitches!

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  48. Rob

    Don’t get why Nick can’t see the problem with this platoon outfield. Our powerful bench today was Dunn, Espinal, and Fairchild. LHP comes in and now our last 3 inning offense is missing Fraley and Hurtubise, and instead has Espinal and Fairchild. The moves don’t so much bother me as 1) the need to make the moves, and 2) that the replacements are so weak and these are the guys we are now counting on in late innings. It is endless and infinite. Can’t we just get a couple big RH bats in here to not allow the opposing manager to pull this stunt on Bell every fricking time? So tired of hearing that Marte and CES are going to fix this but we have already squandered numerous games because of this platoon garbage. Get an everyday OF in here.

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    • Hanawi

      I’ve been more thinking about the lack of playing time for Fairchild overall. He’s 4th on the team in WAR, just had a .900+ OPS for the month of May and has 15 plate appearances in June even though we’re a 3rd of the way through the month.

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      • Don

        I used to think Fairchild was the quintessential AAAA player. but I think he certainly has a role on this team now as a regular platoon/pinch hit guy. He has shown me something this year.

    • Melvin

      Was able to watch Robert Jr. last night. He did show me signs of why so many like him. He looks the part of a “STAR”. He was only 1-4 but he did have a two run homer and walked as well. Looks good in CF.

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    • Mark Moore

      Marte maybe … CES is likely headed for surgery and that means a long absence and rehab (so 2024 is likely shot for him).

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      • Rob

        Probably right. How long are we going to wait for a bat or two? Been waiting a month too long already.

  49. JB

    Sadak mentions Mikolas no hitter after 6 and No hitter ends in the 7th. Lol the guy is a no hit killer.

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  50. Rob

    Dunn was overmatched. Can’t believe this is happening without changes.

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  51. Mark Moore

    Can’t score if you can’t get on.

    I guess I’m in for the duration tonight. Getting too late to watch anything else. Still relying on hope as my primary strategy which I know is nearly always a losing proposition.

    Still … we soldier on and live and die with our Reds like Melvin said. It’s been 50 years give or take for me. I’m not about to switch to a different team. This is the only pro sport I watch anymore.

    On a more positive, local note … the NC State Wolfpack are headed to Omaha!!!

    And then Naylor does THAT which may cause me to Clete anyway.

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  52. Dennis Westrick

    That HR was unfortunate! May be the dagger! Cleveland rarely loses close games!

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  53. JB

    Cleveland bullpen ERA is 2.35. No other team is in the Twos. Dodgers are 2nd at 3.03. Chances of coming back are slim.

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    • Mark Moore

      Slim and none … and Slim’s out of town this week.

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    • Melvin

      Well they’re 20 games above .500 as Dennis said. That’s the reason I want to trade for more “closer” type help. Our bp is decent but not good enough.

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  54. Dennis Westrick

    Bell had to get Farmer in this game! And with that move I’m out!

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  55. Mike W

    Last year Bell burned out our RPs (based on appearances compared to other teams) and they had practically nothing left the last 25 games of the year.
    This year it seemed he had learned his lesson.
    So riddle me this Red’s fans?
    6/9 (2 days ago) he used Spiers for 5 and 2 relievers. (I get that as Montas lasted 1+ and was ineffective. Thank you Spiers!)
    6/10 (yesterday) we had the day off. Everyone rested.
    WE HAVE ANOTHER DAY OFF IN 2 DAYS (THURS).
    Soooo… with our last SP (who pitched more than 1 inning, thx for nothing Montas) having pitched 3 days ago (6/8), AND no SPs pitching today, AND another day off in 48 hours, why in the world did we try another “RP game” and use (almost) all of our RPs tonight, instead of an SP?!
    Is Bell figuring our SP tomorrow night, Lodolo, will pitch a complete game and we wont need any RPs tomorrow night against this 42-22 1st place Cleveland team?
    Every win counts the same Bell!
    Use SPs to start. They’re SPs for a reason — supposedly more capable than RPs. All our SPs have and will have plenty of rest given the day off yesterday and the day off in 48 hours.
    Now our RPs will be more worn out than they needed to be. Believe me there will be a time when they need to be used a lot. This was clearly not that time.

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    • Mark Moore

      +1,000 for some solid thoughts. Nights like this it’s baffling to me the choices made.

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    • Indy Red Man

      Combination of things though. Frankie horrible. Martinez horrible. Nick Mart was supposed to go atleast 4. Williamson not an option either plus HG threw 111 so pushing him back. It is what it is

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    • Don

      Lodolo’s gonna have a really long leash tomorrow night. The bullpen pitchers have thrown a combined 140 pitches tonight.

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  56. Indy Red Man

    Marte 2-4 w/a double. Key to me tonight is only 2 off string bean. They’re 20 over .500 so he’s got to 4th-5th starter at 4.19. You have to light up some bottom rung righties once in a while

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  57. Indy Red Man

    Going to start betting at-bats. Guaranteed K there

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  58. Melvin

    Sheesh. That wasn’t a good AB there. Went down lookin.

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  59. Mark Moore

    Imma Clete, folks. I need to shower and get ready for lights out. 2 runs at this point is too many.

    Back at it tomorrow.

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  60. LDS

    Imagine that, bring a LHP in to get Bell to react, then come back with a RHP. Who could have foreseen that? That is the problem with a platoon oriented roster and a manager whose tactical grasp of the game ends with handedness.

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  61. Melvin

    Well got our 9th inning walk out of the way. Two on. No outs. What could possibly go wrong? 🙂

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  62. Melvin

    Sac bunt by a team that’s 20 games above .500. Interesting. 🙂

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    • Melvin

      We had one three games in a row lately….when we were winning.

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      • Mike W

        Right on Melvin!
        Bunting is as much a part of baseball as sacrifice flies, going opposite side to move guys over or get opposite field hits on outside pitches, etc. Bell didn’t get that the last several years. Got it for a while 3 weeks ago when (someone from above spoke to him?) his managerial style surprisingly changed to how baseball games are supposed to be managed. Now he’s back to overusing our RPs.

      • Melvin

        Well the bunt definitely needs to be used more when you’re not scoring a lot of runs. Have to be able to generate/create runs.

      • Harry Stoner

        “This won’t change who we are!”

  63. Mike W

    Come on Bell, we all know Candelario has only been able to throw sidearm for quite a while now. You need to move him to DH until he can throw overhand again. So many plays have gone for hits or VERY close plays at first base — which should not have been the case at all — because of his extra step and/or sidearm looping throws. Come on.

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  64. Harry Stoner

    I wonder what Bell (and De La Cruz) were thinking when they watched the Cleveland #2 hitter lay down a bunt to advance the two runners into scoring position.

    Or if they were watching at all?

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  65. Melvin

    Alright! Gotta a runner on. 🙂 Fairchild with the spin off the bat gets a hit.

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  66. DaveCT

    Say what you will, India fighting off 100 heat for a bloop RBI is pretty great.

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  67. Melvin

    One problem we have right now is that we’ve got two, maybe three guys that are “26th” men and we play them regularly because of handedness or whatever.

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  68. Roger Garrett

    Six hits 11 punch outs and 3 runs along with burning up the pen on a Monday night at GABP.Oh well we are still good and we know we are good but in case you aren’t sure then listen to Bells’ post game.Back to 10 behind by the end of the weekend.Tribe is really really good and they are not at all flashy.They put it in play move runners and their pen is lights out.They play as a team one might say.Just keep the line moving on offense and it works.No secret as to why they are 20 games over 500.Talk about how to play the game,just watch the Tribe.Hats off to them.

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    • LDS

      Tribe? Come on man, you’re showing your age (like the rest of us). Not only are they better managed, better performing, their payroll is less than the Reds as well. So much for the small market malarkey.

      Reply

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