Both teams did their scoring early on, but it was the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-run 1st inning that was enough to be the difference in the game. Cincinnati got to Paul Skenes early on, but once he settled in they simply didn’t have an answer in a 4-1 loss to open up the series.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (34-38)
1 7 1
Pittsburgh Pirates (35-37)
4 8 0
W: Skenes (4-0) L: Spiers (0-1) SV: Bednar (15)
Box Score | Game Thread

The Reds put together a little two out rally in the top of the 1st when Jeimer Canderlario hit a single, stole second base, then scored when Spencer Steer doubled on a 101 MPH fastball from Paul Skenes. Pittsburgh had their rookie phenom’s back in the bottom of the frame. Andrew McCutchen led off with a walk, moved to third on a ground-rule double, then Oneil Cruz singled in both runners with a seeing-eye grounder to put the Pirates in the lead. Two hits later in the inning would make it 3-1.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning the Pirates hit two more doubles – back-to-back, 2-out doubles from McCutchen and Reynolds – to pad their lead to 4-1. From there both pitchers settled in a little bit, with the score remaining the same as both Carson Spiers and Paul Skenes pitched through six innings.

In the bottom of the 5th inning TJ Friedl made a diving catch to retire Nick Gonzalez, but he got up slowly. That led to the trainer and manager heading out to center and eventually Friedl exited the game and was replaced by Jacob Hurtubise.

Brent Suter took over for the Reds in the 7th and got a 1-2-3-4 inning. Yes, you read that right. Suter struck out Bryan Reynolds for the third out of the inning, but the pitch got by Tyler Stephenson and Reynolds reached first base. Oneil Cruz then popped up to end the top of the frame.

Aroldis Chapman took over for Pittsburgh in the bottom of the 7th and hit Nick Martini with a pitch. A few pitches later Martini was picked off and trotted back to the dugout before Chapman notched a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.

Elly De La Cruz picked up a 1-out single off of new reliever Colin Holderman in the top of the 8th. He then stole second base, but that’s as far as he got after a pop up and a strikeout ended the inning.

Brent Suter headed back to the mound for the 8th, but as he was warming up manager David Bell headed to the plate to talk with the umpire about something and after about a minute things got heated and Bell got thrown out of the game. It seemed he was complaining – and rightfully so – that during Suter’s warm up throws that stadium operator was flashing the lights on the field. Suter would work around a single to send the game to the 9th with the Pirates still up 4-1.

David Bednar came into the game to try and pick up the save and he made rather easy work of the 5-6-7 hitters in the Reds lineup. After 11 pitches in the inning the game was over as Pittsburgh grabbed the first game up the series with a 4-1 win.

Key Moment of the Game

The bottom of the 1st inning when the Pirates scored three runs.

Notes Worth Noting

Elly De La Cruz had three hits. The only out he recorded was a fly ball to the warning track that would have been a home run in nine different ballparks.

Spencer Steer had two hits on the day. He and De La Cruz accounted for five of the Reds seven hits.

With the loss the Reds fall behind the Pirates and into a tie with the Cubs for last place. Chicago is still playing, so depending on the outcome of their game against San Francisco, Cincinnati could be in 4th or 5th all by themselves by tomorrow.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday June 18th, 6:40pm ET

Nick Lodolo (7-2, 2.93 ERA) vs Bailey Falter (3-4, 3.86 ERA)

79 Responses

  1. Klugo

    David Bell is a joke. He has no fire. CLE and MIL don’t make the same stupid mistakes we do over and over again and he just sits there. This franchise is screwed as long as the Castellinis own it.

    • MK

      Looked pretty firey tonight, at least the veins in his neck looked like it.

  2. RedsGettingBetter

    The REDS scored a run in the first inning by second game in a row. They lost both games.
    The have won the opener game many times but they lost the next two later. Now, they just lost the opener so Could they then win the next two ??
    Friedl , Stephenson and India are in a slump. Benson is not hitting well despite he’s facing only righties.
    Nick Lodolo has been a stopper for the Reds so we can expect a win tomorrow…

  3. Lee

    As Brantley said tonight it’s the small things that this team constantly fails to do that separates winners from losers such as bad base running ,giving the other team extra outs due to poor defense,pitchers that can’t or won’t throw strikes,poor fundamentals and a manager who would be perfect for Little League yet somehow is managing a big league team.After this next prolonged losing streak Bell should get a lifelong extension.I wonder if Big Bob ever watches a game because surely he can see what we all see.

    • Melvin

      “As Brantley said tonight it’s the small things that this team constantly fails to do that separates winners from losers”

      I have to agree with Brantley. The excuse that their young really doesn’t hold water.

    • Still a Red

      Hah…I don’t think Brantley mentioned the part about Bell being a Little League manager

  4. MK

    Elly might need a couple of days off. He is really looking like his concentration on defense is lacking. Hopefully it is just mental fatigue.

  5. Melvin

    Had to miss the last few innings. Did we actually have two guys picked off again?

    • Indy Red Man

      It should be high for that kid. Looks like Ron Guidry when he’s on. I’d give up Lowder for him in a heartbeat although he’s basically 25 already

      I was a Rangers season ticket holder in 1998. They picked up Todd Stottlemyre and he wasn’t even that good, but gave them a boost and they won the AL West. I’m expecting the Reds to just sit on their donkey though

    • Rob

      Liked the part on tho speculation that Crochet’s price would probably increase as we entered into July. Kind of opposite to the speculation around Krall waiting until July to pull the trigger on big bats. Do we really believe that? That Nick thinks the acquisitions will be less costly come July? Count me out of that camp. I think the best deals for the bigger pieces can be made now, or last month, without the additional competition. Just don’t want to hear him whine again about the prices being too high. The good thing is that teams like the White Sox will only be interested in prospects and we are rich there.

    • JB

      Why wouldn’t they be high? You have to give up a lot to get good players. Red’s need a big bang outfielder. They are going to have to give up good prospects like Lowder ,Collier etc. Unfortunately Krall refuses to do that and will get a Harrison Bader or a Renfroe. Just more of the average to below average guys they have. Red’s are good at kicking the tires and offering peanuts.

      • TR

        In the highly competitive field of MLB, nothing ventured, of quality, nothing gained or maybe lost. That’s the chance winning teams have to take. As fans, we shall see.

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    I don’t think they should trade Lowder or Collier this year. This team is a lot more than one or even two players away. Just look at the line up they will put out tonight besides EDLC, Candy, Steer and maybe Stephenson who are above average. If Freidl isn’t hurt you could add him. That is 4 or 5 big holes in the line up. They are better off waiting for Marte, Mclain, Strand and Freidl to get totally healthy = 2025.

    • Oldtimer

      I think Encarnacion will play ahead of Strand.

    • Rob

      Mark, have to disagree to some extent here. If we are talking 85-86 wins gets you in the playoffs, that imo is very very doable with 1-2 RH bats and a shut down closer. And as we know 84 wins can get you to the World Series playing another wildcard. That is “only” 8-10 games over 500 and we were 12 games over last July 31 before Krall whined and choked on one starting pitcher add to replace Weaver, Kennedy, or Stoudt. There are a number of teams in a similar boat as us needing pieces to finish the job. Gosh, the Cards, Pirates, and Nats are rebuilders like we were last year. The Giants have been destroyed by injuries. The Braves have lost Acuna and Striker and look like a shell of their former self. The Mets are 18 games out of first place and were in conversations about giving up. Yes, the Brewers, Phillies, and Dodgers are formidable and I wouldn’t expect to catch them. But beat them in the playoffs ….who knows.

      A big RH bat like Robert probably adds so much to this team in terms of energy and positive outlook. 275 career average and 38 bombs last year. And there is no real cost or risk here. You can trade him in 2025 or 2026 for a solid return if you don’t like him. Yes, it will take 2-3 high value prospects to get him – because he is strong and contract friendly – but we got 2025-2026 top 10 3B and SS prospects out the kazoo including Arroyo, Marte, Collier, Stewart, and Jorge. Probably no more than 1 of these guys is even going to start for the Reds in 2026. If we get strong CF play and 30 HRs and 275 BA out of Robert, we ain’t going to care about a couple 22 year old IFs and how they do in 2026 and beyond. Give them Arroyo, Collier, and Fraley/Dunn/Hurtubise and let’s go. Get Tanner Scott from the Marlins for another hot shot IF prospect or Williamson.

      No, I don’t think 1-2 bats gets us to 90-100 wins. But yes I think Robert and a closer gives us a strong chance to get to 85 wins and that is what we are debating right? But I don’t think we can sit round at 6-8 games under in mid July and make this work. We both know that other NL pretenders are going to be picking up pieces to make their team stronger. Imo, this is going to be very much about who adds who in the next month. Remember last year when we were in first place, 12 games over on July 31 and didn’t add squat and finished 1-2 games behind Arizona with a minor league starting rotation.

  7. Steven Ross

    Maybe Bell should get fired up about the lack of fundamentals? Bad “D” continues for some and back to back innings our leadoff hitter gets on, the gets picked off.

    Really not sure what to say anymore but if one reads between the lines, Jeff Brantley speaks for all of us. Something has to change.

  8. LDS

    I’ve watched a number of the slo-mo replays with numerous angles of the EDLC pickoff. I’m not convinced that the first umpire’s call wasn’t right. Not that it matters at this point. So it goes.

  9. DataDumpster

    This defense and lapse of fundamentals (cutoff man, baserunning flubs, poor defense and situational misjudgments) have been a feature and not a bug of this team since David Bell arrived… Lack of
    emphasis means few good results. No discipline invites sloppy play. The outfield, despite their athleticism seems to thrive on it.
    Except for the poor management decisions in game use for Cruz, Sims, and Diaz (for the most part), the pitching has been very good to nearly excellent in both starting and relief.
    However, these efforts are being wasted with the hitting malaise.
    But, as Bell would say, we just got a little unlucky with hard hit balls being right at somebody. Stay the course, we know it will turn… Perhaps the opposition is pitching and positioning better than your batters are finding the holes in the defense. How many Ks do we have now?
    But, as Krall would say, we have a surplus of runs scored so the wins will naturally increase over time… Perhaps you should look at the record in 1 run ballgames and the situational factors which led to that poor record. You really think the Pythagorean theorem has anything to do with your ball club’s success?
    But, as Bob and Phil would say, there’s a lot of butts in those seats this year, we have been successful.

    • LDS

      Butts in the seat is all that matters to this group. And sadly, fans are accommodating. Nothing is likely to change. Bell is an insider and as we saw last year, rewarding the loyalists trumps building a winning team. And winning is something they can only stumble into with Bell as the manager.

  10. SultanofSwaff

    It’s no coincidence the Reds have been rolling ever since TJ Friedl has been back. Really hoping his hammy is ok.

    Of all the things to get chapped about, Bell always chooses the dumbest ones….last night’s tantrum was so performative that you can’t take it seriously. He thinks it increases his credibility but the opposite is true.

    The Martini pickoff was only the second dumbest thing last night, although most nights it would be first. He has average speed at best and you’re down THREE runs, the risk/reward just isn’t there. Now that said, Chapman balked….in no way did he stride toward first or even get inside that subjective 45 degree gray area by striding toward the dugout. If you want to defend your players, I would suggest that is the better moment.

    Good luck to Joey Votto tonight–he finally starts his rehab in earnest by playing for Dunedin in the Florida State League before moving on to Buffalo.

    • Grover

      Thanks for note on Votto! Had just about assumed he was retiring.

    • Tom Diesman

      Votto actually played his first game yesterday. Went 0 for 2 with a SF. Three fly balls to CF.

  11. Mark Moore

    The lack of execution, weak fundamentals, and lackluster performance continue to bite us game after game. Hoping TJ isn’t seriously injured, but if he is, that’s just another kick in the shorts. Frankly, I’m growing numb from them.

    Back at it tonight. All I know is something’s got to give and I doubt we’ll see that give this season.

    • TR

      With the Reds averaging almost 25,000 per game at GABP this season, and 31,000 per game on the road, I don’t see major changes happening this year.

  12. old-school

    Reds are pretty much in the bottom 6 in MLB in most offensive categories- BA/K%/wRC+/team bWAR. They are bottom in MLB in production from the DH spot.

    They are also 2nd in MLB if I saw correctly in outs on the bases- (Cubs are worst)
    Defense has been very poor.

    Cowboy was saying the Reds arent executing the small things to consistently win. i think we all agree there.

    Those are 3 big defining characteristics of this version of the 2024 Reds and require major change/improvement to get to winning baseball They got 1 under .500 last Friday and have reeled off 3 poor/uninspired performances to get back to 4 under with lowlight reels of bad defense, baserunning, poor offensive execution and a Sims bullpen meltdown to boot with a Diaz Houdini act thrown in for good measure.

    Bad time to be fading when playing 14/17 against division teams…..but here we are.

  13. Kevin H

    I have been able to watch the games this year. Years past was following in gameday. I have come to the conclusion the Reds can’t win with the current manager.

    Sunday was proof of this as you don’t pitch run for your hottest hitter on the team. You just don’t

    • Mark A Verticchio

      You are 100% correct, sadly it won’t change. We fans are stuck with this clown for the foreseeable future.

  14. Grover

    Skenes is great, had this game pegged as a near certain loss. Win the next 2

    • Old Big Ed

      Yeah, I think he is the best pitcher ever drafted out of college. Stephen Strasburg, maybe, but he was injury prone.

      Strong as an ox.

      They are 6-1 in his 7 starts. In the only game they lost, by the score of 7-6, Skenes left having given up 1 run in 6 innings.

      • DaveCT

        Ed, I saw Strasberg pitch as a collegian in a wood bat summer league while he was playing for some kind of national team. I was blown away. That, is, until I watched Skenes pitch v. Louisville earlier this year. Holy moly!

      • Jason Franklin

        I hope he stays healthy but how things have been going this year in terms of injuries, even Skenes could get hurt.

  15. Tom Diesman

    There’s a couple of interesting RH bats out there in DFA limbo right now that might fit in well on the Reds bench to supply a RH platoon partner with pop for one of Fraley/Benson and keep Espinal on the bench except for defensive purposes. Garret Cooper, .265/.333/.427/.759 lifetime and .283/.333/.468/.801 vs LH lifetime. Also J. D. Davis, .259/.341/.427/.768 lifetime and .258/.341/.438/.779 vs LH lifetime. I like Davis better since he’s two years younger and has better defensive versatility.

    • west larry

      Have they been dfa’d? If with a current club, idea of trade costs?

      • Tom Diesman

        Cooper has cleared waivers, was released and is now a FA.

        The Davis DFA was reported yesterday to be expected as a transaction today.

      • Tom Diesman

        The J. D. Davis DFA is now official.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’d really not like to hear lifetime averages vs. last year + this year.

      Votto had a good lifetime average, but his last 5, 3, or 1 years were abysmal compared to the previous.

      • VaRedsFan

        vs lefties:
        Cooper
        2024 .244/.279/.366
        2023 .324/.375/.529

        There’s definitely something worth poking around there.
        What happened this year though?

        Davis
        2024 .265/.324/.471
        2023 .247/.306/.423

        Not awful but he doesn’t move the needle very much

      • Tom Diesman

        I use lifetime numbers to provide the best sample size possible for L/R splits. There’s no sample size context to your numbers to let us know if they are meaningful. Also remember you are only obtaining a RH bench bat to temporarily serve as a RH platoon bat at DH to replace Espinal’s curent platoon role.

  16. Mark A Verticchio

    J.D. Davis would be a nice pick up, however if you are going to do it do it asap. It might help, it might not but it is worth a shot at this point. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    • Jason Franklin

      I think if something needs done like adding a bat, the team should just either go all in and get a top of the line bat via trade or just don’t. Why add another potentially washed up hitter like Davis when this is what they’ve been doing with little to no quality?

  17. JohnnySofa

    The group of outfielders is so mediocre thanks to a mystifying offseason that fans are left to discuss adding more DFA’d players to it. Everyone in baseball knew this team needed power-hitting outfielder back in November. Instead, they went to the thrift store and found Martini (twice), Ford, Thompson … and now who? This is the sad state of Cincinnati Reds baseball. Oh, and a really bad manager to lead them.

  18. Redgoggles

    The keys to me are whether Benson and/or Fraley are really what they’ve shown in 2024, or if they along with Friedl and Steer revert back to their early career norms/promise. 2023 was about sorting the pitching, I think 2024 is about sorting the offense options beginning with the OF (including Hurbertise and Dunn). I’d say it’s not going so well at the present, but adding a healthy and productive Friedl/Steer to the second half OF would surely help. Benson’s plate discipline and Fraley’s lack of power has been a big disappointment to me this year. One or both of them will need to go, either around trade deadline or off-season to really upgrade the OF.

    • PhP

      Benson has been the most disappointing to me. Huge fan of his and last year (.863 ops, 130 ops+) it looked like Brandon Phillips trade 2.0. I thought because he did so well over a decent number of ABs that he was a shoo-in to at minimum replicate his performance if not improve.

  19. Mark A Verticchio

    I watch every game, live or dvr, and as much as I hate to admit I think this year might be a waste. So many things have gone wrong, and the hits just keep on coming with Freidl getting hurt again. I think Bell is awful, but how many teams could survive losing their 1st base power hitter, 2nd base best all around player, 3rd base top prospect, CF lead off hitter off and on, all year, as well as a top pitching prospect and a young shortstop prospect and still survive. Even with all that happening I still think they could compete with a good manager, maybe hang around .500 and make a run in September. However, when has a David Bell team ever had a good September? Despite everything I will still watch and hope.

  20. LDS

    Another reverse split lefty throwing tonight and Bell has the RH’ers in. Falter for this season and his career has somewhat significant reverse splits. So much for the analytics myth.

    • Old Big Ed

      Eh. This season, he’s given up a .672 OPS against RH hitters, and .673 against LH hitters. Given that he’s only pitching against the opponents’ better LH hitters, he’s not exactly a reverse-split guy.

      Looking deeper into the career numbers, he has a career BABIP against lefties of .332, versus .272 against RH hitters. Part of that is luck, and the other part is that the lefties that Falter does face are guys like Friedl and Yelich. Further, his SO/W rate against RH is 2.98, and is 6.20 against LH hitters. So, Falter strikes out a lot of LH hitters but doesn’t walk many of them at all.

      The other half of the equation is that the Reds are laden with LH-hitting outfielders who can’t hit LH pitching — Fraley, Benson and Hurtubise, plus Martini. The Reds have slashed .315/.351.507 against him in 77 PAs, with a strikeout rate of less than 20%, and his ERA against the Reds is 7.79.

      He’s playing Fraley in RF, batting 8th.

      • west larry

        Good information. Sounds like he is not dominant against lefty’s or righty’s.

      • LDS

        Hurtubise needs more opportunities against LHers. It’s not clear what he can do. But my guess is he’s this years Lopez – a guy who has hit well in AAA, but with no power, low EVS etc. Not likely to have a long career. As for th3 Reds OFers, you have demonstrated clearly that they aren’t a competitive ML OF.

      • Melvin

        The Reds REALLY NEED an every day outfielder to go along with Friedl and Steer so as to stop this platoon crapioli.

      • Tom Diesman

        Let us know when you find someone that’s going to outperform the platoon and is not going to cost any prospects. I’ll be all in then.

        RF Platoon

        Benson PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        Career vs RHP 518 .263 .346 .477 .823
        Career vs LHP 104 .114 .233 .193 .426

        Fraley PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        Career vs RHP 940 .259 .347 .438 .786
        Career vs LHP 204 .174 .275 .247 .522

        Fairchild PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        Career vs RHP 258 .206 .282 .373 .655
        Career vs LHP 259 .252 .357 .405 .762

        Benson/Fairchild PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        Platoon Projection 680 .260 .349 .459 .808

        Fraley/Fairchild PA BA OBP SLG OPS
        Platoon Projection 680 .257 .350 .430 .780

      • LDS

        @Tom, who said without costing prospects? There are prospects that they shouldn’t trade, but many that could be.

      • Melvin

        @Tom Diesman – It will cost prospects but if you want a stop gap to try until then see my post below.

      • Tom Diesman

        @LDS, I did.

        @Melvin, what do Jordan and Soto have to do with an OF platoon? I’m not seeing a stopgap there to end the OF platoon.

      • Melvin

        @Tom Diesman – Look at their history. They’ve both played outfield before and it also helps move Steer back out there as well.

      • Tom Diesman

        @Melvin, I did, and Jordan has 27 G in the OF over a 7 year minor league career and Soto has one game lifetime in the OF. If you want to bring one up to replace Hurtubise on the bench for more IF depth, fine. But let’s not pretend this will help the OF. Steer will be back to being a full time OF as soon as Marte returns next week.

      • Rob

        Tom, I don’t think that fairly tells the whole story. I think the overall OPS of 3 or 5 of our OFs more accurately portrays the situation. You get into the situation in late innings where Fairchild or Fraley has already pinch hit for a platooner and now must face the wrong sided pitcher. Ugh. Or like tonite’s game, because of rest or injury, you have Fraley starting against a LH pitcher. Ugh. Your analysis would be more realistic if a team had a 8-9 man bench and we could pinch hit infinitely. But the real world is that we have a bunch of 650-700 OPS guys who can get compromised in a second at bat in late innings or in a situation like tonite’s game.

        The Reds are a much below average offense and badly need 1-2 everyday RH bats high 700s or 800+ OPS. We can continue to deny this and continue to roll out a bottom quarter offense and results therein. Chasing 500. Or we can get an 800 OPS guy in here and give up a couple hotshot SS and 3B prospects who probably will be blocked anyway in 2026 by guys like Elly, Mac, Marte, Strand, Candy, etc. Or maybe we will decide not to pay Elly and Mac and start all over again.

        Robert’s 275 career average and 38 HRs suggest rather strongly that he could significantly help this offense. Plus his contract is very friendly with $20M TEAM options. If you don’t like him at $20M, trade him in 2025-2026 to a bigger market team who won’t blink at a $20M contract.

      • Tom Diesman

        @Rob, I only demonstrated the single RF platoon, since it was the only one ever intended to be in place.

        DH Candelario
        C Stephenson
        1B Encarnacion-Strand
        2B McLain
        SS De La Cruz
        3B Marte
        LF Steer
        CF Friedl
        RF Fraley/Fairchild or Benson/Fairchild
        Bench Maile, India

        Benson and Fraley are the only ones who need a platoon mate. We are seeing more platooning now to get by due to the injuries. Another platoon disappears with each player returning from injury.

        Having an AB here or there against the wrong side is always going to happen and now again and is not a significant reason not to employ a platoon that is productive and affordable.

        In no way do I trade top prospects for a stop-gap OF.

        I’d be in on trading prospects for a Robert like OF, but only for one that can stay on the field.

      • Rob

        Tom, possibly not a significant reason on the platoon but can be vital in.late innings in a 1 run game when you have to bat wrong sided. We are not strong in these situations because of the wrong sidedness.

        We can’t predict the future health of Robert or Lodolo or Greene. We know they have had hiccups wiping out months. But yes, knowing the injury history of the above, I would be in trade negotiations for any of them. We can’t exactly predict the future. But again, I don’t see the risk as overwhelming. Unless Robert (or Lodolo or Greene)has a career ender, he will always be looked upon as talented in trade discussions. Did the Twins know or expect Mahle would lose 1+ years? Can happen to anybody. We can afford $20M when his contract is so tradable. You can always get 2-3 prospects back in return if you don’t like his 120 games a year.

    • Melvin

      Advanced scouting for David Bell – If he throws left, bat right. If he throws right, bat left….no matter what. 😀

    • BK

      “Hurtubise needs more opportunities against LHers. It’s not clear what he can do.”

      Hurtubise OPS’d 1.034 vs. RHP at AA last season and just .589 against LHP. That line doesn’t really warrant additional chances at the MLB level.

    • Melvin

      @Tom Diesman – Those guys at least have a lot better chance of hitting well than either Benson or Espinal. They can play both infield AND outfield which Benson and Espinal definitely DO NOT do. I really don’t see how they can be any worse than Benson out there. He’s a good guy and tries hard but the truth is he just doesn’t track fly balls well at all. Soto and Jordan DO have outfield experience which is a lot more than India has had and they were going to play him there had we not had the injuries. I don’t see how it can’t be worth a try. Like I said all four of those guys have options so you won’t lose anyone expect maybe getting rid of Burdick to make a 40 man spot for Jordan. Our offense on most nights is not very good (being nice). If you don’t try something like this right now then you never do which I disagree with.

  21. Rick

    Bell told Jim Day post-game that they’ll stick with the process and they’ll be fine(paraphrasing).
    Nothing has been fine under Bell’s leadership.
    His process simply means I do things my way day in & day out regardless of results. No pragmatism at all. To his defense our active roster for position players specifically outfielders is severely lacking.

    • Melvin

      Both Soto and Jordan are hitting pretty well against both lefties and righties by the way.

  22. Melvin

    Besides our hitters not “hitting” this platoon stuff handcuffs us nearly every game when other teams start switching pitchers.

    • Melvin

      Now that the DH is here we only have four bench spots when we carry 13 pitchers (almost always) and one of those spots is for the backup catcher (which we don’t like to use).

  23. Randoxu1

    @Melvin, I’m with you on what do they have to lose but we know they wont make those moves, sad. Maybe our manager will get mad at the announcer for introducing players too loud just like the led lights last night. Maybe if he would direct that energy toward his players who make mental mistake after mistake but he wont do that. No one will be held accountable and thats why the mistakes continue. This failure continues as long as he is the manager.

  24. Melvin

    I kind of think part of the problem is Krall listens to Bell too much and Bell is too loyal to his players. He doesn’t want to switch them out. Just speculation on my part.

  25. Mark A Verticchio

    I admit even before I saw the line up, with what Bell has to his disposal tonight, this is the line up I would have used, still not a Bell supporter. As for Freidl if he is going to miss any time bring up Soto or Jordan even sign J.D. Davis. Please don’t play short handed for the next 7 to 10 days.

    • Melvin

      An argument could be made that we’re always playing short handed anyway with a four man bench (including a backup catcher of course) while using the platoon system.