The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox played a back-and-forth home run derby early on on Friday night, but the Reds pitchers shut that down after a few innings and took care of business in picking up a win in the series opener. This afternoon the home team will look to secure a series win. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Boston Red Sox

Cincinnati Reds

Jarren Duran – LF TJ Friedl – CF
Wilyer Abreu – RF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Connor Wong – C Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Rafael Devers – 3B Spencer Steer – 1B
Enmanuel Valdez – 2B Jake Fraley – RF
Masataka Yoshida  – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Dominic Smith – 1B Nick Martini – DH
David Hamilton – SS Luke Maile – C
Ceddanne Rafaela – CF Will Benson – LF
Nick Pivetta – RHP Frankie Montas – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Frankie Montas 60.1 4.62 1.39 26 49
Nick Pivetta 53.1 3.88 1.13 14 59
Links: Frankie Montas’ StatsNick Pivetta’s Stats

Frankie Montas

It’s been an inconsistent season for Montas and his three starts in June showcase that well. His first start saw him allow one hit in 7.0 innings with nine strikeouts. The next time out he couldn’t get out of the 2nd inning. Last time he took the mound he allowed three runs in 5.0 innings.

The splits for Montas as drastic. He’s been very good against right-handed hitters, holding them to a .214 average and a .609 OPS. Left-handed hitters, though, have found more success. They are walking nearly as often as they are striking out against him and have an .833 OPS. Not shown below is that Montas has pitched a little better at Great American Ball Park than he has on the road, with an ERA that’s 56 points lower and an OPS against that’s 38 points lower.


RHH 122 24 7 0 2 9 26 .214 .279 .330
LHH 143 34 7 0 5 17 23 .276 .378 .455

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Split
Velo 95.3 94.4 90.0 85.1 85.8
Usage 36% 15% 16% 12% 21%

Nick Pivetta

Similar to Montas, Pivetta has been inconsistent at times, though not quite to the same extreme. He also missed a month before returning. Since coming back he’s made eight starts with a 4.68 ERA.

Pivetta has shown reverse splits this season. Right-handed hitters don’t walk much, but they hit for a solid average and a lot of power against him. Left-handed hitters don’t hit for average and they don’t hit for power, but they have drawn a solid number of walks against him. That hasn’t been the case in the past few seasons where lefties have hit better than righties when he’s on the mound. Perhaps that’s due to fewer fastballs and curveballs and more sliders this season than he’s thrown in the past.


RHH 122 31 6 2 6 5 34 .267 .295 .509
LHH 93 15 2 0 4 9 25 .179 .258 .345

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider
Velo 94.6 80.3 84.6
Usage 48% 15% 37%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 93°, partly cloudy, 5% chance of rain

News and Notes

The Rotation

Nick Lodolo will start on Sunday and Carson Spiers will start on Monday. The off days this week allow the two pitchers to be switched for potentially better match ups. We knew that Lodolo would start tomorrow, but Monday’s starter had been listed as TBA as recently as yesterday.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 44 32
St. Louis 37 37 6.0
Cincinnati 36 39 7.5
Pittsburgh 36 39 7.5
Chicago 36 40 8.0

236 Responses

  1. DrDoc

    We don’t need Frankie to be an ace, but something he has talked about is trying to gut out tough outings. That is something that I think is valuable to show to some of the younger pitchers. We all know the Reds have talent, but this year has shown that maybe there is something to having some veteran presence and knowledge on the team and I think Frankie can do that for us.

  2. Lee

    Only need to win 13 in a row to match last seasons 49-39 record.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    We need the good side of Montas today, winning this series is huge…

  4. Dennis Westrick

    OK Frankie! Time to step it up and earn your salary! You can do it!

    Go Reds!

  5. Beaufort Red

    Still can’t believe we’re only 3 under with 2 of our starters leading MLB in strikeouts. But then when you see how abysmal our hitting is it’s obvious. Wish Jim Day would ask Bell why just once.

  6. Tom Mitsoff

    Montas came within two pitches of tying the most pitch-efficient inning ever.

  7. RedsGettingBetter

    A 6-pitch first inning by Montas working around a leadoff single is pretty nice. I think it was a long time ago since a Reds pitcher retired a first inning on 6 pitches…

  8. RedAlert

    Will Benson in the lineup again ….. dude should have been sent down 2 weeks ago … complete lunacy by Bell and front office

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Who would they replace him with?

      • RedAlert

        Anybody …..don’t care … automatic out … he’s has his chances …. Time to see
        somebody else

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I agree that Benson should not be starting on this team. But the two outfielders we saw come up from AAA (Dunn and Hurtubise) were certainly underwhelming. I would have a difficult time arguing that either of those two deserve a place over Benson, because Benson can run into one every once in awhile.

      • Optimist

        Tom – Dunn had 12 PAs, 10 ABs – Agree he needs more time in AAA, and he began the season with a nagging injury, but his MLB time is the extreme edge of SSS. He and Hurtubise have defensive/PR value as well, so unless Benson is returned to the #8-9 spot in the lineup, and regains some form, either of them is worth a short term replacement.

      • JB

        I love hearing Sadak continuously say Benson down on strikes.”

      • DW

        Sending him down really benefitted him last year. Why not do it again this year? I like Benson, but I’d rather see Dunn or Little Hurt at this point.

    • GreatRedLegsFan

      The Reds OF is of major concern, no way they’ll get the Brewers with only one truly outfielder in the roster. Fairchild, Fraley and Benson have a combined .663 OPS and -0.1 WAR. Benson in particular have been terrible at the plate.

      • Hanawi

        That negative WAR is entirely from Benson. Fairchild is 5th on the team in WAR

    • PhP

      I’m one of Benson’s biggest fans and I think the best thing for him at this point would be to go back down. Whatever they did last year to fix his swing is needed. From my untrained eye he looks to be underneath the ball on every swing. He either misses completely or fouls it straight back.

  9. Beaufort Red

    Larkin said EDLC should get some consideration because he doesn’t complain and has a good attitude. That’s why Larkin is terrible. Do you think the umps care about EDLC’s attitude? If anything, he’s not gonna get the benefit of the doubt because he leads all of MLB in strikeouts.

    • RedAlert

      Agree – I like Larkin and he is an all – time Reds legend . He’s horrible at broadcasting !

  10. Gpod

    another terrible at-bat by Benson…..he has no clue at this point

  11. Reddawg2012

    Has anyone else seen enough of Will Benson? They have to do something to upgrade that OF spot at the trade deadline, assuming he doesn’t go on an absolute tear over the next month (which I would love and would gladly eat my words here).

    • Melvin

      “Has anyone else seen enough of Will Benson? They have to do something to upgrade that OF spot at the trade deadline,”

      I agree wholeheartedly. Until then see post above.

    • Dennis Westrick

      That ship sailed a couple of weeks ago for me with regards to keeping Benson on the Reds ML roster! The bat boy could probably do better at this point! Benson is essentially an automatic out!

  12. RedsGettingBetter

    Benson always has been struggling against off speed pitches but now he is struggling hitting 4SFB too… Hopefully could bounce back, we expect that…

  13. Mark A Verticchio

    Between Benson and EDLC it’s quite a strike out race. EDLC almost has to play, for now, but Martini could play the outfield in place of Benson, Espinal at third and Candy as the DH.

    • Beaufort Red

      Exactly! When Marte comes back it’s well past time for Benson to go down. I’d be curious how well he did at Louisville.

  14. RedsGettingBetter

    Hamilton was struckout but the ump didn’t want and give a walk to him…

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That pitch is pictured in the dictionary next to the word hanger.

      • Harry Stoner

        Pretty could AB for EDLC.
        Worked the count, fouled some off.
        Took a ball that he likely would have been rung up on w last night’s ump and waited for a ‘mistake in the zone’.
        He didn’t miss it.

      • Melvin

        haha At least he didn’t miss it. 🙂

  15. Tom Mitsoff

    Montas looking like he did in that game at Colorado.

  16. Roger Garrett

    Will Fraley swing at the first pitch again?

  17. RedsGettingBetter

    Montas cruised thru 4 innings against Brewers having a lead 3-0 in his last outing. After that, he faded quickly in the 5th-6th innings

  18. Dennis Westrick

    Montas, in his “good” outings, seems to do well the first two time thru the lineup! Then, inexplicably, the wheels fall off!

    Does have a low pitch count! For now!

  19. Roger Garrett

    Awesome 12 pitch at bat by Fraley.Got to love that.

  20. 50thyearRedsfan

    Looks great for the Reds at this point hitting all fly balls as Montas is got the Redsox grounding almost everything. We got Montas A side today.Pivetta won’t make 5 innings with this pitch count and the heat.

  21. CincyDo

    India been solid as #6 hitter. Need another hitter to go with him in order for back end of lineup to produce.

  22. Melvin

    Good to see Stephenson warming up the pitcher between innings. Whatever is wrong can’t be too serious.

  23. RedsGettingBetter

    It seems the tough innings for Montas are 5th and 6th regardless of pitch count…He is at just at 56 pitches thru 5 IP. He would get the shot for the 6th for sure

  24. Roger Garrett

    Great at bats by Friedl and Elly and both got hits.

  25. DaveCT

    Former Reds farmhand, Bernandino. More of a curveball guy, then, if I recall.

  26. Roger Garrett

    Candy has been awesome so we give him a pass on that one but we needed that 4th run.

  27. Gpod

    Boston TV guys questioning the reds baserunning…..join the club….stupid baserunning all year

    • Harry Stoner

      Yep. You’ve got your top rbi guy up, two outs, your fastest guy on second.

      Nobody seems to be learning a thing from the mistakes.

      And the word is getting around.

  28. Dennis Westrick

    Not only do the Reds probably lead all of baseball in TOOTBLANs, but they also have to be one of the top teams in having runners thrown out at home!

  29. Reddawg2012

    It’s innings like that one that make me question this team’s ceiling. Good teams don’t do that crap, at least not consistently.

    • Gpod

      at some point, the aggressive baserunning is not a positive…you are giving away as many runs as you are getting ….but Bell just does nothing to change it…been watching it all year

      • Reddawg2012

        And Steer who is one of our best hitters vs LHP was up with a RISP. Just so stupid.

  30. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds finding the way to destroy the inning to be scoreless…

    • Melvin

      Larkin – “That’s just can’t happen”.

      Our pickoffs once in a while are understandable being such an aggressive team. This often is not acceptable.

  31. Dennis Westrick

    1st & 3rd, one out! Result? No runs!

  32. Roger Garrett

    WOW its just hard to accept some of the things we do and still stay positive.Reds players have to know when they give away outs foolishly it will cost them ball games.

  33. JB

    There’s a difference between aggressive and reckless.

  34. CincyDo

    C’mon Elly. Give Steer a chance to drive you in. Bad mental lapse.

  35. Mark A Verticchio

    No reason to get picked off in that situation. He would have scored easily on a hit. Coaching matters.

    • Jim t

      Coaching????? Little leaguers no not to get picked off there.

  36. dimondfvr

    Larkin just said EDLC’s pickoff can not happen. Criticized De La Cruz for the attempt. Larkin will hear from the principal’s office! 🙂

    • Melvin

      Maybe he’s getting tired of his job. 😀

    • Harry Stoner

      He needs to hear it from someone.

      He’s not going to hear it from Bell or his teammates.

  37. Roger Garrett

    Please Bell don’t set there and watch this get away.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell has got to finish his Candy Crush game!

  38. Dennis Westrick

    Wong the Reds Killer does it again! Makes that missed scoring opportunity last inning look huge!

  39. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Montas is done today but he is at less than 80 pitches, knowing Bell maybe let him go to the 7th

  40. 50thyearRedsfan

    Not going to win if we can’t play add on.

  41. Dennis Westrick

    For the past 100+ years, it’s the little things that help a team win a baseball game! Unfortunately, this Reds team seldom does them and that’s why they continue to hover around a .500 record!

    • Melvin

      Stronger accountability for fundamentals would help a lot.

  42. Roger Garrett

    Reds with an out on the bases is as sure of a bet as Fraley swinging at the first pitch.Not a betting man but somebody could make some money.

  43. Roger Garrett

    Lets try it again.First and third with one out.Need to get that run back.

  44. CincyDo

    Did I say India solid #6 hitter? Let’s get a run or 2 here

  45. dimondfvr

    Fiirst and third with one out! De Ja Vu (all over again) Two men cut down at the plate. And a pickoff at second! This is truly awful!!

    • Dennis Westrick

      That’s an insult to the honorable profession of clowns!

  46. Dennis Westrick

    Two (2) runners thrown out at home so far today! Incredible!

  47. Jim t

    That is terrible base running by Frayley

  48. JB

    Boston announcers are very impressed with the Reds base running. Youkalis is shocked at how terrible the base running is.

  49. stuckonthenorthshore

    In Cleveland, so I only get internet highlights as I don’t like being robbed….that Elly play off of Montas, wow!!!! I know some people want to move him to the outfield, hell no, give me that arm and range at shortstop everyday, all day.

  50. RedsGettingBetter

    This kind of plays complicates to get the win… Chances wasted… Likely will haunt… Hopefully don’t … incredible…

  51. Roger Garrett

    Gone for today this is just a circus.No way this can possibly be happening.

  52. Ted Alfred

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a worse base runner consistently in my 50+ years as a Reds than Fraley. It’s like watching a little league 12U game when he’s on the base paths

  53. Jim t

    Strike 3 to Maile was outside. This ump is terrible.

  54. dimondfvr

    Yea, and pretty bad when the homies (Sadak and Larkin) comment.

  55. RedlegScott

    The horrible base running has to be laid at the feet of the manager. When does it stop?

  56. Melvin

    Not trying to get into a big negative David Bell discussion but our guys seemingly have no restrictions. They can just run any time they want in any situation. If there is accountability I can’t see it.

  57. Mark A Verticchio

    Win or lose this team’s base running is a joke, worse than little league. It has to be on the coaches period. These players are not being taught simple base running fundamentals. This has got loss written all over it. Bull pen has to save the day.

  58. CincyDo

    QS by Montas. See if bullpen can hold the lead.

  59. dimondfvr

    Lucas Sims warming up in the bullpen! 🙁

  60. RedlegScott

    On the positive side, another quality start. Let’s hope it holds up.

  61. Melvin

    The value of Moll seemingly continues to increase every game he pitches.

      • Melvin

        I want to encourage Krall by saying, see, you can make a good trade. Don’t be scared. Do it again. 😀

  62. Jim t

    Anyone think Candy will give EDLC a couple of pitches to steal the base.

  63. Jim t

    Wilson is warming up. Boston has 2 lefties coming up.

  64. Melvin

    Well Candy hit it hard anyway. Got to hold em.

  65. Jim t

    Candy did his best to ensure EDLC didn’t steal the base.

  66. Melvin

    Man that was bad. haha. Candy is a DH…period.

    • Melvin

      Unfortunately that two base error put the tying run in scoring position with nobody out.

  67. Jason Franklin

    I am sometimes amazed at the poor fundamentals the Reds show as a team. One inning they run themselves into two outs and now they making poor throws. Go Reds!

  68. Reddawg2012

    Candy trying to cancel out all the good he’s done with the bat apparently.

  69. Reddawg2012

    Don’t worry everyone, Lucas Sims is warming up.

    • Reddawg2012

      Cruz has already been overused and is on pace to throw way more innings than he ever has. He can’t pitch in every close game.

  70. Jason Franklin

    Wow. Why not save Moll to the 8th instead of Wilson?

    • Reddawg2012

      This is in no way on Justin Wilson. Bad luck and bad defense.

  71. Dennis Westrick

    Frankly, the Reds deserve to lose this game! Stupid baserunning and NO accountability from the manager or coaches!

  72. Melvin

    Lucas Sims coming in with runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs. What could possible go wrong? 🙂

  73. Ronnie

    We deserve to lose this game. What a terrible display of baseball.

    • Melvin

      Larkin – “That’s what you were expecting from Lucas Sims”.


  74. Melvin

    Sac fly puts us down. Is it just me or did that look like a weak throw from Fairchild?

    • Jim t

      I have seen stronger throws from high school players. This team has done everything possible to lose this game.

      Im not normally a Bell basher but it’s time for a change. Fundamentally this team is terrible.

    • BuzzKutter

      That was an extremely weak throw. Stuey seems to be going through the motions everywhere on the field. He isn’t good enough to not go out all the time. Without hustle and laser focus he needs to be in the minors.

      • Rob

        Can’t argue with the minors point but he is by far our best pinch hitter against a lefty reliever. That gets us back to the Benson and Fraley platoons but that is a whole another discussion. It is not hard for the opponents: put a lefty in in the 7th and get Fraley and Benson out of the game. Then bring your righty in to face Fairchild and his 050 batting average against righties. But we love our platoons. And we wonder why we are losing tight games.

        I personally think this loss is particularly bad because of the execution failures and may bring about some change or accountability. Not superficial changes but real changes. When
        Larkin calls it totally unacceptable, it is bad.

  75. Dennis Westrick

    We are who we thought we were!

    • CincyDo

      Don’t make me go watch Dennis Green talk about the Bears 🙂

      • Dennis Westrick

        Just glad somebody remembers that quote!

  76. Melvin

    Can’t blame that inning on Sims that time.

  77. Jason Franklin

    Do they have it in them to come back down by a whole run? Hope so. What a sad game. This game kind of epitomizes the whole season up to this point: Good starting pitching, see-saw relief, poor baserunning and poor fundamentals. Only thing they’ve done right so far is the limiting of strikeouts but not enough walks by the hitters.

    • Reddawg2012

      It would likely take two homeruns because anyone who reaches base will likely get picked off.

  78. Mark A Verticchio

    I believe Fairchild should have let that ball go looking for the strike out. Oh well as mentioned earlier they deserved to lose this game.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…terrible baseball…just a poorly coached team that plays a fundamentally deficient brand of baseball

  79. Reddawg2012

    This team is so mediocre it hurts. Noelvi Marte returning isn’t enough.

    • Melvin

      Especially since he isn’t hitting at all right now.

  80. Ted Alfred

    terrible throw from Fairchild from short LF…a two bouncer with no juice on it at all….geez. That isn’t much of a MLB arm.

  81. Beaufort Red

    That’s the weakest throw I’ve seen in a while. Almost looked like he was throwing it to the cutoff man.

  82. west larry

    Why did he catch that in foul territory to allow the go ahead run to score? Sims was pitching well for a change, Wilson was awful.

    • Reddawg2012

      How was Wilson awful? The first hitter reached on an error and the next two reached on base hits with exit velocities of 58.8 and 58.9. It was bad luck and bad defense. The main issue here is the horrendous base running that takes away run scoring opportunities.

      • west larry

        Do you consider Wilson’s outing a good outing? Sure an error was made to start the inning, but he then allowed two consecutive singles ( soft or not), which made a nearly impossible situation for anybody pitching after him. I hope that you are not suggesting hat they leave Wilson in that situation. He just didn’t have it tonight.

    • Melvin

      Actually I thought it would be a fairly easy throw to home. Don’t understand why it was so weak. Sore arm maybe?

      • Ronnie

        Radio said it appeared he was surprised by the runner going. Another boner by this team.

  83. Rob

    Late inning offensive swoon appears on the horizon again. If we lose this game because of errors and baserunning, I hope there is a public lashing…

    • Harry Stoner

      There won’t even be an acknowledgement.

      Bell is seeing a whole different game than Reds fans, and Boston and Cincinnati broadcasters.

      There won’t be a word, let alone a thought about it.

      Fraley and Fairchild’s heads are out in orbit somewhere.

      Nothing but mumbled excuses from Bell and the RLN ‘Fairchild Faithful’.

      “This won’t change who we are!”

  84. Mark A Verticchio

    Poorly played game but it doesn’t matter with this offense they will never win enough to get back in the race.

  85. Melvin

    Sadak calling out poor base running. Good for him.

    • Ted Alfred

      Unfortunately poor base-running is one of the most consistent aspects of this team’s play.

  86. Melvin

    Bloop hit by Fraley. Be careful running the bases please. 🙂

  87. Reddawg2012

    Fraley should literally take a one step lead here and just hope for a two run homer from either or India or Martini.

  88. Indy Red Man

    So typical. Called for a loss when Elly got picked off and then Fraley felt left out

  89. Jim t

    What’s the odds that Frayley gets picked off?

  90. BuzzKutter

    Didn’t Jake get the memo? You run until your out on this team.

  91. dimondfvr

    Isn’t a day to day Stephenson a lot better than Martini!?

  92. RedAlerr

    Poor fundamental baseball team – outs in bases killers this game – par for the course with this manager – happens over and over and over

  93. Mark A Verticchio

    This just is not a good baseball team and they are so poorly coached it makes them worse than they really are.

  94. Jim t

    I’ve been following the reds since 1960. This is fundamentally the worst team I can remember. I’ve seen worse teams but not fundamentally worse.

    • Melvin

      No matter what the talent there is no excuse for poor fundamentals. I agree with you. Quite frankly, if a manager let’s it go on, it’s poor managing fundamentals as well.

  95. Reddawg2012

    Now that we’re losing Candy can make the throw across the diamond. Nice.

  96. BuzzKutter

    These game won’t be complete unless they walk a guy and give up a homer here.

  97. Dennis Westrick

    0-2 count, nobody on base, 2 outs and Farmer gives up a double! Perfect!

  98. Reddawg2012

    David Bell after the game: “That’s a really good team over there. Our guys played hard and if they keep playing like this we will be just fine.”

    Rinse and repeat.

    • Jason Franklin

      The FO won’t fire him because they will still owe him cash and don’t want to look bad. Little do they know, they already look pretty poor.

    • Votto4life

      If by “being just fine”, David Bell means winning 73 games, then it’s a correct statement.

  99. Mark A Verticchio

    My question is, Do you think these players have any clue how poorly they play the game of baseball for a fundamental stand point?

    • Harry Stoner

      Not at all.

      The “Young and learning!” excuse carries no water.

      Bell promotes a culture of obliviousness and excuse making that registers perfectly with the youth of today.

      Sorry, not sorry, if it sounds like an old guy’s crank.

      Anyone think that India or Candelario are going to sit down with EDLC or Fraley or Fairchild and say: “WTF did you have on your mind?”

  100. Jason Franklin

    And now due to having a strapped bench, we are stuck with Maile to hit, right?

    • Melvin

      Stephenson looked like he was getting ready. We’ll see.

  101. dimondfvr

    Maybe Jansen will have a bad day???

  102. Jim t

    The terrible part about this team is the manager is under contract for another 1 1/2 years. He is also a company insider who ownership wouldn’t consider replacing.

    • Melvin

      Not to be picky but I believe it’s 2 1/2.

      • Jim t

        That’s makes it worse.

        My Dad found his way to Cincinnati after serving in the military in WWII. He was from Brooklyn. He was a Yankee fan. This ownership and management make me wish I would have followed his team .

      • Harry Stoner

        I wound up in Cincinnati for some work myself and found it a unique, delightful, quirky city.

        WNOP AM jazz radio.

        The River.

        Mercy, that weird chili.

        The city deserves a better baseball team.

    • Harry Stoner

      Uh…2-1/2 years.

      But it’s not just on him.

      The “Be who you are!” ethos is imbedded in the system.

      Krall is just as culpable.

      • reddawgs2012

        This is clearly a game the Reds were never gonna win.

  103. Harry Stoner

    I’m ready for a big strong wind to blow Fairchild, Fraley and Benson far out of town.

    Start anew.

  104. Melvin

    Bloop hit by Friedl. We still have life. EDLC with a good day hitting so far too. 🙂

  105. BuzzKutter

    Pick off, strikeout, or walk off?

    • Melvin

      I’ll take the walk off please. 🙂

      • Melvin

        Nope. Pop out. That wasn’t one of the choices. 🙁

  106. Daytonnati

    A better throw and Friedl is nailed.

    • Doc

      Once again the Reds score early, then shut it down, only to lose late. Cowboy inadvertently called it when talking about how good the Reds were when leading after 6 innings.

  107. Reddawgs2012

    Another one run loss. Another pitiful display of fundamental baseball.

  108. Jason Franklin

    Do you ever just feel like this team is just too poor to watch? The fans see that they play with no fundamental soundness and it seems the manager/coaches doen’t teach anything at all. It is rough.

    • Reddawgs2012

      It honestly makes me uncomfortable to let my 11 year old son watch them run the bases. He looks up to these guys and soaks everything up like a sponge.

  109. dimondfvr

    Larkin really railing on the team as a whole, baserunning mistakes, Fairchild’s wimpy throw. Good for him!!! But “it won’t change who we are!”

    • RedlegScott

      Begs the question: What will change what we are?

  110. Mark A Verticchio

    This team just has to many problems to ever compete for even a wild card spot and it starts with the manager.

    • Reddawgs2012

      Even if they somehow snuck in as a wildcard, they would be dismantled and embarrassed in the playoffs when all the little things matter even more.

    • Harry Stoner

      Bears keeping in mind for those clamoring for the the “big trade” that will somehow turn things around miraculously.

      The Reds contribute to beating themselves most losses.

      The word is out if AL team broadcasters are voicing it and company men like Larkin are calling it out.

      Larkin must be going nuts.

      He was a disciplined, rigorous player whose focus and hard work got him to the HOF.

      Maybe he’s not a smooth vocal star in the broadcast booth but I trust his assessment of the sloppy play and the management’s indifference to it.

  111. BuzzKutter

    I try to support coaching/management and give them the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know what they say or do behind closed doors.

    Unfortunately this kind of lackadaisical play is a direct reflection of said management and coaching staff. Fairchild should be sent down if they hold anyone accountable. I feel like he didn’t hustle from 2nd the other day and he airmailed that throw today.

    • Harry Stoner

      Well, he ‘snail-mailed’ the throw-in in Pittsburgh, too, in which McCutcheon got doubled up.

      He may be an RLN untouchable, but his head is off in Uranus somewhere.

  112. WCRon

    There are too many holes. Martini, Benson, Fraley, Fairchild, Sims are all awful. Can’t make this garbage up
    Wasted another decent start

    • Jason Franklin

      I know Fraley has lost his power output this year but he is not terrible. He is a true platoon guy. The problem is that Bell wants a whole team of platoon guys and when both platoons aren’t working, you have a big problem.

  113. BuzzKutter

    Fairchild explained the weak throw. Candy Man was standing in his way and he couldn’t see Maile. When in doubt lob that puppy in there.

    • Harry Stoner

      Fairchild’s excuses for himself are almost as credible as the ones his RLN legions are willing to contort for him.

      Pack him, Fraley and Benson up and set them by the curb.

      • Rick

        Add the dry Martini in there too. 4hr & 22 rbi’s from a dh whom really should only be a lefty ph at best..

      • Rob

        Fairchilds throw did not look like he was playing hard. He should not have caught the ball if he could not have made a competitive throw. It as the go ahead run in the eighth inning. Fraley base running act did not look like he was playing hard. Just wait until Wong throws and you are at home. Both looked to me like lack of execution or lack of preparedness.

      • Rob

        Unfortunately, those guys are our better OFs. Sending them packing won’t help our record. We need to get better players to improve the team. And there isn’t better players at Louisville. I totally understand the sentiment though.

      • Harry Stoner

        I realize Fairchild is an untouchable here on RLN and has more apologists than Bell.

        And they will be out in force later this evening or tomorrow.

        He can do no wrong.

        Fairchild and Fraley do make the quintessential platoon pairing.

        The Wayne and Garth of the 2024 Reds.

    • Beaufort Red

      What? He doesn’t know in what general direction home is. Can he see the foul line. That’s weak. (No pun intended)

    • Melvin

      Standing in his way? As Sam pointed out. The throw should have been gone to the cut off (Candy) as if Fairchild was going to throw it through him instead of trying to throw it around Candy. It’s Candy’s job to line up between Fairchild and home plate. It’s the catchers job to tell him (Candy) to let it go through or not. Poor execution of fundamentals again I’m afraid. Maybe some of these guys DON’T know how to play and need to be taught as crazy at that sounds. I don’t know.

      • Daytonnati

        One wonders if Benson could have made that play? But, we’ll never know.

  114. BuzzKutter

    I don’t think there is much focus on certain plays or maybe any plays for that matter. (What are we going to do here if this or that happens) are we throwing home, are we going on contact, do we make 1st or 3rd outs at Third base? Or is it about spittin seeds, chewing bubble gum, and slapping that Viking helmet on?

    • VegasRed

      I don’t know how you who watch these games can stand to do so.

      I can barely bring myself to follow the box scores and recaps on the blog.

      Fundamentally the Reds are a bad organization, from owners on down to players. No accountability has been the major theme in this regimes nearly two decades of stewardship.

      Either the organization just can’t do better or it just doesn’t know any better.

      Either one that applies is quite an indictment. What a legacy Bob!

  115. CTscribe

    I haven’t watched much ball in recent years since the rules changed my beloved game beyond recognition. I tuned into Reds-Red Sox and watched the Reds give a game away with the most horrific baserunning I’ve seen since my son played tee ball. If Bell is responsible, change is necessary. If the players are that bad at what they do, it’s time for some film sessions. Poor Montas. What a disgusting display.