Early afternoon baseball may be a good thing today as there is a good chance it’s going to rain in Cincinnati later today. The Reds will be looking to rebound today after the Pittsburgh Pirates took care of business last night and picked up a win to even the series up. Today’s first pitch is set for 1:10pm ET. You can watch today’s game on MLB Network as well as Bally Sports Ohio.

Starting Lineup

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cincinnati Reds

Andrew McCutchen – DH Jonathan India – 2B
Bryan Reynolds – LF Elly De La Cruz – SS
Oneil Cruz – SS Spencer Steer – 1B
Rowdy Tellez – 1B Tyler Stephenson – C
Nick Gonzalez – 2B Nick Martini – RF
Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B Santiago Espinal – 3B
Connor Joe – RF Stuart Fairchild – CF
Jack Suwinski – CF Livan Soto – DH
Jason Delay – C Levi Jordan – LF
Luis Ortiz – RHP Graham Ashcraft – RHP

Jake Fraley was in the original lineup, hitting 3rd and playing right field. He was scratched from the lineup with a “right lower leg contusion” about an hour before first pitch and replaced by Levi Jordan to go along with some lineup and positional shuffling.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Graham Ashcraft 62.1 5.05 1.46 21 49
Luis Ortiz 47.0 3.45 1.30 18 36
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Luis Ortiz’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

He’s back from the minor leagues to help fill out the rotation. After a quality start the first time he took the mound in Triple-A, Ashcraft gave up just one run in 6.0 innings and struck out eight batters the last time out for Louisville.

Right-handed hitters don’t have as much success against Ashcraft as lefties do. Righties are hitting for a solid average and they get on base, but they don’t hit for much power. Left-handed hitters hit for a high average, but they get on base less. They do hit for plenty of power against him. Not shown below are his home and road splits, and while he is 3-1 at home, his ERA is 7.71 at Great American Ball Park in four starts this year.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 151 35 9 0 3 12 29 .263 .351 .399
LHH 130 35 4 0 6 9 20 .292 .339 .475

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 95.1 95.8 88.8 90.34
Usage 21% 45% 32% 3%

Luis Ortiz

This will be the first start of the year for Ortiz, but he’s been pitching long relief over the last month. He’s thrown 13.1 innings over his last three outings. The last time out, though, saw him allow six runs on 10 hits and two homers against Tampa Bay in 4.0 innings.

Ortiz has been much better against right-handed hitters this season. Righties make plenty of contact against him, but they don’t walk much and when they are making contact they aren’t doing much with it. Left-handed hitters are hitting better, they walk nearly as much as they strike out, and make plenty of contact. They hit for more power than righties do, but overall just show moderate power.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 124 26 4 2 1 6 22 .228 .290 .325
LHH 78 17 5 0 2 12 14 .266 .372 .438

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 95.9 95.3 91.4 86.0 91.0
Usage 21% 29% 19% 28% 3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio, MLB.tv, MLB Network
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 76°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain

News and Notes

Ashcraft up, Zulueta down

Baseball is a dumb sport sometimes. Yosver Zulueta, who made his big league debut last night and allowed a run in 3.0 innings – by all definitions, a good outing – is now heading back to the minor leagues because he won’t be available to pitch for a few days after having a bit of a longer outing. Graham Ashcraft is back up from Triple-A to fill out the roster.

Noelvi Marte returned from his “rehab”

Still suspended for today, but is serving the final day of the suspension today as long as today’s game is completed, Noelvi Marte was returned from his rehab assignment with Louisville where he hit .151/.151/.170 in 53 plate appearances with no walks, one double, and 15 strikeouts.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 47 33
St. Louis 40 37 5.5
Pittsburgh 38 41 8.5
Cincinnati 37 42 9.5
Chicago 37 43 10.0

160 Responses

  1. TJ

    Just wondering if anyone has seen Marte play? Is he out of shape? Did he not work hard before heading to AAA? He’s going thru his spring training and has adjustments to make I guess.

    • Melvin

      I watched him on MiLB tv. He looks the same and not out of shape physically anyway. He played some 2B too.

  2. Melvin

    “Noelvi Marte was returned from his rehab assignment with Louisville where he hit .151/.151/.170 in 53 plate appearances with no walks, one double, and 15 strikeouts.”

    Here’s to hoping his minor league stats mean nothing and he’s a help to the team starting tomorrow.

  3. RedsGettingBetter

    Fraley hurt and maybe Candelario too? Is it a joke? two men down again today… What a freaking season…

    • Melvin

      Candy looked to me like he might be hurting last night which may be contributing to his recent slide.

  4. Melvin

    Livan Soto – DH
    Levi Jordan – LF

    Soto finally getting a chance to play. Hope his .300 ave. hasn’t cooled off sitting on the bench.

    Here’s to hoping they both provide a spark and we can get back to winning a series today. 🙂

    • Dennis Westrick

      Fresh blood! Can’t hurt!

    • Kevin H

      I was going to comment to you, here we go and lets see if they provide a spark and stay here for a spell. Benson should go down in my opinion, not Soto or Jordan

  5. Dennis Westrick

    Glad to see GA back with the parent club! Hope he does not revert to some of the bad habits he seemed to have developed before he was sent down! Those included too many walks, nibbling when ahead in the count and a loss of concentration at times after the first 3 innings!

    Please make my work day a whole lot better Reds! Win this afternoon and take the series!

  6. Dennis Westrick

    See that Benson is getting a well deserved rest after all his hard work so far in June!

    • Kevin H

      The rest could last rest of the month as far as I am concerned. Dude looks lost at the plate and its not even close.

      • Dennis Westrick

        Benson couldn’t find first base with a map right now!

    • Melvin

      haha Can’t say he’s not working hard. He may be even overworking which is contributing to the mess he’s in. Who knows? He may be to the point where it would be better for him in a new situation with another team. Whether that or in the minors I wish him the best. He’s a good guy.

  7. Mauired

    That’s lineup is something else. Really looks like a minor league team after Stephenson in the cleanup spot. Not blaming Bell (anymore). The hitting has just been decimated. At this point there’s really no expectation of any offensive output.

    • Melvin

      I expect less strikeouts at least and more balls in play. Hope I’m right.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Most of the blame lies with the Reds FO! Krall, and his minions, have done nothing, absolutely nothing, since opening day to improve this team! And, YES, we have regressed to a middling minor league team!

      • Don

        Krall’s mindset, even dating back to last season, was that things would come around. Last season he went soft before the deadline and subsequently the Reds barely missed the playoffs. It was disappointing.

        This season in the midst of a woeful offensive season, Krall and Bell talk about Marte returning, Friedl getting healthy, McLain’s return, blah blah blah and they have done little to address holes in the lineup. Meanwhile, the Reds find themselves 9.5 GB. We are the point in the season where this team is what it is. It’s clear. Krall should see that. You either make some moves soon in hopes of contending or just ride out the season and look to ’25. And maybe the price tag is too high on the trade market, I get it, but just don’t speak optimistically about the rest of this season and how these guys are going to come around cause I ain’t buying it with the roster as it is now.

        When there is an opportunity, seize it. It may close quickly.

  8. Dennis Westrick

    No meetings here at work this afternoon! That may not be a good thing!

    • Don

      I work from home so I can watch the Wednesday afternoon games while I work. I don’t know what their Wednesday day game record is this season, but it ain’t good.

  9. Red Thunder

    @Melvin – Go read my reply to you in Christian Encarnacion-Strand to have season ending surgery. Think you might get a laugh!

    • Melvin

      We want Soto!…and we got him. 😉

  10. Red Thunder

    Reynolds at it again, there is always one Reds killer on every team

  11. VaRedsFan

    3-6-3
    Steer seems perfect on that every time.
    No more Candy fielding.

  12. Mark A Verticchio

    Is this the worst Red line up ever? Like somebody said, after Stephenson minor league line up AA not AAA.

    • Red Thunder

      Seems the top of the order has to come big today. But maybe the bottom will surprise us.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Yes! And, the Reds continually let that Reds killer kill them!

    • DW

      I think many of the 2022 lineups were way worse.

  13. Red Thunder

    DP for both teams in the first, pitchers has to love those

  14. Don

    India is sizzling right now. Happy for him.

    • Red Thunder

      Seems he wants to stay in the leadoff spot

      • Don

        And when Friedl returns, I’d say it’s India’s to lose at this point.

      • Red Thunder

        He has produce so far, that’s for sure. Maybe TJ can bat second

  15. 50thyearRedsfan

    Same old Ashcraft, has a guy 0 and 2 and throws it right over the plate letting the .172 batter drive in a run. Reminds me so much of Homer Bailey.

    • Ted Alfred

      Yep…mind boggling. That followed walking the 7th hitter with 2 out a runner on 1st.

    • Don

      He’s thrown over 300 innings in his career and he has a 4.86 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP to show for it. He has never posted a season ERA below 4.50 and his season ERA this year is over 5.00. I don’t see that three weeks in Louisville is going to make much of a big difference.

  16. Mark A Verticchio

    Walks continue to haunt this pitching staff. Who knows how many runs this line up will score today. A loss today could lead to a 9 game losing streak with the teams they play next and the current line ups. Not the best of times for the Reds.

    • Red Thunder

      “Not the best of times for the Reds.” Been that way for awhile

      • Mark A Verticchio

        I don’t know last year was fun for awhile, but in reality you are right. If you take away the 10 game winning streak they played 8 under the rest of the way. They are 5 under this year, take away the 7 game streak and it’s really been a miserable year.

      • Red Thunder

        @Mark, I see your point but I was thinking about, oh the last 30 years or so. LOL

  17. Dennis Westrick

    Fully expect to get shut out today! Not Bell’s fault but this lineup would have trouble beating the Rockford Peaches!

    • Red Thunder

      Dennis, those ladies won some league titles.

  18. VaRedsFan

    Reynold’s plate approach and swing looks identical to Bryce Harper.

    Not a bad cat to copy.

  19. Mark A Verticchio

    Can’t argue with that Dennis, the Peaches would beat this bunch. If you look back at March expectations this has to be one of the most disappointing Reds teams I have followed in over 50 years. I know there have been a lot of injuries but this should have been better.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Got you beat, Mark! Been an avid Reds fan since 1961, the year they lost the WS to those dam* Yankees! Still remember going to Crosley Field with my dad and grandfather!

    • Red Thunder

      Heck Mark, I started following the Reds in 1970. Good to see some others remember baseball from period on here

      • Red Thunder

        from that period of time, was what I meant to type. Dennis you have both of us beat then.

  20. Dennis Westrick

    Well, at least GA’s pitch count thru 3 innings is respectable!

    • Red Thunder

      Now you’re being positive Dennis. That should make some Fan Club members happy!
      P.S,- I am not a member of that club

    • JB

      Let’s hope Benson doesn’t touch him.

      • Melvin

        Benson would be wise to watch him. 😉

  21. Red Thunder

    India the Pirates Killer. Will they never learn, pitch around the guy, just saying!

  22. VaRedsFan

    Coincidence that Jon is raking with the middle/oppo approach?

  23. Melvin

    Hard hit by EDLC. Just right at the RF.

  24. Ted Alfred

    Why is it so difficult for David Bell to just leave India in the leadoff spot? He is proven time and again that that is clearly where he’s best and most comfortable and you just move Friedl to #2 and drop Elly to 3/4/5. It just seems to make much sense to just leave him there, but we haven’t really seen it that often… he’s usually hitting 8-7-6-whatever.

    Maybe I’m in the dark thinking that it’s reallyalways been really clear India should always be hitting leadoff?

    I don’t get it

  25. Mark A Verticchio

    I am saying right now India should be the Reds All Star rep, I think it will be EDLC but India is more deserving. You can tell he is really giving all he has. Sad thing had everybody been available he would have a hard time getting much time.

    • DW

      I would say that EDLC, Abbott, Lodolo, Candy, Greene are all more deserving; in that order. India has stepped up and is playing great right now, but he really struggled for much of the season. Candy and Greene both struggled for extended periods, but also have had longer periods of success than India has at this point.

      • Ted Alfred

        I would say he’s been a hell of a lot better batting lead off than in any other spot in the order in his career and that probably has a lot to do with how he’s been hitting most of the year… which has mostly been down in the lineup

  26. Mark A Verticchio

    I just knew they would give up a run this inning.

  27. Dennis Westrick

    It just seems to me that GA loses focus! Usually starts in the 4th inning!

  28. Mark A Verticchio

    Ashcraft being what he is an average pitcher at best.

  29. Mark A Verticchio

    They need to get rid of the Benson commercial for awhile.

  30. Gpod

    when is the last time Stevenson pulled a ball with authority ?

  31. Roger Garrett

    Reds not bringing the same fight today as they did last night.Still time though.

  32. Mark A Verticchio

    I think you can tell by Sadek’s voice he can see the impending doom with this bunch going to St. Louis and New York. 2 and 5 would be a good road trip.

  33. Gpod

    Tell Ashcraft he’s not pitching to Omaha anymore…..but keep pitching like this, and you will be

  34. Roger Garrett

    The old man can still ambush a fastball.Always liked him.

    • Dennis Westrick

      McCutchen has always been a class act!

  35. JB

    From what I’ve seen so far this year , Spiers is better than Ashcraft. Ashcraft is a reliever. I thought he would turn the corner this year. He isn’t better than Williamson. Not even close.

  36. Gpod

    Sadek running down excuses (injuries) why the reds stink this year…..why doesn’t he mention all the boneheaded plays they have made all year long?

    • Mark A Verticchio

      He is also dead wrong about the Reds still being in, 37 and 43 after today with an upcoming 7 game road trip that is going to bury them.

  37. Dennis Westrick

    And with that 2-run bomb, I can get back to focusing on work the rest of the afternoon!

    At least the Reds hitters are consistent in one category! Thru 4 innings, 4 stikeouts!

  38. RedsGettingBetter

    It is the same story today apparently,after they won the opener then lose the next games for dropping the series. This team is depleted by injuries. Ashcraft shouldn’t be pitching today at the big league level he was at triple-A working on things to reset but the unavailability of starters brought him back before the right time…

    • Red Thunder

      The pattern is still with us. Win the first game and then disappearing.

  39. JB

    Can you imagine if Larkin or Sadak were announcing the 82 and 83 Reds. That Dan Billardello is going to be a keeper. Just needs a little time. Duane Walker he’s fighting out there. Paul Householder? Hall of Famer.

    • Red Thunder

      Oh yes, Rafael Landestoy and Rich Gale

    • Justin T

      God that team was bad. My dad bought a motorcycle off Householder in 83 and i didnt even want his autograph lol

  40. Gpod

    The worst part of this year will be that the injury excuse will give them the reason to bring back the worst manager in baseball

    • JB

      Yep because the last thing these young guys need is change. David Bell is the guy to lead them. I can hear Krall now and the same babbling crap.

    • Roger Garrett

      Get away game is always a throw away game for David Bell.He will end a win streak or prolong a losing streak or insure a losing series with a throw away game.

  41. Mark Moore

    Well, firstly I forgot about the start time. Then between meetings and needing to mow the high spots in my yard ahead of our upcoming trip (and hopefully some much-needed rain), I tuned in just in time to see Stewie whiff in the 5th.

    Another 3-run hole dug. Hopes and expectations are relatively low. Chances of spending a wad for a DC trip are very low at this point (hotel prices are the biggest thing).

    I wonder who gets selected to the ASG to represent Cincy … may well be Elly, but I hope not. He’ll have plenty of ASG action in the coming years. He needs the break this year IMO.

    • JB

      Well David Bell will be there. Put your money on the American League.

      • Dennis Westrick

        You bet! Bell will be coaching the NL baserunners!

  42. Mark A Verticchio

    This is so sad just watching this team. You almost have to feel sorry for them but I think know matter who is on the field they could put forth a better effort than they have. Excluding a few.

    • Gpod

      you have Fairchild in the starting lineup that is hitting .100 vs righthanders….you might as well have a pitcher batting

      • JB

        And if Benson is batting you might as well have the batboy hit.

      • Hanawi

        And yet he has one hit and their only run. Fairchild didn’t have splits coming up. He’s only developed them in the last year or two.

    • JB

      Why would you feel sorry for them? They run themselves into tootblans after tootblans. They are their own worst enemy.

      • Mark A Verticchio

        Key word being almost, believe me I don’t. They are basically the Bad News Bears of 2024. They are much worse than their record but that is about to change.

  43. Dennis Westrick

    Bell has gotten to the point where it appears he doesn’t care how large the deficit gets!

  44. Gpod

    Bell in postgame: “Ashcraft pitched well….he really battled out there….just a couple of bad pitches left over the plate that hurt him…” Blah Blah Blah

  45. RedsGettingBetter

    Bad outing by Ashcraft , he is struggling, his cutter is a mess ,it’s not working. He’s not ready.

    • Don

      He’s probably a AAAA guy. He needs to be sent down to AAA and he needs to stay there. You can’t expect to win many when you are handing him the ball every fifth day.

  46. Dennis Westrick

    Yep! Bring in Wilson! He’s about as effective as the soccer ball in the movie Castaway!

    • Don

      Sadak making excuses for Wilson’s ugly ERA and then Wilson promptly gives up a two run double.

  47. Mark Moore

    And just like that, it’s a Clete for me. Just hard to watch a team get whipped on this way so often.

    Later, all.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      It’s only going to get worse. By the All Star game they could be 12 to 15 games under .500. They will be 6 now and that is 17 games from now, I see 5 and 12 = 13 under.

      • Roger Garrett

        Won’t mater cause the circus will continue.Can’t make this stuff up and expect any logical or sane person to believe it but its true.This kind of stuff in other baseball cities would come with a demand that people be fired.

  48. Dennis Westrick

    Checked the NL Central standings before today’s game! The only reason our Reds are NOT in last place is because the Stupid Cubs are slightly more pathetic that the Reds!

    • Don

      This is the critical point in the season when optimism is smacked upside the head with reality and the Reds will begin to transition from being buyers to being sellers. The Reds really needed to win a couple of series before hitting the road against the Yankees and Cardinals. It’s about to get really tough.

  49. RedsGettingBetter

    This is so pathetic what is happening to the Reds… Jason Delay was hitting below .200 and has two doubles and 2 RBIs today…

  50. dimondfvr

    You need to remember that Sadak is employed by the Cincinnati Reds. Bad mouthing your employer’s ineptness will quickly put you in the unemployment line or doing play by play in the low minors! LOL

  51. Roger Garrett

    Sad isn’t it.It was over when the line up cards were delivered.Soto was setting for 3 days and Jordan has a good first game and then sets last night.Stuie can’t hit righties and Candu gets a day off probably scripted weeks ago.Can’t win with David Bell at the helm.Throw away game for sure.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Unfortunately, Roger, it’s rapidly beoming a throw away season! Can’t wait for college football and the NLF season to start!

    • Melvin

      “Soto was setting for 3 days and Jordan has a good first game and then sets last night”

      Yeah

  52. Mark A Verticchio

    This team has quit and that is very obvious. This mess isn’t all Bell’s fault but somebody has to be the fall guy and Bell hasn’t done anything to save himself.

    • Roger Garrett

      No it isn’t all his fault but he just adds to it by his insulting post game comments.People employed by the Reds,not employed by the Reds,national sports media from other teams and other networks see what taking place and say it as do fans but Bell insults us all by basically saying its not what you see or think its what I see and think.He gets away with it with no consequences.

      • Mark A Verticchio

        I agree this team is very poorly coached but the injuries are going to save Bell, sadly.

      • Rob

        The entire universe is telling Krall and Bell this team has issues. Yet Krall and Bell see no problem and continue to say that things will get better. Are the 95% correct or are the the 5% correct? Time will tell. I sure hope the 5% are correct because this hole is getting deeper and deeper to climb out of. And rebuilding teams like the Pirates and Cards are only going to continue to get better. Aka, the 2023 Reds. You don’t want to finish behind them.

    • TR

      Will the hometown owner fire the hometown manager? Not likely with two & a half years left on his contract that should not have been extended in the middle of last season without first making the playoffs and at least winning the first game.

  53. JB

    Well if the Reds follow suit , we should see them win tomorrow and then we can take the weekend off.

    • Melvin

      Plan your weekend accordingly? 🙂

  54. Mark A Verticchio

    I will put this as nice as possible Ashcraft stunk, send him back to AAA.

    • Red Thunder

      Think he was here because they had no one else for today, maybe Martinez or a Bullpen game. Probably didn’t want that with 4 games against the Cards next. Not much at Louisville either, so sink or swim

      • Red Thunder

        Anyone got a life- jacket? Asking for myself. lol

  55. Hanawi

    Maybe I’m misremembering, but I thought all through the minors one of Ashcraft’s strengths was the amount of ground balls he was able to generate. That’s been the biggest surprise to me about how he has pitched once he got the Reds. He gives up a lot of home runs and extra base hits. Don’t know if he has changed how he pitches or if it’s just a matter of not being able to get to that next level.

  56. Gpod

    Fairchild should never ever play against a righthander…period

    • Hanawi

      He has one of 4 hits and their only run today. What is your constant beef with Fairchild?

    • Hanawi

      Not to mention this is the first year he’s ever shown splits. Most of his time in the minors and the last two years he was actually even a little better against RHPs. Maybe it’s the fact that he got thrown into a platoon situation that has caused the problem.

      • LarkinPhillips

        +1000. So happy to see someone post this. When you constantly play everyone as utility and platoon players you eventually end up with guys who are only utility and platoon players. Bells style of doing this hinders growth of players and ends with us having bad match ups in the 8th and 9th often times because he mass subs out in the 6th. This style of baseball has run its course for me. I am tired of seeing a franchise strive for mediocrity.

  57. Dennis Westrick

    Yay! Sims is now throwing! That’ll stop the bleeding! Bell obviously doesn’t care and is busy making dinner reservations!

  58. Red Thunder

    Pirates starter 85 pitches for 6 innings. Guess, Pittsburgh bullpen needs some work. He could have went another inning at least.

  59. LDS

    I guess Ashcraft wasn’t ready to return to the majors. And foolish me, I thought with an All-Star manager leading the team, he’d have straightened them out by now.

    • Red Thunder

      We keep saying it but nobody believes us, lol. Only time will show them

      Stay Positive LDS, do it for the fan club members, HAHAHAH

    • Mark Moore

      To be clear … he’s an ASG Coach. His buddy did him a solid (presumably so he didn’t have to buy a ticket to get in). Perhaps he coaches 3rd and doesn’t communicate with the players leading the AL bunch to slaughter the NL guys once again.

      • Red Thunder

        Maybe he can recruit a free agent for next year. Reds could use a couple of All-Stars

      • Harry Stoner

        I think they brought him in for his post game interview skills and keen ability to talk coherently to the press about any injuries that might occur before or during the ASG

  60. BuzzKutter

    What is sad is that despite trading away all major league talent for the last 10 years, besides Votto. The farm system doesn’t seem to be overly stocked.

    • Doc

      No, but the IL is in good shape.

      Interesting to see that Phillips was dispatched to Arizona.

    • Red Thunder

      This is the key! It has better talent then a few years ago. Maybe that is because of less teams now. The Reds did get another team this year in DSL, probably cheaper for all teams to add there. But IMO, staff/coaching is lacking in development and has been for many years. Draft wisely Reds!!

    • Don

      Some of those guys have hit the wall. Once touted prospect Connor Phillips has been beyond awful to the point where he was pulled from AAA and sent to Arizona. Chase Petty too has struggled mightily.

      Offensively though there isn’t much in Louisville. McLain, De La Cruz, and Marte were part of that rich crop that was there last year, but there isn’t much immediate offensive help waiting in the wings.

      • Red Thunder

        Got to teach them how to win and the fundamentals before they get to this level.

  61. Dennis Westrick

    Have to ask! Why on earth is Diaz pitching the 9th inning in a 6-1 game?

    • Doc

      Have to ask! What difference does it make?

    • VaRedsFan

      Phillies closer is now in the game
      Phillies lead 6-1

    • Mark Moore

      What Red Thunder said … needs work.

  62. RedsGettingBetter

    I’m starting to think how will be this team after a 4-game series at STL followed by a 3-game series against mighty Yankees…

    • BuzzKutter

      If everything goes the way it has been they should go 2-5

  63. Lee

    I had a nightmare last night.Reds fired Krall made Bell POBO and made Larkin the manager and changed team name to sad sax.

  64. Doc

    The story of the year: win game 1 of the series, then lose the rest.

    Injuries have decimated this team beyond repair for 2024. Playoffs are not impossible, but are certainly firmly entrenched in the improbable category. I would not rape the farm for a player who has no chance of getting this team across the line in 2024, and that is pretty much any player at this point.

    At this point, do what needs to be done to find out what you have going forward, Benson for instance.

    • Red Thunder

      Agree, Can’t trade the few prospects we have for a player that won’t make a difference. Maybe get you a better record but it seems the Reds aren’t going anywhere this year. Draft wisely and plan for next year at this point. But hey, maybe I’m wrong!

    • Don

      I agree. Certainly injuries have played a part, but coming into this season I think Krall overvalued this roster, particularly position players, whose expectations were in some cases based on less than a full year of action. Benson hit well last year. He has hit poorly this year. Steer has taken a bit of a step backwards in terms of OBP and SLG. Ditto for Fraley, whose OBP, SLG are both off from last season. Friedl and Encarnacion-Strand have both struggled too, although at least some of that may have been attributed to injuries. Obviously there are guys here who can produce though, but Krall is going to need to get creative on how to swing deals to bring in a legitimate proven offensive veteran. There is clearly talent here to work with so an overhaul is unnecessary, but this roster does need some work.

      • Red Thunder

        Ball is in his court and totally agree. They started the rebuild, now keep adding to it! Don’t quit and don’t start over.

    • Harry Stoner

      “…rape the farm….”

      Nice sensitive turn of a phrase, isn’t it?

    • Justin T

      After the free agency signings all i heard was how much depth this team had and how the floor was being raised. Fast forward a month and they were fielding a borderline minor league team by May.

      People around here forget what winning baseball looks like and the front office doesnt know what it looks like at all.

  65. Gpod

    Reds 10-23 in the last 33 games vs the pirates…..the pirates…..this isn’t the NY Yankees or LA Dodgers….it’s the Pirates!! Yes….we should keep a manager that is part of that….good god

    • Melvin

      “Reds 10-23 in the last 33 games vs the pirates…..the pirates…..this isn’t the NY Yankees or LA Dodgers….it’s the Pirates!!”

      Yes but every time we see the Pirates on our schedule it’s supposed to be the “easy” part of our schedule. lol Dudn’t turn out that way. 😉

  66. Mark Moore

    Just checked in to see the final score. Not sure there is a multiplier big enough to express the level of Stink. Fish. Pot!!!

    • Jedi Joey

      I’m with you, Mark. Stink. Fish. Pot!!!

  67. Justin T

    The team looked lifeless today like they have most of the year. No fight. No sense of urgency. They look like a team that is trying to get their manager fired. Since I’m told its not the manager’s fault Im guessing its just bad luck or its their job to get themselves ready to play.