After a successful road trip, the Cincinnati Reds fell flat on Friday night in their return to Great American Ball Park. The Detroit Tigers hit four home runs in their win in the opening game of the 3-game weekend series. This afternoon’s first pitch is set for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Detroit Tigers

Cincinnati Reds

Matt Vierling – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Colt Keith – 2B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Mark Canha – RF Jeimer Candelario – DH
Riley Greene – LF Spencer Steer – 1B
Carson Kelly – C Nick Martini – LF
Justyn-Henry Malloy – DH Tyler Stephenson – C
Gio Urshela – 1B Noelvi Marte – 3B
Parker Meadows – CF Will Benson – RF
Ryan Kreidler – SS Stuart Fairchild – CF
Alex Faedo – RHP Hunter Greene – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Hunter Greene 97.1 3.70 1.17 41 109
Alex Faedo 37.2 3.35 1.22 15 33
Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Alex Faedo’s Stats

Hunter Greene

In his last start, Hunter Greene battled the Cardinals as they ran up his pitch count with long at-bats. He would only give up one run, but he also was pulled after 4.2 innings. It was the second game in a row that he hadn’t completed the 5th inning. He had done so 14 straight times prior to that.

The splits for Greene are there, and he’s got the reverse kind. He pitches better against left-handed hitters, holding them to a lower average, walking them less often, striking them out far more frequently, and holding them to less power. Right-handed hitters haven’t exactly been good against him but their .715 OPS is 106 points higher than what lefties are hitting. Not shown below is the home/road splits, and those are quite large. At home, Greene has a 4.76 ERA (2.53 road) and hitters have a 202 point advantage in OPS against him.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 198 39 7 2 5 21 45 .231 .330 .385
LHH 213 34 9 1 4 20 64 .189 .293 .317

Pitch Usage

4-seam Curve Slider Split
Velo 97.9 80.6 86.7 86.9
Usage 56% 2% 34% 9%

Alex Faedo

The Tigers are going with an opener today. Faedo hasn’t made a start this season, though he’s made 12 starts in each of the previous two seasons (out of 25 appearances). He has been used for more than one inning in 18 of his 23 outings this year, but he’s only topped two innings twice and neither has happened in the last two months.

Faedo has reverse splits, but unlike Hunter Greene – righties have hit quite well against him. They are hitting for a good average, walking at a solid clip, and they are hitting for a good amount of power. Lefties aren’t doing much hitting against him. They do draw walks at a solid clip, but they aren’t hitting for any average or power.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 82 19 3 0 4 8 18 .264 .333 .472
LHH 75 12 3 0 1 7 15 .179 .253 .269

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Slider Change
Velo 94.1 93.9 83.3 89.3
Usage 31% 5% 44% 20%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 83°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jake Fraley’s daughter is fine

Yesterday the Reds placed Jake Fraley on the Family Medical Emergency List. Fraley’s daughter Avery has been in remission from leukemia since January. Mike Petraglia of MLB.com reported that manager David Bell said that Avery was fine, but that the team gave him time to spend with his family. You can read more about that here if you’d like.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 52 37
St. Louis 46 41 5.0
Pittsburgh 42 45 9.0
Cincinnati 42 46 9.5
Chicago 41 48 11.0

 

199 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Glad to hear Jake’s daughter is fine. It’s an emotional roller coaster, especially with a child.

    Let’s see how efficient Hunter can be and if we can Tackle these Tiggers and wrestle them to the ground … we saw how “bouncy” they were yesterday.

    Patience from the boyz, please. We showed our mettle with those D#$! Yankees. Detroit ain’t the Yankees by a wide margin.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Ha! I see what you did there … tiggers … bouncy … 🙂

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      • Mark Moore

        Did it last night as well … 😀

        Minor regret that I never went to see a game there for all my years living in MI and the year DD#1 spent there to start grad school (before she moved on). She had an apartment right on the river near Belle Isle Park.

      • DaveCT

        I was at a conference in Detroit in Tigger Stadium’s final year. Being from CT, many of my colleagues were Red Sox fans. So we all went, me just to make it to Tiger Stadium. There were 3,000 people there. We floated down to seats at the Boston dugout. Roger Clemons struck out 20.

        Aside, during warmups, in the bullpen up the first base line, Clemons was throwing with a LH batter standing in (third string catcher, haha — “best job i ever had”), because he was practicing *throwing inside* hahahaha. First, you shoulda heard the catcher’s mitt pop. Second, you should have heard the kid standing in. Every pitch was between his chin and his hands. The words coming out if his mouth …

  2. Mark Moore

    Oh, Melvin …

    Weather pending, burgers on the flat top tonight.

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  3. JB

    Who knows what team shows up today. I quit trying to figure them out after they swept the Yanks. Jekyll and Hyde.

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  4. Dennis Westrick

    Need an above average start from HG today! 9 games to go before the All-Star break!

    Let’s score some runs early and let HG be great!

    Go Reds! Cage the Tigers!

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  5. JB

    So with Senzel being DFA’d would you pick him up ? He is better than Espinal or isn’t he?

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    • Mark Moore

      Espinal is a competent SS, so there’s that. Plus would our illustrious Field General play Nick in the OF?

      Not sure it’s the best move, but also not the worst.

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    • Votto4life

      I get the sense there is some tension between Senzel and the Red’s front office. Also, Espinal can play SS and Senzel can’t. Besides, it’s not like the Nat’s are letting go of him because he is tearing up the league.

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    • JB

      True. Espinal plays a good defense but he is literally the worst hitter I’ve seen in awhile. The guy is notorious for weak grounders. Him and Benson are automatic outs. Maybe some new blood in the outfield . Senzel hit lefties well last year. I expect the front office to pick up nobody but Senzel types at the dead line.

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  6. Kevin H

    Feels like a must win game today.

    If you all remember last year I am a Senzel fan so sure bring him on board!! Winker too.

    Glad to hear the Fraley daughter is OK. Kudos to the reds for putting him on the medical list.

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  7. Indy Red Man

    Taylor Ward 1-2 with 2 walks today. Murders lefties and he’s a tough out with 14 hrs. Never had 500 at-bats in a season though and he’s 30. Safer then Robert though and might hit 25 in Gabp

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    • Kevin H

      I said it on another post, however not sure why upper management didn’t pull trigger on a trade for a bat or two.

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      • Mark Moore

        I’ll remind them during our Monday morning review meeting 😛

      • Melvin

        “I’ll remind them during our Monday morning review meeting ?”

        Please do. Get the “do nothing lazy losers” to do something.

  8. RedsGettingBetter

    The Reds need to win this game after a rough loss yesterday… Find a way!!

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  9. Jason Franklin

    Saw that McLain is ok’d to start hitting now/soon. Any other word on when they expect him to come back? I am way behind on the news.

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    • Kevin H

      I heard August. Don’t know if that means go on a rehab assignment first of August or be up with big club after a rehab late July??

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    • Mark Moore

      Really don’t want them to rush MattyMc. It rarely works well to do that.

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  10. Mark Moore

    HG must be double parked today. Very quick inning. Cowboy says he’s better when he works more quickly. That inning certainly looked good.

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    • Mark Moore

      And we return the favor … India stroked it but I saw more lack of patience from Elly and Candy … again … 😐

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  11. Dennis Westrick

    Good 1st inning from HG! Needs to keep it up!

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  12. Tom Mitsoff

    I saw the replay of last night’s ninth-inning play at the plate on Dunn for the first time just a moment ago, and that was a super-close play. It’s hard to question a decision on a play that was a few inches from being safe. In that case, it was worth the risk, IMO. If he’s out by feet, then no. You’re counting on a major league player not making a perfect play in a big moment. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

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    • Mark Moore

      +1,000

      Doug’s article on it was spot-on. I’m not a huge fan of the “blind contact” play either. But Dunn’s speed can be a weapon. Could have gone either way.

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    • BK

      Also, we would have been down to our last out, and the odds would have been stacked against having another scoring opportunity.

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  13. RedsGettingBetter

    We can expect anything from the Reds offense actually. As it can be absolutely harmless against a below-average pitcher as going to crush an ace…

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      The two teams playing today are close to being identical — more pitching than hitting. Reds two games ahead of Detroit in wins after 88 games played apiece.

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  14. RedsGettingBetter

    The Tigers batters having good ABs being very patient. Greene at 40 pitches thru 2 innings…

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  15. Roger Garrett

    Tigers are patient and we just hack and hack some more.Hunter is on pace for 5 at best and we may not have a hit by then.

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep. And who do we turn to for that kind of discipline with the boyz?

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  16. Dennis Westrick

    Will HG ever get past the habit of issuing walks after getting ahead in the count 0-2 or 1-2! 25 pitch 2nd inning as a result of the 9-pitch AB yielded the walk!

    Now HG is at 40 pitches thru 2 innings!

    Looking like another 5 inning outing when we need a strong 6 or 7 innings from HG!

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  17. Reddawgs2012

    So we are back to Candy and Stephenson being completely useless at the plate, I see.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      Three-plus years into his career, we’re still expecting above-average hitting from him. His career OPS+ is +101. That means he is one percent above average offensively.

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      • Daytonnati

        Plus, the Tigers have that three-player core with Keith, Greene, and Meadows that they can build around.

  18. Will the Red

    Terrible hit+run call for somone with 1 career SB. Oof.

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  19. Mark Moore

    Nice cut and throw from Benson. Probably saved a triple.

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  20. Kevin H

    Meadows was sent down earlier this year to work on his hitting. Seems like it worked

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    • Mark Moore

      We don’t send our regular boyz down for that reason … 😐

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      • Kevin H

        I know right. Torkelson was sent down as well.

        Wish our organization would do that. LOL

        Friend of mine is a tiger fan and was telling me about the team abit.

  21. Roger Garrett

    You think.May be a good thing tomorrow when we we see Wynns.Reds need Tyler and he is just lost.

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    • Mark Moore

      New Dad Syndrome?

      Seriously, I think you are right, Roger. Tyler’s head isn’t consistently in the game when he’s at bat. I think he’s pressing. As others have noted, he’s best when going oppo.

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  22. Dennis Westrick

    Reds hitters are right on schedule! 2 innings, 2 strikeouts

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      • Mark Moore

        Dennis is full of a LOT of stuff. Sarcasm is just one element. 😛

  23. Mark Moore

    Are we at 80% of ST status for Marte yet? He’d have been better swinging at the previous pitch that went to the backstop.

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    • Daytonnati

      Marte or Benson go 1 for 5 and their average goes up.

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    • Tom Mitsoff

      He looks horrible. So different from late last year. Last night with the game on Apple, I had to listen when I could. Jeff Brantley said he’s noticed that Marte has the same foot positioning at the plate as last September when he’s taking batting practice. But he opens his stance / foot position just a bit during game play. Brantley said other pitchers see that and know how to pitch him to take advantage of that.

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      • Roger Garrett

        Young players need to be coached at this level but we knew he should not be up here.Don’t need another guy like Benson which I really feel for to just throw out there and let him try to work it out.

      • Mark Moore

        Roger … “Young players need to be coached …”

        I still firmly believe that’s a MAJOR failing with #75 of 30 and his crew. But this won’t change who we are and everybody loves playing for him. Boyz just want to have fun, amiright?

  24. Mark A Verticchio

    This offense is back to stinking it up again and again, it’s really getting old.

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  25. RedsGettingBetter

    The lack of run support to Greene continues, now it’s because Tigers have the best pitching staff of baseball apparently…

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    • Mark Moore

      I wonder if that plays in his melon when he pitches and he tries to do more himself, making his results far less efficient and inconsistent.

      That 4-pitch BB to Riley Greene was pretty ugly.

      May all contribute to his lack of focus.

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      • Roger Garrett

        Just has to Mark.No way he does’t see what everybody else sees.Don’t care how good a teammate he is or man he is its obvious his teammates are’t competing.He is competing.

  26. Roger Garrett

    New pitcher and he strikes out the side.Can we see Dunn cause he is fast and Rios cause he has some pop.Hitters aren’t even competing and they never do for Hunter.

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  27. Indy Red Man

    HG getting his usual support. Big crowds don’t come out for 1-2-3 every ‘n inning

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  28. Mark Moore

    I’m reminded of the kiddie song about “the little one” … here’s my variation:

    “There were 9 in the lineup and most of them said ‘Roll over! Roll over!’ So they mostly rolled over and grounded out (weakly).”

    Very, very hard to watch the same performance after what we saw in NYC on a bigger stage against a far better team.

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  29. Mark A Verticchio

    Top of the order and nothing. This is really hard to watch. Cardinals got down 9 to 0, it’s now 9 to 4, the Reds can’t do that.

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  30. Dennis Westrick

    6 strikeouts through 4 innings! Amazing!

    There’s more scoring in soccer!

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  31. Roger Garrett

    Elly doesn’t even have a foul in two trips.He struck out swinging the first time and this time he never swings at all.Better things to do.

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    • Mark Moore

      “This won’t change who we are”

      “Where else are you gonna go?”

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      • Frogem

        You’re right. We’ll continue to be insane until the owner sells.

  32. Mark Moore

    How this is still a goose-egg game is baffling.

    Somebody find Jobu and quick … I’m guessing he’s under the Purple Bridge.

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  33. RedsGettingBetter

    Greene tossing 5 really strong innings so far and improved his pitch count so it’s likely he is going to the 6th at 80 pitches

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  34. Mark Moore

    I need to go prep the flat-top griddle and the burgers. Done commenting for a bit. Still watching because … where else am I gonna go?

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  35. Dennis Westrick

    Can we convince the Tigers to change into Yankee uniforms?

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    • Gpod

      Followed by a horrible AB by Marte….that was terrible….at least get the guy over!

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  36. Kevin H

    Marte wasn’t ready and it shows. I mean I do believe he will be a solid player. Yet, right now he is on my opinion a liability.

    Shame on cincy organization

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  37. dimondfvr

    Benson is sharing his batting tips with Dunn. Dunn is now 1-15. Do we have anyone who can not only swing a bat, but get on base!!!???

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  38. Gpod

    man on 2nd, nobody out….chance to get another run without needing a hit….inning over….where is that run…..still standing on 2nd

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  39. Indy Red Man

    Our #2 pick should be in the lineup Opening day next year. When you DH scrubs like Espinal and have 2-3 other scrubs in the lineup just as bad then let the new guy learn on the job

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    • Kevin H

      Then people would be calling him a “scrub” if he struggled.

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      • Indy Red Man

        Atleast there would be upside and they’d run into one. Espinal should be cut for Jordan

    • Kevin H

      True Indy, at least their is a upside. Jordan was hot in AAA and came and sat. Ugh

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    • Jason Franklin

      It’s as if they need to trade for someone who can hit with some authority. (or two guys).

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  40. Mike W

    Bell DESTROYS soooooo many of our players psychologically!
    In a close game he pulls Benson (9 HRs and 28 RBIs and 28 BBs and 11 SBs for 1 for 16 PAs Blake Dunn. I don’t care about the lefty righty thing in this case at all! — benson has hundreds of hits in MLB, and Dunn has ONE. Benson is a starter. Dunn is in his 3rd week of facing ML pitching. What an insult to Benson. Benson should get his time in a late inning one sided game, or if we are mathematically eliminated. Bell just doesn’t get it — the idea is to win as many games as possible. Plz Red’s management, let Bell go. How is 5.5 seasons not enough to prove he cannot manage men to mor Erwin’s than losses!

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    • Jason Franklin

      I would love to see the Reds promote Cowgill to manager. That would be the easiest and least midseason managerial change for the team. Also, he’s kind of opposite of Bell -Cowgill gets riled up and the players like him. Now we would just have to hope he wouldn’t live and die by the platoon idea.

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    • Roger Garrett

      Marte just swung and grounded out on a 3-0 pitch.What a circus this organization is.If he did it on his own he needs to be benched and if got the green light the Bell should be fired on the spot.Reds have 3 hits and have fanned 10 times and counting.Thats bad baseball.

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      • Jason Franklin

        The thing is, is that it probably was on his own. I have a feeling Bell doesn’t try to handle most at-bat calls unless it’s for a squeeze or something. Which, with a young guy batting (and struggling) with a 3-0 count you tell him to take it. The most important thing is to win the game, even if it hurts his feelings or something? I am not sure why the Reds play such poor fundamental ball.

  41. RedlegScott

    Looking more and more like the slumping Reds beat the exceptionally slumping Yankees.

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  42. Mike W

    Correction to 8th line, which should have read: “Dunn shoudl get his time….”

    P.S. Let’s get Greene a few more runs in the bottom of the 7th!

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  43. Jason Franklin

    So many strikeouts by these hitters. Could you imagine if they had some guys who would actually show that they know how to extend an at-bat?

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  44. RedsGettingBetter

    There is no difference between Dunn and Benson apparently , the result is the same: a strikeout. LOL

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  45. Mike W

    Dear Jason Franklin:
    Although I’d prefer to manage our Reds, and have Cowgill my assistant, Cowgill would be a great choice!

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  46. Indy Red Man

    #2 pick Opening Day I tell you

    Riley Greene full-time Tiger at 21. Condon & Bazzana are 21 now. Could they be worse then half our lineup?

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  47. dimondfvr

    So much for the fine pitching performance by Greene!

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  48. RedsGettingBetter

    Wow , what did Cruz ? LEft a really meat ball …Holly sh…

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  49. Indy Red Man

    Ok. So let’s blow this one too. Cruz beat on 91 mph cutter….3rd best pitch

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  50. Roger Garrett

    Yep so what our we doing.Nothing of course so we lose again.

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  51. Jason Franklin

    So many profanities from watching this team, so little time. Krall should shake the team up now, while the competition is supposedly easier. The Reds aren’t showing anything against the Tigers so far.

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  52. Mark A Verticchio

    Cruz had failed in many 8th innings where he started the inning.

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  53. Tom Mitsoff

    When your team can’t score consistently, you’re always at risk for a couple of bad pitches on an otherwise stellar pitching day to mess things up.

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  54. Kevin H

    Wow the comments came out after that two run home run lol

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  55. Randoxu1

    I’ve said it before, the longer you wait to make a trade the reds will be out of it. They need 2 outfielders and marte needs to be sent down to AAA and get the rust off, not here. I got laughed at for mentioning Winker in a trade, on base 3 more times today. He wouldn’t cost anything and then you turn around and deal for a rh bat in the outfield and you give up some prospects that’s all they are. Gets old

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    • Michael B. Green

      Its a pitching philosophy thing. Nibble, nibble, nibble.

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  56. Roger Garrett

    Wheels coming off will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow.

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  57. Jason Franklin

    Well. That’s probably it. See you guys tomorrow! Hope the team rallies, but odds are slim.

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  58. RedAlert

    Unbelievable …. Inexcusable and pathetic gifting runs

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  59. Mark Moore

    FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLY AND GOOD … SOMEBODY PLEASE TEACH THE OUTFIELDERS WHERE TO THROW!!!

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    • RedAlert

      David Bell fundamental baseball at its finest ! BEEN HAPPENING ALL YEAR …. Zero
      accountability or consequences for these mistakes the entire year …. Disgusting

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  60. Dennis Westrick

    Looks like last season’s Reds bullpen! Needed 6 outs to preserve a 2-0 lead and a win!

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  61. RedsGettingBetter

    And the bullpen blown the game…incredible this series against a poor team …I am feeling the same the Yankees should have felt against us

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  62. Michael B. Green

    Hunter Greene dealing, but they pulling at a pitch count I had when I was 16. Ridiculous.

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    • Kevin H

      104 pitched at 16. I call Bs!!!

      Greene had 104 pitches

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  63. Roger Garrett

    Tiger take good at bats and we don’t.Just watch when we come up if we ever get out of this inning.

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  64. Dennis Westrick

    That’s it for me! Wasted a 7-inning shutout effort by Greene!

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    • RedAlert

      Krall is the weakest excuse for a GM in MLB baseball ….

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      • Randoxu1

        Couldn’t agree more. Status quo. Shuffle the deck chairs, Don’t try to make your team better. Horrible

      • Kevin H

        He isn’t the gm. Meador is the gm.

      • Randoxu1

        Meador is gm by title he isn’t making any decisions it’s Krall being told by uncle Bob what decisions to make.

      • Randoxu1

        It’s pretty obvious. Has he made a move. No he hasn’t. Doesn’t matter anyway.

  65. CincyDo

    Disaster struck. Our two best RP just didn’t have it today. But I put the blame squarely on the struggling offense.

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    • TR

      The offensive mantra from the Reds front office seems to be ‘wait until the injured return.’

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    • Steve

      I’ll second that Roger Garrett. Another lackluster offensive (in more ways than one) showing. Two runs scored that were gifted by the opponent. Then a solo shot too late to make any difference. How pathetic.

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  66. Kevin H

    Sims the king of inherited runners scoring.

    Well Cruz and Moll been solid all year. Sometimes you have outings like that.

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  67. Indy Red Man

    GABP games are basically pointless

    New Reds advertising:

    .500! Come out and see the Reds on their relentless, but unsuccessful, drive to be average

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  68. Roger Garrett

    Reds won’t do anything about this disaster.Just will do it again tomorrow.

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  69. dimondfvr

    “This is who we are.” And “Where are you gonna go?”

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  70. Michael B. Green

    Is there a manager in baseball that will quit running their pitching like this/ Seriously? It does not work and its not fun to watch at all. Can anyone think contrarian any more?

    Hunter Greene should have pitched until he was in a jam in the 8th. No jam, onto the 9th. That’s how you build aces.

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  71. Jeremiah

    I’m not sure Dunn is ready for the Majors hitting wise. I almost would have liked to see Levi Jordan stay up give some more time for Dunn in Triple A.

    Great pitching by Hunter Greene. Can kind of point to a lot of areas but right now the whole team is just not good enough. Lots of inconsistency all over the team.

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  72. Jim Walker

    Five runs allowed after 1 out and nobody on base. Double, HR, Walk, (pitching change) Walk, Double, run scoring G.O., (pitching change) RBI Double, Walk, line out.

    If one reliever has a bad day, that happens. Three in one inning? There must be guys unprepared mentally and/or physically.

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    • Kevin H

      I disagree with that. It’s baseball and stuff that happens. Reds have done it to opposing pens.

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    • Roger Garrett

      I agree Jim but all we will hear in the post game is how well Hunter pitched.Reds never own up to or admit there may be something wrong that needs to be corrected and thats why we see what we see.

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  73. Roger Garrett

    Elly made contact twice today in 4 at bats and fanned three times.

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  74. dimondfvr

    Unfortunately, this has not been a good baseball team over a long period of time. Don’t see that changing any time soon.

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  75. RedAlert

    Hey Krall , why is Zach Maxwell still at AAA Louisville and Sims still on this roster !!!!????
    Quit sitting on your hands and DO YOUR JOB !!!!!

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  76. Mark Moore

    Just a complete waste of the afternoon. 3 in the bottom of the 9th is theoretically possible, but theory doesn’t normally play these games.

    Watching more out of morbid curiosity than anything.

    Oh, and my burgers were FANTASTIC!!

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    • Kevin H

      I am perplexed myself.

      And I hope Marte is sent down so he can get mlb ready. Reds organization rushed him

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  77. Randoxu1

    The fans keep showing up and the reds keep raking in the money, with no reason to try and improve your team. Cue up another bobblehead tomorrow. Everytime the reds play their so called weak schedule it blows up in their face.

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    • RedAlert

      Yes sir absolutely correct ! Bobbleheads and fireworks …..and fans continue to pour in …. Reds fans deserve WAY BETTER THAN THIS. Sell the team to somebody that actually CARES !!!! Big Bob could give a rip about putting a winner on the field ….

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  78. Pharmer85

    12 strikeouts and counting. Only 4 hits. Reds offense continues to be BRUTAL.

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  79. Ted Alfred

    Marte with the exact same horrendous throw to 1st again…high and wide. It is ridiculous.

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    • Mark Moore

      It’s becoming a regular thing. But he is only 80% through Spring Training, so … 😐

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    • Tom noonan

      Throwing is stuff he learned in Jr high. Right? Maybe not.

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  80. Mark A Verticchio

    Marte has been a major disappointment after his first game both on offense and defense, back to AAA.

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  81. Mark A Verticchio

    Well they have all but wiped out the Yankee series, when you consider Sunday’s pitching match up. Sweep Yanks in New York, swept by Detroit at home. That is sad.

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  82. CincyDo

    Made me mad. Why wait until the 9 to get some runs but not enough? Death by a thousand cuts

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  83. Mark Moore

    Cowboy commenting on Marte’s stance that AB vs. the previous. He was square to the plate like he is during BP. That allowed him to drive the ball.

    I know we’d all love Cowboy in a coaching role … but I’m thinking he’s way to smart to take that gig.

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  84. Mark Moore

    And our thin bench bites us again … just an oppo shot, Santiago. Or a BB.

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    • Mark Moore

      Nope. Just flail away at ball 4 (2x no less) and take the “L” train.

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  85. RedAlert

    Nothing changes with this team or manager …. Status quo , keeps running out same inept players in lineup , nobody sent down or benched for poor performances , no moves trades or additions to improve chances to win … its utterly amazing ….go thru motions , accept losing

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  86. Kevin H

    Dear reds organization,

    This team needs at least two solid batters. Solid outfielder or two. Why is it so hard. Seeing the last two pitch hitters is sad

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    • Mark Moore

      And a Field Manager with a far better feel for the game who will instill some obvious discipline for the fundamentals.

      We’ve suffered a long time and deserve better.

      Sincerely,

      A bunch of fans

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    • Rob

      Bingo. And if these 3 guys don’t work out, we will bring up Jordan, Hurtubise, Soto, and Capel for another run. I think we fans are the suckers. They have run Louisville dry and they aren’t very good AAA players. Gosh. We have to get better players from other mlb teams. Remember 2 weeks ago when many were waiting the return of Marte. And Bells comment on how much better the team would be? He may very well hit 350 in August but right now he is a 150 hitter and that isn’t going to change near term.

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  87. Mike W

    Wow.
    So very sorry Hunter, for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th time.
    Roger was right (above) Marte shouldn’t have swung at 3-0 pitch. 2 runs is NEVER enough in baseball, unless perhaps you have 2 outs in the 9th and no one on.
    If we lose more than we win over this 10 game home stand, I hope Bell is let go during the All Star break. SOMETHING has to change. Bell stands at the top of the dugout steps and shows no emotion or caring or interest. (Heck, my local basketball team, the Golden State Warriors just let Clay Thompson go and he brought them 4 rings. Seems all other professional sports teams realize this is a business and some times an investment pays off and sometimes it doesn’t, like when you hire a manager and extend his contract and you don’t make the playoffs once the entire time he’s there. )

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    • Mark Moore

      I’m in agreement that we need the kind of shake-up that sends #80 of 30 (yes, he dropped in my rankings) to the FO. But at this point in the season, that means a 99% chance that we get Freddie B. through 2024. Freddie is a nice guy, but he’s not even close to being THE guy. At least that’s how I read it.

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  88. RedsGettingBetter

    Now , I don’t know how this Reds team could sweep the Yankees… Unbelievable…

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  89. Indy Red Man

    Escrubinal, all 170 lbs of him, hacking at 2-0 way outside of the zone. You’re only trying to put the tying run on 1st with a guy coming up that just homered off a lefty the other day. Solid baseball IQ sir

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  90. Randoxu1

    They won’t do it. It’s too much work and admit failure in the guys they put so much stock in. They would rather fail than try and get better. Espinal, Dunn, Rios, Benson and Marte who belongs in AAA, should not be on a major league roster. Also , they are not interested in adding money to the payroll.

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  91. Kevin H

    Well these two losses are fault. I normally don’t bet,however put a small 2.00 wager with a friend of mine. Tiger fan. Then today went double or nothing. LOL

    Bullpen picked a bad time to implode

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  92. Kevin H

    Shake it up. Something has to change. I mean can’t count on India, De La Cruz and Steer ever game. Make a couple trades, I dunno but something needs to change

    +1?000

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  93. Roger Garrett

    Reds just have no leadership and its so obvious.Anything goes at the plate in the field or in the dugout.Espy against anybody with the game on the line is a head scratcher but two nights in a row is just dumb.Bell starts Benson then hits for him with Dunn then Rios hits for Dunn then Espy hits for Rios are you kidding me.Bell says I got you and got what I wanted but hey could it be the other guy wanted it too..Bells obsession with handedness is juts too much.Benson may just run into one to start with and if he is good enough to start hitting under 200 with a 45 % strikeout rate then let him hit.

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    • Kevin H

      Wait, this isn’t on Bell. He has limited options on the bench. The thin bench is on upper management. Not everything is Bell’s fault. Sorry but it isn’t, and this coming from someone who has said Bell isn’t the answer.

      Boone couldn’t win with this bench.

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      • Roger Garrett

        No it isn’t always on Bell cause even when they win they fumble and stumble most of the time.I agree his bench is thin cause he has 3 guys up from the minors and Espy so why start the handedness stuff at all and why in the 5th inning.Your right nobody could win with this bench so why use it other then for defense?

  94. Jeremiah

    Espinal with the game on the line 2 nights in a row right with two outs? Boy that’s a tough way to go down. So much bad offense in MLB. Detroit super young team, not sure who is rebuilding better Reds or Tigers, both kind of disappointing right now at least.

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  95. Mike W

    Gents with all respect……..
    Bell is the common denominator 5+ years.
    Bell pulls SPs after 4+ innings instead of leaving them in to learn how to work out of jams and have a chance at a 5 IP W.
    By not letting an (e.g.) RH hitter face a RH pitcher, he’s not sending the right message. How’s a guy to get better? How about bunting?
    Bell doesn’t noticeably interact with his players — positively or negatively — during a game. Gives fans the impression he doesn’t care.
    Bell doesn’t speak up enough on season long horrible balls and strikes calls — especially during Elly’s ABs.
    The team’s purpose is to win more than they lose. Despite a variety of players, they haven’t under Bell.
    He’s had more than half a decade to accomplish that, and he hasn’t.
    I’m sure he’s a nice guy with a good family members older and younger.
    He’s had years of chances.
    Since we don’t have unlimited $’s, we can’t replace 6 guys for $250,000,000 more per year, you change out the Manager and let him change any coaches — like maybe our hitting coach?
    It’s a business, don’t take the fans’ $.
    Unless you like whats happening, it’s time to make the change and see what happens. Maybe we lose more games than we win, or maybe we don’t…..

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