The Cincinnati Reds will be attempting to avoid being swept at home by the Detroit Tigers this afternoon. It’ll be a tough one as they face off against one of the best pitchers in baseball. First pitch is set for 1:40pm ET.

Starting Lineup

Detroit Tigers

Cincinnati Reds

Matt Vierling – LF Jonathan India – DH
Colt Keith – 2B Elly De La Cruz – SS
Mark Canha – 1B Jeimer Candelario – 1B
Riley Greene – DH Spencer Steer – LF
Wenceel Perez – RF Noelvi Marte – 3B
Gio Urshela – 3B Santiago Espinal – 2B
Zach McKinstry – SS Austin Wynns – C
Jake Rogers – C Will Benson – RF
Parker Meadows – CF Blake Dunn – CF
Tarik Skubal – LHP Graham Ashcraft – RHP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Graham Ashcraft 72.2 5.45 1.47 24 55
Tarik Skubal 103.0 2.45 0.93 20 119
Links: Graham Ashcraft’s Stats | Tarik Skubal’s Stats

Graham Ashcraft

Since returning from the minor leagues, Ashcraft has had one tough start and one so-so start. The last time out he pitched well through the 5th inning, but he didn’t record an out in the 6th and wound up being charged with three runs on the day – all scoring in that 6th inning.

When it comes to split, there are not big splits when it comes to the handedness of the opposition. Lefties are hitting a bit better, mostly showing a little more home run pop. Both right-handed and left-handed hitters, though, are hitting well against him. The home and road splits, though, are huge. Ashcraft’s ERA at Great American Ball Park this season is 8.20 (3.88 on the road) and hitters have a .924 OPS against him (.696 on the road).

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 178 43 11 0 4 13 32 .270 .348 .415
LHH 151 40 4 0 7 11 23 .288 .338 .468

Pitch Usage

2-seam Cutter Slider Change
Velo 95.1 95.8 88.7 91.0
Usage 18% 47% 32% 3%

Tarik Skubal

It’s been an outstanding season for Skubal, who has the 3rd best ERA in baseball this year. His last time out he allowed three runs in 6.0 innings and had seven strikeouts. It was only the 5th time he allowed more than two earned runs in a start out of his 17 starts this year.

The splits are pretty big for Skubal, but that’s only because he’s been that dominant against lefties, who don’t get much playing time against him but are posting a .458 OPS against him when they do. Right-handed hitters don’t walk, don’t hit for average, and only show so-so power against him. His road splits are favorable for opponents as his ERA is 3.16 (1.74 at home) and opponents have a .662 OPS against him (.488 at home).

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB K AVG OBP SLG
RHH 337 65 14 2 9 16 95 .206 .252 .348
LHH 71 11 1 1 0 4 24 .172 .239 .219

Pitch Usage

4-seam 2-seam Curve Slider Change
Velo 97.0 96.8 78.8 88.9 86.1
Usage 32% 21% 5% 15% 27%

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:40pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 86°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Nick Martini to the injured list

About an hour prior to the game the Reds announced that Nick Martini was placed on the 10-day injured list with a thumb injury. They called up Livan Soto to take his spot on the roster.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 52 38
St. Louis 46 42 5.0
Pittsburgh 42 46 9.0
Cincinnati 42 47 9.5
Chicago 41 49 11.0

177 Responses

  1. Ron

    I would say the over/under on strikeout total for Skubal today should probably be around 14.

    Reply
      • Moon

        Benson, Dunn, and Espinal are probably good for about 9 k’s alone.

  2. gusnwally

    I grew up watching games with lineups like: Mays, Mccovey,Cepeda, Alou and Aaron, Mathews, Adcock, Crandall, Clemente, Stargell,Groat,Mazeroski. The Reds today have 4 players batting under 200 in the starting lineup. Am I still watching the same game?

    Reply
    • Dennis Westrick

      Bell better not quit his day job as a comedian!

      Reply
      • JB

        Fairchild hits lefties so let’s sit him for Benson who hits nobody. No Stephenson but my boy Espinal is in there. Why don t they give Rios and Soto a stab at it?

    • Oldtimer

      Reds lineup in 1971 was 1B May 2B Helms SS Concepcion/Woodward 3B Perez C Bench LF Carbo/McRae CF Foster RF Rose SP Nolan Gullett Grimsley McGlothlin (and) BP Carroll Granger.

      Reds finished 79-83.

      The 1960s and 1970s were Golden Age of modern baseball.

      Reply
    • Rednat

      Great post. The games has changed tremendously from its hey day of the 60s and 70s. I was driving around cincinnati before the game yesterday. Didnt see one kid playing baseball. Not one knothole, stickball, even tossing the ball in the yard. Just feels like mlb is dying and young kids?are taking note.

      Reply
      • Oldtimer

        The game is dominated by Japanese and Caribbean players today. White and black Americans are pretty rare compared to way back when.

      • Harry Stoner

        The ’60s and ’70s were 60 and 50 years ago, respectively.

        That would be like pining away for the ’00s and ’10s during the Frank Robinson era.

        How many kids does one see outside these days doing anything, let alone playing baseball?

        The fertile grounds for the sport have long ago moved southward and westward into warmer climates: Florida, Texas, Arizona, California.

        The Carribean, Mexico, Venezuela.

        How many current MLB players are from the Dominican Republic? Likely as many or more than have ever come from Ohio at any given time.

        The game is alive and well. There’s just a lot of other things that kids from Cincinnati are choosing to do. Indoors, on their computers.

        My hunch is that if you drove around San Pedro de Macoris, you’d see a lot of kids playing ball.

        92 degrees and sunny there today.

    • Doc

      And folks wonder why this team is not excelling, and some of us are resigned to wait til next year. The loss of McLain, CES, Friedl, the suspension of Marte and his predictable slow start on his return, and the failure of Benson to progress means that the Reds are playing with more AAAA players than projected starters, and the cache of players they have acquired/called up make Benson look good. The upper minors talent was depleted, more accurately moved up prematurely, with all the call ups last year so everything had to go perfectly in 2024, but it was painfully obvious by opening day that wasn’t to be the case. We’re lucky it hasn’t been worse considering the ability to maintain quality pitching despite the huge retrogression of several who would have first in line for call up. Thank goodness for Spiers.

      There is no way Krall could make or could have made sufficient moves to overcome what has happened this year without decimating the farm that has been built up over the past number of seasons. With a stud draft pick who actually turns out to be a stud, and a return to form of a handful of guys who were counted on, the next few years still look bright, especially with the positives we are seeing in out starting five pitchers.

      Reply
      • Jim Walker

        Baseball-Reference still puts the Reds at a 30.9% chance of making the postseason. It would not take gutting the farm to try and make a run for it.

        As the old song says, “Winners never quit and quitters never win”. We’ve seen some of that fighting spirit from the team on the field the last 2 days despite the unfavorable outcomes. It is high time we saw some of it from the front office and owner’s suite.

      • Harry Stoner

        That extra 0.9% is an encouraging margin above a basic 30% chance.

      • DaveCT

        This is my favorite post of the season.

      • Jim Walker

        @Harry> I did not want to be accused of being a Sammy Sunshine person by rounding it to 31% 😉

        I’d guess that % is somehow related to their Pythagorean projection which says they should have 46 wins instead of the 42 they actually have.

  3. DataDumpster

    Welcome to yet another point of the season where the Reds badly need a win but seem unlikely to get one. Looking forward to seeing the Detroit pitcher. His K/BB ratio is about the best I’ve ever seen. Not following the AL that much, I assumed Detroit was really bad (as they have been in recent years) but no they are just pretty bad. I am also struck by how close their team stats match the Reds (difference of .02 in BA, .01 in WHIP and even in HRs).
    If the pretty bad Tigers win today, they would equal the Reds W/L record (not withstanding the Red’s Pythagorean advantage of +41, ha, ha!) Hopefully, expectations will be confounded with the Bell ball rules being suspended. Ashcraft needs a lift and the rotating tops of pinch hitters need someone to stop pulling its string.

    Reply
  4. Mark A Verticchio

    Why in the world are Fairchild and Stephenson not playing, Bell has to go asap.

    Reply
    • Dennis Westrick

      This lineup would struggle against the Bad News Bears!

      Reply
    • Ted Alfred

      It is mine boggling the way Bell continually treats these Sunday games as if their exhibitions and the results don’t matter….especially when you’re on the verge of being out of the playoff race 3 weeks from the trade deadline. It’s stupendously stupid…but so predictable.

      Reply
  5. Dennis Westrick

    “Hope is a dangerous thing, my friend!” “It can kill a man!” Red from the Shawshank Redemption movie so eloquently said to Andy!

    As 2024 Reds fans, that’s all we’re left with, Hope!

    Another opportunity to gain ground in the NL Central Division wasted last night as ALL of the other teams in the NL Central LOST! Yes, ALL of them!

    Also, two other teams the Reds are chasing in the NL Wild Card race also lost, namely the Giants and the Padres!

    Time’s a wastin’ boys! Start playing like your season is running short, because it is!

    Reply
  6. JB

    Red’s getting out homered at home 50-44. Looking at their putrid lineup every day explains why.

    Reply
  7. Old-school

    Is fairchild injured?

    Hes 10-79 against righties with an OPS + of 12. Now would not be the time for a scheduled rest day in favor of Benson playing with his .114 BA against lefties and his OPS+ of 43.

    Maybe Bell told Fairchild 2 weeks ago he could stay up late and sleep in on Sunday and thats the schedule written in stone.

    Hes gotta be “day to day” with something

    Reply
    • Jim Walker

      I’m with you thinking it was one of those pre-scheduled days off or Fairchild is dinged too.

      Skubal is a LHP and Fairchild’s OPS+ vs LHP is 147. Think that got garbled above in your first sentence. Happens to us all 😉

      Reply
      • Old-school

        Just pointing out he played yesterday against the righty anyway with those numbers and is sitting against the lefty today where he excels

      • Jim Walker

        Sorry. I agree with your thought. My eyes cross those 2 lines almost every time on the BBRef splits page when I don’t triple check them then go back and check again. 😉

  8. Dennis Westrick

    Hate to rant on Bell before this game even starts, but looking back at yesterday’s game, specifically the 5th inning, I don’t understand Bell’s in-game strategy. Ty Steve had just doubled in 2 runs and is standing at 2nd with NO Outs and the 7-8-9 hitters due up. Why, in the name of Pete, do you not try to bunt the runner to 3rd! By now, everybody, and hopefully Bell, knows the bottom of the Reds batting lineup couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat!

    What’s done is done, but the opportunity to expand the lead was lost and, who knows, things could have turned out differently later in the game!

    Can’t change the past, unfortunately! Let’s hope Bell makes good decisions today!

    Reply
    • Harry Stoner

      Every decision Bell makes is a “good” decision.

      Just ask him.

      Reply
      • Jim Walker

        Like he says just keep doing the same thing and eventually, the desired outcome will happen.

    • TJ

      Percentages favor not bunting. Ask Brian Kenny from MLB now.

      Reply
  9. Laredo Slider

    Cincy Reds have become the Cincy Bats….maybe Cincy Batless would be better.

    Reply
  10. Daytonnati

    Separate from today’s game, the pregame did a nice feature on Sparky Anderson. Does anyone know which cap Sparky is wearing on his Hall of Fame plaque?? Both franchises can make an argument …

    Reply
    • Dennis Westrick

      Quick Google search shows Sparky wearing the wishbone “C” hat!

      Reply
      • Daytonnati

        ALL RIGHT! I was afraid to look 🙂

  11. Mark Moore

    Watched Sam’s Slate in the pre-game and he made me laugh …

    “They need to walk, they need to hit, they need to put the DA#$ ball in play!”

    Less than stellar start here for GA. Maybe gets out of the 1st without damage and under 20 pitches … MAYBE.

    Reply
  12. Kevin H

    So Martini, Friedl, CES, McLain, and Maile. Not to mention Marte still in spring training form.

    Geesh what a year

    Reply
  13. Mark A Verticchio

    I think we all need to admit that it just wasn’t meant to be this year. Even the reserves are getting hurt. The Reds are be forced to play guys who weren’t even being considered in spring training.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      +5,000

      Some really good points. The rash of injuries and nicked up do take there toll. Can’t blame that one on the coaching staff.

      Reply
  14. Eddiek957

    I’ve done a little coaching of youth baseball even made a little money. The difference I see between now and my youth (I’m 66) is working parents. In grew up in SoCal in the summer we would always play a ballgame before swimming in the afternoon. I don’t think kids of today will get to know the joy of playing baseball

    Reply
  15. RedsgettingBetter

    Each day passed in this season the Reds look more depleted… It’s ridiculous…

    Reply
  16. Mark Moore

    So Ashcraft deals a really efficient 2nd … and then the 3rd inning starts with a BB to a speedster. That’s a winning formula … every other inning … 😐

    Reply
  17. Mark Moore

    Need Bike Helmets to save his bacon … but if you can’t/won’t throw strikes, it really doesn’t matter much.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      Or that works as well. Flirting with disaster usually catches up to you at some point. Can only hope one David Bell is paying close attention.

      Reply
  18. dimondfvr

    GABP looks a little sparse today. Must be the heat and the inability!

    Reply
  19. Kevin H

    I like Austin Wynn. I dunno he seems intense and brings the it factor.

    Reply
  20. Mark Moore

    Nice stroke by Wynns and a bad play from the LF’er … I’ll take the result.

    Reply
  21. Indy Red Man

    Dunn’s minor leaguer of the year alright. Other rooks come up and do damage. Ours go 1 for summer

    Reply
  22. Jeremiah

    Marte coming off a steroid suspension, and hitting .143 in rehab has started all 10 games back I think at 3rd? Just seems the Reds have certain guys they are overly believing in and not wisely giving breaks too or sending down (such as Benson). I do get injuries have depleted the team. But even Dunn, is he up here to be a platoon player? I thought he hits lefties and righties?

    I don’t blame all the struggles on Bell but the Marte playing decision is interesting to me. Almost seem to be rewarding him for serving bis suspension with unlimited playing time.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      I take it as this is ST for Marte. Problem is, the pitchers are all in mid-season form so he’s way behind the curve.

      Reply
      • Jeremiah

        Why not leave him in Triple A then for another few weeks? I know the Reds needed a spark, but rushing him up just seemed silly.

  23. Mark Moore

    Oh that feeling when one run seems like a dozen … 🙁

    Reply
  24. JB

    Mckinstry just puts the ball in play with an easy swing. Run scored base hit. Red’s players swing as hard as they can every swing and pray .

    Reply
  25. Jeremiah

    This is just gonna be a tough one to win. Facing Skubal. Ashcraft inconsistent, the weak offense. This would be a very unlikely win for the Reds. But still time, maybe they get to Skubal.

    If Lodolo gets healthy I’d really start considering Ashcraft in the pen, I think he may be more effective there at least this year if you’re trying to make a run at some point.

    Reply
    • JB

      This team isn’t making a run anywhere except the bottom. People think McLain is going to make a difference. He is farther behind than Marte.

      Reply
      • Mark Moore

        Rushing MattyMc back would be a HUGE mistake. I’m with you, JB. We’re not playing in October. Let him heal and try again in 2025.

  26. Jim Walker

    Well that PBF (pitchers’ best friend) may have just saved the day if he can strand the guy at 3B.

    And just like that, he did.

    Reply
    • JB

      I’m not sure they can score a run against Skubal. They had a Wynns on second with no outs and Benson can’t bunt him over to 3rd? Dunns grounder to short would have scored him. Dumbest coach and team I’ve ever seen.

      Reply
      • Mark Moore

        Note that Benson “attempted” on the first pitch (terrible pitch selection to try) and then let the 2nd pitch (which was way better for a bunt attempt) just go by him.

  27. Mike W

    Recent Management miscues:
    A. Martini 10 day DL with thumb injury from attempted steal of 2B yesterday — without an oven glove. Stupid!
    Management should have INSISTED on its players wearing glove once on base. Minimize injuries and extend reach by 1-2”.
    B. Today our catcher “doubles” to lead off. Odds of him scoring on a single, low. Next up is Benson, a likely strikeout candidate. So Management should have had him bunt to left side. Pulls 3Bman away from bag for easy sacrifice

    Reply
    • Kevin H

      Maybe Martini doesn’t want to wear the oven glove.

      Hard to bunt when the opposing pitching is throwing at the bottom of the zone.

      Reply
    • Jim Walker

      The way things have gone for the Reds in this series and Benson for quite a while, he probably would have popped up the bunt for a DP or missed the pitch and Wynns would have been picked off at 2B. 😉

      Reply
  28. Kevin H

    Skubal is really good at changing the eye level. As well as speed of his pitches. Really impressive so far.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      Skubal is an All-Star caliber pitcher and in the running for the Cy Young.

      Reply
  29. Gpod

    why does he need to make a move here….he’s at 85 pitches?

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      I stopped asking why #80 of 30 makes the decisions he makes. It just adds to the frustration I already feel about him.

      Reply
      • Gpod

        it always leads to the the #1 WHY question…..why is he still the manager of the Reds?

      • Harry Stoner

        The more frustrated Bell becomes by his poor managing, the more he’s got to try and show that he’s ‘managing’.

        The only strategy he has shown for the job is to switch people around.

        That, and getting himself tossed for some minor incident.

        Which we’ll likely see again soon.

        He’s a cartoon character version of an MLB manager.

  30. Mark A Verticchio

    Ashcraft will never get any better if Bell doesn’t give him a chance. This game and the season are a lost cause so what is there to lose.

    Reply
  31. Kevin H

    Stuff like this truly annoys me. It is 1-0 Graham battling and making pitches when he needs too. Yet yanks him

    Reply
  32. Mike W

    Martini shouldn’t have a choice. He doesn’t have Johnny Bench or Ken Griffey Jr. status.
    Bunting is hard. Both the pitcher and hitter are well paid professionals to do their job. Sonny Gray — a pitcher — could bunt off anyone. If our guys aren’t good at bunting, than practice harder. Sometimes pitchers miss by a little. Everyone on the roster gets paid very well to execute. In a 1-0 game a couple of runs might actually result in W. Detroit has only one series sweep all year! Let’s not be there second AT Cinn.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      +5,000

      More evidence (to me) that the coaching staff isn’t actually coaching as they should. That’s basic equipment these days to give you an extra couple of inches advantage and protect your fingers.

      Reply
  33. Mike W

    Good, Kevin and Mark — you are all right on!
    Thx for saying it.
    Now we’re going to burn up RPs again.
    God help us when their arms are falling off in August.
    Over managing again. But he’s not worried. Ho hum.

    Reply
    • Indy Red Man

      Well Ashcraft has been getting lit up 3rd time thru the order and its the same Bell that swept NYY. At some point these guys have to hit the ball no matter who the manager is. Don’t get me wrong I want to see Bell get replaced and start fresh next year, but they won’t go anywhere with 4-5 holes in the lineup.

      Reply
  34. Mark Moore

    So, at this rate, we need to sweep the next two series (including the 4-game set) in order to got 7-3 on this 10-game homestand against “weak teams”. SMHXH!!!

    But at least Bell got to do his LOOGY thing with Moll.

    Reply
    • Red Thunder

      Seems that was a panic move to try and keep the game close. It worked but used up one of his best RP for one batter. We see how that works out the rest of the game. Go Reds!

      Reply
  35. Red Thunder

    66 pitches and 44 for strikes in 5 innings. 9 Ks already! He is making it look easy today

    Reply
    • Red Thunder

      Correction– Gameday has him at 62 pitches and 1 hit , lets go offense

      Reply
  36. Mark A Verticchio

    These hitters look like little league ball players today. You can’t blame it all on Bell but he hasn’t done enough to keep his job.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      +5,000

      But it just adds to the appearance of “lack of coaching”.

      Reply
    • Kevin H

      Come on Mark.. “little leaguer” they r facing a cy young caliber pitcher.

      Reply
  37. Mark Moore

    Weird side note … anyone else hearing “Skroob” in the back of their heads when Skubal is mentioned? Love me some Mel Brooks stuff like “Space Balls” … 😀

    Reply
  38. Roger Garrett

    Juts got in and see our get away throw away lineup and wonder how we may score or even get a hit.Got one hit and no runs so thats about it I think.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      And that lone hit was a 2B from Wynns that probably should have been caught if their regular LF’er was playing.

      Reply
  39. Mike W

    (That was supposed to be “Gpod” not good above.)
    Does anyone know how Joey Votto is doing?
    Is he still injured? Has he played in the ML this year?
    One of my favorite pieces of memorabilia I have is the 1919 replica uniform Joey WORE when the Reds players wore the various uniform styles our guys have worn over the last ~150 years. I bought it from the Reds after the game. That was the one we wore in the 1919 World Series when we “beat” the Chicago White/Black Sox!

    Reply
  40. Moon

    I keep posting that the Reds play to the level of the competition. I posted after the Reds swept the Yankees and folks were predicting an 8-2 or 7-3 homestand that the Reds would struggle against these teams. They will be lucky to go 5-4.

    Reply
  41. Mark Moore

    And our favorite Blind Hog finds an acorn on the first pitch.

    Reply
  42. Roger Garrett

    Bell will mix and match the rest of the way with his pen just to show people he is managing and of course wear down the pen in the process.Reds losing culture will never be threatened with him at the helm.

    Reply
  43. Mike W

    It’s 1-0.
    Why isn’t Dunn even trying to bunt with India and Elly up next?!

    Reply
  44. Roger Garrett

    Because the Reds are managed by David Bell and thats all you need to know.

    Reply
  45. dimondfvr

    A Dozen strikeouts through six for Skubal matches his career high. Think he’ll break it? LOL

    Reply
    • Dennis Westrick

      Prediction! Complete game with 18 strikeouts!

      Reply
  46. Mark Moore

    Good news … we have 3 more innings to try and score something.

    Bad news … we’ll continue to face Skubal and the Tigger hitters aren’t rolling over like the book says they will.

    Reply
  47. RedsgettingBetter

    One of the most remarkable thing of Skubal is having 12 Ks through 6 innings on just 76 pitches…

    Reply
  48. Dennis Westrick

    Looks like one run is all the Tigers are going to need today to defeat this offensive juggernaut known as the 2024 Reds!

    Reply
  49. Kevin H

    So question since some are saying things. Why is it always what the reds are or aren’t doing?

    Skubal is dealing and sometimes you tip your cap.

    However him yelling after striking out De La Cruz may light a fire. Let’s see

    Reply
  50. Jim Walker

    It feels like the Reds are in the dog days of August as we wind up just the 1st week of July. Oh, well they are only a week from the ASB.

    Reply
  51. Redlegs1869

    Truly, a shameful and embarrassing organization from top to bottom. Even if they end up winning somehow today. Possibly the hardest professional team to be a fan of.

    Reply
  52. Roger Garrett

    Didn’t try to bunt him over or try to steal to get the infield moving or get mad and throw something but rather set and watch the next 3 hitters strike out.All you will hear in the post game is how good the pitcher is.Just a joke for a leader in the dugout.Start a fight just do something to get these guys going.

    Reply
    • Gpod

      every post game: all the talk is about how great the opposing pitcher was…..basically every game….all year long……at some point…..it’s actually about how bad your batting approach is

      Reply
  53. Old-school

    Skubal is elite

    Maybe best pitcher in baseball

    Struggling with a comp with the fast noisy wind up but devastating stuff and mixing 98 with 87 with 80

    AS starter

    That said- Will benson failed after Wynns leadoff double

    He had 1 job – get him to 3b . A short swing rollover to 2b does that. A bunt does that

    Toronto had players only meeting earlier this year and some vets called out selfish players for chasing stats instead of playing fundamental bball

    Something has to change

    Season is fading away

    Reply
  54. Kevin H

    I mean I get frustrated too, however to hear some Bell can’t do anything right.

    Get in the batters box see what you can do!!!!

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      Do keep in mind, it’s rarely one or two things within any given game from him that get us. It’s an overall approach that baffles us. His “feel for the game” and “sense of passion” just aren’t obvious to us as fans. So when he makes what we consider a boneheaded or “because the book says so” move, that gets amplified.

      Bottom line is that he would not be managing for any of the other 29 clubs. He probably wouldn’t be at AAA either. It’s a pretty clear case of nepotism by the FO and their near complete disregard for a winning baseball culture presented to the fans.

      Reply
      • Kevin H

        I agree Mark, I get frustrated with things. More over I am just disgusting with upper management.

  55. Mark Moore

    I feel a Clete loading. This is just plain pathetic. Cowboy chirping a bit about the Chumpire (again). But we’re still seeing how cookies get eaten regularly by these guys.

    Bike Helmets could stem the bleeding, but they don’t produce runs.

    Reply
  56. Roger Garrett

    All of us have been saying that all year long.Reds grip and rip and hurry and swing and swing again will never work regardless of who the pitcher is on the mound.This guy is embarrassing the Reds.Only two changes to move a runner and no change in approach at all just grip and rip.Can’t win’d like this and can’t win with this leadership.

    Reply
  57. Mark Moore

    Well that could help … nice job Candy!

    Now, can Steer capitalize on that one?

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      Now the bigger question is “Can we capitalize on THAT mistake?”

      Reply
  58. Mark Moore

    Scratched out a run because he put it in play.

    Now a basic oppo ties it.

    Reply
  59. Mike W

    Hey, we’ll take anything this 7 game under .500 team will give us!

    Reply
  60. Michael B. Green

    Leadoff walk in the 7th. And you guessed it, he scores.

    Reply
  61. Kevin H

    Congratulations Skubal, however your antics on the mounnd make you sound like a punk. Your facing the reds, not the 7th game of the world series.

    Reply
  62. Roger Garrett

    Now you knew with 2nd and 3rd we would not tie it up right?

    Reply
    • Kevin H

      Facing a cy young pitcher I didn’t know that. Dude, this team is battling and got a run. It’s not like they are trying to strike out.

      Marte is another story hahaha

      Reply
  63. Mark Moore

    OK … who took over in the dugout? I’m pretty sure “the book” doesn’t allow for Diaz in the 8th … 😮

    Reply
    • Red Thunder

      Another Panic move to keep this game close, he needs this game bad!

      Reply
      • Red Thunder

        The move didn’t work this time

  64. Kevin H

    The handling of the pitching staff bothers me the most about this management. Other stuff I can deal with like it or no

    Reply
  65. Moon

    Hindsight, but I would have hit for Wynns there. He is a rookie fresh out of AAA. He was overmatched in that situation. There are not many chances to score and I would have tried to maximize the odds there.

    Reply
  66. Mike W

    Maybe Owner Bob will look at today’s (lack of) attendance (as anyone can seeing watching today’s game live) and think “Hmmm. Maybe I do have to change something? And what the heck do I do with all the bobbleheads I have left over!?”

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      He’s too focused on the pain in his right butt cheek from sitting on that fat wallet to care about what happens with the fanbase.

      Reply
  67. Mark Moore

    Bonehead move after that error … Tiggers don’t challenge the throw going to the camera well for an extra base.

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      And it costs us 2 runs.

      That’s a Clete from me, friends. Nothing more to see here on Sweep Sunday.

      Reply
  68. Kevin H

    Error by marte and now 4-1. I said it yesterday shame on reds for rushing Marte

    Reply
  69. RedAlert

    Fire Bell after all start break – had enough this is ridiculous

    Awesome work by bullpen this series

    Reply
  70. RedsgettingBetter

    Very costly error by Marte… Incredible…. The tigers homers has been hit by players who aren’t known to have pop …this series has been a nightmare

    Reply
  71. Ted Alfred

    Playimg Marte at 3rd is actually just funny at this point. I can’t ever remember watching a major league 3rd baseman have this much trouble throwing the ball on routine play afte4 routine play. I can’t even recall a high school or college 3rd baseman that I’ve watched have this much trouble throwing the ball.

    Reply
  72. docproc

    I know we’re short on healthy players but Marte needs a stint in the minors. He’s stepping in the bucket at the plate and fielding atrociously. He’s earned a ticket to Louisville.

    Reply
  73. Mike W

    3rd Management miscue in 24+ hours!
    I’ve said it half a dozen times this year and several times in prior years: a good Manager does not bring in his Closer — who is wired to pitch the final inning with a lead — in a non save situation! Diaz sees it as a sign of disrespect to be brought in in the 8th and with a lead.
    Diaz is extremely lucky all these runs are unearned as they come after Marte’s 2 out error, but all of us “experts” at home watching this game, there is nothing “unearned” about a home run — but thems the rules! Bell does not know how to manage people! Diaz should have never been brought in in the 8th with a lead. Bell just doesn’t learn. So sad for so many reasons and so many of our players and fans,

    Reply
  74. RedsgettingBetter

    Parker Meadows came to GABP hitting .130 but graduated as a new Reds Killer… really annoying…

    Reply
  75. Randoxu1

    Once again when the front office sits on its hands you keep running out lineups like today. Marte hurt his team to start the year and now he is an absolute embarrassment at 3rd. Something needs to be done after this game today. No one is ever held accountable for anything on this team.

    Reply
  76. Indy Red Man

    Wow. Krall pulled the ole bait n switch on us. CES, Marte, Benson, and McLain. Look at our young talent and think of the future.

    Well they’re still young I guess? At this point I’m expecting Matty to come back and VanMeter himself out of the league.
    I’d run Bell out of there and Krall would be right behind him by June if these young guys pull this – again. MLB is hard but other teams don’t go 1 for with young hitters. Marte isn’t even ready for AAA

    Reply
  77. dimondfvr

    Fourteen strikeouts–thus far. And three hits! Uummph!

    Reply
  78. Roger Garrett

    Marte wasn’t ready to hit nor field and they put him in the fire right from the start and I believe has started every game.Now I wasn’t surprised because if you can throw Benson out there every day and don’t care about the team or the player then why not Marte.Don’t bet against seeing Little Mac or CES this year if they can swing a bat.Organization is just awful in handling players and they have the ring master delivering the updates on the circus daily.

    Reply
    • Brian

      I can definitely see the Reds bringing Mac back this year before he’s ready and mess with his head or cause lingering health issues. It’s definitely something the Reds would do.

      Reply
  79. Kevin H

    So you can call players garbage or a play a “fat slob” like I read last week when Ashcraft pitched. Yet my comment awaits moderation. Then doesn’t get posted

    Not to mention continuing to trash David Bell.

    Reply
  80. Mike W

    Espinal is beautiful at 3B. Sit Marte a few games.
    Having no consequences for his past or current actions (batting average and throwing errors!) is ridiculous. And what has he done to earn hitting 5th?

    Reply
  81. dimondfvr

    If the Tigers sweep us, it’s only their second sweep of the year. They swept the opening series of the year and started 5-0 according to Sadak.

    Reply
  82. Michael B. Green

    This team just doesn’t have the “IT” factor this year.

    Reply
  83. Roger Garrett

    I said this his first game back.Why not let Marte just DH.Its his spring training but the pitchers he is facing aren’t in spring training and to have to hit and field will not work and it hasn’t and won’t

    Reply
  84. Lee

    Little league manager plus little league ownership this team will never see .500 rest of the year.Another season of being eliminated by the all star break a Castellini tradition.

    Reply
  85. Indy Red Man

    What is this team? They have speed, but when you can’t make contact then the manager can’t do anything. Stephenson hung Martini out yesterday when he struck out. Only a couple of guys with 25 hr power so can’t sit around and wait on HRs either. They won’t do it, but I’d get rid of Bell and Krall and start a new plan of attack. They’ll roll w the young guys and atleast give Krall the benefit of the doubt, but he’s the one constructing this dumpster fire. Complete waste of $24 mil on Pagan/Martinez. No help anywhere close in the minors. I no longer trust him

    Reply
  86. Jeremiah

    No shame in losing to Skubal with a short-handed lineup in this particular game. The Marte decision to bring him up looks really really bad on the decision makers in the Reds organization, whether Meadows, Krall, Bell, etc. Marte is their top prospect and may still be great. I love his hittingpotential, but it’s one if the worst decisions I think the organization has made in awhile.

    Dont mind bringing in Diaz there. But it also shows desperation I think…sometimes a good thing to show you’re doing everything you can to won, thinking outside the box, but can also signal we have no other answers right now.

    The 6th playoff position means you’re rarely out of it, but not looking good right now.

    Reply
  87. Old-school

    I was lambasted here in early june for saying Marte should not be brought up june 27 to walk into mid season form against cards and Yankees with 15 games and 50 at bats of AAA.

    Apologies are accepted

    Reply
    • Votto4life

      I didn’t like the idea of bringing Marte up at all this season. In my view, the Reds should have made an example of him. If you cheat not only will the league punish you, but the team will as well. He let his team and it’s fans down. But we live in a world where there are very few consequences for cheating. He will be my least favorite Red, as long as, he remains with the team.

      Reply
  88. Roger Garrett

    You can’t make this stuff up.In order to get Rios an at bat and keep him in the game he moves almost his whole defense to another position so Rios can play 3 outs at first base.Now that is little league.Rios mother must be in the stands.Can’t win with this guy at the helm.

    Reply
    • Kevin H

      Or he got Marte off 3rd base so he couldn’t commit another error? Blind hate for Bell truly shines dude

      Reply
      • Harry Stoner

        I doubt that was the case.

        Bell loves playing switcheroo in the field, and has been stymied first by the DH and then by this season’s injuries.

        I’m sure the reason he didn’t try anything radical like bunting runners over or saving his closer for the ninth was because he was planning this master stroke.

        “If only Elly wasn’t too tall for the catcher’s gear!”

  89. Roger Garrett

    Easy Kevin I don’t hate Bell.I have given him props and will continue to do so when he gets it right and not necessarily if it works cause you can get it right and it not work or get it wrong and still work.Now you may be right about moving Marte to second cause it is a shorter throw but look at the box score he moved 5 players to get Rios in the game in the ninth inning of a 5-1 game.He got Rios an at bat and 3 outs in the field and thats little league stuff.

    Reply
  90. Rob

    Have to agree on the barren crop at AAA Louisville. And I don’t think there is anything there that will help us in 2025 either. That is the big picture. And that was the big picture in March when we also fully knew about the extended absences of Marte, McLain, and Friedl. So here we are 3-4 months later with pitching over achieving but now 6 games under 500. How are we going to improve this situation? Not with Hurtubise, Dunn, Capel, Espinal, Rios, Wynn, etc. imo. Marte is back but probably won’t be helpful until August. Friedl is soon to be back but that too may take some time. That leaves us with 3-4 AAA players and the under performing Benson to makeup grounding the next few weeks. If the pitching continues, Ithink we can be a 500 or above team in August and September. But golly we need to get to 500 in the next 3 weeks and I don’t think we can do that with AAA players. We need a big bat CF/DH and another starter like addition. Ideal contract length would be through 2025 but a rental would work. The present course is not working and will not work in 2025. We are not a rebuilding team. We have a few injuries that can’t be reinforced with AAA players.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.