It was a long weekend for the Cincinnati Reds (42-48) and their currently anemic offense. They have a chance, however, to right the ship heading into the All-Star Break. They’ll start a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies (32-58) tonight at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 7:10 PM EDT.

Last time the Reds saw the Rockies was in early June when they completed a sweep at Coors Field. At 12-31, the Rockies have the worst road record in the National League. The Reds have not played well at home, however, with just a 20-26 record at GABP.

Lineups

Colorado Rockies

Cincinnati Reds

RF Charlie Blackmon 2B Jonathan India
SS Ezequiel Tovar SS Elly De La Cruz
DH Ryan McMahon 3B Jeimer Candelario
C Elias Diaz LF Spencer Steer
2B Brendan Rogers C Tyler Stephenson
CF Brenton Doyle 1B Edwin Ríos
1B Michael Toglia DH Noelvi Marte
LF Hunter Goodman RF Rece Hinds
3B Aaron Schunk CF Will Benson

Rece Hinds is making his major league debut tonight.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB K
Ryan Feltner 91.2 5.60 1.46 25 78
Andrew Abbott 96.0 3.28 1.20 36 74
Links: Ryan Feltner’s Stats | Andrew Abbott’s Stats

Ryan Feltner

The Reds faced right-hander Ryan Feltner at Coors Field on June 3 and chased him from the game after scoring eight runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings in a 13-3 win. Feltner has pitched better in the last two weeks, allowing only three runs in 11.0 innings against the Astros and Brewers. Feltner’s change up has been his signature pitch this season, with a 38.2% whiff rate. He overwhelmingly throws it against left-handed hitters. He’ll mostly use his slider against right-handed hitters, and he has a 28.1% whiff rate with it.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 196 49 7 0 4 7% 21% .274 .327 .380
LHH 208 60 15 1 8 6% 18% .313 .356 .526

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change 2-Seam Curve Sweeper
Velo 94.9 88.6 85.6 94.5 79.3 82.9
Usage 35% 28% 14% 13% 7% 2%

Andrew Abbott

Left-hander Andrew Abbott has been just as good, if not better, than he was last season. One reason why is that he’s not allowing as much hard contact to hitters. According to Statcast, Abbott’s hard hit percentage is in the 95th percentile in MLB at 31.3%. This is an 11.2% difference from 2023. His average exit velocity (87.7) is also in the 77th percentile in MLB. For comparison, his exit velocity last season was 91.2, and it was the bottom 5 percent of the league. These numbers are helped by the fact that Abbott has been inducing more ground balls this season (34.0% compared to 29.9 in 2023) and his line drive percentage is down to 20.8% this season compared to 25.2% a year ago.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
RHH 301 57 16 1 14 10% 18% .211 .292 .433
LHH 98 22 3 0 2 5% 20% .239 .286 .337

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Change Sweeper Curve Slider
Velo 92.9 84.8 82.6 80.8 85.1
Usage 55% 17% 16% 13% 0.3%

Game Details:

  • Time: 7:10 PM EDT
  • Place: Great American Ball Park
  • Weather: 90 degrees, cloudy, 0% chance of rain
  • TV: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Radio: 700 WLW

News and Notes

Roster Moves

The Reds made a flurry of roster moves before the game today, including optioning one pitcher and calling up another one.

The Reds Make a Trade

With Stuart Fairchild going to the IL and Fraley still out on a family medical leave, the Reds need outfield help. Nick Krall acquired a Giants outfielder late last night for left-hander Alex Young.

All-Star Elly De La Cruz 

ICYMI, Elly De La Cruz was named as a reserve to the NL All Star team. It is his first All-Star selection.

Division Standings

Team W L GB
Milwaukee 53 38
St. Louis 47 42 5.0
Pittsburgh 42 47 10.0
Cincinnati 42 48 10.5
Chicago 42 49 11.0

 

193 Responses

  1. stuckonthenorthshore

    Looking at the bottom of this lineup, I feel like there may be pretty nice breeze blowing at GABP on this hot humid night…. ?? I hope I am wrong and the ball is popping off bats

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    • stuckonthenorthshore

      The question marks were laughing emojis, I forgot they don’t work here, oops

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  2. RedsGettingBetter

    Ashley , It’s a four-game series actually, not a 3-game series as you wrote.
    Ryan Feltner pitching better last two weeks is not a good news to the Reds offense…
    Abbott has been good this year again but there are some long ball issues so he should avoid leaving meat balls against Rockies power hitters especially righties…Hopefully Reds can turn things around today

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  3. Dennis Westrick

    Six (6) games below .500! No problem! Just win the next seven (7) games before the All-Star break!

    This is where you start laughing!

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  4. Mark Moore

    Win tonight and we’ll talk about tomorrow later … hopes and expectations are pretty low after the Tiggers bounced us hard.

    Almost time to Kick this Pig!!!

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  5. Dennis Westrick

    Wonder if our brilliant strategist/manager is aware that Charlie Blackmon has historically been a Reds Killer?

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  6. Mark Moore

    Oh, and good move by Bell to take Marte’s “glove and arm” off third tonight. He probably needs a full time-out, but a partial one is a good first step.

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  7. Roger Garrett

    Yep he can work on fielding and throwing before and after games and I am no joking at all.Bell often says we will continue to prepare like we always do but Marte needs to change his defense for sure.Everybody except the ones that count knew he wasn’t ready to face big league pitchers unless they would agree just to throw cookies and straight ones.

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  8. Mark Moore

    Wondering if Blackmon brought whatever he lets live in that beard along as a mascot.

    Late break from Benson but he tracked it well!!

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  9. Mark Moore

    Very nice inning from Abbott … that’ll do, Pig … that’ll do.

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  10. RedsGettingBetter

    Abbott retired in order with just 9 pitches , 8 strikes. Pretty good control…

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  11. Redgoggles

    Our bench of Dunn, Espinoza, Soto & Wynns will surely have David Bell managing worse than ever at some point tonight.

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  12. Roger Garrett

    Candy never made contact against a pitcher with an ERA of just under 6.

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  13. Mark Moore

    1st inning … I don’t really mind that aggressive move. That throw home came close to sailing away.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Yep… Elly’s sliding glove hand would have been safe had he been able to Glide the glove over the foot of the catcher but the C foot just stopped the glove dead in its tracks and that was the end of the play

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  14. Roger Garrett

    Love you but disagree cause it is the first inning and Tyler could have put us ahead.

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    • Mark Moore

      Thanks, Roger. Civil disagreement is always welcome here, especially from RLN members such as you.

      +500 just for good measure.

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      • Roger Garrett

        Right buddy and we love the Reds regardless and we are close in North Carolina.I am a former hillbilly now live in Sanford. Saw the last game at Crosley Field way back when in 69 I believe it was.

      • Daytonnati

        We were there together, Roger. 1970 …

  15. Kevin H

    Bang Bang play at the plate. Reds aren’t gonna change who they are.

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  16. Dennis Westrick

    Good grief! Do we not have enough confidence in our batters to score a runner from 3rd that we have to resort to a risky steal of home?

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      • Ted Alfred

        I just choked on my beer on that comment… well done

    • Redgoggles

      Have you watched this team this year? Not a lot to be confident about, especially with 2 outs.

      50/50 play. I’d say that’s as good of odds as you can get in that situation.

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  17. Redgoggles

    I don’t mind the aggressive base running if they would take advantage of the other components of small ball. Starting with shortening swings and looking the other way when down in the count and don’t be afraid to take walks and sac bunts. Then the speed plays on bases well with that. When you are only getting on base 5-6 times a game then the outs on the basepaths are magnified.

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    • Mark Moore

      Solid points. That’s the “discipline” many of us talk about here … which generally seems to be absent the majority of the time.

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  18. Mark Moore

    Another solid inning.

    Time for TySteve to lash one into the gap … at which point I will eat crow in deference to Roger and Dennis … 😛

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    • VaRedsFan

      All future events are moot….butterfly affect and all.

      I liked the aggressive baserunning and taking that chance with the fastest man.
      What I wouldn’t have liked, is if they tagged Steer out in a rundown before Elly scored, on the little league 1st/3rd steal attempt.

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  19. Roger Garrett

    Change my mind after the first pitch out by Tyler.

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  20. Roger Garrett

    Reds ain’t going to strike out much at this rate.I just have to say it can we please just first the hitting coach and hire anybody to replace him please.

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    • Mark Moore

      That assumes the hitting coach doesn’t align with the philosophy of his boss, our illustrious #80 of 30 Field Manager. I agree that’s an easy change because whatever is going on now ain’t working well.

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  21. VaRedsFan

    Is Brenton Doyle a guy that could be pried away from the Rockies.

    He’s the type they should be looking to acquire.
    I’m against being sellers…even if they are out of it.

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  22. Kevin H

    Rios hit a rocket to first, and Stephenson a hot shot to third. Only a matter of time before they hit this pitcher. Just like June 3rd.

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  23. Mark Moore

    If the weather forecast is to be believed, we need to win tonight and then we’ll get tomorrow night off. Wednesday should be OK as well as Thursday, but they may have to double up one of those.

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  24. RedsGettingBetter

    Well , yet somebody to hit a single at least

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  25. Mark Moore

    Another stellar defensive play to rob Hinds of his debut hit.

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    • Ted Alfred

      Might be better off for Hinds to go
      o-fer… because if he has a great night at the plate he’ll definitely be sitting tomorrow and probably for a week… but maybe in a roundabout way the reverse will be true in D. Bell’s wacky world of lineup construction.

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  26. Roger Garrett

    Maybe wrong about the strikeouts looks like 15 is in reach.

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  27. RedsGettingBetter

    Ryan Feltner had an ERA roughly at 6.00 before the game. He’s tossed 3 hitless and scoreless innings with 4 Ks so far…

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  28. Mark A Verticchio

    3 innings no hits, however there were a couple of hard hit balls. The boys seem really down with no energy, waiting for something bad to happen.

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  29. Mark Moore

    Bike Helmets to erase that hit!!! Nicely executed.

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  30. Mark Moore

    OK, TySteve … you have ONE JOB here with the bases juiced and nobody out. And I hope you’ve been paying attention.

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    • Mark Moore

      Well … that got one across on the week-@$$ contact.

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  31. Redgoggles

    Nice to see Candy coming through, but his aggressiveness early in the count would be reason that I would swap Candy and Steer in the order.

    Also splitting up the switch hitters could have advantages later in the game.

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  32. VaRedsFan

    Despite the hit….don’t like Candy swinging at 1st pitch with Elly on 1st.
    Can’t be results oriented….it’s about process.

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  33. Mark Moore

    Wait … WHAT???? Talk about Little League play … 😮

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    • Mark Moore

      Add that one to the list of how you can score from 3rd base.

      Thrall and Cowboy noting his knee must be feeling better.

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  34. VaRedsFan

    Seriously…we all knew what was coming….DP with bases loaded.
    At least they got a run.

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  35. Mark Moore

    Little lapse in focus here … need to shake that off, Abbott

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  36. Dennis Westrick

    Here we go again with the WALKS! Pitch to contact please!

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  37. Mark Moore

    That’s two offline throws from Hinds … and that one was almost disastrously offline.

    Nice catch though. I imagine he’s a little amped up today.

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  38. RedsGettingBetter

    Abbott could get out of the jam where he put himself in

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  39. Dennis Westrick

    Can Ty Steve do anything other than hit the ball on the ground anymore?

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  40. Mark Moore

    Way to go Hinds for your first MLB hit. Nice hustle.

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    • DaveCT

      Hinds plays the game the right way. Have watched him many time on MiLBTV and he just plays hard.

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      • Melvin

        Well he’s got one of our three hits and hit the ball hard the first time as well. Good start.

  41. Roger Garrett

    WOW Just never will get it on why we keep playing Benson.No help to the team or himself.

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    • Melvin

      Speculating that David Bell has guys he likes and guys he doesn’t care for too much. Too much of a loyal family thing going on instead of good winning business decisions?

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      • Redgoggles

        I’d say he probably doesn’t like too many of his options these days. Who would you prefer he played OF this season, given the choices?

        They have now rotated the entire AAA OF roster, most of them who are under .700 OPS and over 30% SO rate IN AAA.

        Bells fault, really? Maybe they can bring back Nick Senzel or Mike Ford, other “favorites”

      • Roger Garrett

        Not sure about that but my point is he isn’t helping the team or the player by playing him.Last year it worked when he came back up so why not try it again and just let somebody else play that we need to look at

      • Melvin

        At this point Benson is not helping anyone including himself so anyone capable of playing outfield would probably be a better choice.

  42. Kevin H

    Has to come a point where resetting one’s self. Benson is at that point, and has been for some time.

    Whether triple A or wherever.

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  43. RedsGettingBetter

    I think Benson stays in the big league team because the big amount of injuries, nothing else. He can’t hit at this level right now…I say this even if he homers in the next AB

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    • Redlegs1869

      Benson pinches himself numerous times each day. He cannot believe he’s still in the majors. About half their roster is same boat.

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  44. VaRedsFan

    Anything thigh high or lower, and Benson swings over it.
    Every time.

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  45. Dennis Westrick

    If you’re keeping a scorebook at home, just pencil in AO for Benson! Automatic Out!

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  46. Melvin

    That’s no fair by Blackman. His glove is way too big. 😉 Stole one from EDLC….Actually it’s pretty smart.

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    • Mark Moore

      I thought he was going to injure himself. I was hoping he’d miss it and it would roll to the fence.

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  47. Lee

    Elly our lone all star would have been a bench player on our 75 and 76 teams.Shows how much the game has changed and this organizations ineptness.

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      • Melvin

        Yeah. May be. Sparky would have moved him to CF if necessary. Even Bench played there a game or two. haha

    • Mark Moore

      Completely different era. Sparky would not have tolerated some of the stuff we see. He didn’t care whether or not players “liked playing for him”.

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  48. Kevin H

    Abbott, Lodolo, Green, and Ashcraft starting rotation has been solid this season. Future is bright.

    Spiers is in the mix I believe as well.

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    • Mark Moore

      I believe Ashcraft is on his way back to L’Ville with Lodolo coming back. Can’t say I disagree with that choice. Give Spiers some rope.

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    • Melvin

      That’s why it’s a SHAME to waste it this year without trying hard to get help…real help for our offense.

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    • WCRon

      Agree with all except Ashcraft. He is a number five at best

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  49. Old-school

    This just in

    Greene Lodolo and Abbott look like a solid nucleus for SP

    Hate to see Williamson lost season

    Ashcraft has taken a big step back and seemingly has annoyed the manager and FO

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    • Melvin

      “Greene Lodolo and Abbott look like a solid nucleus for SP”

      Those three could be formidable in the playoffs…..if we can just get offensive help to get there.

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  50. Mark Moore

    Seven solid innings … that’ll do, Pig. That’ll do nicely.

    Now let’s add some insurance, boyz. Hunter gave you this kind of situation and you let things fall apart. Time to break that little cycle.

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    • Kevin H

      Yeah, I feel like it’s ground hog day right now. LOL

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  51. Mark Moore

    Cowboy called it on Marte … his open stance isn’t working for him. If only we had somebody like a hitting coach to notice that and get him to correct it.

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    • Kevin H

      Could be too Mark he isn’t listening to the hitting coach. Wasn’t Drew stubbs a player who didn’t take coaching very well ?

      Reply
  52. RedsGettingBetter

    Feltner dominated the poor Reds offense as he pleased

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    • Kevin H

      He did so his last outing vs Brewers. Sometimes pitchers find a groove. I say good for him.

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  53. Don

    This is going to be a wasted season for Marte as a Red. He spent the first half of the season serving a suspension and the second half of the season trying to get back into a rhythm. And of course defensively he has been awful.

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    • Mark Moore

      Let’s just hope he learned something. Young players have so many voices shouting and whispering in their ears. They all of the sudden have money they never had and they still have their crew they want to look out for. That’s very often a formula for stupid choices based on immaturity. I have a friend who was the Hispanic chaplain for the Marlins. It’s not easy for those kids to stay above it all.

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      • VaRedsFan

        A lot of kids on other teams are able to overcome it with guidance though. I present to you the Orioles.

  54. RedsGettingBetter

    Now, who’s gonna pitch the 9th inning? Is Díaz available tonight after a rare outing yesterday?

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  55. Old-school

    Im in the minority but I like Espinal for this role . Late inning defense as the 26 th guy and spot starter on a day game get way against a lefty

    He can pick it

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    • Roger Garrett

      WOW but will we see him again.That was a blast.

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    • Melvin

      Unfortunately he can’t “pick it” when he’s a DH. 🙂

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    • Melvin

      Hinds has two of our five hits with a hard hit on another one. Any bets on whether he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow? 😉

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  56. Mark Moore

    WOW!!!

    I do hope whoever ended up with that ball gives it back to Hinds. What a BOMB!!!

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    • Roger Garrett

      Guy was shook up after that bomb and walks Benson.

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    • Melvin

      Should we sign a petition for him to play tomorrow? 😉

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  57. Redgoggles

    Is it just me, or is Fernando Cruz overrated? I love his energy, and overall effectiveness but with an ERA north of 4.50 and 6 losses, I’d prefer a better late inning option. Cruz = inconsistent. Sims = inconsistent. Martinez = inconsistent. Ian Gibeau coming back this season? Heck why not give Buck Farmer a shot?

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    • Mark Moore

      First, who has the glove and range to play CF on this current ragtag OF roster?

      Second, I think we all see Benson as “safe” … and that’s a sad commentary.

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      • Melvin

        Well our new awesome guy is supposed to be able to play CF as I understand it. Mr. Slater

  58. Mark Moore

    Thrall, “Got him in the leg.”

    Cowboy, “I don’t think that’s his leg.”

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  59. Matt McWax

    I like big bats and I cannot lie. I was watching the video of his monster AAA homer when he hit this monster MLB homer.

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  60. Indy Red Man

    Espinal could hit 3 balls that combined wouldn’t go as far as that one, but he’s got to get his 300+ at-bats

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  61. Roger Garrett

    Funny for sure and true Indy.Can we get a bunch more time for the old guy to shower and go night night.

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  62. Roger Garrett

    Hey theres one more can we get another?Suter time or Buck.No need for Diaz.

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  63. Melvin

    Wow to score on that one was awesome. I thought he was out for sure.

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      • Melvin

        Yep. Speed makes you rush your throws and sometimes aren’t as accurate. I don’t think anyone else would have scored on that play. It’s not just his speed but his long arms/legs.

      • VaRedsFan

        Correct sir.
        And the jump he got.

        So any of our other outs at the plate, the runner hesitates for a second.

  64. Mark Moore

    Gonna be close. May get “call stands” given all the dirt flying around.

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  65. AMDG

    Seriously, how hard is it to access AAA scouting reports?

    Marte started 3 for 5 in his first game, and now Hinds has a 2B and HR in his first game…

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  66. Votto4life

    The Reds should use this trading deadline to correct some of the poor signings of last off season.
    I think these numbers are fairly accurate, but I may be a little off.

    Trade Montas save $6.5 Million the remainder of this season.

    Trade Nick Martinez save approximately $5.5 Million this year and save $12 Million next season. Personally, I like Martinez, but he is making a lot of money for a reliever.

    Trade Emil Pagan and save approximately $2.5 million this year and $6 Million next year

    Trade Candelario and save approximately $7 Million this year and save $30 Million over the next two years

    That’s nearly $70 Million dollars in savings.

    I know it’s unlikely they will trade Candelario, but he is a defensive liability and $37 Million would go a long way to signing a power hitting outfielder the Reds need.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see the others I mentioned moved at the deadline. It I’ll be an interesting trade deadline and off season.

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    • VaRedsFan

      I’d keep Montas. I think he has helped the young staff.
      The bullpen guys you mentioned can go.

      Probably keep Candy, because at this point Marte and CES are questions

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      • Votto4life

        Thanks VAREDSFAN

        You may be right about Frankie, I just assumed he would test free agency, but yeah maybe he likes it here and would like to stay.

    • Harry Stoner

      Good plans, but who is going to trade for those guys and take on their heavy contracts?

      The Reds will have to pay for them by including prospects and likely get little in return.

      Montas might go at the deadline because his contract is slippery.

      Who is going to trade for Pagan or Candelario?

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  67. Roger Garrett

    Espy sighting up 5 in the ninth.Guess he ain’t going to pitch

    Reply
    • Mark Moore

      You have to be up by 10 to use a non-pitcher. Or down by 8.

      Reply
  68. VaRedsFan

    Suter gets the 9th.
    So the shutout is in jeopardy. 😉

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  69. Roger Garrett

    With Espy announced Rocks change pitchers.Will Bell counter with Soto.I love this stuff almost as much as Bell does.

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  70. Andrew Brewer

    Finishing strong like this is a Reds’ trademark, just like 2 out rallies…

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  71. Doc

    How long a piece of rope does Marte get before he goes to AAA, where he probably should have been all along, if he has option(s) left.

    Reply
    • Melvin

      When you’ve got Candelario playing a better defensive 3B than Marte you’ve got a problem.

      Reply
  72. Kevin H

    Marte could be sent down. Heck Rios can play first. You got Espinal and Soto. Candy is 3rd or dh.. Hinds should not go back down. I know 1 game, however marte has flat out struggled

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  73. VaRedsFan

    Tigers continue to roll…1-0 shutout over mighty Cleveland.

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  74. Mark Moore

    Ugly Bike Helmets to wrap it.

    Who does Annie interview? Hinds, anyone?

    Reply
  75. Dennis Westrick

    Pitchers’ best friend! The old GIDP! Reds WIN! Finally!

    Reply
  76. Roger Garrett

    I will say it again its a win win for the players and the team if Marte and Benson go down and get right.No pressure down there and we get to see other guys for a few games and does it really matter.We aren’t going anywhere this year.

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    • Old-school

      Well said Roger
      Give hinds a look in RF every day in the 6 hole

      Rockies are the Reds elixir

      Maybe Bell scrapped his scripted lineups with everyone on the IL

      Reply
      • TR

        Three more games with the Rocks. After the sweep in N.Y., the Reds thought they were coming home to an elixir with the Tigers.

    • Mark Moore

      Roger … I’ve warned you before to STOP MAKING SENSE!!!

      Agreed we’re not playing in October. Too many to climb over. Let MattyMc heal. Get Benson and Marte dialed back in.

      Reply
    • Dennis Westrick

      Case-in-point! Look at Rece Hinds tonight! Not expecting him to do that every night but it sure beats the four strikeouts that Marte & Benson had collectively!

      Reply
  77. Dennis Westrick

    Outstanding job tonight by Abbott!

    Still nine strikeouts by the good guys! Gotta do better in that category going forward!

    Reply
  78. Mark Moore

    Hinds played for Chris Sabo in some baseball academy down in Florida?

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    • Dennis Westrick

      Mark, I believe Hinds trained at the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton Florida and Sabo worked there in 2017

      Reply
      • Harry Stoner

        I shopped at the IGA in Cincinnati when I lived there back in the ‘80s.

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