We may now discuss That Which I Could Not Have Previously Discussed: The fact that every time I’ve hostessed a game thread this season, the Reds won. The world is now a darker place.

At the end of last night’s highly disappointing dustup, we here at Redleg Nation established that everybody poops, even Tanner Roark, who gave up  a homer in the first, and Puig, who errored (people who rotate their socks for daily wear might argue that’s not a real word, but it is real; you’ve just not heard it because I made it up right this second, but it exists on the internet and everything, and it’s a lot more fun than “erred” or “committed an error” and look I’ll just take what I can get at this point) so badly that two runs scored and we lost and I turned on this week’s tape of Property Brothers several batters early.

But the important part is that everybody is also friends:

Also, Marty’s got a circus tent:

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo 1.47 0.88 30.2 41 2 1
Julio Teheran 5.61 1.64 25.2 29 2 2


I’m not here to tell Castillo how to pitch but I am here to remind him to please run in the general direction of first when he is batting and the ball goes anywhere but in the catcher’s glove.


Guy named Julio Teheran is pitching tonight, whatever. The big takeaway from the historical record of Thursday, April 25, 2019 is that I did an hour of Pilates today to atone for the Four Days of Easter Sugar and at one point we had to do this thing where we lay face-up on the mat with a playgroud ball between our knees and our butts in the air and then we had to put one leg in the air and use the other leg to push ourselves off the floor.

It sounds fun but it wasn’t. It was just indecent in all possible ways.

Starting Lineups


  1. Joey Votto (L) 1B 
  2. Eugenio Suárez (R) 3B
  3. Jesse Winker (L) LF
  4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
  5. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
  6. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
  7. Scott Schebler (L) CF
  8. Luis Castillo (R) P
  9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS


  1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
  2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
  3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
  4. Ronald Acuña (R) LF
  5. Brian McCann (L) C
  6. Johan Camargo (S) 2B
  7. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
  8. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
  9. Julio Teheran (R) P

News and Notes

Time to gear up for the worst ride at Kings Island.

95 Responses

  1. ToBeDetermined

    “I did an hour of Pilates today to atone for the Four Days of Easter Sugar ”

    Mary Beth Ellis
    Just wait till you get older. Then you get to do Four Classes of Pilates to make up for 1 day of Sugar.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I was completely planning to also go to yoga but I was too tired after all the indecency.

  2. WVRedlegs

    It is the last game of the season for Atlanta in Cincinnati. They will wait all night to get this one in. Rain on the radar looks like most it is west of Cincinnati, one little thunderstorm across the river might get batting practice wet. But they should get this one in. Unless some thunderstorms now not showing up on radar pop up down in KY.
    What is the over/under on K’s for Schebler tonight? 3?
    Need another good one from Luis tonight.

  3. matt hendley

    Don’t know the weather patterns for CInci, but they better get Luis enough time to get through 6 innings + before a delay

    • Steve Mancuso

      Not looking good at the moment.

  4. swimh2000@yahoo.com

    incidently,it seems chris welch is in a bit of hot water

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I was going to launch a full-length deep dive into the sociopolitical implications of the controversy but felt the discussion about my butt was of more use to humanity.

      • matthew hendley

        the Pilates? Yes ever so important. Lol. Did he say anything on the air?

  5. matthew hendley

    On a more technical of the website note, is there a particular browser that works best with this site. I am having trouble posted at times


      I use Chrome all the way around


    Happy to have MBE with us on The Perfect Date

      • matthew hendley

        If that is the best you have seen shatner at, I have this show you might want to look into

  7. matthew hendley

    Horrible time for the Zone to constrict after two days of wide open Zones. ALso, textbook reason for No shifts

    • matthew hendley

      never mind. Teheran is getting favors that castillo isn’t. Mark my words there will be an ejection today.

  8. Sliotar

    Julio Teheran literally can’t handle LH batters.

    If the Reds were in the DraftKings lineup of games, would have stacked the leftys.

    Even Schebler might look competent tonight, that’s how bad Teheran can be.

    • Sliotar

      Stealing with Barnhart at the plate felt a little ambitious.

  9. Mary Beth Ellis

    Guys the Braves have a man on base and I’m not having a good day anymore somebody tell me I’m pretty

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        But did you wake up like this?

    • matthew hendley

      Your Pretty, Also, the shift/4 man outfield has been responsible for 2/3rds of the baserunners tonight. Its not only not working, its detrimental. Can we stop it please.

      Radio Projecting that Senzel SHOULD be up next homestand.

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        You put the most important part first and that’s all that matters.

    • WVRedlegs

      Let your mind take you Adam Sandler singing I Feel Pretty to Jack Nicholson.

  10. matthew hendley

    hey look he made it to first

  11. Sliotar

    When Castillo gives a better at-bat than Schebler.


    • matthew hendley

      next homestand, He has until then to fix it .

  12. Old-school

    Suarez playing outstanding 3b. He’s not a good baserunner but there’s only so many Joe Morgan’s who do it all.

  13. Old-school

    Iglesias is outstanding defensive SS .

    Reds left side of the infield getting it done. Go Reds. Win this series.

  14. renbutler

    It would behoove the Reds to keep this lead and get the top of the fifth over with. There is a massive amount of rain bearing down on GABP.

    • renbutler

      There are even some severe warnings associated with the rain not far away in Indiana and Kentucky.

  15. matthew hendley

    shifts failing both sides tonight

  16. Old-school

    Pirates lost 5 in a row. Brewers lost 4 in a row. Reds need this game. Senzel and Gennett could be key additions to a poor offense if they can hang around .500.

    • matthew hendley

      A sac bunt….maybe some tips from Gray. Castillo perfect on the day

  17. Jim t

    Absolutely a miserable at bat by Votto. Guy on third with less then 2 outs and he strikes out without swinging at a pitch.

    • matthew hendley

      Horrific strike zone again, none of those ‘strikes’ were particularly, ‘dead red’. Suarez with the save of both Votto and schebs

      • Jim t

        The ump is doing either team any favors but you got to get a ball in the air in that spot. He is consistently getting rung up. With his power numbers falling pitchers aren’t afraid to give him pitches to hit. He may need to tweek his approach a bit.

      • matthew hendley

        3 BB and a single yesterday, his 2 strikeouts today could be generously described as questionable. I am sure he was thinking your point as well, but literally when the ball is 2-3 inches off the zone, what can he do. Even Joey has to obey the laws of physics.

  18. Curt

    What exactly is Votto looking for up there? I don’t get it ?

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I’m really starting to get concerned that he’s hurt.

  19. Roger Garrett

    Man if this team could just hit a little they would have 15 wins already.

  20. Vada

    Votto another SO. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Is it time to send Votto to AAA yet? There he can break the record for highest paid AAA player.

    • David

      With two strikes, you protect the plate. I know Joey has a pretty good eye, but you still have to protect the plate. And a man at third with only one out?

      Well, he’ll be back in a couple of innings. I would expect you could fry and egg on Joey’s forehead right now.

    • Sliotar


      But, part of the Angels problems is feeling compelled to bat Pujols 4th in the lineup, because of contract, future Hall of Famer, etc., despite being a negative WAR player.

      Batting Votto leadoff is just insanity with his spiked K% rate, apparent lack of power.
      Starting developing Winker or someone else in that role.

      • Hanawi

        Only Suarez has a higher OBP than Votto right now.

  21. Old-school

    It’s time to question Joey Votto.
    Who thinks he’s hitting 25 home runs and OPS . 900 and in the top 10 of mvp????
    He is maybe above average.

  22. Mark Moore

    Looks like no danger of free pizza tonight … but at least we’re up 3-0.

    MBE – you’re pretty (I’m sure Josh The Pilot would say that)

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I mean he does, but he’s not always around when the Braves are on base. So thanks!

    • matthew hendley

      If this game restarts, and the reds pitching strikes out all the remaining outs, there is still a chance for Pizza

  23. matthew hendley

    Litterally walked 3 times yesterday, its not his eye its the zone. There may be a reduction in power, but not in the overall OBP, that will improve to normal. As for batting leadoff….I mean until Senzel, who are you replacing him with

  24. Roger Garrett

    Castillo is pretty good.Got them killing worms most of the night.

  25. redfan4life

    Freeman is putting on a clinic at 1B.

  26. matthew hendley

    ok…. good pitching performance, but the end is near, don’t overuse him and blow the lead

  27. Mary Beth Ellis

    It is POURING here on the West Side. Ark up people.

  28. matthew hendley

    David Hernandez….. BOSS!!!!!!

  29. renbutler

    This game might be over after 6.5.

    This will not be a brief delay.

    • renbutler

      I know it’s in the hands of the umpires after the game starts, but both teams have somewhere else to be tomorrow. Hopefully they don’t drag this out. We could be talking nearly 11:00 before restarting this game.

  30. Roger Garrett

    Never thought Hernandez had that much velocity left but I was wrong in a big way.Great and I mean great job to strike out the side and leave them loaded.

  31. Mary Beth Ellis

    I would not be upset if they called this one.

      • renbutler

        This is just my perspective, but it will likely still be raining well past 10:00. Unless they’re ready to call it early, it’s going to be a while before we get a time for resuming the game.

        I’d say 10:45 first pitch at the earliest.

      • matthew hendley

        Braves announcers seem to think that the rain wont stop until midnight, and don’t necessarily seem upset with taking the early L

  32. Mary Beth Ellis


    • Mark Moore

      But is he saying any of us are pretty? Because that’s what we need to hear, especially during a rain delay.

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        I will let you know whether or not we are pretty when Thom weighs in

  33. matthew hendley

    I think… if I was Jesse…. I would have taken A nacho. Make the sportscenter spot complete. “first we take your teams chance to win, then we take your fans food”

  34. Seat101

    If Gameday is correct then Jose Peraza has been standing at home plate all by himself for nearly two hours. This, no doubt confirms the haters’ opinion of him.

    What joy we can expect if the game is called before he screws up at the plate.

    • matthew hendley

      That is a Jose Move. Just cause you stand at the plate for 2 hours doesn’t give you an auto walk. It may be a test in patience though. Can we assume he came in on the Double switch for DD

      • lost11found

        Maybe its how he makes up for Easter Sugar rather than Pilates or yoga.
        I’ve been checking gameday off and on and he’s still there…

        Hopefully a rainshortened 6 1/2 inning win.

        Great top of 7 by Hernandez.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      It’s somewhat less satisfying than the dream of Dietrich still standing there admiring his Pirates homer

      • matthew hendley

        OMG and he would too…. is their any update….are they going to cancel. Some people have to be up for work tomorrow early.

  35. renbutler

    Game will resume at 11:30.

    Rain is still quite possible.

  36. matthew hendley

    Looks like standing at the plate for 3 hours will get you a walk. I stand corrected

  37. matthew hendley

    if there is a REAL issue with pace of plays then guidance with rain delays need to be addressed. Some sort of metric with score vs expected time of delay

  38. matthew hendley

    yes david bell, putting Zach duke into a ball game was a brilliant idea.

    • L.A. Red

      What in the HELL makes David Bell keep giving Duke chances to play???

  39. CI3J


    Isn’t it about time to cut bait with Zach Duke? 36 years old, and hasn’t put up a decent ERA since 2016.

    I have no idea what the Reds saw in him.

    • J

      Throws the ball with his left hand. They’re obsessed with it.

  40. Ted A

    I’m really starting to question a lot of the moves that David Bell is making. You have a 3 nothing lead in a game that is a huge necessary win emotionally up 3-0 top 8 and an almost three-hour rain delay. It’s already going to be a hard situation playing tomorrow night at the Cardinals so you can’t mentally afforded drop this and the only guy in the bullpen that you could put in they can let the Braves back in the game was Duke. Either Peralta or Garrett and this would have been 1-2-3 inning with no problem. I don’t understand how David Duke is even still on the team, how can this guy still be pitching on this team because every time he comes in he gets hit hard

    • matthew hendley

      whoa nelly, we got Zach duke, worthless pitcher, but for all his faults he is not, david duke, KKK leader and worthless human being

      • matthew hendley

        Senzel will need a 40 man spot. Perhaps they are doing a profesional favor and getting him looks in games when they DFA him for Senzels spot.

      • lost11found

        Might be matt. They can go with Garret and Peralta and ease some problems with the position bench at the same time.

  41. Mary Beth Ellis

    Bet those 15 people still in the park are super-glad they stuck around for this show

    • CI3J

      YOU get a foulball! And YOU get a foulball!


  42. CI3J

    Alright, Puig…. Let’s get back those runs that Duke so rudely gave away.

  43. matthew hendley

    Winker trying to prove he is getting them sprints in,

  44. Mary Beth Ellis

    Reds Live group at the rail will consist of a raccoon wandering across the set

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      or a Braves fan flipping off the camera, same diff