Hi, hello, and welcome from my suburban desk and its bag of Brownie Brittle, because all the diet moms on Pinterest can have my enriched wheat flour when they pry it out of my ever-chubbening hands.

Are you still glowery over splitting the Cardinals series? So am I. But Marty and Cowboy have some good advice for you. (Link also includes advice from me, specifically: “No! We should not ask Tony Kentwood to the freshman Girls Athletic Association Dance!”)

Starting Pitchers

E Lauer 114.2 4.55 93 1.40 23
T Bauer  172.2 4.12 204 1.25 27

The biggest news from today’s pitching matchup is that it consists of LAUER VS BAUER, everyone, and we all need to pause reflect deeply on this for the great spiritual enlightenment this offers.


I know we have a bullpen, but I’m not entirely sure who’s still in it. I also don’t like your chances of getting information from me about San Diego’s.

Starting Lineups


  1. P Ervin (R) CF
  2. J Iglesias (R) SS
  3. E Suárez (R) 3B
  4. A Aquino (R) RF
  5. P Ervin (R) LF
  6. J Peraza (R) 2B
  7. K Farmer (R) 1B
  8. T Barnhart (S) C
  9. T Bauer (R) P

Heathen Californians

  1. G Garcia (L) 2B
  2. J Naylor (L) LF
  3. M Machado (R) 3B
  4. E Hosmer (L) 1B
  5. H Renfroe (R) RF
  6. F Mejía (S) C
  7. W Myers (R) CF
  8. L Urías (R) SS
  9. E Lauer (R) P

Lefty vs. righty this evening, if you’re into that kind of thing.

UPDATE: Senzel is out with a sore left elbow. He’s replaced with Ervin. FInd out who to blame for this and then get back to me so I can be angry with many capital letters on Twitter.

News and Notes

-MLB Spring Training schedules are out; Doug has the rundown here. But the date for the Reds’ start doesn’t matter because the 2020 season began a month ago, when in the 6th inning Mahle began gently rolling the ball on the ground directly into the entirety of the Cardinals entire batting order.

-Joey Votto is still on the DL.

-Aquino is not on the DL.

-Which is the better Netflix original programming pitch?

LAUER VS BAUER, a buddy cop show. One is by the book and one doesn’t play by the rules – LAUER VS BAUER, a sitcom about a divorced couple. They’re both laywers! And they have to work together! In the same office!! lol.

126 Responses

  1. RedAlert

    Crazy not to have Vanmeter in the lineup at this point in the year !! has shown he can handle the bat ! It would be fine with me if the Reds get rid of David Bell (wishful thinking ) – inconsistent lineups ,
    players don’t know when/if they are playing,
    clueless bullpen usage most times ,
    getting ejected from ballgames ar a record pace , too much nonsense with this guy . I hate to say it , I don’t think Reds gonna won anything with this guy at the helm . I’ve seen enough …no confidence in him whatsoever

    • Chris

      This is insanity. We now have 3 middle infielders playing tonight hitting 2/5/7 and yet refuse to play our 24-year old who has great numbers over past 2 years vs lefties. David Bell will not allow this team to win even if we were in current position to do so. We are also playing 2 catchers over playing vanmeter.

      • D Ray White

        The nepotistic front office begs to differ. We have to get Peraza going,. Seriously though, starting Peraza over Van Meter is plain stupid.

  2. Tom Mitsoff

    Welcome to the Lauer-Bauer Power Hour. 😉

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      It’s a family drama about a team of evangelical brothers who solve crimes and save souls as they criss-cross the country with their Sunday morning TV show.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        They could preach from a dour tower while covered with sour flour, and congregations would glower and sometimes cower.

      • JB

        ???? Sparky would come out and tell you that’s it take a shower.

  3. RedsMonk65

    Per C. Trent — Senzel is a late scratch because of the HBP on the elbow yesterday.

    Now it is:

    1. Ervin — CF
    2. Iglesias — SS
    3. Suarez — 3B
    4. Aquino — RF
    5. Peraza (!) — LF (!)
    6. Farmer — 1B
    7. Galvis — 2B
    8. Barnhardt — C

    • RedsMonk65

      Oops — you already updated it. My bad.

    • D Ray White

      Why is Galvis starting over Van Meter? # Manager/Front Office Clown Show

  4. scotly50

    I do like Bell’s line-up. He is batting Ervin twice to make up for lost playing time.

    • ToBeDetermined


      Also, he is going to need to cover quite a bit of ground in the OF playing both CF and LF.

  5. Roger Garrett

    Its not about winning to me but rather playing as many young guys as possible.Just wish we could scrap this all righty against a lefty pitcher thing.I know about and so should the Reds everybody in this lineup except Ervin and AA.I get it about Senzel and I guess Winker is still banged up but JVM and O Grady setting is well silly.Guess its still about trying to win 75 instead of 72 but the guys setting are better then the guys playing so as usual I am confused as to what if anything we are trying to do tonight.Good thing is regardless of tonight we get to do it over tomorrow but we are running out of time if we indeed want to find out about players that can help next year.I mean we have 3 shortstops playing tonight for goodness sake.That can’t be by accident can it?

  6. matthew hendley

    David bell seems to be going back to 7 position players on the field.

  7. Curt

    Senzel out and Bell STILL won’t give JVM a look against LHP and weakens LF defense to boot. Must be some kind of lefty. (eye-roll)

  8. matthew hendley

    It also seems that Billy Hamiltons chances of a wolrd Series ring have vastly improved.

    Claimed off waivers by the ALanta Braves.

    • JB

      The difference between Atlanta and The Reds is Atlanta will use him for defensive and base running replacement. Reds would start him and bat him first and sit Senzel.

      • DocProc

        Okay, I got a good laugh, JB and Roger.

      • D Ray White

        The difference between the Braves and Reds is the Braves fully committed to their rebuild and nailed it. The Reds fumbled theirs and got a sub .500 team and a short window to compete.

  9. Roger Garrett

    Late inning for defense and pinch running on a team that doesn’t need him to hit.Works for him and may help the Braves steal a game or two.

  10. JB

    Apparently Bell feels sorry for San Diego and Tatis being out. He will help them out by submitting his own crappy lineup.

  11. Chris Holbert

    I am a believer that not knowing if you are in the lineup, or where you are batting, EVERYDAY, has an impact on the productivity…..the more inconsistent the lineup, the more inconsistent the production…..

    • Sliotar

      It was reported early in the season, and has been brought up later on broadcasts, that Bell texts the players, at least the night before, if not earlier, future days’ lineups.

    • Curt

      As much as Bell and others want to believe it’s not true, I totally agree with you Chris. And it’s true in life and most professions.
      (Be sure to remind your Reds beat-writer of choice on Twitter if possible)

    • Curt

      Or think of it like this. I play in a 5-piece rock band and we all know to varying degrees how to play each other’s instruments. If every gig we did, we all switched places and instruments, we might be able to pull it off, might even have a good gig but would we ever be able to be as good as we can be when we all stick to our primary instruments and “positions”? Never! Not a chance. Huzzah

  12. DocProc

    Just logging my daily argument that JVM should play every day.

    • Sliotar

      Reds still trying to get to 73 wins, minimum, IMO.

      JVM and that 71 wRC+ (with only 17 PA) doesn’t fit with that plan.

      Baseball Reference has “worst case” record at 73-89…. but also has them with a winning record rest of way, which with Reds road record and play on road, isn’t a sure thing.

      Not winning this series vs. strike-out-a-holic Padres would really put 5 straight 90-loss seasons in play.

  13. Ed

    Oh man. Already, a touch start for Bauer. 1 run, 3 base runners.
    Nice pitch for strike 3 to end the inning.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Super pounce an throw by Tucker.
    Galvis received the throw correctly (at the bag, not in front of it), and didn’t allow the runner to swim move around him

  15. DHud

    On what planet, for what reason, should Jose Peraza EVER be in LF over literally any other option on this team

    • Roger Garrett

      I want to reply but seriously is there anything left to say that hasn’t already been said.I think I will just cool it on him and try out some new stuff in year 5 next year.

  16. earmbrister

    Playing catch up on the game. Heckuva throw by Barnhardt to nab Myers at second.

  17. VaRedsFan

    Freddy Bambino smoked that ball!!

  18. Shchi Cossack

    Listened to a half inning with Chris explaining why Lauer is so much more effective against RH hitters, then both Thom and Chris working their hardest as Bell apologists to explain that the data that documents how much more effective Lauer is against RH hitters was not the data the Reds used when deciding to field an exclusively RH lineup and how creative the Reds were by training the RH hitters today to hit more effectively against Lauer since Lauer was so effective against RH hitters.

    At the end of the half inning, I literally lost my dinner. This Reds team has presented the front office and the on field staff with a miraculous opportunity to rebound from the imbecilic handling of the reboot, reload, rebuild and they are intent on screwing it up.

    I have absolutely no more confidence in the ability of this organization to field a competitive, winning team during my lifetime and that makes me sad.

    • Wayne nabors

      i actually think this team as constructed can win,maybe not the series but could be a team to reckon with,but in order for that to happen,they 1st must get rid of bell and get a proven manager and quit getting 1st time managers.

  19. earmbrister

    And the whining about the lineup goes on, inning after inning …

    Maybe, just maybe Bell has a better feel for this (it’s his job after all) than those who spent 5 min looking over the lineup.

    VanMeter, by the way, seems to have last had a day off in July.

    • Pete

      Peraza should never bat fifth in a MLB lineup. Doesn’t take a genius to see it. The hubris to present is stupefying. Statistically he is the worst hitting player who plays on a regular basis. You can’t defend, nor can Bell. It is not clever or shrewd, it’s stupid. That’s all I got…

      • VaRedsFan

        Truth to this, bat him 8th or 9th.

      • earmbrister

        I’ll give you the batting 5th part, but we don’t know the motivation. For all we know, the FO may have already decided to move on from Peraza and is trying to get his numbers up for an off season trade. I’d rather sort out the middle infield this year than next. Meanwhile, he hit a rocket to LF, but House negated it with a bad send.

        Point is, we generally know enough to be dangerous. I’ll judge Bell on the entire body of his work, and the team’s response thereto, and not on a lineup where we’re 7.5 GB on the WC, with 6 teams to leapfrog.

      • Pete

        earm – the only “reasonable” explanation is the Reds want to see if AA is willing to take walks when the opposing pitcher will throw him nothing to hit. There is some value in that, doesn’t justify it but at least it’s not crazy.

        You can make an argument Aristides Aquino is the best power hitter in baseball, you can make an argument Jose Peraza is the weakest hitter in baseball. Honestly, I can’t recall ever seeing such a combination in 50 years of following the game.

      • earmbrister

        Like I said, I’m not defending batting him 5th. However, I don’t think that Bell threw darts at a board to determine the batting order. Beats me as to why, but I grew tired of all the whining about it. Whining sets me off. And I don’t need to understand Bell’s each and every move. Too many second guess the moves that don’t work, while not acknowledging those that do. If you really think we’re still in the WC chase, then maybe you have a gripe. I’ve reluctantly given up on that and I’m looking to next year.

        FWIW, the obvious career numbers set-up:

        Player A: .274/.313/.375/.688
        Player B: .250/.292/.375/.676

        Yeah, you know which one is Peraza. The guy with the lesser numbers is Galvis. A couple of distinctions, good and bad in both directions. Peraza is 25 and Galvis is 29. Galvis is the better fielder.

        Peraza was the assumed starting SS for much of the off season, until the Reds signed Iglesias. Then he was starting at 2B, only to lose time to JVM and Farmer (and yes, he lost PT to them in part due to his stats YTD). He’s played at 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, and pitched a couple of times. Last year with regular playing time he hit: .288/.326/.416/.742 with 14 (!) HRs. He’s batting over .300 since 7/1. I’ve got no real issue with getting him some playing time when Votto, Winker, Senzel, DD, and Casali are out with injuries.

        And lastly, I’m not related to him, lol.

    • VaRedsFan

      Here here! JVM will get the lion’s share of AB’s. I don’t like Peraza playing either, but he does have a decent chance vs. lefties. It’s not the end of the world. With Votto DL’d O’Grady will get a few starts here and there, if he wants more playing time, it’s up to him to produce when given the chance.

    • Baseball_Is_Good

      If there is one thing that social media has taught the world, it is that everyone who has an opinion should share it and that theirs is infinitely more right. Not sure why anyone would think that someone might have any talent doing their job. Companies try to hire the worst employees and put them in roles they cannot do.

  20. VaRedsFan

    House strikes again. Does he even know who he’s sending?

    • earmbrister

      Eugene is about as fast as Votto

      • earmbrister

        And the ball was smoked by Peraza. No reason to be sending him.

    • Aaron B.

      Yea someone told me that was a one time thing last week… so far that is 3 runners thrown out in the last 3 weeks I have been watching. The offense is bad enough without giving away outs. This team is mostly slow. Send Senzel, Van Meter and Peraza (maybe Galvis) but everyone else should be station to station.

  21. earmbrister

    Tucker asked for that pitch low and away, Bauer got the low part, but it was middle of the plate.

    • VaRedsFan

      There should be sign posted in the clubhouse….”Thou shalt not throw down and in to lefties”
      Make anyone that violates it and gets burned, write it 100 times on a chalkboard.

  22. Chris Holbert

    It’s not like the pitcher was coming up…..

  23. Roger Garrett

    Lauer just struck out the side after a lead off walk so its a good time to call it a day.Bring it home nation.

  24. RedsMonk65

    Peraza should NOT be in left field. At all. Ridiculous.

    • Chris Holbert

      That run is on DB, for having Peraza out there…..

      • Sliotar


        Peraza should not be getting many innings in 2020.

        At all. Ridiculous.

        Fixed that for you.

        (If this team’s near-term farm system wasn’t so abysmal, just DFA him.

        Am more and more convinced he is a favorite of the lead owner, or one of his hanger-on “advisers.”)

      • Broseph

        Agreed. I don’t put blame on Peraza in that at all. Definitely catchable, but I’d you don’t play OF everyday, you don’t know how much bend those hard hit balls to opposite field have.

        DB makes questionable call again that hurts this team

    • RojoBenjy

      So I guess Philip Ervin died?

      Why else would Peraza need to play LF?

      • DocProc

        Ervin’s in CF for injured Senzel.
        Better to ask if JVM died.

      • earmbrister

        The original lineup had Ervin in both LF and CF. Senzel was a late scratch.

    • RedsMonk65

      Agree it’s not his fault since it’s not his position. As Marty said on the radio broadcast, “Just because you put someone in left field doesn’t mean they can play the position.”

      He’s just not a good baseball player. He’s marginally acceptable at SS. OK for a bench piece. That’s it.

      Why he keeps being put in positions like that is beyond me. If they want to play him, stick him at SS and keep him there. Other much more qualified players can manage the outfield (heck put O’Grady out there; where are Van Meter and Winker? etc. ,etc.)

      Someone here mentioned on a thread within the last week or so that they think Peraza keeps getting more chances than he has warranted because he is really the one player left from the Frazier trade — and he was the “marquee” player the Reds sought in that deal. So, some face-saving may be at play here. If so, they’re really not helping their own cause!

      • RojoBenjy

        My bad on Ervin.

        But too bad he wasn’t cloned so he could play both positions.

        Too bad Josh didn’t get to start there. Heck even Lorenzen would have caught that one. Or he could be playing CF so Ervin could play left.

      • VaRedsFan

        The thing about it is, is that he’s worse, both offensively and defensively no matter where he plays. He looks most comfortable at 2nd base IMO.

      • RojoBenjy

        I agree, Peraza is Wally J’s guy.

        It’s so absurd that it’s beyond words to describe it.

  25. CI3J

    I think Peraza actually looked like he was on the verge of tears after that error.

    To be fair, it was worth crying over. That was about as bad as any you’ll ever see.

    • Pete

      I feel for the kid. I think he gives it all he’s got – I sincerely do.

      • BigRedMike

        He does give effort, just a bad MLB player at this point.

      • Curt

        I truly feel for him as well, how can you not? He’s not asking to play there. It’s all on Bell.

    • RojoBenjy

      I think RLN was actually in tears after that one.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Someone posted a week or so ago, that Peraza has 1 option left, so they can just keep him on the roster until September, and use the option next year. Stash him in AAA in case of emergency. Maybe he can reinvent himself down there.

  27. JB

    I feel for the guy. He basically has no confidence left and Bell keeps putting him in spots. They should have sent him down in the spring when Iglesias took his job and he immediately went into a slump. Playing every other day or whatever doesnt help him. He should go down at the guy who reinvented Aquino’s swing should help him.

    • RojoBenjy

      Well the manager hasn’t lost confidence in him apparently.

  28. RedsMonk65

    Bauer really pitching a solid game overall. Already 11 Ks. Much, much better than his last outing.

    Three runs (only 2 of them earned due to Peraza’s error) should not be too much for this offense to overcome — one would think.

  29. Pete

    Really nice outing Bauer, hopefully he is straightened away now.

  30. RedsMonk65

    News flash: JVM is alive! In the on-deck circle.

    • RedsMonk65

      Fudgesicles. That didn’t work either.

      • RedsMonk65

        Van Meter stays in the game. Takes over LF!

        So does Peraza. Takes over CF for Ervin!

  31. Chris Holbert

    Any FA, worth signing, would have to seriously ask themselves, why would I want to go to Cincinnati and sign. I never know if I will be in the lineup and if I am where will I bat and where will I be playing on defense. If it is frustrating for us the fans, imagine how the players feel..

    • RedsMonk65

      To be sure. The approach seems to appraise everyone except for Votto and Saurez equally and as totally interchangeable, and that’s just not the true.

      • RedsMonk65

        just not true = just not the true

  32. RedsMonk65

    Offense is AWOL — once again. Has to be frustrating for Bauer.

  33. Chris Holbert

    The madness continues, Peraza to CF

    • Sliotar

      Lorenzen would be a better option.

      (Which is a sad commentary in a couple of ways.)

  34. BigRedMike

    Thom is an interesting broadcaster. Thinks his schtick is entertaining.

    Just not a fundamentally sound baseball team

    • earmbrister

      I was just looking up their records when the broadcast helped me out.

      The Padres have an identical record as the Reds.

  35. JB

    When Lauer was lifted Welsh said good move , they aren’t playing for anything. They have the same record as the Reds. Maybe some people should listen up and play the kids every day to see what they got.

  36. Don

    This is just as awful game to watch,
    Both teams have struck out 11 times through 7 innings.

    Bauer pitches an above average game and has nothing to show for it.

    When I heard the first mention of the pitcher was that this lefty is much harder on tight handed hitters than left I figured it would be a bad offensive night. Then where is the graphic had lefties hitting 360 or 390 against the starter and that the coaches set up a special pitching machine in an attempt to prepare the right handed hitters as it was going to be different than the usually see from a left hander that did not lead to positive thoughts.

    Was hoping that the Bell and his coaches knew something different from TV crew.
    First 7 innings show that the coaches out smarted themselves.

    I agree with everyone whom is saying that the players need consistency to have confidence and perform.

  37. RedAlert

    Suárez gotta go from the 3 hole – doesn’t make nearly enough contact – don’t care about all the HR – way too many strikeouts . While you’re at it , get Votto out of the 2 hole .

    • RedsMonk65

      Definitely. Everyone else, it seems, gets switched in and out, platooned, and placed up and down the lineup, but those two stay no matter what. It’s August 19. Not working. I’d actually like to see Winker in the 3-hole with Suarez or Aquino behind him. Just for giggles.

    • Chris Holbert

      Suarez is not good at all with 2 strikes, just seems to give up…

  38. Chris Holbert

    The FO needs to sort out the SS situation now. Talk to J Iggy’s peeps and see what they want then decide, or go with Glavis and his $5 mil (relatively inexpensive for 20 HRs and 70 RBIs), for next year. If so then put Galvis at SS everyday and put JVM at 2B everyday and move on. I am not sure you gain anything with one over the other with all of these avg/below avg hitting middle infielders, (J Iggy, Galvis, Peraza). A team cannot really afford to have light bats at both SS and 2B. JVM is probably going to out hit all the aforementioned three, so he needs to be in there. Decisions, decisions…but I truly believe JVM should be at 2B

    • earmbrister

      I agree, JVM should be starting at 2B next year. The Galvis claim was a solid pickup: it gives them options going forward.

  39. RedsMonk65

    Other than Bauer’s night on the mount, this is just a pitiful performance tonight — by players, coaches and front office. If they are going to play out the rest of the season in this manner, I’m tuning out. On the other hand, if they play all the young guys like they should (without all the double-switching and platooning), and they still continue to lose, I’m all in.

  40. BigRedMike

    Thom with his in depth analysis of Florida college football. Relevant.

    • Sliotar

      Marty just called the O’Grady flyout as a home run.

      Sums up this game.

  41. RedsMonk65

    If there were any justice in this universe, the Reds would pull this out and steal a game they did not deserve to win. Been on the other end enough….

  42. RedsMonk65

    JVM up. Senzel on deck. C’mon guys, show them how it’s done!

  43. matthew hendley

    While it didn’t work, the TB play shows an example of Baseball IQ. SD would have gone nuts if it had worked

  44. earmbrister

    This just got very interesting

    • RedAlert

      Didn’t expect anything less – started with Bell and his STUPID lineup

    • RojoBenjy

      To me, the only thing that infuriated me now is the insistence on playing Jose9.

      The reasoning behind it can only come from Alice in Wonderland.

  45. VaRedsFan

    Suarez…head flying off the ball.
    0-6 with the bases loaded this year.

  46. RojoBenjy

    One thing has changed.

    SD and CIN no longer have identical W-L records.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Writers that never played the game love to think all game situations are the same. People that have played the game KNOW there is a difference in the pressure of that at bat vs. one in the 1st inning.

  48. Jeff Morris

    Just like Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League, E Suarez cannot hit any off speed pitch, like the curve ball, slider, or splitter. Only can hit the fast ball.

  49. JB

    And as much as I love Suarez, I would call Cleveland and ask about Lindor. He would solve the shortstop position (after you sign him to an extension) and you would have Senzel at 3rd.

  50. matthew hendley

    An excient quality start by Trevor Bauer, and good relief work by Sims. Pitching not to blame tonight. Hitting disappeared across the board. Save surprisingly enough for Peraza. Unfortunately that run did come across and that error did happen and the reds lost by a run.
    TJ House with another baffling move, sending Suarez to be gunned down by a mile. That’s 3 this month now.

    • matthew hendley

      That Freddy Galvis guy, he is a keeper though

  51. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Simply put, another game where a “good team”, a playoff team, doesn’t lose this game. If Tucker stays put, the hit by pitch brings in the tying run.

    It’s been like this with this team all year. We all have seen a lot of good things this year. But, they still aren’t getting over the edge and winning games like this.

    • Pete

      It’s an automatic play with Tucker going with a runner on first: stay out of the double play. TB is probably the last guy on this team to have a brain fart…and he hits.

  52. Roger Garrett

    No way you can win if your 3 hole hitter comes up 5 times and never puts a ball in play in addition to having better hitters setting on the bench.Tucker is tieing run at second and you have to pinch run for him don’t you?Again a one run loss and so many of the same reasons why the Reds lose.Didn’t even mention the man thrown out at home nor the error in left.Reds were behind before the first pitch.Started 3 short stops and 2 catchers and you couldn’t have drawn that one up unless you tried.I am going to shut it down for a few days cause Cossack is right.The Reds for the first time and who knows when have some young talented players that can play and should play every day but for some reason nobody gets it.Continuing to do things like this all righty lineup and playing guys we all know about and some that won’t even be here next year is just baffling to me.There is a big time disconnect and obviously not a plan as to how to proceed for the rest of the year.I would suggest that drawing the line up out of a hat would make more sense then this silly stuff we saw tonight.