Trevor Bauer has long advocated for being allowed to pitch every fourth day. With their season on the line, the Cincinnati Reds are finally allowing him to do it.
Reds manager David Bell admitted the decision to start Bauer on short rest Wednesday is a gamble, but in a key matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers, it ultimately made sense.
“Just everything that Trevor does, the way he prepares, the way he works, the way he knows himself, I couldn’t be more confident with any other pitcher than I am with Trevor going into it, even with the uncertainty,” Bell said, via Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I think it’s just where we are and it’s worth giving it a shot.”
The Reds are locked in a tight battle with several teams, including the Brewers, for the final National League playoff spots. Bauer is a Cy Young candidate with a 1.80 ERA in ten starts. Giving him the ball as often as possible simply makes sense, especially when he’s long advocated for it.
Three members of the Cincinnati Reds were ejected from Saturday’s game against the Chicago Cubs after a bench-clearing incident in the fourth inning.
Adbert Alzolay was pitching in the bottom of the fourth for the Cubs against the Reds and threw a pitch up and in on Shogo Akiyama. Some from the Reds’ bench, like Joey Votto, began yelling out in protest of the pitch.
Reds manager David Bell, as well as Votto and Jesse Winker, were all ejected from the game.
There is some background.
In the top of the fourth, Cubs manager David Ross was ejected after the Reds threw a pitch over Anthony Rizzo’s head.
Rizzo hit two home runs in the Cubs’ 3-0 win over the Reds earlier in the day in the first game of their doubleheader.
In total, five members of the teams were ejected from the second game of the doubleheader as of this story being published.
Major League Baseball on Thursday announced the fallout from the ugly brawl that took place between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates earlier in the week, and eight suspensions were handed down in total.
Both managers, Cincinnati’s David Bell and Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle, have been suspended. Bell got six games for coming back onto the field during the brawl after he had been ejected the inning before, while Hurdle got two games for “his Club’s conduct during the incident.” In addition to the managers, six players — Yasiel Puig, Keone Kela, Amir Garrett, Jose Osuna, Jared Hughes and Kyle Crick — have also been banned for multiple games.
Kala got the heftiest suspension, which was 10 games for intentionally throwing at Derek Dietrich in the bottom of the seventh and then instigating when the benches cleared in the eighth. Kala admitted after the game that he went head-hunting. Garrett got eight games, which is no surprise after he sparked the brawl by charging at the Reds dugout and throwing haymakers.
Osuna has been suspended five games for his “aggressive and inappropriate actions” during the melee. Hughes got a three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Sterling Marte in the ninth inning, and Puig and Crick got three games each for their involvement.
All of the players have already decided to appeal the suspensions, but MLB clearly tried to send a message after the ugliest incident of the season.
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell will likely be facing some serious discipline from the league for his actions during Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bell had already been ejected in the eighth inning of the game for defending Yasiel Puig following a strike call with the bases loaded. Then when the teams got in a massive bench-clearing fight in the ninth, Bell returned to the field despite his ejection and got involved. He ran onto the field at Great American Ball Park and pushed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle:
Bell was upset for a number of reasons. He seemed to mostly be upset that the two sides were warned after Pirates reliever Keone Kela threw at Derek Dietrich’s head, making it impossible for Cincinnati to retaliate.
Bell also said after the game that he was upset the Pirates “allow, celebrate and condone” their pitchers throwing at opposing players. The two sides also got into a fight in April when Chris Archer threw behind Dietrich.
Here were Bell’s postgame comments:
The Cincinnati Reds announced on Sunday that they have found their next manager, and it is someone who has worked in their minor league system before.
According to the team’s official Twitter account, David Bell will be introduced as the new manager on Monday.
Bell, a former MLB infielder who grew up in Cincinnati, worked for four seasons as a manager in the Reds’ minor league system from 2008-2011. The 46-year-old was the vice president of player development for the San Francisco Giants for the past two seasons. His father, Buddy, is a former manager and currently works in the Reds’ front office.
The Reds reportedly preferred a different managerial candidate, but he withdrew from consideration over the weekend.