Reds: August 2019

The Reds have finished August in fourth place, and currently have a 64-75 record. A postseason push has simply been non-existent. While very inconsistent play has been rampant, rookie Aristides Aquino has provided excitement. He was called up in early August. His performance this month was worthy of NL Player of the Month, and NL Rookie of the Month. Aquino’s 15 home runs in his first 32 MLB games broke numerous records. Simply put, nobody has had more home runs this early in his career. Sonny Gray also had a historic August, with career low 0.74 ERA in the month, finishing second for NL Pitcher of the Month (Jack Flaherty, STL).

2019 NL Central Standings (As of 9/4)

Team W-L GB
STL 78-60
CHI 75-63 3
MIL 71-67 7
CIN 64-75 14.5
PIT 60-78 18

Cincinnati Reds' Eugenio Suarez celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning in the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in St. Louis.

(Enquirer) Eugenio Suarez

Top 5 Batters:

Eugenio Suarez 40 HR (Career High), 87 RBI, .261 AVG

Jose Iglesias 9 HR (Career High), 50 RBI, .293 AVG

Joey Votto 13 HR, 41 RBI, .258 AVG

Aristides Aquino 15 HR, 35 RBI, .310 AVG (Rookie- All Career Highs)

Derek Dietrich  19 HR (Career High), 43 RBI, .198 AVG

 

 

:Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sonny Gray was acquired in a trade from the New York Yankees.

(Enquirer) Sonny Gray

Top 5 Pitchers:

Sonny Gray 10-6, 2.80 ERA

Luis Castillo 14-5 (Career-Best), 3.25 ERA

Anthony DeSclafani 9-8, 4.10 ERA

Michael Lorenzen 0-4, 3.00 ERA

Amir Garrett 4-2 (Career-Best), 2.84 ERA (Career-Best)

 

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Reds Update: July

The Cincinnati Reds have sneaked into fourth place in the NL Central. It has been a somewhat disappointing season, but an improvement from last year. At 46-53, the Reds are three games ahead of last year’s pace (43-56, 2018).

2019 NL Central Division
Team        W-L   GB
Cubs          54-47 0.5
Cardinals 53-47 2.0
Brewers   53-50  2.5
Reds         46-53   7.0
Pirates     46-54   7.5

Top Reds Hitters:
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Source: Sports Illustrated

Derek Dietrich 19 HR 43 RBI .878 OPS (1st Team)
Eugenio Suarez 27 HR (1st Team) 67 RBI (1st Team) .871 OPS
Jesse Winker 14 HR 33 RBI .816 OPS
Yasiel Puig 22 HR 59 RBI .806 OPS
Nick Senzel 8 HR 29 RBI. .803 OPS

 

Top Reds Pitchers
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Source: ESPN

Amir Garrett 4-1 1.88 ERA (1st Team)
Luis Castillo 9-3 (1st Team in W) 2.36 ERA
Jared Hughes 3-3 2.93 ERA
Sonny Gray 5-6 3.29 ERA
Michael Lorenzen 6-6 3.95 ERA

Cincinnati Reds: April 2019

The Reds have finished April with a disappointing 12-17 record, thanks to offensive struggles. However, stellar pitching as kept the Reds alive in the NL Central, albeit a solid seven games behind first-place.

After an opening day victory over the Pirates, the Redlegs proceeded to lose eight games in a row. At 1-8, the Reds had the worst record in Major League Baseball. Thankfully the actual worst team in MLB, the Miami Marlins, came to play a three-game series at Great American BallPark. A three-game sweep is what the doctor ordered for Cincy. This has helped start a trend of better baseball for the Reds. However, last place in the NL Central is nothing to celebrate.

NL Central Division

Tm W L W-L% GB
St. Louis Cardinals 19 10 .655
Chicago Cubs 15 12 .556 3.0
Milwaukee Brewers 17 14 .548 3.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 13 14 .481 5.0
Cincinnati Reds 12 17 .414 7.0

The Good: Pitching

As as team: 254.2 IP, 3.39 ERA (1st NL/4th MLB) 1.26 WHIP, 8 Saves, 12 wins, 9.5 K per 9 (3rd NL), 3.6 BB per 9

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Cincinnati’s Top Five Pitchers (Based on a modified ERA stat known as FIP, or Fielding Independent Pitching)

Relief Pitcher: Robert Stephenson- 2-0, 2.45 ERA
Starting Pitcher: Sonny Gray- 3.64 ERA
Relief Pitcher: David Hernandez- 14 K, 13.1 IP
Starting Pitcher: Luis Castillo- 3-1, 1.45 ERA (Leads MLB) 2.0 WAR (Leads All MLB Pitchers, 4th in MLB)
Relief Pitcher: Wandy Peralta- 0.96 ERA

The Bad: Hitting

As a team: .212 AVG (30th MLB), .286 OBP (27th), .380 SLG (25th MLB), .667 OPS (26th MLB)

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Top Five Hitters (Based on on-base plus slugging (OPS)):
Derek Dietrich: 5 HR, 14 RBI, .860 OPS, .537 SLG
Eugenio Suarez: 7 HR, 16 RBI, .812 OPS
Jesse Winker: 8 HR, 13 RBI, .511 SLG
Joey Votto: 15 Walks, .355 OBP
Jose Iglesias: .304 AVG

Note: Reds played two games in late March, which are included in these “April” Statistics.

XU Hoops: Musketeers’ Season Over

Xavier lost to Texas in overtime Sunday, 78-76. XU (19-16, 10-10, 93rd) was on the road for the NIT sweet sixteen matchup. Tyrique Jones scored 22 points on 10-12 shooting and had 11 rebounds for Xavier. The Muskies’ Naji Marshall scored 19 points (7-17), and Zach Hankins added 13 (6-8). Texas’ (18-16, 8-11, 74th) Kerwin Roach II scored 21 points, and (6-13) and Jase Febres had 17 (6-10).  Xavier finishes the 2018-19 season in 4th place (tie) in the Big East regular Season, semifinalists in the Big East Tournament, and NIT 2nd round participants. This was Travis Steele’s first season as head coach. Next season Xavier will begin play in the Charleston Classic, which features teams that include Florida, Miami, UConn, and Buffalo.

Zach Hankins scored 13 points, but was unable to score on the final play of the game (Nick Wagner/American Statesman).

UC Hoops: Cincinnati’s Season Ends

The Bearcats fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament, 79-72. Friday, UC (28-7, 17-4, 13th) played Iowa (22-12, 11-11, 49th) in Columbus in front of many UC fans. Unfortunately, that and Justin Jenifer’s 19 points on 7-12 shooting was not enough. The Bearcats also had 17 points from Jarron Cumberland who was 7-17 from the field. Iowa’s Luka Garza scored 20 points, going 8-11 from the field. UC finishes their 2018-19 season as AAC Tournament champions, 2nd place AAC regular season, and NCAA Tournament Round of 64 participants. Cincinnati will return next year playing in the US Virgin Island Paradise Jam tournament featuring eight teams, including Nevada. The Cats’ will also play in the Chicago Legends in December against, you guessed it, Iowa.

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Tre Scott (13) walks off the court after the defeat (Busting Brackets).

XU Hoops: Xavier Extends Season, Beats Toledo

Xavier defended home court Wednesday night by defeating Toledo 78-64. The No. 3 seed Musketeers (19-15, 10-10, 86th) were led by Naji Marshall, who scored 20 points and had 21 rebounds in the contest. Marshall made nine consecutive free throws, as well. Tyrique Jones went seven of 11 from the field for X, scoring 14 points. No. 6 seed Toledo (24-8, 13-6, 41st) was led by Jaelen Sanford, who scored 23 points on eight of 17 shooting and six made free throws. This game was part the round of 32 in the NIT. Xavier now advances to the NIT Sweet Sixteen. XU will play at No. 2 seed Texas (17-16, 8-11, 84th) Sunday 4 PM. TV: ESPN Radio: 700 WLW

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Naji Marshall (13) had a career night, scoring 20 and having 18 rebounds (Gary Landers).

The 2019 NIT bracket is ready for the Second Round schedule.

UC Hoops: Bearcats Shock Houston, Win AAC

The Cincinnati Bearcats took down the Houston Cougars, 69-57 to win the AAC Championship. Cincinnati (28-6, 17-4, 13th) won their second consecutive championship thanks to Jarron Cumberland’s tremendous 33-point effort on over 50% shooting. Cane Broome also scored 15 points for the Cats’ to prevent a third loss to the Coogs’. Houston (31-3, 18-3, 3rd) was led by Armoni Brooks and his 17 points, although the Cougars shot only 30% from the field.  The Bearcats will face Iowa (22-11, 11-11, 53rd) in the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. TV: CBS Radio: 700 WLW

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The Bearcats celebrate back-to-back AAC Championships (Carl Schmid/UC Athletics).

 2019 NCAA South Region

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