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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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Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

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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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UC Hoops: Cincy Survives Wichita State

Cincinnati defeated Wichita State 66-63 in the AAC semifinals. The Cats’ (27-6, 16-4, 15th) were led by Nysier Brooks’ 13 points and Cane Broome’s clutch layup down the stretch. Wichita State (19-14, 12-9, 87th) was led by Markis McDuffie (18) in scoring. UC plays Houston (31-2, 18-2, 2nd) for the conference championship Sunday at 3:15 PM.

Cincinnati Bearcats guard Keith Williams (2) dunks against Wichita State Shockers forward Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler (44) during the second half in the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedExForum.

Keith Williams had six points in the UC victory (Justin Ford/USA Today Sports).

XU Hoops: Xavier Falls to Nova’ in OT

Xavier came up excruciatingly short of the Big East Finals, losing to Villanova in overtime in the semifinals, 71-67. XU (18-15, 10-10, 97th) was unable to hold a seven-point lead in the final minutes. The Musketeers were led by Paul Scruggs (28) and Zach Hankins (18) in scoring.  Villanova (24-9, 15-5, 22nd) was able to rally behind Phil Booth (28) and Jermaine Samuels (17), who both made clutch three-pointers late in the game. The Musketeers will be headed to the NIT where they will host a game TBD.

Paul Scruggs scored 28 points in the semis’. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports).

The 2019 Big East Tournament title is Villanova vs. Seton Hall.