Reds Update: September 2019

The 2019 campaign concluded Sunday for the Cincinnati Reds. The Redlegs finished 75-87, fourth in the NL Central, and 16 games behind first place. While disappointing, the record is a franchise-best since 2014 (76-86) and an eight-game improvement from last year. Baseball-Reference ranks the Reds 16th of 30 teams.

NL Central Division

Tm W L W-L% GB E#
y-St. Louis Cardinals 91 71 .562
w-Milwaukee Brewers 89 73 .549 2.0 E
Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 7.0
Cincinnati Reds 75 87 .463 16.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 69 93 .426 22.0

y=Division Winner X=Wild Card Game

Batting Leaders:

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Cincinnati Enquirer 

Eugenio Suarez 49 HR, 103 RBI, .271 BA NL Player of the Month 

Joey Votto 15 HR, 47 RBI .261 BA

Aristides Aquino 19 HR, 47 RBI, .259 BA

Jose Iglesias 11 HR, 59 RBI, .288 BA

Curt Casali 8 HR, 32 RBI, .251 BA

Pitching Leaders:
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Sonny Gray 11-8 2.87 ERA

Luis Castillo 15-8 3.40 ERA

Anthony DeSclafani 9-9 3.89 ERA

Michael Lorenzen 1-4 2.92 ERA

Amir Garrett 5-3 3.21 ERA

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)


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.

Price Ready to Lead Reds

This week, Bryan Price was named the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Price, who replaces Dusty Baker, was the pitching coach for the Reds from 2010-2013. Reds ownership and upper management were impressed with Price during his interview. Reportedly, two people were seriously considered for the position. Jim Riggleman, manager of the AAA Louisville Bats was also interested in the job. However, Price’s interview was so impressive, he was hired immediately afterwards. Price will inherit a team that finished in third place in the NL Central, but had a 90-72 record and qualified for the playoffs.

Reds Fall Short: Offseason Begins

The 2013 season opened up with a promising start for the Cincinnati Reds. As favorites to win the NL Central, the Reds found themselves with company near the top of the division. Pittsburgh and St. Louis joined the party and seemed to always control the division. It was the Reds playing catch-up the entire season. Despite this, a playoff spot was clinched with ease. Then, the wheels fell off the wagon. After securing a postseason spot, on September 23, no more games were won. After dropping two games to the Mets, the Reds were swept by the Pirates in Cincinnati.

STL F 97 65 1.0
PIT F 94 68 3.0 0.3
CIN F 90 72 7.0 0.6
MIL F 74 88 23.0 -0.3
CHC F 66 96 31.0 -0.5

The sweep determined a one game playoff to be played in Pittsburgh last night. The Bucs never trailed, as home runs by Marlon Byrd and Russell Martin helped the Pirates take a 3-0 lead. Cincinnati responded with a run, but the Pirates scored three more, including another Martin home run. A 6-1 lead was more than the Pirates needed. Shin-Soo Choo knocked a solo home run in the eighth inning, that was reviewed, and confirmed. But that was as close as the Reds got to Pittsburgh. The score remained the same through the ninth and final inning.

Pirates celebrate after recording final out in NL Wild Card Playoff.

Final: Pirates 6 Reds 2

Brandon Phillips:
“It’s all MY fault for letting down #RedsCountry tonight! Y’all really didn’t deserve this! Got to do better, PERIOD!”

PED’s still problematic in Baseball

Names mentioned in report include A-Rod

It turns out Rodriguez was only telling the partial truth.
A Miami nurtritional clinic, Biogenesis, was becoming suspiscious to investigators. It turns out if was performance-enhancing substatance distributor and the clinic was forced to close down. Products distritbuted included Human Growth Hormone, which is banned by MLB (and illegal). A New York Times report includes names that were on a customer list. These names include Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, and Nelson Cruz. Cruz and Gonzalez were not connected with PED’s in MLB prior to the reports. Rodriguez confessed to using banned substances in the past but indicated he hasn’t used any since 2003. But the report mentions dates as late as 2009, for transactions with Biogenesis.

Hamilton to Halos, Reds Acquire Choo

In recent activity, LF Josh Hamilton has signed a 5 year/$125 M deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Add that to the power threat of 1B Albert Pujols and look out! Hamilton had previous been with the Rangers, where he was a 5-time all-star and 2010 AL MVP award winner. Last year, Hamilton hit 4 home runs in a game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Prior to playing in Texas, he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Josh Hamilton

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The Reds, meanwhile, have dealt away CF Drew Stubbs to Cleveland, and were able to add CF Shin-Soo Choo in return. The deal was part of a messy three-team trade. Stubbs has had strikeout issues, and a low batting average. The Reds will miss Stubbs’ speed, however. Choo has a higher BA than Stubbs, strikes out less frequently, and is an above-average fielder. It appears the Reds have the sweet side of the transaction.

Source: Mark Duncan/AP


Baseball’s Best: San Francisco Giants

Giants Sweep Tigers in WS

The San Francisco Giants have won the 2012 World Series. In game 4, the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in 10 innings. This victory completed a four-game sweep. The Tigers erased a 1-0 deficit with a two-run dinger by 3B Miguel Cabera of Detroit to make the score, 2-1 Detroit. Giants C Buster Posey responded with another two-run blast that gave SF the lead 3-2. This marks the first time in which both batting champs homered in the same World Series, let alone in the same game. Tigers DH Delmon Young tied the game with a solo home run. At 3-3, the game went into extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, Giants 2B Marco Scutaro knocked in the winning run with a base-hit. The Tigers failed to score against Giants P Sergio Romo in the bottom-half of the 10th and San Francisco claimed their seventh all-time crown.

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Giants Going for Sweep

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0, in game three of the World Series. All the Giants need to do, is win one more game, to claim their second World Series championship in three years. In three WS games, San Francisco has allowed three runs. Only the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and the 2004 Boston Red Sox have achieved the same feat (both won). Unfortunately, the Tigers have lost six consecutive WS games. Game four begins at 8:07 p.m. on FOX.

Source: AP