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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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.

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

Source: Getty Images

 

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

 

Giants Claim Game 7

The San Francisco Giants won game 7, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in the NLCS to advance to the World Series.  They will play the Detroit Tigers in a best-of-seven series. For the Giants, it will their second appearance in the WS in three years.  San Francisco becomes fourth team to win three straight games against the defending champions, when trailing in a series to advance. Cardinals C Yadier Molina was the bright spot for St. Louis, batting 4 for 4 in the loss. Alas for him, the remainder of the team was 3 for 30. Giants SS Marco Scutaro was named NLCS MVP.

Source: AP/David J. Phillip

Game 5

Games 3 and 4 went to the San Francisco Giants, and now the Reds and Giants have a rubber match that determines the entire series. An all or nothing game 5 will begin at 1:00 pm on TBS. Reds SP Mat Latos will face Giants SP Matt Cain. The Giants may have the momentum after winning two in a row on the road, but Latos has been a Giants killer. Latos has a 0.56 ERA against the Giants this season in two regular season starts. He is also much better at home than on the road, with an ERA of 3.18 as compared 3.93. Don’t forget he pitched 4 innings in Game 1 and allowed one run in the victory. Cain, on the other hand, has struggled vs. the Reds. After going 0-2 against the reds this season with a 5.54 ERA, Cain lost Game 1 of the series, allowing two home runs. Still, nobody will be surprised if the Giants win Game 5 and sweep the Reds at home, but the same can be said about a Reds victory. In other words, nobody knows, they will have to watch to find out.

 

Reds Destroy Giants

The Cincinnati Reds easily beat the San Francisco Giants 9 to 0. The Reds have a 2-0 series lead. Reds LF Ryan Ludwick started the scoring with a home run. Then, the Reds put on a hitting clinic as every staring Red had a hit and Bronson Arroyo pitched 7 scoreless innings allowing one hit. Cincinnati can clinch with a win Tuesday at Great American Ballpark. Game 3 begins at 5:30 p.m, tomorrow on TBS.

(Eric Risberg/ Associated Press ) - Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Ludwick hits a solo home run in the second inning during Game 2 of the National League division baseball series against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

Other Scores:

Nationals 3 Cardinals 2  Series 1-0

Yankees 7 Orioles 2 Series 1-0

Tigers 5 A’s 4 Series 2-0

 

Reds to Play Giants

We all know by now that the Cincinnati Reds will play the San Francisco Giants on Saturday for game 1 of the NLDS. First pitch will be at 9:37 p.m. at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Reds finished 97-65 for the season, while the Giants finished 94-68. Johnny Cueto will start for the Reds on the mound versus Giants’ hurler Matt Cain. This will be a best of 5 series, meaning the team with three wins will advance to play in the NLCS. Saturday’s game will be televised on TBS.

 

Reds No-Hitter

Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds has thrown a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Homer Bailey struck out ten batters and walked one batter, as the Reds won 1-0. It is Bailey’s first career no-hitter. Bailey also won his 13th game of the season. A.J Burnett of the Pirates received the loss. Bailey has never lost at PNC Park. Homer threw 113 pitches in his first shutout of the year.

Nationals and Reds First to 90

The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds became the first teams to reach 90 wins this season. For the Nats’, it was the first time they were able to achieve the honor first. For the Reds, the last time they won 90 games before anybody else was in 1976, when they became the only team to sweep the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Reds Sweep Pirates

The Cincinnati Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in a three-game series. The Reds appear to be running away with the division lead. The Pirates and Cardinals are now competing for the wild card spots.

NL Wild Card Standings

Atlanta 81 63 .563
St. Louis 75 68 .524
LA Dodgers 74 69 .517 1.0
Pittsburgh 72 70 .507 2.5
Milwaukee 72 71 .503 3.0
Philadelphia 72 71 .503 3.0
 

NL Central Standings

Cincinnati 87 57 .604
St. Louis 75 68 .524 11.5
Pittsburgh 72 70 .507 14.0
Milwaukee 72 71 .503 14.5
Chi Cubs 56 87 .392 30.5
Houston 45 98 .315 41.5