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

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.

Cent W L GB SRS
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!”

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

 

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.

Magic Number Now 5

The Cincinnati Reds massacred the Miami Marlins 5-4 in 11 innings. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lost Sunday, meaning the Reds Magic Number is down to 5. Magic Number= Reds Wins+Cardinals Losses=5.

By winning Sunday, the Reds avoided the sweep. It also was a winning day for Cincinnati as the Bengals and the Reds won on the same day.

NL Central Standings as of 9/16

Cincinnati 88 59 .599
St. Louis 77 70 .524 11.0
Milwaukee 74 72 .507 13.5
Pittsburgh 73 72 .503 14.0
Chi Cubs 58 88 .397 29.5
Houston 48 99 .327 40.0

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

Reds First to 80 Wins

In all of Major League Baseball, the Cincinnati Reds are the first team to accumulate 80 wins. They defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday 6-2, with help from two Chris Heisey home runs. Tonight the Reds play the Houston Astros at 8:05 p.m. in Minute Maid Park. With a record of 80-52, the Reds have the best record in MLB. 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto returns Saturday.

NL Central Standings as of August 30th

Cincinnati 80 52 .606
St. Louis 71 59 .546 8.0
Pittsburgh 70 60 .538 9.0
Milwaukee 62 67 .481 16.5
Chi Cubs 49 80 .380 29.5
Houston 40 90 .308 39.0