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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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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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.

Reds Fall Short

The San Francisco Giants defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-4, to cap an amazing comeback in the 5 game series, after trailing 0 games to 2. Ironically, the Giants were held scoreless for eight of nine innings. Unfortunately for the Reds, the Giants put up a six spot in the fifth inning. This was marked by Giants C Buster Posey’s grand slam to give the Giants a 6-0 lead. The Reds responded with two in the bottom half. A home run by LF Ryan Ludwick cut the deficit in half in the sixth. In the ninth inning, the Reds scored yet again bringing the score to 6-4. As the winning run at bat, RF Jay Bruce had an epic battle with Giants closer Sergio Romo. In what resulted in a 12 pitch at-bat, Bruce fouled off pitch after pitch after pitch. Then, he flied out to left field for the 2nd out. 3rd Baseman Scott Rolen struck out to end the series.

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

 

No Cueto, No Worries

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the five game series. Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had 1 HR and 3 RBI in the victory. Right fielder Jay Bruce also went deep for the Reds. Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto was injured in the first inning and had to leave the game. Cueto was suffering from back spasms. Meanwhile, the bullpen had to step up to the plate. Sam LeCure, Mat Latos, Jonathon Broxton, and Aroldis Chapman helped collectively on the mound. Cueto is reported to be hopeful for a game 3 start on Tuesday in Cincinnati. Giants pitcher Matt Cain received the loss, while LeCure got the win.

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.