2013 Postseason / 2013 Reds

Titanic Struggle Recap: So, the wildcard, huh?

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….rntitanic-copy

FINAL
Mets 1
Reds 0
W: D. Matsuzaka (3-3)

L: M. Latos (14-7)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Mat Latos, after having a run of starts that were alarming for a variety of reasons, was on today. Seven strikeouts and one run in seven innings. That’ll do.

–Chapman.

NEGATIVES
–Offense? Hello? Offense?

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
— This was the eighth time Mat Latos gave up 2 or fewer earned runs and did not get the win. He’s had some hard luck this year.

–Joey Votto is being very kind to Pete Rose. He’s really holding off on reaching base for the 311th time.

–Have to see what the Pirates do tonight, but it’s looking like the Reds are likely to be the second wildcard. Whatever.

–I’m going to be honest, after last night’s loss, I’m in “calm before the storm” mode. The Reds are going to be a wildcard. I’d rather them play in Cincy, but with one game, it hardly matters. I want a deep playoff run, and I’m saving my energy for that. I don’t believe in momentum; there have been plenty of teams who have scuffled before the playoffs and then gone on a run and plenty of teams who were winning everything and got their behinds kicked in the first round. The playoffs are what matter now.

 

256 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: So, the wildcard, huh?

  1. Speaking of very highly paid players. The Votto contract is likely going to look like peanuts if Cano and his agent get what they are looking for. Sources say that Cano is looking for a 10-year/$300-million deal. He’s 30, a middle-infielder, a decent defender, and a career .309 hitter who averages 28 HR and 102 RBI over the last 5 years. Still, you have to think that he won’t be an exemplary player into his late 30s. If I’m the Yankees, I pass.

    • @LWBlogger: Agreed. I think the Yanks’ learned a lot from A-Fraud’s deal.

      Votto’s deal looks better, IMO, because his ability to walk a lot won’t diminish with age. He may even have a renaissance around 35 when people expect him to have diminished and they start throwing him more pitches to hit, thinking he’s lost bat speed or something of that nature. I see a .330/.400/.610 opus in his future! ;) (A guy can dream)

      On a related note, I’m surprised we don’t see more of the “diminished skills” clauses in contracts. The first one (and only, really) I’ve heard of was Frank Thomas and the Sox. He had a clause tied to his measured bat speed, I think, that allowed them to pay him less if his skills diminished past a certain point. I think GMs should rely more on this when assinging these decade-long deals.

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