W: D. Matsuzaka (3-3)
L: M. Latos (14-7)
–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.
–Offense? Hello? Offense?
— 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.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.