The Reds (63-91) have lost a lot of games, including seven of their last seven. There are eight games left in the season. Not much else needs to be said here.

STARTING PITCHERS
All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Jacob deGrom 2.64 2.84 0.80 5.0% 26.5%
Keyvius Sampson 6.45 4.74 1.01 11.4% 15.6%

After a string of six absolutely dreadful starts (0-4, 22.1 IP, 10.07 ERA, 5.25 FIP, 14 BB, 17 K), Keyvius Sampson had a decent outing in his last appearance against the Cards. Lasting 5.1 innings, Keyvius limited the NL Central champs to one run on four hits.

For the third day in a row, the Reds will face a Mets’ pitcher with a BB% of less than 6% and K% of over 25%. Even though he has eight losses on his record, Jacob deGrom is the ace of this Mets’ staff, and he has been worth 4.7 WAR so far this season. Last time out against the Marlins, however, the reigning Rookie of the Year didn’t have his best stuff, giving up six earned runs in 5.0 innings.

STARTING LINEUPS

Eugenio Suarez hits seventh and Skip Schumaker leads off in the Reds’ lineup:

1. Skip Schumaker (L) CF
2. Ivan De Jesus (R) LF
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
7. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
8. Brayan Pena (S) C
9. Keyvius Sampson (R) P
WESLEY

The most attractive man in baseball, Anthony Recker, plays first in the Mets’ lineup:

1. Juan Lagares (R) CF
2. Kelly Johnson (L) SS
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) RF
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
7. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
8. Anthony Recker (R) 1B
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P
WESLEY

THE REDS STILL APPRECIATE US…


…even if they do their darnedest not to show it on the field.

FUN BASEBALL THINGS NOT INVOLVING THE REDS


The last one might involve the Reds a bit on the metaphorical level…

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS


Even though it was weird that the Mets clinched in GABP and that the Reds had to provide the champagne, it all seemed to go swimmingly. Maybe that reflects on the leadership of the New York team, or maybe they’re just good people. Whichever, Mr. LeCure is right about that “stable of arms.”

GO REDS

About The Author

Wesley - or Wes, whichever really - first fell in love with the Reds because of Ken Griffey Jr.'s smooth swing and shining smile. Ever since that first infatuation, it has been tortured fandom broken up by a blown 2-0 lead to the Giants and a Roy Halladay no-hitter - but that's neither here nor there. The only things Wes loves as much as the Reds are pancakes, flannels, and Vanderbilt baseball. You can find more of his writing at wesjenks.com or his carefully curated retweets @_wesjenks.

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32 Responses

  1. wildwestlv

    And…Skip bats leadoff. Price always goes back to his blankie when it’s dark and stormy. He must just look at Schumaker, in that dugout, amidst all those career minor leaguers, and think, “There’s just no way this guy is that bad. He’s a major league veteran. He has g-r-i-t. I have to start him. This is riduculous. I’m writing him in. The book says I need to start him. The book says so.”

    • Whoa Bundy!

      I’m telling you Price knows he’s fired at the end of the season so he keeps throwing this guy a bone since he is probably retiring. Giving the vet one last chance to play since his fate is sealed.

  2. ohiojimw

    With no possible playoff ramifications, I’d much rather see DeJesus giving BP a break at 2B with Duvall in LF and moved up in the order, plus as you inferred, Suarez not buried down in the #7 slot. Guess I am just resigned to seeing Skip get a send off of a lot of activity this last week.

  3. ohiojimw

    Per Sheldon and Fay on Twitter, Price says Iglesias is “shutdown” for the year. Let’s hope shoulder fatigue doesn’t turn out to be classic Reds doublespeak for something more serious.

  4. redbonebuck

    You really have to question Bryan Price and his infatuation with ole Skippy. Is he a cloned version of Dusty?

    • ohiojimw

      As long as they didn’t burn a 25 man roster spot for Schumacher to be a playing manager, he might not be a bad choice to whip this crew into shape.

      • vegastypo

        Agreed. Wasn’t Skip supposedly the player who went back into the clubhouse to get a player who had failed to come out for batting practice? It might be interesting indeed to have a more ‘confrontational’ manager.

      • wildwestlv

        He has more experience than Bryan Price.

    • ohiojimw

      And a couple of more for the Metz in the 2nd. You have access to video of this mess? We don’t appear to here (I’m near Dayton, OH). FSN is not carrying the game; and I don’t subscribe to MLB.TV because the Reds are always blocked here anyway. Since I don’t watch the NFL circus, I guess this is the first afternoon of the autumn in more ways than literally for me. Even the Premier League Sunday game was a dog (Waterford/ Crystal Palace).

      • vegastypo

        How sick am I? I’m listening to the Bengals on the radio but following the Reds on the Internet. I can only imagine actually trying to watch the Reds …

  5. CI3J

    On this day 10 years ago, the Reds ran out this lineup:

    LF Freel
    SS Lopez
    1B Dunn
    2B Aurilia
    RF Kearns
    C LaRue
    CF Pena
    3B Encarnacion

    Aaron Harang was the winning pitcher,

    The Reds lost 89 games that year. At least they weren’t a 90-loss team.

    Enjoy the memories of happier times.

    • ohiojimw

      This train wreck is headed toward 99 “L”‘s. It’s like it took the last bit focus they could muster to get that 63rd win and then the floodgates really opened.

  6. ohiojimw

    And along with Schumaker, LeCure also gets an extended curtain call at GABP.

  7. ohiojimw

    Cossack gets his wish! The Reds have been awarded OF Tyler Holt from Cleveland on a waiver claim. Negrón to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster.

    • vegastypo

      Interesting … for all the times I’ve heard people on here suggest a certain player might be worth a look, this is the first time I can remember the Reds actually making that same decision.

      • ohiojimw

        I’ve got a suspicion that Bourgeois is flat out used up or injured (or both), Boesch is still much less than whole, and 7 more games of Skippy in CF is too much even for the Reds.

    • DHud

      Awesome. One more young fringe-talent player to sit behind Schumaker

  8. wildwestlv

    I don’t have any official stat to back this observation, but it seems to me that usually teams celebrate (maybe a little too much) when they clinch, then come out and either lose outright, or, just are a little off on their game the next day. Evidently that’s not the case if you’re playing the Reds!

      • vegastypo

        Yeah, Price isn’t even bothering to pinch hit for his pitchers. Got to wring every last inning out of them, I guess, with those big games coming up this week !!!!!

    • Geno

      Right about now the pathetic Reds probably couldn’t beat a girls softball team.
      They have totally quit.Why not just forfeit the last 7 games?
      Please put us out of our misery!!!

  9. wildwestlv

    A behind-the-woodshed-beating by a hungover Mets C-Team. Who was it that suggested bad baseball is better than no baseball? Yeah.

  10. wildwestlv

    Skip has the best line out of anybody (exc. Votto). By far. Just pathetic.

  11. CI3J

    As much as I understand the Reds’ season was over a long time ago…..

    This is still sickening and painful to watch.

  12. Theshameofthis

    It’s so embarrassing I can’t even believe… This was monumentally horrible. The worst showing in a four-game series, by any team, any time I can remember. The problem’s all the way at the top, ya’ll. What can happen underneath when it’s that daft up in the ivory tower? Yeah, we know: Price’ll take the fall. He was given an awful lot to work with this season, hey?! The team ought to refund EVERY dollar to EVERY fan who paid to see any of these four with the Mets… Forget an apology. That’s implicit! These weren’t games, gents…

  13. ohiojimw

    After this series, If they know Price isn’t coming back next year, they ought to go on and make the change now for dignity of the organization and Price himself. Not to mention that it would make a statement to all of the young players that this was not acceptable to the org.

  14. Carl Sayre

    I understand between injuries and WJ doing a less than stellar job Price hasn’t had a lot to work with. Did anybody else about 25 games into last year think Dusty light? I think the injuries last year just provided an excuse for his lack of ability as a manager. I am not opposed to a younger GM who is more likely to look at expanded metrics rather than just the eye test but with so many young arms I think Prices replacement might work better if he is replaced with an older more patient who will emphasize instruction. I will get more of WJ and just a guess but more than likely Riggleman. I am a true Reds fan I will look forward to ST even though it will be more of the same.

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