Take solace that there’s a good chance none of the pitchers who appeared will make next year’s Opening Day roster. Let’s hope so. Also, lackluster would be an apt word to describe the Reds offensive performance tonight.
The Reds had won five in a row. Can’t win ’em all. They’re 30-26 since the All Star break. Better draft pick. Yada … yada …
Tim Adleman walked three Brewers and struck out four in five innings. His season FIP is 5.89 and xFIP is 5.27. Nice story, but he’s playing out the string. Adleman’s main virtue now is being an innings eater who is not Alfredo Simon. In the arc of the moral universe, that’s no trivial thing.
Abel De Los Santos entered the game in the 6th inning. He was called up from AA-Pensacola on Monday. The Reds acquired the 23-year-old right hander off the waiver wire when he was released by the Washington Nationals on July 19. If you’ve never seen him pitch, don’t feel negligent. Neither had Bryan Price before tonight. De Los Santos retired the Brewers in order in the 6th.
De Los Santos was the 31st pitcher to take the mound for the Reds this season. That sets a single-season club record, besting the glorious 2003 pitching staff. That season, the only two pitchers with enough innings to qualify as starters were Paul Wilson and Danny Graves. Famous pitchers on that staff included: Jeff Austin, Mark Watson, Juan Cerros, Phil Norton and Joe Valentine. Wonder how they’ll stack up against the likes of Dayan Diaz, Steve Delabar, Layne Somsen and Tyler Holt(!).
Ross Oh-look-there-goes-another-one gave up three runs in his inning of work, on two walks and a homer. Ohlendorf’s ERA is 4.83 and his FIP is 5.52. Out of 138 relievers with at least 43 innings pitched, that’s the third worst. Remember when Thom Brennaman insisted that Ohlendorf was having a good year?
Billy Hamilton hasn’t played since September 4 and he’s anxious to get back on the field. Hamilton is concerned about not having played at the end of the previous two seasons. “That’s something I’ve been thinking about the whole time,” Hamilton said. “That’s two years in a row I haven’t been able to play the last month of the season. It doesn’t look good, it doesn’t feel good as a person who wants to be out there every day.”
After a day off tomorrow, the Reds host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a four-game series. Saturday features a day-night double-header because of a rain out game from May. Robert Stephenson will pitch Friday night. Anthony DeSclafani will start the 12:10 p.m. game on Saturday while Brandon Finnegan pitches the 6:10 p.m. nightcap. That may be Finnegan’s final start of the season. The Reds haven’t announced a starter for Sunday’s finale, but good chance it will be Keyvius Sampson. If you didn’t read Matt Wilkes’ insightful column this morning about Sampson’s future, here’s the link.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.