2016 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Ninety (90) Losses

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (63-90) 4 9 1
Milwaukee Brewers (70-84) 5 8 2
W: Suter (2-1) L: DeSclafani (8-5)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Jose Peraza was 2-4 and he drove in all three of the Reds’ runs with a three-run homer, his third of the year. Peraza is now hitting .327/.349/.423. That’ll do.

–Brandon Phillips had two more hits. Eugenio Suarez had a single, a double, and a run scored.

The Bad
–The bottom of the seventh was just a complete dumpster fire. The Reds were up 3-2 at the time. Anthony DeSclafani had given up only 2 runs over the first six innings — and had looked pretty good in the process — but he gave up a leadoff double, then walked the next two. Bases loaded, no outs, and Bryan Price called out to the bullpen for lefty Tony Cingrani.

Yes, the same Tony Cingrani who has this irritating habit of walking the first batter he faces. So what did Cingrani do? Walked the first batter, on four pitches. And with that walk, Cingrani broke the all-time Reds record for walking the first batter faced (14 times) in one season.

I’m going to second-guess Price here, and suggest that maybe Cingrani wasn’t the best choice with bases loaded.

So Price removes Cingrani after his four-pitch outing and brings in Blake Wood. Wood surrendered a two-run single to the first batter he faced, and the score was 5-2 Brewers. If the Brew Crew hadn’t run into two TOOTBLANs in the inning, Milwaukee might still be batting.

–Phillips committed his 14th error of the season. That’s the most he’s had in a season since 2006, his first year with the Reds.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Your Cincinnati Reds have now lost 90 games. Before the last two years, the last time the Reds lost 90 or more in back to back seasons was 1930-1934.

–The game started well. First two batters reached, then Joey Votto drilled a line drive down the first base line. Looked like the Reds were going to take an early lead.

But the line drive was grabbed, and the next thing you know, Milwaukee had turned a triple play. That sums up 2016 pretty well.

–DeSclafani gave up five runs in six innings, which is not good, but as noted above, it was pretty good until the seventh (when he couldn’t record a single out).

–I’m still watching the Reds play out the string, but it’s getting increasingly difficult.

16 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Ninety (90) Losses

  1. Priority number one for relievers: STOP walking batters! Priority #2: STOP giving up gopher balls!

    There has to be a way to throw strikes without grooving a Hooveresque fat pitch…

  2. If there were any remaining doubt, Price is making his ouster easy. A tiring DeSclafani left in too long in the 7th – you could see the walk to Villar coming. Then the automatic Cingrani walk to the first batter – only question was whether it would be on 4 pitches or 5 (4).
    That ties the score and brings up Braun with bases loaded and none out.
    He set up the Brewer win nicely.

    • The thought actually crossed my mind of whether Price might have an unpublished option with a nice buyout which he would prefer to managing the Reds next year?

      How he played it certainly made no sense from leaving Disco in to twist in the wind to bringing in Cingrani.

    • I’m a big proponent in going for a better draft pick. If that’s why the Reds let Price and Simon and Ohlendorf stick around this year, then it was a well conceived plan to get us to that point. If not, then I wonder what the goal was…

  3. I guess – if you’re a “silver lining” kinda guy – I was SURE this was a 100 loss team. So, they’re performing above my expectations. That being said – for a team that traded away everyone and devoted several season’s drafts to “pitching” – they sure have some crappy pitching – no number 1’s in the pipeline and probably not any 2’s either.

    • I think Amir Garrett will be a number one starter.

      let’s not with the sackcloth and ashes again, because Cingrani was Cingrani, and Wood was Wood.
      The problem with this team all year has been…..pitching (he says, to the surprise of no one), and it will probably be the main reason the Reds finish no higher than fourth next year.
      Cingrani has a good arm, but has become a head case under Price. I think they both have to go. More and more I’m convinced that Price is just….dumb, with regards to being a ML manager.

  4. The Old Cossack missed out on the 1st inning yesterday but watched and listened to the 2nd through 6th innings (I simply couldn’t stomach any more when Price left DeSclafani in to implode during the 7th).

    There seemed to be a repeated theme in the broadcast, especially by Chris. I kept hearing a reference to the managers making decisions based on that’s the way they learned to play the game. The not-so-subtle inference was that the game had changed and the management and decision-makers for both the Brewers and the Reds were stuck in the past while the rest of MLB passed them by.

  5. The Braves now have a 7 game winning streak and the Reds have a 4 game lossing streak with the Reds owning the tiebreaker against every team except the Phillies. With just 9 games remaining in the season, the Reds (90 losses) now trail the Braves (91 losses) by just 1 game for the 2nd pick in the rule 4 draft and also lead the Padres (89 losses) and Diamondbacks (89 losses) by 2 games for the 3rd pick in the rule 4 draft.

  6. Psychologically, I wonder what loss number is hardest for fans to take. Is it when the team is mathematically unable to finish .500 or better, when they are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, or a disgustingly bad round number (ie. loss #90, loss #100, etc…)? A question for the ages…

  7. At least with nine games to go, the Reds are guaranteed not to click off 100 losses.

  8. When will we ever learn….it is not the manager….it is the lack of talent on the roster that is the problem. The next manager will lose 95+ games in 2017. It is guaranteed.

    • Well, aaaactually, we don’t know if they’ll lose 95+ next year. They might only lose 87. Probably the only thing we can be certain of is that they won’t be on anyone’s list as a WS favorite.

      Having said all of that, you’re right. The manager won’t be the difference maker.

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