Well, we’ve made it. The end of the season is nigh and even the umpires have given up on this whole affair.
Our Reds (67-92) get to be either the last roadblock for the Cubs (101-57) or the last tuneup they get prior to the playoffs. Either way, having the season end with a series against the team that used to be written off with a simple “Cubs gonna cub” but now is the premier team in the league seems like a cruel twist of fate. Or not. As long as the Cubs don’t break the curse, I don’t really care about the logistics of fate and destiny and whatnot. All that matters is we’re almost to October, which is fun regardless.
The fun part of the end of the season is the good team’s bench their good pitchers and the bad team’s don’t always have good pitchers, which means you end up with a matchup like the one tonight. A pair of guys with nondescript names and one start between them but a lot of bad pitching at the end of games.
In Josh Smith‘s defense, he’s not supposed to be a good pitcher, he’s just supposed to eat innings until the Reds switch from needing bodies to fill their roster to needing good players to fill their roster.
In Jake Buchanan‘s defense, he might get a World Series pity ring for saving the Cubs’ starters from injury just before the playoffs begin? I don’t know, this matchup is horrendous and I don’t even know what to say about it.
|1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
2. Kris Bryant (3B)
3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
4. Ben Zobrist (2B)
5. Jason Heyward (RF)
6. Addison Russell (SS)
7. Chris Coghlan (LF)
8. Miguel Montero (C)
9. Jake Buchanan (P)
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Hernan Iribarren (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Ivan De Jesus (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Tony Renda (RF)
9. Josh Smith (P)
An Obvious Thing
MLBTradeRumors wrote about the three needs the Reds have going into the offseason. Their findings are incredibly obvious, but the way they break down the data is still pretty interesting, so it’s probably worth the three minutes of you time.
Prior to the singing of our National Anthem tonight we will pause for a Moment of Remembrance in honor of #Marlins pitcher José Fernández.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 30, 2016
In Light of Last Night’s Event
I ranked the Wild Card contenders by entertainment value, and my colleagues stuck this headline on it. pic.twitter.com/L8taTPrrBo
— Michael Baumann (@MJ_Baumann) September 30, 2016
In other news, if you don’t follow Michael Baumann on Twitter, you should. It’ll be the best part of your day.
I’m finding it really hard to get excited about this game because a) end of season fatigue and b) the pitching matchup just makes me sad. Alas, the three more to go, maybe the other two will be good.