|Cincinnati Reds (67-94)||3||10||2|
|Chicago Cubs (92-69)||1||3||0|
|W: McGuire (1-1) L: Lackey (12-12) S: Iglesias (28)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The Reds won.
–In winning, they beat the Cubs.
–Joey Votto set a new record for the Reds for times on base. It is now 321. He is good.
–Duvall and Suarez both had a couple hits.
–The pitching was, in general, good. Deck McGuire got his first major league win, that’s fun.
–No more Reds baseball until next year.
–Joey Votto finished the season having reached base 321 times. His final line was .320/.454/.578. He had 36 homers and 100 RBI and 106 runs scored. He is the MVP of my heart and, I’m sure, yours. I’m going to have a big post on his remarkable season in a couple of days. Stay tuned.
–The thing in the 9th when Hamilton and Winker tried a double steal was just fun. I know then end of the baseball season is often meaningless, but that these guys are still able to find something to get excited about when they’ve been out of it for ages and it’s time to go home tomorrow only bodes well for the future. You want players who are excited to play every game and many of these Reds are.
–This was certainly a hard year, but there were real results. The Reds will break camp next with a better team than they had this year. The pitching will be better. The offense will still be there. I don’t know if they’re going to magically make the playoffs next year, but I do know they’ll be much better than they were this year. Sure, it was a rough finish, but there was a lot of throwing whoever you could find out on the mound because various guys had been shut down.
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.