The Short Version: Another effective outing by Homer Bailey, and the bullpen was even good. Another anemic performance by the Reds offense. Rinse. Repeat. Reds are 2-13 on the season, and everything is a disaster right now.
|St. Louis Cardinals (9-7)||3||5||3|
|Cincinnati Reds (2-13)||2||5||0|
|W: Martinez (2-1) L: Bailey (0-3) S: Norris (3)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Homer Bailey was good again: 7 innings, 3 runs allowed on 4 hits and 2 walks; he struck out four Cardinal hitters. Bailey was also more pitch-efficient than he had been recently, only throwing 90 pitches. (He was noticeably tiring, in my opinion, during his last inning.)
–Amir Garrett gave up one hit in a scoreless inning and two-thirds, striking out two. He was dealing, but current (at press time) Reds manager Bryan Price replaced him to get that valuable righty-righty matchup with none on and two outs in the eighth.
–Adam Duvall doubled and homered. Tucker Barnhart had an infield single and two walks. Billy Hamilton hit a home run. Over the fence, even! Jose Peraza doubled and — are you sitting down? — walked. It was Peraza’s first walk this season, in his 53rd plate appearance.
–Cincinnati has scored fewer runs than any team in the National League. There’s a reason why they are 2-13.
–No way to sugarcoat it: Joey Votto is awful right now, and it’s one of the big reasons this offense continues to struggle. He was 0-3 again today (with a walk) and still doesn’t have an extra base hit. Votto’s slash line: .236/.283/.236.
Yes, he’ll get it going eventually, and there is no reason to worry about Joey Votto. But we can’t hammer the performance of the Reds offense without acknowledging Votto’s share of the blame.
–In the bottom of the ninth, the Reds actually showed a pulse. Duvall led off with a home run. Tucker Barnhart then bunted for a hit, the Cardinals threw it into the camera well, and he ended up at second base. No outs, tying run at second, Reds are in business, right?
Well…no. Alex Blandino was up next, and Price — always willing to give away outs for free — ordered him to bunt. Two pitches later, it was 0 and 2 and he hadn’t gotten the bunt down. Blandino ultimately struck out.
Phillip Ervin came to the plate, and he struck out looking in an almost comically terrible at-bat. (Here is where I remind my self that baseball is hard and Ervin is a much better baseball player than yours truly.) Hamilton lined out to left to end the game.
–Two and thirteen. The Reds are already nine games out of first place in the National League Central.
–The worst part? There was a two and a half hour rain delay, and I waited around to watch (and write about) that game.
–Your Cincinnati Reds are now 2-13 on this glorious season. Only 147 games to go!
–Pop quiz, hotshot! Of these three players — Hamilton, Peraza, Votto — which has the highest OBP so far this season? Correct: it’s Billy Hamilton.
Of the same three players, who has the highest slugging percentage? Yep, you guessed it: Jose Peraza.
–Hamilton’s home run was his 500th hit. (In his entire career, not just today.)
–Hang on, gotta go check…yep, Price is still manager of the Reds. We’ll keep you updated as news happens.
–I’m exhausted. This Reds team may have already broken me. I’m sick of watching this nonsense day after day after day. Don’t I have something better to do with my time?
–There’s a good new book available that goes into glorious detail about all the times when Reds baseball was fun. You should read that book!
*This Offense Stinks
The Cincinnati Reds have won two baseball games this season. This is a true and verified fact.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 15, 2018
#Reds have been outscored 25-4 in the first two innings of games.
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) April 15, 2018
#Reds have so far scored a total of three runs in Homer Bailey's four starts
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) April 15, 2018
Billy Hamilton's assist was his second in 3 games and third of the season.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) April 15, 2018
Is this Bryan Price's last game as manager of the Reds?
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 15, 2018
Not sure how to break this to you guys, but there are still 147 games left in the Reds season.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) April 15, 2018
of course billy hits a homer lol
(bonus super fast home run trot) pic.twitter.com/407y88EmGF
— paco (@AllaireMatt) April 15, 2018
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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