The Short Version: Hours after trading Devin Mesoraco for Matt Harvey, the Reds win their ninth game of the season. The trade is clearly a complete success.

Final R H E
New York Mets (18-16) 2 6 1
Cincinnati Reds (9-27) 7 12 0
W: Castillo (2-4) L: Vargas (0-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Luis Castillo tired in the end, but it was another encouraging start for the young Reds hurler. He pitched 5.2 innings (just 81 pitches), allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out seven. Castillo retired the first 14 Mets hitters, and he looked as dialed in as he’s looked all season. Things spun a little out of control in the sixth, but good things lay ahead.

–Once again, Eugenio Suarez was the offensive star: 3-4 with a double, two runs scored, and 4 RBI. Tucker Barnhart also had three hits in four trips to the plate, including a triple (!).

–Scott Schebler had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Scooter Gennett hit his fourth home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning.

–The Reds bullpen — Amir Garrett (though he walked in a run), David Hernandez, Wandy Peralta, Austin Brice — tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.

The Bad
–Nothing bad, except this visual:

Not-So-Random Thoughts
Did you hear about the Reds trade today? The Reds are 1-0 in the Matt Harvey Era.

–Devin Mesoraco, playing for another team for the first time in his career, pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out.

–Just one more win until the Reds reach TEN WINS on the season! What a time to be alive.

–Afternoon game tomorrow, in which Sal Romano will try to give the Reds their second series win of the season.

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. The reason I am most grateful for this win….FanGraphs’ projection today had the Reds finishing with a record of 63-99.

    I am not yet emotionally ready, with the rebuild so near completion, to see on-screen that this team is going to finish 2018 with 100 losses. /s

    Castillo and Mahle….all the innings y’all can handle. TV is better when they pitch, IMO.

    Suarez entered today with 1.1 WAR accumulated through only 19 games.

    At $10.5M per WAR in free agency, he has already paid for his salary for this year (2.25M) and next (7M).

    Any kind of consistent health and the Reds are going to end up with a true steal in performance vs. pay contract.

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  2. What? I agree with something the Reds front office did? What is the world coming too? Guess this means Scott Turner is back? We’ve got a couple of high draft picks in our system at C that need to ramp it up as there’s a clear path to the big leagues…

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  3. Press box bad luck strikes again

    Chris Welsh: “Castillo is dominating out there. He’s using the fastball-changeup to perfection. He’s what they call in the pitching world as dialed inWHAMMM!”

    Flores solo shot to left field. Any time he or Thom get on a kick they just jynx the Reds

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  4. Feels good to win one. Let’s hope for two this afternoon.

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  5. Adam Duvall for Tim Lincecum could be the next move….

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  6. Just happy with the win. Devin wasn’t the regular catcher and was gone next year. Who knows what Harvey might do leading up to the end of July, but I’m sure it can’t be a lot worse than the bulk of our starting rotation at this point.

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    • Can’t be worse? Hold on to your hats!
      Dick Williams indicated last night that Harvey would be in the starting rotation. So somebody has to go.
      My bet is Finnigan goes down to AAA and works on his “problems”.

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      • Finnegan is trash….. I have no idea why his leash is so long compared to other starters/pitchers…. I think that 2016 season where he basically pitched all year as an average ML pitcher (correct me if I’m wrong on that) and the fact that they are desperately trying to make the Cueto trade look like they received atleast one pitcher are the two main reason’s he has been christened a starter….. whereas Lorenzen (not saying I think he should be a starter) and Garrett had much shorter leashes and are basically both relegated to the bull pen F-O-R-E-V-E-R (Sand Lot). Happy Trails Brandon Finnegan I hope you can figure it out in AAA for the Reds sake and all of us sorry fans who desperately believe we can Make Reds Baseball Great Again LOL.

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        • Finnegan hasn’t looked good, but his leash doesn’t seem so long to me. He’s hardly pitched since 2016. If you can’t be patient with young pitchers, particularly young pitchers coming back from surgery, you won’t have a pitching staff.

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          • I guess I see very little upside with him and never thought he should have been in the rotation to begin with. Garrett and Stephenson both have higher ceilings. I don’t see why they don’t send him down like Stephenson given that they both walk every other hitter. I doubt Finnegan ever returns to that 2016 form.

        • Stephenson has been the one with way too much leash!!!!!!! The comments on here when Deshields called out were brutal well guess what he was right Stephenson is uncoachable!! He continues at this pave he might make a MLB pitcher about the time he gets his 1st Social Security check!!!!!!

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          • How does Stephenson have a long leash he is in triple A has he even started a game this year for the Reds? When you pitch in AAA I would find that hard to call a leash what would you rather them do just say your released?

          • That’s right, he hasn’t been anywhere but AAA this year. You must be forgetting that he looked pretty good second half of last season. I can’t comment on whether or not he’s coachable, having never coached him.

        • Without the overstatement and without the emotion… Simply, Finny has not proven himself as a starter, is not working it out, and needs to come back to the ‘pen–either now or later after a stint in L’ville.

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        • I’m not impressed with him, either, but he has shown flashes, like last year just before he got injured.

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  7. I thought Cowboy’s critique of pitcher development in the minors was spot on. He pointed out the reason pitchers aren’t going deep into games anymore is because they didn’t learn how to pitch when they’re tired. All throughout the minors, pitchers are kept on a count with the purpose to prevent injuries. The problem is when the Manager tells the pitcher he’s only got 90 pitches, he’s going to throw as hard as he can every pitch. That’s learning how to throw, not pitch. He doesn’t learn how to throw at 85% so that he can have extra left in the tank when he’s in a jam in the 7th.

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  8. Here’s something interesting: Billy Hamilton’s walk rate this season is 13.8%, as he’s walked 17 times in 123 ABs. For comparison, Joey Votto’s career walk rate is 16.2%, and Joey Votto has one of the very best walk rates in all of MLB.

    My point? If Billy Hamilton keeps this up, and can suddenly figure out how to hit at or around his career average of .246, he would have an OBP of .357. While that’s still not fantastic, it’s certainly respectable and would show real progress from his career OBP of .299.

    My point? Well, if BHam can hit like his career numbers and keep his newfound ability to walk, he might be a pretty useful offensive piece after all. Whether that means the Reds should keep him or makes him more valuable to trade is a matter of debate, but it’s something that I think hasn’t gotten much attention to date.

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    • That would be great for Billy and whatever team signs him in free agency, but I don’t see what it does for the Reds other than improve his trade stock. He’s too close to free agency and has too long a track record of ineptitude to trust that ‘the light went on’ offensively.

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    • Anyone else notice Billy’s new stance at the plate…a little more up-right and resting the bat on his shoulder (ala Cozart’s adjustment)

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    • I’ll go one step further, if he can keep his OBP at the league average mark, he’s a starter every day. Duvall should be riding the pine.

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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