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.
|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|
–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.
–Nothing bad, except this visual:
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) May 8, 2018
—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.