White Sox 12, Reds 8
Good Things that Are Good
The offense, in general was pretty excellent. Again. Special awards to Eugenio Suarez for reaching base three times with a homer. Scooter and Duvall both homered, which was also swell.
Disco was pretty good tonight. Got bitten by the inherited runners bug. It’s still nice having him in the rotation.
Billy Hamilton had a couple of big plays late in the game.
Bad Things that Are Bad
The bullpen as a whole (except for Garrett).
I loved Amir Garrett in Louisville. I hated watching him struggle last year. I thought he should be in the rotation at the beginning of the year, but man, he is one hell of a force in the bullpen.
I’ve come around on the idea that having Scooter in the lineup past the trade deadline this year wouldn’t be a bad thing, but not at second base. He needs to move down the defensive spectrum.
On the flip side, Billy’s defense and base running made the game last longer than it otherwise would have. Players provide value in different ways, kids.
Even with the loss tonight, according to the system FanGraphs uses, there is virtually no chance they lose 100 (which seemed like a foregone conclusion a couple of months ago) and odds are they won’t lose 90, either. I am not entirely happy with the decisions the team has made/is making *cough*WinkerandScheblereveryday*cough* but young teams do grow up sometimes and it looks like the Reds might be doing just that.
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.