Ugh. Why can’t I get a nice, easy, happy recap?
Cubs 8, Reds 7
Good Things that Are Good
–Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, and Eugenio Suarez did exactly what you want them to do every day. the heart of the order was 6-12 with a homer and 3 walks. Too bad they couldn’t get it done at the end.
Tom Browning calls for a 3-run homer.
TOM BROWNING GETS HIS 3-RUN HOMER. pic.twitter.com/QrNYzZBRH5
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 7, 2018
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 7, 2018
–Billy Hamilton was 3-4 with 3 steals today. That’ll do.
–Matt Harvey was once again good. he clearly didn’t have his best stuff, but he still handled one of the better teams in the league. The Reds may very well get quite a return for him sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Bad Things that are Bad
–Scott Schebler had a rough day today, losing two balls in the sun and failing to reach base at all.
–I’ve tweeted this several times, but I haven’t written it here anywhere. Joey Votto has an OBP of .428 he leads the league by .030 over Freeman. It would be his seventh time leading the league. Here’s the complete list of players who have lead the league in OBP seven or more times: Bonds, Williams, Ruth, Cobb, Hornsby. Yes, that is the complete list. Joey Votto is a Hall of Famer.
–Jose Peraza didn’t have the best day today, but he walked and stole a base. He has reached base in every game except one since May 26, during which time he has an OPS over .850 for 152 plate appearances. That’s a long stretch of hitting very well.
–Let’s beat the Cubs tomorrow, sound good?
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.