The Short Version: The Reds beat up on the St. Louis Cardinals, and that’s always a fun way to spend your Friday evening.
|Cincinnati Reds (42-52)||9||14||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (47-45)||1||4||0|
|W: Harvey (5-5) L: Martinez (6-5)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Another strong start by Matt Harvey: 5 innings, 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks, five strikeouts. Harvey is the best pitcher in baseball. (Psst: trade him now.)
–How can we describe tonight’s offense quickly?
Let’s begin with Jesse Winker, who reached base in all four of his trips to the plate: 3 for 3 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and 3 RBI.
Also…Jose Peraza: 3-5 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot. Eugenio Suarez had three doubles, and two runs scored. Dilson Herrera hit a three-run pinch-hit home run. Scooter Gennett homered, his 16th of the season. Scott Schebler and Adam Duvall each drove in runs.
–Jared Hughes, Michael Lorenzen, Amir Garret, Austin Brice: four scoreless, hitless innings of relief.
–Eugenio Suarez made a couple of really nice plays defensively. And Billy Hamilton robbed a home run in the bottom of the seventh (see tweets below for the video). Incredible play. Sheesh, I love both those guys.
–Nothing to see here.
–Every time the Cardinals lose a baseball game, an angel gets his wings.
–The Reds got on the board in the top of the first inning. Jose Peraza led off with a single, and Joey Votto walked one out later. With two outs, Jesse Winker doubled them both home. Jesse Winker is a good baseball player.
–The ol’ Redlegs were up 3-1 as the game headed to the top of the seventh. With one out, Eugenio Suarez doubled and Winker singled him in. After a pitching change, Tucker Barnhart walked and Adam Duvall doubled in a run. 5-1, Reds. Dilson Herrera then blasted a pinch-hit 3-run homer to left, his first home run since 2015. Reds 8, Cardinals 1, and we were all having a lot of fun.
–The Reds have three players with an OBP over .400 — Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker — for the first time since Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, and Ken Griffey in 1976.
–Rookie Jesse Winker is now hitting .295/.406/.434. He needs to: Play. Every. Single. Day.
–Don’t look now, but Jose Peraza’s OBP is up to .326. He’s just 24, by the way.
–The Reds should definitely sign Scooter Gennett to a contract extension. Or trade him. One or the other.
–Harvey retired ten straight batters before walking the leadoff hitter in the sixth. And Jim Riggleman removed him from the game immediately. Harvey appeared to be stunned.
Listen, I’m perfectly happy with the Reds being aware that most pitchers struggle the third time through an opponent’s lineup. Give Riggleman some credit for that. But this seemed a little extreme. But heck, it worked out, so what do I know?
I hope everyone has noticed over the last month or so that Billy Hamilton is the best player on earth.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) July 14, 2018
Depending on what Freeman and Cain do tonight, the Reds COULD have the #1, #2, and #3 OBP guys in the NL with Votto, and Winker/Suarez in some order.
— Patrick Jeter (@prjeter) July 14, 2018
Assuming that I mathed properly, Jesse Winker is hitting .350/.467/.569 with 27 walks and just 19 strikeouts over his last 40 games played (152 plate appearances).
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 14, 2018
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 14, 2018
— MLB (@MLB) July 14, 2018
— paco 🇺🇸 (@AllaireMatt) July 14, 2018
Too many good players is never a problem.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) July 14, 2018
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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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