Despite the New York Mets losing record, chances were pretty good the Reds would have to play a good game tonight if they hoped to win with Noah Syndergaard on the mound. They didn’t. They’re now 6-11 in the second half.
I’m guessing there’s ever-growing room on the Jim Riggleman bandwagon now. Those national writers who dropped in a month ago to opine that Riggleman deserves the permanent job have moved on to other teams by now. Turns out, Riggleman is nowhere near as good of a manager without Scott Schebler, Jesse Winker and Adam Duvall in the lineup. Somewhere, Bryan Price allows himself a wry smile about that.
The Reds play tomorrow night at 7:10.
Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-64) • New York Mets 6 (46-64)
Homer Bailey didn’t pitch as well as he had the first two starts since his return from the Disabled List. He gave up ten singles and a home run. Unlike the previous two starts, Bailey had trouble putting away Mets hitters, striking out only two. He had 14 Ks in 14.2 innings the previous two games. Bailey grooved the home run pitch on an 80-mph curveball. He was also partly victimized by a bunch of ground ball hits and bad defense. Eugenio Suarez could have been charged with errors on a couple of plays. Scooter Gennett booted a double-play ground ball that cost a run.
Wandy Peralta came in to retire two batters in the fourth to keep the Mets’ lead at 5-0. Keury Mella pitched the 5th and 6th inning. Mella had thrown 85 pitches on Thursday against the Nationals and was firing 95-97 mph fastballs tonight. He gave up a home run and struck out 2. Jared Hughes pitched the 7th. Raisel Iglesias pitched the 8th, down two runs, just to get work. Always be trading closers.
The Reds got on the board in the 7th inning against Syndergaard. Two HBPs plus two singles scored a run and loaded the bases. The Mets didn’t bring a LHP in to face Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett. Votto walked to drive in a run to make it 6-2. Gennett worked the count full but then swung at a pitch way out the strike zone that would have meant another run. With two outs, Eugenio Suarez hit a bloop over the 3B head, scoring two runs. Mason Williams put up a 10-pitch AB, but struck out. The score was 6-4.
The Reds went down quietly in the 8th and 9th.
Walking Less When the Reds offense was clicking in June and July, they were drawing a lot of walks. Those two outcomes were related. Since the All-Star Game, their team walk-rate has fallen from 10% to 8%. In part, that’s a direct effect of the loss of Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler to the DL. But you also have to wonder if the injuries have a dynamic effect causing the remaining hitters at the top of the lineup to try to do more instead of just letting the line move on. The Reds walked twice tonight.
Probably Nothing Reds first-round draft pick Jonathan India was not in the starting lineup for the Dayton Dragons tonight. India didn’t play or pinch hit.
Stephenson on Wednesday Jim Riggleman wouldn’t commit as to who his starting pitcher would be in the series finale on Wednesday. He said that if he had to use Keury Mella in this game (which he did) then it was likely the Reds would have to call someone up from Louisville. Wednesday is Robert Stephenson’s day to pitch. Riggleman said he would get together with Nick Krall and (not kidding) Walt Jocketty after the game to decide.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.