Billy Hamilton had two hits in what could be his 659th and final game in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. Both Hamilton and Harvey were claimed on waivers, and the Reds have until tomorrow to make a trade to the mystery team or they will remain Reds through at least the end of the season.

Anthony DeSclafani got hurt again by the home run ball, and the Reds offense was held in check by Cole Hamels. The Reds collected four hits, a couple of them cheap hits, before Hamels recorded his fifth out. Hamels didn’t allow that to impact his start, and threw just the 11th complete game in the NL this season.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (56-72) 1 8 1
Chicago Cubs (73-53) 7 12 0
W: Hamels (4-0)  L: DeSclafani (6-4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Anthony DeSclafani allowing a 2-run home run to Anthony Rizzo with 1 out in the first inning, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 17.4% (from 54.9% to 37.4%).

Positives

Jose Peraza had two hits, and now has a 98 wRC+. The NL average for a SS is 86!

Billy Hamilton had two hits. The first one was pretty cheap, but I am sure he isn’t complaining. He did get picked off.

Phil Ervin also had two hits, and drove in the Reds lone run. Ervin is now hitting .293/.350/.463 through 141 PA. If Hamilton is traded, it would be nice to see him play everyday in CF to see if that is a possibility in 2019. Actually, it would be nice to see him in CF even if Hamilton isn’t traded.

Negatives

Anthony DeSclafani seems close to getting back to a middle of the rotation starter, but the home run ball continues to bite him. He allowed 2 HR tonight, and has allowed 17 home runs through his first 14 starts of 2018. The rest of his numbers look good, so it’s probably fair to be optimistic that with more starts he will be able to locate his pitches better and cut down on the dingers. The home run he allowed to Javier Baez was the second longest HR of 2018.

Eugenio Suarez went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts, following his off-day on Wednesday. It snapped a very modest 5-game hit streak.

Not so random thoughts…….

Joe Maddon allowing Cole Hamels to throw 114 pitches with a 7-1 lead was bizarre.

Thom Brenneman is just unbearable. I am so thankful for Chris Welsh to give the Reds broadcast at least a glimmer of hope.

Up Next:

Reds at Cubs
Tuesday, 2:20 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio; MLB Network (out of market only)
Matt Harvey (4.91 ERA) vs Alec Mills (first MLB start)

42 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Including tonight’s game….

    Reds HR Leaders (with at least 10 HRs)

    Suarez – 28
    Gennett – 19
    Schebler – 15
    Duvall – 12

    That’s it. No. 4 hasn’t been in Cincinnati for 3 weeks and no. 3 has only played in 76 games.

    The Reds play in the no. 1 park for HRs in 2018, visited Milwaukee (no. 6) and now Chicago (no. 10).

    They have been outhomered 7-3 in the last 4 games and lost 3 of them.

    Matt Harvey not being re-signed isn’t going to make or break a playoff run with this team, which does not have enough power right now for the MLB of 2018 (especially in the NL Central).

    • roger garrett

      I preached on that problem from day one.Three guys that play every day only have 19 homers total with 34 games left to play.Won’t get it done.

  2. BK

    I totally agree about Thom Brennamen … he is way to negative to be the team paid announcer for the Reds. I have no problem with him calling it like it is when a player has a mental lapse, but his criticism never seems to stop. Moreover, I do not care what the view from his hotel room is. I would much prefer that he actually keep track of which players are playing at each position (i.e., Ervin did not make a catch in LF tonight). He seems bored or put out that he has to call games for such a cruddy team. I really wish we could listen to Jim Day do the play-b-play each night … he is far more interesting and pleasant to listen to.

    • RedInIND

      Plain and simple, it’s Thom’s condescending and arrogant style that grates on me. Even George Grande has become a breath of fresh air.

      • Brandon R

        Earlier this year, after getting off a bartending shift of about 10 hours, three reds fans I work with and I went to another place to see the rest of a game that was in extra innings…and Thom was like (paraphrased) “the problem with these games is that only unemployed losers, people with no jobs can stay up and see the end”. It kinda took the wind out of sails. We had worked so hard, served hundreds of people, and were so excited that a Reds game was still on, just to be insulted like that. The man has no concept of the world.

      • CI3J

        Thom was like (paraphrased) “the problem with these games is that only unemployed losers, people with no jobs can stay up and see the end”.

        Could be worse. He could go full Lee Elia, which ironically enough ties in directly with who the Reds are currently playing.

        Here’s the full rant if you’ve never heard it (WARNING! There’s enough profanity here to make Bryan Price blush.):

      • big5ed

        “I don’t know how to make it any clearer!”

        No matter how bad you think you’re day is going, somebody has it worse.

      • Matthew Habel

        Wow, sorry to hear that. That knocks him down even further in my book.

      • lwblogger2

        Wow, doesn’t Thom know that some people who work full time don’t necessarily work 9-5?

      • Hotto4Votto

        Wonder where Thom learned it from. The rotten apple didn’t fall far from the tree

  3. WVRedlegs

    Cole Hamels just destroys the Reds. He is 11-1 in his career. His teams are 15-1 when he pitches. Amazing dominance. Maybe the Reds hitters might actually score a few runs in the next 3 games.
    They said earlier in the game that Nick Senzel was named by IL managers as the best defensive 2B in the IL. Last year was named best defensive 3B in all the minors. Therefore it seems just is assanine to move him from the infield dirt. Scooters Reds days may be coming to a close at seasons end. Unless he gets a 6 million dollar man arm installed this winter and moves to the OF.

    • Ethan L

      I was there when he made is MLB debut for the Phillies. He shut the Redlegs down from day one. I was so disappointed that rookie could dominate the Reds like that. I have matured since then and come to accept if not expect it.

      • Jeff Reed

        I agree. As a life-long Reds fan the failure of the 2010 to the 2013 seasons still hurts when the opportunity to win it all slipped away. But as in everything, time works it’s magic and hope springs eternal.

    • davy13

      You’re probably right, but I would like to see Senzel prove he’s got the pop in his bat before counting out Scooter.

    • Matt WI

      I didn’t know that about Hamels. Reminds of back when Roy Oswalt would own them.

      • WVRedlegs

        Yes. My mind took me back to two Roys when they were saying that about Hamels. Roy Oswalt and Roy Halladay.

  4. cfd3000

    It took me about 15 minutes to watch the top of the first tonigh, and about 15 minutes to fast forward through the rest of the game. The Cubs looked good, the Reds did not. And was it my imagination or was every freakin’ Cubs hitter a lefty with power? I know that’s not literally the case but it felt that way. Rough night for the Reds right handers. At least I wasn’t listening to Thom. Luckily there’s a fresh new game tomorrow night!

  5. Jim Walker

    This deal with Hamilton, Harvey and the waivers tonight is like the middle of the winter when a big storm is scheduled to hit overnight and you go to bed wondering whether there will work/ school the next day or it will be a free day.

    I guess we will know by game time. My personal guess is that either way, Harvey will be gone; but, BHam will around to alternately beguile and frustrate us into the off season.

    • Colorado Red

      Not sure DW can pull a trigger on a trade.
      For the most part he has completely bungled trades.

  6. Scott Gennett

    It’s hard to guess what the outcome will be as FO is known to stick to players, no matter what. Personally, I don’t think Hamilton will make any significant impact in the future, he should be traded now if the opportunity is given and open his spot to others.

    • Mason Red

      On a playoff team BH could be a huge asset for defense and speed on the base path. But that’s all he was ever going to be unless he was on a team loaded with offense where they could bat him 8 or 9 in the lineup every game. He was NEVER going to be a lead off hitter. Again it’s another case of the Reds failing evaluating talent.

      • Jim Walker

        Yep, long term at least BHam would seem to have DH league written all over him

      • greenmtred

        As in, the pitcher would bat and the DH would bat for BH? You’d like his defense, although that would preclude pinch-running, I think.

  7. Jack

    This is probably the first day I’m glad that I’m working. I won’t have to watch the stupid Cubs beat our boys. The 10 year rebuild pushes on…

  8. Hotto4Votto

    Brewers with the claim. Hope they can work something out.

    • Jim Walker

      One question would be whether Brewers really want Harvey or are trying to block the Cubs because of the Yu Darvish situation. Personally I think the Reds should let Harvey go for the waiver fee if need be.

      • Hotto4Votto

        I hope that the Reds let him go regardless of the return but that’s long been my stance. If the Reds could get a lottery ticket prospect back from RK league, even better.

        It was reported that the Brewers were one of the teams interested in Harvey before the deadline so I’d assume their interest is legit, blocking the Cubs would be a bonus.

      • bouwills

        Brewers have a decent rotation, but do any of their sp have postseason experience? Do the Brew Crew want Harvey to face cubbies today & then complete the trade? It’ll be an interesting afternoon.

      • Jim Walker

        Don’t think there is the option for Harvey to pitch for Reds today then be traded. The negotiation period expires before game time. The either have to compete a trade, pull him back, or let him go for the waiver fee by the deadline. If he is subsequently placed on waivers again, whoever claims him, gets him. period.

      • Colorado Red

        Deadline is 1:30 PM ET.
        So, do not think they can do that.
        I would propose a lottery ticket like Justin Jarvis.
        27th prospect.
        Nice fastball and control.
        45 overall.
        Again, beat nothing

      • Matt WI

        What about Domingo Santana for Harvey? He had a bad year and was sent down, but I think he’s a good player. Scheber CF, Santana RF, Winker LF next year? If Billy is around, he’s a sub and Erivn as a back up.

    • VaRedsFan

      Does Thom Twitter? If so, why not tag Thom in that Twitter remark?

  9. VaRedsFan

    I don’t want Billy batting lead off any more than anyone else here….but….

    Over the last 56 games Billy is batting .295/.335

    • Indy Red Man

      Kind of meaningless when he’s not stealing much and/or getting picked off. I quit watching last night when they had Casili on 1st with 1 out. Disco has a better chance of getting a hit then Billy does of driving the catcher in from 2nd base? I liked Schebler at leadoff. Most teams are putting someone with some thump at the top now.

  10. Mason Red

    The Reds traded for Harvey in order to trade Harvey but they didn’t trade Harvey. Who’s on first….what’s on second and I don’t know is in the FO…

  11. roger garrett

    In a meaning less game in August,we did get to see Ervin and Herrera play and both should play the rest of the way.Would love to see anybody else play that we don’t know anything about come Sept but sadly it won’t happen.We will lose more then we win the rest of the way,continue to play guys that aren’t performing or are hurt on our way to another 90+ losing season.Personally I don’t put a lot of stock in to how players play in Sept because a lot of games mean nothing to either team.However I will assume without looking that we have a lot of our games left within our division.If so those games mean something to the 3 teams trying to make the playoffs so it would be good experience to actually be involved in those games for some of these young pitchers and players.

  12. roger garrett

    One other thought.Just like yesterday with Bob being sent back out,Disco started the 7th and then was pulled.No reason to do that at all.

    • Jim Walker

      Yes. A month ago Riggleman was pulling pitchers on short pitch counts in the 4th and 5th to protect 1 run leads and now he sends them out for the 6th or 7th with borderline pitch counts.

      If he is going to do this, it should be on a hitter by hitter basis and as soon as a man reaches he should make the change which is what he did with Disco last night.

      • big5ed

        And especially since they can expand the roster in a week, so he didn’t really have any reason or need to save his bullpen.

  13. Colorado Red

    No trade of Matt.
    The Reds will not trade Matt this year.
    So, pick up of Matt, and hopes to gain some value, is another miserable failure fo r the deads.

  14. Hotto4Votto

    The Reds really take the fun out of dysfunction. So tired of their ineptitude. So stupid.