The Short Version: Why isn’t this season over yet?
|Cincinnati Reds (64-87)||0||8||2|
|Milwaukee Brewers (86-65)||8||11||0|
|W: Miley (5-2) L: DeSclafani (7-6)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Anthony DeSclafani wasn’t particularly sharp, but he entered the fifth inning having allowed just one run on three hits. That’s when things fell apart. By the time the third out was recorded, the Reds were losing 4-0 and the game was all but over. I’m still very much optimistic about Disco being a solid member of the rotation next year, but he’s fading a bit after a pretty good stretch of baseball (4-3 over ten starts, with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 50 while walking 13).
–The Reds were only charged with two errors — both by Eugenio Suarez — but they made at least two others that the official scorer screwed up. Incredibly shoddy performance tonight.
–Wandy Peralta and Jesus Reyes weren’t good in relief.
–Only 11 games to go. Four losses in their last five, and I can’t wait for this season to end.
–There was one player I wanted the Reds to acquire this off-season. That player was Christian Yelich. And Yelich — who hit for the cycle today, the second time he’s done that against Cincinnati this season — is doing everything he can to make me cry every time I see him play. Thanks for letting a division rival acquire him, Reds.
–Curt Casali had a couple of hits, so that’s fine. Scooter Gennett got a hit as he tries to stay ahead of Yelich in the batting race.
–I’m pretty bullish on the Reds’ chances in 2019 — as you’ll see in my Cincinnati Magazine column later this week. But watching my team — a team that made no effort whatsoever to win in 2018 — embarrass themselves against a team that actually went all-in to win last off-season, with a player the Reds should have targeted leading the charge…well, that’s a little much for me right now.
Just to add a bit of context: Christian Yelich definitely does not play for the Cincinnati Reds. https://t.co/MWKDkUntP0
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) September 18, 2018
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 18, 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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