The weekend that was in Reds country provided some interesting Reds notes worth noting for your Monday morning.

According to Baseball-reference.com, the Reds now have a 14.0% shot to make the playoffs, as of today, August 5th. Without looking, I’d say you would have to go back to 2013 to see any chances to make the playoffs, this late into the season, which just goes to show what an awesome year it’s been. Fangraphs is a bit less bullish, giving the Reds a 5.4% shot to make it, but, hey, the Pirates currently sit at 0.0%. Take that, Pittsburgh.

Tucker Barnhart’s go-ahead three-run dinger, Sunday afternoon, was his first dinger since May 25th. It’s also just his fourth extra-base hit, since that last long ball. Oddly enough, on that day, Tucker had a homer AND a double off Cubs starter, Yu Darvish, in a game he went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Here’s to hoping this is Tucker getting turned around.

We’re all watching this bullpen seemingly limp through games, as of late, so here’s some numbers on that. The Reds currently are tied with the White Sox and Twins for 6th in save percentage (70%). They’ve converted 31 of 44 possible saves this year. They are not quite as efficient with inherited runners, though. They, along with the Rockies, have allowed 34% of inherited runners to score. That’s the eighth most in Major League Baseball. The good news is, they are tied with three other teams in least amount of pitches per relief appearance. Reds relievers average 17 pitches, per appearance, which is tied with the Cubs, Dodgers, and Nationals.

Wrapping up this post, Mike Trout has played just three games in Great American Ballpark in his career. He has yet to hit a home run. Dude has 7.1 WAR this year, by himself. If you have the ability to go, it may be worthwhile to see a guy who will go down as, possibly, the greatest player to ever play the game. He doesn’t come to the Queen City very often.

16 Responses

  1. Seat101

    I am going to the game tomorrow. If I can I may scalp a ticket at the last minute tonight

    It’s nice to have a fairytale chance at the playoffs but I’ve enjoyed the season as frustrating as it has been already

      • Seat101

        Ya got me! I might buy a scalped ticket.

        Are you planning to go to either game?

      • Pete

        I’m in Charlotte, unfortunately I can’t. Castillo goes tonight! And Mike Trout!

      • JB WV

        I always buy scalped seats. Most of the time cheaper than the original price and awesome seats.

    • jbonireland

      You should be a able to walk up and buy anyone of 25,000 empty seats for a monday night game against the Angels.

      • Seat101

        Well don’t forget all those Angels fans who are driving here to cheer on their team… Cubs fans with halos I guess.

  2. rex

    They have a good chance with all of the division head to head games coning up…

    I will go to all of the Miami games coming up…..best I can do from down here

    • TR

      Enjoy yourself. A nice ballpark in Little Havana and plenty of seats should be available.

  3. daytonnati

    Didn’t Trout hit a home run in the All-Star game in Cincinnati?

  4. RedsFan11

    Jeff I was thinking the same thing last night, and I was planning to waste my lunch break today looking into it. In 2014 they were still hanging around at this time, but your point is proven nonetheless… the last time we got to August and the Reds were still relevant was half a decade ago…

    Can’t help but feel a little excited!

    2019: 6.5
    2018: 15.5
    2017: 13.5
    2016: 22.0
    2015: 18.0
    2014: 5.0
    2013: 6.5

    ^This was GB of division. Baseball Reference doesn’t list GB of WC and I am too lazy to look that hard into it 🙂

  5. Colorado Red

    I would think the Babe is the best ever.
    2 – 20 win seasons.
    Hitting more home runs in a year, then all but 1 other team.
    Come on, no one else have ever done that.

  6. Mason Red

    While Trout is the best player in the game,the Angels are a game under 500 and 9 games back in the wildcard. Talk about a waste of talent.

  7. gusnwally

    I will be going tonight to see the best player on the planet.No, not Gino suarez although I do love him a lot. It’s Mike Trout. I turned 72 yesterday and am not in very good physical condition. terrible back pain.But I am sure this will be my last chance to see him live and in person.Been about 3 years since my last trip, but my son and I are both baseball lovers.We play in a fantasy league together. I will be wearing my Kluszewski 18 shirt, but no cut off sleeves. Hope to bring you back a winner.

    • LWblogger2

      We were at that game. My father and I (Monday’s game). My dad is a bit younger than you and I’m 49. You got to see the Reds win and Trout hit a rocket of a HR.

      Man, I hope you’re able to get down there again the next go round.