It’s official. The Reds have clinched fourth place in the NL Central.

While it may not be the kind of progress we all hoped for in 2019, it is some indication that improvement has been made. Unfortunately, the pace of change seems at times glacial for those of us who are passionate about our Redlegs.

Today’s rubber game of the three-game series against the Mets begins at 1:10 p.m. Eastern time at Great American Ball Park.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Marcus Stroman 173.2 3.71 4.02 20.5% 7.4%
Trevor Bauer 206 4.41 4.35 27.8% 9.3%

Since arriving in Cincinnati, Bauer has been touched up more often than not. But his last two starts showed some promise, with him allowing only two solo home runs over 14.2 innings. The potential is there for Bauer to be right there with Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray as top of the rotation starters, but he has a ways to go before he recaptures that form. Similarly, Stroman has been hittable since the Mets acquired him from Toronto at the trade deadline. His best start for New York was his most recent one, when he shut out Colorado over seven innings.

Bullpen

No issues with overwork today, but it’s not clear whether the illness issues that resulted in several players including Michael Lorenzen and Robert Stephenson being sent home are still in play today.

Starting Lineups

Mets Reds
CF Brandon Nimmo CF Phillip Ervin
LF Jeff McNeil 1B Joey Votto
1B Pete Alonso 3B Eugenio Suarez
2B Robinson Cano RF Aristides Aquino
C Wilson Ramos C Tucker Barnhart
RF Michael Conforto SS Jose Iglesias
3B Todd Frazier LF Jose Peraza
SS Amed Rosario 2B Kyle Farmer
P Marcus Stroman P Trevor Bauer

We’ve heard no official update on the condition of Brian O’Grady, who was removed from Saturday’s game after a collision with the outfield wall. You would normally expect the lefthanded hitter to be in the lineup today against righthander Stroman.

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.

News and Notes

Today is 1999 throwback uniform day …

Brian Erts has more details here on the 1999 season, and Major League Baseball at the time here.

Cincinnati Reds 150 Throwback Uniforms – 1999 Edition

14 Responses

  1. MARK MOORE

    Clubhouse bug is a tough thing to deal with. Let’s get out there and shut down the Metopolitans!!

    • Colorado Red

      One more loss, will till there slim changes for the Wilecard.

  2. jim walker

    Also no VanMeter or Dietrich. The flu must still be around.

  3. Seat101

    There’s a very good chance that the Reds will outscore the Cincinnati football team today

      • Seat101

        Don’t forget Jose Perez is going to hit two grand slams today

  4. Aaron B.

    Jim Day is literally mumbling through this game… he is almost inaudible while Welsh is coming crystal clear. I don’t know if Day is not speaking into the microphone or if its a the sound levels are off, but I think its him because when he is excited his voice comes in fine. The same thing occurred on radio with veteran broadcaster legend Marty Brennaman the other day. It is VERY annoying. As a MLB.TV subscriber is it too much to ask for a professional broadcast? This is embarrassing…

    • Seat101

      That’s not the way he’s coming across to me. But I do have a six-year-old and a captain America costume running through the house and that’s distracting me. I’ll give you he does sound a little low energy I wonder if he’s coming down with something?

      Course he hasn’t had much to get excited about either

    • Mike

      I’ve always thought Jim Day was the weakest of all the announcers for the Reds. I have never understood why the Reds are so enamored with him. My wife who is not a fan at all has even remarked that he really does not seem like a professional announcer

      • Chris Holbert

        I agree, not only the team needs an upgrade, but announcing as well, Jim Day is fine as that sidekick guy yucking it up with the players, but they definitely need an upgrade when he is in the boothe

  5. TR

    Bauer: 3 hits and 4 runs. Not the lights out we expected.

    • PUSHERMAN

      Did t his ERA actually come down with that line?