It’s not very often that you’ll wind up at a professional sporting even where before anything begins you know that the story of the event is going to have nothing to do with the competition. Today is one of those days in Cincinnati. Marty Brennaman will be making his final broadcast for the Reds today. He’s been doing the job since 1974 for Cincinnati. He’s been around for the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. There have been incredible game calls. And there have been truly great Banana Phone calls with Adam from Milwaukee. Then there was the whole ripping apart of Cubs fans. It was no Lee Elia rant, but it was pretty good.
It’s the final home game of the year. And there’s going to be a “Marty Party” on the field after the game. There will be a stage on the field where Marty Brennaman will join Jim Day at the pitchers mound and have some sort of event to take part in. Fans at the game will get a handheld radio and ear buds if they are among the first 20,000 through the gates and they will be able to listen to the game call without delay at the ballpark.
Before the game there will also be a ceremony to honor Marty Brennaman and his career. There will be messages from “former Reds players, fellow broadcasters, and other celebrities” according to the Reds.
It’s going to be memorable for all kinds of reasons. Maybe the game that takes place between celebrations can also play a role in all of our memories, too.
If you are outside of the Reds television market, then you can watch the game on MLB Network this afternoon. It will feature the audio from 700 WLW for Marty Brennaman’s call for the entirety of the broadcast. In the local market the game is on Fox Sports Ohio and they will only share Marty’s call for the 9th inning. And none of that makes an ounce of sense. The people, the fans in Cincinnati and in “Reds country” are the ones that care about this. The random baseball fan in Omaha turning the game on this afternoon on MLB Network may have heard of Marty Brennaman, but they don’t really care that much about that aspect of this. Whoever is responsible for not having the same thing done for Fox Sports Ohio really messed this up.
Luis Castillo (15-7, 3.25 ERA, 185.2 IP, 22 HR, 75 BB, 218 K)
The 26-year-old All-Star will be making his final start of the season today. It will be his 32nd of the season and his 5th against the Brewers. In the previous four starts against Milwaukee he’s held them to a .158/.312/.316 line and has a 3.86 ERA in 21.0 innings against them.
With Luis Castillo he’s got some interesting day/night splits. In day games he’s got a 2.82 ERA (3.53 at night) and hitters have just a .551 OPS against him (.678 at night). When it comes to his lefty/right splits he’s good against both, but there is a clear advantage for Castillo against right-handed hitters. Teams have stacked lefties against him this season, he’s faced 398 lefties this season and they’ve hit .213/.309/.378 against him. Righties have hit .186/.263/.301 against him in 360 plate appearances.
Chase Anderson (7-4, 4.30 ERA, 134.0 IP, 22 HR, 48 BB, 122 K)
Over the last month Chase Anderson hasn’t pitched deep into many games. Going back to August 18th he’s only recorded an out in the 5th inning twice over seven starts. He has pitched well in September, though while being limited in his workload. He’s made four starts and posted a 2.50 ERA in 18.0 innings.
Anderson is a right-handed pitcher, but right-handed hitters light him up while lefties really struggle against him. Righties have hit .278/.355/.534 against him, while lefties have just a .192/.264/.349 line against him. In the home/away splits he’s performed significantly worse on the road. Batters have a .915 OPS against him on the road compared to a .647 OPS at home. He also has big day/night splits. During the day hitters have an .840 OPS against him, while at night that mark is just .727.
- Jose Peraza – 2B
- Joey Votto – 1B
- Aristides Aquino – RF
- Josh VanMeter – LF
- Phillip Ervin – CF
- Jose Iglesias – SS
- Kyle Farmer – 3B
- Curt Casali – C
- Luis Castillo – SP
- Trent Grisham – CF
- Yasmani Grandal – C
- Keston Hiura – 2B
- Eric Thames – 1B
- Cory Spangenberg – LF
- Travis Shaw – 3B
- Orlando Arcia – SS
- Ben Gamel – RF
- Chase Anderson – SP
Eugenio Suarez hit his 49th home run of the season last night. He needs one more in the final four games of the season to be only the second Cincinnati Red to ever reach the 50 mark. George Foster’s 52 home runs in his 1977 MVP season remain the gold standard for the organization.
Will Leitch wrote about a few teams that could be big surprises in 2020, and he picked the Reds as his top pick.
The Reds were a team that was better than its record all season, though it always seemed to be doing everything a bit backward: A team that struggled with pitching for years finally figured out its rotation right as its offense imploded. But they look like a team primed to get everything in sync in 2020. Sonny Gray and Luis Castillo are a formidable 1-2 punch, and Trevor Bauer slots in behind them. And that lineup, with Eugenio Suárez, an improved (and healthy) Nick Senzel, a sure-to-return-to-form Joey Votto and the looming monster that is Aristides Aquino, could be terrifying. The Cardinals and Brewers aren’t going anywhere, and the Cubs will still have lots of talent no matter how their offseason goes. But the Reds could stun quite a few people next year.
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