We’ve reached the end of the road for 2019. Today the Reds and Pirates square off in game #162 at PNC Park. Starting time is 3:05PM EDT as all MLB games across the country begin simultaneously.
The Reds will finish 4th in the NL Central Division with a record of either 75-87 or 74-88, pending the outcome of today’s game. After all the ups and downs of 162 games, that’s about where many of us thought they’d end up even as we hoped for better. This is their best finish since 2014 (76-86; 4th place) in terms of both wins and position. Let’s hope it is just the first small step on the way to much better things in 2020 and beyond.
As surmised here yesterday, Trevor Bauer has been scratched. The surprise starter for the Reds today will instead be Tyler Mahle. However if things go as planned there will still be a starting pitcher named Trevor in today’s game, Trevor Williams for the Pirates.
Tyler Mahle (RHP)
Tyler Mahle steps into the lurch today making his 25th start of the season for the Reds. It seems fitting he’d be the surprise starter in Trevor Bauer’s place since his season, like Bauer’s with the Reds, has seen flashes of brilliance lacking bottom line results for the team. In the end, Mahle’s ERA for 2019 is 19% worse than league average while his FIP is a somewhat better 6% underwater against league average. Mahle’s only prior start against the Pirates in 2019 came clear back on April 4. He allowed no runs on 5 hits in that 6 inning stint. Mahle is working today on just 3 days rest; so, expect things to devolve into another bullpen game for the Reds.
Trevor Williams (RHP)
Trevor Williams is finishing his third season in the Pirates rotation at age 27 after being the #44 overall pick in the June 2013 draft. In 25 prior starts this year his ERA and FIP are a bit more underwater relative to league average than Mahle’s at -28% ERA; -14% FIP. Williams looked to be getting into a season ending groove prior to his last 2 starts when he was roughed up by the Cubs and Brewers. Today will be his third start of the year against the Reds, the most recent one coming on August 24 when he pitched 6 scoreless inning allowing just 3 hits.
Tale Of The Tape
Mahle has a nice K%; and, at day’s end, he doesn’t walk too many guys. However his WHIP and HR/9 indicate why is not getting the results he needs to continue to grow and progress up the chain in the Reds rotation.
Yes, both clubs have well stocked bullpens; and, at least the Reds pen figures to be especially busy today with Tyler Mahle going on short rest.
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Aristides Aquino (RF)
5. Josh VanMeter (LF)
6. Kyle Farmer (2B)
7. Curt Casali (C)
8. Brian O’Grady (CF)
9. Tyler Mahle (P)
|1. Kevin Newman (SS)
2. Adam Frazier (2B)
3. Melky Cabrera (RF)
4. Jose Osuna (1B)
5. Pablo Reyes (CF)
6. Jake Elmore (LF)
7. Jacob Stallings (C)
8. Erik Gonzalez (3B)
9. Trevor Williams (P
News and Notes
The teams for 2019 MLb postseason playoffs are settled. The only thing on the line today is whether the Brewers or Cardinals will be NL Central Champions with the loser of that race filling in the second NL wildcard spot
— OhioJimWalker (@jn_walkerjr) September 29, 2019
In case you’d gone on to bed last night or early this morning before the Reds wrapped up their 12 inning win, here’s Redleg Nation’s recap by Doug Gray:
And by the way, one of the clutch RBI hits was by a Reds pitcher NOT named Michael Lorenzen.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 29, 2019
And to get the off season talk started, here’s this from RedsMinorLeagues.com
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) September 28, 2019
Thank you for making Redleg Nation the online community where you come to keep up with the Reds and share your thoughts about them in comments. Redleg Nation will be closely following the off season action as the team looks to take larger steps toward competitiveness and ultimately playoff contention beginning in 2020. Hope to see you here often over the winter. As always GO REDS!