Last Week W-L: 2-4
Week In Review
It was a tough week for the Cincinnati Reds as they began the week with an ugly 18-9 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers at home. They then split a two game series with the Texas Rangers in Cincy, before losing two of three to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the desert. The Reds are back in the cellar in the National League Central Division, a half game behind the fourth-place Milwaukee Brewers.
Player of the Week
Scott Schebler- The 25-year-old Reds outfielder has been getting an extended look since the team traded Jay Bruce in late July. Despite only hitting .225 this year, he’s hit seven homeruns including three this week. It’s not fair to extrapolate numbers, especially when you’re dealing with small sample sizes, but six homeruns in 87 August at bats translates to 34 homeruns in 500 at bats, which would be a pretty impressive season total.
Stat of the Week
Joey Votto leads the Major Leagues in walks. Eugenio Suarez ranks 73rd. While seven days is a very small sample size, Suarez led the team in walks last week. He had a 24% walk rate, meaning he walked nearly a quarter of the time he came up to the plate. The top performers in BB% walk 17-18% of the time. Suarez’s rate is almost certainly unsustainable but the trend is impressive. Reds fans hope the new attitude at the dish leads to the emergence of a potentially exciting new phase of Eugenio Suarez’s game.
Week of August 22-28 Results
Monday: 18-9 loss vs Dodgers
Tuesday: 3-0 victory vs Rangers
Wednesday: 6-5 loss vs Rangers
Friday: 4-3 loss at Diamondbacks
Saturday: 13-0 victory at Diamondbacks
Sunday: 11-2 loss at Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs, 82-47
St. Louis Cardinals, 68-61, 14 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates, 67-61, 14.5 GB
Milwaukee Brewers, 56-74, 26.5 GB
Cincinnati Reds, 55-74, 27 GB
The Reds will start off next week continuing their west coast trip, this time heading to Los Angeles to face the Angels. This is the Reds’ first trip to Anaheim since 2002. The Angels are having a tough season as they currently sit at 56-74, one half game better than the Redlegs. Following a day of on Thursday, the team comes home to Cincinnati to take on their divisional rival, the St. Louis Cardinals. The season series thus far favors the Cardinals as the Reds have a 5-7 record against the Red Birds. They’ll look to turn that story around next weekend as the Reds take on their new role down the stretch as spoilers.
Next Week’s Player of the Week
Billy Hamilton- Since August 13, Billy has stolen just two bases after swiping 16 in the first 12 days of the month. He’s maintained his great defense through his stolen base slump and has even gotten on base at a good pace as he’s 16 for 54 since the 13th of August with six walks in those 14 games. He did battle a knee injury early on in that stretch so perhaps that is impacting his running game. Whatever the reason may be, expect Hamilton to pick it back up this week as he has the opportunity to show off for fellow center fielder Mike Trout of the Angels, then stick it to the rival Cardinals after the off day Thursday back in Cincinnati.
Upcoming Schedule August 29-September 4
Monday: at LAA (Straily, 10-6, 3.57 ERA vs. Shoemaker, 8-13, 3.98 ERA)
Tuesday: at LAA (Adleman, 2-1, 3.68 ERA vs. Weaver, 9-11, 5.31 ERA)
Wednesday: at LAA (Finnegan, 8-9, 4.27 ERA vs. Nolasco, 4-12, 5.24 ERA)
Friday: vs STL (DeSclafani, 8-2, 2.96 ERA vs. Leake, 9-9, 4.56 ERA)
Saturday: vs STL (Bailey, 2-3, 6.65 ERA vs. Garcia, 10-10, 4.46 ERA)
Sunday: vs STL (Straily, 9-6, 3.72 ERA vs. Martinez, 12-7, 3.13 ERA)
W-L Prediction of the Week Ahead
While it may seem like a safe pick, I’m predicting the Reds to go 3-3 this week. They should take two of three against the Angels, then I expect them to lose two of their three against the Cardinals in Cincinnati. Even .500 ball is a good week for the Reds, as they continue to see what they have for next year in hopes that 2017 is a more successful campaign in Cincy.