Last Week W-L: 2-4
Week In Review
The Cincinnati Reds have been officially been eliminated from contention in the National League Central Division. This should’t come as a surprise to anyone, but hopefully this is closure for those fans that were still holding out hope. Overall it was another disappointing week for the Redlegs as they drop to 21 games under .500, still last place in the division. After getting swept by the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, the Reds came home to salvage the week by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in two of three games.
Player of the Week
Brandon Finnegan- Although he only pitched one game, and in a losing effort at that, the Reds 23-year-old starter picks up Player of the Week honors this week. In seven innings against the Angels on Wednesday night, Finnegan struck out 9 batters, walked none, and allowed only two runs. He now has 29 strikeouts in his last three starts, spanning 20 innings. After holding a 4.71 ERA in the first half, Finnegan has settled down with a 3.21 ERA since the All Star break.
Stat of the Week
Reds pitchers had trouble with the long ball last week. Their pitching staff led the National League in homeruns allowed per nine innings, averaging two per game. That’s not a stat you want to be first in. Their struggles were most apparent in their loss Monday night, as they allowed five homers to the Angels.
Week of August 29-September 4 Results
Monday: 9-2 loss at Angels
Tuesday: 4-2 loss at Angels
Wednesday: 3-0 loss at Angels
Friday: 3-2 victory vs Cardinals
Saturday: 9-1 victory vs Cardinals
Sunday: 5-2 loss vs Cardinals
Chicago Cubs, 88-48
St. Louis Cardinals, 71-64, 16.5 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates, 67-67, 20 GB
Milwaukee Brewers, 60-76, 28 GB
Cincinnati Reds, 57-78, 30.5 GB
The Cincinnati Reds open the week taking on the New York Mets on Monday afternoon in Cincinnati. The Mets are fighting for a playoff spot and are hot right now as winners of 11 of their last 15 games. This will be the first time former Red Jay Bruce returns to Great American Ball Park since he was traded to the Mets in early August. The Reds then take the show on the road to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although they’re still only a few games out of a Wild Card spot, the Bucs have lost their last six games.
Next Week’s Player of the Week
Joey Votto- The Reds first baseman is hitting .424 in the second half. The next-closest player is Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox and his cute .368 batting average. Besides Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon, a casual baseball fan may have never heard of any of the remaining opposing starting pitchers on the docket this week. Expect Joey Votto to have a classic Votto week as the Reds continue to play in meaningful games down the stretch. Meaningful for the other team, at least. Vottomatic.
Upcoming Schedule September 5-11
Monday: vs NYM (Stephenson, 2-0, 3.00 ERA vs. Colon, 12-7, 3.35 ERA)
Tuesday: vs NYM (Finnegan, 8-10, 4.19 ERA vs. Montero, 0-0, 3.68 ERA)
Wednesday: vs NYM (Bailey, 2-3, 6.65 ERA vs. Syndergaard, 12-8, 2.56 ERA)
Thursday: at PIT (DeSclafani, 8-2, 2.93 ERA vs. Nova, 11-6, 4.34 ERA)
Friday: at PIT (Straily, 11-7, 3.83 ERA vs. Brault, 0-2, 3.32 ERA)
Saturday: at PIT (Adleman, 2-3, 4.02 ERA vs. Kuhl, 3-2, 3.70 ERA)
Sunday: at PIT (Stephenson, 2-0, 3.00 ERA vs. Vogelsong, 3-4, 3.56 ERA)
W-L Prediction of the Week Ahead
The Reds are going to go 3-4 this week. The Mets are a good team, but the Reds are getting the bottom end of their rotation, so one or two of those games are winnable. At the end of the week in Pittsburgh, the fate of the Reds will be determined by the mood of the Pirates. If the Pirates losing streak continues early on in the week, the Reds may be able to pile on over the weekend. If they pick the pace back up (against the Cardinals), they may be able to hold off the Reds from having too much success in the Steel City. All in all, a 3-4 week with the potential for more is the predicted outcome for the Redlegs.