Last Week W-L: 3-4
Week In Review
As the Cincinnati Reds head down the final stretch of the season, the team isn’t exactly playing in meaningful games. That was true this week, as they took two out of three games from the Milwaukee Brewers, who entered the week 15 games under .500. The Reds then hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates for a four-game series over the weekend. The Pirates entered the matchup with just a glimmer of hope to make the playoffs as they sat six games behind the New York Mets for the last Wild Card spot in the National League. After the 3-4 week, the Reds are now 63-86 and the only standings that matter at this point is the race for the first pick in the draft.
Player of the Week
Scott Schebler- The Reds 25-year-old outfielder had a nice week, going 11-for-26 (.423 average) with one homerun, seven runs batted in, and four runs scored. Schebler is having a productive second half, hitting seven homeruns with 28 RBIs in 155 at-bats.
Stat of the Week
Dan Straily had 13 career wins coming into the 2016 season. After registering the victory on Sunday, Straily has now doubled that total to 26, improving his season line to 13-8 with a respectable 3.83 ERA. While he may not have the hype of some of the younger arms in the rotation, he’s been the best starter they have among those who’ve thrown 120 innings this year.
Week of September 12 Results
Monday: 3-0 victory vs Brewers
Tuesday: 6-4 victory vs Brewers
Wednesday: 7-0 loss vs Brewers
Friday: 9-7 loss vs Pirates
Saturday (Game 1): 10-4 loss vs Pirates
Saturday (Game 2): 7-3 loss vs Pirates
Sunday: 7-4 victory vs Pirates
Chicago Cubs, 94-55
St. Louis Cardinals, 78-71, 16 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates, 74-75, 20 GB
Milwaukee Brewers, 68-82, 26.5 GB
Cincinnati Reds, 63-86, 31 GB
The Reds begin the week in Chicago taking on the Cubs. It’s hard to find a blemish on the Cubs record, but they have lost four of their last six games. Since the team clinched the National League Central Division last week, expect manager Joe Maddon to rest the regulars as they prepare for the playoffs. The Redlegs then head up the road from Chicago to Milwaukee to face the Brewers for three games next weekend. With one win in the three-game series, the Reds would clinch the season series over the Brew Crew.
Next Week’s Player of the Week
Adam Duvall- Continuing the attempt from last week to avoid always choosing Joey Votto, Adam Duvall is primed to have a solid week. Although he’s only hit two homeruns in September, he’s hit eight of his 31 homers (26%) against the Cubs and Brewers this year. Of all 18 opposing ballparks he’s played in this year, Miller Park in Milwaukee is the stadium where he’s hit the most homeruns (three).
Upcoming Schedule September 12-18
Monday: at CHC (Straily, 13-8, 3.83 ERA vs. Hammel, 14-9, 3.60 ERA)
Tuesday: at CHC (Adleman, 2-4, 4.21 vs. Lester, 17-4, 2.40 ERA)
Wednesday: at CHC (Stephenson, 2-1, 4.97 vs. Montgomery, 4-5, 2.66 ERA)
Friday: at MIL (DeSclafani, 8-4, 3.15 ERA vs. Anderson, 8-11, 4.47 ERA)
Saturday: at MIL (Sampson, 0-1, 3.49 ERA vs. Davies, 11-7, 3.92 ERA)
Sunday: at MIL (Straily, 13-8, 3.83 ERA vs. Peralta, 7-10, 5.21 ERA)
W-L Prediction of the Week Ahead
The only thing preventing a sweep by the Cubs is them having already clinched the postseason and therefore perhaps resting their starters, so the Reds will be able to win one of those three games. Then in Milwaukee, Cincy could win two of three, but more likely one of three (Reds are 19 games under .500 on the road). That adds up to a 2-4 week. Simple.