Last Week W-L: 2-4
Week In Review
The Cincinnati Reds began the penultimate week of the 2016 season in Chicago to take on the Cubs, who had just clinched the National League Central Division a few games earlier. Even with nothing further to play for, the Cubs swept the Reds, who scored just five runs in the three-game series. The Redlegs then went up the road to Milwaukee to face the Brewers. After dropping the first game of the series to the Brew Crew, the Reds took the final two games of the weekend series to wrap up the week. The Reds now hold a 33-33 record in the second half of the season.
Player of the Week
Jose Peraza- The Reds shortstop/utility man went 9-for-23 with one homerun, five RBIs, and four runs scored last week. His season average is now up to .330. Among players with at least 200 plate appearances this year, he ranks fifth in that category.
Stat of the Week
Although he hasn’t played since September 4, Billy Hamilton still has 3+ times more stolen bases than the next highest total on the team. Even looking at the entire National League, he’s only one behind the league leader in stolen bases despite having nearly 200 fewer plate appearances. Goes to show that when healthy, he puts up huge numbers.
Week of September 19 Results
Monday: 5-2 loss at Cubs
Tuesday: 6-1 loss at Cubs
Wednesday: 9-2 loss at Cubs
Friday: 5-4 loss at Brewers
Saturday: 6-1 victory at Brewers
Sunday: 4-2 victory at Brewers
Chicago Cubs, 99-56
St. Louis Cardinals, 81-74, 18 GB
Pittsburgh Pirates, 77-78, 22 GB
Milwaukee Brewers, 70-86, 29.5 GB
Cincinnati Reds, 65-90, 34 GB
The Reds begin the final week of the season on the road in St. Louis to face the Cardinals. The Cards are in the thick of the NL Wild Card race, so the Reds have the opportunity to help determine the fate of their division rivals’ season. The Reds will then host the Chicago Cubs for the final three games of the season next weekend. The Cubs are 13-3 against the Reds this season, but with their minds on bigger and better things perhaps the Reds can sneak a game or two away to end the season on a high note.
Next Week’s Player of the Week
Joey Votto- Votto is an interesting player. He can make things happen when he wants to. Looking at his season totals he’s at 26 home runs this year. It’s definitely a long shot, but a nice week this week could get that total to 30. That would be his highest career total since his monster 2010 MVP season when he hit 37 homers. Maybe it’s not important to him. But if it is, he might just make it happen.
Upcoming Schedule September 26 – October 2
Monday: at STL (Adleman, 2-4, 4.06 vs. Garcia, 10-12, 4.59 ERA)
Tuesday: at STL (Stephenson, 2-2, 5.59 vs. Wainwright, 12-9, 4.57 ERA)
Wednesday: at STL (DeSclafani, 8-5, 3.38 ERA vs. Leake, 9-11, 4.72 ERA)
Thursday: at STL (Straily, 14-8, 3.74 ERA vs. Reyes, 4-1, 1.58 ERA)
Friday: vs CHC (Sampson, 0-1, 3.49 ERA vs. Hammel, 15-10, 3.83 ERA)
Saturday: vs CHC (Adleman, 2-4, 4.06 vs. Lester, x-x, x.xx ERA)
Sunday: vs CHC (Stephenson, 2-2, 5.59 vs. Hendricks, 15-8, 2.06 ERA)
W-L Prediction of the Week Ahead
The Reds will go 3-4 this week. With a full seven-game schedule against two probable playoff teams, I was very tempted to predict a 2-5 week. What changed my mind was the potential to beat the Cardinals and the desire to finish the season strong at Great American Ballpark. Those two variables increase the win total from two to three.