The Cincinnati Reds (71-82) will travel to St. Louis this weekend and play the Cardinals (85-68) for the final time in 2014. The Reds have already been eliminated from the postseason, and clinched a losing record for 2014. The Reds will however have a chance this weekend to play spoiler against their division rival, and hurt their chances of winning the NL Central.

The Reds come into this series having just been swept in Chicago, where they scored just 1 run (!) in the entire three game series. The Reds are 20-38 since the All-Star break, and their .345 winning percentage in the second half is the teams worst since 1914.

The Cardinals however come in thriving. They are 13-5 in their last 18 games (3 of those losses were against the Reds). The Cardinals currently hold a 2.5 game lead in the NL Central over the Pirates.

The Reds will have something to say about the NL Central and the NL Wild Card over their final 9 games of 2014. After the Reds finish up three games in St. Louis, they will come home for three games against the Brewers and Pirates to end the season.

Pitching Matchups

reds cardinals SP

Cardinals Projected Lineup

cards lineup

5 Responses

  1. Vicferrari

    so is Latos done?, seems like they could have skipped Holmberg and threw their best Leake, Simon, Cueto pitching on normal rest for off day.
    Anybody know what the worst post ASB record is, because this is just awful. I never was on the fire Price thing- but I am all for gutting the entire staff- I know it is irrational

    • RedAlert

      Never been more embarrassed over this organization than I am right now – and that is from ownership all the way to the bottom rung

    • tct

      Price has definitely not been very impressive. But I don’t think there is a manager in baseball who could win with this offense. Bruce has been terrible, Cozart is the worst hitting everyday player in baseball, BP has continued his decline and has also been hurt, LF is a disaster, Hamilton has been pretty bad in the second half, Votto has missed most of the year, and his bench is pretty bad as well. He’s had two above average hitters this year. That’s not to say that he couldn’t have gotten a couple extra wins out of them, possibly, if he made better strategic decisions. But at some point his players have to perform for the team to win and his GM has to find him some better options if they don’t perform.

  2. RedAlert

    I really don’t have confidence that Price is that much different than Baker – he is willing to try different lineups and such , but his daily massacre of the bullpen and his ongoing questionable managerial strategy are just too similar to his predecessor

    • Michael J Hampton

      I was thinking about this the other day, and it seems to me that Price started out more open to trying different things, batting Votto 2nd, batting Votto and Bruce back to back, paying lip service to using Chapman more, but as the season wore on he became more and more of an old school manager.