Final R H E
New York Mets (87-67) 12 14 0
Cincinnati Reds (63-90) 5 11 1
W: Syndergaard (9-7) L: DeSclafani (9-12)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Even if we were to imagine the worst-case scenario, the Reds cannot lose 100 games this season. Yes, I listed that under “The Good.”

–It’s almost embarrassing to list anything under this section, but I’m making an effort here. Give me some credit. So…Jason Bourgeois had three hits from the leadoff spot, including a double and a run scored.

–Joey Votto got on base twice. Ho-hum.

–According to Rich on Twitter, “(Adam) Duvall hit the heck out of the ball tonight.” Duvall did hit his fourth homer of the year, in the ninth inning, so that’s technically true. Give Rich credit for trying to be optimistic. That’s difficult to do at this time of year.

The Bad
–Our favorite baseball team just lost their 90th game of the year.

–The final score is bad, but it doesn’t really reflect the carnage. The Reds were down 12-0 before they decided to start playing professional baseball.

–I really like all these guys, and I’m not interested in discussing the specifics, but let it be known: Anthony DeSclafani, Tony Cingrani, and JJ Hoover were all terrible tonight. Heck, even Aroldis Chapman wasn’t able to pitch a perfect inning, though he was the only Red who didn’t allow a run.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I have to admit: I was flipping back and forth between the Reds and the Virginia football game for most of the night. Yeah, really miserable Friday night for Chad!

–Only nine games to go. We can survive this season, I promise you. This season has almost been so bad that we’re happy to have football to distract us. Who Dey!!!

–Only one more thing I can add here:

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati's performance tonight.

Milton was unhappy with Cincinnati’s performance tonight.

37 Responses

  1. wildwestlv

    Add to the bad: Terry Collins kept making pitching changes in the 8th and 9th, ahead 12-0 and 12-5(w/ two outs, bottom of 9th), prolonging the Reds’ behind-the-woodshed- beating. Jerk.

    • Redsfan48

      Bruce Bochy used 9 pitchers in 3 innings Wednesday, including one (Javier Lopez) he brought in just to issue an intentional walk. Could have been worse.

      • Mister D69

        That was a one-run see-saw game. And Bochy is a guy who knows what he’s doing.

      • Redsfan48

        Really ? A guy that knows what he’s doing wouldn’t bring someone in to intentionally walk someone.

    • Tom Reed

      Milton, at least, is keeping a stiff upper lip.

      • Kyle Sea

        I’m wondering when he gets his braces off… those teeth will look great me thinks.

    • pinson343

      I’ve said from Day One that Milton is really a Cubs fan.

    • redleg75

      I like the goat from a couple days ago that looked like it was banging its head against the wall.

  2. kmartin

    I just got home from work and looked at the box score. Evidently Aroldis Chapman pitched with the score 12-4. If the objective function is to minimize the use of talent, we just found the globally optimal solution.

  3. ohiojimw

    Duvall’s OPS has grown in the last week along with the sample size. He is now OPSing at .900+ with a .350 OPB. Price said in the pregame he felt like Duvall’s LF play had “gotten the job done” and that he felt like Duvall had the tools to continue to improve both in LF and at the plate.

    I hope Duvall continues to be given opportunity and continues to thrive as he does.

    It could be very interesting if the final roster spot next spring comes down to Duvall and YRod. But I think Duvall actually has an option left so that gives them an out.

    • pinson343

      And Duvall has played better in LF this week.

  4. vegastypo

    In honor of this season, I think Milton should make an appearance at RedsFest

  5. Mister D69

    At the left field position, the Reds as a team are hitting 25th of 30 (thank you Marlon Byrd).
    At center field the Reds are dead last.
    At right field the Reds are dead last.

    This is one bad outfield.

    • pinson343

      By what measure ? I don’t think Bruce has been the least productive RFer in baseball. Otherwise, I imagine they’re dead last be any measure.

      • Mister D69

        I’m going by BA (.223). Yes, I know there are many other measures, e.g. OBP (Reds RF a shining 27th), etc. If anyone can offer up a single measure of effectiveness, please do.
        Bruce has a good arm, I’ll give him that.

      • Mister D69

        OK. 18th out of 23 qualified RF’ers. Not rock bottom. Ahead of such bank-breakers as Ender Inciarte and Avisail Garcia.

  6. pinson343

    Boesch was hitting at AAA, and has looked better (than his horrible early season with the Reds) since his return. But he’s not getting regular ABs that have gone instead to Schumaker and Bourgeois. I mention Bourgeois because Boesch can play CF and I don’t see how he could be much worse than Bourgeois.

    Like Duvall, he has some pop. Play the man !

  7. pinson343

    Why does Hoover so often throw to the exact spot that LHed sluggers love, right into their wheelhouse ? A low strike on the inner half of the plate. That was a batting practice HR for Granderson.

    In Cingrani’s case, Duda knew a fastball was coming, end of story.

    • sultanofswaff

      You see it all the time. I don’t get it either. As I said the other day, it’s like they’re trying to be more clever than smart, like, they can sneak one in there and lock up the batter instead of making the higher percentage pitch which is away away away.

    • Chuck Schick

      Rather simple….he’s bad.

      Studies have shown that vBad pitchers have a habit of throwing pitches that hitters hit…often hard and far. Do you think he’s standing out there saying to himself ” I really need to throw it exactly where the batter has the greatest advantage”? Perhaps….or he’s just not good.

  8. pinson343

    Disco had a bad outing but after Duda’s HR, he retired the next 13 batters (sort of, there was a hit batsman erased by a DP and an error by Frazier). So he wasn’t terrible as in Cingrani-and-Hoover terrible.

  9. pinson343

    Chad, somehow, even after a loss like that, your recap makes me feel better.

  10. wildwestlv

    Reds Magic Number done to 9. As in, 9 games until this season comes to a merciless end.

  11. sultanofswaff

    Boy, every pitcher the Reds used was up up up in the zone. With that sort of location, the outcome was inevitable.

    I literally laughed out loud to see Chapman come in the game. For the record, he has pitched 63 innings this season (just 315 for his CAREER). Probably won’t break 70 with all this losing down the stretch. Of those 63, I wonder how many were high leverage….probably less than half, right?

    • Steve Mancuso

      62 appearances

      Tied – 13 games
      Ahead 1 – 12 games
      Down 1 – 3 games

      Ahead 2 – 8 games

      Ahead/Down 3+ – 26 games

      Chapman has not entered a game that was within 1 run since August 5.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Your last statement makes me cringe.

      • kmartin

        What about the August 27 game? I believe he pitched the ninth down one run. I think you were at that game.

    • redleg75

      Makes one want to vomit if one thinks about it too much. Waste.

  12. DenL42

    Solace for those who hate football: The Blue Jackets open five days after the Reds finish… and this is gonna be their year.

    • lwblogger2

      Woot! Don’t like football but I do like the Cyclones and especially the Jackets.

  13. james garrett

    It will be over soon and one can hope we make tons of changes in our leadership and our roster.The stinch of losing has spread far and wide in the Reds organization and almost everybody that has got a whiff needs to go.Collins prolonged the agony last night as WILDWESTLV said by changing pitchers with two outs in the ninth and ahead by 7 runs.That alone should make everybody on the team and in the front office mad at being shown up as amatuers masquerading as professionals.

  14. Shchi Cossack

    Well, after another disaster of a game and with just 9 games to play, the Reds made some progress in the the 2016 rule 4 draft last night. The Philies, Rox, Brewers & A’s all won, leaving the Reds in 3rd position, 1.5 games behind the Braves and 0.5 ahead of the Rox. It’s something at least. Playing and competing amongs the dregs of MLB just isn’t much fun.

    The recent progress reports on Bailey are promising, but that’s a big wait and see. I haven’t heard anything regarding Mesoraco lately after the positive post-op reports. I don’t think anyone will know about Cozart’s recovery from that catastrophic knee injury until spring training, so that a really big wait and see. Moscot recovery updates have been particularly unreported.

    Another game of horrendous ball/strike calls by the home plate umpire. Votto continued his on-base streak with a hit and a walk despite the expanded strike zone well below and outside the legitimate strike zone.

    • cfd3000

      Jim Day reported on Mesoraco and Moscot on Thursday. Moscot progressing well with his non-throwing shoulder, is headed to an instructional league and will play winter ball somewhere. Mesoraco also progressing well with no setbacks. Ready to start agility drills.