With 9 games to go in the season, the National League playoff picture is locked up (not mathematically, but logically) and the Reds (63-90) are not even in throwing distance of it. In the midst of a six-game losing streak, our favorite team has but one long bright spot that is Joseph Daniel Votto and his 42 game on-base streak. He chases Pete Rose’s franchise record 48 game streak and currently trails only Bryce Harper in OBP in the NL.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
As Steve said in his Monday recap, through eight 2015 starts, John Lamb is a leading contender to make the 2016 Reds’ rotation. Where Lamb has struggled has been in lasting deep into games, only having gone 6.0 innings three times in eight starts. However, the southpaw has terrific K/BB ratios and his stuff is dominating. Based on Pitch/FX, Lamb’s change-up has left opponents slashing .184/.179/.395 and has been worth a wRC+ of 59 (100 is average and lower is better for pitchers).
For the Mets, Matt Harvery–the Dark Knight–looks to clinch the NL East for the other New York team. Surrounded by rumors of shut down due to an innings limit, Harvey skipped a start in mid-September and then came back on the 20th to throw 5.0 innings of shutout, one-hit ball against the Yankees. Expect the Mets to keep him on a short leash to preserve his arm for their upcoming playoff series.
Ivan DeJesus Jr. gets the start at short today and a chance to continue to prove himself:
Wilmer Flores still plays for the Mets. I love that:
Grab a free Commemorative All-Star Game Figurine at today's game vs the Mets.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) September 26, 2015
You know, the game may not be worth $3, but that figurine certainly is. Also, when else are you going to see Matt Harvey pitch?
It's actually the home team's responsibility, in this case the Reds, to procure champagne. NY Times reports that's been done. It's on ice.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 26, 2015
Hey, at least we bought the champagne. It’s like success by proximity, right? Right?
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 26, 2015
Reds beat writer John Fay is retiring after the season and will be thus honored by the team today. Fay is truly one of the more pleasant and entertaining writers to both read and follow on Twitter. He’s informative and snarky, which is the best combination a writer can ever achieve. He will be missed, but hopefully will enjoy retirement.
The Mets are good, the Reds are not. The Mets’ pitchers have cool nicknames (Thor, the Dark Knight), the Reds’ pitchers have nicknames (Disco, Iggy). I think its clear which team the baseball gods favor more at the moment.