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.

STARTING PITCHERS
All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Matt Harvey 2.80 3.23 0.92 5.3% 24.3%
John Lamb 4.60 3.54 1.05 7.5% 25.7%

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.

STARTING LINEUPS

Ivan DeJesus Jr. gets the start at short today and a chance to continue to prove himself:

1. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Ivan De Jesus (R) SS
7. Adam Duvall (R) LF
8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
9. John Lamb (L) P
WESLEY

Wilmer Flores still plays for the Mets. I love that:

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
9. Matt Harvey (R) P
WESLEY

FREE STUFF!


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?

REDS’ GOGGLES


Hey, at least we bought the champagne. It’s like success by proximity, right? Right?

FAREWELL


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.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
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.

GO REDS

21 Responses

  1. Patty Breitenstein

    Seriously, The home team supplies the champange? Isn’t that like rubbing salt into a wound? A double loss. 🙁

    • gary

      At least they’re not being eliminated by them. 😀

  2. tct

    If anybody should be the “Dark Knight”, it’s Homer Bailey considering that Christian Bale is his doppelganger. Actually, considering their personalities and disposition towards the media, it can’t be ruled out that they are the same person.

  3. james garrett

    Just tuned in and see we are down 5-0.Come on offense show a little fight.May want to look at how we are pitching Duda because it ain’t working.

  4. james garrett

    De Jesus just showed a little fight.Seems he wants a job next year.

  5. wildwestlv

    Will the Reds be auctioning off the tee they let Lucas Duda use on them, this series? I’m sure the Mets would like to take it with them, into the playoffs.

  6. james garrett

    Champagne is free might as well give him the tee too.

  7. wildwestlv

    Attaboy Tucker. Good at bat and running. Make Harvey work at least.

  8. james garrett

    Lessons learned,can’t walk guys or throw meatballs to lefthand hitters.He will be ok and compete for a spot next year.

  9. wildwestlv

    DeJesus made no effort whatsoever on that Cespedes grounder.

  10. wildwestlv

    Walked Duda. Reds finally figured it out.

  11. wildwestlv

    I give up. It’s going to be a long afternoon. Congrats to the Mets.

  12. james garrett

    Lessons learned for Contreras,can’t walk guys then throw meatballs.

  13. james garrett

    Saw where Hudson was pulled in the second inning and Zito is gone after the second.Remember when they were really really good?Father time gets us all and its time to move on.

  14. james garrett

    Josh Smith just pinch hit.Does that mean we have surrendered?

  15. Mister D69

    Reds bullpen in 5th in ML for innings pitched. Could easily finish 3rd, maybe be there by tonight.

  16. james garrett

    Collins pulls Harvey up 5 with 2 out in the seventh must be afraid of Votto.

  17. Evan armstrong

    Any reason given for Lamb being pulled?