“On October 3, he asked me what day it was. ‘It’s October 3.'”
For some reason, the Mean Girls reference that rears its head every year on this day seems actually relevant for once. Maybe it’s because I expect that the Reds will lose today or maybe it’s because this day holds no significance to me in the absence of Reds’ playoff baseball. Regardless, the Reds (63-97) have lost 13 games in a row. Also, today’s game is free on MLB.tv. And it’s October 3.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
In his three starts with the Reds so far, Brandon Finnegan has been…meh. He’s gone 5.0 innings in each start but has not particularly shown anything exceptional. His wildly apparent weakness though is the home run ball. He’s given up five in just 17.2 innings as a Red and was hammered by the Cardinals in his second start. That he has a groundball percentage over 50% bodes well for his future, indicating that the long balls are more a reflection of mistake pitches than any long-term pitching style.
A.J. Burnett has been his usual dependable self this year for the Pirates, turning in 25 starts, 16 of which were quality starts. He has not been quite effective of late though, as five of his last six starts have lasted less than 6.0 innings. Granted, that threshold for effectiveness is still much higher than your typical Major League pitcher.
Eugenio Suarez bats second and Adam Duvall starts in LF for the Reds’ tonight:
The Pirates’ lineup:
Tonight, Joey Votto looks to officially pass Pete Rose as the franchise-record holder for most consecutive games getting on base. If Joey manages to scratch his way on tonight and tomorrow afternoon, he will finish 2015 with the nice round number of 50 consecutive games reaching base.
For his career, Joey Votto has hit .323 (10-31) against A.J. Burnett with 6 walks. In retrospect, his .432 OBP against Burnett would have been the more relevant number to cite.
THE MANAGERIAL CIRCUS
Decisions on coaches on #reds staff to be made over next 2-3 weeks
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) October 3, 2015
Walt Jocketty just told us Bryan Price will return as #Reds manager in 2016
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) October 3, 2015
Both C. Trent Rosecrans and Mark Sheldon tweeted that Bryan Price will be retained as the Reds’ manager for 2016 then issued immediate follow-up tweets claiming coaching staff decisions would be made over the next couple of weeks. One reading (probably the correct reading) of that sequence is that Price will return and the rest of the staff will be replaced or subject to replacement. Another reading (my first take on it) is that this organization is slightly dysfunctional, is not sure whether to keep Price, and has no idea what the course of action will be. That I was convinced the latter was the correct interpretation at first is a bit unsettling, even if the former is right.
This post is my last game preview of the 2015 season and what a ride it has been. It all started with a Pirates’ series in April, and it ends with a Pirates’ series in October. In between, two of my favorite players departed from the team, and somehow Joey Votto and Todd Frazier perfected the science of body-swapping after the All-Star Break.
All-in-all, it has been an amazing experience to write this previews (and the occasional recap) for such a wonderful site all season long. Like Chad was in his recap last night, I too am optimistic for the 2016 prospects. We’ll need a lot of things to come together all at once, but this Reds’ team is going places, ladies and gentleman. Maybe not championship places, but places.