Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (61-80) 2 6 0
New York Mets (61-79) 7 11 0
W: Harvey (5-4) L: Mahle (0-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Not much to say here, as this was a lackluster base ball contest. Scott Schebler had two hits, including a double. Phillip Ervin walked and doubled, and drove in a run.

Jackson Stephens pitched a couple of scoreless innings of relief. It was Stephens’ second big league outing, and his first in a relief role.

–The Reds scored in the top of the first, when Ervin — starting in center field for the injured Billy Hamilton — walked to lead off the game, moved to third on a Joey Votto single, then scored on an Adam Duvall sac fly.

One inning later, the good guys took a 2-0 lead. Schebler led off with a double. Two outs later, Ervin doubled him home.

The Bad
–Rookie Tyler Mahle was not sharp: 4 innings, 3 runs allowed on 6 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts. Mahle’s continuing struggles with command are a bit surprising, given his minor league numbers. But he’s pitching in the majors for the first time. Young pitchers are notoriously inconsistent, you know?

It was the first sub-par performance of Mahle’s big league career. There will be better days for this kid.

–Tim Adleman pitched the fifth inning and surrendered two solo home runs. Alejandro Chacin pitched the sixth inning and surrendered two runs of his own. Only gave up one homer, though.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–I don’t have any thoughts. This wasn’t a good game. Tomorrow will be better.

14 Responses

  1. Scott Gennett

    Ervin looks very confortable at the plate, who knows…

    • Sliotar


      The comment was good, even without the customary RLN #, and the reply was even better.

    • TR

      All that’s left of this season is sorting. A question is, is our manager dedicated to sorting?

  2. Jim Walker

    Maybe Adleman is just run down; not that it shouldn’t reflect on his evaluation, just a possible explanation. Not sure if he is bound to the Reds next season if he clears waivers and is outrighted off the 40 Man or whether he will would be minor league FA. If he is bound to the Reds regardless (assuming he cleared waivers) then he is likely as good as off the 40 man regardless of how he does from the pen this month.

  3. jazzmanbbfan

    I’m liking Wojo better than Adleman in that role at this point.

  4. Scott Gennett

    I find very unlikely he’ll remain in the roster next season

  5. Kap

    I have a good feeling about Ervin. He has always had a good OBP throughout his career in the minors and it is continuing in the majors so far. He looks more like a leadoff hitter than Billy does.

    As for Mahle, he’ll be fine. If that’s the worse start of the season for him, the reds should be grateful. He’s only 22 remember.

    I also think Adelman is on his way out. Wojo or maybe even Stephens will snatch the long relief man out of the pen next year.

    In my forrest gump voice, that’s all I have to say about that

    • IndyRedMan

      Ervin was a .251 career hitter in the minors without a lot of power. Who knows? Maybe he gets it now….his swing def looks shorter then it was when he came up before. Suarez never hit that much in the minors either.

      • IndyRedMan

        It really is a crapshoot! I’ve became a fan of a Whit Merrifield with KC thru fantasy baseball. A 9th rd pick in 2010 by the Royals, and he didn’t make it to KC until last year at 27 yrs old. He doesn’t walk much, but he’s having a big year. Hitting .286 with 27 doubles, 5 triples, 17 HRs, and 27 (out of 30 attempts) steals! Now that’s a late bloomer!

  6. sultanofswaff

    A loss where we learn something about the players who will possibly contribute to the next Reds playoff team is far more satisfying than the Arroyo/Adelman/Feldman losses we had to endure earlier in the year. Yes Cossack, trust the process!

    Price is finally committed to mixing and matching like he should’ve been doing all year. Reminds me of the Winston Churchill quote about the United States: (paraphrase) “Once they’ve exhausted all other options, you can count on them to make the right decision.” Anyone wanting to credit Price for the late season turnaround needs to remember this quote.

  7. Da bear

    The more experience he gets I think the better Mahle will be. If Mahle had been brought up earlier this year perhaps he’d have made some adjustments already and be that much better for next year. But no, our estimable Reds front office rotated in and out a batch of AAA pitchers with no future and trotted to the mound veterans with marginal upside to waste learning opportunities.

    Hopefully one month, 5 or 6 starts is enough to get him ready for 2018