The Short Version: In the penultimate game of the 2017 season, the Reds laid yet another egg. Please let this season end soon. Please?

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (67-94) 0 8 1
Chicago Cubs (92-69) 9 10 0
W: Lester (13-8) L: Stephens (2-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The 2017 season is nearly over.

The Bad
–Jackson Stephens gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in just four innings. Still not sure why he and Deck McGuire are starting games instead of Cody Reed.

–Asher Wojciechowski pitched a scoreless fifth inning, and looked pretty good doing it. Then he gave up three hits and a walk in the next inning, permitting four runs (though the first two of those runs scored on a bloop to right field that Scott Schebler lost in the sun).

Wojo wasn’t helped by Ariel Hernandez, who entered and could not throw a strike if his professional life depended on it. He bounced a wild pitch to the plate (not the last wild pitch of the inning) and runners moved up into scoring position. Hernandez then induced a sac fly, but walked each of the next three batters. By the time he had finished the inning, the Reds were losing 8-0 and Hernandez had thrown just 8 strikes in his 23 pitches.

–Scooter Gennett made another error. Count me among the biggest fans of Scooter’s acquisition, but sheesh, that guy is not very good with the glove. Or perhaps we’ve been spoiled for the last eleven years.

–Joey Votto struck out three times, if you can believe it.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Adam Duvall was 3-3 with a double and a walk. Jose Peraza was 2-3, but was caught stealing once.

–Zach Vincej got his first big league hit, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Congrats, Zach!)

–When he was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning, Votto reached base for the 31st consecutive game. That was also the 319th time Votto has reached base in 2017, which ties his own franchise record, set back in 2015.

–The fifth inning ended with an epic duel between Wojo and Chicago’s Tommy LaStella that lasted 17 pitches. LaStella fouled off 12 pitches with two strikes. On the 17th and final pitch of the AB, Wojo threw a backdoor slider that caught LaStella looking.

–There are only 27 outs remaining in the 2017 Cincinnati Reds baseball season.

–This is my final game recap of the 2017 season, gang. Thanks to all of you for sticking with us throughout this often difficult season.

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11 Responses

  1. Scott Carter

    Have enjoyed the writing here at Redleg Nation. Perhaps we will have better things to write and read next year.

  2. kmartin

    Thanks Chad for all of the great recaps this year.

    If we win tomorrow our 2016 and 2017 records will be identical.

  3. Sliotar

    Chad,

    Thanks for all of the recaps.

    -Today was the first time since June 28th that Duvall has had 3 hits in a game.
    Hopefully, he gets a home run tomorrow and ends that long drought, and finishes an awful second half on a high note.

    -Cardinals!

    My dislike is purely from jealousy.

    Down 6-0, they come back and win 7-6, eliminating the Brewers from playoff contention.
    Much respect for that.
    An organization that the Reds should aspire to emulate.

  4. RedAlert

    Big Bob will grant Price a 5 year extension for his continual masterpiece seasons . Model of consistency he is.

    • Steven Ross

      Sadly, you’re probably be right on the Extension. Reds = Bengals bringing back someone who really shouldn’t be there. Everyone knows it except the Front Office.

  5. pedroborbon

    I got so excited when i saw the headlines this morning that said that “Price Resigns”….Turns out it was the wrong Price – drats!

  6. GreatRedLegsFan

    Another rebuild season is over, and yet so many questions are still pending to be answered heading into 2018, looks like this process will never end. Watching other organizations taking steps towards contention (i.e., Brewers, Twins, Phillies) it’s hard to recognize Reds management has simply underperformed.

  7. David

    Chad, first of all, thank you for your work in writing up game summaries. I know that most of the writers here are “amateurs” (but still intelligent and able), and you do this out of fun and fandom. But I know that some days it must be a bit of an obligatory grind to put out a blog posting when the Reds really stink it up.

    And stink it up, they have. I had higher hopes for the second half, but they were pretty much dashed by the forward/backward thinking of Reds management.

    And frankly, my hopes for 2018 will likely be dashed too. The lion’s share of the blame, in my humble opinion, lies at the feet of Bob Castellini. Despite many pronouncements about winning and being “winners!”, the Reds STINK because of a series of bad management decisions that start at the top.

    Even if Dick Williams was one of the most brilliant GM’s in baseball (which he is not), the Reds are condemned because ownership likes to mouth platitudes but is unable to understand how to build a winning team. Williams may be a bright guy, but his biggest credential that got him the job is being related to someone in the management group.

    It’s easy to blame Bryan Price, but he was hired by management just like the rest of the group of people that actually run the organization. Management has failed the team, the organization, and the fans. It could be that 2018 will be great year for the Reds, but frankly, I doubt it. It will be blind squat luck if it happens. I doubt it will even be mediocre (0.500 winning percentage). When 2018 concludes, and the Reds have had ANOTHER losing season, more fingers will be pointed.
    But it starts at the top.

    Bob Howsam, God rest his soul, knew how to build a winner in a small market. He knew how to judge talent. Granted, he inherited a pretty good team when he came aboard as a GM, but he made a lot of moves and drafts that kept the Reds a winning team through the ’70’s.
    It’s not Marty, it’s not Price, it’s not the Cowboy. It’s not a host of other tangential reasons. Whether Deck McGuire or Cody Reed start the last game of the season, it just doesn’t matter.
    Because the team is owned by a bunch of stubborn blockheads, we are doomed to be on the outside looking in at playoffs and championships, for the forseeable future.

  8. TR

    Thank you, Chad, for establishing this site and managing it so well along with Steve and the other outstanding writers. I haven’t checked the other ML blogs but RLN must be one of the best. After we see which one of the remaining ten teams come out on top, hammer-time will start for the Reds in the off-season.

  9. David

    Yay! Another #4 or #5 pick. Yay! And next year, and the year after, and so on, and so on.

  10. KDJ

    Thanks for the posts and thanks for the comments. I appreciated catching up on missed games and reading the analyses of the advanced stats.
    Hopefully 2018 will be more competitive.