The Short Version: Hours after trading Devin Mesoraco for Matt Harvey, the Reds win their ninth game of the season. The trade is clearly a complete success.

Final R H E
New York Mets (18-16) 2 6 1
Cincinnati Reds (9-27) 7 12 0
W: Castillo (2-4) L: Vargas (0-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Luis Castillo tired in the end, but it was another encouraging start for the young Reds hurler. He pitched 5.2 innings (just 81 pitches), allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out seven. Castillo retired the first 14 Mets hitters, and he looked as dialed in as he’s looked all season. Things spun a little out of control in the sixth, but good things lay ahead.

–Once again, Eugenio Suarez was the offensive star: 3-4 with a double, two runs scored, and 4 RBI. Tucker Barnhart also had three hits in four trips to the plate, including a triple (!).

–Scott Schebler had two hits, including a double, and scored two runs. Scooter Gennett hit his fourth home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning.

–The Reds bullpen — Amir Garrett (though he walked in a run), David Hernandez, Wandy Peralta, Austin Brice — tossed 3.1 scoreless innings of relief.

The Bad
–Nothing bad, except this visual:

Not-So-Random Thoughts
Did you hear about the Reds trade today? The Reds are 1-0 in the Matt Harvey Era.

–Devin Mesoraco, playing for another team for the first time in his career, pinch-hit in the ninth and struck out.

–Just one more win until the Reds reach TEN WINS on the season! What a time to be alive.

–Afternoon game tomorrow, in which Sal Romano will try to give the Reds their second series win of the season.

17 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    The reason I am most grateful for this win….FanGraphs’ projection today had the Reds finishing with a record of 63-99.

    I am not yet emotionally ready, with the rebuild so near completion, to see on-screen that this team is going to finish 2018 with 100 losses. /s

    Castillo and Mahle….all the innings y’all can handle. TV is better when they pitch, IMO.

    Suarez entered today with 1.1 WAR accumulated through only 19 games.

    At $10.5M per WAR in free agency, he has already paid for his salary for this year (2.25M) and next (7M).

    Any kind of consistent health and the Reds are going to end up with a true steal in performance vs. pay contract.

  2. Gonzo Reds

    What? I agree with something the Reds front office did? What is the world coming too? Guess this means Scott Turner is back? We’ve got a couple of high draft picks in our system at C that need to ramp it up as there’s a clear path to the big leagues…

  3. DHud

    Press box bad luck strikes again

    Chris Welsh: “Castillo is dominating out there. He’s using the fastball-changeup to perfection. He’s what they call in the pitching world as dialed inWHAMMM!”

    Flores solo shot to left field. Any time he or Thom get on a kick they just jynx the Reds

    • DHud

      Very well could’ve been. Thanks for the enlightenment

  4. Jack

    Feels good to win one. Let’s hope for two this afternoon.

  5. Mason Red

    Adam Duvall for Tim Lincecum could be the next move….

  6. David

    Can’t be worse? Hold on to your hats!
    Dick Williams indicated last night that Harvey would be in the starting rotation. So somebody has to go.
    My bet is Finnigan goes down to AAA and works on his “problems”.

    • Ghettotrout1

      Finnegan is trash….. I have no idea why his leash is so long compared to other starters/pitchers…. I think that 2016 season where he basically pitched all year as an average ML pitcher (correct me if I’m wrong on that) and the fact that they are desperately trying to make the Cueto trade look like they received atleast one pitcher are the two main reason’s he has been christened a starter….. whereas Lorenzen (not saying I think he should be a starter) and Garrett had much shorter leashes and are basically both relegated to the bull pen F-O-R-E-V-E-R (Sand Lot). Happy Trails Brandon Finnegan I hope you can figure it out in AAA for the Reds sake and all of us sorry fans who desperately believe we can Make Reds Baseball Great Again LOL.

      • Ghettotrout1

        I guess I see very little upside with him and never thought he should have been in the rotation to begin with. Garrett and Stephenson both have higher ceilings. I don’t see why they don’t send him down like Stephenson given that they both walk every other hitter. I doubt Finnegan ever returns to that 2016 form.

      • Carl Sayre

        Stephenson has been the one with way too much leash!!!!!!! The comments on here when Deshields called out were brutal well guess what he was right Stephenson is uncoachable!! He continues at this pave he might make a MLB pitcher about the time he gets his 1st Social Security check!!!!!!

      • Ghettotrout1

        How does Stephenson have a long leash he is in triple A has he even started a game this year for the Reds? When you pitch in AAA I would find that hard to call a leash what would you rather them do just say your released?

      • Daytonian

        Without the overstatement and without the emotion… Simply, Finny has not proven himself as a starter, is not working it out, and needs to come back to the ‘pen–either now or later after a stint in L’ville.

  7. Westfester

    I thought Cowboy’s critique of pitcher development in the minors was spot on. He pointed out the reason pitchers aren’t going deep into games anymore is because they didn’t learn how to pitch when they’re tired. All throughout the minors, pitchers are kept on a count with the purpose to prevent injuries. The problem is when the Manager tells the pitcher he’s only got 90 pitches, he’s going to throw as hard as he can every pitch. That’s learning how to throw, not pitch. He doesn’t learn how to throw at 85% so that he can have extra left in the tank when he’s in a jam in the 7th.

  8. SultanofSwaff

    That would be great for Billy and whatever team signs him in free agency, but I don’t see what it does for the Reds other than improve his trade stock. He’s too close to free agency and has too long a track record of ineptitude to trust that ‘the light went on’ offensively.

  9. Still a Red

    Anyone else notice Billy’s new stance at the plate…a little more up-right and resting the bat on his shoulder (ala Cozart’s adjustment)

  10. Bill Lack

    I’ll go one step further, if he can keep his OBP at the league average mark, he’s a starter every day. Duvall should be riding the pine.