The Short Version: The Reds lost. Again. Whatever.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (59-80) 3 6 0
Pittsburgh Pirates (68-71) 7 12 1
W: Musgrove (6-8) L: Reed (0-2)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Scooter Gennett hit two home runs. He now has 22 homers on the year. That’s good.

–Matt Wisler struck out two hitters in one shutout inning. That’s good.

–Scott Schebler had a couple of singles. I guess that’s pretty good.

The Bad
–Cody Reed: five innings, six runs allowed on nine hits and a walk. That’s bad.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds must win their 23 remaining games in order to secure a winning record. The Reds must go 14-9 the rest of the way to avoid their fourth consecutive 90+ loss season.

I’m exhausted.

The Reds have their very own mini-Steinbrenner.

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19 Responses

  1. kmartin

    I admit that I thought the season Gennett had last year was a total fluke. I was certainly wrong about this guy. He just keeps hitting.

    I still think Schebler should be moved up in the order.

    • Aaron Bradley

      Scooter loves playing for the Reds,

  2. D Ray White

    Better to play the young dudes and try to nail down the #5 pick.

    • Sasha09

      Why? Like everthing else most of the time the players they draft don’t work out anyway. Who cares what pick they get? I get tired of hearing it.

      • Jim Walker

        I’m not sure what the Reds could have done differently but I wonder if any other org picking in the top 5 in consecutive seasons has both those number 1’s out for the season with issues that could spill on over into 2019 or even beyond. Then go back another year or so and there is Tyler Stephenson who’s development was degraded by significant injuries in his 1st two seasons also.

  3. Scott Gennett

    Not sure how long they’ll continue dealing with failed prospects, time to get rid of the dirty clothes and start over. Only Disco, Castillo and maybe Mahle are set for next season starting rotation, everybody else should be heading to the bullpen, traded or DFA’d.

    • Jeff Reed

      Yes, pitching prospect time is winding down and it’s time to turn the page with next year on the horizon. With the acquisition of a solid starting pitcher, the rotation for 2019 can be average with Disco, Castillo, Mahle and Sims. Everyone else to the bullpen, traded or let go. Enough of the so-called rebuild. Return to the old way of farm system and trades and that includes the trading of prospects. Fans will again return to the ballpark only when there’s an established team on the field.

  4. davemoorewvu

    I just wish Homer would’ve been healthy all year.. I think he would have a legit chance at 20 losses! That doesn’t happen every year!

  5. Scotly50

    I have stopped watching the Reds, except for when they pitch a rookie or Reed. I am here for the recaps.

    I want to thank the guys that write up this debacle night after night.

  6. Show Triple Slash

    I was a Bengals season ticket holder until 2002. Driven largely by the Bengals’ ownership performance and what I believed that portended for the future, I gave up and walked away and have not looked back; history has demonstrated that was a prudent decision for me. I have great affection for the Reds’ players; the owner’s operating practices, not so much. While I was more than a little unhappy with the hanging on to Frazier and Chapman so Bob could have his All-Star Game party the way he wanted it, to the detriment of the team’s future competitiveness, I was willing to put that in the past. If, however, such is not just the past, but the (at least short-term) future, there may be a second walking away for me. Though of course not a tragedy, it would be disappointing to lose something I’ve had since the days of The Big Red Machine. I wish I could be confident that notice would be taken that I am not alone.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Triple Slash, I too date back to the Big Red Machine days, and was a former Bengals season ticket holder. The only reason we cancelled the Bengals tickets is because I had to move out of town for work reasons. Now living in Wisconsin, I get the package for Reds games and NFL Sunday Ticket for Bengals games. At the end of a season like this baseball season, it’s not uncommon to get worn down at the end. It’s very frustrating when there is dysfunction at the top, as seems to be the case for the Reds. Hope will certainly spring eternal in the spring, even if Dick Williams and staff aren’t allowed to do what is necessary this off-season to take the next steps toward contention. Everyone here loves the Reds, so take comfort in that you are not alone, that you have a place to visit where you can be among those like yourself who take it a bit personally when the Reds lose, and where you can blow off some steam or frustration — while you wait for the next “good Reds team.” 😉

  7. Bill j

    I have been a Reds fan since the late 40s, but the stupidity of of the last few seasons have been the worst. At my age I have no hopes of seeing the Reds being good agsin.

  8. roger garrett

    Scooter is good and the Reds will give him an extension and rightfully so.I hope he wins the batting title but as mentioned it will not be anything big outside of Cincy.He is valued by the Reds more then any other team values him which is consistent with everybody else we have on this team and that’s good because he won’t break the bank unless we allow him too.No other team will get in to a bidding war for him which is also good.As far as Homer staying in the rotation its all about the money.He has over 200 starts in the big leagues and is on his way down.If we go back and look at his first year 40 or 50 starts and I will and give you the stats,he will look like Mahle,Romano,and all the rest.Again the consistent inconsistent way the Reds handle players.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Gennett has a 4.7 WAR on FanGraphs for the current season, higher than Eugenio Suarez. I personally believe that Suarez is the best player on the team currently, even over Joey Votto. But I think Gennett is in the vicinity in terms of his contributions. He had a down period hitting after the All-Star break, but is picking it up again. I think many people minimize Gennett’s contributions because they see him as the player blocking Nick Senzel at second base.

      As far as a new contract for Gennett, his age works against him. I would say three to four years tops at or below the same $11 million annual figure that Suarez averages. If he can get better than that elsewhere, go right ahead and do it.

  9. roger garrett

    In Homer’s first 5 years covering 78 starts his ERA was 5.42 with a WHIP of1.56 and he have up more hits then innings pitched.His last 37 starts to date are awful.My point has always been we throw our young starters away after just a few starts.Homer wouldn’t even be here if we had done that with him after the first 5 years.He got 5 years,5 years nation before he had an average year.He has been awful for 7 years and he still gets the ball ahead of some other guys.How foolish.

  10. Cary

    Grew up in Indy in the 70’s loved the reds.

    Been in Chicago since 1980. Bears and Cubs season ticket holder

    Why Cubs …. to watch the reds. You can’t imagine the improvement to the Cubs since ownership change. Incredible.

    Hoping Bears will be sold too.

    Reds…although I go to every game at Wrigley, just sickening.

    We need new owners.

  11. Jeff Reed

    The Reds have a principal owner who is a fan and that can stand in the way of hard-nosed business decisions about favorite players which would bring change and might move the team forward. Until there is a new principal owner who relies on the knowledge of the baseball people he or she has hired, the Reds will not move beyond 4th. or 5th. place in the NLC.

  12. Bill j

    INDY I’m afraid if the Rockies offered the whole team BC wouldn’t trade BHam.