The weekend that was in Reds country provided some interesting Reds notes worth noting for your Monday morning.
According to Baseball-reference.com, the Reds now have a 14.0% shot to make the playoffs, as of today, August 5th. Without looking, I’d say you would have to go back to 2013 to see any chances to make the playoffs, this late into the season, which just goes to show what an awesome year it’s been. Fangraphs is a bit less bullish, giving the Reds a 5.4% shot to make it, but, hey, the Pirates currently sit at 0.0%. Take that, Pittsburgh.
Tucker Barnhart’s go-ahead three-run dinger, Sunday afternoon, was his first dinger since May 25th. It’s also just his fourth extra-base hit, since that last long ball. Oddly enough, on that day, Tucker had a homer AND a double off Cubs starter, Yu Darvish, in a game he went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBIs. Here’s to hoping this is Tucker getting turned around.
We’re all watching this bullpen seemingly limp through games, as of late, so here’s some numbers on that. The Reds currently are tied with the White Sox and Twins for 6th in save percentage (70%). They’ve converted 31 of 44 possible saves this year. They are not quite as efficient with inherited runners, though. They, along with the Rockies, have allowed 34% of inherited runners to score. That’s the eighth most in Major League Baseball. The good news is, they are tied with three other teams in least amount of pitches per relief appearance. Reds relievers average 17 pitches, per appearance, which is tied with the Cubs, Dodgers, and Nationals.
Wrapping up this post, Mike Trout has played just three games in Great American Ballpark in his career. He has yet to hit a home run. Dude has 7.1 WAR this year, by himself. If you have the ability to go, it may be worthwhile to see a guy who will go down as, possibly, the greatest player to ever play the game. He doesn’t come to the Queen City very often.