The Reds offense could not get anything going on Saturday night. It has unfortunately become an all too common theme for the 2020 Reds. Kwang-Hyun Kim recorded his first big league win tonight for the Cardinals, as he allowed just 3 hits and 0 walks over six strong innings.
|St. Louis Cardinals (8-8)||3||7||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (11-14)||0||4||0|
|W: Kim (1-0) L: Miley (0-3) S: Gallegos (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Wade Miley allowing a 2-run single to Tommy Edman with 1 out in the 3rd inning, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 11.9% (from 34.8% to 22.9%).
Kyle Farmer had three hits.
Tejay Antone had another great outing, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. Antone now has a 1.72 ERA/3.05 FIP through 15.2 innings this season.
The Reds bullpen continues to roll. They have allowed just 3 runs over the past 26.0 innings.
The Reds offense was rough. Guys not named Kyle Farmer had 1 hit and 2 walks combined. They did have 9 hard hit balls on the night according to Statcast (Cardinals only had 3).
In 99 plate appearances, Eugenio Suarez is batting .145/.283/.277 with a wRC+ of 59.
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) August 23, 2020
Wade Miley was……well Wade Miley. Not good, not terrible. He only allowed 3 hard hit ball on the night and was victim to some bad luck, but he also walked 3 guys.
Not so random thoughts…………..
Our old friend Richard Fitch pointed out the Reds are dead last in the MLB in BABIP at .236 (and there is big gap between the Reds at the next worse). You would have to think that will even out at some point. The worst team in the MLB in 2019 was .280 (the worst at the all-star break was .272).
Big game tomorrow for the Reds. If they could just get out of St. Louis with a split, they’d have to be feeling pretty good about themselves.
Reds at Cardinals,
Sunday, 2:15 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Tyler Mahle (3.38 ERA) vs Daniel Ponce de Leon (6.14 ERA)