This is fun.
The Reds beat down the team with the best record in the American League to get back to .500. It is the first time the Reds have been at .500 since they were 5-5. It’s the first time the Reds have been .500 in September since 2013. Soak this in Reds fans, you have waited a long, long time for this. Enjoy the ride of the final 8 games of a real playoff chase.
The Reds win on Friday night came behind a gusty performance from Tyler Mahle: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Mahle looks like he solidified getting at least one more start this season. Joey Votto had 3 hits, and he hit one of the four Reds homers on the night (Winker, Castellanos and Barnhart).
|Chicago White Sox (33-18)||1||4||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (26-26)||7||8||0|
|W: Mahle (2-2) L: Stiever (0-1)|
|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 Jesse Winker’s 3-run home run with 2 outs in the 3rd inning. That play increased the Reds probability of winning by 11.9% (from 82.8% to 94.7%).
How about Joey Votto? The “washed up” first baseman now has an .800 OPS on the season.
Now that's some elite company. ? pic.twitter.com/xVFjR1NZSs
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 19, 2020
Jesse Winker hit a big three run bomb. He needed it too. Winker’s last hit came on 9/4 (0 for his last 23 before the homer).
Are you kidding me Tucker Barnhart? He entered play with a 1.185 OPS in September. Pretty cool for a guy that literally every single one us were begging to be benched.
Nick Castellanos hit his 13th home run of the season. That is a pace of 41 homers in a 162 game season.
Tyler Mahle now has a 3.97 ERA/3.97 FIP on the season. That will certainly do for the guy who was your #6 starter entering summer camp.
Lol……come on, there is nothing here tonight.
Not so random thoughts……….
The Cardinals swept their doubleheader today, so unfortunately the Reds are 0.5 back in the NL Central #2 spot (and they lose the tiebreaker). The good news is the Phillies and Giants are both losing as I type this. If those scores hold, the Reds would be tied for the #7 NL wild card spot (and have the tiebreaker with the Giants), and both teams would be 0.5 ahead of the Phillies.
White Sox at Reds
Saturday, 7:07 PM
TV: FOX National
Trevor Bauer (1.71 ERA/2.83 FIP) vs Dallas Keuchel (2.19 ERA/3.16 FIP)