|Chicago White Sox (90-68)
|Cincinnati Reds (82-76)
|W: Lopez (4-3) L: O’Brien (0-1)
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Reds fans already knew that the 2021 season was over, but the nail in the coffin was hammered in during the 8th inning while the Reds were trailing 5-1 to the White Sox. The Cardinals won their historic 17th consecutive game to officially clinch the second wildcard spot, and eliminate the Reds. The Reds would go on to lose 7-1 to end their four game winning streak.
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game for the Reds was Riley O’Brien allowing a solo home run to Luis Robert, giving the White Sox a 1-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 10.0% (from 47.4% to 81.2%).
Eugenio Suarez just keeps on raking. He hit his 7th home run of September to continue an incredible month. Suarez entered play with a 1.266 OPS in the month of September, only trailing Juan Soto for the best in baseball of anyone with 60+ plate appearances. Let’s hope Suarez can run with this month into the off-season and come out blazing to start 2022.
The Riley O’Brien era did not get off to a hot start with the Reds. He allowed a pair of solo home runs and 3 walks. He only recorded 4 outs.
TJ Friedl did not have a good night in centerfield. He misplayed at least 2 balls. It might have been 3…..my toddler started crying and needed attention, so I lost count.
Michael Lorenzen and Amir Garrett each had rough evenings.
Not so random thoughts……………….
It stinks that it is officially over for the Reds. It doesn’t change the fact that overall, I had a very fun summer following the Cincinnati Reds. I know that not every shares the sentiment, and that is completely understandable. However for me this summer was entertaining, engaging, and provided a sense of hope late in the a baseball season that in my 34 years on this planet has not often been available for the Redlegs. I will savor these last four games and can’t wait for 2022. This will be my last recap of the season. Thanks for all those who put up with me this season. I’ll look forward to doing this again in about six months. Go Reds.
Reds at White Sox
Wednesday, 8:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Sonny Gray (3.12 xERA) vs Carlos Rondon (2.67 xERA)