Unfortunately for the Cincinnati Reds they will not be going to the playoffs this year. Their late-season downfall combined with a historic run from the St. Louis Cardinals took care of that earlier this week. With just one series left, a 3-game series that begins on Friday, there are still some things that you can look for to round out the 2021 season.
The frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, things may be a little bit closer in a race with Trevor Rogers than some Reds fans may want to admit, Jonathan India is closing in on 100 runs scored. He currently has scored 96 runs on the season. Scoring four runs in three games isn’t an outrageous ask, but it’s not exactly something that should be expected, either.
It’s been a rebound of all time kind of rebounds for Joey Votto in 2021. A future Hall of Famer, what Votto had done in his career was very impressive. But he had been a shell of his former self for the previous three seasons. This year he’s gone out and clubbed 35 home runs in just 126 games.
There are two “goals” that are in sight for Votto in the final three games of the season. First would be driving in four runs, which would get him to a round 100 RBI on the season. That would seem to be the easier of the two. The other would be hitting three home runs, which would top his previous career high in home runs that came back in 2010 when he was the National League MVP.
Like Joey Votto, there are two categories where Nick Castellanos could reach some “round numbers”. The doubles machine needs three of them in order to get to 40 of them on the year. Also like Votto, Castellanos needs a few runs batted in to get to 100. He’s currently sitting on 97 for the season.
The reliever acquired at the trade deadline is currently tied for the team lead with eight saves. The Cincinnati Reds have never had a (full) season since the save became an official stat in which someone did not record at least 10 saves. Givens will need to pick up two saves to keep that streak going.
This one is going to take a career type of start for Luis Castillo to reach, but he needs 13 strikeouts to reach 200 for the season. Perhaps a more attainable stat to reach would be to get his ERA under 4.00 on the season. There are more than a few ways Castillo can get there. With a start that goes at least 2.1 innings and no earned runs he would get there. If he allows one earned run he would need to throw at least 4.2 innings. If he allows two earned runs he would need to throw at least 7.0 innings. In a scenario where he would allow three earned runs he would have to pitch into extra innings.
2021 has been far and away the best year of Kyle Farmer’s career. There’s been a ton of discussion about Farmer this year and exactly what it all means. He doesn’t have any specific “stat targets” that are within reach. But there’s something that would be awesome to see that would require plenty of help from manager David Bell. Back in May we saw the blueprint for it from Jason Linden right here on the digital pages of Redleg Nation: Let Kyle Farmer play every position in a single game.
As we noted above, unfortunately the Reds aren’t playing for anything more than pride at this point. No matter what they do it’s not changing the standings. They are going to finish in 3rd place and the Pirates are going to finish in last. Why not go out with a little bit of fun and a great story? Make it happen, Reds.