It was a disappointing Saturday night in St. Louis as the Cincinnati Reds (82-79) were eliminated from postseason play in game 161. There is, however, one more game this season. The Reds will try to finish on a high note against the St. Louis Cardinals (70-91) in Game 162 this afternoon. First pitch from Busch Stadium is at 3:15 p.m. EDT.
St. Louis Cardinals
|LF Nick Martini||CF Tommy Edman|
|SS Elly De La Cruz||DH Lars Nootbaar|
|1B Joey Votto||RF Jordan Walker|
|DH Christian Encarnacion-Strand||1B Luken Baker|
|3B Noelvi Marte||LF Richie Palacios|
|RF Will Benson||C Andrew Knizner|
|2B Nick Senzel||3B Jose Fermín|
|CF Stuart Fairchild||2B Irving Lopez|
|C Luke Maile||SS Masyn Winn|
I’m trying not to think about this being Joey Votto’s last game with the Reds, but if it is, what a career. It was a nice tribute for David Bell to put him third in the lineup today.
|Links: Hunter Greene’s Stats | Miles Mikolas’ Stats
Hunter Greene striking out 14 batters in one game while allowing just one run on three hits in seven innings and then turning around in his next start to give up seven runs on eight hits in just three innings is a example of the roller coaster season he has had. He can be so good, and yet have some starts where he’s really bad.
In the second half, Greene owns a 6.42 ERA in only half the starts he made in the first half. He’s given up more home runs in significantly less innings in the second half (10 home runs in 33.2). This is drastically more than the nine he allowed in 73.1 innings in the first half. However, three of those home runs did come in his last start against the Cleveland Guardians.
Greene will be part of the rotation next season and for years to come because he signed a long term contract a couple months ago, and if he can be a little more consistent, he can go from being really good to being elite.
Miles Mikolas is coming off one of his best starts of the season last Tuesday against the Brewers. He earned the win by allowing only one run on five hits through seven innings. He walked only two and struck out five. Those kind of starts have been few and far between for the 35-year-old right-hander. Except for May and July, his ERA each month has been north of 5.00. It was 4.18 in 28.0 innings in July, but May was his best month by far. He had a 1.89 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 30.0 innings and the Cardinals went 3-0 in his starts.
Mikolas is not going to blow you away with his pitch speed, as he averages low-90s on his fastball and mid-80s on his off speed pitches. He throws his curve ball only about 20 percent of the time, but when he throws it, it’s a slow curve, averaging only 76.1 mph this season. Mikolas also has a slow curve that comes in at only 66.3 mph. He rarely uses this pitch, however. He’s only thrown it three times total in 2023.
- Time: 3:15 p.m. EDT
- Place: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
- Weather: 87 degrees, sunny, 0% chance of precipitation
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio
- Radio: 700 WLW
News and Notes
Today’s Roster Move
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 1, 2023
Stat of the Day
Five Reds rookies have had four-hit games in 2023. On Saturday, Noelvi Marte became the latest rookie to do it, joining Elly De La Cruz, Spencer Steer, Matt McLain, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand. It is only the second time five Reds rookies have had four-hit games in the same season since 1906.
When I was in Goodyear, Arizona in early March, I had no idea that six months later, I’d be watching this team make a playoff run in September. The Reds may have fallen short of their goal in 2023, but they gave me so many fun memories this season and for that, I am thankful. I’ve been a Reds fan since I was 11 years old, so I’ve seen some terrible baseball. 2023 was probably the most fun season I’ve watched since 2012, and it was even more fun to see people who haven’t paid attention to the Reds the last few years start caring again.
I like to think of myself as an optimist when it comes to sports, but this season gave me even more hope for the future of this team. Thanks for reading all season, and stay tuned in after today because Redleg Nation will have you covered on all the off-season moves.
Go Reds, always.