Just what was it that turned the Cincinnati Reds from disappointing dregs after 44 games (19-25) to a team capable of winning 12 of the final 16 against top competition?
Shogo Akiyama has been hitting very well lately for the Cincinnati Reds. What's been the adjustment he's made that's led to the improvement?
Nice to be scoreboard-watching in mid-September, isn't it? The Cincinnati Reds continue to inspire hope in their faithful fans at Redleg Nation and beyond, tonight winning their fourth straight and fifth of their past six tonight with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. There are a number of games still underway which will all have an effect on the playoff seeding race.
It started out so well. The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, the Marlins were down 6-3 in the 8th inning. Those two scores hold, the Reds are somehow, someway back within 1.5 games of playoff spot. But it's 2020. The Marlins rallied to win 7-6. Sonny Gray cruised through the first three innings, but then the rain fell and it fell hard in the 4th inning. Gray walked two batters as it appeared he could not get a good grip on the baseball. The Cubs ended up scoring 5 runs in the 4th inning with a grand total of one ball leaving the infield.
And so it continues. Another decent pitching effort is wasted by a complete lack of Cincinnati Reds offensive production in a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have now won 23 of the last 32 games they have played against the Cincinnati Reds after tonight's 9-6 victory. Keep in mind that Pittsburgh has finished fourth or fifth in the National League Central Division for each of the past three seasons. For the Reds, a too-little-too-late comeback attempt was futile.
The Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians conclude the 2020 Ohio Cup Series tonight in Cleveland. The Reds can gain a split with a victory.
The Reds have found out what most in the American League have: Shane Bieber and Mike Clevinger are really good pitchers. The Reds could only muster 3 hits on the night and were shutout for the first time this season.
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell noted Nick Senzel's speed and Shogo Akiyama's experience as things that gives him options for the outfield rotation.
In this week's randomized Cincinnati Reds simulations it was outfielder Nick Castellanos who put together another big stretch.