The Cincinnati Reds Can Play Spoiler Down the Stretch
The Cincinnati Reds just took two-out-of-three on the road against the Chicago Cubs. Cincinnati isn’t going to make it to the playoffs this season, but they have actually shown signs of improvement and the Reds are ready to turn the corner.
They are in fourth place in the National League Central with a 72-81 record, but Cincinnati has some pieces in place for the long run. They also have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.
In the next six games, the Cincinnati Reds will be home against the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering Thursday, New York is three games back of Milwaukee and Chicago for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
Cincinnati has a chance to play spoiler down the stretch. It is going to be interesting to see whether it continues to happen or not. This team is well managed by David Bell.
They will play the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road in the final three games of the regular season and I think that series will most likely be a sweep. The Reds play hard every single night no matter the circumstances.
One of the best players on Cincinnati so far this season is third baseman, Eugenio Suarez. His batting average is .272 with 48 home runs and 102 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. Suarez’s on-base percentage is .352.
Another player that has brought life to this offense is outfielder Aristides Aquino. His batting average so far this season is .259 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI’s, along with four stolen bases. Aquino’s on-base percentage is .314.
First baseman Joey Votto has been with this team for a very long time. He is very consistent year in and year out. His batting average so far this season is .267 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI’s, along with five stolen bases. Votto’s on-base percentage is .360.
The pitching has been much improved this season. Sonny Gray‘s record so far this season is 11-7 with a 2.80 ERA. In 170.1 innings pitched, he has given up 119 hits and 56 runs. Gray has walked 66 batters and has struck out 199 batters.
Luis Castillo‘s record so far this season is 15-6 with a 3.22 ERA. In 178.2 innings pitched, he has given up 131 hits and 68 runs. Castillo has walked 72 batters and has struck out 211.
Trevor Bauer got traded from the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds near the trade deadline. Bauer’s record with Cincinnati so far this season is 2-4 with a 6.39 ERA. In 49.1 innings pitched, he has given up 51 hits and 37 runs. Trevor Bauer has walked 19 batters and has struck out 60.
The team’s closer this season has been Raisel Iglesias. His record so far this season is 3-11 with a 4.06 ERA. In 64.1 innings pitched, he has given up 59 hits and 29 runs. Iglesias has walked 21 batters and has struck out 86. He has recorded 33 saves in 38 tries.
Amir Garrett is also one of the better relievers on this team. His record so far this season is 5-3 with a 3.21 ERA. In 53.1 innings pitched, Garrett has given up 42 hits and 21 runs. Garrett has walked 33 batters and has struck out 75. He has not recorded a save in three tries.
They still have an outside shot to finish with a .500 record for the first time since 2013 with a 90-72. That was also the last time the Cincinnati Reds made it to the playoffs. They lost in the National League Wild Card Game on the road to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Cincinnati has a solid chance to go to the playoffs next season if they make the right moves in the offseason. The New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers can not take them lightly.
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