Tonight the Cincinnati Reds will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh at 8:07 PM on TBS. This is what these teams play the 162 game season for. The Pirates are fresh off of a 3 game sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati.
The pitchers who will be on the mound for this pressure backed game for the Pirates Francisco Liriano takes his 16-8 and 3.08 ERA to the mound against the Reds Johnny Cueto who will bring his 5-2 and 2.82 ERA to the mound.
This is the first time the Pirates have made the postseason since 1992, while the Reds have been frequent in the past few years even though they haven’t won any postseason series.
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With less than two weeks left in the season we need to see who still has a shot to play some ball in October.
There are two teams who will have a shot at the one game playoff for the wildcard position. After playing 162 games the one game playoff will be a gift to some and a curse to others depending on how that team arrived to that point.
The National League’s race is a tight one but doesn’t involve many teams. Because of the competitiveness of the NL Central the three teams (Reds, Pirates and Cardinals) have been playing musical chairs all year.
The season ends on September 29th let’s see who still have a fighting chance to make the playoffs. (Records are as of the morning of 9/18)
Pittsburgh Pirates (87-64)- The Pirates are in good shape but they play the Reds in 7 games to end the season it could be a way for them to take control of the Central or the Nats may be able to leap frog them.
Cincinnati Reds (86-66)- The Reds are in good shape but they play 7 games to end the season against the Pirates, could be a way for the Nats to leap frog them.
Washington Nationals (81-70) 4.5 games back- The Nationals are the only real threat to the Cards, Reds or Pirates. I say Cards because they are 1 game up on the Pirates and 2.5 games up on the Reds currently.
Arizona Diamondbacks (76-74) 9 games back- To be honest the Diamondbacks are holding on for dear life.
September 29th will be the last day of the season, who will be in the one game playoff?
The Cincinnati Reds ace Homer Bailey pitched a no hitter against the San Franciso Giants. Last season Bailey did the same against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bailey is the first pitcher to pitch a no hitter in consecutive seasons since Nolan Ryan did it in the 1974 and 1975 seasons.
Baseball is the ultimate team sport so I am pretty sure that Bailey will treat his teammates to a nice dinner or what not.
During the winter the Reds and Indians made an I-71 exchange. This trade was a three team trade but the proven players were kept in Ohio, the Reds received OF Shin-Soo Choo while giving the Indians OF Drew Stubbs. When this trade was made official I immediately got excited because I knew the Reds would finally have a true leadoff hitter, something we haven’t had in years, last legit one I can remember off top of my head is Deion Sanders, remember I’m going off the top.
Last year the Reds had one of the worst on base percentages in the MLB at the leadoff slot, if not the worse. This was a sore point for a team that had pretty much every other hole covered. It wasn’t like they didn’t try to fix it they plugged damn near every player that potentially had that skill set into the slot but it never worked like trying to place a square inside a circle.
Erase the memories of last year the Reds now have Choo in the leadoff spot and it has immediately paid dividends for the defending NL Central champs. During the first home stand versus the Angels and Nationals, Choo batted at a .375 clip with 3 home runs, 3 RBIs, 4 walks and a OBP of .514. I know we are just looking at a small sample size because we are just looking at his first 6 games in a Reds uniform but you can don’t nothing but smile when you see the upgrade in that slot.
Choo has been a master on offense in may be the missing piece that can help Cincinnati get their first World Series since 1990 but he hasn’t been perfect hopefully he fixes the blunders in the field, that was one place that Stubbs didn’t have many mistakes. Beggars can’t be choosers so if he isn’t as efficient as Stubbs in the field he’s a hell of an upgrade at the plate.
Choo the people down I-71 are happy to have you manning the leadoff spot, keep doing your thing. Go Reds!
Now that a few days have passed I have finally come to grips of the situation to be able to write this post. Clap for me y’all.
The San Francisco Giants came to Cincinnati down 2-0 with not much hope in sight it seemed after being dominated at home. A betting man would say the Reds would win 1 of 3 at home just using the law of averages. MVP candidate Buster Posey had other ideals when he arrived to Great American Ball Park.
What we have learned in this series is you can’t play for tomorrow because who knows what hand you will be dealt the next day, play the cards in your current hand for the dub.
Game 3 the Reds had a chance to open up the Giants in the 1st inning when BP made a big base running error , trying to go from 1st to 3rd on a passed ball, Posey kindly gunned him out at 3rd base, staking calm to all that MVP talk. The Reds went on to score one run that inning but it could’ve been more and that one run was the last run they scored that game. An error by Rolen in the 10th shut the door on a masterful game by Homer Bailey as the Giants took game 3.
We won’t talk about game 4 but Game 5 might as well been a Buster Posey parade in downtown Cincy. Sad but true, the kid showed up and showed out. Posey crushed a grand slam and stopped a Reds rally with a strike em out throw em out play. All in the same game. With those two plays Posey painted the town Orange and it wasn’t the orange signaling the Bengals.
I didn’t check Posey’s series stats but those three plays changed the final script. The Giants are the first team to ever when a 5 game series after being down 0-2. Congrats to the Giants, Reds fans will remember this series for a long time thanks Mr. Posey for deflating the blimp that was traveling around Cincy.
On Sunday afternoon one of the all time great shortstops got his just do as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. As a child Larkin was my favorite Reds player, so as an avid fan it is nice to see one your favorite players get inducted.
Larkin had a great 19 year career all with the Reds. Larkin was a 12x All-Star, 9x silver slugger, 3x gold glover, 1x world series winner and 1x MVP.
Larkin tallied up the career stats of: 2180 games played, 1329 runs scored, 2340 hits, 198 home runs, 960 RBI’s, 379 stolen bases and .295 batting average.
There wasn’t anything Larkin couldn’t do on the diamond. When you thought of the Reds you thought of the Larkin so it’s only right he ends up in Cooperstown.
We at The Front Office are showing Larkin the love he deserves, feel free to do the same and if you didn’t see his Hall of Fame speech check out the link below.
The All-Star game is on Tuesday, July 10th. Baseball has a two-day set up around this event, which is the next best set up behind the NBA (in my opinion). Last Sunday the All Star teams were announced. Every year there are a few snubs but normally there is no bad blood behind the snubs. Tony LaRussa, the retired Cardinals skipper picked the reserves and pitchers. With the Cards being in the Central division we know he doesn’t have fond feelings for the other teams in the division (especially the Reds).
It is very odd three players all from the Central division all were left off of the All Star team. Johnny Cueto, Brandon Phillips and Zach Greinke were mysteriously left of the team.
Note:Information is based on stats when the teams were picked.
Cueto and Greinke are tied for the most wins in the NL at 9 (when the teams were picked). Cueto is sporting a 2.26 ERA which is top 5 in the MLB. Greinke has a 3.08 ERA and over 100 strikeouts already. Not a slight to any other pitcher picked above these two at all. I believe LaRussa shorted Cueto because of the fight against St. Louis a few years back, just remember Cueto stuck on the fence bicycle kicking any Cardinal player trying to rough him up. I have no reason why Zack was left off besides he is a pitcher for the Brewers.
Phillips is the other player LaRussa left off of the team. Last years Silver Slugger/Gold Glove winner is having a great year. He has the most RBI’s out of all the 2nd basemen in baseball. Phillips is famous for calling out the Cards. BP said, “They cry like b***hes” which led to a team on team brawl when Phillips came up to bat. It is criminal that arguably the best 2nd basemen in baseball will not be able to showcase his talent to the world on July 10th.
You can say the previous events had nothing to do with LaRussa’s picking of the reserves and pitchers if you want to but I beg to differ. You can make the excuse that the fans should have voted them in but for the pitchers they can’t be voted in. For Phillips you can say we as the fans dropped the ball but when you have to pick the reserves you must pick the most deserving, Right? This is a major injustice to all the participants involved, Tony needs to get over the past and should’ve picked the most deserving players.