Reds Are Smart, Realize That the Sooner the Game's Over, the Sooner the Playoffs Start. Like Christmas Eve, Y'know?

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Ehh, don't read too much into this one. The Reds, though they gave early cameos to most of their regulars, played get-'em-out-healthy on getaway day.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Homer Bailey, though he wasn't no-hitter good tonight, continued his dominant form, going a Dusty-mandated 4.0 IP, striking out 6, walking none, and allowing only 4 hits and no earned runs. Homer has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 6 of his last 7 starts, 5 of which featuring him yielding 1 run or less. He finished up what many have called his breakout year with a 13-10 record, 3.68 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a better than 3 to 1 K/BB ratio in his 208 IP.

For a pitcher that may not even see any action in the playoffs, that's fantastic work.

Key Plays

  • I feel comfortable saying that the play today that had the biggest impact on the outcome of this game was when the Phillies' Michael Martinez flied out to the Nats' Jayson Werth to end their game, giving the Nationals the #1 seed in the NL playoffs and ensuring the Reds playoff future.
  • The Reds still started a solid lineup, however, but that didn't seem to make much difference tonight. The Cardinals prized SP prospect, Shelby Miller, took the mound tonight and effectively limited the Reds to nothing. Nothing at all, really. In fact, in his 6 IP, he yielded no hits to a Reds starter, and it wasn't until secret weapon Wilson Valdez pinch hit with a single in the 5th.
  • The game's only run Matt Carpenter singled off of Tony Cingrani in the Bottom of the 8th, scoring a runner that Broxapotamus had allowed to reach. That was all she wrote, and the regular season ended with a whimper. Reds lose, 1-0.

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via www.fangraphs.com

Other Notes!

  • Welp, this was the end (Volume 1).
  • That fangraph is just a whimper. Damn, I'm glad I wasn't at a game that both contained absolutely nothing and meant absolutely nothing.
  • That game was rough, and now we're faced with two off days before the playoffs. So watch this.
  • In his personal homage to Sean Casey in his Reds' HoF election year, Jay Bruce opted to finish with 99 RBI. How cute.
  • Rest up tonight, folks. The playoffs are looming, and everything's lining up just right to make it quite a ride.
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