Quite possibly the only thing negative thing about the Reds' winning spree is that it might convince management not to do much of anything at the deadline. I think this would be a mistake, though I could be persuaded otherwise. Depth is still a problem. The Pirates are making moves. And, as much as you'd like to, you can't say the Cardinals are out of it yet.
One reason not to start making knee-jerk trades is if you think things like Homer Bailey's step forward are real. There are some reasons to believe it's more of a half step (FIP, xFIP are higher than his ERA and say he's a similar pitcher to Bud Norris) and other reasons (his break, his velocity, his control) to believe he really has leveled-up. The Reds front office has already made their decisions on what they think the team's talent level and we'll have a good idea what those are within 5 days.
The Reds go for their 6th series sweep of the season. Sibilance.
Lineups and bullpen log after the jump.
|3.74 (111)||ERA (ERA+)||5.33 (75)|
||5 day totals|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 13p||1.0, 20p||1.0, 14p||3.0 IP, 47 pitches
|Sean Marshall||0.2, 10p||1.2, 27p
||2.1 IP, 47 pitches
|Logan Ondrusek||1.0, 11p||1.0, 12p||2.0 IP, 23 pitches
|Jose Arredondo||0.2, 13p||1.0, 15p
||1.2 IP, 28 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||0.2, 5p||1.0, 36p
||1.2 IP, 41 pitches
|Alfredo Simon||0 IP,0 pitches|
|Bill Bray||0.1, 13p
||0.1 IP, 13 pitches|