You'd hate to say that there's a "must-win" game with a playoff spot locked up, but I think this qualifies. Dusty agrees, scratching previous starter Greg Reynolds for ace Mat Latos. As the Bucs and Cards both won easily last night, the Reds now find themselves a game back. They'll still hold the tie-break over Pittsburgh if the two teams end up tied, but that assumes they win the series in Cincinnati this weekend. I think that's the best case scenario for the Reds right now, honestly. 3 games back with 4 games left does not a division winner make.
Mat will face off against Daisuke Matsuzaka, another once good pitcher who's struggled this season for a crappy team. Welp.
The bullpen did an outstanding job last night given the circumstance, but the bats picked a crappy time to go cold.
|Reliever||9/20||9/21||9/22||9/23||9/24||5 day totals|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 10p||1.0, 17p||2.0 IP, 27 pitches
|Sam LeCure||1.0, 26p||0.1, 12p||1.1 IP, 38 pitches
|J.J. Hoover||1.0, 10p||0.1, 2p||1.0, 12p||2.1 IP, 24 pitches
|Manny Parra||0.2, 6p||1.0, 8p||1.0, 7p||2.2 IP, 21 pitches|
|Logan Ondrusek||0.1, 11p||1.0, 11p||2.0, 27p||3.1 IP, 49 pitches|
|Alfredo Simon||1.0, 15p||1.0, 32p||1.2, 17p||
3.2 IP, 64 pitches
|Zach Duke||0.0, 6p||2.1, 39p||2.1 IP, 45 pitches
|Curtis Partch||0.0 IP, 0 pitches
||0.0 IP, 0 pitches
|Sean Marshall||1.0, 8p||0.2, 4p||0.1, 12p||2.0 IP, 24 pitches|
|Tony Cingrani||I||don't||know||what's||up||0.0 IP, 0 pitches