The Reds are going to be playing in a lot of games with playoff implications coming down the stretch.
Of course, they’re not the ones jockeying for the playoff seed. But, there are still several games against NL Central foes left this season and, let me tell you, the race has gotten tight, and the Reds have an opportunity to play spoiler.
They might’ve done so already. The Giants were technically still playing for their playoff lives this weekend, and they came into Cincinnati and got swept by the Reds. They’re now 7.5 back of the second Wild Card spot with a lot of teams to jump over. It was going to be a tall task; losing three straight to the Reds made it taller.
For the upcoming couple of week, the Reds will be major players in the race for the NL Central crown, as they open series with the three major players in the race. In fact, their next 16 games will come against their NL Central rivals and, hell, even the Pirates are within shouting distance of a playoff spot.
The next three will come against the suddenly tied-for-second-place Brewers. In tonight’s matchup, the Reds will go up against RHP Chase Anderson, who has a name that would fit perfectly in the top 40 charts of radio country singers.
Anderson has been fine this season for the Beers, with an ERA sitting at 3.97. He’s run into a bit of trouble this month, surrendering two, four, and four earned runs in each of his three starts respectively. His 24 home runs allowed leads the National League and would fit in quite well with the Reds pitching staff, all told. I didn’t know a non-Reds pitcher was allowed to lead the league in that category.
Speaking of homers, Homer Bailey will make another start for the Reds tonight as he tries to right the ship, or at least pitch well enough for the Reds not to immediately re-think his future with the team. After coming of the disabled list and putting up two good starts, he’s pitched some clunkers in his last two, giving up five earned in each and not pitching only a combined 8.2 innings.
For his career, Bailey has pitched 161.2 innings against the Brewers and owns a 4.79 ERA against the club, historically (a much more palatable 3.92 ERA in Miller Park). However, he’s only pitched against these Brewers once this season, where he allowed a very 2018 Homer Bailey 5 ER on 6 H, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 HR.
Go Reds? I mean yes, they should try and win, but if they’re going to lose games over the next couple of weeks, I’d rather it come to the Brewers than the freakin’ Cubs and/or Cardinals. But still... Go Reds.
First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 PM EDT.