Reg. season ends, playoffs begin
The Reds will head into the postseason on a season-high tying five-game losing streak after a 4-2 loss to the Pirates that meant a three-game series sweep. The Reds end their season 90-72.
*There were some troubling trends: eight runs in the five losses. One quality start from the rotation (Mat Latos on Wednesday).
*Most of the regulars were out of the game by the fifth inning. And the starter Greg Reynolds, who gave up three runs over five innings, is not a regular member of the rotation. Only one Pirates regular, Pedro Alvarez, was in their starting lineup on Sunday.
*Jeremy Warnemuende has the game story on MLB.com/Reds.com. Click here to read.
The good news? Everything starts over on Tuesday at the NL Wild Card game.
“You’ve got to block it out,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of the team’s slide. “It’s a situation where it’s a new season. What you did previously, it doesn’t matter. What you didn’t do previously doesn’t matter. Now you start the season all over.”
“Not a lot of teams are in this position to play on,” shortstop Zack Cozart said. “A lot of teams are playing today and going home. We’ve got a chance to go out and play in Pitt., which is going to be a good atmosphere. We enjoyed playing there the last time there on the road a week ago. It was fun to play. With Johnny going, we’re obviously pretty confident.”
*The Cardinals completed their three-game series sweep of the Cubs on Sunday and earned the top seed in the NL postseason. That means the winner of the Reds-Pirates Wild Card game heads to St. Louis for the Division Series that would start on Thursday at Busch Stadium.
*Closer Aroldis Chapman, who last pitched on Wednesday vs. the Mets, threw a side bullpen session today.
“We were contemplating throwing him today, but with the field conditions the way they were, you didn’t want to take a chance of anybody getting hurt,” Baker said. “They took even less chances than we did. The way the mound looked and the way the conditions were, you would hate for him to play in a game like that and pulled something or hurt something or whatever.
*The Reds had their 16th sellout of the season with 40,142 fans. That brought the 80-game season total to extend the Great American Ball Park record to 2,492,059 fans. Had a “home” game not been played at San Francisco to makeup for a rainout, GABP could have had 2.5 million fans this season.
*The Wild Card roster is not set, yet. I expect we’ll see that on Monday. The Reds have a PNC Park workout from 6-8 p.m. ET.
*See you from Pittsburgh on Monday.