The Reds are 75-49 with 28 games remaining.
3.5 back St Louis for first place
2.5 back Pittsburgh for 1st wild card (home)
6 up on Arizona for 2nd wild card (away)
6.5 up on Washington for 2nd wild card (Nationals have won 8 of 9 and 14 of 19)
Remaining schedule for Reds:
13 games vs teams .500 or above/Reds are 27-37 (.421)
15 games vs teeams below .500/Reds are 48-22 (.686)
If the above numbers hold up, the Reds would finish 90-72
Votto ignores the critics
Joey Votto is aware of the criticism of his low RBI total, and aware of the theory that in order to better serve the Cincinnati Reds, he should take a few less walks and a few more risks, maybe expand the strike zone a little bit in an effort to drive in more runners. Votto is aware of the criticism, and he has no plans to appease the critics.
Votto: Run producer
There are ways that Joey Votto could be a better baseball player, because he isn’t perfect. There have been pitches he’s taken with runners in scoring position that he probably could’ve hit. Likewise, with runners in scoring position, there have been pitches Brandon Phillips shouldn’t have swung at. This is just who Votto is, and there’s little sense in complaining about an elite player when he’s performing at an elite level. There are people who don’t particularly care for Votto’s patience. There is a person with a .435 OBP and a 159 wRC+. One of those is Joey Votto. Defer to the guy who reaches base all the time. He probably has the hitting thing figured out.
Can he help this year?
Johnny Cueto has been on the disabled list since June 29. He has yet to make a rehab appearance during this comeback. There are just 28 games left in the regular season. Can Cueto help the Reds this year? Can he build up his arm strength in time? Should the Reds try to get him back this year? Do they risk him being reinjured and being setback for 2014? Options:
*Returns to starting rotation
*Returns and pitches out of the bullpen
*Is shutdown and focuses on being healthy/ready for 2014.
Rob Neyer, SB Nation, on BP: Phillips' verbal assault was almost certainly premeditated, and thus inexcusable. Alas, there's really nothing we cando with this. Except for one thing: We can collectively recognize Phillips as the product of a culture that permits its professional athletes to act like muscle-stuffed, testosterone-loaded adolescents who have rarely been schooled in the ways of civil society.