The game ending on a checked swing called-third-strike with the winning run at the plate seems about right.
Death, taxes, and the Reds splitting a big series to remain where they have been all year
— Matt Habel (@MattadorHeyBull) August 18, 2019
On Wednesday, April 8, after 9 games, the Reds record stood at 1-8. 114 games later, the Reds find themselves seven games below .500 at 58-65. Matt Habel isn’t wrong.
Alex Wood had 6 strikeouts in 5 innings and only walked one batter. But he gave up 4 earned runs. The bullpen effort of Joel Kuhnel and Kevin Gausman covered 4 shutout innings. Gausman struck out all 6 batters he faced. Maybe being a relief pitcher suits his 2-pitch arsenal better than a starting role.
The Cardinals walked Aristides Aquino twice. Jose Peraza drew a bases-loaded walk. The deciding run was a homer by Tommy Edman on a ball with an 8% hit probability.
Reds Most Valuable Players
- Kyle Farmer (.131 WPA) Win Probability Added
- Jose Peraza (.100 WPA)
- Tucker Barnhart (.067 WPA)
Reds Least Valuable Players
- Alex Wood (-.275 WPA)
- Eugenio Suarez (.258 WPA)
Play of the Game
- Tucker Barnhart (.120 WPA) two-run single
- Eugenio Suarez (105.9 mph) home run
- Josh VanMeter (101.3 mph) lineout
Luckiest Reds Hit of the Day
- Nick Senzel (33% hit probability) single
Unluckiest Reds Out of the Day
- Josh VanMeter (80% hit probability) lineout
Highest Pitch Velocities by Pitcher
- Joel Kuhnel (98.0 mph)
- Kevin Gausman (96.6 mph)
- Alex Wood (90.8 mph)