by Spenser Brown

Which Reds have postseason experience?

As we prepare to indulge in the Reds’ first postseason action in seven years, I was interested to see which players would be heading to Atlanta with playoff experience.

There are 18 members of the Reds 28-man roster that will be making their postseason debuts. Veterans like Freddy Galvis, Tucker Barnhart and Raisel Iglesias will get their first taste of playoff baseball after each spending at least six years in the MLB. The full list:

Position Players:

  • Tucker Barnhart
  • Curt Casali
  • Freddy Galvis
  • Jose Garcia
  • Shogo Akiyama
  • Nick Senzel
  • Jesse Winker
  • Aristides Aquino

Pitchers:

  • Luis Castillo
  • Tyler Mahle
  • Anthony Desclafani
  • Michael Lorenzen
  • Lucas Sims
  • Raisel Iglesias
  • Amir Garrett
  • Tejay Antone
  • Robert Stephenson

The remaining 10 members of the roster will enter Wednesday with experience playing October baseball. Each have had varying degrees of success, and some have even appeared in a game, but not had a chance to make any real impact. Let’s break it down:

Position Players:

G PA HR AVG OPS
Votto 9 37 0 .250 .574
Moustakas 42 173 6 .211 .610
Suarez 1 1 0 .000 .000
Castellanos 3 12 1 .100 .650
Farmer 5 5 0 .000 .000
Goodwin 1 0 0 .000 .000

The position players have produced modest stats. Mike Moustakas definitely carries the weight in terms of experience, as Eugenio Suarez, Nick Castellanos and Brian Goodwin have all appeared in just one series; while Suarez and Goodwin had just one plate appearance between the two of them.

Pitchers:

G IP ERA WHIP
Bauer 10 26.0 3.81 1.50
Gray 4 21.1 2.95 1.219
Miley 5 17.1 2.08 1.096
Bradley 3 6.0 3.00 1.50

The members of the Reds pitching staff with playoff experience have been impressive in their previous appearances. It’s encouraging that two of their three scheduled starters (Trevor Bauer and Sonny Gray) have over 40 innings of playoff pitching under their belt, and both have started in an ALCS previously.

Entering Wednesday’s National League Wild Card Series, the Reds will be producing a lineup filled with postseason rookies. Despite that, their starting pitcher and four best hitters will all understand the magnitude and intensity of the task at hand.

Featured image: https://twitter.com/Reds/status/1306007315896832000/photo/1

Spenser Brown is a lifelong Reds fan born and raised in Cincinnati. He spent many days as a kid at Great American Ball Park with his parents and sister sitting in Section 119, where his Grandfather was the usher. He is a graduate of Ohio University and currently resides in Columbus, but returns to Cincinnati to attend games throughout the summer. You can follow him on Twitter at @spenserbrown_, where he is most commonly tweeting about the Reds or Ohio State Football.