Yesterday the Reds lost game 1 of the NLWCS after MVP candidate Freddie Freeman walked off the reds after both teams were the first teams in MLB postseason history without a run through 12 innings. That was hugely part of Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer gave the Reds everything he had 12 strikeouts, just two hits, and no walks and he pitched 7 2/3 scoreless. Bauer was the first pitcher in postseason history to record 12 strikeouts, zero walks, and two or fewer hits. Yet after that, the Reds offense couldn't put up 1 run through 13 innings. The reds had multiple chances to score they had bases loaded in the 13th and runners on 1st and 2nd in the 12th and many more chances to push a run across.
But I still believe this Reds team can go far in the postseason because like Trevor Bauer said yesterday “You can’t fault the pitching” Because good pitching beats good hitting and this Reds team has great pitching. The Reds remain me of the 2019 Nationals with a better bullpen, they have the big 3 with Bauer, Castillo, and Gray. They have Castillo in game 2 vs Ian Anderson, Anderson has been good this season but the rookie will be making his MLB postseason debut so the Reds can’t let him settle in today get to him early. Then in game 3, They will have Sonny Gray and since returning from a 10-day IL on September 22, Gray has only allowed 3 runs, and only 4 hits over 10 1/3 innings. He has 2 earned or fewer in 8/11 starts this season.
Plus, this Reds offense is too good not to finally some runs. Over the offseason, the Reds signed Akiyama, Moustakas, Castellanos and they traded for Brian Godwin. Dick Williams Reds GM didn’t go out sign big-name players like this for them not to turn it on in the postseason. Believe me, this Reds will turn it on, and when they do this will be one of the most dangerous teams in the postseason that could easily go on a run. Thank You for coming to my Reds Ted Talk