It is game #162? Honestly?
Well, that means time to gear up for the postseason. But before we get ahead of ourselves, there are some Reds players that have a few “honors” they could achieve in tonight’s game.
1. Homer Bailey – He already has a career-high in wins (13), innings pitched (204), strikeouts (162) while currently having a career-low in ERA (3.75) and WHIP (1.245). Not much more to prove, huh? With a win tonight, Bailey will tie Mat Latos for second on the team in wins next to Johnny Cueto‘s 19. Far cry from what we have witnessed from Bailey in the past. Coming off his no-no, it will be interesting to see how Bailey approaches this game. Last time Bailey faced the Cardinals, he got knocked around for five runs and nine hits in six innings.
In addition, Bailey is eight strikeouts behind Cueto for the team’s #2 slot.
The Reds had only one pitcher win 10+ games last year when Mike Leake won 12.
2. Jay Bruce – Bruce has already established a career-high 34 home runs and 99 RBI this season. It’s that 99 that stares at you. The 34 does, too. If the Reds right fielder can drive in one run tonight, he hits the century mark. A solo shot might be in order to give him 35 and 100. Those just look better.
Add this. If Bruce were to score a run tonight, it would give him 90 on the season, and he already leads the team in this category. His previous high was 84 which he set last year. Even more reason for the solo homer. Get all three with one swing.
Bruce currently owns a SLG of .515, besting his previous high of .493 back in 2010.
3. Joey Votto and Drew Stubbs – I know what you’re thinking: how can I put Votto and Stubbs in the same topic, but here’s the scoop. Both currently own 14 home runs. If both could blast a home run this evening, simple math tells me they would both then have 15. The Reds roster would then boast seven players with 15 or more home runs. As we sit, the five currently at or over 15 are Bruce (34), Ryan Ludwick (26), Todd Frazier (19), Brandon Phillips (18), and Zack Cozart (15).
4. Todd Frazier – Looking for home run #20. If he should do so, the Reds would have a trio with 20 or more.
5. Brandon Philips – He’s currently sitting on 77 RBI. With three tonight (and that might be a tall ask), BP will have 80 RBI for the year and back-to-back 80 RBI seasons for the first time in his career.
What makes this a tad unbelievable is that we constantly moan and groan about the offense, yet so many players have a chance to add offensive milestones tonight.