Apparently nobody told the Cincinnati Reds they were supposed to lose 100 games this season. David Bell's squad found a way to win another close ballgame on Saturday night and took the season series from the New York Mets.
The Reds are now tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final Wild Card spot in the National League and are just a half-game back of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL Wild Card spot.
After Alexis Diaz recorded a five-out save on Friday night at Citi Field, the Reds closer was understandably unavailable in the ninth inning last night. With Cincinnati leading 3-2, Bell turned to journeyman reliever Derek Law.
After gritty win, Reds reliever confidently claims, "...not a lot of teams want to see us"
Derek Law, who's actually started three games for the Cincinnati Reds this season, hadn't recorded a save since the first week of the 2023 season. Against the Chicago Cubs on April 3rd, Law faced five batters in the ninth inning was able to get three outs and recorded his 11th career-save.
But things are much different when games are being played in the month of September and your club is battling for a spot in the postseason. With the Reds clinging to a one-run lead, David Bell leaned on his most versatile pitcher and Law locked down Cincinnati's 78th victory of the season.
In the postgame interview with Bally Sports' Jim Day, Law exuded confidence when speaking about the team's playoff aspirations. "Everybody's pulling for one another. It's just different. And I'll tell you what, when we get to the playoffs, not a lot of teams want to see us," Law said.
Law said when, not if. You've got to love that level of confidence coming from a pitcher like Law who's seen a lot of baseball over the years. Law was actually part of the San Francisco Giants team that lost to the Chicago Cubs in the 2016 NLDS, so the 33-year-old knows a little something about being on a playoff-contending team.
The Cincinnati Reds will send Brandon Williamson to the hill today as they look to sweep the New York Mets. A win would go a long way toward making those playoff dreams a reality.