Reds One And Done In 2013?

The Reds had high expectations coming into this 2013 season and things haven't gone according to plan. Between injuries and many other things, the Reds sit in third place in the National League Central.

The Reds had high expectations coming into this 2013 season and things haven’t gone according to plan. Between injuries and many other things, the Reds sit in third place in the National League Central. Ryan Ludwick has finally made his return to the lineup in the last week or so but even he isn’t tearing up opposing pitching. Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart have had below average seasons at the plate and it has hurt the Reds in the clutch. The Reds are leading the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second Wild Card spot but they need to get hot going into, what will most likely be a one game playoff.

Ryan Ritchey (Baseball Writer): 

Coming out of last season’s meltdown in the first round of the playoffs against the Giants, you would have thought the Reds would want revenge this season.

It has been the complete opposite. This team doesn’t have any drive and are always playing with zero enthusiasm.

Injuries to Johnny Cueto, Ryan Ludwick and Sean Marshall have really hurt them this season. It has put pressure on other guys to do things they have never done in their career.

For the most part it has been good, but then again there are times where they just seemed inexperienced and it comes back to hurt them.

JJ Hoover has gone from awful at the beginning of the season, to great in the middle, and now back to awful. He is in a role he has never been in before so you can’t blame it all on him.

In the last week and a half he has given up two Grand Slams in big situations, one to Paul Goldschmidt and the other to Allen Craig. Granted they are both MVP candidates, but you can’t give up Grand Slams in the situations that he did so.

Brandon Phillips Goes Off On Reporter: Parental Guidance Advised! Explicit Language! 

Brandon Phillips is having one of the best, worst seasons at the plate. He has knocked in now 96 runs but is only hitting .267. He gets all of those Runs Batted In because he has two of the best players in the National League getting on base in front of him in Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. None the less he is driving in runs to help the Reds win games.

Brandon Phillips is having one of the best, worst seasons at the plate. He has knocked in now 96 runs but is only hitting .267. He gets all of those Runs Batted In because he has two of the best players in the National League getting on base in front of him in Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. None the less he is driving in runs to help the Reds win games.

Things like what is shown in the video above are things that shouldn’t happen. There is no need for Brandon Phillips to do what he did and it will only hurt the Reds.

He should be more worried about winning games to get back into the division race, than what someone says on twitter about him. 

Some things have gotten better for the Reds lately as well. Ryan Ludwick is starting to get hot, which can only help the Reds in the last month of the season.

Having him hitting the ball to all fields makes the opposing pitchers have to throw to Votto and Bruce. 

Another good thing coming is the September call-up. This call-up will include guys like Derrick Robinson and Billy Hamilton. Both of these speedsters can change the game with one stolen base.

Hamilton has never stepped foot on a major league field so it will be key to see how he reacts to the big leagues.

Hamilton can hopefully be like Dave Roberts of ’04 for the Red Sox and give the Reds a spark and lead them to a championship. There is only one thing… 

The Reds have not taken a series from the Cardinals all season and it doesn’t look like that will change for a while. The Cardinals have their number, there is no doubt about that.

As a Reds fan I am hoping the Cardinals win the division ahead of the Pirates so we don’t have to face the Cardinals in a one game playoff. If we face them in the Wild Card game you can go ahead and kiss the Reds season goodbye.

On the other hand the Reds are 6-7 against the Pirates this season. They still have 6 games remaining against each other, a series at each ball park the last two weekends of the season.

The division or who gets home field for the Wild Card game could be decided at Great American Ball Park the last three games of 2013. 

Will the Reds be one and done in 2013? In my opinion, yes. I hate to say that but I just can’t trust this team enough to come out with enough energy and take a big game from either of these teams.

It would be great to see them take the one game playoff and go on to make a run but, I just haven’t seen enough from this team to do that. We will have to wait and see but for now,

Reds fans are just hoping they can hold off the Diamondbacks for the second Wild Card spot. 

Dusty Baker could be on the hot seat if he doesn't get past the Wild Card game. I'm not a big fan of the manager getting fired for the players not performing but he hasn't done anything to help the issues either. Reds fans could quite possibly be saying goodbye to Dusty and his six wristbands and tooth picks after this disappointing 2013 season.

Dusty Baker could be on the hot seat if he doesn’t get past the Wild Card game. I’m not a big fan of the manager getting fired for the players not performing but he hasn’t done anything to help the issues either. Reds fans could quite possibly be saying goodbye to Dusty, his four wristbands and tooth picks after this disappointing 2013 season.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Baseball Writer‘ Ryan Ritchey for preparing today’s featured article.  Ryan is a Baseball Writer for MLB reports. He is a sophomore at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ryan is a huge fan of Barry Larkin and Brandon Phillips  He has been a baseball fan his whole life and has been writing about baseball since his freshman year of High School.

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Posted on September 1, 2013, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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