In the race for badness, the Reds are definitely looking like the team that is best at being the worst. The Reds' offense has been abysmal to the Brewers only just kinda ok performance. The Reds starters have posted a better ERA thus far, but they've matched the Brewers in badness according to peripherals. And their bullpen has the clear lead in suckitude by both runs allowed and DIPS-based estimators.
The two teams' rest-of-season projections are both very close, with FanGraphs projecting only slightly fewer wins over the rest of the year. That, plus the slightly better Brewers record, has the Reds at a very solidly bad 0.0% playoff odds, while the Brewers have a still-almost hopeful 0.2%.
So, yes, Reds all the way at being bad!
Zack Cozart is making himself into quite a nice trade chip. Yes, his BABIP is inflating his numbers, and he never will enjoy taking a walk, but he's showing good power and no apparent ill-effects from his surgically-reconstructed knee. His fielding has looked solid on TV, and his too-early-to-be-worth-much UZR is in the positives, as is his base running metric. He's been a legitimate catalyst at the top of the Reds lineup thus far, and over the past two years he has hit .283/.321/.480 in almost 300 PA's (not including yesterday's home run!). If he's still a plus defender, and it looks like he is, that's quite a nice player. A lot of contenders would be thrilled to have something approximating him at shortstop, and I hope they'll pay accordingly.
Tim Adleman had a magical day in his last start. Let's just assume that he'll continue to strike out 27% of the opposition while avoiding walks.
I've been pretty happy with Brandon Finnegan thus far. But I'm surprised, having just been watching his starts and not focusing on numbers so much, that his strikeouts are so low...and his walks so high. His change-up has looked good to me.
John Lamb was my offseason mancrush. But his velocity was not where it was last season during his debut start, and I thought his curveball looked like it had far less bite. Maybe he'll be better next time.
Not much to say here!
So, we have two teams in a transition period. One is run by David Stern, an up-and-coming analytics-oriented GM who heralds from last year's great triumph of sabermetrics. And the Reds are run by Walt and Dick. It'll be interesting to see how all of that goes for the two teams in the coming years.
By way of acknowledgements, this post is brought to you by Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout Beer. It is better with food than by itself, and I mostly drank it alone.