Written by: WILL PEMBROKE, Associate Multimedia Editor
MLB’s 60-game regular season ended Sunday night, marking the end of one of the strangest regular seasons in professional baseball history.
Our hometown, the Cincinnati Reds, did quite well, finishing with a record of 31-29 wins and advancing to this year’s playoffs.
After an offseason in which the club pledged a lot of money to sign star players Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas, as well as renew their pitching staff, the Reds had high expectations of how their season would go.
After a slow start that got them behind the eight-ball in the middle division, Cincinnati picked up things towards the end of the season, winning 13 of their last 18 games and grabbing a playoff spot.
Third baseman Eugenio Suarez led the team with 15 home runs throughout the season, also leading in a team with 38 RBI.
After Suarez, Castellanos blew 14 home runs. Designated hitter Jessie Winker was 12, and Reds first baseman Joey Votto made an impressive total of 11 home runs.
While the team’s batting averages were down across the board, the Reds were one of the best home runs in the league and led an impressive pitching staff to their current record.
Ace Trevor Bauer finished the season with a 5-4 win and loss record, but showed himself with an ERA of 1.73, leading the staff.
Second and third pitchers Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray performed well, finishing with less than 4.00 ERA and many strikeouts.
Closer Raisel Iglesias took home eight saves for the Reds, and no major contributors in the bullpen ended with an ERA above 5.00.
It will be interesting to see how this team fares ahead of the postseason after a very solid bout to wrap up their regular season which led to their first playoff offer in years.