That’s more like it.
Cincinnati won a couple of series this week against division rivals. After losing a game in St. Louis, the Reds took two of three from the Brewers. They also took two of three against the Cubs over the weekend. Obviously, a 35-46 record isn’t ideal, but the Reds are still just 7.5 games out of first. If the team can string together a few more successful weeks, then things could get interesting.
Scott Schebler’s Incredible Catch
Scott Schebler doesn’t just hit bombs, he robs Stephen Vogt of a HOME RUN #Reds
– Around The Bases POD (@AroundBasesPOD) June 28, 2017
Schebler has been one of Cincinnati’s better hitters this season. This week, he also flashed his defensive ability. Schebler robbed a home run in a game against the Brewers, and it was another great moment in a solid season for the Reds right fielder. Schebler’s hitting .256/.337/.531 with 20 HR and 40 RBI. Those 20 homers are tied for the fourth-most in the National League.
Jackson Stephens Makes His MLB Debut
This week featured the debut of another Reds pitcher. Jackson Stephens took the mound for Cincinnati against Chicago on Saturday. Stephens looked solid through five innings of work. He gave up three earned runs and struck out eight. Not only did Stephens pick up his first major league win, but he notched his first hit and RBI as well.
– TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) July 1, 2017
Adam Duvall Continues to Impress
Last season, Duvall put together a surprisingly successful first half of the season. However, he struggled down the stretch, and analysts wondered if those results were closer to his true talent level. Duvall has spent the first part of 2017 proving his doubters wrong. As Jeremy Vernon of MLB.com notes, Duvall is on pace to set career highs in just about every category this season.
Currently, Duvall is hitting .287/.331/.571 with 19 HR and 58 RBI. He made his All-Star debut a season ago, and it’s possible he could represent the Reds on the National League roster this season. The All-Star rosters will be announced tonight on ESPN at 7 PM.
Your Summer Playlist…Reds Walk Up Music
Other than the weather, nothing makes it feel more like summer than some summer jams blasting through your speakers (I feel so old writing that sentence). Over at Better Off Red, Jamie Ramsey updated his list of Reds intro music. Did you wake up today in a Joey Votto mood? Now you know to throw on “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar. Feeling a little more Tucker Barnhart on this Sunday? Go find “They Don’t Know” by Jason Aldean. You’ll probably never play in a major league game, but at least you can be a little more accurate when you pretend.
Bronson Calls It Quits
Reds fans got some expected but disappointing news this week. Bronson Arroyo announced that he has likely thrown his final pitch. You’ll want to check out Wick Terrell’s summary of Arroyo’s career as well as his thoughts on the end of an era in Cincinnati baseball.
Bronson Arroyo says June 18 appearance was likely his last.
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 27, 2017
The Reds head into their final week of play before the All-Star break. Cincinnati will take on the Rockies in Colorado to open the week. Over the weekend, they’ll face the Diamondbacks in Arizona.