The Reds used 47 players overall, 17 position players and 31 pitchers (including 2B Scooter Gennett)...the single-season club records remain 57 players (2003) and 32 pitchers (2016, including OF Tyler Holt)...for the first time in franchise history, 9 Reds players made 100 starts in a season to tie the modern National League record (Joey Votto 162, Adam Duvall 149, Eugenio Suárez 149, Billy Hamilton 135, Scott Schebler 128, José Peraza 119, Zack Cozart 113, Scooter Gennett 108, Tucker Barnhart 105)...the previous single-season club record of 8 players with at least 100 starts most recently had been accomplished in each of 3 consecutive years from 1975-1977...the Twins this season produced 10 players with at least 100 starts to tie the modern Major League record.
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
According to Elias Sports Bureau, when Opening Day rosters were submitted by all 30 teams the average age for the Reds’ 25-man roster (26 years, 355 days) was the youngest in the Major Leagues, just ahead of the Padres (27 years, 6 days)...Cin began a season with 7 rookies on their Opening Day roster for the first time in researchable history, per Elias...the 2012 A’s (8) & Mariners (7), who opened that season with a 28-man roster while playing a 2-game series in Tokyo, each had at least 7 rookies on their rosters...the 2007 Diamondbacks was the last team to begin a regular season with 7 rookies on a typical 25-man roster.
After injured RHP Scott Feldman's final start on 8/17, the Reds finished the season with a rotation that included veteran RHP Homer Bailey and rookies RHP Luis Castillo, RHP Rookie Davis, LHP Amir Garrett, RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Deck McGuire, RHP Sal Romano, RHP Jackson Stephens, RHP Robert Stephenson and RHP Asher Wojciechowski...beginning 8/18, those 9 rookie pitchers started 33 of the Reds' last 40 games...overall this season the Reds used 10 rookie starting pitchers, including 6 who started in their Major League debuts, and 18 rookie pitchers...over the last 3 seasons, rookie pitchers started 250 of the Reds’ 486 games (51%), including a club record 110 games in 2015, 56 games in 2016 and 84 games this season...the Reds finished the 2015 season with 64 consecutive starts by rookie pitchers, a modern Major League record for consecutive starts by rookie pitchers...during Bryan Price’s 4-year tenure as manager, rookie pitchers have started 258 of the Reds’ 648 games (40%).
MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUTS
The Reds’ 17 Major League debuts in 2017 and 29 Major League debuts over the last 2 seasons are the most of any team in either league...the 17 Reds players who made Major League debuts this year included RHP Barrett Astin (in relief, Opening Day vs Phi), RHP Rookie Davis (start, 4/6 vs Phi) & C Stuart Turner (start, 4/6 vs Phi), LHP Amir Garrett (start, 4/7 at StL), OF Jesse Winker (PH, 4/14 vs Mil), RHP Sal Romano (start, 4/16 vs Mil), OF Phillip Ervin (PH, 4/22 vs Chi), RHP Ariel Hernandez (in relief, 4/24 at Mil), RHP Luis Castillo (start, 6/23 at Wsh), RHP Kevin Shackelford (in relief, 6/29 vs Mil), RHP Jackson Stephens (start, 7/1 vs Chi), RHP Alejandro Chacin (in relief, 8/23 vs Cubs), RHP Tyler Mahle (start, 8/27 vs Pit) & C Chad Wallach (start, 8/27 vs Pit), IF Zach Vincej (PH, 9/1 at Pit), RHP Deck McGuire (in relief, 9/12 at StL) and RHP Keury Mella (in relief, 9/20 vs StL).
Since Ivan De Jesus Jr. started at first base on 9/2/2016 vs StL, Joey Votto has started each of the Reds’ last 191 games (.332ba, .454obp, .591slg)...in 2017 Votto became only the fourth player in franchise history to start at least 162 games in a season, joining Pete Rose (1965, 163gs in 1974, 1975), Leo Cardenas (163gs in 1964) and Vada Pinson (1963)...Votto's is the Major Leagues' second-longest active streak of starts in his team's games behind Royals SS Alcides Esobar (332g), who was the only other player this season to start all of his team’s games (162g).
RHP Raisel Iglesias led the Major Leagues with 8 saves of at least 2.0 innings and with 11 saves of at least 1.2 innings...with 12 saves of more than 1.0 inning tied LAD's Kenley Jansen for the lead among all pitchers... Mike Montgomery of the Cubs ranked second with 3 saves of at least 2.0 innings...Iglesias' eight 2.0-inning saves were the most by any pitcher in the Major Leagues since 1999, when Cin’s Danny Graves had 10 saves of at least 2.0 innings...the club record for saves in a season of at least 2.0 innings still belongs to Rawly Eastwick (14sv, 1976)...courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.
SCOOTER & THE BABE
2B Scooter Gennett hit his 20th HR of the season in the top of the eighth of the 15-5 loss on 8/14 at Cubs, then pitched the bottom of the inning (1ip, 2h, 2er, 1bb, 1hbp, Javier Baez 2-run HR)...Gennett and Babe Ruth are the only players in Major League history to pitch in the same game in which they hit their 20th HR of the season... Ruth was the starting and winning pitcher for the Yankees on 6/13/1921 vs Detroit at the Polo Grounds, hitting his 20th HR as a pitcher and his 21st HR after he had moved to center field...courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.
Twice this season and twice in franchise history, since 1869, the Reds’ starting battery mates made Major League debuts in the same game...on 4/6 vs Phi, starting RHP Rookie Davis and starting C Stuart Turner made their Major League debuts...on 8/27 vs Pit, RHP Tyler Mahle and C Chad Wallach started in their Major League debuts...it has occurred many times in the majors and, prior to this season, most recently in 2008 by the Nationals, who started P Shairon Martis and C Luke Montz on 9/4 at Atl...also on 4/6 vs Phi, Phillies starting C Andrew Knapp made his big league debut...opposing starting catchers (Turner, Knapp) made Major League debuts in the same game for only the second time since 1900 (9/4/2010, Det’s Max St. Pierre & KC’s Lucas May)...courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.
THE BIG A
LHP Amir Garrett began his Major League career with 12 scoreless innings before allowing a 2-run HR to David Freese in the seventh inning of his second start, on 4/12 at Pit... Garrett’s 12-inning scoreless streak tied Billy Rhines (1890) for second-longest to begin a Reds career...in 1970, Wayne Simpson began his career with 15 scoreless innings.
In the 7-1 victory on 4/10 at Pit, Reds relievers RHP Michael Lorenzen (3ip), LHP Cody Reed (3ip) and LHP Wandy Peralta (1ip) retired the last 21 Pirates batters...that feat was accomplished most recently on 5/30/2016, when Cubs relievers retired the last 21 batters in a 2-0 win vs the Dodgers...prior to the May 2016 Cubs win, however, the last time a Major League bullpen threw at least 7.0 perfect innings in a game was on June 23, 1917...Red Sox starting pitcher Babe Ruth was ejected after walking Washington leadoff batter Ray Morgan...Ernie Shore replaced Ruth...after Morgan was caught stealing, Shore retired the last 26 batters to complete the most famous combined no-hitter in baseball history.
RHP Robert Stephenson’s save in the 14-2 win on 5/6 vs SF was the first of his professional career and the first 3-inning save by a Reds pitcher since Alfredo Simon pitched the final 3 innings of the 5-1 win vs Mil on 6/16/13...for those curious about the 12-run save, the largest margin of victory for a save in Major League history is 19 runs, by Ed Vosberg of the Rangers in a 26-7 win vs the Orioles on 4/19/1996...Vosberg recorded the last out of the top of the eighth inning with his team leading, 10-7, and then followed the Rangers’ 16-run bottom half with a scoreless ninth...courtesy Elias Sports Bureau.
The Reds and White Sox tied for the Major League lead with 40 outfield assists (Adam Duvall 15, Billy Hamilton 13, Scott Schebler 7, Patrick Kivlehan 2, Jesse Winker 2, Arismendy Alcantara1)...Duvall led all Major League outfielders in assists, while Hamilton ranked T2nd.
In the 13-3 win on 5/5 vs SF, 6 Reds batters accounted for all 16 hits (Billy Hamilton 3, Eugenio Suarez 3, Scott Schebler 3, Jose Peraza 3, Zack Cozart 2, Adam Duvall 2)...according to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time as few as 6 Reds players produced at least 16 hits in a game was in a 9-3 Reds win on 7/26/1976 vs the Giants at Riverfront Stadium (George Foster 4, Dan Driessen 4, Pete Rose 2, Ken Griffey 2, Joe Morgan 2, Cesar Geronimo 2).
WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS:
1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990
NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1990
2017 NL CENTRAL STANDINGS
Team W L Pct. GB
Chicago 92 70 .568 -
Milwaukee 86 76 .531 6.0
St. Louis 83 79 .512 9.0
Pittsburgh 75 87 .463 17.0
Cincinnati 68 94 .420 24.0
2017 NL WILD CARD STANDINGS
Team W L Pct. GB
Arizona 93 69 .574 -
Colorado 87 75 .537 -
86 76 .531 1.0
St. Louis 83 79 .512 4.0
77 85 .475 10.0
Cincinnati 68 94 .420 19.0
Nationals, Cubs & Dodgers were division winners
2017 NATIONAL LEAGUE LEADERS
Joey Votto..............................^ 162 games
Joey Votto...................* 321 times on base
Joey Votto................................* 134 walks
Joey Votto.................* 20 intentional walks
Joey Votto......* 1.61 walk-to-strikeout ratio
Joey Votto........* .454 on-base percentage
Joey Votto.................................1.032 OPS
Scooter Gennett................* 4 grand slams
Adam Duvall.....................11 sacrifice flies
Tucker Barnhart...........999 fielding % at C
* Led Major Leagues, ^ Tied for Major League lead
2017 NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE LEADERS
RHP Luis Castillo........................3.12 ERA
LHP Wandy Peralta....................69 games
2017 NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAM LEADERS
869 R allowed.........* .465 opponents' SLG
821 ER allowed.........345 opponents' OBP
248 HR allowed *.....* 77 hit batters by Cin
631 BB allowed...............8 grand slams hit
* Led Major Leagues
REDS IN 2017 BY MONTH
April......................11-13, 4.63......254 BA, 4.75 r/g
May.......................13-15, 5.12......271 BA, 5.21 r/g
June......................10-17, 5.97......256 BA, 4.63 r/g
July.........................8-18, 5.35......228 BA, 3.58 r/g
August..................15-14, 5.42......263 BA, 5.69 r/g
Sept / October......11-17, 4.46......245 BA, 3.93 r/g
2017 SPRING TRAINING RECORDS, NL CENTRAL
NL Central W L Pct. GB
St. Louis 20 8 .714 -
Pittsburgh 19 12 .613 2.5
Milwaukee 17 16 .515 5.5
Cincinnati 16 19 .457 7.5
Chicago 13 18 .419 8.5
ALL-STARS COZART & VOTTO
Zack Cozart was elected by fans as the starting shortstop on the National League All-Star team, while Joey Votto was an All-Star for the fifth time...in Cozart’s first All-Star Game he went 1-for-2 with a single off NYY’s Dellin Betances...he was the first Reds player to start since 3B Todd Frazier in 2015 at Cin’s Great American Ball Park and the first Red to start at SS since Cooperstown Hall of Famer and 12-time All-Star Barry Larkin made his fifth and final Midsummer Classic start in 2000 at Atl’s Turner Field...Votto, also an All-Star in 4 straight years from 2010-2013, went 0-for-1 with a walk off Hou’s Chris Devenski...Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann served on the National League’s medical staff.
2017 68-94 .420 5th
2016 68-94 .420 5th
2015 64-98 .395 5th
2014 76-86 .469 4th
2013 90-72 .556 3rd, WC
2012 97-65 .599 1st
2011 79-83 .488 3rd
2010 91-71 .562 1st
2009 78-84 .481 4th
2008 74-88 .457 5th
2007 72-90 .444 5th
2006 80-82 .494 3rd
2005 73-89 .451 5th
2004 76-86 .469 4th
2003 69-93 .426 5th
2002 78-84 .481 3rd
2001 66-96 .407 5th
2000 85-77 .525 2nd
1999 96-67 .589 2nd
1998 77-85 .475 4th
1997 76-86 .469 3rd
In the 14-3 loss on 9/12 at StL, the Reds used 5 rookie pitchers in a game for the only time this season (RHP Robert Stephenson, RHP Alejandro Chacin, RHP Rookie Davis, RHP Ariel Hernandez, RHP Deck McGuire)...also did it once in 2016, in an 8-2 loss on 5/24 at LAD (RHP Daniel Wright, RHP A.J. Morris, RHP Dayan Diaz, RHP Caleb Cotham, RHP Josh Smith)...prior to 2016, the Reds hadn’t use 5 rookie pitchers in a game since 10/1/2010 (LHP Travis Wood, RHP Logan Ondrusek, LHP Aroldis Chapman, RHP Sam LeCure, RHP Jordan Smith).
In the 17-2 loss on 5/29 at Tor, the Reds allowed 17 runs and gave up 23 hits in a game for the first time since 5/1/1985 vs Atl at Riverfront Stadium (25h)...the 17 runs were the most scored by the Blue Jays in a game this season and the 23 hits were the third-most in franchise history...Robert Stephenson (2ip 10h) and Jake Buchanan (3.2ip, 10h) became the first pair of Major League relievers to allow at least 10 hits in the same game since Phi’s Luther Roy (13h) and June Greene (12h) did it on 7/6/1929 in Game 2 of a doubleheader vs the Cardinals...prior to 5/29 at Tor, Wsh’s Sun-Woo Kim on 7/22/2005 vs Hou was the last Major League reliever to allow at least 10 hits in a game.
In their dramatic 6-4 win on 6/7 vs StL, the Reds overcame a 4-1 deficit with 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Patrick Kivlehan’s 3-run HR, the first pinch-hit HR of his career, and Joey Votto’s 2-run HR...prior to that win, the Redlegs had lost 82 consecutive home games in which they trailed by at least 3 runs in the seventh inning or later...was the second-longest such home losing streak in franchise history (0-97, 1903-1908).
WIN, HIT & RBI:
RHP Jackson Stephens in the 5-3 win on 7/1 vs Cubs became the first Reds pitcher to record in his Major League debut his first career win, hit and RBI since John Roper on 5/16/1993 vs Col...became the first Reds pitcher with 2 RBI in his debut since Paul Moskau on 6/21/77 at Phi...became only the second pitcher ever to produce in his Major League debut a victory and multiple RBI against the defending World Series champion (Pit’s Gerrit Cole vs SF, June 2013)...3 other pitchers made debuts on 7/1, including Luke Farrell (KC), Felix Jorge (Min) and Paul Blackburn (Oak)...was the first time 4 players made MLB debuts as starting pitchers on the same day since 4/17/1914, when Red Faber (White Sox), Erv Kantlehner (Pirates), Pete Henning (KC of the Federal League) and Ed Porray (Buffalo of the Federal League) did it.
The Reds began the second half of the season with a 2-8 homestand vs the Nationals (0-4), Diamondbacks (1-2) and Marlins (1-2) in which they allowed 23 HR and 72 runs, both franchise records for a homestand of 10 games or fewer...with a win over the Marlins in the final game, the Reds avoided the second 1-9 homestand in franchise history (1-9 from 8/18-8/27, 2015; 0-2 vs KC, 0-4 vs Ari, 1-0 vs Det, 0-3 vs LA)...included in that 2-8 homestand was Wsh’s first-ever 4-game sweep of the Reds and that franchise’s first 4-game sweep of Cin since the Expos did it at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium from 7/20-7/23, 1989.
TRIPLE THE FUN
In the second inning of the 4-2 loss on 7/25 at NYY, Reds defenders turned Todd Frazier’s bases-loaded ground ball into a triple play that led to a run scored (SS José Peraza to 1B Joey Votto to 3B Eugenio Suárez to Peraza)...was the first run-scoring triple play in the Major Leagues since 5/27/2006, when the Twins turned it against the Mariners, and the first triple play turned by the Reds since 9/12/1995 vs Fla ( 3B Jeff Branson to 2B Bret Boone to 1B Hal Morris)...was Frazier’s first plate appearance at home as a Yankee...was the Major Leagues’ 15th bases-loaded triple play since the start of the 1978 season.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
The Reds' 13-9 loss on 8/22 vs Cubs was the longest 9-inning game in franchise history (4:04)...1B Anthony Rizzo became the Major Leagues’ first left-handed throwing third baseman since Don Mattingly of the Yankees played 3 games at that position from 8/29-8/31, 1986 at Sea.
The 1-0 Pirates win on 8/26 at Great American Ball Park was the first in their history in which a pitcher drove in by home run every run of a shutout win...the Reds lost a 1-0 game on a home run by the opposing pitcher for the first time since Bob Welch homered off Mario Soto on 6/17/1983 at LAD.
In the last 5 seasons, 50 different players made 83 apps on the Reds' disabled list...only 34 times in his 4 seasons as manager has Bryan Price been able to start his “projected” lineup (12 timesin 2014, 5 times in 2015, 4 times in 2016, 13 times in 2017)...the 2017 “projected” lineup of C Devin Mesoraco, 1B Joey Votto, 2B José Peraza, 3B Eugenio Suárez, SS Zack Cozart, LF Adam Duvall, CF Billy Hamilton and RF Scott Schebler produced a 6-7 record.
Class AA Pensacola swept Jacksonville in its playoff series to win a share of the Southern League co-championship...Class A Dayton’s Jose Siri (.293, 24hr, 46sb) became the first Midwest League player to produce 20 HR and 40 steals in a season since 1982, when Madison’s Tom Romano and Burlington’s Chuckie Canady each did it.
OF Sebastian Elizalde received the Mary E. Barney Award as Class AAA Louisville’s Most Valuable Player...Elizalde hit .277 (8hr, 60rbi, 4sb) while reaching base safely in 103 of his 134 apps for the Bats...led the team in hitting, hits (140), triples (6), multi-hit games (41) and 3-hit games (11)...ranked among the International League leaders in games (4th, 134), at bats (T2nd, 506), hits (T3rd) and triples (T3rd).
The Reds donated $40,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts...included in that total are the Reds Community Fund’s portion of Split the Pot ticket sales during the 3-game series vs the Mets from 8/29-8/31 along with generous donations from Mike & Michele Schuster of Michael Schuster Associates and Levi Blachman of StubWorld...the funds were distributed equally between the American Red Cross and former Reds right fielder Jay Bruce’s efforts to raise money for Southeast Texas and his hometown of Beaumont, Texas (indians.com/bruce