And that clinches the all-time worst season ERA in #Reds history for Simon at 9.36 (min 50 IP). https://t.co/oN7WsmUnp7 – Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 11, 20164. One of the bright spots for the Reds over the past few weeks has been the play of Jose Peraza. Billy Hamilton's oblique injury has meant more consistent playing time for the twenty-two-year-old rookie. Since returning to the major league roster on August 20, Peraza is hitting .425/.436/.562. It's beginning to look like he could be a fixture in Cincinnati's lineup for years to come. Wick Terrell, C. Trent Rosecrans, and Mark Sheldon all took the opportunity to talk about the prospects of Peraza being a starter in 2017. Up to this point, he's done everything necessary to earn a spot in the lineup. However, Cincinnati might have to make a trade, or Peraza might have to be willing to change his regular position, if he's to play regularly. 5. Yesterday everyone's favorite Red, Joey Votto, turned thirty-three. Since I can't actually get him a present, the least I can do is honor him with the final few points of this week's Reds Report. 6. Joey Votto's interactions with fans have been a hot topic this season. There was the time he faked throwing a ball into the stands. There was the time he vehemently stomped on a paper airplane. Who could forget when Votto grabbed a fan's shirt in disgust? Votto was in a kinder and gentler mood when it came to fan interaction this week.
7. How did you celebrate your birthday this year? I went to Outback (sorry Cracker Barrell) and enjoyed a bloomin onion, steak, and tasty beverage. How did Joey Votto celebrate his birthday? Votto went 4-5 including a home run to help the Reds knock off the Pirates 8-7. Votto has been insanely hot the past few months, and he's trying to become the first player to hit over .400 in the second half of a season since Ichiro in 2004. I really hope Reds fans are taking the time to appreciate Votto because you're gonna miss this...you're gonna want this back. You might even wish that these days hadn't gone by so fast. 8. Not everything went right on Votto's birthday. He did find himself in the dark during his post-game interview.
Maybe Joey Votto isn't as bad of a guy as Twitter made him out to be. pic.twitter.com/KIajINuHJV– Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) September 7, 2016
Who turned out the lights? The ballpark goes dark on Joey Votto in the postgame interview https://t.co/uLWeizMtUZ – FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) September 11, 20169. On a personal note, you can hear my debut on MLB Radio Network tonight at 7PM. I joined host Vince Gennaro for a segment on his show Behind the Numbers: Baseball SABR-Style. We took a few minutes to talk Brian Dozier of the Twins, Joey Votto, and Adam Duvall. The station is channel 89 (Sirius 209) for SiriusXM subscribers. The Reds will be home this entire week. Tomorrow night the Brewers will travel to Cincinnati for a three game series. Over the weekend Cincinnati will hook up with Pittsburgh once again. They'll play four games in three days against their Central Division rival (there's a day night double header on Saturday). You can follow the Reds all season long, and Eric's writing, at Red Reporter.