There is no easy way to transition from this story to the normal events of a week in baseball. Jose Fernandez will be missed. 2. The Reds kept setting records this week. As you can imagine, they weren't the good kind of records.
A memorial for Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park: Flowers, a hat and his number on the mound.[Credit: Joe Skipper/Getty Images] pic.twitter.com/JEQxWo65cX – ESPN (@espn) September 25, 2016
3. One of the biggest questions facing the Cincinnati Reds in 2017 is what to do with Jesse Winker. There was a time when Winker was considered to be the Reds left fielder of the future. However, the emergence of other options have left that conclusion in doubt. Zach Buchanan took some time this week to ask "Where does Jesse Winker fit in?" 4. Another major question for the Reds as this season concludes is what to do with Brandon Phillips. 2017 will be the final year of Phillips' six-year contract, and it's likely Cincinnati could try and move him in the offseason. The team attempted to trade Phillips prior to the 2016 season, but he vetoed a trade to Washington. Phillips has put together a nice second-half at the plate, and it's possible a team could look at him as a short term upgrade with an expiring contract. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com broke down Cincinnati's in-house options if they move BP. 5. In sports, success is usually defined by wins and losses. Yet each year there are a handful of teams clearly out of contention from the beginning of the season. Most analysts put the Reds in this category prior to the season. Does the fact that the Reds weren't going to win a title mean they couldn't succeed this year? Over at Red Reporter, I took some time to assess whether or not the 2016 Reds season could be called a success. Specifically, did the Reds take the necessary steps to upgrade the roster and get closer to contention? 6. One thing is for sure. The future looks bright with Jose Peraza in the Reds lineup. The twenty-two-year-old rookie hit his third home run of the season against Milwaukee this weekend. For the season, Peraza is now hitting .330/.354/.425.
#Reds have now given up 123 runs to the Cubs this season, most allowed to any opponent since 1957 when NL teams played each other 22 times.– Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 22, 2016
To close out the season the Reds will play four in St. Louis, followed by a three game series with the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. As of Sunday afternoon the Cardinals were half a game back of a Wild Card spot. Cincinnati has the opportunity to play spoiler for their division rival in the early part of the week. You can follow the Reds all season long, and Eric's other writing, at Red Reporter.
¡QuÃ© clase de batazo de JosÃ© Peraza! pic.twitter.com/LD4qDzhCfN– Rojos de Cincinnati (@RojosBeisbol) September 24, 2016