Things are just about a wrap for 2018."It’s just about over.I type these words simultaneously relieved and disappointed.The Reds are bad. They’ve been bad for large swathes of this season Walt Weiss Jersey , especially both at the very beginning and the very end of this season. The three weeks to begin the season cost Bryan Price his job. It’s likely the last three weeks of this season will cost Jim Riggleman any chance he may’ve had to keep his after this one (or, at least, it should... among other reasons). There have been multiple times that included multiple week stretches where not only has the team bad, but they’ve been boring in doing so.But it’s still baseball. Or, at least something resembling it for about six months this season. And generally, baseball is better than no baseball. And we’re going to get a post-season that looks like it’s going to be very compelling, so that helps. But still, it’s not Reds baseball, and that stinks. It stinks a lot. We won’t be able to watch our favorite team again for six months. While we probably need a break from this iteration of the Reds Marcus Semien Jersey , we don’t need one that last six months. Especially when those six months will feature cold and snow and grayness and nights that begin at 4 PM and all of the other awful things that winter brings.So that sucks. I’m guilty of using this space to complain about how not-compelling these Reds are. But damnit, I’m going to miss them when they’re gone. And that clock expires tomorrow evening.Jameson Taillon will go for the Pirates today. He’s likely to finish the season with something like 190ish IP and a 3.10 ERA, which is incredible. For a long time when they were both in the minor leagues, Taillon was the pitcher that most closely aligned with Robert Stephenson. I don’t really know if had anything to do with comparables or stuff, but they were very constantly ranked next to one another on the prospect lists. Taillon has finally made good in the Major Leagues.Wouldn’t it be pretty cool if Robert Stephenson, somehow someway, was able to do something like that in 2019?Michael Lorenzen will make his third and, obviously, final start of the season. As good as he was in his first start against Milwaukee , he was not good against the Marlins, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs on 2 walks and 0 K in 4 innings. That’s gross as hell, really, considering the opponent.The rational thinker in me believes that another bad outing today will put to bed the idea of Lorenzen being a starter on this team. But, I’m sure we’ll still be talking about this very thing as a storyline going into 2019 regardless of what happens this afternoon.CIN LineupPIT Lineup Mother Nature quickly interrupted Michael Kopech’s first start at home for the Chicago White Sox.On Friday, Kopech will get another opportunity to showcase his big arm in front of Chicago fans who have waited all season to see him promoted from the minors. The 22-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in his first two outings, walking none and striking out eight in eight innings.His first start in Chicago, on Aug. 21, was limited to two innings before a rain delay ended his evening Reggie Jackson Jersey , as the White Sox elected not to put him back on the mound after the 52-minute interruption. He did not allow a run in that debut, while allowing three hits and striking out four.Article continues below ...Kopech’s next assignment is against the Boston Red Sox — the team that drafted him and helped to develop him before shipping him to Chicago as part of a deal that yielded ace left-hander Chris Sale.What can Kopech do to avoid feeling too hyped up for his first time facing Boston?“Take a deep breath and make pitches,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said to the Chicago Tribune. “Hopefully he continues to develop, continues to command the zone. It’s electric stuff.“Hopefully he’ll just continue to trust himself, which he is doing, and just enjoy being here. Know that he’s capable of doing what he’s doing because of this tremendous gift he has.”Kopech declined to speak about his emotions heading into the start, instead telling reporters that he would speak about the experience after his outing Friday night.Chicago (53-81) is feeling better about its fortunes despite a disappointing loss in Thursday night’s series opener. The Red Sox rallied for five runs in the ninth to claim a 9-4 victory.Boston (93-42) has a strong starting rotation and a potent lineup, as evidenced by home runs from Mookie Betts (No. 29 of the season) and J.D. Martinez (No. 39) in the comeback win over Chicago.The Red Sox will turn to right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (5-6, 4.15 ERA) in the second game of a four-game series. The 28-year-old will be making his seventh start since joining the Red Sox. He is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in his first six outings with Boston after going 3-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 10 starts for the Tampa Bay Rays.In two career games (one start) against the White Sox , Eovaldi is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA. He has walked five and fanned six in 7 2/3 innings.Earlier this week, Eovaldi worked with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez to fine-tune his delivery.“If Pedro comes around and he has something to say, I’m going to listen,” Eovaldi said to “He said he noticed something with my landing foot. I guess I land on my heel when I land. He was saying if I try to land more with my toe, he thinks I’ll have a little bit better control of my offspeed pitches. And really with everything. It will make the fastball better, too.”The insights from Martinez served as a revelation for Eovaldi, who previously had focused on his arm.“It definitely feels a little different just because I haven’t really been focusing on my landing foot,” he said. “I’ve been focusing on other things thinking that was the issue. We’ll have to see (Friday) how everything works out. But it definitely feels a lot better.”