Its been awhile since we’ve talked about the Reds here. I guess with all the negativity we had to take a little break. Also we
didn’t want to jinx that little winning streak we had. But that’s over and a lot has happened in the past few games. Tony Cingrani shined in his first start, Aroldis Chapman gave up a rare homerun, the Reds won in extras but lost Ryan Hanigan, then today the team exploded in the 7th and recorded their sixth win in seven games.
Cincinnati has proved to be a complex team early in the season. While their starting pitching has been spectacular the bullpen has been less than stellar to this point. For example, Manny Parra gave up four runs in the ninth today, so its a good thing. The offense has been up and down to this point, some games they score multiple runs then the next game they’ll score two. There hasn’t been a happy medium to this point.
Joey Votto has come out of his so called “slump”. His BA is back up to .328 and his OBP is at .522. I don’t know many players that would consider Votto’s previous BA of .268 as a slump but when you’re Joey Votto I suppose it’s a slump.
Over the weekend though the Reds did lose starting catcher Ryan Hanigan to a strained oblique. While this is a huge bummer, Hanigan is one of the smartest catchers in the game, the team still has Devin Mesaraco who is a great young catcher. The club also called up Corky Miller from Triple A Louisville. The mustache is back!
The Reds look to continue their hot streak monday when the Chicago Cubs come into town. The Cubs are currently sitting in the basement of the NL Central at 5-12. The Reds for the record are the leader of the NL Central at 11-8.