Today’s the day. Tonight’s game will decide whether the Reds finish April with a winning record or a losing record. Truthfully, no matter which side of the line Cincinnati falls on, they’ve played some pretty bad baseball — almost exclusively — in April.
I’m going to be encouraged by that fact, however. Heck, if the Reds can be flirting with .500 after a month, as horribly as they’ve played most of the time, what’s going to happen if they start playing up to their potential?
If they want to start playing better, tonight’s a good night to start. Johnny Cueto will lead the Fightin’ Redlegs into battle against the hated St. Louis Cardinals and Brad Penny. Penny, of course, pitched 7 innings of one-run ball in his last start against the TOS Reds three weeks ago. As a matter of fact, Penny has allowed only one run in four of his last five starts against Cincinnati.
For his part, Cueto made some strides in his last start, and I’m hopeful that he’s back on his horse. Keepin’ the fingers crossed, because we need a healthy and effective Johnny Cueto to be competitive.