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The Reds continue to pitch very, very well, despite all the injuries. Alfredo Simon has shown himself to be a terrific #5 starter these first two weeks, giving the Reds innings, giving the Reds a chance. I wouldn’t want to get too carried away. After all, the Rays and the Mets are not offensive juggernauts. Still …
Manny Parra continues to impress. Somebody in the organization knows pitching. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know whether itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Walt Jocketty, Chris Buckley, or somebody elseÃ¢â‚¬â€but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re noticing here at Redleg Nation. It would not surprise me if David Holmberg turns out to have a future with the Reds. Somebody in this organization knows arms when they see them.
YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to hear a lot about not merely how whipping boy Joey Votto is hitting with RISP, but the team as a whole. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bite. When a team is hitting a collective .225, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not going to see great production with runners on base. And if you think this team needs to be more aggressive at the plate, consider their team .292 OBP after 10 games. The Reds starting 8 are getting on base with the alacrity of Zack Cozart.
Unfortunately, you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bat an entire team 8th.
Cincinnati ran themselves out of the 4th inning quicker than you can say Billy Hamilton, when after getting a win-blown gift from the baseball gods, the new third base coach, Steve Smith, took it away with an ill advised decision to send Votto home, where he was thrown out by about the length of the Titanic. Somewhere, Mark Berry winced.
Not so random thoughts …
In two games thus far, the Tampa Bay Rays have scored three runs, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been enough to win both games. They do precisely what the Reds doÃ¢â‚¬â€excel at run preventionÃ¢â‚¬â€they have done it just a smidge better than Cincinnati.
Which makes it all the more frustrating.
The Rays werenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to let Joey Votto beat them in the 9th, were they? I have to laugh at all the angst about whether Votto is batting 2nd or 3rd in the lineup. Wherever he hits, the people around him have to produce.