Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (3-2) 7 10 0
Cincinnati Reds (4-2) 5 11 0
W: Villanueva (2-0) L: Gregg (0-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Except for Boesch, all the starters contributed on offense. No one had an unbelievable game, but they had good games. Homers from Bruce and Hamilton and Todd Frazier’s go-ahead hit were the highlights. It was good to see Phillips, Bruce, and Cozart have good games given how they’ve started the season so far.

The Bad

–The pitching was not good today. Igelsias, at least, looked promising, but no one in the bullpen had a great day, and only Chapman was solid. Special mention to Jumbo Diaz. Generally, I think he’ll be fine, but that was disappointing.

–Brayan Pena injured himself running to first on a bunt hit. Reports are that he’s probably fine (jammed shoulder), but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to know for sure.

–Lost 2 of 3 to the Cardinals. I sports-hate the Cardinals.

Not-So-Random Thoughts

–It’s weird, I don’t have a lot to say above, but I have all kinds of feelings about this game. On the one hand, if you’d told me the Reds would start 4-2 against the Pirates and Cardinals, I would have been pretty happy. That’s a great start against two tough teams.

–On the other hand, it’s hard not to feel like the Reds could easily have won the last two games. 6-0 would have been transcendent.

–I know it’s early, but Kevin Gregg is doing exactly what he’d be expected to do looking at his recent seasons. I don’t want the Reds shoving a developing starter into the bullpen, but I have a hard time believing that LeCure or Corcino (who’s probably going to be a reliever eventually) or SOMEBODY ELSE in the minors couldn’t be better.

–I hope you all enjoyed seeing what Joey Votto can do when pitchers forget to be afraid of him. I don’t think you’ll see it again this season. Votto walked three times today, and I expect we’ll see a lot of that this year.

–I really find Hamilton’s performance so far encouraging. He didn’t walk today, but he did see 32 pitches, which is the same number Votto saw. If he keeps that up, he will get on base a lot and the Reds will have a pretty good year.

–In the end, this game was a downer. It showcased a lot of the weaknesses we know the Reds will need to overcome to have a good season. I still think this team is better than they’ve been given credit for. Even in the 11th, when they were down, I thought they might pull it off. I don’t recall feeling like that last year.

–Now, it’s off to Chicago where we see if this is a new Cubs team or if the Cubs will, in fact, continue to Cub. I’ll see you tomorrow.