The Cincinnati Reds were swept over the weekend in St. Louis by the Cardinals. That extended the Reds losing streak to seven games as they head further out west to take on the best team in baseball – the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Winning is a lot better than losing. It’s fun to win, and it’s less so to lose. While the Reds didn’t enter the series in first, over the last week they’ve gone from first to worst. That isn’t so much fun, either.
This team simply isn’t putting together complete games right now. When the pitching has been there, the offense hasn’t been. When the offense is there one aspect of the pitching hasn’t been.
The bullpen, which had previously been a big concern for the team, allowed one run in the series. That’s not a realistic expectation for all of the series moving forward, but it was very good to see from a group that had struggled in a big way.
Jesse Winker is seeing the baseball like it’s a beach ball right now. The Reds left fielder has a 10-game hitting streak. That’s the current longest streak in Major League Baseball. He’s hitting .381/.435/.667 on the season through 16 games.
Perhaps it’s time for some people to start penning apology letters to Wade Miley. In 2018 he joined the Milwaukee Brewers and teamed up with their pitching coach at the time – Derek Johnson, perhaps you’ve heard of him. Miley completely changed his arsenal, picking up the cutter and throwing it a majority of the time. In 2018 and 2019 he posted a 3.52 ERA in 248.0 innings for the Brewers and Astros. But then in 2020 he got injured and threw 14.1 bad innings and many in the fanbase decided that that was exactly who he was and that he should be released.
Well, he’s now made four starts this year and thrown 22.0 innings with a 2.45 ERA. If you were one of the people who felt he should have been fired into the sun last season, get out your Pilot G-2 and start writing your apology letter. You can address it to Wade Miley C/O The Cincinnati Reds and send it to Great American Ballpark. For the record, Miley now has a 3.55 ERA in 284.1 innings since he made the move to replace his fastball with a cutter back in 2018.
Raise your hand if you had Tejay Antone as the best reliever on the team on April 26th. A few of you probably have your hand raised right now, and it’s understandable that you would have felt that way coming into the season. We all saw what Antone could do last season. Now raise your hand if you had Carson Fulmer and Sal Romano as the next two best relievers on the team in terms of ERA. I’m not seeing many hands raised right now. You never know just how long things are going to last – I certainly don’t expect Lucas Sims to keep rocking an ERA over 6.00, nor do I expect Amir Garrett’s ERA to be in the double digits much longer – but right now those two guys are getting the job asked of them done. They are also the two guys being asked to provide the most innings, leading the way in the bullpen with 13.0 and 14.2 innings each.
Jonathan India seems to be a magnet for pitches. On Sunday he was hit by a pitch in the helmet. It was the second time this month that he’s been hit in the helmet by a pitch. Earlier in his minor league career he was also hit in the helmet by a pitch and it led to him missing time. As of now he seems to be ok this time around. Well, that is unless the tweet from FantasyPros about his capa being detated from his head is true.
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The defense is offensive. Coming into the season there were some questions, big ones, about how the defense would look. So far the answer: