Perhaps the biggest thing that we learned, though we knew it coming into the series, is that the Colorado Rockies are very bad on the road. Colorado, after being swept this weekend is now 5-27 on the road. Ouch.
Let’s focus a bit more on the Cincinnati Reds, though, shall we? The offense went off this weekend, scoring 27 runs over the three games. Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos continued to hit and are still sitting 1st (Winker) and 2nd (Castellanos) in the National League in OPS at a 1.056 and 1.051, respectively. Only Fernando Tatis Jr. (1.008) is over 1.000 among the rest of the league.
Wade Miley has been really good this year. He got lit up light a Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center on May 14th against the Rockies while out in Colorado. He allowed 11 hits and eight earned runs in just 3.0 innings. It’s his only true poor start of the year. On Friday night he took care of the Rockies in a bit of payback as he picked up his 6th win of the season by allowing just two earned in 7.0 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.92 on the season in the process.
Is Eugenio Suárez starting to show some life at the plate? Cincinnati’s current 3rd baseman has struggled at the plate all year. He’s struggled to hit and he’s struggled to make contact – the two things are almost assuredly related. But he went 4-9 with a double and a home run against the Rockies. Perhaps more importantly is that he didn’t strikeout during the series.
You’re never as good as you look when you’re going well and you’re never as bad as you appear to be when you aren’t – but right now the Reds are going and it’s been fun. They are 10-3 over their last 13 games and they’ve jumped the St. Louis Cardinals in the division and sit in 3rd place in the National League Central. They’ll get a chance to make some ground on the Brewers starting tonight as they open up a 3-game series in Milwaukee.