It was another day with impressive hitting in run-producing situations and for power, as the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth in a row and fourth out of five games out of the gate with a 14-1 win over Pittsburgh. Some in Redleg Nation and beyond will cite small sample size before being willing to consider that this might be the start of something big. I will certainly admit that it's too early to say anything other than maybe all of last year's bad BABIP luck is reversing itself in less than a week's time. It's also very fair to suggest that for at least the past two days, they have been playing against essentially a Class AAAA team.
It has only been four games, but the energy and passion from the 2021 Cincinnati Reds is palpable. Since a nightmare first inning on Opening Day, the Reds have played inspired baseball. They have competed in every at-bat. Each pitcher has stepped into their role and thrived. The Reds fell behind early tonight, but the offense kept grinding out at-bats until they finally broke through.
A six-run third-inning outburst put the Cincinnati Reds ahead to stay in their first win of the 2021 season. But what they'll be talking about for the coming days and perhaps longer is the flaring of tempers in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Reliever Cam Bedrosian and outfielder Tyler Naquin have made the Cincinnati Reds Opening Day roster, in a set of moves made this afternoon.
The Cincinnati Reds have their answer: Aristides Aquino is out of options, but pitchers José De León and Cionel Pérez are not.
Players that we believed were out of options heading into the 2021 season may not be as teams await rulings from Major League Baseball.
The Cincinnati Reds have acquired left-handed pitcher Cionel Pérez in a trade with the Houston Astros for minor leaguer Luke Berryhill.