Thursday, April 27, 2017
Red Rain is Coming Down...
Okay, so the Reds aren't in first anymore, but...to be honest, well kinda knew that was coming. No offense to Reds fans, but if it seems too good to be true, and if it happens in April...it might be.
And it's not to say the team isn't bad- people are hitting pretty well, and the momentum is strong. There's a nice assortment of new players begin tested in positions, along with people who've been there a while, like Zack Cozart and Joey Votto, just watching over it all. Things aren't perfect in the lineup, but it's working well enough.
Really, what's stopped the Reds from doing well so far is the pitching- Brandon Finnegan, Anthony DeSclafani and Rookie Davis, three strong starters, are all on the DL. And they don't have much to clean up. Tim Adleman and Cody Reed have started games, but they're kinda inexperienced. Bronson Arroyo and Scott Feldman are anchoring the rotation, but neither one has a great deal left in the tank. It's problematic...and, honestly, it has been ever since Johnny Cueto left.
While this team does have a chance of being good this year, so much is holding them back that it's hard to say anything definitive. They're incomplete, a bit untested, a bit rusty. They're winning games, which is fantastic, but I'm not sure if they're gonna factor into the season's endgame.
Coming Tonight: A Mariners pitcher who's suddenly, inexplicably, become one of the most un-hittable pitchers in baseball.