I am not exactly sure where the past few days have gone, but I find myself way behind on posting very biased remarks of a seemingly always frustrating baseball team. I knew that the Redlegs fast start was something of the too good to be true ilk, but I wasn’t expecting such a fast meltdown after such a fast beginning. 2-5 on a home stand is never a good thing. Losing two out of three to the Buccos is always bad. Finding out that Edison Volquez still can’t get out of the first inning is none too surprising, but definitely discouraging. And Mike Leake, oh mister Leake…Where do I even begin? I guess the plastic and cash in your pockets were too good for lowly Macy’s t-shirts huh? At least he pitched a great game to get the Reds back on the winning track.
I am very happy to see Votto getting upset about not stretching a double into a triple only to respond the next day with a 415 foot bomb to the moondeck at GABP. Yet, I worry about the number of errors being committed by one of last year’s top fielding teams in all of baseball. The upcoming games against the Cardinals I suppose could be viewed as the season’s first true test for the Redlegs, but even that seems weird to say when the team is 10-9 on the year. Still our boys got to the playoffs last year by beating the teams they were supposed to then being opportunistic with their wins against teams they weren’t. Perhaps this year it will be reversed, or maybe the entire map of baseball powerhouses is being rewritten? I hate to speculate so early into the season, and with the team still not having their full rotation available I do not think it is right to pass judgment in any form. With all the questions marks, being above .500 and still in first place in the NL Central is a good thing.
Still, I won’t mind if the Reds can sweep the Cards, I love seeing Pujols lose and generally when the Reds beat St. Louis it involves Joey Votto having tremendous games which will help my fantasy team. Selfish? Yes. Problematic? No. It will be a great test of the team’s current state and hopefully be great games to watch/listen to. Also I know it’s only because Albert will be on the television and has nothing to do with the Reds, but anytime I can watch them on an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game is fine by me. To prove my point, in their most recent advert, it states that the Cincinnati Reds will be up against Dominate Albert Pujols and the Cardinals. Is Albert Pujols dominate? Of course he is, no one can and would deny that. It just makes me laugh that there is no special reference to the Reds being the defending division champions with the defending NL MVP and three gold glove winners. Oh no, I am starting to get bitter and can’t have that when it comes to the lack of coverage given by ESPN to one of the best and the original baseball city in the country.
I will stop now in fear that I will ramble…