Outside of the regularly scheduled Aristides Aquino home run and the throwback uniforms, we don’t really have a whole lot left to say about the Reds, who find themselves 7.5 games back with just 39 left to play. The Bengals, on the other hand, are just getting started, although they don’t inspire much confidence in the team either at the moment. We have been impressed by some of the younger guys on the roster though, including Ryan Finley, who has all but locked up the backup quarterback spot just two weeks into the preseason.
I’m not gonna sit here and tell you I wasn’t devastated when Yasiel Puig was traded to the Indians in a three-team deal that landed Cincinnati Trevor Bauer. It wasn’t because I was upset that Bauer was suddenly a Red, that was actually something that took away the sting a little bit. But there was still a void in my heart for a power hitting, exciting right fielder that we suddenly had no replacement for. Sure, guys like Philip Ervin and Jesse Winker have shown flashes of exceptional play, but Yasiel was Yasiel. They called him the Wild Horse for a reason. Whether he was crushing home runs, showcasing his arm from the warning track or trying to fight the entire Pirates organization, he was fun to watch.
In steps Aristides Aquino. What has he done? Oh, nothing much, just hit 7 home runs in his first 10 MLB games, including tonight’s three home run performance. Continue reading →