At the beginning of the season, there wasn’t much hope for the Reds and their postseason chances. Well, today they proved all the haters wrong by becoming bowl eligible as they recorded their 7th win of the season by way of a 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, hot.
In all seriousness, finally getting to 7 wins is a really big deal for this Cincinnati Reds team. After starting the season 3-15 and costing Bryan Price his job, the Reds have gone 4-6 and have won 4 of their last 7. That may seem like a rough stretch of baseball for most teams, but when the season started the way it did, any little glimmer of hope makes this team worth tuning into. Some will say this is simply a regression to the mean (we’re talkin’ statistical math, folks), which is probably a large factor, but you can’t deny the fact that Peraza and Votto are finally starting to hit the ball well, which makes the top of the Reds lineup very dangerous for opposing pitchers.
Can we talk about how great Tyler Mahle has been in his last few starts too? He followed up his 11 strikeout performance vs. the Atlanta Braves with another stellar start, striking out 7 Twins on his way to his second victory of the season. His only other win came earlier in the season in the one-game-sweep of the Chicago Cubs. In a season where Luis Castillo has been a disappointment so far, it’s nice to see Mahle performing at a level most thought he could reach after his successful career in the minors, including a perfect game in Double-A Pensacola last season. If the Reds can continue to get some run support for their starting rotation, we could be looking at a .500 team by June. Ok, maybe not. But at least they’ll be more fun to watch than what we saw earlier in the season when they were getting beat 14-3 in Pittsburgh.
One series at a time.. before you know it, our Cincinnati Reds could be playing in the Sugar Bowl. And you know what shirt would look perfect as the Cincinnati Reds take on the Auburn Tigers in New Orleans? That’s right, a Rigglemania shirt. Catch them before they’re gone, brother.