Are the Reds good again? No. But they certainly played well on the west coast, which has the Nati Boys excited about baseball again. We discuss whether or not they’re starting to head in the right direction and speculate on the future of Scooter Gennett in light of the Robinson Cano suspension. The NBA and NHL playoffs are both in their conference championship rounds, and we all take a little bit of joy in the fact that the Cavs find themselves in a 2-0 hole to the Celtics. To wrap up the show, we give you a fantasy draft of our favorite ways to kill some time.
What a stretch of baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. As a team, they’ve rattled off six straight victories and are the owners of the league’s longest active winning streak. I guess they don’t call us #Wincinnati for nothing. Two weeks ago Joseph Daniel Votto was named the National League Player of the Week, and now Scooter Gennett earned the same honor. Somewhere out there, St. Louis Cardinals fans are debating that Yadier Molina deserved the award despite being on the disabled list after failing horribly as a catcher and getting hit in the nuts with a baseball.
After being shut out by Max Scherzer on Opening Day*, the Reds rebounded in game two of their series against the Washington Nationals with 7 runs on 12 hits. That’s gotta be good enough to snag the victory and pull back to .500 to start the season, right? Ha. Unfortunately, the pitching didn’t hold up their end of the bargain, giving up 13 runs as the Nationals routed the Reds in a much sunnier Saturday afternoon tilt. I’m not an excuses guy, but the pitching staff wasn’t necessarily set up for success. The Reds are dealing with key injuries to the starting rotation and bullpen to start the season and played a pitcher short with the signing of Yovani Gallardo who wasn’t available for action Saturday.
I’m not hitting the panic button yet, but one alarming stat is how many times Reds batters have struck out in the first two games. For not having Adam Dunn on the team anymore, 25 strikeouts are an awful lot through the first two games of the season. Sure, they went up against 3-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer yesterday, and then the not-so-young phenom Stephen Strasburg today. That’s not really an excuse though when you consider how potent this Reds offense was just one season ago. I could live with getting shut out by Scherzer and the back end of the Nationals bullpen, but Saturday’s loss was a lot harder to swallow considering they finally got some production out of the lineup.
Jesse Winker has proven that an unusually long neck equals a solid on base percentage, which is something we’re not used to out of our leadoff spot. Crazy, I know. Scooter Gennett is out to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke and he can be the answer at second base for years to come in Cincinnati. He hasn’t hit four homeruns in a game yet, but I’ll give him until at least mid-April before I start getting upset about that. I’ve reached out for comment regarding his stance on “Debbies” and if they’re “on-deck”, but he has yet to respond.
All in all, yes, it’s been a rough first two games to start the season. Some might say it’s because the Reds have been run up against the buzz saw that is the Washington Nationals, and they’re probably somewhat right. But that doesn’t excuse some of the terrible at bats we’ve seen that have contributed to the 25 strikeouts. They don’t get much of a chance to relax after Washington leaves The Queen City when the Chicago Cubs come to town for a two-game series. In typical Reds fashion, I anticipate they’ll win tomorrow’s series finale to salvage the series while nobody is watching because they’re stuffing their faces with Easter ham and searching for plastic eggs in their grandma’s back yard.
But hey, at least we get to play Pittsburgh later this week…
Cincinnati.com – Scooter Gennett made the trek from Sarasota to Goodyear in a rental RV. He and his wife, Kelsey, and dog, Leo, spent the night in two RV parks.
Leo was the reason for the unconventional mode of transportation.
“He’s pretty big,” Gennett said. “Me and the wife aren’t too confident in putting him under the plane. We heard some bad stories about the dog coming out stiff as a board from baggage claim.
Baseball is my favorite sport in the world. It always has been and always will be. Spring Training, most notably the first few days of everyone reporting to camp, is just the shot in the arm I need after the post-Super Bowl letdown. Most of the time you get flooded with cookie cutter stories about Player A being in the best shape of their career or Player B is out to prove they’re worth the blockbuster deal they just signed in the off season.
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