Sometimes being a devoted fan of the Cincinnati Reds is not an easy job. How long has it been since we have had a winner?
Not a pennant winner, I mean a winner, as in more wins than losses?
Time’s up, it was barely in this millennium, 2000. That year, the Reds finished in second place behind St. Louis by 10 games. Cincinnati was 85-77 that year.
Remember now? That was the year Griffey hit 40 HR. Sean Casey, Barry Larkin, and Dmitri Young all batted over .300.
They won 85 games with subpar starting pitching.
Let us fast forward to the present. Young Bucks everywhere.
Joey Votto and Jay Bruce are definitely the faces of the future. Adam Rosales is a very pleasant surprise. Chris Dickerson will come around and be the player we all expected from last year’s performance.
Now look at the mound. Who do we have out there? If not the best, one of the best rotations in baseball. I say that in all seriousness. Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo, Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto, and Micah Owings form a very nasty staff.
These guys are more than capable of giving you seven good innings of shutout baseball, and leaving the bullpen in very good shape.
The Reds have pitched more shutouts as a team than anyone so far this season. They actually pitched shutouts in three of four games recently.
Owings is probably the question mark as far as the rotation is concerned, but he will come around. Arroyo is second in the National League in wins with four. Cueto is third in the league in ERA with 1.65. Coco Cordero is second in saves with seven.
Votto is second in the National League with a .365 average, and third in RBI with 22.
If the team can stay healthy they have, in my opinion, an excellent chance of competing for the Central Division championship.
If Edwin Encarnacion stays out too long and Rosales continues to perform as he is, you may see a new starting third baseman.
So, enjoy watching the young talent out there today, because they could be there for a long time.
I personally think they have finally turned the corner.
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