So, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about the Reds. In related news, moving sucks.
While I’ve been keeping an eye on the Reds in my absence, I have been a bit distracted, and really, it seems like we’ve had a lot of bad news – Ludwick went out while I was still paying attention, but then we had Johnny Cueto and Ryan Hanigan go on the DL, and also Manny Parra (…oh noooooo..) and Nick Masset (…what a surpriiiiiiise…). Also, from what I’ve been hearing, Jay Bruce is the worst baseball player in the history of the galaxy, and Zack Cozart’s number two hitting has been condemned by the Catholic Church (that new pope is so cray-cray!)
Yet, we seem to be doing alright. 19-15 is pretty good. I can live with it. It probably doesn’t justify how cocky we were before the season started, but I’m not sure what would have justified how cocky we were at the beginning of the season (a Nobel Peace Prize, maybe?). I mean I said “Oh guys, we’ll be pretty good, but let’s not get out of hand,” but you know in my head I was like “YEAH WE’RE THE BEST SCREW THE NATS AND THE DODGERS AND THE GIANTS WE’RE BETTER THAN Y’ALL DON’T EVEN FORGET IT.” So, yeah. We haven’t been that good.
We are doing spectacularly ok, though, and I’d like to take a few minutes to thank the Reds who have picked up the slack for their teammates.Mat Latos: Latos has gone just over 6 inning on average in his seven starts, but they’ve been pretty awesome innings. His worst start so far was probably his last- Sunday’s afternoon game against the Cubs – but even that was hardly terrible. I also like the way he’s striking out a lot of batters, not walking very man, and being especially sparing with the home runs. The HR number might regress a bit, but it’s a good recipe for success none the less.
Tony Cingrani: Cingrani’s done as much as a 23-year-old called up to the big leagues on an emergency basis can do, and more. He probably won’t striket out 12 batters per 9 innings for his career, but hey, if he can ride a bit of luck out for the next few months, we could very well have a ROY candidate at the end of the year.
Shin Soo Choo: Shin Soo Choo is the greatest ever, and we now have mathematical proof. He leads the Reds in basically every category – inching out Joey Votto in average and on-base, and outpacing him by a much bigger stretch in power. I thought that Choo would be able to grab some more home runs in Great American, since it’s a little smaller, and the left field wall is a lot lower – in a very limited sample size: I was totally, right.
Joey Votto: Is still awesome. Who cares how many runs he drives in? NO ONE WITH TASTE OR DISCERNMENT. (J/K, guys, j/k. (Actually, I’m not kidding, I mean it.) I am a bit sad that he’s no longer on pace to walk 230 times. That would’ve been totally rad.
Ok, now I’ve got to go write a fake movie preview where the Tampa Bay Rays were the ones behind the European airport diamond heist in order to get enough money to build a time machine and bring back young Wade Boggs. And then somehow convince him he plays for the Rays.