|Cincinnati Reds (2-1)||7||12||0|
|Philadelphia Phillies (1-2)||4||6||1|
|W: Reed (1-0) L: Morgan (0-1) S: Storen (1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
The Reds played baseball in the afternoon today. It was rainy and cold, but they won anyway and will probably win the World Series since they are now on pace to win 108 games and even the Cubs aren’t beating that.
Things that Were Good
Michael Lorenzen can hit and stuff, it seems. He had a pinch-hit homer to put the Reds in the lead.
Adam Duvall had his first homer of the year to give the Reds a bit of breathing room.
Everyone in the lineup except Turner reached base at least once. I always like when things like that happen. On most good teams, everyone contributes over the course of the season. So things like this make me hopeful.
The bullpen managed six innings of shutout relief work. That’s not bad at all, folks.
Things that Were Not Good
Rookie Davis had a rough debut. I mean, I can’t get too worked up about this because it was his first major league game and if he could have avoided pitching to Nava, he might have been okay. Still, rough time today.
Cody Reed walked four in two innings. He somehow avoided allowing a run, but that was luck. He needs to have better control if he’s really going to contribute.
Thoughts about Other Things with Varying Degrees of Randomness
The Reds have won two of their first three games, so they’re probably going to be fabulous all year long. Seriously, it’s not as though half of all major league teams win two of their first three or anything.
If the Reds pitchers have one issue this year, it’s going to be walks. I feel like someone needs to post a picture of the old walks will haunt graphic in the bullpen or something.
The Reds got six quality innings of relief pitching and didn’t use Iglesias, Lorenzen, or Robert Stephenson. You know, if you were wondering if the bullpen was going to be any better this year.
This is very much the kind of game the Reds lost badly last year. I realize there is a sentiment out there right now that this team is going to be terrible. I don’t think they will be. I think they’ll be okay. Not great or world champions or anything, but certainly okay.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.