|New York Yankees (21-9)||10||13||2|
|Cincinnati Reds (17-15)||4||11||1|
|W: Tanaka (5-1) L: Davis (1-2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The Reds got their share of hits tonight. That’s something, I suppose.
–Joey Votto was 2-4 with a homer and 3 RBI. He is very good at hitting the baseball.
–The defense was solid. A couple of double plays and two outfield assists from Billy Hamilton.
–The pitching. Lord. Where do we start?
–Drew Storen was awful. Yes, it’s true that Angel Hernandez wouldn’t now the strike zone if it kissed him on the nose, but that doesn’t excuse Storen hitting THREE batters.
–Rookie Davis was not good. He hasn’t been good at all really. I fully believe that he could be a good major league pitcher someday. But I don’t know if it’s this season. As much as anyone on the staff, I think he might benefit from the calming effects of the minor leagues.
–Also, Barrett Astin, welcome back to the big leagues.
–The Reds just finished their 32 game. They have won 17 of them. Last year, they didn’t win their 17th game until their 51st game (h/t Chad Dotson). Take a minute and do that math.
–Cody Reed had a rough day down in Louisville today. He went 2.2 innings and allowed 3 runs. I’m sure he was pitch-limited. But still.
–Eh, growing pains all of it. Reed and Davis and whoever else you want to throw in here. Many of your are aware that I work with high school students for a living. These guys aren’t much older. They’re unpredictable and they make mistakes, but they are also generally resilient. The Reds are one of the youngest teams in baseball. So relax everyone. Tomorrow is another day.
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.