|Cincinnati Reds (2-5)||7||11||1|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (6-2)||4||8||0|
|W: Peralta (1-0) L: Kontos (0-1) S: Iglesias (2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–The top of the lineup. Jesse Winker, Eugenio Suarez, and Joey Votto were a combined 6-10 with 3 walks and all 7 RBI. That’s pretty much how it’s supposed to go, isn’t it? Geno, of course, gets special mention for the big home run to give the Reds the lead and, ultimately, the win.
–The bottom of the lineup. Barnhart, Peraza, and Hamilton were 5-8 with 5 runs scored. That’s pretty great.
–The relief pitching. 4 innings of 1 hit baseball. Fabulous.
–The middle of the lineup. 0-14 with 7 Ks for Duvall, Gennett, and Ervin. Didn’t matter tonight, but ouch.
–Where is Amir Garrett? He had the best spring of any Reds pitcher. He has two appearance in the first seven games for the Reds. He has thrown 2.2 innings while striking out 4. Every currently rostered reliever except Gallardo has more appearances than him. Gallardo has the same number of appearances.
–Winning is very nice. I still think the season, as a whole, will be pretty okay for the Reds, though I do agree with everything Chad said last night. The core of this team is good, and I believe in the young starters. There’s too much potential to not improve. And now that we’re a week and a bit into the season, the hitting numbers are starting to normalize, which is nice.
–Sal Romano was neither good nor bad tonight, but he was – as in his first start – resilient. I feel like he’s really someone the Reds can count on to never really explode into flames. That’s such an important thing on a staff filled with relative wildcards.
–Tyler Mahle pitches tomorrow. He made the Cubs looks silly in his first start. I hope he does the same with the Pirates.
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.