|The Devin Mesoraco situation (refusing to DL him or start him behind the plate while he might need surgery) is one of the more bizarre in recent memory. I'm definitely not saying the Reds are wrong -- I'm no Doctor -- I am just pointing out everything that has gone down relating to the situation is weird.
|Billy Hamilton recorded his first bunt for a hit of the season Tuesday night. With his base-stealing ability, he really needs to start doing it more often. |
|Catch-22: As long as they hang around .500 -- and, at this point, that's in contention -- they're stuck with Jason Marquis in the rotation instead of giving some youngsters with possibly bright futures a chance. But isn't it about hanging in contention?
|Real rough news on Homer Bailey for the team, especially given that he was the starting pitcher they chose to extend. As for the ranking, they can move up when they prove they can beat someone other than the Brewers. Since that 4-0 start, they are 6-10 with five of those wins coming over the hapless Brew Crew.
|No, Bryan Price's tirade didn't get them going. Playing the Brewers got them going. |
|Chances to stick: Probably not very good, though I maintain my late-spring stance that people were being far too harsh in automatically pegging them for last place and being one of the worst five teams in baseball. There's good talent here, especially offensively, at the top of the rotation and the very back of the rotation. Joey Votto being his old self is such a game-changer.|
|Overreaction: Joey Votto: .500 OBP, 0 RBI. Nothing has changed. He'll be their demise.|
|They lost 827 player games to injury last season. Sure, Mat Latos is gone, but better health from the likes of Homer Bailey (he'll only miss a few starts), Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips et al and better left field play than last season means this team shouldn't be discounted early. I worry about the back of the rotation some, but overall I was too low on these guys last time.|
|There are a few ways in which I can squint the Reds into a playoff team, much like George Costanza can squint mailboxes into squirrels. This is the last spot where I can say that honestly, though, so I guess I believe there are 23 teams with a shot at contention.|