I think this team is better than last year, but the offense is plain awful. How many quality starts have the Reds lost this year?
Overall this is also a dumb baseball team. Just today against the Cardinals Frazier lets 2 fastballs go by on 2-0 and 2-1 counts with a man on 3rd and one out. With Lutz and Miller behind you you have to swing. Then Bailey gets hosed at 2nd. He had already slowed around 1st. At that point just stop. You have the top of the order coming up. Just stupid baseball.
Beavis and Butthead scored more than the Reds do against good pitching.
The loss of Ludwig has really hurt the entire chemistry of the lineup and Joey is a shell of his former self. The team played much hungrier with Votto out of the lineup last year.
I would bet that if you look at the starting pitching the Reds have faced since opening day and produced a winning record right now are some of the top pitchers in baseball. Nationals 7 games against a pretty strong staff, 6 games against the Cards who I think are tops in starters so far, 3 vs Pirates who are doing pretty well so far. When we faced lesser pitching we did just fine. Over the next month outside of the Braves we face a little less dominate pitching, so lets see where we stand on June 1 before we leap off the bridge...
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