This will make RFS62, very happy
For whatever reason, I still have a decent amount of confidence in this team in terms of success THIS year.
--I think we're bound to hit the ball more consistently. BP looks to be coming out of his slump, and Dunn can't be too far behind. Get those two guys going consistently, and I think the runs will come.
--I REALLY like the potential of the bullpen. Francisco is hammering down the 9th inning, so we don't need to worry about that. And with Bray replacing Coffey, I think the pen could be a real strong spot throughout the season. There really isn't anybody out there that gives me that sinking feeling in my stomach when he enters the game.
--The rotation is at least interesting. Harang is a stud, Volquez has been great, and despite his most recent outing, Cueto is certainly worth watching.
In summary, I could still see the Reds getting hot. I could still see us getting above .500 before the AS break and making a run at the post-season.
Maybe I'm delusional, but I have a certain amount of confidence that this team is going to make a run.
Having said that, here's comes the "I" word:
Yes, folks, mark it down. It's April 30th, and the Reds are playing the first game of the year that I will call "important."
We rattled off three in a row and then got blasted last night. Now, we have a chance to take 2 out of 3 against a division team with our ace on the mound. IF we are going to make the run I've mentioned above, these are the types of games we'll need to win.
I am going to continue to "mark" certain games as more important than others throughout the season and update our record in those games. We'll see how it turns out