...the Reds were 26-20.
And, this year, also 26-20.
We know where it went in 2009. 26-20 was that team's high water mark. They got hit with some injuries, they held somewhat close into early July, and then were Albert Pujols'd out of GABP in a three game beat down and went into a tailspin that left them with another losing season, and a disastrous record only avoided by that charge in the last 40 games.
Here's hoping the improvements from last year to this are real, and have taken hold. On balance, the starting pitching is stronger now than it was a year ago in my estimation. Volquez was starting to slip as his injury began to manifest itself. Cueto was tired coming off of his off-season and the WBC and hit a brick wall around July 1, and Homer Bailey was still in AAA.
This year, Cueto appears to be taking a step forward, Mike Leake has been a revelation, and Homer was making small strides prior to his shutdown. In my opinion, Homer or Homer's spot is kinda key to this team holding and building on its current start. Get Homer back from the shoulder issue and throwing like he was in his last few starts ahead of getting hurt, and I like the team's chances to finish far better than my prediction of 77 wins. Failing that, some concern.
Offense, so much better this year than a year ago at this time. Rolen, Cabrera, a more adjusted Jay Bruce, Votto comfortable in his role, along with the good work from the left field platoon are generating enough rns for this team to think about being competitive.
I think the bullpen is the real soft underbelly of the team. I don't know how possible it is to find a real set-up guy from the right side, but that would be a real nice add, and soon. I hope Walt doesn't wait too long. Also, if DRH cannot straighten it out, and soon, a lefty-specialist might be a nice add.
No greater overall point to this post other than to note the records and hope that this 2010 edition of the Reds can build on this start in a way that never happened in 2009.