"Okay you guys, pair up in threes!" --Yogi Berra
Thrilled with the 3-0 atart. Its really good to have hung three losses on the Brewers. But lets not get carried away:
Other teams with 3 wins:
The Baltimore Orioles and the KC Royals.
Other teams with 3 losses;
Defending champs SF Giants. Pre-season power poll leader the Boston Red Sox.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
I'm channeling my inner Edskin here. Momentum is an interesting thing in sports. It affects athletes in different ways.
If you're on a roll, it's contageous. Confidence breeds playing relaxed. Pressing to get out of a slump causes tension.
The degree to which one is affected is often a reflection of his personality, what's going on in his life on and off the field, and a myriad of other psychological factors.
Can it be measured? No. Can it be observed? Sometimes.
One of the biggest jobs of a manager is to get his team playing loose and confident. The gist of that approach, reduce tension, the great destroyer of timing and physical performance.
So, yes it matters, IMO. How much, impossible to quantify.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
~ Mark Twain
It's a long season, and you have to grind it out and keep winning series, but a fast start is always better than a slow one. Three wins in April count as much as 3 in September.
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.
Reds Fan Since 1971
After watching the Brewers, Cards, Pirates and Cubs a bit this weekend, I feel better about the REDS.
Sloppy, uninspired. The Pirates hit 16 singles yesterday. NO XBH. None. Zippo. That effort netted them a total of FIVE runs (and they won). There's no power threat in that lineup.
The Cubs and Cards are playing sloppy, the Brewers also.
Didn't see the Astros, but judging from the results, they weren't that good either.
The REDs need to take advantage and beat up on their division foes, like last year.
"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it."
Maybe those first three games are somewhat insignificant, but this entire month looks very promising from a schedule standpoint.
If they win 16-17 games in April, things will be looking pretty derned good.
"Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?" ~ Jim Bouton
The strategy is to keep winning series. If they can win two out of three through April and May, that will help even if they go .500 the rest of the season.
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Consider the tone set.