Johnny Cueto threw a successful game last night as the Reds pulled off the win 4-3 in New York. Cueto looked like he hadn’t started a game in a month… Which is fair because he hadn’t. Given that circumstance, he was effective. 5 innings, and was really only hurt by that one pitch that Byrd put into the seats to tie the game at 3.
The scoring started early for the Reds. But not so often. In the first, the Reds saw a 2 run single by Phillips and an RBI double by Bruce. Then with the game tied in the 6th, Bruce hit a rocket into the seats in RF. The only ball that I’ve seen hit harder this season was the HR by Donald Lutz off the foul pole at GABP.
Reds fans have a love hate relationship with…..just about everyone. Except Dusty. They always hate Dusty. I’ve always said, love him or hate him, he wins games. But there is no doubt that he makes some odd decisions. With runners on first and second, no outs, he elected to let Izturis swing away…which resulted in a lazy pop out. Personally (and I think the rest of the city) would prefer to see Votto hitting with 2 men in scoring position there with 1 out. Caesar is a great bunter. Let him bunt. If they walk Votto, that’s Phillips with bases loaded 1 out. Still good. BUNT DUSTY!
Bruce almighty did strike out with the sacks jacked last night. I know that he had 2 big hits in the game, but I would have liked to see him put that ball into play. His strikeouts continue to mount.
This division is beginning to look tougher than the AL East. Of course those jerks still use the DH. So I refuse to call them “tough.” Speaking of the stupid DH rule, the Reds pitching staff might be the best hitters of that position. Mike Leake leads them all. Homer knows how to swing a stick and dumps singles into RF on occasion. Mat Latos is just a big dude that swings hard and connects sometimes. Bronson Arroyo has always been athletic enough to contribute. Even Johnny Cueto notched a single last night.
The Cardinals keep winning. So do the Pirates. It would be easy to look at the standings as the Reds keep winning and be frustrated because they are not gaining much ground or creating distance. But I assure you that the other two teams have that same frustration. It is clear that these three teams are going to be contenders. The Pirates just don’t seem to have the experience that the Reds and Cardinals do. I don’t expect them to hang around all season. But I could be wrong. We could see both wildcard teams in October from the Central! However, it is still May. And still too early to look at standings. So for now, just get healthy and start hitting. The wins will come.