The Reds have currently won their last three games (Sunday vs St. Louis, Tuesday & Wednesday @ Kansas City) and I haven’t watched a single pitch in any of the three games. Why? Because when I watch, we lose. It’s that simple. I’m no analytic genius, but I’ll have you know that the Reds are 0-9 in games that I’ve attended this season. And out of all the ones I’ve watched on tv or listened to on the radio, we’ve won only three of those games and two of them were off walk-off homers. It’s obvious that I’m bad luck, and it hurts me to say that because I love the Reds ever so dearly. But I’m stepping up to the plate, and I’m being a real man/team player, and I’m pointing the finger at MYSELF. It’s clear that I just have to quit watching and just rely on next morning’s box score. Because when I watch, WE LOSE. When I don’t WE WIN.
Cincinnati travels to Pittsburgh for weekend series against the NL Central Foe. I’m not watching. We’re going to sweep them. Our offense has been red hot lately, led by the trio of Suarez, Scooter, and Joseph Daniel Votto. Scooter is currently 4th in the NL with 47 RBIs while Suarez is 2nd with 49. Scooter is also 2nd in the NL in AVG, hitting .341 on the season which is only three points behind leader Freddie Freeman. Votto is currently 2nd in OBP sitting at .427, and he trails..Freddie Freeman. Everyone else in the lineup has seemed to show up decently, too.
Starting pitching hasn’t been too bad either over the last three games. In the win over St. Louis, Disco went 5 innings while giving up 2 runs. It’s important for DeSclafani to improve every start out after missing the past two years with an oblique injury. In the first win over the Royals, Big Sal Romano had the best game of his career tossing 8 innings of 1 run baseball while giving up only 1 walk. Romano had a strong end to his 2017 season, but has been slow to get things going in 2018. Hopefully his last start will help turn everything around. Tyler Mahle went 6.1 scoreless innings in our last game, and he’s continued to have a magnificent rookie season, serving as our most reliable starter so far. Jared Hughes has also made 15 consecutive appearances without giving up a run, and it’s great knowing that we currently have a guy that can be Mr. Reliable out of the bullpen.
Harvey will get the start in Game 1 of the Pittsburgh series, and it’s important for him to have a solid performance to help build his confidence backup so he can became the Matt Harvey that we all used to know. Luis Castillo gets the start for the 2nd game of the series and he has struggled this season after a strong 2017, so let’s hope he can get back on track and continue his development. I believe Castillo has the potential to be one of the best pitchers in baseball, but who the hell really cares about what I believe? DeSclafani will get the last start of the series, and as long as he goes 5+ innings and doesn’t get hurt, I’ll consider it a success.
Good luck to that good ol’ ballclub up in Cincinnati. I’ll be cheering, but I won’t be watching.