Cincinnati Starts Season Red Hot

Posted: April 7, 2011 by Bacon in Outside the Ville
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The Cincinnati Reds are doing their best at showing everyone in the baseball world that last years surprising Central Division championship was nowhere near a fluke. The Reds have begun the 2011 season on fire and in similar fashion that won them the crown last year.

Last season the Reds came from behind (as they did on many occasions) on a game winning Jay Bruce home run to clinch the division. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that on opening day the Reds would rally from behind to beat the Brewers on a bottom of the ninth 3-run home run to win the game.

While preseason favorites are starting slow. The Red Sox are 0-6 and the defending champion Giants are 2-4. The Reds haven’t missed a beat from last year, starting 5-1 for an early first place lead in the Central.

I know I know we are just 6 games into a 162 game marathon known as the Major League baseball schedule but a hot start like this is always a great sign. Cincinnati’s offense is as impressive as it was last year. Currently the Reds are #1 in the league in runs scored (43), batting average (.339), and on base percentage (.404). The are also 3rd in slugging percentage (.531).

As good as the offensive has started for the Reds their pitching has started hot as well despite the return of young aces Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey still up in the air. Manager Dusty Baker has received wins and more than solid performances from Travis Wood and Mike Leake as well as a successful return by Bronson Arroyo after he missed his first scheduled start due to a case of mono. Edison Volquez who is returned late last season from a drug suspension and Tommy John surgery has been some what sporadic in his two starts but looking better inning by inning. A rough opening day has contributed to his 7.36 ERA but he also has 13 strikeouts in just 11 inning pitched for a 1-0 record.

The Reds will now start a 6 game 6 day west coast road trip starting with Arizona and followed by the Padres.

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