Votto on fire, Reds off the schnide

You didn’t really think the Reds would go 0-162, did you? No one did of course, but Thursday’s 8-6 win a stress buster that was needed. I wrote about the need for a fast start yesterday by the Reds and a 0-3 record after the first series wouldn’t have been what they needed.

  • Joey Votto, who had another big game with a 3-for-5 day and three-run homer. Votto was 7-for-13 (.538) in the series and seems poised to have a big year. He had a great spring despite being known as a slow starter.
  • Bronson Arroyo got off to a slow start but his outing was still solid despite five runs allowed over six innings. I give Arroyo a pass because I’d imagine it’d be tough to pitch after getting a cortisone shot only a few days ago.
  • Paul Janish struck out three times but his rolling single up the middle scored two huge insurance runs in the fifth was big. He was strong defensively too and he will important on these days when Alex Gonzalez’s gets precautionary rests.

Some post-game quotes:

Dusty Baker:

“The main thing is we won. That first one is always the toughest to get it seems like. Hopefully we can start rolling from here.”

“It’s real important for your confidence, your mindset and your attitude. I don’t care who you are, as long as I’ve been in this game, every year you start thinking about the Chicago Cubs starting off 0-13. Every time you lose one, the pressure mounts until you get your first one.”

Votto:

“My mindset personally is more team oriented. Last year, I was concentrating on a lot of personal things trying to get myself established as a Major leaguer. This is totally different. I have a mindset of being a better Cincinnati red and a better team. We have to do better this year.”

“It’s such a huge challenge to make the team and stay worth the Major League team throughout the year. I did it successfully I thought. This year I want to play well because I know I’m an important part of the team. I want to help create wins.”

“Last night it was so frustrating because I had such a good game and it didn’t produce anything. It really reminds you of how humbling this game is. There are going to be times where we all don’t get any hits and somehow come out with a win.”

  • And for those who panicked about Francisco Cordero stinking it up in Spring Training, this should serve as a reminder about the meaning of spring performances. Cordero was nasty as he struck out the side for his first save.

“That’s the best I’ve seen him throw and that’s the best his ankle felt,” Baker said. “He was operating all of last year on a bad ankle. In Spring Training, everybody was worried about him because he wasn’t throwing well or hard. He’s getting stronger and better.”

It’s only three games in, but what are your thoughts about the Reds so far?

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11 Comments

We’re 2-1 but all three games were competitive and entertaining (a refreshing change). Votto’s a stud and his quote in your post is big league cool. Someone (namly Edwin, Joey or Jay) needs to step up and be the threat in the lineup that no pitcher wants to face. Perhaps Jay can draft in Votto’s wake. Bullpen is solid and confident. I think Rosales could be a nice spark plug given the chance. AGonz has been good, too. So we’re not the Big Red Machine, but the product has definately improved. So far so good I say. Thanks for the great posts, Mark. Congrats on the Little Sheldon.

We’re 1-2 but all three games were competitive and entertaining (a refreshing change). Votto’s a stud and his quote in your post is big league cool. Someone (namly Edwin, Joey or Jay) needs to step up and be the threat in the lineup that no pitcher wants to face. Perhaps Jay can draft in Votto’s wake. Bullpen is solid and confident. I think Rosales could be a nice spark plug given the chance. AGonz has been good, too. So we’re not the Big Red Machine, but the product has definately improved. So far so good I say. Thanks for the great posts, Mark. Congrats on the Little Sheldon.

Sorry about the dupe posts. The system is major slow. And hey, what the heck is the history of the term “off the schnide”?

Sorry about the dupe posts. The system is major slow. And hey, what the heck is the history of the term “off the schnide”?

We’ve at least been competitive with a team that many are picking to win the east. Not bad. The best thing I’ve seen so far is the depth that hasn’t really been there in the past. McDonald has been solid as has Janish, Hannigan, and Herrera. Plus Bailey, Bray, Rosales, Gomes, Roenicke, and Ramirez are still in AAA. Definitely something I could get used to.

I am not optimistic about the Reds this year — I have been the past few years, so maybe that’s a good thing.
I like Votto a lot. They needed some different leadership than what Dunn and Griff provided. It’s time for a different clubhouse. Votto might just be one of those guys.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa…

Overcoat, please explain how Danny Ray Herrera has been “solid.” Did you mean “solid” like a three day old dog **** is solid?

ratchet up the defense that we have heard so much about this spring…hopefully, the pitchers can get more effective as the season goes along…and take at least 2 of 3 from the pirates. then monday well see how this team matches up with the brew crew

Votto has been unreal at the plate. His demeanor and work ethic are even better.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

“It’s only three games in, but what are your thoughts about the Reds so far?”
Still to early to change my mind. I still believe that Reds lack defense. They will win games but if they win one more than last year, I would be surprise.
Votto is as I said before, a Steve Garvey kind of a player. He plays and thinks like a ML all star. He is an MVP for many years to come. By far the best the Reds have.

Dusty needs to light a fire under some major league backsides! It may have just been me yesterday, but a lot of the players looked lazy. It’s never good to lose but a 10-2 drubbing by the Pirates… C’mon

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