Bring on May…
My off day story talked about where the Reds are as a team after an 11-10 record in April. This morning, a friend of mine emailed me this question:
“If you had said at the beginning of the season, ‘Would you be happy if the Reds were above .500 and in second place in the division at the end of April?'”
I’d bet you would say yes. And they should be based on some stats:
Cincinnati’s team batting average is .235, which is ranked 15th out of 16 National League teams. At one point, it was a Major League low .210. Their 78 runs scored in ranked 14th in the NL. Joey Votto, hitting .346 after playing in all 21 games, has been the lone constant in the lineup. Although tremendous effort was made to shore up defensively, the Reds’ 18 errors are third most in the league and their .977 fielding percentage is 14th.
While the Reds went 7-3 on a 10-game road trip with three series wins at Milwaukee, Houston and Chicago, they are 4-7 at Great American Ball Park after the just completed 2-4 home stand. The home series record is 0-3-1.
May could be a bear of a month. The Reds have 14 road games, including a west coast trip. Friday in Pittsburgh starts a stretch of 25 games in 27 days.
So again, knowing what you know now, are you happy with where the Reds are right now?