Postgame extra – rotation rolling

After a pretty lackluster start to the season, the Reds find themselves with an 11-11 record and four-straight wins following Thursday’s 4-2 victory and series sweep over the Astros.

The good:

*Reds starting pitching. That’s three-straight quality starts. The tandem of Aaron Harang, Mike Leake and Bronson Arroyo were o 3-0 with a 2.29 ERA in the series.

“It’s a long season. It’s a roller coaster,” Arroyo said. “We just got off to a very mediocre to bad start – pretty much all of us other than Mike. Hopefully we can keep stringing this thing together.”

*Arroyo pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first win and gave up two runs and five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He began with six scoreless.

*Jay Bruce — his solo homer has made him a .467 hitter (7-for-15) over his last four games.

*Joey Votto — he fought after a 0-2 count to plate the first Reds run on a 6-3 double play in the fifth.

“That double play, getting the run in, I was happy about that,” Votto said. “It was a real tough at-bat. That’s the stuff I feel like I have to do when I’m not doing so well at the plate.”

*Votto came up bigger against Roy Oswalt in the seventh with a first-pitch, two-run homer to left field.

“He didn’t look too good against Oswalt early but got the big one when it counted,” Dusty Baker said. “That’s what happens when you get good pitching. That home run meant a lot.”

*That was the first time since April 28, 2006, that the Reds defeated Oswalt. Only Harang, Arroyo and Brandon Phillips were around to see that game.

The not so good:

Chris Dickerson went down in the second inning with a sprained right wrist. He’s getting an MRI in Cincinnati on Friday. But I would not be the least bit surprised if Chris Heisey meets the club in St. Louis if Dickerson goes on the DL. Heisey has been swinging a hot bat at Triple-A Louisville of late, and has logged several recent games in center field.

“We won’t know tonight,” GM Walt Jocketty said about a potential roster move.

More Quotes:

“You figured sooner or later. The odds have been in our favor, big time. With the law of averages today, I figured Bronson was going to win one. He was 0-2 and we hadn’t beat Oswalt. It’s great to come in here, get a sweep and get some momentum going into St. Louis.” — Dusty Baker

“It took us a little while considering how panicky it’s felt at times. To get back to .500, I think that gives us the opportunity to keep things in perspective. It’s an up and down season. I hope we’re not going to get too high right now. It’s one game at a time. We have a real tough series against St. Louis. I think going into this series, St. Louis has a pretty good idea that we played well. I think they’ll be ready to play against us and play well. They’re division leaders right now.” — Joey Votto

See everyone from St. Louis on Friday.

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2 Comments

Mark, going into this season, I thought the Reds farm system was solid to stacked at the upper levels. Louisville and Carolina are both the worst team in their leagues so far, Lynchburg’s not fairing much better, and Dayton even has a losing record. Virtually none of the prospects have hit a lick so far (Mesoraco being a notable exception), although some of the pitchers seem to be showing up to play. Was I just wrong about the talent in the system, or is it really this bad?

I don’t think you’re wrong about these guys. One month into a season isn’t a time to start writing off prospects. It’s just a stunning slump for many guys — like Francisco, Frazier, etc. But like in the big leagues, it doesn’t mean a slow start is permanent. Heisey started coming around and others can as well.

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