Big weekend ahead for Reds
Forgive my lack of bloggage, but I obviously didn’t take the trip to Pittsburgh. I guess no one can accuse the Reds of taking the Pirates too lightly this time. It’s funny that when the rotation was set before the start of the season, the club wanted to separate Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey because they were too unpredictable in how long they could go and Dusty Baker didn’t want to overtax his bullpen. That plan got altered when a struggling Cueto needed an extra day of rest a couple of turns ago.
Ironically, for the last two days with Cueto and Bailey pitching, the bullpen door stayed closed.
Now, comes the first-place Cardinals — who are only one game ahead of the Reds but have been a cold splash of water to the face twice already.
The Reds are 2-4 in 2010 vs. St. Louis and the Albert Pujols/Matt Holliday-led division leader was twice a buzz kill by taking two of three in both series.
Remember all of that fan optimism coming out of Spring Training? That evaporated rather quick when the Cardinals opened the season here. Then a couple of weeks ago, the Reds had swept three at Houston and took one more at St. Louis before dropping the final two.
It’s still rather early to make too much of it — but taking at least two of three from the Cardinals would be pretty big for the Reds going into the summer. It would also put them into first place. With larger crowds expected for the Civil Rights Game weekend, it also might get some returning customers (aka believers, bandwagon types) back to GABP for some of the lesser marquee matchups.
Questions of the day: How will the Reds fare this weekend vs. the Cards? What would be acceptable to you?
*If you haven’t noticed, I’ve done a few stories in connection with the Civil Rights Game. Please check them out.
There will be another story up today about the Reds Hall of Fame and Freedom Center.
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