Simon overcomes walks for win

The Alfredo Simon line on Wednesday wasn’t as pretty as his previous three but he still earned the 5-2 win the Reds notched over the Pirates.

Simon overcame three two-out walks in the first inning, including one with the bases loaded, and still had 6 2/3 ip, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. Entering the night, he had four walks in three games.

Through four starts, Simon is 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA.

Not bad considering he was moved to the rotation in Spring Training to be a stopgap until Mat Latos could return.

“He’s been terrific,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “He’s been our extremely versatile pitcher here over the last two-plus seasons for us. I couldn’t be happier for him. He’s always been a talented guy but he’s found himself and making himself a pretty good looking starting pitcher.”

Simon said the chilly weather made it tough for him in the first inning, when he threw 29 pitches. But he figured it out and had a nice evening overall.

“I have good stuff,” Simon said. “Every time I go out there, I try to do my best. I was a starter before. I just feel really good right now pitching every five days. I feel comfortable.”

“He’s done a great job, he really has,” said Jay Bruce, who had a 2-for-4 game with a double, two steals and a run scored. “He’s one of those guys who is ready for any role. He has no fear. He’s going to go in and throw strikes and there is going to be action. You couldn’t ask for a better performance so far out of him as far as holding that spot until Mat gets back.”

More on the game, including how aggressive running carried the night, on MLB.com and Reds.com.

7 Comments

So , what is gonna happen to Simon when Latos comes back , especially if one of the other starters are getting battered ? Injuries could creep up as well , he is a very valuable asset right now for sure. Some other teams would probably offer some pieces we may need for him as well .

Love the base stealing! Hamilton gets into the heads of all eight position players when he’s bouncing off first base.

Good for Alfredo & good for the Reds! You never know what assets you have until you use them. As for Bruce’s comment about “…holding that spot (Latos) until Mat gets back..”, I would suggest that the Reds will use a 5-man rotation as they did last year when Latos returns. I seriously doubt that former-pitching coach Price will set down the man who has been the Reds’ second (top?) starter this year when Latos does return. He simply fills the hole the Arroyo left….and (so far) more than adequately. Where would the Reds be without Simon thus far? Let’s hope that Alfredo continues on his roll.

“….that Arroyo left.”, that is.

They will put Simon back in the bullpen. They will continue to live and put up with Bailey’s inconsistencies. It’s all about money.

Not trying to give Bailey excusses but he did get injured end of spring training and we he had to work through it with all the other injuries on the team. If we didnt have any who knows he may have sat for a bit.

As we saw last years and in years past, you need at least 6 starters to get through the season. When Mat comes back which still could be a month away, it is likely that somebody else may need time on the DL either from the bull-pen or the rotation. Simon will be the one that fills another role, but I am sure he will still be used as a starter throughout the season much like Cingrani was last year. Additionally, I am guessing that Cingrani will be on some sort of inning count for the season, so at some point he will be the one out of the rotation. Either way, it is great to see Simon doing such a great job filling out that role. It takes the pressure off of rushing Mat back, and allows the team to make sure he is 100 percent ready to go before returning.

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