That’s more like it.
The Reds were able to put their recent struggles behind them, and they racked up a 4-2 record this week. Cincinnati won series against Cleveland and Philadelphia. They find now find themselves just two games out of first in the NL Central. There isn’t a team pulling away from the pack just yet, and if the Reds continue to get healthy things could get interesting.
Let’s get to this week’s Reds Report
It’s a Bad Idea to Heckle Joey Votto
This Indians fan learned the hard way that if you’re going to heckle Joey Votto, then he’s going to give it right back to you.
– Keegan Haag (@THEkeeganhaag) May 23, 2017
Can we talk about how bad this guy’s heckling skills are for a moment? “I remember when you used to be good?” Votto is hitting .287/.413/.567 this season with 12 HR and 39 RBI. He’s been one of the best 15 hitters in baseball. This guy needs to try again.
The Starting Pitching Stepped Up
Last week we lamented the state of the starting rotation. The Reds were desperate for a starter to give the team some quality innings. They got a few of those performances this past week. On Monday, Scott Feldman gave up one run over six innings of work. Tim Adleman was even more impressive on Friday. He pitched eight innings and held Philadelphia scoreless during his time on the mound.
Billy Hamilton is Still Fast
Can anyone go from first base to home plate on a single? Billy Hamilton answered that question this week.
– megan brown (@thatgirlondeck) May 25, 2017
The Reds Have Some Pretty Good Position Players
Earlier this week, Wick Terrell of Red Reporter wrote about how well Cincinnati’s position players are performing this season. According to FanGraphs, the non-pitching portion of the team has been the most valuable group in baseball. Check out Wick’s article to read his breakdown of this pleasant surprise.
What’s the Future for Zack Cozart?
Coming into the season, most fans assumed the Reds were going to try and trade Zack Cozart. His hot start hopefully increased his trade value, but is it possible it might be in Cincinnati’s best interest to try and extend Cozart now that the team is more competitive? You can read C. Trent Rosecrans’ answer to that question here.
The Return of Brandon Finnegan is Getting Closer
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com provided an update on Reds starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan this week. Finnegan threw off of a mound for the first time since his injury, and it means things are heading in the right direction with his rehabilitation. As of now, Bryan Price expects to have Finnegan back on the mound at some point in June. You can read more about Finnegan’s recovery here.
Scott Schebler Keeps Hitting Home Runs
Fans weren’t quite sure what to expect from Scott Schebler in his first full season with the club. Needless to say, they’ve been pleasantly surprised with his production over the season’s first two months. Since Monday, Schebler has connected on three more home runs. He now finds himself tied for the National League lead in homers with Bryce Harper.
– TheRenderMLB (@TheRenderMLB) May 28, 2017
The Reds head to Toronto on Monday for three games with the Blue Jays. Over the weekend, they’ll welcome the Braves to Great American Ball Park.