CVT Sports Columnist
The Cincinnati Reds are leading the division 13 games in, and that may be the biggest surprise thus far into the young baseball season. It was predicted that our beloved Reds would be one of the worst teams, if not the worst team in baseball this year. With seven rookies on the opening day roster, undeveloped pitchers, and below average role players, Reds fans were prepared for the worst this season. But, so far, the Reds have proved to be a formidable force in the MLB, and with their best start since 1990, when the Reds went wire to wire and won the World Series I might add, the young Redlegs are giving some fans something to believe in.
Opening day was not kind to the Reds, but in the games since, the Reds have proved to be dominant over their National League counterparts. Some people might be quick to be skeptical about this start, and trust me, I don’t blame them, but the Reds have beat solid teams. With series wins over the Cardinals and Phillies, plus sweeping the Pirates in Pittsburgh, the Reds are starting to get a nice little pedigree behind them.
There are few players that are standing out to me, good and bad. The first player is Amir Garrett. Amir was known to struggle with control coming into the MLB, but the rookie has played exceptional thus far. Although he only has two outings under his belt, Amir Garrett has an ERA of 1.42 and a WHIP of .71, along with 9 strikeouts, 8 since his last walk. It is too early to tell if he is a formidable pitcher, but if the first two games are any indication, Garrett will be just fine. The other player that has stuck out to me is Joey Votto, and not in a good way. Votto is a fan favorite in Cincinnati and honestly, it feels like he is the only the familiar face in Reds country. But Votto is off to a cold start this season. Votto is only batting .208 and with an on base percentage of .291, he is not playing like the Votto the Reds fans know and love. Let’s hope he gets out of it soon, because if Cozart and Suarez can stay hot, Duvall turns it on like last year, the fastest man in baseball, Billy Hamilton, gets on base, and Joey getting back to Joey, that is a dangerous lineup that can put up some runs.
The Reds will face Baltimore and defending the World Series Champions, Chicago Cubs this upcoming week. Although, the reds have played great, it may not be long lived. It’s a long season and there are months of baseball left, so we may not see the Reds in this position for much longer, so let’s just all grab a Skyline Coney and enjoy the Reds beginning of the season. It may not be like this for much longer, but it sure is fun to watch as of right now.