The Red Take
Daedalus at Church of baseball thinks the division could be closer than anticipated, noting a Reds-esque bullpen performance by the Astros yesterday. It's funny how we're OK with comparing other teams with the Reds to say they're bad.
JinAZ congratulates Chris Hammond on finally getting an out. He also wraps a Washington/Arizona State game. Arizona has a starting pitcher named Arreola.
J.P. McIntyre at Reds & Blues says not to panic about the bullpen yet. Who's panicking? I always wear this bucket on my head.
Shawn at Cincinnati Reds Blog says the Reds avoided snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Amazing how a comment like that is cute a this point in the season. A couple months from now, it'll be bitter, bitter, bitter.
He's also written a review of Tom Browning's Tales from the Dugout that you ought to check out. If you like that one, you can also read the book review on Redleg Nation, the review on Red Reporter, five questions with Dann Stupp and with Tom Browning on Red Reporter, the review on RHM, and the official source, BrowningBook.com.
The Pirate Take
Joliet Jake at Bucco Blog points out the following facts about the Pirates. I think they put the corresponding facts about the Reds into shocking relief:
- not one sacrifice flyball has been hit yet (Dunn has hit two)
- not one stolen base yet, but we haven't been caught stealing either (Freel has stolen 5, and hasn't been caught stealing either)
- Casey leads the team in home runs (Aurilia, Dunn, and Lopez are all tied)
Charlie at Bucs Dugout won't even accept all the Pirate runs this series as reason for hope, due to the fact that they came against Reds' pitching. You know, just because something is true doesn't make it nice to say.
Pat at WHYGAS? (Because it's cheaper than electric?) stopped watching the game early to run errands. Seems a little early to be doing stuff like that.