April 13, 2010

The Daily Brief: Rolen Into Florida

Last Game
Scott Rolen provided the offense for the Reds, hitting two home runs and driving in the go-ahead run–Joey Votto, on thanks to a walk–in the 10th. The Reds won their first game against the Marlins, and move to above .500 for the first time in 2010.

Next Game
Bronson Arroyo starts tomorrow against Nate Robertson. Game-time is 7:10pm EDT, and the game will be available on FSN-OH, MLB Network, and 700 WLW.

Reds Seem Similar to 2009 Squad
Remember last year when the Reds had good pitching, good defense, and about the worst offense in the majors? Remember what the team did to address that in the off-season? Yeah, not much of anything other than praying hoping the youngsters grew and improved. Already this year, familiar trends are emerging.

The starting pitching has been solid, with a 3.11 ERA, good for third in the National League. Meanwhile, the team’s offense ranked 12th in both batting and runs scored.

Dusty Baker’s not worried, which is good. Since he’s not the General Manager, he can’t bring in a power bat. He might have a say in not placing a player who loves making outs in the 2nd spot in the order, though.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Johnny Cueto struggled for the Reds in his start yesterday. He’s only 24, but has already made 63 career starts.

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