May 4, 2012

The Daily Brief: Reds head to Pittsburgh

Last Game
Despite what it looked like for the first eight innings, the Reds actually pulled out a win against the Cubs yesterday 3-4. Since the first game of the series was cancelled due to rain, the win gave the Reds a split in what turned out to be a two-game series.

Next Game
The Reds head to Pittsburgh to visit lovely PNC park and take on the Pirates this evening at 7:05 p.m. Johnny Cueto seems like overkill against a Pirates team that just gave up 25 runs in its series with the Cardinals, but given the disappearing act the Reds’ offense likes to pull, that may not be the case at all. After all, the Pirates also scored 16 in that three-game series.

The Offensive Threat in Louisville
Paul Janish, long derided for being merely an excellent defensive shortstop and not a threat at the plate (Reds fans were spoiled by Larkin), is leading the AAA Louisville Bats in AVG. He’s hitting .315, while the second-place guy is only hitting .255.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds Hall of Fame is inducting the late John Reilly this year. Reilly sported a .918 OPS in 1884, plus a real nice mustache.

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