May 21, 2012

Daily Brief: Reds vying for first in division

Last Game
Reds win! Reds win! They took the last game 5-2 to win the series against the Yankees.

Next Game
The Reds head back home to host the Atlanta Braves today. Mike Leake (0-6, 6.21 ERA) will face off against Mike Minor (2-3, 7.09 ERA).

Knocking on the Door
Though the Reds have only gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, the Cardinals have fallen to earth, putting in a 2-8 performance in their last 10. This puts the Reds a scant 0.5 games out of first place. If the Reds were playing even close to the full potential we all know they have, they’d be leading this one by 7, like the Dodgers are in the NLW.

In third place: the Pirates, 3 games back at 19-22. I love to see the Buccos on the top half of the standings.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Aroldis Chapman got his first save of the season last night. Since he’s apparently the team’s closer now, it shouldn’t take long for him to get the other seven he needs to become the team’s save leader.

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