Despite a team ERA close to five, the Reds sit atop the NL Central with a 6-3 record. They’re the only team with a winning record, at least for today, and they’re getting it done with their bats. Their .315 batting average is second best in baseball and their .381 OPB is the best amongst all teams. Pretty good for a team that was supposed to live and die with their pitching.
It’s a small sample size, but Joey Votto looks like he’s back in MVP form. He’s hitting .455 with eight walks and three strikeouts and five of his fifteen hits were for extra bases. Brandon Phillips is hitting .389 and the only guy who I thought would break out a little and hasn’t is Jay Bruce. He has yet to hit a home run and he’s hitting .235.
On the pitching side, Edinson Volquez is the lone standout. He’s won both of his starts and he’s the only start with an ERA south of five. Travis Wood has the high ERA but I like his WHIP and strikeout to walk ratio so hopefully he’s the first guy who gets back on track.
Next up are the Padres and Volquez gets the nod. It’s a west coast game so you’re going to have to pull a red eye if you want to watch this one.