Alright, we always like the good news. The Reds are just three games out of first despite playing .500 ball. The bad news is, they’re in fourth place with the Brewers and Cardinals tied atop the NL Central and then the Reds sit just a percentage point behind the Pittsburgh Pirates….WTF, the Pirates. Yes, Pittsburgh is playing .500 ball as well.
The Reds have lost five of their last seven games with series losses to the Yankees and Blue Jays and now they’re one down against the Orioles. This was after a sweep over the Dodgers. Yesterday was a twelve inning affair with Edinson Volquez having another rough start. Five walks in 4 1/3 innings isn’t going to cut it and while he hasn’t been horrible in June, he’s finishing the month off with a whimper.
We’re about to the half way point of the season and Joey Votto is once again getting it done. He hasn’t quite found his home run stroke yet, but his OBP is better then it was last year (.436) and he already has 50 runs. He’s also right at his career .314 batting average. He probably won’t win the MVP, but it’s another solid first half of the season.
The Reds still have an ERA north of four and they’re fourth worst in the National League. Four of the bottom five teams in ERA are in the division and it’s the Pirates who have the best ERA in the division. You wonder if they’re going to be able to keep this up.
Bronson Arroyo tries to keep his ERA south of five tonight and Brian Matusz throws for the Orioles. Matusz is a future stud but he’s having a tough time this year and hopefully we can get it done against him.