Individual Performance Reviews From One Week of Reds Baseball
By: Tyler Dugan
Here at The PUP List, we are always changing. We give the people what they want. Last week we went on a murder tour of whiny Warriors fans, this week we talk Reds. I’m going to try to do a weekly review for the Reds, we will see how religiously I stick to it.
*Editor’s note, we have two Reds writers in Tyler and Craig, but two is better than one
So, let’s take a look back to last week. 4-2? Literally any time the Reds have a winning week this year, you will have to take it. Not sure how many of those we will get. Last week was a roller coaster, I had never been to Opening Day in my 21 years of living, it was definitely one of the cooler things I have been to. The game was shaky. Feldman got drilled, the bullpen did well. They lost by one. Votto sucked. There is few things more guaranteed than Joey Votto blowing on Opening Day. Death. Taxes. Votto going 0-4 on Opening Day.
The pitching was electric. Finnegan was money going 7 scoreless. Rookie Davis struggled, but the bullpen picked him up. Amir Garrett was electric, and everything we want him to be. The smooth righty Bronson got hit around for the Reds second loss. Feldman came back on Sunday and dealt as the Reds took the series from the Cards.
This team is going to be different. Now, I’m not saying the Reds are going to go to the World Series or win the division. I’m not even saying this team is going to finish above .500. This team is different though. They don’t know that they are supposed to be bad. They don’t know that they were anticipated to be the worst team in baseball. They are young and they’re just going to go out there and play.
I said back in February that the biggest thing you can expect from this team is improvement. We are seeing that, and we will continue to see it. Iglesias, Lorenzen, Reed, and Peralta are all better than Jumbo Diaz and JJ Hoover. They have electrifying stuff. This team will continue to get better. Mesoraco is looking like he’s ready to come back. That will be a big add. At some point, Homer and Disco will come back to help relieve the inning load.
The Pirates and Brewers loom this week. These are two very winnable series. Which again, is encouraging. Take every win you can. 162 game season. Reds are 4-2 through 6….
Most Impressive Player of the Week:
The bullpen. Was electric. Opening day they gave up one run. The Lorenzen-Iglesias combo looks filthy at the end of the game. They only had one bad bullpen appearance and that came from Robert Stephenson. Taking out Stephenson’s appearance, they gave up only one run. The biggest key to winning teams is a good bullpen, it turns 9 inning games into 7 inning games.
Most Depressing Player of the Week
Robert Stephenson, a guy who was once talked about very highly in the organization is now hearing it from the outside. He got roped in an inning and a third. HE HAD 6 WALKS. That is outrageously bad. This guy was the Reds top prospect for a decently long time. Reds country isn’t going to be patient with him. I encourage you, be patient with him. He is 24 years old. It was his first appearance of the year. Don’t jump off a bridge.
A Look Down Under:
Jesse Winker is roping for the Bats. He’s hitting .389 so far on the season. A lot of people thought he had a good enough spring to make the roster, he did. It won’t be long before we see Jesse Winker. He’s the Reds 3rd ranked prospect, if he keeps this up he will force the Reds hand on bringing him up, which is exactly what you want.
Nick Senzel has started out the year hitting .273. He’s the Reds top ranked prospect. The Reds are expecting huge things from. I’m sure that average will continue to rise. He is playing in Class A advanced, it won’t be long until he starts moving up through the organization.
Sal Romano had a good first start for the Reds. He pitched 6 innings gave up 2 runs in his first start for the Bats. He looks to be the Bats best pitcher.
That is it for this week. Suarez just went yack and Lorenzen is dealing. I’m starting to fall in love with these young guys.