Joey Votto, after a slow start, is right where you’d expect him to be: 10 homers, 29 RBIs and an OBP of .399. Zack Cozart, in his seventh year in the league, has surprised everyone with a .351/.440/.588 slash line, and leads the NL in triples (4). Also surprising: Eugenio Suarez hitting .327/.408/.600. They’ve also gotten nice pop from Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler, who each have nine homers.
The point is, the offense is getting it done. But contending teams are Cheap UK NFL Jerseys rarely one-dimensional. The Reds are, let’s say, 1.5 dimensional so far.
The pitching has been far less impressive than the offense, but has produced some positives.
Despite a 4.42 team ERA that ranks 25th in baseball, the Reds’ staff has held opponents to a .230 average, which is third-best in baseball, and ranks (barely) in the top half of baseball in WHIP (1.31). The starting rotation has been paltry for the most part — the starters, led by Scott Feldman, Amir Garrett and Bronson Arroyo, rank 21st in the league in quality starts — but somehow the right pitches are being made at the right time. Credit that in large part to the bullpen — most notably Drew Storen, Wandy Peralta and closer Raisel Iglesias — which has kept the team in games when the starters have faltered and given the offense a chance to do its thing.
Why wait for a pitcher to get a ball back? No more human rain delays. Just have the dude on the mound throw five balls at once. If you swing and miss, you’re out. If you hit a ground ball, you’re out. Batboys can go running after balls on the field like it’s Wimbledon.
If a ball is hit to the outfield but stays in the park, it’s an automatic out, and the runner can advance at his own risk. Simple. Effective. Throw the next pitch. We don’t have time to wait for that ball to come down.