Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan…this team is not.
The pitching has been pretty decent so far this year, but the offense, ugh. .217/.295/.402 ranks them near the bottom in the NL across the board. Yasiel Puig hasn’t been much help at .208/.254/.367. Joey Votto has led the NL in OBP seven of the last nine seasons but he’s off to an icy start as well with just a .341 OBP…which nevertheless is just about at the top of the ballclub among the regulars. He has been hitting leadoff the last three weeks or so and is in that spot again tonight.
The ex-A’s report features only one old friend. Sonny Gray has pitched decently, though not deep into games (like everybody else in baseball) but that unsupportive offense has left him with an 0-4 record.
The Reds have an all-righthanded rotation, but do have three lefties in the bullpen.
Tonight at 7:05: Mike Fiers vs. Tyler Mahle
Wednesday at 7:05: Brett Anderson vs. Sonny Gray
Thursday at 12:35: Chris Bassitt vs. Tanner Roark (no NBCS-CA; Reds telecast on MLB Network)