Are we sitting exactly where we’d like to be coming up on the final weekend of May? No.
But we’re not in horrible shape either. Have to keep at it. The Reds have a great young pitching staff and they’ve set themselves apart from the rest of the Central atop the division accompanied by really only the Cardinals so far this year. Most of our injuries have found themselves in the rotation as we were without Lilly to start the season and we’ve already had a wild start with the Zambrano to the bullpen move, Colvin’s contribution to the team, moving Soriano in the order to help his bat (now he leads the team in nearly every major hitting stat) and a slow start by Lee and Rami (although according to ESPN: During the home stand against the Dodgers, Lee was 7-for-9. In his last 14 home games, Lee’s hitting .400 (22-for-55), with one homer, six doubles and 9 RBIs.)
The Spring is getting old but the Summer has yet to rear it’s head yet and we’ve got a ton of baseball left to play in 2010. I’m not getting worried about our place in the standings as long as we continue to hover within six games or less throughout the Summer and then get hot through August and September and make a move on the division. I am concerned about Zambrano and Baker though.
Zambrano was in the hospital with appendicitis type symptoms and let me tell you, that can be extremely painful. Hopefully he’s ok. He’s due back against Pittsburgh, who we could use him against considering they are all of a sudden playing us in 2010 unlike the reliably lousy Pirates team of recent years justifying my fun Pitt slogan of “We’ll always have Pittsburgh”. They are playing us tough this year and we need Z and all guns firing on all cylinders to even compete with the Pirates. This division is going to be tougher than I thought overall this year and we need guys healthy.
However, more important than being on the field, is being able to simply get around and live a happy, healthy lifestyle. Baker had a scare where he couldn’t see at all out of his right eye and got pulled from a game when he didn’t even make a move on a liner that came right by his left side. That is some scary stuff right there. We need our guys performing but more importantly, we simply need them healthy. Let’s hope this weekend provides some entertaining baseball with W’s against the Cards, but more so, let’s get some good news on Z and Baker.