Hold your firesale just a damn minute. Something magical *might* be taking form in the Queen City.
The Reds survived a start by Jason Marquis (he actually, really struck out seven hitters) against the feared St. Louis Cardinals and have now begun the 2015 campaign 4-0 after sweeping the Pirates and a thrilling Friday night victory over the rival Redbirds.
The Reds appear to have their on-field leader back. This is as close as anyone has seen to 2010 Joey Votto in a long time. Votto hit a pair of home runs – the first was a prototype Votto two-run shot to left field to give the Reds a 2-1 lead – and the second was almost the same exact home run to give the Reds a 4-3 lead.
The Cuban came on in the ninth to lock down his 114th save in a Reds uniform, his second of the season, and blew away the final hitter with 101 MPH gas to match what his license plate on his fast car says.
The Reds are winning with timely hitting, quality starts (which seem unlikely to continue), and….. a little bit of luck.
#Reds first team (since at least 1912) to win each of their first four games in their last at bat.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 11, 2015
Billy Hamilton is also worth mentioning for a reason why the Reds are winning. He’s getting on base, and he’s stolen eight bases in four games.
Johnny Cueto goes tomorrow afternoon for a chance to start something really special.