The Reds played well and won their last 5 games with every starter winning their own game and each issuing one or less walk per game. Obviously the combined ERA was awesome (only 6 runs scored by opponents in 5 games with 2 shutouts) and the Reds' bats were booming also at the right time (scoring 35 runs in 5 games). Yes, we know the opposing teams were the bad Cubs and the terrible Pirates but wins are always welcomed in Cincinnati. This makes life much easier for Baker who must be wondering what did he do right. Perhaps not needing to go to the bullpen for the last two games definitely helped because it eliminated the possibility of his over managing by making the wrong choice of relief pitchers at the wrong time.
The next 3 games with the Redbirds are important at least from the Reds' winning streak standpoint and when you have the chance of kicking the Redbirds when they are down, this is it. I am especially pissed when the baseball writers already gave the division championship to the Redbirds back in April. So we need to mark this upcoming series and it is pay back time at home. Harang, Leake and Arroyo will draw Wainwright, Penny and Lohse respectively. The only reason the Redbirds starters have good looking ERAs (besides having good velocity and variety of pitches) is because they seldom walk any batters. Redbirds defense is not great. Their relievers are so-so. Their best, Reyes, was a Reds reject. Reds starters won their games when they did not walk batters. Our pitchers need to slow down and focus on the game one pitch, one batter, one inning at a time. I believe we can win 2 out of 3 in this series (with Carpenter and Garcia not pitching) and continue with the success as the winning attitude is rubbing off on every player.
Go Reds go.