Is Cozy the first Red of the Week in his first week as Reds starting shortstop? (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
We're going to try a new thing here at Red Reporter for this season. It's pretty straight-forward, actually, so I don't think it's necessary to write up an overly elaborate description. I'm going to list the top Reds performers of the last week and you'll have a chance to vote on who you think most deserves the now-timeless honor of Red of the Week. The Nom-noms are:
Wolfgang Amadeus Cozart orchestrated a fine first week of baseballing, slashing .500/.563/1.000 over the first four games. He wanged four extra-base hits, scored four runs, and even drew a pair of walks. One of the concerns I had about Coz coming into the season was his ability to control the strikezone, but I think we can all agree that he's been symphonic so far.
While the Coz showed a more balanced attack, Jay Bruce was all about the wangers. He wanged three home runs in the first four games, and that's pretty much it. He slashed an awkward .267/.250/.867, with his batting average actually higher than his on-base percentage because he has more sac flies than walks. His five runs batted in is far and way the most on the team, more than doubling his closest competition.
Cueto started the reactor this season with a dominant Opening Day performance, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing only three hits. It was the Platonic Ideal of Johnny Cueto starts, as he struck out only four batters but induced an impressive 11 ground balls. Here's hoping for a repeat performance tonight against the Cardinals.
There has been much hand-wringing over the relegation of Chapman to the bullpen, but he has taken the assignment with gusto. He's pitched three innings over two appearances so far, striking out five and - most importantly - walking none. His FIP is actually -0.64. That's not a typo, folks. Negative 0.64.
So those are your nominees for Red of the Week. You can vote in the poll below. Each one of these guys had a terrific week, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you all think. Make your case for your pick in the comments. Voting will be open for the next few days, but remember that you are only voting for the players' performances over the first four games of the season. We'll be voting for the Red of the Week each and every Tuesday, unless you hate this or I forget.
Red of the Week for 4/5 - 4/9
Jay Bruce (53 votes)
Johnny Cueto (32 votes)
Aroldis Chapman (22 votes)
Zack Cozart (172 votes)
279 total votes