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Game Thoughts: Reds beat the Marlins 9-8

I didn't enjoy today's game, because the Reds trailed until they won, and I'm still not sure how I feel about today's events. There were reasons to feel good of course. Brandon Phillips continues to impress, and Edwin Encarnacion is having a lot of success at the plate. David Weathers threw two solid innings, and Todd Coffey is looking like a closer. Scott Hatteberg is coming out of his slump, and Ryan Freel continued looking like the best leadoff guy in baseball.

But the bad just won't leave the front of my mind.

The Reds just allowed 21 runs in two games to the worst team in baseball. Aaron Harang's bad start continued a trend that started with Bronson Arroyo's implosion the other night and continued with Milton's meltdown yesterday. Rick White had been looking a little better, but he pitched terribly today.

It all adds up to still not knowing how good this team is and while I felt optimistic a few days ago, I now feel ... not so optimistic.

All I need is a quality start or two and I'll feel better, but I'm not really looking forward to the Brewers this weekend. If the Reds pitching looked like this against the $15 million Marlins then how are they going to look against Carlos Lee, Geoff Jenkins, Prince Fielder, Brady Clark, and Rickie Weeks? You know, real major league players.

Eventually the offense will stop bailing out these pitchers. And that's when the losing will start. Hopefully Krivsky has some sort of plan to add some relievers. It's not like we don't have some excess parts laying around.