It was clear to me last night that our boys are playing with a crazy amount of confidence. They seemed to know that at some point they were going to blow up for a few runs in an inning. That's a fabulous way to play. They've come from behind so many times already that they clearly aren't concerned if they get down by one or two runs. I love to see that confidence. It helps them play loose and it makes the games fun.
Once again, Johnny Cueto has thrown down the gauntlet for Homer Bailey. Last time Bailey was able to match Cueto's success. Maybe Bailey can do the same again today. His last start was only the third time in his career where he has pitched at least 5 innings and not walked a batter. The cool, damp weather this afternoon should allow him to pitch confidently since the ball shouldn't fly as far, though the wind is apparently blowing out to CF. Avoid mistakes to the big guys (Braun, Fielder, Hart) and he should do alright.
As Diego has taught me, Parra is Spanish for vine. I have no idea why that is relevant, but I thought I should let you know. His 5:1 K/BB ratio and the fact that he is left-handed is intimidating. Hopefully the Reds can get to him early and let Bailey pitch with a lead.
Fun fact: The Reds have had two weekday afternoon games this year at GABP (not counting Opening Day). Both of them have ended on a walk-off home run. I'm heading down to the park. Hopefully that trend continues!