Before I get started, I wanted to say something about Pirates fans. Last night on Twitter I had a couple different Pirates fans congratulate me (and in turn, all Reds fans) on our team ending the streak of losing seasons. Maybe they're not representative of all Pirates fans, but I'm going to pretend they are. If there is anyone that knows what Reds fans have suffered through over the last decade, it's Pirates fans because they've been there, only twice as bad. So a tip of the cap to those Pirates fans out there who were able to gain a little bit of hope from the Reds pulling out of their organizational tailspin. Hang with 'em, you'll get there eventually.
Here's a thought that I'm sure will make many of you happy. The Cubs can be eliminated from the playoffs today. A Reds win and a Cubs loss means that the baby bears will be adding another year to their count. Keep striving, boys, you'll get to 150 in no time!
Okay, enough about other teams. How about Johnny Cueto? This will be the fifth time Cueto has faced the Pirates this year and so far he's given up just 4 runs in 26 innings (1.38 ERA). He likely only has 4 starts remaining on the season, including today, so 15 wins might be a stretch, but if Cueto can manage to get there, it will be the first time for the Reds since, well, 2008. But you have to go all the way back to 1992 before that! I know pitcher wins don't mean a whole lot (Heck, I'm the one that preaches that!), but it's kind of funny to see that the Reds are going to have just 2 pitchers with at least 10 wins this season. I guess that speaks somewhat to the depth of the rotation as it looks like only 2 starters will make 25 or more starts this year. The last time the Reds have had only 2 such starters in a season was 2003. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
As you know, a win today clinches a winning record. The Reds are on pace for 92 wins right now. The Cardinals are on pace for 84 wins. Are people still worried?