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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Good Thing this Morning - A good thing this morning is that both Shogo Akiyama and Sonny Gray appear to be progressing through their respective rehabilitation processes quite nicely and should be back with the Reds before too long. Sonny might just be ready to throw rocks come Friday night against the baseball club from Cleveland. So that’s a good thing.

Some Crummy Shit - Joey Votto has been crushing the baseball so far this season, with ten well-struck barrels through the first nine games. His BABIP on those laserballs in play is Mendoza crummy, though.

Another Good Thing -

Here’s a Weird Thing - The Reds’ starting eight has been hammering opposing pitching unmerciful so far on the young season. Seven of eight, anyway:

Team Batting
Rk Pos Name PA AB R HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 C Tucker Barnhart* 23 22 5 1 7 0 9 .409 .435 .727 1.162 201 16 0 1 0 0 0
2 1B Joey Votto* 39 37 3 0 3 2 4 .162 .205 .162 .367 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
3 2B Jonathan India 33 29 4 0 11 0 7 .379 .394 .483 .877 132 14 1 2 0 2 0
4 SS Eugenio Suarez 37 29 7 2 4 7 12 .207 .351 .448 .800 111 13 1 0 0 1 0
5 3B Mike Moustakas* 36 27 9 1 3 7 3 .333 .472 .556 1.028 172 15 1 1 0 1 0
6 LF Tyler Naquin* 36 31 7 5 14 4 8 .290 .389 .806 1.195 206 25 0 1 0 0 0
7 CF Nick Senzel 28 23 9 0 2 5 4 .348 .464 .435 .899 142 10 0 0 0 0 0
8 RF Nicholas Castellanos 39 37 9 4 7 1 5 .324 .359 .757 1.116 186 28 0 1 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/12/2021.

Other Things - You’d think that with us all struggling through a pandemic and folks losing their jobs and food banks unable to keep pace with demand that the state government could be bothered to do a damn thing, but you idiots shoulda stopped thinking a long time ago.

Jack Palance was a goddamned son of a bitch I’ll tell you that right now. And sure I must credit him with some timeless wisdom regarding cattin’ ass.

CTrent spoke with the new guy about all the new things. I’ve been able to catch a decent number of innings so far this season (no thanks to MLB.tv and Bally Sports and your Cincinnati Reds and all them dingoes who can’t figure out how to share all of the money I want to give them in exchange for their product and so they decide they just won’t take my money at all and give me nothing for it the jerks) and I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him.

I think what I’ve noticed the most is how refreshing it is to watch my favorite baseball team and the TV guy sounds like he actually wants to be here at this baseball game with me. George Grande always had that, despite his whole church greeter vibe. It’s absence wasn’t what I hated most about the Brennamen, but it was up there.

We have plenty of time to develop antipathies great and small, real and imagined for this fella, but as first impressions go he’s doing a hell of a job.