Sunday, August 29, 2004

It's Only The Reds, But... 

I know, it's not like it's the Dodgers or St. Louis, or, well, anybody good, but to win a series on the road -- before the series is even over -- that has to make one feel good.

Two games, two solid starting pitching performances, two 13-hit offensive outbursts.  Two mostly solid bullpen performances.  One extra-inning victory.

Most importantly, two wins -- 5-4 in 11 innings on Friday night, 6-3 on Saturday.

I even have a not entirely pessimistic view of Edgar Gonzalez's start today.  Gonzalez was moved into the bullpen temporarily, but I'm not even sure that he pitched out of the bullpen, and now with a Stephen Randolph injury, he's going to be starting on the mound in just a few minutes.  Gonzalez had pitched OK his last two starts, so it'll be interesting to see if he collapses this time out or if he continues his trend.

For whatever it's worth, the team is 5-5 over its past 10 games.  Admittedly, that's against the Pirates and Reds, but perhaps the team has finally turned some corner and can shoot for, oh, 57 wins (.350, would require them going 16-16 here on out).

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