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Are The Reds' Starters Eating More Wheaties?

Whatever they're doing, it's working, and they need to continue.  After Harang has had three solid starts, the rest of the Reds starters seem to be falling in line like an elementary school class in a fire drill.  How could I not start with Cueto's performance tonight?

In the best bit of Reds pitching I have seen in a long time, Johnny Cueto pitched a complete gamer, one-hitter tonight against divisional foe Pittsburgh.  Had Paul Janish been about an inch further let on Cedeno's single, it would've been a no-hitter.  Nevermind that.  Cueto looked better than I've ever seen, pitching into the mid-90s through the ninth inning.  And I am going to take all the credit for his success tonight.  Earlier in the year, I took David Ortiz out of my fantasy lineup, and he immediately had a two-run game.  After two horrible outings, I dropped Daisuke Matsuzaka from my fantasy team.  Tonight, he pitched fantastically.  I also dropped Cueto from my team last week, and his very next start is his one-hit gem tonight.  Coincidence...probably, but I'd like to think this game was all due to my horrible fantasy team management.

Cueto seems to have caught the awesomeness bug from other Reds starters.  Harang has been pitching reminiscent of his back to back 16-win seasons.  Arroyo is pitching like an All Star, but he never really fell far from that.  Mike Leake has pitched amazingly all season, and suddenly the Reds have a solid starting staff.  Let's hope Homer can kick it up a notch tomorrow and complete a nice little sweep of these Pirates.  Bailey has faltered, but he needs to get back to late-2009 form again.

The pitching is, in my opinion, the most exciting part of a baseball team.  But let's not ignore the Reds sudden improvement on offense as well.  Jay Bruce has continued his hot streak, getting 3 RBIs in a 3 for 5 effort tonight.  The rest of the offense is following suit as well, as evident by the 9-0 destroying the Pirates received tonight.  Couple that with a loss by St. Louis to Houston, and suddenly the Reds are two games out of first.  Pretty exciting time to be a Reds fan.

The new kid on the block didn't disappoint tonight either.  Chris Heisey hit his first career home run, along with a couple other hits to amass a 3 for 4 night.

Reds Country is happy now...let's keep it that way.

     -Mike Zimmerman
      5/11/2010

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