Panic Mode?

This is either getting kind of strange or kind of scary.

One of the Reds strengths, if not its greatest strength, coming into the 2011 season was the starting staff. After reading a few tweets and reading a post over on Redleg Nation, I’m leaning toward kind of scary.

You see, the staff has been a bit on the lackluster side. Sure, there’s been issues that has possibly prevented them from performing at their peak (Volquez and his visa, Arroyo and illness, Cueto’s shoulder), but could there be that we are starting doubt/question that staff?

After all, we are only a week away from Opening Day and the group of six (momentarily down to five) hasn’t exactly had a stellar spring training. For your viewing pleasure, here’s where it all stands as we speak…

Player W L ERA G IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP HR/9 H/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
Wood 1 0 3.21 4 14.0 14 5 1 3 13 1.214 0.6 9.0 1.9 8.4 4.33
Leake 1 1 9.39 5 15.1 27 16 5 7 4 2.218 2.9 15.9 4.1 2.4 0.57
Arroyo 0 2 5.14 4 14.0 14 8 5 1 7 1.071 3.2 9.0 0.6 4.5 7.00
Bailey 0 2 5.93 4 13.2 22 9 2 3 12 1.829 1.3 14.5 2.0 7.9 4.00
Volquez 0 0 11.56 2 4.2 3 6 1 7 5 2.141 1.9 5.8 13.5 9.6 0.71
Cueto 1 1 6.00 4 9.0 10 6 0 2 5 1.333 0.0 10.0 2.0 5.0 2.50
TOTALS 3 6 6.37 23 70.2 90 50 14 23 46 1.599 1.8 11.5 2.9 5.9 2.01

As you’ve also probably read, the air in Arizona isn’t the friendliest toward pitchers. At least Dusty believes so and the numbers do bear that out. But it’s still little concerning that one of our “prized possessions isn’t performing to our level of expectations. Am I right in thinking that?

Sure, almost every single stat above is borderline ugly. Some could create downright nausea, but we’re getting down to the ol’ “nitty gritty” here. One week until opening day and our perceived strength has seemed to have hit a snag, hasn’t it?

Is it time to hit the panic button? Maybe not quite yet and I did admit that I do have a some concern mounting within. And there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?

I’m also starting to wonder if the young staff isn’t already feeling the pressure. You like to think not and hope that it’s just a matter of lining everything up for the season.

And with that now ever increasing doubt comes more questions.

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