First let me start this by wishing you all a Happy Resurrection Day. I will be celebrating according to my faith and I hope the rest of you have the same opportunity with your family and in your faith.
I had my first opportunity to tune in to the Reds tonight just as Hanley Ramirez launched a Sam LeCure offering into orbit putting the game out of reach for all intents and purposes so I will take this opportunity to say we must pace ourselves. I decided to take this evening and present my goals for the 2012 Reds to strive for. Accomplish these goals and return to the postseason in style. Fail to accomplish them, and every day of the season will be a struggle.
- Win 3 of every 4 series. Sounds simple but consider the last two seasons: In 2010 the Reds won 32 of 52 series while in 2011 the Reds won 24 of 52 series. Just keep winning 2 of every 3!
- Beat teams with losing records. Losing to substandard teams frustrates me. These guys should be easy money. If the Reds just improved their record to .500+ against 4 teams with a combined record of 298-350 (Indians, Mets, Orioles and Pirates) they would have won 9 more games and finished just 2 games behind St. Louis. It just makes you more competitive.
- Avoid 4 game series sweeps. The Reds have 4 of these monstrosities on the schedule and over the past two seasons have been swept 3 times. Twice by the Phillies who they again face in Philadelphia this year. These need to be split at worst but losing 4 in a row is a season changer.
- Using the same logic; avoid losing streaks and stack wins. The Reds failed to build momentum last year because they could not win back to back often enough. Streaks build momentum, momentum wins championships.
After a wonderful Opening Day performance the Reds fell flat on Opening Night. Easter Sunday is a day for the Reds make their mark. Bronson Arroyo takes the mound and needs to build on his last spring training outing where he returned to the form of years past.
The Reds bullpen needs to prove that it has more arms than just Chapman, Marshall and Ondrusek. And a few hitters are looking to make their mark on the new season. Namely Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips and Drew Stubbs. This would be an awesome time to step up to the plate and make their mark on the budding season ahead.
Have a Happy Easter and GO Reds!