Apr 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker (12) in the dugout during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Through 10 Games The Reds Are...Meh?


After dropping that heart-breaker last night to the woeful Pirates, the Reds have ridden a three game losing streak to 500 Mediocre Avenue. Their 5-5 record is good for second place in the NL Central behind the 6-4 St. Louis Cardinals.

The Reds went from scoring 40 runs in four days to scoring a mere six in the last three. The typical “feast or famine” type of baseball we have come to expect from this club is in full effect and seems to be business as usual through the first 10 games.  Zack Cozart is a pitiful 4 for 35 and is sporting a whopping .114 AVG. Chris Heisey is 5 for 35 and is hitting a scorching .143 since being inserted into the lineup for the injured Ryan Ludwick who injured his shoulder on an awkward slide on Opening Day. The two-headed monster behind the dish is a combined 3 for 34 and the Hanigan/Mesoraco tandem are hitting a measley .088. That’s a third of the lineup flirting with a .100 AVG and providing plenty of famine. That doggie ain’t gonna’ hunt.

The early shelling of reliever J.J. Hoover isn’t helping either. Three of the Reds five losses can be laid squarely at the feet of the big fella’.

As for the feast, Shin-Soo Choo leads the way going 14 for 40 so far and hitting an impressive .350.  Todd Frazier is hitting .333 and Brandon Phillips rounds out the top three at .318. Votto is hitting a solid .294 but has yet to go yard and get that monkey off of his back. Joey hasn’t hit a home run since June 24th, 2012. Jay Bruce is sitting on a solid .283.

The feast or famine cliché that has plagued this team is evident within its own lineup.

The early storylines this season have been interesting. I would like to give you, well-informed baseball fan, the chance to fill the shoes of Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker for a moment. How do you respond to the following?

Send Leake back to Louisville and recall Cingrani?

What do you do about Hoover?

Start Paul over Heisey or platoon left field?

I want to hear from you Reds Country! Chime in below in the comments section.

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  • jeff yaws

    cingrani is tearin it up in aaa but he throws mostly fasballs,..has an average change and is workin on a slider from what i hear,..leake is a batting tee tho so why not bring up cingrani and give him some major league starting experience since they are trying to groom him as such?

    as far as left field is concerned [PLAY X-FACTOR]
    play him against lefties
    play him against righties
    just play him!
    heisey once again has proven why he is just a bench bat

    PLAY X-MAN!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/scott.kelly.731572 Scott Kelly

      Agree totally with Xavier Paul. I’d me more hesitant to recall Cingrani just yet. If the Reds are sitting at .500 in a month then maybe…?

      • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

        If we bring up Cingrani this early we are waving the flag and sayins S.O.S. in the Queen City. Hoover need a short ride to Louisville, if you bring Tony up as a long man in may work.

  • Josh Bresser

    Honestly, if the Reds end April with a .500 record, with their schedule, that wouldn’t be terrible. Their schedule really eases up down the road.

    • http://twitter.com/ScooterInDelhi Scooter

      Yeah, we have some weak opponents on the horizon. I’m just not one to jump the gun this early with the rotation.

  • metalhead65

    Mespraco should be given more time before being blamed for being part of the offensive catching woes. hard to get in any kind of groove when you have started 2 games out of 10. but since he had 2 starts in a row you can be sure he will sit for the next week. after having to watch the immortal stubbs strike out 200 times a year for 2 years in a row playing every day let me know when Heisey is still hitting this bad after starting 50 games in a row if he is allowed to. I am sick of making excuses for Bruce he needs to step up and be a consistent hitter, he has been in the bigs long enough to stop being such a streaky player. it seems he has chaosen the start of the season to suck instead of waiting till June and July to not do anything.yes it’s early but apparently not to early for the reds to be looking up at the cardinals. growing up I never thought there would be a time when going 6 and giving up 3 runs or more would make you a great pitcher but since that is what passes for a staff ace these days then the reds are stacked with those type of guys. I give Leake 1 more start and if has another outing like his first 2 starts then he can trade places with Cingrani at louisville. and he can stay there until he proves he can go 6 innings without giving up 5 runs or more.

    • http://twitter.com/ScooterInDelhi Scooter

      Believe it or not Bruce’s numbers have improved every season and he’s still a young guy just coming into his power prime. I agree, though, that his cold streaks can be maddening.

    • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

      How about Homer, look what he did?

  • RobinGood

    Mes has not looked too shabby, I have to agree with metalhead65 as it’s hard to become hot when you have only played 2 games. As for left field: Try to start Paul, the guy has been clutch, is consistent off the bench and who knows, maybe he is just as good as that when starting regularly.

    As for Cingrani: Don’t rush him, Leake is having a rough time yes, but will he do his best? For sure. Although he gives up 4 or 5 runs every game, he at least gives you at minimum 5 innings and I believe that with more experience he can become more solid.

    • http://twitter.com/ScooterInDelhi Scooter

      Totally agree.

  • sandman

    Heisey is young and needs more seasoning i would only play him to give paul a rest.paul is your true starter in left until ludwick comes back.i believe paul is your factor down the road when it comes playoff time we need to get him some experience now. As for the pitching they are always late bloomers. If leake is still terrible by the end of may i would bring up cigrani

  • Gary Lee

    Time to bring Hamilton up. Enough about he’s not quite ready.