Out of the gate
Yes, there have been some frustrating losses thus far. But let's look at this season and think back to a year ago:
|L|| Cubs|| 4-7|
|W|| Cubs|| 3-1|
|W|| Cubs|| 5-3|
|W|| Pirates|| 5-1|
|W|| Pirates|| 3-1|
|L|| Pirates|| 3-4|
|W|| Phillies|| 4-1|
|L|| Phillies|| 4-6|
Composite score: 44-37
|L|| Pirates|| 1-10|
|L ||Pirates|| 4-7|
|L|| Pirates|| 5-7|
|W|| Cubs|| 10-9|
|L|| Cubs ||7-9|
|W|| Cubs|| 5-4|
|W|| Astros|| 2-1|
|L|| Astros|| 3-4|
Composite score: 46-61
Who's hot: D'Angelo Jimenez
The second baseman/leadoff man has been one of the most consistent offensive forces on the team. He has reached base in all ten of the Reds games. His on-base percentage is a stellar .444.
Who's not: Jason LaRue
The starting catcher opened the season 0-for-14, and is hitting only .130 (3-for-23) overall. He also has two passed balls, and could have four with less generous scoring.
Scott Sullivan was the most durable reliever the Reds have had in recent years. Sullivan, traded to the White Sox last season, signed with Kansas City as a free agent in the offseason. He was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his first five appearances for the Royals.
Sean Casey went 1-3 Saturday, leaving him hitting .395 for the year. Who owns the highest single-season batting average by a Red? (answer below).
2: Errors committed by the Reds. In 27 games last April, the Reds committed 33 errors.
0: Appearances by reliever Todd Van Poppel.
18: Bases on balls allowed by Reds pitchers in their first 71 innings, fewest in the majors.
.506: Despite their tag of lovable losers, the Cubs have a winning record against the Reds all-time. Entering this series, the Cubs were 963-939 against the Reds since 1900.
5: Multiple-hit games by Sean Casey in the first nine games.
16: Home runs needed by Ken Griffey Jr. to reach 500.
5-2: Reds' record this season when Adam Dunn, Austin Kearns and Griffey start in the outfield.
1996: The last time a Reds pitcher won his first three starts in a season. Paul Wilson (2-0) will attempt to equal that mark today against Chicago.
Cy Seymour owns the Reds' single-season record for highest batting average, hitting .377 in 1905.
The Reds meet the Braves for their only three home games in a stretch of 20 games, Tuesday (7:10 p.m.), Wednesday (7:10 p.m.) and Thursday (12:35 p.m.). The Braves have a new look, losing Greg Maddux, Vinnie Castilla and Gary Sheffield, among others. Chris Reitsma has emerged as John Smoltz's primary set-up man. Friday, the Reds open a 10-game road trip with four games at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1:35 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. Monday.
It's Reds' turn to rally
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Atmosphere charged at series' midway point
Closer finds role rewarding
ONLINE EXTRA: Reds e-mail Q&A
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MLB power rankings
NL: Rolen, Cards pound Estes
AL: Schilling still owns New York
AAA: Norfolk 9, Louisville 7
Boston not kind to new Yankees
BENGALS / FOOTBALL
Bengals' picks hard to predict
Last three drafts have produced mixed bag
Receivers expected to dominate draft
Keeping pick makes sense for Chargers
MU: Betts engineers Red's offensive explosion, 38-7
DT Rueff solidifies his starting position
UK: Boyd shines in second spring scrimmage
Rockets stake Gibson to 5-run lead, win semi
Rebels' offense finally shows up
Moving DI, III finals to Canton necessary
Even after his death last year, Potter's contributions continue
Prep sports results, schedules
Xavier recruit mulling options
James to win rookie of the year award
Heated play inspires Pacers past Celtics
Teammates express shock at arrest
Philadelphia wins 3-1, ousts defending champ New Jersey
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