As a rule, I don’t get too excited about wins in May, but this afternoon I’ll make an exception.
The Reds took a series from the Cardinals today and in the process took over first place in the National League Central. In the process, Bronson Arroyo threw a complete game. This was the Reds third complete game in their last five.
Cincy has still been outscored on the season, so consider my enthusiasm appropriately curbed. Still, two weeks ago, it seemed like the Cards were headed for a double digit lead in games by June, so for the Reds to knock them out of first for the first time since last July is big.
If the Reds keep pitching well, their Pythagorean Wins will catch up to their real ones. Once that happens, then I’ll really start to hope.
Most teams are hoping to play meaningful games in September or October. At this point, I’ll settle for July.