Cincinnati Reds scored 25 runs in 24 hours, and the 2021 season started 5-1

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In the series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday, the Cincinnati Reds’ offensive led the NL in runs and had a slash of .314 / .396 / .560 in the young season. Yes, as a team. Remove the pitchers’ offensive numbers from the mix and the team had a line of .325 / .411 / .589. In other words, Cincy’s lineup as a collective fared like a leading MVP candidate.

Then they went out and shot 11-4 against the Pittsburghers. That gives the Reds an updated total of 57 runs scored and 14 home runs in six games. Now to some relevant color television footage:

At the center of it all was outfield player Nick Castellanos. He already has four home runs in the season and hits a stratospheric .435 / .480 / 1.130. That is in addition to the permanent placement in division rival St. Louis Cardinals. Either way, getting better than a run an hour is a good recipe for winning baseball games. Speaking of which, the win on Wednesday means that the Reds are now 5-1 and are at the top of the NL Central standings. It’s easy enough to turn down victories against the largely miserable pirates of 2021, but the Reds’ protocol so far also includes two out of three from the Cardinals.

In the shortened 2020 season, the Reds achieved a victory record and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, partly thanks to the extended postseason. However, given NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer’s loss of the free agent, expectations were a little low, meaning the Reds have good front talent on the squad, especially if Tyler Mahle actually took the next step and Sonny Gray was able to is to get and stay healthy. The headquarters is also a winnable, albeit balanced, split. The money is still against the Reds, but this hot start building on hot bats has propelled the odds in their direction a little positively.

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