One of the biggest questions coming out
of the Bengals training camp was whether or not the team could find a
second receiver to complement A.J. Green — for at least one day. In the
Bengals’ 34-27 victory over the Browns, Cincinnati had some weaknesses
exposed, but the receiving corps certainly wasn’t one of them.
When the Reds announced that Joey Votto
needed knee surgery and was going to miss a month, most thought the
best-case scenario would be the first-place Reds treading water and
hopefully keeping the Pirates and Cardinals at bay. And even that was
seen as a bit optimistic.
One of the great beauties of baseball is
that one pitch can mean everything and one game can mean nothing. The
Reds are off to a slow start, winning seven of their first 16 games.
It’s not ideal and wins in April count as much as wins in September, but
it’s baseball — every team loses roughly one-third of its games.