Well it didn't take long for those previously happy possibilities for the Cincinnati Reds' season to turn into the usual doubts.
A season that seemed full of promise just two weeks ago has already begun to flounder like one of those baby seal pups that killer whales feed on along the shore.
The Reds have had the usual problems with pitching since it seems that most of the staff left their best stuff back in Spring Training.
Bronson Arroyo has been absolutely atrocious. So bad that you wonder how the heck he was so successful a couple of years ago. The best thing he's done the last couple of seasons is play guitar and sing for a hamburger commercial that airs on Fox Sports Cincinnati.
Sadly, he's forgotten he has a fastball and instead has been throwing more junk to the plate than Phil Neikro did in his twilight years. Unless Arroyo gets untracked soon, he might just be able to join Jeff Brantley and Marty Brenneman in the booth and begin his broadcasting career before he loses his looks like his heater.
The really frightening thing about this team is that we used to be able to rely on scoring five or six runs a game, though we mostly gave up seven or eight per contest. This year, the team has digressed to the point that virtually no one is hitting consistently.
Edwin Encarnacion got off to his usual Double-A type start and nearly ended up wearing a Louisville Bats uniform again, but then kicked it in of late. But we can only seem to get one player at a time to swing the bat.
It doesn't do much good to have a player go 4-for-5 in a game if the three players behind him go 1-for-12 with three punchouts and a couple double play groundballs.
It's sad and frustrating to see us leave seven or eight players on base each game and what's worse is that the fans have already become apathetic.
Attendance is slumping terribly, our GM is already gone a month into the season and gasp, we have the ex-Cardinals GM running the show. Aargh, I never thought I'd say it, but maybe he can do a better job. Walt Jocketty might have gotten run out of town and across the river, but he can't do any worse than the last three GM's we've had in the last six years. Can he?
A 9-14 record isn't reason to throw in the towel just yet, but as for now, I'm ready to dry a few 'what could have been' tears.