Win tonight would give Reds best start since 1990

If the Cincinnati Reds are able to win their series-opener against the visiting Houston Astros tonight, it will mark the club’s first 4-0 start since 1990 — when they began 9-0 and went wire-to-wire en route to the World Series championship.

I follow the Reds very closely and I had no idea it had been that long since the team started 4-0. I got the note out of this story that was posted on, previewing tonight’s Reds-Astros game.

Mike Leake will take the mound for the Reds tonight, and then the rotation will flip back to Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez on Wednesday.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Aroldis Chapman for the second straight game. He looked very impressive in the sweep-clinching win over the Brewers and the team had a day off yesterday. Chapman battled control problems in the spring, but he was on point in his first appearance of the season. Of course, there was no pressure on him, but he was flat nasty (and very accurate for his standards).