The last time the Reds started 5-1 in 2016, they lost six of their next seven games. Of course, that team only scored 31 runs in its first six games. This team is on pace to score 1,539 runs in the 162-game season. They won’t score that many — no Reds team has topped 865 since 1900 — but they’ve shown the potential to be a powerful offense.
The standouts are everywhere. Naquin hit his second straight lead-off home run Wednesday and is tied with Nick Castellanos for the big-league lead with four home runs. Naquin ranks second in baseball with 13 RBIs. He had seven in a 14-1 victory against the Pirates on Tuesday.
Jonathan India drove in three runs. He drove in 10 runs in his first six big-league games. That tied him for the fifth highest total through six career games in baseball history.
“Look at our team, man,” India said. “They can hit — everyone from top to bottom, even our pitchers. I know I’m getting up with runners on in every inning, and it’s the best feeling when you have runners on.”
Of the 10 Reds to get at least 10 at-bats in the first six games, only two aren’t hitting above .300: Joey Votto (5-for-25, .200); and Eugenio Suarez (2-for-18, .111). Castellanos (10-for-23, .435) and India (10-for-21, .476) are swinging the hottest bats, though a number of teammates are on their heels.
Now the Reds will try to keep the momentum going as they take their first road trip of the season. They start a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday and then play three games against the San Francisco Giants.
“They’ve all been through this before,” Reds manager David Bell said. “They understand the intensity is good. The determination to win games is there. By no means, do I sense any sort of let-up. Guys are way too smart for that. They know what’s ahead of us. It’s important to play well for sure. The challenge in any season is to keep that going and work toward the consistency, but it is OK to be excited and feel good about how we played and feel good about how we started.”
Reds at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Bally Sports Ohio, 700, 1410