CINCINNATI (AP) - The National League's most potent offense has learned how to score by doing nothing. The Cincinnati Reds got off to their best start in 21 years by showing patience at the plate.
Reds batters walked 18 times during their 4-0 start, leaving them among the league leaders in that category. Last season, the Reds overpowered teams with an offense that led the NL in batting average, homers and slugging percentage. They ranked only 10th in walks.
Jonny Gomes is the best example of the turnaround. Last season, the free-swinging outfielder walked only 39 times. After four games, he leads the league with seven walks.