CINCINNATI -- The win-loss records and pitchers' ERAs can be tough stats to hang on the shoulders of the catcher. However, the wins differential between Reds catchers Ryan Hanigan and rookie Devin Mesoraco was noticeable earlier in the year. Mesoraco was certainly paying attention.
However, the Reds have won the last four games that Mesoraco has caught. He primarily works with starters Mike Leake and Homer Bailey.
"Individually, it's kind of hard to evaluate how many wins because it depends on how many runs we score that certain day or who's pitching," Mesoraco said on Friday. "There are a bunch of different variables. Ultimately, you feel good when you're back there and the team gets a win."
Entering Friday, the staff was 18-8 with a 2.77 ERA when Hanigan catches and 7-11 with a 4.24 ERA with Mesoraco. However, Leake started out 0-5 before finding a groove over his last two starts. Bailey dropped his first two starts but has quality outings in seven of his nine games pitched. Meanwhile, Hanigan, who was back behind the plate Friday, has caught ace Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo, who are enjoying strong starts to their seasons, and Mat Latos.
"Every game I played in, we were losing. It kind of got a little bit old after a while," Mesoraco said. "It still feels bad. I want to win games. If we're not doing it when I'm back there, I'm going to feel bad, even if it's not my fault."
Bailey, who was the winning pitcher of Thursday's 6-3 game over the Braves that included Mesoraco's grand slam, has been pleased with his battery mate.
"He's doing a real good job behind the plate," Bailey said. "We go over hitters before the game, and it's definitely showing up on the field."