Knowing Jameson Taillon, he probably hadn't stepped a single stride off that mound in Cincinnati before seeking out the first positive.
Four runs and six hits over six-plus innings?
Eh. Happens to everyone, right?
"No, really, it does," Taillon was telling me this week at PNC Park, where he'll retake the mound today, 7:05 p.m., against the Cardinals. "That's what I was telling myself: That's where it bottoms out. Right there."
He lowered his right hand to about knee height to stress the point.
"Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, all those guys, you look at their game-by-game lines at the end of the season, and they've all got one or two of those," he continued. "But that's it. You don't go any lower. That's the floor."
Something to build off?
"Something to build off."
I share this not to elevate Taillon into any deGrom/Scherzer discussion. Rather, it's to underscore yet again the extraordinary confidence and ambition he's got to go with all that talent. And why not? He's 27 years old, he's never been healthier and, after the 2018 he just enjoyed, after all he's overcome in life, he's got every right to all that faith.