Alfredo Simon has been saying since the start of spring training that he prefers starting to relieving, and through two starts with the Reds this season, he's shown he's up to the task.

Simon was the hard-luck loser in Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Rays at Great American Ball Park, surrendering just a second-inning home run to James Loney to "earn" the loss.

"He was very, very, very fun to be behind home plate and being able to catch a game like that," Reds catcher Brayan Pena said. "He was able to use his sinker and cutter, it was very effective and he was ahead in the count a lot of times. In very tough situations for him, he knows how to come out and execute great pitches."

Through two starts, Simon has surrendered just two runs and has an ERA of 1.20, taking full advantage of his chance created by Mat Latos' injuries.

"I feel more comfortable when I pitch every five days," Simon said. "I just work up on those days off to come back strong. I feel really comfortable being a starter."

Before joining the Reds prior to the 2012 season, Simon pitched for Baltimore and has been in just about every role, from starter to closer to set-up man to long-man.

"I pitched in the American League and it's harder than it is here," Simon said. "I know how to handle it. Every time they give me the ball, I just try to do my best."