At the beginning of July, the Reds are in good position to make the postseason. Their pitching staff is finally pitching up to its capability, especially their starting rotation.
After the Pirates collapsed last season, they will need to prove they can hang around for an entire season. Their pitching has been as good as Cincinnati’s, but their offense is a huge problem. If the Reds hope to win the division, they will need to start playing better against Pittsburgh. Cincinnati lost the season series last year (10 losses in 15 games) and have lost five of nine games against their division rivals this season.
The St. Louis Cardinals should never be counted out, and last September showed why they are always dangerous. While they deal with numerous injuries, the Reds need to take advantage and get separation.
This team has the ability to catch fire and run off several wins in a row (recently won six straight). When they play at home, their offense wakes up and carries the team with home runs. Any time the other teams have pulled within striking distance in the division, the Reds tend to play better.
With a young squad, there is no need for them to make a major deal to make a run at the postseason. The team could use a cheap player to come off the bench, but the rest of their roster is producing.