The team focused on improving the staff in the offseason, and it has paid off as the team sits in first place in the National League Central. Management made a couple of deals involving prospects for starter Mat Latos and reliever Sean Marshall to bolster the team's pitching.
Cincinnati has only made the playoffs once since 1995, but they have a young core to work with. Although offense has been the strength of the team for years, the pitching has the team in position to make the postseason for the second time in three seasons. The Reds currently sit 7.5 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the division lead.
Pitching at Great American Ball Park is no easy task. The stadium is built for hitters, but the Reds have been able to keep the ball in the yard.
Championships are won with great pitching, and Cincinnati has had great pitching through the first five months of the regular season.
The Reds are looking to bring home the World Series trophy for the first time since 1990, so the team will need its pitchers to continue to perform well.
*All stats are from MLB.com