Cueto has had a rough go of things through the first half of 2013. The Reds ace has made just nine starts and is currently on the DL for the third time this season.
While he's been healthy, Cueto has been solid, posting a 3.33 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP and ratios of 7.6 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 2.93 K/BB and 7.0 H/9.
Unfortunately for the Reds, Cueto being healthy is a relatively rare occurrence, and, according to SI.com, Cueto could be out until at least August.
Prediction: The Reds take the safe approach, and Cueto doesn't make another start in the regular season.
With all of the injury problems surrounding Cueto, Latos has functioned as the team's de facto ace. Over 17 starts, the 25-year-old owns a 3.03 ERA to go along with a 1.20 WHIP and great ratios including 8.9 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 3.63 K/BB and 8.3 H/9.
Latos' second-half production is generally slightly better than the first half, so we could see a bit of progression going forward.
Expectations will be high for Latos as the season progresses, but he should be up to the task.
Prediction: Latos wins nine games in the second half and finishes the season with a sub-2.90 ERA
Bronson Arroyo continues to turn back the clock on what has been an all-around solid career. In 17 starts, Arroyo has worked to a 3.50 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and ratios including 4.9 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 2.86 K/BB and 8.9 H/9.
The 36-year-old has his best single-season ERA since 2006, and he's been a key contributor to the success of the Reds pitching staff.
Arroyo is pitching for a contract, and, in order to get one with the Reds he'll need another great half.
Prediction: Arroyo continues his success and pitches to a 3.63 ERA over the second half of the season.
Homer Bailey has finally begun to blossom into the pitcher everyone once thought he would.
Bailey has made 17 starts this year and owns a 5-6 record with a 3.57 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP and ratios of 9.0 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 4.27 K/BB and 7.6 H/9. Bailey's current ERA, WHIP, K/9, BB/9, K/BB and H/9 figures represent the best of his career, and he's clearly figured things out on the hill.
After a dominating no-hit performance in his last start against the Giants, the sky is the limit for the 27-year-old in the season's second half.
Prediction: Bailey uses his second no-hitter as a spring-board for a big second half including a 2.65 ERA and seven wins.
For some, Mike Leake has been the most surprising member of the Reds starting rotation. Leake struggled in his third season as a big league pitcher, but you'd never know that by watching him in 2013.
This year, in 16 starts, the 25-year-old righty has pitched to a 7-3 record with a 2.52 ERA, and a 1.13 WHIP with ratios of 5.8 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 3.19 K/BB and 8.3 H/9.
His strikeout numbers will never be great, but with his increased control, Leake is arguably the best fifth starter in the league.
Prediction: Leake continues on his impressive pace and pitches to a 2.85 ERA over the second half
Tony Cingrani is going to be a full-time pitcher for the Reds over the next few weeks as Johnny Cueto rehabs from yet another lat injury.
Cingrani has been all-around great in his rookie campaign. In 13 appearances—eight starts—Cingrani has a 3.40 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP and ratios of 10.5 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, 2.95 K/BB and 6.8 H/9.
Cingrani's numbers have been good, but if you eliminate his relief appearances, he's been even better. In his eight starts, the 24-year-old owns a 3.15 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and ratios of 10.1 K/9, 2.76 BB/9, 3.64 K/BB and 6.5 H/9.
Cingrani was thrown into the fire at a young age but has responded incredibly well, leading one to believe his success is not a fluke.
Prediction: Cingrani pitches to a 3.53 ERA over the second half and finishes the year with 10 wins.