For the past couple years the Reds haven’t had a very big problem in the scoring part of baseball, but they struggled in keeping the other team from scoring.
There were inconsistent pitchers, and even more inconsistent closers, but the Reds have finally found that consistency they needed and are doing great because of it.
They figured out that great hitting isn’t any good when the other team scores more, so last season they traded one of their great hitters for a great pitcher in Edinson Volquez.
Volquez was in the All-Star game last season and plays great for the Reds anytime he’s on the mound.
When you add him with Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang, they have themselves some great starting pitchers. They also have Johnny Cueto, who is an accomplished pitcher as well.
When Homer Bailey can finally get his pitching together and prove to be a major-league pitcher, I think this ball club will be closer and closer to being at the top of their division.
Pitching is so important for any team, and when you have great hitters like Joey Votto and Jay Bruce who can get you runs scored then you are a force in this league.
The Reds are two games over .500 and their success and failure will be due to how well they pitch against the good teams.
Currently, the Reds are tied for third in the NL Central after a great game pitched by Volquez. The Reds defeated the Marlins 7-0 after Volquez shut down runners for eight innings.
An even bigger improvement is how the Reds closers have been able to step up and not let the game slip away from them.
Fransisco “Coco” Cordero has been a phenomenal relief pitcher. He’s had seven saves and throws as fresh as a starting pitcher. Without Cordero, I don’t think that the Reds could have come back in as many games as they have.
The Reds are 14-12 this season. Last season, they were 74-88 and not even close to making the playoffs.
They allowed 800 runs last year only scoring 704. This season the numbers are a lot closer with allowing 103 and scoring 102.
When the other teams are out scoring you by over a hundred a year you can’t win many games, but as close as the numbers are this season they are looking really good.
I don’t think the Reds are going to be the leaders in the National League Central, but I do think they have a shot to be a wild card team.
If Arroyo can stay consistent all season, as well as everyone who takes the mound, great things will come for Cincinnati.