When you have a possible Triple Crown contender on your team, you probably have a darn good offense, and that is exactly the case with the Cincinnati Red's. However, more often than not, your starting pitching isn't always great when you do have such a great offense.
If the Big Red Machine's offense is one of the best, its pitching staff is one of the worst. It ranks higher than 15 in only one main category, saves. Francisco Cordero is the main reason for that. He has the third most saves in the National League with 35. Though he has a high ERA for a closer (3.52), he has been very good for the Red's; and compiled with Aurthur Rhodes (23 holds), its a very good 1-2 punch. But back to their pitching staff, they are 16th in ERA (4.08), and 18th in runs given up (572). Not very impressive if you ask me.
The Red's offense ranks in the top 10 in batting average, home runs, RBIs and hits, excellent numbers. With Joey Votto leading the way, the Red's are running away with the central. But, Votto is the main cause of these numbers. He leads his team in average, HR, RBIs, and OPS. Only Brandon Phillips has bested him in an offense category (runs). What would happen, if, oh, I don't know, Votto was out for the season with an injury. What happens to Cincinnati's offense then? Or, facing lots of strong pitchers in the playoffs, someone finally finds a way to get him out? However, most of this is just "what ifs", but they do arise questions.
Prediction: They'll make the playoffs, but everyone knows that the postseason is about pitching, something the Red's just aren't good enough at.