Cincinnati Reds: Should There Be Reason for Concern for the 2011 Season?

Troy CurrentContributor IMay 26, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 06: Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds is greeted by teammates Joey Votto #19 and Edgar Renteria #16 after hitting a three-run home run in the 4th inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on May 6, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Reds (26-25) started the season on a 5-0 clip, but as of recently have faltered.

After sweeping the Cardinals at home, the Reds are now on a 2-8 skid in their last 10 games. In those last 10 games, they have scored 3.2 runs per game while their opponents have scored an average of 6.2 runs per game. 

The starting pitching has struggled, the hitting has been lacking and there has just been a sense around the team that makes their fans worry.

But are there real reasons for all of the concern that is now surrounding this ball club?

If someone outside of the club's fan base were to investigate some of the statistics that the Reds have put up, they would find out that the Reds will bounce out of the slump that they are currently in.

The Reds are currently first in the NL in runs scored with 250, fifth in batting average at .260, fifth in on base percentage at .333 and eighth in slugging at .408. They also have the NL home run leader in Jay Bruce, who has 14 HR and 38 runs batted in.

If someone was trying hard to scrounge up reasons to be concerned, they could easily look toward the pitching staff. It was once the greatest assist to this team, but is now one of its largest concerns. Edison Volquez should have been the great shining spot of their rotation, but has quickly found his way to AAA Louisville due to numerous poor outings that included several extremely rough first innings.

Aroldis Chapman (The Cuban Missile) has been in Louisville for a little while now as well. Having struggled with finding the strike zone in his last couple of outings with the big league club, he could be looking at an extended stay in AAA. 

The pitching staff will come around now that the bulk of the staff is healthy and back with the club. Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo and Travis Wood are now in charge of the rotation and are beginning to form into a very effective rotation. 

Once the pitching staff fully comes around, the Reds will again be a very potent team that will compete for the NL title and possibly a World Series.