Five games out with three teams ahead in the standings is not an enviable position for the Reds to be in. With about a third of the games still to play, the Reds are finding it difficult to repeat as NL Central Division Champions.
A few days ago, I stated my belief that the Reds are out of the playoff race. I still believe that is the case. They are just too inconsistent in all areas of the game.
I liked the idea of the Reds adding a young and established star or two before the trade deadline by trading away some of the surplus of talent in the minor leagues.
With the price seemingly too high for Hunter Pence, James Shields and Ubaldo Jimenez, it looks like the Reds are forced to defend their title without adding another established star.
CAN the Reds still win the Central? Yes, they can. Will I put money on them winning? Not a chance.
However, there is still time, and the core of last year’s team is still intact, so at least it is possible.
Here is what needs to happen for the Reds to repeat as NL Central Division Champions...