Cincinnati Reds Clinch NL Central: Why Edinson Volquez and Co. Will Doom Them

Jeff KerrContributor ISeptember 29, 2010

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate following the game against the Houston Astros at Great American Ball Park on September 28, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 3-2 to clinch the NL Central Division title. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Reds are going to the playoffs, but Edinson Volquez and the rest of their starting rotation will make their stay a short one.

First off, congratulations to the Reds for winning the National League Central and advancing to the postseason for the first time since 1995.

The squad is one of baseball’s young, up-and-coming teams with tons of future superstars including Joey Votto and Aroldis Chapman.

They have excellent veteran leaders in Scott Rolen, Orlando Cabrera, and Brandon Phillips.  Cincinnati's manager is also one of the game’s best in Dusty Baker.

This team should be a contender to dethrone the Phillies as National League champions in 2010.

Unfortunately, the Reds' starting pitching will be their demise.

The Reds do not have a No. 1 pitcher to rely on once the postseason begins next week. Who are they going to throw out there, Bronson Arroyo? He would not be the best pitcher to send out onto the field in an elimination game.

The Reds' rotation also remains a question mark even though their starting pitching has tons of depth.  Which Johnny Cueto will show up? Is Edinson Volquez back to full strength?

Seriously, this team cannot send out Homer Bailey to start a playoff game.

This team will be in major trouble if they have to face the Phillies or the Giants in the NLDS. 

The Phillies are going to send Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt to the mound in their first three games. The Giants have Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez ready to pitch come next week.

Who are the Reds going to send to the mound for Games 1 through 3? An average Arroyo, an inconsistent Cueto, and an unhealthy Volquez is not a recipe for postseason success.

Cincinnati’s offense is one of the best in MLB.  They are currently first in the National League in runs (768), home runs (181), and batting average (.271).

Unfortunately, just a good offense is not going to carry a team to a title. Ask the 2007 Phillies or the 1997 Cleveland Indians if you want proof.

Starting pitching gets the job done in the postseason and the Cincinnati Reds do not have it this season.

Enjoy the postseason Reds’ fans.  Your team may be eliminated before you know it.

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