The Cincinnati Reds on this July 9th, 2013 are 50-39 and 4 games out of first place in the National League Central looking up to the St Louis Cardinals and the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds if the season would have ended today they will be in the one game playoff and will have to go to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in order to advance to the National League Division series. Right now this team is having trouble winning games and yes there have been injuries missing Ryan Ludwick is a big loss after all he injured his left laburn shoulder that required shoulder and supposedly he should be back by mid August but we don’t know that for fact.
The pitching staff has been relatively healthy except for the ace of the staff Johnny Cueto who’s currently on the disabled list for the third time this season with a right lat muscle this has been a issue for Cueto going back to last season in Game 1 of the NLDS in San Francisco where he left the game after throwing 8 pitches with an oblique injury.
The bullpen is definitely not the same and itself have dealt with injuries Sean Marshall currently on the DL has been on it twice this season and Jonathan Broxton is currently on it as well. Sam LeCure who in the first half of the season looked like a all star set up pitcher has struggled in the stretch and having uncharacteristically control problems. While closer Aroldis Chapman still has the heat and stuff he’s been wild at times with his control maybe extending to Dusty not throwing out there every other day but that’s topic for later.
The team chemistry in general is not the same in my opinion I see guys in the dugout not trying but it’s lifeless and right now this team is boring to watch the offense is inconsistent and team can not hit with runners in scoring position I believe its the worst in baseball the Houston Astros are hitting better in RSP that’s ridiculous.
On how the way the team loss last night losing in robbing fashion I really don’t know how there gonna respond to it tonight because we know for sure the offense is going to put up big numbers but you never know all im saying is right now im concerned with this team and hopefully somebody will speak up and say this is unacceptable because this ballclub is capable of doing great things and right now I don’t see that and frankly I don’t see it getting better I hope im wrong they just gotta prove it on the field.