In part I of this series, I looked at the hitting for the Cincinnati Reds. It is here that I think the Reds are hurting. In this post, I am going to focus on the starting pitching for the Reds. It is here, that I think the Reds have been able to have a successful month of May.
At the end of the month of May, the Cincinnati Reds’ pitching finds itself doing an incredible job of keeping the Reds in ballgames as the hitting remains schizophrenic. The Reds are ranked 5th in the league in ERA with a 3.40. That is a remarkable number considering the Reds play in GABP. A real tribute to a team effort. Probably as important is that the Reds are also ranked 5th in the league in batting average against. They are not walking many and keeping the ball in the ball park – no easy feat.
Johnny Cueto, the ace of the Cincinnati Reds, has had a rough last three games (1-2), but still finds himself leading the Reds in several categories. He has 5 wins and an ERA of 2.5. This is coming from a guy whose ERA has risen considerably lately. That shows what kind of start Cueto has had this year. I believe that he will return to the early season form and continue to dominate the opposition. He will be the best pitcher of the league when it’s all said and done.
Mat Latos has begun to turn a bad start into a good season (which he seems to do historically). He now has a record of 4-2 and leads the Cincinnati Reds in strike outs with 51. His ERA is coming down, but still on the high end of 3.59. Look for continued improvement from him as the season progresses.
My biggest disappointment as of late is the work of Bronson Arroyo, my favorite Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher. He finds himself with a record of 2-3 and an ERA of 3.59. Expect Arroyo to settle down and keep the ERA around 3.3 and start winning again.
Collectively, the Cincinnati Reds can thank the starting pitching for their success during the month of May. Hopefully, we can look for continued success in the month of June.