This has been the best of bad luck seasons for the Cincinnati Reds. They have had several injuries including two to their ace starting pitcher Johnny Cueto. They are continuously unable to get higher than second place in the National League Central division standings. Where is the good part you may ask? Well they have the second best record in all of Major League Baseball. Yes, that is correct. Two other teams have 42 wins but the Reds have one fewer loss than those teams.
Cueto took to the mound on Sunday and shows the kind of year the Reds are having. He had his troubles early on hitting his spot. The Brewers were able to get one homer out of it but all other possible mistake pitches were caught no farther back than the warning track, including the third out of both the first and second innings caught at the wall by right fielder Jay Bruce. Then he settled down and dominated.
The point is that though he had to weather the storm early on he ended in dominant fashion once all was working well for him. The Reds are the same way. Through the storm of the first half of the season they have held their own. As everything gets set right and everyone stays healthy, the St. Louis Cardinals should watch their back. I think the Reds are getting ready to do what Cueto did today from about the third inning on: dominate.