Cincinnati Reds Using Complete Lineup To Continue Strong Second-Half

By Nugesse Ghebrendrias
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Five games out of first place, the Cincinnati Reds are starting to pick up steam. Since the All-Star break the Reds have won five out of seven games. Their series against the San Francisco Giants saw them taking two of the three games. So far in 2013, the Reds have beaten the Giants six out of seven times.

Unfortunately for the Reds, 58 wins only gets you third place in the NL Central.

The Reds’ offense is clicking on all cylinders since the All-Star break. Leading their offensive juggernaut is Brandon Phillips. In 2013, Phillips has hit 12 home runs to go along with 81 runs batted in.  Having two of the best hitters in the game today in Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo batting in front of you definitely helps.

With the emergence of Devin Mesoraco offensively, the Reds now boast a complete lineup. From top to bottom, the Cincinnati Reds are ready to make a deep push in the second half to take back the division crown.

In 2013, the Reds’ pitching staff is ranked in the top three in ERA, WHIP, and BAA. The Reds also rank 5th in the number of quality starts thrown. This is all without the services of their ace Johnny Cueto.

Only five games back from the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals, the Reds are poised for a big run in the second-half. With dominant pitching and powerful bats, the Reds should have no problem taking the division back and hopefully it carries into postseason success. With Votto heating up at the plate, opposing pitchers hardly stand a chance.

The Reds hope to continue their success against the surging Los Angeles Dodgers. With Matt Latos taking the mound, the Reds have a great chance of ending the Dodgers’ streak and continuing their own impressive run.

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