Cincinnati Reds: 2014 First-Half Report Card

Cincinnati Reds: First-Half Report Card 2014

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The Cincinnati Reds finished a solid first half of 2014 with a 51-44 record, good enough for third place in an incredibly difficult NL Central. The Reds trail only the Brewers and Cardinals in the division, and the team still has a great shot at making the playoffs. There are still a few things Cincinnati can do better to ensure the team has October baseball in its future. Here is the 2014 first-half report card for the Cincinnati Reds.

Offense: B-

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Offense: B-

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The Cincinnati offense has been only average so far in 2014, ranking 19th in all of baseball with a .249 batting average. The Reds are 23rd in MLB with a .309 on-base percentage, leaving much to be desired for Bryan Price's ball club. The Reds are still in great shape to make the playoffs, so if the team starts to hit the ball better in the second half, that could be the deciding factor in the NL Central.

Defense: A+

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Defense: A+

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The Reds' defense has been exceptional in 2014, ranking first in all of baseball with a .988 fielding percentage. Cincinnati is also first in fewest errors made, committing just 41 on the season. The Reds are a baseball team that simply will not beat themselves by making errors at key times in games, a fact that could serve Cincinnati well down the stretch.

Starting Pitching: A

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Starting Pitching: A

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Cincinnati boasts a team ERA of just 3.46, good for ninth in the majors. The Reds are tied for second in baseball with 62 quality starts, as the team's starting rotation has been great in 2014. All-Star Alfredo Simon leads the team with 12 wins, and Johnny Cueto boasts the best ERA at 2.13. Great starting pitching carries teams deep into the playoffs, and it seems the Reds have just that this season.

Relief Pitching: A

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Relief Pitching: A

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Despite being injured for part of the season, Reds' closer Aroldis Chapman has been brilliant. The flamethrower has 21 saves in 2014 and owns a remarkable 2.12 ERA to go along with a 0.78 WHIP. Jonathan Broxton has been equally impressive, as the duo have stymied opposing offenses late in games. The Reds' bullpen could be the deciding factor in the tight NL Central playoff race.

Managing: A

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Managing: A

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Bryan Price's first season in charge of the Reds has been successful so far, as his team is in a great position to make it to the postseason. Price is new to the managerial position, but he will quickly gain respect throughout the league if his team continues to play well. The first-year manager has pulled all the right strings thus far in 2014, and Cincinnati fans hope the team continues to improve in the second half of the season.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.

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