Re: What's the latest on the roster?
As I understand it:
C: Hernandez, Hanigan
2 spots open
I think Janish has made the team and it's between Rosales and Nix for the last spot. Nix has a slight edge due to his handedness. But with Janish on the roster, Hairston can be a full time OF and Nix wouldn't be as needed. Tough call.
SP: Harang, Volquez, Arroyo, Cueto
RP: Cordero, Weathers, Rhodes, Burton, Lincoln, Massett
1 starting spot open
I think Owings has the spot. It's not just his performance but that Bailey only has 1 option left. If he starts and falters, the Reds are forced to burn his last option. But if Arroyo starts on the DL, we'll see him.
1 bullpen spot open:
I think the Reds are leaning to Herrera. Personally, even though Herrera has earned his spot, I'd take Bray, as he's proven he can miss major league bats. Masset is really the guy who doesn't belong here. He doesn't really do anything well, but he'll stick because the Reds need a long man who can go multiple innings.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.