Originally Posted by M2
The Cards so-so pitching leads the NL in ERA. I stopped underestimating what Dave Duncan can get out of a pitching staff almost a decade ago.
The Reds certainly could be looking at a slide, but I'd say that's because the team has a small margin for error and Votto's on the shelf.
Yeah, the obvious answer is that it's Votto--but the offense has largely been okay in his absence (though certainly won't be long-term).
The answer no one wants to hear is that the pitching just keeps getting worse. They're not falling off a cliff like they've done in past years, but they're sliding, day by day.