Re: So...is anyone else worried about the Reds?
This team is not built to be an offense powerhouse. The strength of this team is its pitching, and that's a conscious choice. They have enough offense not to be *bad* in this area, but the money and the foundation has been focused on the pitching. They haven't been knocking it out of the park lately not because they've fallen off, but because that's not what they're supposed to do. (And I do think there's a bit of comfort there too, seeing as the Reds have had the biggest divisional lead for quite a while now.)
One thing that impresses me about this team is that it seems to have an innate sense of what it has to do to win every time out. It is keenly aware of its own strengths and limitations. I don't think the Reds are trying to blow the other team out all the time; I think they're trying to do just enough to win. Beyond even talent level, I see this self-awareness as the major difference between this team and the 2010 Reds.
I'm no more concerned about the Reds than I would be about any team in the playoffs, and far less than I would be for some. I don't expect them to score a lot of runs against anybody. But that isn't a cause for inordinate worry, to me, because the flip side of that is the strength of the team's pitching and not allowing a lot of runs either. If our pitching had fallen apart in September, that would be a huge cause of concern. Offense? They know what they're doing there.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.