Re: What will the Reds record be after 17 of 20 on the road?
Yes, the Red's bullpen has struggled recently, but it's been the team's strength during the Hume era. The names of the Cincy pitchers have changed every year, but as a unit the relievers have achieved top-shelf results consistently. The Reds have a history of bringing in relatively unknown relievers (who was Jeff Shaw before Cincy, etc?) and getting career years out of 'em. (Remember last year at this time there were doubters re: Heredia and White, and now those pitchers are mainstays in the Skankee's bullpen.)
What I'm saying is...give it time. If the Reds have been good at anything in the last 7-8 years, it's been building a quality relief corps. I'm more than willing to give Hummer the benefit of the doubt (much more so than Gullett with the rotation, BTW)
Never overlook the obvious