After a two-year quest for better pitching, the Reds have come a long way toward fixing their main problem, but it's not there yet. We've added two future stars (Volquez and Cueto) and have our mainstays Harang and Arroyo (who looked pretty good today) and a good closer, but what of the rest?
Wayne Krivsky brought in Josh Fogg and had Matt Belisle competing for that fifth spot, but so far neither is any more than hit machines. We knew that about Fogg (nobody else wanted him and he signed with the Reds for far below what he wanted), and Belisle continues to look like a minor league pitcher. That's only the first problem.
In the bullpen, the much heralded Bill Bray continues to be kerosene on an open fire, coming in today and not getting an out while allowing two hits and both of them scoring when Lincoln was brought in. Lincoln, for all the "Stuff" he supposedly has, seems to just blow up and the hits keep on coming. Today he walked two and allowed three hits in two innings of work. It gets shaky after that with Weathers being a question mark.
We may have improved, but we're not there yet.