Record: 13-13 - 3rd place - NL Central
Offense: Tied for 6th in hitting (avg.)
Pitching: 12th in the league in ERA
Here was my prediction on the predictions thread.
Even with the return of the DL players,
1. The Reds need to improve their SP. They need at least a #2 caliber SP. Maybe Dontrelle can step up and fill that roll. (He has shown ace stuff in the past) - but I doubt he will. I don't know how they can get the pitching going, but this is obviously a hitting ballclub.
2. Give their youngsters a shot. Look at Heisey and bring up some other youth to shoot some life in the club. (Fred Lewis is not the answer)
3. I think Bruce will improve. Hitting is not the first problem, but it needs to be addressed.
We shall see - the Reds still have a shot - Dusty needs to stop trusting his midnight epiphonies (not sure of spelling though). I think they need to keep it close to St. Louis or whoever is the first place team at the all-star break, as I do not see them as the best team in the division right now. Then they can make another 2nd half run. Joey V. has been awesome and I hope he keeps it up.