I don't have the answers, but something is very wrong.
The team has a plus 39 run differential. This is much better than the Brewers who are plus 9. Reds narrowly trail the Cards who are plus 47.
Yet the Reds are 7.5 games out, in fourth place.
You might think it's the bullpen. Giving up close games at the end. But the bullpen numbers are pretty good. It's certainly not a major team weakness.
Lack of clutch hitting? Well, yes, to some extent, but all the stats I've seen show the Reds are ok with RISP. And overall the team OPS is tied for second in the NL.
Starting pitching not terrific? True, but the team ERA is now 4.02, which is vastly improved from earlier this year. Since Volquez and Wood were sent down, the starting pitching has been pretty, pretty good IMO.
Sometimes I think it is Baker's decisions. Some of them are poor. Bringing in the struggling Ondrusek in the tenth last night was inexplicable to me, as was all the bunting against the weak Astros. Yet, has Dusty's in-game managing cost the Reds so many games?
The Reds are a below .500 team virtually out of the race in a bad division. They seem to be a much better ballclub "on paper" than their record reflects. What is your explanation?