The starting pitching has fallen off a bit. The overall starting ERA is now 4.08, worse than league average. Cueto's ERA is 2.54. Arroyo 3.91. Bailey 4.39. Latos 4.91. Leake 4.95. Each has had 11 starts, except for Leake who's had 10.
The overall team pitching numbers are much better because the bullpen has a fabulous ERA of 2.39.
I know ERA is not the whole picture, just trying to start off a discussion.
Reds starters have relatively high BAA at .275. But they have walked only 89, tied for second fewest in the league.
The front office has heavily focused on pitching. Are the starters fading? Is the starting staff good enough for a playoff contender?
I'm optimistic and believe that the starting pitchers have had a short slump and will come back strong. In particular, I'm looking for Latos and Leake to have very good outings in the next period of time. Neither has had a hot streak yet, they are due for one.
I'm sure this will turn into a Chapman discussion, it's not intended. Despite the ERA, I think the current rotation is pretty good and will get better. And Dusty, Arroyo goes 90-95 pitches from now on. Other thoughts?