Before a couple of weeks ago, the Cincinnati Reds were one of the most disappointing teams in all of baseball. During the offseason last year the Reds made it clear that they were going to be a force to be reckoned with. With key adds such as World Series hero Mike Moustakas, great hitter Nick Castellanos, pitchers Pedro Strop and Sonny Gray, Japanese player Shogo Akiyama, and lots of other great players. Not to mention the strong rotation with previously mentioned Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, Trever Bauer, Wade Miley, and Tyler Mahle. Along with red hot slugger Eugenio Suarez and young guys like Nick Senzel, Tyler Stephenson, Tejay Antone, Aristides Aquino, Jand Jose Garcia, it was clear this ballclub was going places. Unfortunately, this was not the case. With early injuries from both Nick Senzel and Mike Moustakas, and terrible bullpen pitching the Reds got off to an ugly start. The Reds started 11-17 in the first half of the season and things did not look good. Cincinnati would consistently not put up enough runs and on the few occasions they would, the bullpen would not back them up. At the trade deadline, the Reds management had had enough and decided to make a couple of moves. They traded IF/OF Josh VanMeter in exchange for bullpen pitcher Archie Bradley. They also acquired OF Brian Goodwin for a pitching prospect. Since the trade deadline, the Reds have gone 12-7 and won 7 out of their last 9. The win streak started against the St. Louis Cardinals (A playoff-hopeful) and has carried on through a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and two wins against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are the best team in the American League so those wins are huge. Cincinnati now looks to keep winning and try to make the playoffs with only 8 games remaining. They will play the Brewers and then finish the season off against the Minnesota Twins. The Reds now sit at 26-26 which is second in the National League Central division. Cincinnati is fighting with a few teams for playoff spots and they are going to need to keep winning if they are to get one of those spots. Currently, they sit at the number 8 seed in the playoffs with the tiebreaker against the Cardinals and the Giants. The only way the Reds make the playoffs is if they can keep staying hot and finish out the season with a few more wins. If they keep playing the way they have been they should have a shot at the commissioner's trophy. But only time will tell.
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