Glancing at the Fight for the NL Central, Part 1: Offense

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Oct 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; General view of Great American Ball Park during game three of the 2012 NLDS between the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds. (Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)

Some time ago, I wrote a post about the path the Reds needs to take in order to capture a second consecutive NL Central title. You can catch that here.

Starting today and over the following two days, we’ll look at some aspects from the three teams duking it out for this season’s division title: the St. Louis Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Pirates and our beloved Cincinnati Reds.

The second half of the MLB season will start in earnest this Friday. The Reds will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games and those games are pretty darn crucial. Getting an early, second-half jump on the Buccos is important.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals will be at home for three games against the San Diego Padres. For three days, we’ll be Padres fans, right Dallas and Mat?

A quick overview here…

No one should honestly question why the Cards sit atop the division. They own the NL’s best offense and one of the league’s top starting staffs.

As far as Pittsburgh is concerned, some questions still arise about their legitimacy with last year’s collapse still in recent memory. Their offense has been lackluster, the starting pitching has been better than advertised and that bullpen has been lights out.

For our Redlegs, the offense has scored, but been inconsistent. The starting staff has been great despite the absence of Johnny Cueto. The bullpen has faltered at times.

Toady, we’ll being our three-part series and delve some into each team’s offense.

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