Glancing at the Fight for the NL Central, Part 2: Starting Pitching

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Will the Reds ever have Johnny Cueto available again this season? Considering it has been stated the Reds are going back to square one with rehab, it could be a long stretch without their ace. He’s spent three stints on the DL this season and we’re not even to August yet.

In Cueto’s absence, the starting staff has performed well even without the services of their ace, but many still believe that Cueto is the key to a successful Reds season and deep postseason run. With the combination of Cueto and Mat Latos atop the rotation, the Reds are a vastly different team.

Jul 10, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Leake pitches in the 1st inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. The Reds beat the Brewers 6-2. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

As has been asked a thousand times this season, did you honestly think Mike Leake (right) would have the first half he did? Maybe a better question: Can he continue to develop and mature the way he has? With

Mat Latos is blossoming, but he has had a hiccup or two as of late. The extra days off should be a recharge he sorely needs.

And Bronson Arroyo is just Bronson. You know what you’re getting.

The Reds hold two wild cards: Homer Bailey and Tony Cingrani. The other day, I wrote about how Cingrani has added to his pitch selection. A continued effort on that front will go along way. Less use of the fastball means keeping hitters guessing a little more.

With Bailey, you honestly don’t know what you’ll get from start to start. Will you get Mr. No-no or will we see the Mr. Bailey from his last couple of starts? And remember how people,would mention his home-away splits? They’re the opposite this season. Bailey is much better at GABP than on the road.

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