Jonathan India and the Reds look to filet the Marlins in the Queen City

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Reds second baseman Jonathan India is heating up, folks.

There's reason to believe the reigning NL Rookie of the Year is finally displaying the play that made him so electrifying last season in the Queen City. Following a six-week stint on the IL due to a hamstring injury, Jonathan India is once again creating excitement in Reds Country.

Over his last seven games, India is slashing .286/.394/.571 with two homers and four RBIs. If that slash line looks eerily familiar, it should. During the second baseman's award-winning rookie campaign he slashed an impressive .269/.376/.459 with 21 homers.

Not to make excuses for India, but there's little doubt the hamstring injury has played a major role in what's largely been a disappointing second act up to this point in the season. However, I don't believe for a minute a healthy Jonathan India is hitting .227 with a .292 OBP as he's done thus far in the 2022 season.

India is the engine of the Reds' offense. There's little doubt his ability to reach base was the catalyst in leading the Reds to within striking distance of a playoff appearance last season. If he can duplicate last year's success throughout the second half of this year, it likely result in another third-place finish for the Reds in the NL Central.

Prediction: Reds vs. Marlins

Don't look now, but the Cincinnati Reds have been one of the hottest teams in the National League over the last few weeks, and the good times will continue to roll this week.

Look for the Redlegs to take three of four from the Marlins before welcoming a surprising Baltimore Oriole ball club to Great American Ball Park to close out the 10-game homestand.

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