Maybe what Joey Votto said after the Reds' latest victory
rings true: “I think a losing record early in the year can be a good
The Reds have reeled off three straight series wins and a
fourth is not out of the question as the last-place Cubs come to the Queen
City. Votto ended a homerless streak in game three versus the Astros and drove
in four runs as the Reds came from behind to clinch a 6-5 win. The Reds have won seven of their last 10 games and face three division foes in their next
After the Cubs, the Reds travel to Pittsburgh and Milwaukee,
the two teams nipping at the Redlegs (pun absolutely intended).
victories can put some distance between the Reds and their division rivals and
with some outside help could even see the Reds jump over the Cardinals for
first. Jay Bruce has been paramount in the Reds' recent run, as he has
hit a home run in four straight games and leads the Reds in nearly every
The hot bat of Bruce along with continued solid performances
from Votto, Zack Cozart and a recently more effective Drew Stubbs are a must.
Now the tail end of the Reds' starting rotation has to bust out of their slump —
Homer Bailey and Mike Leake have a combined record of 1-5.The two can start a positive trend against an
inept Cubs offense sans shortstop Starlin Castro (.333).
Look for the Reds to win six out of their next nine and keep
in touch with St. Louis before a huge series with a surprisingly good