Monday, August 19, 2013

David Schoenfield says Reds 'team to beat' in division


For most of the season, the Reds have been playing third fiddle to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals in the race to win the National League Central. However, thanks to winning 9 out of 12 games, coupled with Pittsburgh's recent losing trend, Cincinnati may actually be the team to beat in the division now. Well, at least according to ESPN.com's David Schoenfield.

Sunday night, Schoenfield decided to pen a piece about the three-way race between the Cards, Bucs, and Reds for the division title. Schoenfield called it the best division race in all of baseball and I for one would have to agree. After a careful breakdown of the three team's based on several categories, Schoenfield ultimately declared the Reds as the team to beat at this point.

Enough … make a pick already: The Reds have been the third wheel in this party all season, but they're finally on a good roll, winning nine of 12. This is the time of season when rotation depth plays a huge factor, as legs get tired and arms get sore. I like the way Cincy's five guys are throwing right now, and I like all the home games the Reds have on their schedule. 

I'm picking the Reds now to win the division.

Entering Monday, the Reds trailed the Pirates by 2.5 games for first place, and trailed the Cardinals by 1.5 games for second place. But Schoenfield believes Cincy's strong rotation, favorable remaining schedule, and stingy bullpen will be enough to put Dusty Baker and company over the top.

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