Jul 21, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds center fielder Shin-Soo Choo (17) singles during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds getting healthy for stretch-run



The Cincinnati Reds entered this week’s series against the Chicago Cubs at home with a great chance to gain ground on the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. With the Pirates on a road trip facing the Texas Rangers, as well as the Cards playing the Milwaukee Brewers, this could have been a chance for the Reds to finally move up past their two NL Central rivals in the standings.

Alas, the Reds lost 2/3 at home to the Cubs, and are now 3 games behind the Cardinals for first-place in the division.

With no games left against St. Louis, their chances of winning the division are lessening each day, but there’s still plenty of time to decide who will host the one-game Wild Card playoff. With just two game separating them and the Pittsburgh Pirates for home-field-advantage in the one-game playoff, the upcoming six games between the two over the next three weeks will be fun to watch as the two ballclubs fight for home-field advantage, at least for one game.

The Reds could also be getting help soon in the form of pitcher Johnny Cueto. Still recovering, Cueto threw 60 pitches to live batters Wednesday in the second simulated game of his comeback from a strained muscle below his right shoulder. Cueto has on the disabled list since June 29, and adding him would be a tremendous boost for a pitching staff already among the best in the Majors.

Left-hander Sean Marshall passed his biggest test since going on the disabled list May 24 with shoulder tendinitis. He threw 23 pitches to live hitters Tuesday, and could bolster a thin bulllpen in time for the playoffs.


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  • metalhead65

    well if those guys do come back hopefully they will be of more use than ludwick and his can’t play him more than 2 days in a row that dusty has him on. really what good is he doing himself or the reds?he is usually hitless his first game and gets 2 or more hits the second game then sits. what’s the point? I can see the first couple of weeks but he has been back a month so how is not playing everyday and getting his stroke back helping the reds? they blew any chance to catch the cards and the brewers who they face next play them like it’s their world series which when you suck as bad as they do I guess it is. the point being aside from the pirates the losing teams they play here on out are no gimmes. I have no confidence in the toothpick’s leadership that they can win a 1 game playoff at home or on the road