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As the postseason beckons, here is my list of concerns about the Reds and also the things I feel good about.
Rotation (Cueto, Latos, Arroyo and Bailey): They're all healthy and have pitched well/very well over the last couple of weeks (or longer).
Bullpen (other than Chapman): The group leads MLB in bullpen ERA and the NL in opponent's batting average. There's depth and even though Sean Marshall is the "lefty specialist" he's good enough to get batters on both sides of the plate out. More on Chapman later.
Dusty's back: Whether you like him or not, it's much better psychologically for the team to have its leader back with the team.
Defense: It never slumps.
Experience: This group isn't just happy to be here. They aim to make some noise.
Chemisty/Moxie: This team has the ultimate confidence. They won't be intimidated, even by the Cardinals.
Aroldis Chapman: IF he gets back to the level he was for much of the season, every game is effectively a six inning game. If he pitches like he did Sunday in Pittsburgh he's going to fail in the closer role.
BP's hammy: Phillips was limping around again last night. You need your top players on top of their game.
Votto's power outage: While he's hit fine since his return, he has yet to hit a home run.
Jay Bruce: He's currently mired in a "Bruce-ian" slump (2 for last 21). If he hits a homer today or tomorrow he could just as quickly go on a tear, however. I predict if he gets hot the Reds will win it all. If he's where he is now, this offense will continue to struggle.
Ludwick: Again a hamsting issue. They never seem to be fully healed. He could aggrevate again in the cooler weather. And he could be rusty with all the time off of late.
Stubbs: Well, you know about him. His defense can be invaluable in the playoffs though.
Finally, I am not at all worried about being the #1 seed. You have to win 11 games to claim the World Series and I think the Reds can beat any team in the playoffs and when/where they play them doesn't matter.
There's still a lot to get straightened out over the next two games but it's good to know that there will be more games after tomorrow's finale.
As the playoffs begin, I'd take my chances with the Reds just as soon as I would anybody else.