The Cincinnati Reds couldn't have found a better part of the season to have the All-Star Break. Whether it was bad breaks or injures, even with so many negatives, the Reds somehow managed to keep their foot on the gas pedal and end the first half of the season at 51-44 sitting just a game and a half behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.
At one point in the first half, the Redlegs found themselves over 10 games out of first place but the last month of the season they won 17 games, including seven of the past nine.
One big factor regarding the second half of the season is the health of the starting lineup. They will be without two major assets in first baseman Joey Votto and Gold Glover Brandon Phillips. Votto has been hampered by a quad injury that has already placed him on the disabled list twice this season including his latest stint while Phillips is recovering from surgery on a torn ligament in his glove hand which was a result of a dive attempt. There is no set timetable for a return of either player
"With both Brandon and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than days," Reds manager Bryan Price said of his injured starters. "So I think it would be reckless of me to suggest there's a due date on when either one of them would be back."
Cincinnati may have some tough tests ahead of them to begin the second half. Beginning Friday, the team will travel to New York to take on the Yankees in a three-game series before heading to Milwaukee to face off against the division leader for three games. They then head home for six games where they will take on the Washington Nationals and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
One thing that has continued to push the Reds is their starting pitching. Both Alfredo Simon and Johnny Cueto, who were participants in Tuesday's All-Star Game, will look to continue their already stellar season. Simon is tied for the league lead in wins with 12 while Cueto is near the top of multiple pitching categories. Relievers Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton have also have very consistent seasons.
Price and the Reds have yet to announce a starter for the second half start but Cincinnati hasn't lost the first game following the All-Star break since 2008. The Yankees have had their fair share of injuries which puts the Reds in a good spot to have very successful second half start.
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