It is clear the National League is behind the American League when it comes to overall power and hitting numbers, but they equal the playing field because they have better pitching and defense, both of which are major concerns for Cincinnati.
The Reds have proven at times this year that your pitching does not have to be spectacular to win games (although it helps), but you can't win games when you give opposing teams additional opportunities.
Remember back in the '80s during the "always a bridesmaid, never a bride" phase of finishing second in the division year after year? Cincinnati always had a top-five, if not top-two, defense. You have to give Barry Larkin and the crew some credit here, as the defensive prowess continued in the '90s.
Interesting how their pitching was better ...
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Article written by Craig Simpson