5 Things To Watch About The Reds In The 2nd Half
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Tuesday July 30, 2013
By Ryan Ritchey (MLB Reports Writer): Follow @baseballaddicts
The Cincinnati Reds are five games back of the Cardinals going into play on Thursday.
They won the first two of their series after the ALL-Star Break, taking two of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates and three of four from the San Francisco Giants. But then lost three of four against the Dodgers in LA.
The Reds are playing a three game series with the Padres now and need a sweep going into the weekend with St. Louis coming to town.
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The first thing to watch in the second half for the Reds in the second half is Ryan Ludwick. The Slugging OF has been out since Opening Day with a shoulder injury.
He is expected back in the month of August. He has started his rehab assignment so it should be the middle of August at the latest.
This will be a huge pick up for the Reds as they try to make a run at the division.
Yes Chris Heisey, Derrick Robinson and Xavier Paul have done a good job but not as good as Ludwick was last season. No one will know if he will produce right away but anything he does is a plus for this team.
He will also bring some chemistry and leadership back to the team. The Reds have had trouble finding a leader so far and I think he will be the answer for the second half.
If he is I am a genius and if I’m wrong the Reds will continue to struggle in the second half.
Not only has it been the Ryan Ludwick injury holding the Reds back but it has also been the Johnny Cueto injuries. He has been on the disabled list three different times this season with a right lat strain.
Most if not all of the Reds fans remember Cueto getting hurt eight pitches into the first playoff game in 2012. He hasn’t been the same since.
The reports are saying late August for a return for Cueto. They want to make sure he is one hundred percent healthy when bringing him back as they try to make a run in the playoffs.
Getting him back will make a huge boost to the rotation moving Latos back to the two starter and quite possibly Leake in the third spot.
The injury bug has hit the Reds hard in 2013. Next thing to watch is for the bullpen to get healthy.
It has been better a of late but at times has hurt the Reds. Reports don’t have a certain date for either one of these guys to make a return to the Reds.
Jonathan Broxton has started a rehab assignment.
The last of the injured Reds is Ryan Hanigan.
He has been out for upwards of three weeks now and Devin Mesoraco has taken the reigns of the catching duties.
He can’t catch every day so the Reds have called up veteran Corky Miller. Miller isn’t the best second option, but has done a very good job so far.
When the Reds get Hanigan back they might have the best one, two punch catching duo in the National League. It is just a matter of when they get him back.
Finally we have made it to the last thing to watch for in the second half. He goes by the name of Billy Hamilton.
He is the number one prospect in the Reds farm system and he can absolutely fly on the base paths.
He set the minor league record for stolen bases last season with 155. The only problem for him is getting on base so he can run.
I see him making the big league club in September when they expand the rosters to 40 players. He will be brought up to be a pinch runner late in the game.
He will be a guy like David Roberts for the Red Sox back in 2004 when they won the World Series. He will need another half of season in Triple A in 2014, but I expect him to be up full time by the All-Star Break next season.
Those are the five things I will be looking for the rest of the season for the Reds and you should be too. It will be a wild ride the rest of 2013 but it should be an exciting one so stay tuned.
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