Although the Cincinnati Reds are running away with the NL Central, there are some growing concerns for Dusty Baker's club. Their offense is suddenly sputtering, and ace Johnny Cueto seems like he's hit a wall.
Cueto tries to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time in three years, while the visiting Reds look to bounce back from one of their worst offensive showings Saturday night against Mark Buehrle and the Miami Marlins.
Cincinnati (87-58) mustered three hits and three walks in the series opener Friday, snapping a three-game winning streak with a 4-0 loss. The Reds only had two runners get to second base as they were shut out for the third time, fewest in the NL.
"We didn't put any pressure on those guys, which is a little disappointing," losing pitcher Bronson Arroyo said.
The Reds still own a double-digit lead over second-place St. Louis with 17 games to play, but there are some areas where they must improve.
Cincinnati has been limited to two runs or fewer in...