Latos gives the Reds a solid 1-2 punch with
Johnny Cueto anchoring the rotation
Paul Swydan of ESPN Insider and FanGraphs recently highlighted four teams "surging toward the playoffs". One of those teams featured in his column included the NL-Central leading Redlegs, who currently enjoy the largest division lead in Major League Baseball. Here is what Swydan had to say specifically regarding Cincinnati:
In Cincinnati, the bullpen -- on paper -- is even more menacing, which like Texas has improved its relief pitcher FIP rank by 22 spots this year. Cincy's 'pen is more top heavy, though, as Aroldis Chapman's 3.5 WAR entering Sunday was tied for 17th among all pitchers with Cliff Lee and Matt Cain. That's not to discount the contributions of the other members of the 'pen, particularly left-hander Sean Marshall, but it's notable how well Chapman has pitched.
Also notable is how the starting rotation has improved. Last season, Reds starte...