Regardless of how this season ends up; the Cincinnati Reds are improving in one particular area. Compared to last year their offense is off to a good and productive start.

When the chips were down last year’s Reds offense often fell short. They failed to get or sustain many opportunities to score runs. However, the fault for much of the Reds problems last year wasn’t on the offense. Most of the blame belonged collectively to the Reds pitching staff. Which put the Reds offense and fielders in many tough situations.

Last year the Cincinnati Reds notably struggled on the mound. With one of the worst pitching staffs in franchise history. Giving the Reds offense near insurmountable deficits to overcome at times. Even at times when the Reds were productive at the plate. The pitching staff would at times wipeout any of their progress.

This year’s Reds pitching staff so far is an improvement compared to last year. They don’t stick out like a sore thumb in the way they did last year. However, part of that is thanks to the good performances put in by the Reds offense. Batting wise this year’s Reds are currently on a roll. Helping them hold a winning record and making them surprising contenders so far.

So far the Reds offense is one of baseball’s most productive. With an average of 5.3 runs per game according to ESPN Stats and Information. With credit for that high mark due to several Reds batters. Including Joey Votto, currently leading the Reds with ten home runs, 27 runs and 33 RBI’s. Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler aren’t far behind with nine home runs each.

Two other names that stick out for the Reds offensively are Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart. Despite having just one home run so far, Hamilton’s collected 13 RBI’s and 25 runs. He also has a Major League leading 19 stolen bases so far this season. Eight more than his nearest competitors A.J. Pollock and Dee Gordon. Reds infielder Jose Peraza is tied for eighth in the majors with eight stolen bases.

Meanwhile, Zack Cozart is starting off the 2017 season strong. With 14 RBI’s and a .356 batting average, the sixth best in Major League Baseball. Impressive considering Cozart struggled to bat above .200 at times a few years ago. Now he’s currently one of the Reds best hitters this season. Contributing to an offense that’s keeping the Reds in fair shape in the standings.

So far the Reds have a good thing going on offense. If they keep pace, the Reds rebuilding process will increasingly seem in good shape.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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