Cincinnati Reds' second-half preview: Joey Votto's health is key

Verducci's Quick Pitch: Cincinnati Reds

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci previews the second half of the MLB season for the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati Reds

Record: 51-44

Standings: 3rd in NL Central

Team Leaders:

Batting Average: Todd Frazier, .290

Home Runs: Todd Frazier, 19

ERA: Johnathan Broxton, 1.09

The Reds have battled injuries all season, including a head injury during spring training to closer Aroldis Chapman. He has returned to his All-Star form and is averaging 18 strikeouts per nine innings. Chapman re-injured his hamstring during the All-Star Game.

First baseman Joey Votto's injured quadriceps have kept an important bat out of the lineup, which could prove to be costly in a difficult NL Central division, in which Cincinnati is one of four teams with a winning record. 



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