The pitching staff and especially the bullpen have been a week spot for the reds for a while, NOT THIS YEAR. The national media has even thrown around things like “best bullpen in baseball” and you know what, I can’t argue with them. With the addition of Sean Marshall and Ryan Madson to already having Nick Masset at the back of the bullpen if we can get to the 8th with a lead it’s going to be tough for teams to beat us. I’m sure I don’t need to sell Madson to you he’s one of the best closers in baseball, but I think that Marshall is just as big of a pick-up as Madson. Marshall is a fantastic left-handed relief pitcher, but unlike most lefties you don’t have to worry about putting him up against right-handed hitters, he can also easily go for a couple innings which in something like an extra inning game will make him possibly the most valuable pitcher in the bullpen. Add that back end to what will probably end up being Sam LeCure, Jose Arredondo, Logan Ondrusek, and Bill Bray to round out the bullpen and if our starters can go even 6 but defiantly if they can go 7 we will be in very good shape. The fact that we will have 3 guys down in Louisville in Andrew Brackman, Jordan Smith, and Aroldis Chapman (I know they’re trying to make him a starter but we’ll see) who can come up in case of someone struggling or injury makes me even more confident. In short for the first time in a while even with only a small lead or tie when our bullpen takes over, Reds fans can finally feel good about our chances.