The Cincinnati Reds have won 11 of their last 14 games and now find themselves atop the NL Centrel. How have they done it, you may ask. It's simple. Defense, defense, defense.
The Reds are currently the best defensive team in the National League with a fielding percentage of .989.
The 16 errors they have committed in 2010 are also the lowest of any NL team.
In addition, the Red's pitching staff has been phenomenal. Rookie sensation Mike Leake has been even better than expected. In seven starts, the 22-year-old is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA.
Last week, Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey became the first Red's starters to throw back-to-back complete-game shutouts since 1989.
Also working in the Red's favor is their never-quit attitude. The team has made come-from-behind victories their MO, racking up 10 wins in their final at bat, the most of any team in the majors.
Cincinnati has been good at the plate as well. The Reds rank seventh in the NL in batting average, fourth in home runs and sixth in total runs scored.
When the Reds traded for third Baseman Scott Rolen at the trade deadline last season, many questioned the move because the team was already out of the playoff hunt.
However, since the Cincinnati acquired Rolen on July 31, 2009, the Reds own one of the best records in all of Major League Baseball.