The Cincinnati Reds are in the midst of a mild rough patch, having lost five of their last seven.

Some of the losses can be attributed to poor pitching performances, other to a lack of hitting.

Either way, a general lack of consistency has pushed the Reds a half game back of division leader St. Louis heading into tonight’s game against Seattle.

Luckily for Cincinnati, the Cardinals haven’t exactly been on fire either, dropping seven of their last 11 decisions.

One of the biggest factors hurting the Reds is their inability to get wins against the lower-placed teams.

In their second inter-league series of the season, the Reds lost two of three at home to Kansas City who currently sit 10 games under .500 and in fourth place in the AL Central.

Last night, in their most recent series against an AL opponent, the Reds put to waste a fantastic pitching performance by Johnny Cueto and lost the opening game of the series 1-0 to AL West cellar-dwellers Seattle.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals are hosting a three-game series against Oakland, who the Reds will face beginning on Monday.

June has historically been the month that the Reds have gone from contenders to pretenders and west coast teams have typically been teams the Reds have not faired well against.

If the Reds want to make it through June with their playoff hopes still in tact, they will need to better capitalize on each opportunity they get to put a W on the scoreboard throughout the rest of this month.

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