The Reds are out of the basement.
With five straight wins, including last night's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers sixth straight loss an 8-2 decision against Seattle, the Reds passed the Brewers in the standings.
An injured Zack Cozart pointed out that the Reds' recent surge has come against good teams. The Reds took three out of four from the Miami Marlins, who are within a game and a half from a Wild Card spot. The Reds have taken the last two from the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are within a half game of the National League West Division lead and currently hold the first Wild Card spot.
"We think we're one of the better teams," said Cozart, who is temporarily sidelined with a heal injury. "We're beating good teams. The Dodgers came in with one of the best team ERA's in the league and we've hit them pretty well. We've been consistent since we've gotten healthier. Getting some starters back and getting Raiseel Iglesias and (Michael) Lorenzen back has helped out pitching staff. It is fun coming to the ball park. We're not coming in here thinking we're going to lose."
It is no secret the Reds have been developing young players like Jose Peraza, who is taking Cozart's place for now. Scott Schebler has replaced Jay Bruce. The Reds have had clutch performances by Tony Renda and Ramon Cabrera this week.
Cozart sees the indications with the second half surge.
"I think we're going to better sooner than later," Cozart said.