CINCINNATI -- Through the first 56 games of the season, including Thursday, the Reds have used only their five original starting pitchers in 2012. Only three other teams -- the Mariners, Cardinals and Marlins -- have used just five starters all year.
This is the Reds' longest streak of using only five starters since they needed a sixth starting pitcher in the 80th game of the 1992 season.
"That's the secret to any winning team," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You've either got to stay healthy or you need to have a tremendous amount of depth, especially in the pitching department. Our trainers and doctors do a great job and our fitness guy, Matt Krause. They run probably more than they have in the past. We do everything we can, including nutrition, weight training, stretching -- everything and anything in our power to keep them ready."