Baker still sees room for improvement with club

CINCINNATI -- The Reds haven't just looked like one of the hottest teams in baseball lately, the team's record backs that observation. Entering Tuesday, Cincinnati is a Major League best 17-5 (.773) since May 3. The next-best team is the one directly ahead of the Reds in the National League Central standings, the Cardinals, who were 16-6 (.727).

"We're playing pretty good. As a manager, you always want to be playing better," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. "There are a few things. We could pitch better at times. We could run the bases at times and play better defense at times. We could get some clutch hitting at times. Very rarely, is everything clicking at the same time. That's happened a whole bunch of times. We're playing good enough to win."

In the last 16 games before Tuesday, Reds pitchers are 13-3 with a 2.49 ERA and three shutouts.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.