The Reds are 10 games over .500 since anointing Jerry Narron as interim manager. We have now the 3rd example in the last 3 years where changing managers has mid-year has helped turn the fortunes around for a losing team.
2003 - Florida Marlins (eventual World Series champs)
2004 - Houston Astros (lost in Game 7 of the NLCS)
2005 - Cincinnati Reds
Now we all know the Reds aren't going to the playoffs, but they seem to be creating some nice positive momentum as they head toward the end of the season. They have a real good chance to finish 3rd in the NL Central and an outside chance of catching Houston for 2nd (6 back with 3 head-to-head matchups yet to play). I wouldn't bet on the Reds finishing 2nd in the division this year, but I won't be betting against it either.