On the Reds: April Review

reds-logoOne month down; five monthsto go. So how have the Cincinnati Reds down in the first month? In the review below, rankings are only to the 16-team NL.

Synopsis

  • Pitching is carrying the team
  • Starters and bullpen fine
  • Offense poor (Votto great)
  • RH hitters highly ineffective
  • Fielders difficulty catching the ball

Team Record

  • Record: 11-10, .524 (’08, -14, .457)
  • Home: 7-3 (’08, +5)
  • Road: 4-7 (’08, -19)
  • East: 2-4 (’08, +2)
  • Cent: 9-6 (’08, -16)
  • West: 0-0 (’08, -3)
  • Place: Div T3rd, NL T6th (’08, 5th, 11th)

Highlight: 7-3 road trip to Houston, Milwaukee, Chicago,
Lowlight: 2-4 home series following the successful road trip

Offense

  • Runs: 15th (’08: 12th)
  • AVE: .235; 15th (’08: .247, last)
  • AB: 15th (’08: 16th)
  • AVE w/RISP: .236, 11th (’08: .240, 16th)
  • AVE w/RISP 2 outs .238, 13th (’08: 213, 14th)

No multi-player, multi-hit game didn’t until game 8
No double-digit hit game until game 12
Batting Star! Joey Votto (.346, .568 SLG, 3 HR, 20 RBI)
Improving: Jay Bruce

Thud! RH hitters: Willie Taveras (.268), Ramon Hernandez (.246), Alex Gonzalez (.190), Brandon Phillips (.188), Jerry Hairston (.179), Edwin Encarnacion (.127)

Pitching

  • ERA: 4.11, 5th (’08: 4.55; 13th)
  • WHIP: 1.39, 7th (’08; 1.46; 13th)
  • AVE: .247, 4th (’08; .275; 14th)

Starters: Adequate; some great starts, Need more consistency from Volquez; Overall better than ‘08

Thumbs up bullpen Arthur Rhodes, Danny Herrera, David Weathers, Francisco Cordero (31 IP, 22 H, 5 ER, 9 BB) Note: 3 of the 5 runs in a blown save by Cordero

Thumbs down bullpen Mike Lincoln and Jared Burton: 18.2 IP, 27 H, 22 ER, 19 BB

Defense

  • Errors 18 in 21 games; 14th (’08 14th)
  • Fielding % 14th
  • Many more games with errors than without

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