On the Reds: May ’09 Review

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Although the Reds ended May with a 3-game thud in Milwaukee, they remain in contention. Starting pitching had a good month, the bullpen remains strong, and the right-handed hitters (to me, one of the keys) stepped up.

Key Losses: Joey Votto & Edinson Volquez

Highlight: 4 shutouts in 6 games in late April/early May
Lowlights: Away-game sweeps by San Diego and Milwaukee

May Summary Points (as per Lance McAlister)

  • Record: 15-13
  • Average: Votto .378. Bruce .212 (Reds .270/Opposition .250)
  • Hits: Phillips 31
  • 2B: Hairston 7
  • 3B: Phillips 2
  • HR: Bruce 9 (Reds 39/Opposition 33)
  • RBI: Phillips 29
  • Runs: Reds 144/Opposition 124
  • ERA: Reds 4.10
  • Wins: Arroyo 4

Team Record to Date

  • Record: 26-23; .580 (’08, -14, .457)
  • Home: 13-12 (’08, +5)
  • Road: 13-11 (’08, -19)
  • East: 4-7 (’08, +2)
  • Cent: 17-12 (’08, -16)
  • West: 3-3 (’08, -3)
  • Place: Div T3rd, NL T6th (’08, 5th, 11th)

Offense to Date

  • Runs: 9th (’08: 12th) (+6 since last month)
  • AVE: .256; 10th (’08: .247, last) (+ .021 since last month)
  • AB: 9th (’08: 16th) (+6 since April)
  • AVE w/RISP: .255; 8th (’08: .240, 16th) (improved since April)
  • AVE w/RISP 2 outs: .246, 6th (’08: 213, 14th) (improved since April)

The RH hitters were had a horrible April, but have improved: Brandon Phillips (.188/.288), Jerry Hairston (.179/.262), Ramon Hernandez (.246/.286), Alex Gonzalez (.190/.224)

Pitching to Date

  • ERA: 4.10, 6th (’08: 4.55; 13th) (similar to April)
  • WHIP: 1.36, 5th (’08; 1.46; 13th) (slightly improved)
  • AVE: .249, 4th (’08; .275; 14th) (slightly higher to April
  • 6 complete games, 2 shutouts, and 13-14 in saves.

Defense to Date

  • ERR: 5th highest (’08 2nd highest)
  • F% .988(12th) (’08: .981, 14th) (Improved)
  • DER .7238 (2nd) (’08: .6881) (Improved since April)

The Questions

Joey Votto: The man can hit, but he’s now on the DL and I fear a longer stay. Then what?

Edinson Volquez: Seemed to be coming around, then injuried and reinjuried. Will someone be able to step into the rotation? What if the rotation starts to wobble?

Will the Reds be within 5 games at the end of June?

  • June Home: Cubs, Braves, White Sox, Diamondbacks
  • June Away: Cards, Nats, Royals, Blue Jays, Indians

April Review

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