On the Reds Monthly Review: June 2009

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The Reds started the month 3 games above .500 but ended 1 game under; thus fell 2 spots in the NL. Pitching and defensive numbers went in the wrong direction, and offensive numbers were worse. Interleague play not kind: 4-8, but 2-7 against Royals, White Sox, and Blue Jays.

  • Drop in batting numbers significant
  • RH bat production down
  • Bruce, Taveras, Hernandez, and others had horrible months batting
  • Gomes/Nix platoon has been successful, plus Dickerson much improved
  • Votto on DL most of the month
  • Scored 2 runs or less 11 of 26 games
  • The bullpen remains strong, but starting pitching is wavering
  • Cueto (3-1 for June) has been the most consistent while others sstarters remain unpredictable
  • Harang 5 starts, 0-3
  • Arroyo struggled: 6 starts, 1-4, 33 IP, 6.82 ERA, 1.82 WHIP
  • Volquez remains on the DL

Team Record

  • June: 11-15
  • Record: 37-38; .493 (’08, -14, .457)
  • Home: 17-18 (’08, +5)
  • Road: 20-20 (’08, -19)
  • East: 8-9 (’08, +2)
  • Cent: 20-16 (’08, -16)
  • West: 3-4 (’08, -3)
  • Place: Div 3rd, NL 8th (’08, 5th, 11th)

Offense

  • Runs: 11th (’08: 12th) (-2 since last month)
  • AVE: .247; 13th (’08: .247, last) (- .011 since last month)
  • AB: 15th (’08: 16th) (-6 since last month)
  • AVE w/RISP: .244; 12th (’08: .240, 16th) (down -4 since last month)
  • AVE w/RISP 2 outs: .230, 9th (’08: 213, 14th) (down since last month)

Pitching

  • ERA: 4.07, 6th (’08: 4.55; 13th) (similar to month)
  • WHIP: 1.36, 6th (’08; 1.46; 13th) (similar to last month, but down 1 spot)
  • AVE: .252, 6th (’08; .275; 14th) (worse since last month)
  • Complete games (season 6, June 0), Shutouts (season 3, June 1)
  • 19-23 saves to save opportunities, 3 of the 4 blown saves in June

Bullpen

  • ERA 3.34 (2nd in NL0
  • IP: 6th lowest in NL
  • David Weathers, Arthur Rhodes, Francisco Cordero, and Nick Masset have combined for very good numbers: W-L (4-3), Saves (19-22), ERA (2.03), WHIP 1.048

Defense

  • ERR: 4th highest (’08 2nd highest) (worse than last month)
  • F% .988(13th) (’08: .981, 14th) (worse than last month)
  • DER .7244 (2nd) (’08: .6881) (similar to last month)

From Lance McAlister (a local Sports Talk host)

  • Began the month 2.5 games out, and ended the month 4 games back
  • Lost Votto, Volquez, Gonzalez, and Lincoln to the DL
  • Reds hit.229 in the month
  • Outscored 118-97
  • Dickerson led the team in hitting: .333/.394
  • Five players hit below .200: Gonzalez .193, Bruce .187, Hernandez .174, Taveras .167, Rosales .079, Janish .148
  • Harang and Arroyo combined: 11 starts, 1-7

Tough Month Ahead

  • (H) D-Backs (2), Cardinals (3), Brewers (4), Padres (4), Rockies (1)
  • (A) Phillies (4), Mets (3), Dodgers (3), Cubs (3)

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