The Reds started off week six with a disappointing series loss to the Braves, although the middle game featured a 9th inning rally, which featured incredible back to back walk-off homers. The Reds bounced back though with an impressive sweep of the Brewers, outscoring them 22-11. The Reds finished the six game homestand with a 4-2 record.
The Reds now sit at 22-16, good for the third best record in the National League. The Reds run differential of +32 is second best in the league (only trailing the Cardinals), and the Reds 16 home wins in the most in the MLB. For a team highly criticized for their lack of offensive consistency, the Reds lead the NL with 180 runs scored. Here are some thoughts................
Tuesday night was awesome. I was in attendance Tuesday night, for what seemed like an absolute boring loss up until the Reds were down to their final strike. The Reds put forth one of the most improbable comebacks Tuesday night, as Devin Mesoraco hit a pinch-hit, solo home run, with two strikes, against one of the best closers in baseball, Craig Kimbrel. Then the next batter Shin-Soo Choo, followed by hitting his second homer of the game to win it. It was one of the best moments I can remember at GABP. The place went from what felt like a funeral to absolute pandemonium. It was incredible.
Then Saturday, the Reds gave me another masterpiece. This time the Reds beat the crap out of the Brewers in front of a sold-out crowd for Aroldis Chapman bobblehead night. The Reds scored 12 runs in innings two and three, in route to a 13-7 win. The Redlegs are now 5-1 with me in attendance. It may be safe to finally say the Kirby Curse has been broken. For those who aren't loyal readers of the blog, the Reds went 10-11 with myself in attendance in 2012 (including Game 4 and 5 of the NLDS), and were 5-16 in 2011. This is something to shout about.
For this weeks review, I want to look at where a few of the Reds key players are projected to finish the season stat wise, and my grade thus far.
Shin-Soo Choo: A+
.309/.451/.547, 30 HR, 72 RBI, 124 Runs
Choo has been incredible.
Joey Votto: A-
Votto has been good. Anyone on pace to walk 136 times is doing something right.
.310/.444/.465, 17 HR, 64 RBI, 136 BB
Jay Bruce: C-
.258/.306/.403, 13 HR, 90 RBI, 222 K
Bruce's .306 OBP is frustrating. He has to find a way to get better contact, or at least starting hitting bombs.
Brandon Phillips: A-
.276/.319/.462, 26 HR, 132 RBI, 171 Hits
Dat Dude gets it done, no matter where you put him in the lineup.
Todd Frazier: C+
.236/.327/.433, 26 HR, 107 RBI, 30 2B
Frazier .236 average is deceiving. His .327 OBP is higher than Bruce or Phillips. He has shown great power, played solid defense, and I think Todd will be just fine in his new starting role.
Zack Cozart: F
.207/.237/.343, 21 HR, 81 RBI, 30 BB
Cozart has been good defensively as you would expect. He has been absolutely terrible offensively. He MUST be dropped in the lineup.
Mat Latos: A-
18-0, 3.04 ERA, 1.27 WHIP
Outside of a poor start on Saturday, Latos has been very good. It's good to see him off to a great start after a disaster of a start in 2012.
Bronson Arroyo: A
13-17, 3.76 ERA, 1.14 WHIP
It has been vintage Arroyo. He hasn't got rocked bad yet this year, and has a very impressive 1.14 WHIP. His pitch counts have been ridiculously low.
Homer Bailey: B-
4-13, 3.83 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Homer has been pretty good, but has received a lot of luck. Outside a really bad start in St. Louis, he has been dominate.
Mike Leake: C-
9-9, 4.32 ERA, 1.49 WHIP
Leake is Leake.
Arolids Chapman: A-
34 Saves, 2.65 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
Chapman is Chapman. His usage is still puzzling to say the least though.
Shin-Soo Choo's NL Ranks:
.451 OBP (1st), 36.0 Runs Created (1st), 29 Runs (t-1st), 25 BB (t-2nd), .998 OPS (4th), 18 Extra-Base Hits (t-5th), 10 Doubles (t-8th), 43 Hits (t-8th), .547 SLG (9th), 7 HR (t-12th).
Several of the Reds reserves have been really solid thus far:
Xavier Paul: .276/.391/.431, 2 HR, 10 RBI
Jack Hannahan: .258/.343/.323, 0 HR, 4 RBI
Derrick Robinson: .304/.448/.304, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Donald Lutz: .316/.316/.474, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Ryan Hanigan returned from the DL on Friday, sending Corky Miller down.
Johnny Cueto made a rehab start for Dayton on Thursday, going: 3.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 50 pitches. Cueto is slated to make at least one more rehab start before joining the Reds rotation.
Chris Heisey will start a rehab stint with AA-Pensacola on Monday. He should be back to the majors soon.
Manny Parra will join Heisey in AA-Pensacola on Monday, and begin his own rehab stint.
Ryan Ludwick will still be out to around the All-Star break, borrowing any setbacks.
Nick Masset is on the 60 day DL now. He hasn't pitched since 2011.
The Reds will start a 9-game road trip on Tuesday, starting in Miami. This trip should however give the Reds a chance to improve on their 6-10 road record, as the Reds will face the three bottom-feeders in the NL East (Marlins, Phillies, and Mets).
|Central||W||L||PCT||GB||WCGB||L10||STRK||HOME||ROAD||LAST GAME||NEXT GAME|
|St. Louis||23||13||.639||-||-||8-2||L1||9-6||14-7||5/12 vs COL, L 2-8||5/13 vs NYM, 7:05 PM|
|Cincinnati||22||16||.579||2.0||+0.5||7-3||W3||16-6||6-10||5/12 vs MIL, W 5-1||5/14 @ MIA, 7:10 PM|
|Pittsburgh||21||16||.568||2.5||-||6-4||W3||10-7||11-9||5/12 @ NYM, W 3-2||5/13 vs MIL, 7:05 PM|
|Milwaukee||15||20||.429||7.5||5.0||1-9||L4||10-11||5-9||5/12 @ CIN, L 1-5||5/13 @ PIT, 7:05 PM|
|Chi Cubs||15||22||.405||8.5||6.0||4-6||W2||7-11||8-11||5/12 @ WSH, W 2-1||5/13 vs COL, 8:05 PM|
|Wild Card Teams||W||L||PCT||WCGB||WCE #||L10||STRK||LAST GAME||NEXT GAME|
|Cincinnati||22||16||.579||+0.5||-||7-3||W3||5/12 vs MIL, W 5-1||5/14 @ MIA, 7:10 PM|
|Pittsburgh||21||16||.568||-||-||6-4||W3||5/12 @ NYM, W 3-2||5/13 vs MIL, 7:05 PM|
|Arizona||21||17||.553||0.5||125||6-4||L2||5/12 vs PHI, L 2-4||5/13 vs ATL, 9:40 PM|
|Colorado||20||17||.541||1.0||125||4-6||W1||5/12 @ STL, W 8-2||5/13 @ CHC, 8:05 PM|
|Washington||20||17||.541||1.0||125||7-3||L2||5/12 vs CHC, L 1-2||5/13 @ LAD, 10:10 PM|
|Philadelphia||18||21||.462||4.0||121||5-5||W2||5/12 @ ARI, W 4-2||5/14 vs CLE, 7:05 PM|