Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
I believe they have the best fielding in the league while the Reds have the worst. It's got to be close to those 45 runs...
I'm not saying St Louis is great.
But compare the team pitching numbers
Cincy pitching allows: 270 BA against, 337 OBP against, 442 slg against (779 OPS)
ST Louis allows: 257 BA against, 319 OBP against, 401 SLG against (720 OPS)
The Reds simply allow more hits and more extra base hits. That's why they give up more runs. Strikeouts by pitchers are great, but as a whole, this team gives up a lot of hits and bases beyond HRs.
I think FIP is way overrated as "The" measuring stick. It makes a guy like Burton who sometimes strikes out a lot of people look a lot better than he really is. Because there's some days where Burton gets hit hard, which causes the opposition to score runs, regardless of how many K and BB he has.
Sure, the Reds defense could be better, but the truth is, we have some bad and mediocre pitching along with the good pitching..