Re: The first 12 games of 2012 were worse...
Originally Posted by RichRed
I know that announcers like to hammer us with BATTING AVERAGE WITH RISP at every opportunity, but let's look at the numbers that matter a little more, at least in my opinion:
The Reds are tied for 1st in the NL with TOTAL number of baserunners - that's good.
The Reds are tied for 4th in the NL with number of baserunners scored - that's pretty good.
The Reds are tied for 8th in the NL in percentage of baserunners scored - that's exactly league average.
What I take away from this is that the Reds are getting a lot of runners on base but doing a mediocre - not terrible - job of getting them home. The other thing I take away from this is that we're only 12 games into the season so I'm not worried. I also don't care about BA or Ks with RISP because there are better stats we could look at.
Despite our woes with runners on base, we've scored the 6th most R/G in MLB. I still think us fans are having a hard time adjusting to this lower run scoring environment. Assuming health, the offense isn't going to be a problem -- especially once the timing issues even out. The LOB issue is essentially a function of having 4 guys who are hitting like mad and 4 who aren't hitting at all. A bit less on the extremes would be helpful. But if our pitching was doing its job, nobody would be worried.
Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.
Last edited by RedsManRick; 04-15-2013 at 06:15 PM.