Originally Posted by oregonred
Down the right track. It's really been the #2, #7 and #8 slots (minus Mes) that have been killers. Depth is also a major factor in addition to not slotting enough AB's to Devin.
Think about this, the Reds have over 440AB's this season of sub .525 OPS and sub .250 OBP in Lutz, Izturis, Hannigan, Hanrahan, Heisey. That's averaging about 6AB's a game. This is due to Heisey way underperforming, Hannigan's regression and way too many unplanned AB's for the rest.
Cozart is at ~.700 OPS taking out April. While not helping the cause, he's not a killer especially at SS when he is placed deep in the order where he belongs.
Ok, but does all this account for the huge disparity in record between opponents with .500 or better records and those below .500?
Reds have some lineup problems and bullpen problems. But I don't think any other team in baseball has such a disparity in its record against the two categories of opponents.