Reds went 6-4, now trail Brewers by 5.5 games in third place in Central with 9-11 record. Reds +14 run differential one of better marks in NL, second to Brewers in Central. Reds 4-5 at home and 5-6 on road. Reds 2-7 in one run games, one of worst marks in MLB. No extra innings games as yet. ESPN ExWL (expected won-lost based on run differential) for Reds is 12-8. Reds' injured players continue to return, Sean Marshall back and Partch down.
Offense - Reds spike in OPS now third in NL with .732. Reds also third in BA .262 and OBP .326. Reds fourth in SLG at .406. Reds tied for 7th-8th in runs scored with 83, so OPS hasn't yet quite translated to high level of runs scored. Reds with 20 homers which is 7th-8th with Pirates leading NL at 27. Reds obviously with more steals this year, second in NL with 20 (trail LA). Reds wRC+ is 103 third in NL. Reds position player WAR (including defense and base running) second in NL at 4.4, trailing Rockies.
Reds catchers with complete turnaround so far Mesoraco with 37 ABs and 1.517 OPS and .541 BA. Pena with 30 ABs and .845 OPS. Mes tied for team league with Bruce with 12 RBI, despite Mes only playing in half the team's games. Votto at .922 OPS with near usual OBP level, .422, and a .500 SLG, hitting .292 BA. Bruce and Frazier both over .800 OPS with, respectively, .817 and .815. Then drop down to lower .700s (Heisey .732, Ludwick .728). Phillips with .644 OPS, Hamilton .532, Cozart .428.
Hamilton with 8 steals so far adding new dimension to Reds baseball. Votto 17 Ks, 15 BBs; Bruce 19 Ks, 14 BBs; Frazier 14 Ks, 9 BBs; Ludwick 15 Ks, 4 BBs; Phillips 20 Ks, 2 BBs; Hamilton 17 Ks, 3 BBs; Cozart 10 Ks, 1 BB. Running total of Cozart/Heisey PAs to BBs -- so far, combined 109 PAs and 2 BBs.
Pitching - Tale of two pitching staffs. Starting staff with 8-7 W-L record and fifth best (NL) 2.75 ERA. Bullpen with 1-4 W-L record and league worst 5.77 ERA. Overall staff with 8th best 3.50 ERA (NL). Overall BAA is .224 fourth lowest in NL. Overall team pitching K rate is 7.78 per nine innings, fourth from lowest in NL. Overall walk rate 3.56 per nine, only DBack allowing more. Overall team FIP is second highest in NL at 4.36. xFIP a bit better at 3.80, fourth highest. Pitching WAR (Fangraphs) for Reds is 12th in NL at 0.2.
Reds relievers have lowest pitching WAR in NL at -1.0, highest FIP 5.73, highest xFIP 4.87, 9th highest LOB rate at 74.1%; lowest K rate at 7.21; highest BB rate of 5.56. Thankfully for Reds bullpen innings pitched is fewest in NL at 43.2. Bullpen ERAs on current staff include Hoover 13.50, Ondrusek 11.25, Christiani 4.70, Parra 4.66. Lecure with 1.13. Among qualified starters, Simon at 0.86 ERA tied for second best in NL, Cueto with 1.38 is fifth best in NL and two complete games. Cueto leads NL in CGs and innings pitched.
Fielding -- Reds second in NL in UZR rating with 9.3, have fewest errors in NL with 8, highest FPCT with .989, and best DER (MLB.com) in NL at .734.