Over the last nine games, the Reds have scored 37 runs or an average of 4.1 runs per game. That's shocking.
A couple of things come to mind. First, Ryan Freel is proving why he is not an everyday player. In this stretch, Ryan is 9-39 (.231). He looks tired and plays tired. The Reds also have hit a power shortage. In the nine games, the Reds have hit 6 HR's, most of them coming from guys you don't expect. Dunn has 2, which you would expect, but the surprising stat is Aurilia's 2. EdE has one and Ross has one. Lopez, Kearns, and others have been silent.
The good news is the 23 runs allowed by the Reds' pitching (2.56). For once the pitching staff is carrying the Reds.
Tonight, the staff gave up 3 runs which normally would be a no-brainer win. Trouble was we didn't score. Over the nine games, the Reds are 7-2, which is good, but we had better hope the power shortage and the leadoff position come on strong if we want to continue at the top of the standings.
Note: It's been an amazing season so far and the makeup of this team has changed so much. I am very happy with the results, but with our iffy pitching staff I think we need more offense. Someone tell me why I should not be concerned.