I was reading my newest issue of Sports Illustrated and decided to share some stats they compiled on players/teams with best/worst performances after the All-Star break. I'm not going to list them all, I'll just pull out the Reds related ones.

Over the last four seasons....increase/decrease in teams' winning percentages:
Reds fifth worst in winning % falloff- .480 Before Break, .428 After Break = -.052 Decrease in winning percentage

Over the last four seasons....increase/decrease in pitchers' ERA:
Eric Milton at #10 in largest decrease in ERA - 5.62 Before Break, 4.82 After Break = -0.80 Decrease in ERA

FYI, Complete listings for both:
5 Best winning %'s after break (Astros, Athletics, Devil Rays, Twins, Giants)
5 Worst....(Orioles, Mariners, Tigers, Mets, Reds)

Top 10 Pitchers in Decreasing ERA
Andy Pettitte
Johan Santana
Glendon Rusch
Doug Davis
Greg Maddux
John Thomson
Mike Hampton
Kevin Millwood
John Lackey
Eric Milton

Bottom 10....
Nate Robertson
Woody Williams
Cliff Lee
Esteban Loaiza
Mark Redman
Tanyon Sturtze
Freddy Garcia
Jeff Suppan
Dontrelle Willis
Miguel Batista

- Take what you want out of this. At least we can be optimistic that Eric Milton will pitch better from here on out!