Lost in the season of bullpen meltdowns, poor streaks from starters, lousy defense and curious managerial decisions is a substandard offense that hasn't really gotten enough blame for the Reds problems so far in 2007. The Reds have amazingly slugged pretty well. Of the 10 players with 100 plate appearances through June 1, six have a slugging % higher than .475 (Griffey, Dunn, Hamilton, Gonzalez, Phillips and Hatteberg). The problem is that the team simply doesn't get on base enough. Through June 1, 282 players in major league baseball have 100 or more plate appearances. Those players range in on base percentage from .495 (Barry Bonds) to .230 (Jason Kendall). In the middle of the pack at number 141 sits Josh Bard with an OBP of .338.
Looking at the list, the Reds have 3 players in the top half and 7 players in the bottom half of those rankings.
Beyond that, the team has been caught stealing 14 times (4th most of 30 teams) and picked-off 7 others (Tied for 7th most -Ryan Freel with 6 CS and 4 PO so far), and hit into 54 Double Plays (11th of 30 Teams) and 1 Triple Play (one of only 2 teams to hit into one).Code:Rank Name OBP 22 Griffey 0.397 43 Hatteberg 0.387 107 Dunn 0.352 145 Hamilton 0.336 154 Conine 0.333 156 Encarnacion 0.331 157 Phillips 0.331 181 Gonzalez 0.319 196 Freel 0.313 271 Ross 0.266
The Reds are 5th in the NL in Runs scored so far, but that is deceiving playing in GABP. This team simply makes too many outs IMO and players who are more successful at getting on base are needed. The outs on the bases need to stop as well.