From Monday's Post article by C. Trent:
"Once again, the Reds struggled late. They didn't score in the last three innings of any of the four games against the Mets. This season the Reds' three lowest-scoring innings (not including extra innings) are the seventh, eighth and ninth (38, 37 and 29 runs).
"It seems like in the past, the late innings - that's when we'd get good at-bats. We're not doing that right now," said Adam Dunn, who hit a solo home run in the fourth inning Sunday but grounded out to first to start the ninth. "It seems like people are swinging early in the counts and trying to win it with one swing. We haven't been patient like we have been in the past."
The Reds are 2-37 when trailing after seven innings this season and 1-47 when trailing after eight innings." ).
I agree. Nice to see Dunn recognnize this. Last year it felt like the Reds always had a chance to win a close game. This year, they just roll over and die. While maybe it's partly 'bad luck', it seems like there is simply a lack of competitive fire.
A few other interesting facts, some of which others have mentioned, from THIS MLB standings site:
In 1 run games, the Reds are 12-15.
In extra inning games, the Reds are 4-6.
Reds actual record: 37-55
Reds expected (pythag) record: 43-49
vs. left handed starters: 12-22
vs. right handed starters: 25-33
Overall team stats:
Batting: .251/.320/.430 w/131 HRs(#1 in MLB)
Starting Pitching: 26-36, 4.73 ERA, 1.40 WHIP
Relief Pitching: 11-19, 4.76 ERA, 1.47 WHIP
A stat I couldn't find: team RISP...what is the Reds team average with runners in scoring position compared to MLB average RISP? Anyone?