Team went 4-6 during last stretch, now 31-29. 14-14 at home, 17-15 on the road. 257 runs scored and 252 allowed. Votto, Volquez, EE all still out. Reds pitched superbly during this stretch but the offense, which had been improving, simply collapsed.
Offense -- Reds scored 30 runs over the last ten games, but nine were in one outing vs. Cards. So team scored 21 over 9 games, barely over 2 per game. OPS had been up to .742, ninth in league, last time. Now, it's .713 and fourteenth in the NL. League average OPS is .736. Only SD and SF with worse OPS numbers. Against lefty pitching, Reds OPS is .708 - and Reds lineup is mostly right handed.
Reds team OBP is .320 tied for 14-15th in league with SD. SLG had been above league average at .412 last time, now has fallen to .395, below league average of .404. BA is .247 down from .256.
Some OPS numbers for starting players -- Gonazalez .581, Taveras .583, Hernandez .670. Some other starting player stats -- Hairston OBP is .302. Bruce OBP is .300, BA is .211. Rosales, a fill in but now with 128 PA, OPS of .611.
Gomes with OPS of .940 and Hanigan with .397 OBP and .310 BA deserve high praise for not being swept up in the tide of these offensive woes. Phillips and Nix with OPSs around .850.
Pitching -- Team ERA had slipped back over 4.00 previously, but came on strong in most recent ten. Team ERA is third best in NL at 3.85, trailing only LA and SF who play in more pitcher friendly stadiums. Overall ERA improvement resulted from starters' ERA improvement from 4.38 to 4.07, now sixth best in league. Bullpen ERA essentially unchanged, now 3.36 from previous 3.40. BAA for Reds pitching fourth best in league at .246. Reds lead the NL in save percentage with 80 percent.
Reds have five relievers with ERAs of 2.50 or less, Massett, Rhodes, Cordero, Herrera, Weathers. Cueto at 6-3 with 2.33 is staff ace. Harang ERA at 3.74 after two good outings. Arroyo, Owings and (fill in) Maloney all at 5.00 or better.
Fielding -- Reds have best DER in the National League. Team did make 8 errors in the last stretch, now with 43 and a .981 FPCT, slightly worse than last time.
Need to generate some offense.