Reds go 4-6 on tough road trip before All-Star Break ending with gut-wrenching 4-game sweep by Phillies. Team is now 49-41. Reds lead the Central by 1 game, was a 1.5 lead last time. 437 runs for, 392 runs against. Reds now 27-19 at home, 22-22 on road.
Hanigan back for Hernandez, on DL. Wood (near perfect game) and Maloney in rotation with Harang and Bailey now both on DL. Volquez expected back after break. Rolen, Phillips, Rhodes and Votto (final fan vote winner) to ASG.
Offense - Team OPS dropped from .785 to .779, still first in league. Team SLG (.441) and BA (.272) still lead NL, OBP dropped to third in the NL at .338. All these stats a bit lower. Reds still lead league in hits and runs, now 2nd in homers.
Gomes and Votto with 60 RBI at ASB, Rolen with 57. Phillips with tough series in Phil, now has BA of .294. Votto OPS at ASB is 1.011 to lead NL. Also leads in OBP, SLG, and tied for league lead (with Dunn) at 22 homers. Votto 6th in NL in BA. OCabrera with .612 OPS, Stubbs at .709.
Pitching - Team ERA has improved over 20 games from 4.53 to 4.19, now 11th best in the NL. Starters ERA is now 4.09, ninth in NL, was 4.32 last time. Pen ERA improved slightly from 4.51 to 4.48, 12th in NL.
Arroyo, Cueto and Leake combined 23-7 at the ASB with ERAs of 4.04 for Arroyo, 3.53 for Leake, and 3.42 for Cueto. Cordero with 24 saves in 30 chances, 4.20 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 34 Ks and 22 BBs in 40.2 innings.
Fielding - 35 errors (SD has fewer, 33), tied with best FPCT at .990. DER according to MLB.com has improved to 6th best in the NL.