6-4 stretch following ASB. Reds trail Cards by .5 games. Reds are 55-45, 31-22 at home and 24-23 road. Runs scored 482, runs allowed 428. Rolen out with injury most of this stretch, not on DL. Hernandez back from DL, Miller down. Maloney down, Volquez back in rotation. Fisher up for Owings.
Offense - Still good numbers, but some more slippage. Brewers now lead in OPS over Reds, .776 to .774. Reds OPS has dropped from .785 to .774 over last twenty games. Reds still lead NL in BA at .270. SLG slipped slightly to .438, just behind Brewers. OBP at .337, tied for second/third. Reds still lead NL in runs scored and hits.
In the ten games since the ASB, Reds have a .723 OPS, tenth in the NL. Other post-ASB stats are .257 (BA), .317 OBP, .407 SLG, all 9th-10th in NL.
Votto with OPS of 1.014, still going strong, Rolen and Hanigan with OPS at .902 and .862 respectively. But Phillips now at .796 OPS and Gomes at .786. Since the ASB, Phillips at .184 BA, Gomes with .229 BA. Bruce with .212 BA since ASB. Reds need Rolen back in lineup.
Pitching - Reds with 4.13 team ERA, slightly better than last time and continuing overall improvement as season progresses. Post- ASB team ERA is 3.64. Starting ERA is 4.11 as compared to 4.09 last time. Bullpen ERA improved from 4.48 to 4.22 with very good stretch in last ten games.
Cueto and Arroyo both with ten wins, Cueto having stellar year with 10-2 record and 3.19 ERA. Volquez 1-1 with high ERA - one good outing, one poor. Travis Wood is 0-2 but with 2.76 ERA in his first 32.2 innings, with 27 Ks and 9 BBs.
Cordero now with 27 of 33 saves and 3.83 ERA. Rookies Ondrusek and Smith with WHIPs, respectively, of 1.15 and 1.19 and with GO/AO ratios of 1.78 and 2.17, throwing lots of ground balls. Only Wood and Bray on current staff with a sub-1.00 GO/FO ratio (favoring fly ball outs).
Fielding - Reds with 40 errors, third least in NL, with .989 FPCT tied for second/third. Reds DER is now fourth in the NL according to MLB.com, continuing to improve.