Reds go 7-3, now at 37-33, .529 win percentage, 2.5 behind Brewers, 1.5 behind Cards, 1.5 ahead of Pirates as Central tightens. Reds plus 34 run differential best in division. Reds now 20-15 home, 17-18 road after good West Coast trip winning 5 of 7. Interleague section of the schedule about to begin.
Volquez returned from AAA, Reineke down. Bailey, Chapman, Lecure, all still recovering in minors.
Offense - Reds OPS steady at .737. Fourth best in the NL.
SLG now .400, fifth best in league, slight decline. OBP is .337, second in NL, slight improvement. Reds BA is .262, third in NL, slight improvement. Reds lead NL in runs, now fourth in NL in homers.
Few other stats: Reds have hit into 44 double plays, fewer than average (48) in NL. (Cards have hit into 78, very high.) Reds have 189 extra base hits, tied for seventh in league. Reds have hit the most fly balls in the NL with 1078. Reds have commanding lead in BA for pinch hitters in NL, at .337, although two AL clubs are over .400. Reds wRC+ (weighted runs created) is 101, same as last time, third in NL.
Bruce has slid back slightly, now hitting .282 with OPS of .886 (was .917 last time). Votto was 1.001, now is .975. Ramon H now at .896. Heisey at .772, Stubbs .762. Rolen now up to .703, hitting better with numbers starting to improve. Stubbs having good all around year, but with 92 Ks, leads MLB (Adam Dunn second). Votto with 56 walks leads the NL by large margin, second in MLB to Bautista.
Pitching - Reds team ERA has gone from 4.17 to 4.34 to 4.45 to 4.15. Big favorable jump with healthy pitchers returning and hitting stride. Reds still in 14th place in ERA with average team ERA in NL now at 3.79 (quite low). Only four NL teams with ERAs over 4 (Dodgers, Reds, Astros, Cubs). Reds starting ERA now 4.48, was 5.02, huge improvement.
Reds bullpen ERA now 3.57, ninth in NL, slightly worse than last time. Some bullpen stats: Bray, Masset, Ondrusek with workhorse seasons, respectively, 36, 35, and 34 games pitched (of 70 games overall). NL leaders have 37. Cordero with 14 of 16 save opportunities. Bray, Cordero, Ondrusek all below 2.00 ERA. Masset at 3.70, improving. Arredondo with 3.95 ERA and high WHIP of 1.68. Reds pen with total of 118 walks, worst in NL. Bullpen BAA is .233, seventh lowest in NL.
Reds team FIP is 4.26, second worst in NL, but improved from last time (4.39). Reds xFIP 4.04 is worst in NL.
Fielding - Reds have made 36 errors, tied for fifth fewest in NL, Phils and Nats best with 33. Reds .987 FPCT among best in NL. Reds DER (MLB.com) is third best in NL. Reds UZR of 20.7 best in NL. Renteria with six errors in 32 games played. Janish also with 6 but in 57 games. Nobody else with more than 3 (Bruce and Rolen).