In the 6 games since the All-Star break (I know, small sample size), the four Reds players who went to Phoenix are all under-performing.
Phillips: .053/.100/.211 for an OPS of .311, with 1 HR.
Votto: .217/.240/.304 for an OPS of .544, with 0 HRs.
Bruce: .235/.381/.235 for an OPS of .616, with 0 HRs.
Rolen: .273/.333/.364 for an OPS of .697 with 0 HRs.
It makes me wonder whether the team wouldn't have been better served by not having these four selected. Rest might have done them all more good than going to Phoenix and playing. I am glad they get today off, and hopefully soon they will all retrun to form.
With these four slumping in the last week, it is no accident that the Reds haven't been scoring many runs. Who would have expected that in a three game road trip to Pittsburgh, if our pitchers gave up a total of four runs in three games, that we would lose two of three.