Reds are now 74-76, 13 games behind Brewers and 7.5 games behind Cards, firmly in third place. Remarkably, this was the sixth consecutive stretch of 5-5 play by the Reds -- a true .500 team. Reds are 40-35 at home, 34-41 on the road, plus 33 in the run differential department. Reds are one of only six teams in the NL in the plus column on run differential.
Fair amount of playing time for Alonso and Francisco, decent amount for Sappelt, Frazier, Mesoraco, occasional appearances for some pitchers up from AAA. Volquez getting a shot with Reds using six starters. Rolen may be done for the year after long injury layoff.
Offense - Reds team OPS is now .741, third best in the NL. Last year, Reds were at .774, first in NL. Current OPS shows improvement from last report as does SLG number (improved to .415). OBP steady at .328. BA steady at .259. Reds lead NL in homers at 175, but 11th in doubles with 243. GABP at work, I think.
Reds fifth most walks in the NL with 495. Reds second in NL in HBP with 60. Reds 12th in NL in stolen bases with 87 with 66 percent success rate (near NL bottom). Reds tied for fourth-fifth in league in sacrifices. Reds ninth-tenth in the league with 38 sac flies.
Reds with .86 ground ball/fly ball ratio, meaning that Reds are fly ball oriented offensively. This ratio is on the fly ball part of the spectrum - St. Louis, for example, has a .98 ratio which is on the ground ball end of the spectrum. Philly is tied with the Reds on the fly ball end of the spectrum, and Mets and DBacks are even more fly ball prone.
Reds have grounded into 88 double plays, an excellent number, second fewest in the league. Reds have 435 extra base hits, sixth in the league.
Reds OBA is .324, third in NL. Reds wRC+ is 99, fourth best in NL.
Some individual stats as we approach the end of season - Votto with 95 RBI, Bruce with 92. Votto with .319 BA and .978 OPS. Remarkable hitter. Votto with 98 runs scored, Stubbs with 91. Stubbs with 37 steals. Stubbs with 193 Ks. Votto with 105 walks. Phillips with .296 BA. Alonso, with 72 at bats, with 1.048 OPS. Francisco, trying to set world's distance record, hit 502 foot homer.
Pitching - Reds team ERA continues to slide now 4.15, 12th in the NL. Last year was 4.01, seventh in the league. Starters now at 4.42 ERA, slightly worse than last time, and 13th in the NL. Bullpen at 3.63, continues to slide.
Reds bullpen WHIP is 1.32, tied for twelth-thirteenth in the NL. Reds pen is dead last in NL in Ks per nine innings, at 7.65. Reds pen is also dead last in the NL in K/BB, with a 1.88 ratio. Reds bullpen save percentage is 63 percent, among the league's worst. Deterioration of bullpen over the course of the season should be a major concern for the FO.
Reds with 4.34 FIP, worst in the NL. Reds with 4.09 xFIP next to worst in the NL.
Cueto at 9-5, 2.31 ERA and 1.09 WHIP injured lat and questionable if will return this year. Vying for the NL ERA crown, but may fall short of innings. He has 104 strikeouts and 47 walks, only 8 homers allowed in 24 starts.
Leake, done for the year due to innings compiled (167.2) with 12-9 record, 1.17 WHIP, 118 Ks, 38 walks. Excellent season for him.
Bailey at 4.43. Bailey with a good WHIP at 1.26. Willis now at 5.04 ERA with 0-6 record. Arroyo at 8-11 and 5.28. Arroyo with 40 homers allowed, leads MLB. According to ESPN, among "qualified" MLB pitchers, Arroyo with highest OPS against, at .867, and also .533 SLG against.
Cordero (.96), Bray (1.02), and Lecure (1.08) with excellent WHIPs. Ondrusek slipped to 1.34 and Masset at 1.57. Arredondo, looking good lately, at 4-4, 3.00 ERA, 1.35 WHIP. Chapman at 4.00 ERA, 4-1 W-L, 1.36 WHIP.
Fielding - Reds second in the NL in UZR trailing only DBacks. Reds DER according to MLB.com tied for best in NL. Reds now with 85 errors, seventh fewest in NL, and have .985 FPCT. Reds trail only DBacks in throwing out stealing baserunners, with 64.3 rate. Reds with very low 5 passed balls this year. Reds with 135 double plays made, fourth best in NL.