The Reds have some good things going, great bullpen, pretty good starting pitching. Even the team's slugging percentage is about league average, sixth in the NL, a bit disappointing but certainly not terrible.
But the Reds team OBP is .302, next to last in the league, and against righty pitching it is worse. In looking at the walks component of this OBP, we see the Reds with team walks of 106, in 12th place in the league.
This number isn't good (four NL teams have over 130 walks) but 106 isn't shockingly low.
Until you focus on the fact that 34 of the Reds' 106 are walks to Joey Votto.
This means that the rest of the team has only 72 walks in 35 games. Bruce and Cozart each have 10 walks, nobody else is in double figures. A few guys have 7.
Is this a function of the manager/hitting coach's approach? Is it just that the Reds have a bunch of free swingers (in the baseball sense)? Do others feel, as I do, that the walks to Joey Votto aren't that productive, I'd rather see him get pitches to hit? Will these numbers just improve naturally?
I thought it might be interesting to discuss the Reds' OBP problems as a separate thread. If this aspect of the team's game improved, it could really boost the offense.