Monday, April 30, 2012

Reds Week in Review 4/23 to 4/29

The Reds over the past week welcomed in the Giants for a three game series followed by the Astros for a three game series. It was a week that saw the team win both of the three game series' and was a week that saw the guys have a winning record overall during the week. Let's take a look at how the past week was for Dusty and the gang. 

Record For The Week: 4-2
Overall Record: 11-11
Standings: The Reds currently sit in second place in the Central -- three games back of the first place Cardinals. 

Highs of the Week: 
- Todd Frazier in limited time over the past week went 3-for-7 at the plate with a triple and an RBI. 
- Jay Bruce had a monster week hitting .476 with four home runs and ten RBI. Bruce could be a candidate for NL Player of the Week.
- Scott Rolen even with the low batting average over the week of .227, hit his first two home runs of the season with a total of six RBI. 
- The offense as a whole had five regular position players hit .290 or higher over the past week. 
- The pitching staff as a whole had a great week. The ERA as a whole for the entire staff was 2.57. They struck out 50 and walked 19. 

Lows of the Week:
- Bill Bray got put on the DL this week, but rookie reliever JJ Hoover was brought up to take his place and made his major league debut on Wednesday night. 
- Mike Leake had a terrible outing on Friday night against the Giants going 3 2/3 innings giving up six runs (3 earned) for an ERA of 7.36. 
- Zack Cozart had a really rough week outside of Sunday hitting just .174 in 23 at bats. He had no home runs and no RBI. 
- Ryan Ludwick hit .188 throughout the week but did have a home run and an RBI. 

Look Ahead to Next Week:
- The Reds will welcome a fellow division rival in the Chicago Cubs (8-14) to GABP on Tuesday for a three game series which will then be followed by a three game road trip to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates (9-12). Those are two teams the Reds match up well against and on paper should beat. 
- Miguel Cairo could come off the DL at some point this week. We'll see what happens when the time comes, but with the success overall that Frazier has had, although limited, it appears he has a chance to stay. Willie Harris has not had much success so far so could be a possibility to be the one gone when Cairo returns. 

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