Sunday, May 27, 2012

25 Reds facts that will blow your mind

Baseball is a game full of numbers, statistics and other often dubious figures that help us measure the performance of a given player or team. And while they don't always tell the true story of what's going on, they're sure fun to research and toss around.

With that in mind, here are 25 Reds-related facts (14 good, 10 bad, & 1 notable) that'll likely knock your socks or stirrups off:

The good:

- Aroldis Chapman hasn't allowed an earned run since 9/10/11 at Colorado.

- The Reds are tied with two other NL clubs for the most homers produced in the seventh inning or later (20) this season.

- The Reds haven't lost a game played on Sunday all year long (7-0).

- Cincy's record in series finales in 2012 is far the best mark in MLB.

- Only Atlanta (24) has committed fewers errors this year than Cincinnati's 25. By comparison, San Francisco has committed a league-worst 49--nearly double the Reds' total.

- The Reds have won three straight affairs played on a Monday after losing 11 out of 12 dating back to last June.

- With their 4-game sweep of Atlanta this week, Cincinnati has now won 17 of the last 23 games versus the Braves at GABP.

- Dusty Baker's bunch has the third-best record in the league despite having only the seventh-best run differential (+5).

- Cincinnati's bullpen is rocking the second-best ERA (2.61) of any NL squad this year.

- They're also second among all NL 'pens in strikeouts (154).

- No team in the NL has plated more runs during daytime games in '12 than the Reds' 97.

- Perhaps not coincidentally, no NL team has more daytime wins either (15).

- Opposing offenses are batting just .212 in the seventh inning or later against Reds pitching in '12.

- Mat Latos is a completely different pitcher in May than he is in April/March. In his career he's 9-3 with a 2.40 ERA and 1.066 WHIP in May including a 2-0 mark and 2.35 ERA during this month. Conversely, he's 2-8 with a 5.73 ERA and 1.472 WHIP in his lifetime starts in April/March.

The not so good:

- Entering Saturday, the Reds had lost 24 of their previous 30 contests against Colorado including 10 of their last 13.

- The Reds are hitting .197 with RISP this season. That's the worst of any team in the league.

- The Reds are sporting a .291 OBP with RISP this season. That's also the worst of any team in the league.

- No team in the league has attempted fewer stolen bases at home in 2012 than Cincy with 12.

- They've successfully stolen nine of those 12 attempts, although that's tied for the fewest at home as well.

- The Reds are one of only two teams in the NL yet to have a pinch-hit home run this year. *Edit: Ryan Ludwick ended the drought with a 3-run dinger off the bench on Saturday night.* Ironically, they led the league with eight in 2011.

- Only the Chicago Cubs (70) have scored fewer runs in night games this year than Cincinnati's 77.

- The Reds are tied with San Diego for the second-fewest nightime victories among the league with 10. The Cubs have only six.

- Reds third basemen are producing a .170 average with a .226 OBP this season. Both rank as the worst among 3B production among NL clubs.

- The leadoff spot for the Reds has scored 18 runs, notched 34 hits, and a .172/.208/.278 line. All five rank as the worst among leadoff production in the league.

The notable:

- Former Reds Josh Hamilton (TEX), Adam Dunn (CHW), and Edwin Encarnacion (TOR) currently lead the American League in both homers and RBI.

It would sure be nice to still have this guy around
*All stats are accurate as of mid-day Saturday.*

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