Monday, May 14, 2012

Reds Week in Review 5/7 to 5/13

The Reds this past week played a total of six games with one off day on Thursday. Their first series was a matchup in Milwaukee against the division foe Brewers followed by a short three game home stand in which Bryce Harper and the Nationals came to town. Let's see how the past week went for the Redlegs.

Record for the Week: 3-3
Overall Record: 17-16
Standings: The Reds are currently in second place at 2.5 games back of the division leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Highs of the Week:
- Joey Votto had a monster week posting a .429 average over the last seven days. Over the past week Votto was 9-for-21 at the plate with 3 home runs and 8 RBI. The highlight of his week had to have been Mother's Day in which he hit all 3 of his home runs and had 6 RBI capped off with the walk off grand slam.
- The team has been looking for some production from the four hole hitter in Brandon Phillips. He had a pretty solid week with a .375 average and 2 RBI. He had a total of 9 hits and his average now stands at .252.
- Ryan Hanigan in his 14 at bats had 5 hits for a .357 average.
- Jay Bruce had 2 home runs and 8 RBI to go along with a .286 average.
- What can you say about Johnny Cueto? A true ace. Matched up against the Brewers on Wednesday and pitched 7 strong shutout innings while striking out five Milwaukee batters.
- The bullpen has been nothing short of amazing this season. Three relievers posted ERA's of 3.00 or lower this past week. Those three relievers being Alfredo Simon, Logan Ondrusek, and Aroldis Chapman.

Lows of the Week:
- Eight Reds position players over the past week had averages below .217. Devin Mesoraco in 7 at bats had zero hits.
- News came Saturday evening that third baseman Scott Rolen was placed on the 15-day DL. To replace Rolen they brought up infielder Mike Costanzo who made his major league debut on Sunday afternoon.
- Homer Bailey and Mike Leake both had horrendous starts. Bailey pitched Tuesday against Milwaukee pitching 3.2 innings and giving up 6 runs taking the loss. Leake pitched Friday against Washington pitching 3 innings and giving up 6 runs, also taking the loss.

Look Ahead to Next Week:
- The Reds will be on the road all this week with no off days. They travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves for two games followed by a two game series with the New York Mets. After that the Reds will stay in New York for an interleague series against the New York Yankees. This will be a tough week for the team as all three teams have winning records.

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