|Johnny Cueto is among several|
Cincy players who are heating up in May
There will undoubtedly be highs and lows throughout the course of a 162-game schedule, but how a player performs in May is usually a decent indicator of how he'll perform the rest of the way.
Here are some Reds who are currently excelling during the month and some that are most certainly not.
- Jay Bruce: A week removed from winning NL Player of the Week honors in late-April, Bruce has carried over his momentum into May. The native Texan is batting .300 (9-30) with 6 XBH (3 HR), 6 RBI, and 5 RS. His 10 HR ties him with two others for second-most in the National League. His .987 OPS is good enough for fifth.
- Drew Stubbs: The former Texas Longhorn is off to a good start this month. He's hitting .310 (9-29) with 5 XBH (2 HR), 3 RBI, 6 RS, and 2 SB. Stubbs has a team-high six stolen bags on the young campaign.
- Johnny Cueto: The Reds ace is 1-0 with a tidy 0.56 ERA in two starts. He's allowed just 12 hits and a walk while striking out 9 over a span of 16 IP. Can anyone say 'Cy Young'?
- Aroldis Chapman: Chapman has quite literally been on fire all season long. But he's yet to permit a walk, hit, or run in three outings (3.1 IP) this month. His ERA for 2012 still stands at 0.00 through 14.1 IP.
- Logan Ondrusek: Not to be outdone by his Cuban teammate, Ondrusek has been pivotal to the bullpen's success as well. He's 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA for the month (and year) over three outings. He notched his first big league save on Wednesday.
- Mat Latos: Latos recorded a HUGE quality start on Sunday in his six innings of work. He held the Pirates to two hits and no runs while fanning a career-high 11 batters in a Reds victory.
- Homer Bailey: The enigmatic starter tossed in a clunker on Tuesday to contribute to his 8.38 ERA for the month (2 GS). He's allowed 15 hits and 9 runs (all earned) in his 9.2 frames of work. His recent woes have sparked the conversation of moving him to the 'pen in favor of Chapman, again.
- Scott Rolen: The 37-year old is showing his age lately. He has just 3 hits in his past 18 at-bats (.167) and is currently hitting .182/.247/.318 for the season.
- Chris Heisey: After hitting 18 homers in limited playing time in 2011, the scrappy Heisey has yet to homer at all in 2012. Furthermore, he's batting just .217 (5-23) with an OBP of .217 this month. He's currently hitting .215 overall.
- Ryan Ludwick: The 34-year old outfielder has one hit in 12 plate appearances during May. He has just one hit in his last 18 at-bats dating back to the end of April. His BA of .176 is the lowest on the team for anyone with 15 ABs or more.