Thursday, May 10, 2012

Who's hot and who's not right now

Johnny Cueto is among several
Cincy players who are heating up in May
The month of April can be deceiving in many ways as it relates to the performance of MLBers. Players can get off to hot starts only to fizzle out in the remaining five months of the season. Or on the other hand, a player may also labor through a rough April only to turn it on as the weather gets warmer.

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.
Hot:
- 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.

Not:
- 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.

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