Friday, June 1, 2012

Recapping May: Rankings, notables and high points for the Redlegs

Aided by the strength of a 6-game winning streak, the Reds managed to post the second-best record in the National League during May, trailing only Miami's gaudy mark of 21-8. They were also able to overcome a 3.5 game deficit to begin the month to take over sole possession of first place with a 1.5 game lead by the end of it.

Here's a breakdown on notable stats, facts and rankings for Dusty Baker's crew from the month that was, including their overall tallies for each category in parenthesis:

Record: 17-11 (28-20)
RS: 114 (201)
RA: 94 (184)
Differential: +20 (+17)
Home: 8-4 (15-9)
Road: 9-7 (13-13)

NL rankings per category including their total for that category during the month:

Runs - T-10th (114)
HR - T-3rd (34)
AVG - 14th (.242)
SB - 16th (11)
PH - T-8th (17)

ERA - 2nd (3.29)
SO - 5th (226)
WHIP - 2nd (1.24)
K/BB - 2nd (3.01)
SV% - 3rd (90.00)
BB - 2nd (75)

Player notables:
- Joey Votto led the league in walks (23), runs created per 27 outs (12.84), and BB/PA (.198), and ranked second in doubles (12) and OBP (.483). He led all NL first basemen in homers (6), extra base hits (18), runs scored (18) and runs created (29.0).
- Aroldis Chapman was one of three relievers in MLB to not allow an earned run including the only one to do so in the NL (min 13.0 IP).
- Bronson Arroyo surrendered the second-most hits of any pitcher in the league (47), trailing only St. Louis' Kyle Lohse (49).
- Alfredo Simon notched a K/BB ratio of 12.00--the 4th-best among all NL relievers.
- Mat Latos posted the 5th-best BAA (.196) among all NL starting pitchers.
- Drew Stubbs led the team with seven steals and 31 strikeouts.

- 6-game winning streak over NYY, ATL from 5/19-5/24.
- Votto's 3-homer, 8-RBI day on 5/13 (Mother's Day) vs WSH that included a walk-off grand slam.
- Homer Bailey hurls a 4-hit, 1-run complete game victory vs PIT on 5/29.
- A 6-1 homestand from 5/21-5/27 over COL and ATL that included the first 4-game sweep over the Braves in Cincinnati since 1980.

All in all, it was a pretty good month. Let's hope the Redlegs can carry their momentum from May into the days of June.

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