Saturday, June 16, 2012

Stacking up the Reds from rankings, records, and stats



Thanks in part to their current 4-game winning streak, Cincinnati continues to put some space between themselves and all other teams in the NL Central Division standings. When you do that, you're likely to also put yourself among the league's elite group of teams. If you go by winning percentage alone, Dusty Baker's boys are the third-best team in the league, and sixth overall in MLB at 36-27 (.571).

The Reds ranked 9th in ESPN's latest MLB Power Rankings (released on 6/11), 8th in CBS Sports' (released on 6/13), and 14th (???) in Fox Sports' (released on 6/12).

They currently nestle in at 6th (.521) in ESPN's RPI measurement -- which is a basic formula that consists of 25% winning percentage, 50% opponents' average winning percentage, and 25% opponents' opponents' average winning percentage.

Their SOS (strength of schedule) ranks as the 12th-toughest in MLB at .504. On an interesting side note, the team with baseball's best record, the Los Angeles Dodgers, boast the worst SOS in MLB at .469.

Offensively, the Reds are 7th in the National League in runs scored (278), 9th in average (.252), 9th in OBP (.318), 4th in homers (74), last in stolen bases (29), and 9th in pinch-hits (20). On a brighter note, they lead the NL in runs (77), homers (21), OPS (.856), OBP (.361), and total bases (224) in June.

Pitching-wise, they own the league's 5th-best ERA (3.56), are 9th in quality starts (35), 7th in BAA (.251), 5th in WHIP (1.25), 6th in strikeouts (488) and have allowed the 4th-most homers any staff in the NL (68).

Defensively, they have committed the second-fewest errors (32), trailing only Arizona's 31. Their .986 fielding percentage is also second-best behind Arizona.

Cincinnati has gone 11 up and 10 down in games decided by one-run this season, and are 3-4 in extra inning affairs. They've posted a 20-13 record at home while tallying a 16-14 record on the road.

Their 18-8 mark in games played during the day is the best such mark in the majors. But as good as they've been in the sunlight, they're only 18-19 in games played under the lights. They must improve upon this as the year wears on, especially considering virtually all playoff games are played during the evening.

Coolstandings.com lists their latest percentage of making the playoffs at 72.9%. Don't ask me how they come up with that, but I believe I'd take those odds with great confidence.

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