|No game today?|
Today is a rather strange day for the first-place Cincinnati Reds (58-40). The reason for this is they aren't playing a baseball game. Yes, it is indeed a well-deserved and much-needed off day for the club -- their first in two weeks and their last for another 18 days. So, while the players relish in their treasured day of relaxation, the fans are left to fill the void of their beloved Reds' absence.
Luckily for you, we don't take any days off here at Redlegs Review. Instead, I thought today would be an excellent time for some reflection. You know, a time to kick back and examine the state of the team -- where they stand and where they're headed.
With that in mind, here are some interesting stats and notes I've dug up for your off-day enjoyment. Go crazy, folks.
+ Red-hot: The Reds are currently hotter than a firecracker. Their comeback victory on Wednesday pushed their winning streak to a season-high seven games. Furthermore, they've won 14 of their last 16 contests dating back to before the All-Star Break.
+ Homefield advantage? Cincy is tied with Washington for the most wins in the National League. However, the Nats have one fewer loss which gives them the edge for the league's best record, percentage-wise (.598). If they keep this momentum going, they may be enjoying homefield advantage at GABP throughout the postseason.
+ Fun in the Sun: No NL team has more wins during the day (24) than the Reds do. No team has a higher winning percentage during the day either (69%).
+ Soft schedule: 24 of their upcoming 27 games are against teams with a losing record. The schedule couldn't line up any better for them. Seriously, it couldn't unless they played the Astros 27 times.
+ No Votto, no problem: Dusty Baker's club is 8-2 since Joey Votto went on the disabled list. I didn't see that coming, did you?
+ Cy Cueto: Entering play on Thursday, Johnny Cueto led all of MLB in ERA (2.23) and is second behind Detroit's Justin Verlander (5.1) in Wins Above Replacement (4.5)
+ Nearing a milestone: Scott Rolen's next appearance in a game will be the 2,000th for his illustrious career.
+ Whiffff: 31 of the last 40 outs recorded by Aroldis Chapman have been via strike out. Furthermore, The Cuban Missile has 90 Ks in just 47.2 IP this season. That's dominance at its finest.
+ Playoffs? The Reds' updated odds to make the playoffs is 88.9%, according to Coolstandings.com. By comparison, the Cubs, Padres and Rockies all have odds of 0.1%. Ouch.
+ Pitcher of the Month: In five starts this month, Homer Bailey is 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He could very well be 5-0 had it not been for a blown save on Wednesday. He should get a chance to notch his fifth win of the month though when he takes the hill next Tuesday versus San Diego.
+ Rookies of the Year: Todd Frazier ranks second among league rookies in homers (10), RBI (33), OPS (.872), XBH (30) and slugging (.529) and is third in average (.283). Zack Cozart leads all NL rookies in hits (90), total bases (146), multi-hit games (26) and runs (51), and ranks second in doubles (22) and homers (10). They'll both likely at least finish in the top five at season's end, and perhaps even one of them will snatch the honor away from Babe Ruth, errrr I mean Bryce Harper.
+ Mile High nightmares: Cincinnati rolls into Denver this weekend for a 3-game set against the lowly Rockies. But don't think it's going to be a cakewalk. The Reds have lost 24 of their previous 32 games against COL, including 12 of their past 13 at Coors Field. Expect a dog fight.