Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Reviewing the good and bad for the Reds during the month of June

June has come and gone for the Reds and it leaves us to reflect upon the events and happenings that transpired during the month. Here's a quick overview of the notable good and bad from June -- a month in which saw Cincy post a 15-12 record.

The Good:
- The offense ranked among the top five in the league in average (.265), on-base percentage (.332), slugging (.444), homers (34), doubles (57), and runs scored (127).
- They led the entire National League in sacrifices with 13.
- The pitching staff racked up four complete games -- tied for tops in the NL with the New York Mets.
- Cincinnati gunned down 55% of attempted base stealers (12/22). That was the highest percentage of any club in the majors.
- Reds hurlers demonstrated excellent command during June. They recorded the second-highest K/BB ratio (3.37) of any staff in the league, trailing only Arizona's 4.02.
- Joey Votto led the league in average (.392), OBP (.487), doubles (11), XBH (17), and runs scored (20).
- Sean Marshall tallied a 0.77 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, one save and four holds in 13 appearances.
- Johnny Cueto made five starts and earned the win in four of 'em. His ERA was a tidy 1.72 for the month.
- The Reds put together a six-game winning streak from the 12th-17th. The last three of those came in a sweep of the Mets in New York.
- Dusty Baker's bunch is still in first place.
- The attendance at home increased dramatically as oppose to the prior two months, especially on weekdays.

The Bad:
- Only the Brewers blew more saves during the month. The Reds blew five (MIL-6).
- Devin Mesoraco sputtered to a .184 average (7-38) with only one homer and one RBI. He went down on strikes 11 different times.
- Aroldis Chapman can no longer be viewed as invincible. He posted an 0-4 record and 6.97 ERA in 11 outings.
- Homer Bailey went 1-3 in five starts. His WHIP was 1.63 and his ERA was 6.00.
- The Redlegs were swept away by the Indians in a 3-game series in Cleveland from the 18th-20th.
- They dropped two of three at home versus the Minnesota Twins on the 22nd-24th. The Twins currently own the AL's worst record.

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