Another month of the season is in the books and with it comes the hope and promise of another. But before we look ahead to the sunny month of July, let's reflect upon the month of June by handing out the hardware for the Redlegs Review Players of the Month:
Hitter of the month
Joey Votto - Votto continues to be the front runner for NL MVP honors after posting another solid month. He sported a slash line of .404/.500/.713 with 6 HR, 18 RBI, 11 2B and 20 RS in June. He presently leads all National League hitters in OBP, SLG, OPS, doubles, walks, XBH, and runs created, and is second behind NYM 3B David Wright in WAR (4.3). Yes, I guess you could say the Canadian native is Votto-matic when it comes to production on the field.
Honorable mentions: Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Jay Bruce
Pitcher of the month
Johnny Cueto - The Dominican native has all but punched his ticket to his first career All-Star game thanks to a stellar June. Cueto went 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 0.93 WHIP in five starts during the month including a tidy 4.71 K/BB. His overall record currently stands at 9-4 while his season ERA sits at 2.26. All six runners that have attempted to steal on him in 2012 have either been thrown out or picked off. Simply put, you can't run, you can't hit, and you can't score off Cincinnati's ace.
Honorable mentions: Sean Marshall, Jose Arredondo, and Mike Leake
Previous POTM winners:
April - Jay Bruce/Aroldis Chapman
May - Joey Votto/Aroldis Chapman