Friday, August 3, 2012

Ludwick, Chapman garner Player of the Month honors for July

The month of July was very kind to the Cincinnati Reds. They were able to overtake the Pirates for first place in the NL Central after posting a 19-7 record during the 31-day span. That win total tied the Oakland A's for the most wins in MLB during July and was the partial result of a 10-game winning streak the Reds ripped off from 7/19-7/29. Even without Joey Votto in the lineup for half of the month, the team banded together and continued their push to the postseason.

Here are the two players who played the biggest role in the Reds' success, here are your Redlegs Review Players of the Month:

Hitter of the month

Ryan Ludwick - There were a lot of unhappy campers when the Reds inked Ludwick to a free agent deal prior to this season, but now those same folks are singing his praises. The 33-year old outfielder led the team in average (.333), homers (7), RBI (19), OPS (1.089), total bases (53) and XBH (13) in July. As slow as he started out of the gates this year, he has really turned it on as of late...especially since Votto went down to injury. He's currently sporting a slash line of .257/.328/.540 with 18 HR and 52 RBI in 79 games overall.

Honorable Mentions: Todd Frazier, Brandon Phillips

Pitcher of the month

Aroldis Chapman - It's hard to make an arguement for anyone else here considering that Chapman didn't allow an earned run all month long. In 15 appearances, the southpaw recorded 13 saves and fanned 31 batters in 14.1 innings pitched. He allowed just six hits and walked only two. Overall, The Cuban Missile is 4-4 with 22 saves, six holds, a 0.71 WHIP and a tidy 1.42 ERA. It's the third time this season he's earned the distinction of being the RR Pitcher of the Month.

Honorable Mentions: Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto

Previous POTM winners:
April - Jay Bruce/Aroldis Chapman
May - Joey Votto/Aroldis Chapman

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