Thursday, August 2, 2012

Month in review: 12 fast facts for July

It was a banner month for the Redlegs in July. They ripped off a 10-game winning streak, reclaimed the top spot in the division and boasted the best record in the majors as of 11:59 PM ET on the 31st. If you discount the injury sustained to Joey Votto, you might even say the month was one of the best ever for the franchise.

With that in mind, here are 12 fast facts about the month that was for the Reds:

+ With a 19-7 record, Cincy posted their highest win total for July since 1976 (20-9). That '76 club would later go on to win the World Series -- for the second year in a row.

+ Those 19 wins also tied the Oakland A's (19-4) for the most in the major leagues.

+ Aroldis Chapman did not allow a single run in 15 appearances (14.1 IP). For all of you mathematicians out there, that means his ERA read 0.00 for the month.

+ The Cuban Missile also led all MLB closers with 13 saves.

+ The pitching staff recorded an ERA of 3.03, which marked their lowest tally in July since 1988 (2.45).

+ The Reds were undefeated on games played on Friday or Saturday (8-0). In fact, they were 12-1 in all games played on the weekend overall (FRI, SAT, SUN). Their only loss came on the 1st at San Francisco.

+ Only the St. Louis Cardinals and Seattle Mariners recorded lower team ERAs (2.70/2.82) than the Reds (3.03).

+ Cincinnati pitching allowed only 15 homers...the fewest of any staff in MLB. By comparison, the Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Astros, and Diamondbacks each allowed twice that many (30).

+ Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey tied for the NL lead in wins with four a piece.

+ 12 of the team's 19 victories came by two runs or less.

+ Five of the team's seven losses came by three runs or less.

+ Zack Cozart (20-94) and Jay Bruce (19-89) each hit at a clip of .213.

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