Monday, December 10, 2012

A list of notable good and bad stats from the Reds' 2012 campaign



The 2012 season definitely brought more good than bad for the Redlegs. They were able to overcome an injury to MVP first basemen Joey Votto, which sidelined him for over two months, to win their second National League Central Division crown in three years. Because it's the middle of the December, and because there is not much to talk about regarding the Reds, here's some notable good and bad statistics from '12.

Feel free to drop any I've left off in the comment box below.

Good:

+ Fell victim to the second-fewest double plays in the league (100)
+ Only caught stealing 27 times (second-fewest in NL)
+ Boasted the third-highest pinch hitting average in baseball at .269 (47-175)
+ Tallied the second-most wins in baseball (97)
+ Recorded the second-best ERA in the league (3.34)
+ Sported the best bullpen ERA in baseball (2.65)
+ Led MLB in team ERA on the road (3.18)
+ Committed second-fewest errors in NL (89)
+ Won their division by a larger margin than any other team in baseball (9g)
+ Won 12 out of 16 games versus the Cubs
+ Came from behind to win 44 games including 11 of the walk-off variety

Bad:

+ Only stole 87 bases all season long (26th in MLB)
+ Both Wilson Valdez and Miguel Cairo recorded a -1.1 WAR
+ Drew Stubbs' season average and on-base percentage were .213 and .277, respectively
+ Willie Harris batted .114 (5-44) in his brief stint
+ Cairo tallied a measly slash line of .187/.212/.280 in 150 at-bats
+ Bronson Arroyo allowed more hits (209) than innings pitched (202)
+ Reds leadoff hitters ranked dead last in MLB in average (.208), on-base percentage (.254), and OPS (.581)
+ After taking a 2-0 lead in the NLDS, the Giants outscored the Reds 16-8 in Games 3-5 to advance to the NLCS
+ Votto missed nearly 50 games after suffering a knee injury before the All-Star Break
+ Blew a lead 31 different times and suffered 9 walk-off losses

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