Monday, April 1, 2013

Numbers Behind the Stress: Reds K with RISP

by: Parker Perry @ParkerPerry_

The Cincinnati Reds dropped a four hour and 45 minute, 13 inning season opener to the Los Angeles Angels Monday evening, 3-1.

The Reds struggled on offense throughout the day. Superstars Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips combined for an 0-6 night. The team went 3-42. They struck out 13 times.

The breakdown of the K’s are as followed: Shin-Soo Choo one, Phillips one, Votto one, Chris Heisey two, Jay Bruce four, Todd Frazier two Ryan Hanigan one, and Ceaser Izturis one.

Of course, it is one thing to strikeout. It is a whole other thing to strikeout when there are runners in scoring position. The Reds were 0-10 with runners in scoring position Monday, they struck out five times in those situations. Jay Bruce was the main villain in this tale, he struck out three times with RISP. It something that you can’t do and be a successful baseball team.

Examining Jay Bruce’s at bats further is not a fun job to have. In the bottom of the eighth, Bruce struck out swinging with the bases loaded and the game tied. This was by far the most anti-climatic inning for Reds fans. Bruce recorded the third out with the miss. He also recorded the third out in the first inning with RISP. However, this time he went down looking, as he did during the last at bat of the game (albeit that pitch was high and inside and a pretty bad call.) He left seven runners stranded on base.

The other two strikeouts with RISP were by Heisey and Frazier who both went down swinging.  They both seemed out matched as well. Fraizer flared at a fastball and had no chance of hitting it. Heisey looked off balance and was unable to drive in a runner from third with less than two outs. His at bat was the biggest of the game, as if he was able to make contact the Reds would have probably of won.

There is no need to get over anxious or upset over this if you are a Reds fan, but when examining the numbers it becomes clear why it was such a stressful day.
Notes: Additional stress can be found because of Ryan Ludwick's injury, getting only one hit after the third inning, and the wasting of a stellar start from Johnny Cueto and brilliant relief work from the bullpen.

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