Friday, October 4, 2013

Random facts and stats from the Reds season

Baseball, more than any other sport, is a game of numbers and a 162-game schedule is primed to produce a whole lot of them. So, now that the season has officially come to a close for the Reds, it's time to reflect back on the past six months, and try to make sense of all the crazy statistical information that was produced. Now, I know this is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, but here are 20 tidbits about the 2013 campaign:

+ At 90-72, the Reds reached the 90-win mark for just the third time since the turn of the century.
+ It marked Cincinnati's first ever Wild Card berth.
+ Jay Bruce (109) and Brandon Phillips (103) are the first set of Reds teammates with 100 RBI each in a season since Johnny Bench and George Foster did it in 1977.
+ Joey Votto (135) and Shin-Soo Choo (112) are the first set of Reds teammates with 100 or more walks each in a season since Joe Morgan (120) and Pete Rose (106) did it in 1974.
+ Votto (316) set a new single-season franchise record for most times reaching base safely.
+ Votto led the National League in walks for the third straight season and in on-base percentage for the fourth straight season.
+ Bruce is one of only three players in Reds history to produce at least 40 doubles, 30 home runs, and 100 RBI in a single season (Dave Parker-1985, Frank Robinson-1962).
+ On July 2, Homer Bailey threw his second career no-hitter, and the 16th no-hitter in franchise history. He joined Johnny Vander Meer and Jim Maloney as the only other Reds pitcher to produce multiple no-hitters in their career.
+ Seven Reds players made their big league debuts this season: Derrick Robinson, Justin Freeman, Donald Lutz, Neftali Soto, Curtis Partch, Nick Christiani, and Billy Hamilton, of course.
+ On April 29, Donald Lutz pinch hit to become the first German-developed player to appear in a Major League Baseball game.
+ Phillips is now the all-time franchise leader among second basemen in home runs (160), RBI (666), doubles (233), and hits (1,318). Hall of Famer Joe Morgan ranks second to Phillips in each of those categories.
+ Choo tallied a team-leading 52 multi-hit games.
+ Xavier Paul clubbed three pinch-hit homers.
+ Choo smashed six leadoff home runs.
+ Votto appeared in all 162 regular season games.
+ The Reds were 16-6 on Mondays, 12-13 on Tuesdays, 17-8 on Wednesdays, 7-5 on Thursdays, 11-15 on Fridays, 15-11 on Saturdays, and 12-14 on Sundays.
+ The Reds swept 11 series. Conversely, they were only swept four times.
+ The Reds outscored opponents 204-127 in the first two innings.
+ Eleven different players landed on the disabled list at some point.
+ The trio of Bronson Arroyo, Mat Latos, and Mike Leake is the first trio of Reds pitchers with 14 wins each since 1975 (Jack Billingham, Don Gullett, Gary Nolan).

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