Sunday, June 15, 2014

Numbers show just how woeful Reds offense has been



We all knew heading into this season that the Reds would be offensively challenged. But even the most pessimistic fans couldn't have predicted how atrocious Cincinnati's ability to score runs has been.

It's been said before that numbers don't lie. And this adage definitely holds true with the Reds. Entering play on Sunday, Cincinnati's offensive unit ranked near the very bottom in most every major statistical category.

Take a look and see for yourself:

Runs - 29th (233)
BA - 26th (.238)
OBP - 27th (.300)
SLG - 24th (.370)
OPS - T-26th (.670)
HR - T-19th (56)
Total Bases - 28th (821)
BB - 22nd (180)
XBH - 23rd (176)

The lone offensive area where the Reds have stood out (in a good way) this year is in the stolen base department. They entered today with the second-most steals (54) in baseball. Of course, Billy Hamilton has about half of those though.

The good news for Bryan Price's club is they seemingly can't get much worse offensively. No player on the roster is currently hitting above .294 and a solid case could be made that every hitter is under-performing this season with the exceptions of Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier. Furthermore, arguably the club's two best hitters, Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, have missed substantial time already, so having them healthy and in the lineup every day should help boost the offense long-term.

With that being said, there is not much evidence to suggest that the offense will eventually start clicking with the current crop of bats. If the Reds are serious about improving their offensive prowess, general manager Walt Jocketty will have to look outside the organization to do so. And this in all likelihood means acquiring a bat (or two) via trade.

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