Ok. We are now in the month of June. May is a memory, a part of the history of statistics in baseball anals. In this three-part series, I am going to look at just where the Cincinnati Reds stand after two month of play in the 2012 season.
In this blog, I am going to focus on the hitting for the Cincinnati Reds.
In hitting, well the Red have been schizophrenic. They are up and down. They can go several games and not hit at all, then unload for several in a row. The consistency is clearly not coming around.
A bright spot for the Cincinnati Reds is the undeniable leader of the club, Joey Votto. Votto leads the Reds in batting average, .325, on base percentage, .436, and hits, 55. He is also tied for slugging percentage at .598. He is the only Red hitting above .300 with runners in scoring position. Votto is clearly doing his part. The rest of the Reds’ line-up have got to step up. Even in the 6 game win streak, the Cincinnati Reds were pitiful hitting with runners in scoring position. At one time during the 6th win, they were 9 for 51.
There is, however, a surprise hitter that emerged in the month of May for the Cincinnati Reds. Catcher Ryan Hanigan has made the case that he needs to be the #2 hitter in the line-up. He makes contact and rarely strikes out. He is the only Red other than Votto to be hitting above .300 at .308. That is more than 20 points higher than the closest hitter in the every day line-up. I would love to see what he can do at that spot and really set the plate for Votto after him.
To sum it up for the Cincinnati Reds hitting. If they want to compete for the divisional title, which they do, they have to, have to, be more consistent. More importantly, they have to get those timely hits and relieve some of the stress they are putting on their pitching.
All that being said, they ended the month of May in first place by a game and a half at 28-22. At the end of the fist month, the Cincinnati Reds were still struggling to get above .500.