The month of July was very, very good to the Cincinnati Reds this season. We are going to call it moving month for the Reds. Look at what they did. After losing their third straight during their west coast swing on July 5th, the Reds moved from 2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates to, going into Sunday’s game against those Pirates, 5 and a half games ahead of those same Pirates. (Granted the Cincinnati Reds have now lost two in a row – first time for that in over a month too.)
Take a look at the record in hitting during the month of July for the Cincinnati Reds.
-During the month of July, the Reds played 26 games and went 19-7.
-They scored 116 runs, 47 doubles, 7 triples and knocked in 112 runs.
-The batting average for the Reds during the month was .262.
All of this occurred with Joey Votto, the best player in baseball, on the DL from July 15th on. That is a remarkable feat for the Cincinnati Reds.
Pitching was just as good during the month.
-ERA for the pitching staff was 3.03 and struck out 207 during July.
Aroldis Chapman was the star for the pitching staff. He was shut down during the month. Chapman did not allow a single earned run for the month while appearing in 15 games, converting 13 out of 13 save opportunities and striking out 31. The Cuban Missile now has a miniscule ERA of 1.34 for the year. Notice that is more than 2 strike outs per inning pitched for the month.
It can be argued that the Cincinnati Reds were beating up on sub-par teams. And, well, that is a true statement. However, isn’t that what a good team is supposed to do? Aren’t they supposed to beat the bad teams and look for a series win against the good teams? Well, that is what the Cincinnati Reds did during the month of July.
Make August even better.