Players of the Week for the Cincinnati Reds

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Dates: 4/17 – 4/24

Series: At Chicago Cubs (3), at Pittsburgh Pirates (4)

Record: 5-2

This past week represented the beginning of a tough 10-game road trip for the Cincinnati Reds that included games in Chicago and Pittsburgh before traveling to Atlanta on Friday. The Reds entered the week with a record of 6-9 before improving to .500 after Thursday’s win.

Who’s Hot:

Devin Mesoraco

A lot has been written about the Reds catcher and his impact on the team early in this season, and that continued during yet another impressive week.

Games: 6  |  ABs: 22  |  Hits: 10  |  Runs: 5  |  RBI: 4  |  SB: 1  |  AVG: .455  |  OBP: .520  |  SLG: .591  |   OPS: 1.111

Mesoraco’s impressive offensive run has led the resurgence of the Reds’ lineup as the team scored 32 runs over the course of the last week.

Jay Bruce

Bruce found himself in a slump heading into the Chicago series, and it seems as though the Windy City is exactly what was needed to cure the drought.

Games: 7  |  ABs: 29  |  Hits: 11  |  Runs: 6  |  RBI: 5  | HR: 1  | SB: 3  |  AVG: .379  |  OBP: .419  |  SLG: .586  |   OPS: 1.006

While many of those numbers are impressive, the one that stands out the most is the three stolen bases — especially considering that Bruce had a total of seven last year (he already has four this year).

Ryan Ludwick

There hasn’t been much talk about Ludwick so far this season, but his numbers are surprisingly solid — .293, three HR, nine RBI, .354 OBP. Ludwick hasn’t done anything flashy, but his contributions have been strong.

Games: 5  |  ABs: 16  |  Hits: 6  |  Runs: 1  |  RBI: 3  |  AVG: .375  |  OBP: .444  |  SLG: .500  |   OPS: .944

Two of Ludwick’s three RBIs were of the utmost importance to the Reds on Thursday as he produced a two-out, two-run double that was ultimately the deciding factor in a 2-1 Reds victory.

Billy Hamilton

It was a slow start for the Reds’ speedster, but the center fielder seems to be settling into a groove at the plate.

Games: 7  |  ABs: 27  |  Hits: 9  |  Runs: 4  |  RBI: 3  |  SB: 5  |  AVG: .333  |  OBP: .345  |  SLG: .370  |   OPS: .715

As everyone has noticed, when Hamilton gets on base, things happen. Whether it is manufacturing a run or stretching a single to the center fielder into a double, Hamilton brings play-making abilities to the Reds.

Pitching

The Reds’ pitching has been showcased over the last week as well. While the starting rotation has dominated, a few relief pitchers made their way onto this list as well.

Jonathan Broxton

INN: 3  |  Runs: 0  |  Hits: 2  |  ERA: 0.00  |  Opp. AVG: .182  |  Saves: 3

Sam LeCure

INN: 4.2  |  Runs: 0  |  Hits: 1  |  ERA: 0.00  |  Opp. AVG: .071

Alfredo Simon

INN: 12.2  |  Earned Runs: 2  |  Hits: 8  |  ERA: 1.42  |  Opp. AVG: .174

Who’s Not:

Brandon Phillips

To say the Reds’ second baseman has been struggling lately would be an understatement.

Games: 7  |  ABs: 29  |  Hits: 5  |  Runs: 2  |  RBI: 1  |  SB: 0  |  AVG: .172  |  OBP: .200  |  SLG: .207  |   OPS: .407

After injuring his back in game one of the Chicago series, Phillips has not looked like himself. Fortunately for the Reds, the increased lineup production has minimized the impact of Phillips’ struggles

Manny Parra

After seemingly picking up where he left off last year to start the season, Parra had a rough stretch over the last week.

INN: 1.2  |  Runs: 3  |  Hits: 6  |  ERA: 16.20  |  Opp. AVG: .545

After winning their most recent three series, the Reds will look to continue their winning ways and hot hitting against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (14-7).

Upcoming week: at Atlanta Braves (3), vs Chicago Cubs (3), vs Milwaukee Brewers (1)

Grant Doepel is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GrantDoepel, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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