Players of the Week for the Cincinnati Reds
Dates: 4/17 – 4/24
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
INN: 3 | Runs: 0 | Hits: 2 | ERA: 0.00 | Opp. AVG: .182 | Saves: 3
INN: 4.2 | Runs: 0 | Hits: 1 | ERA: 0.00 | Opp. AVG: .071
INN: 12.2 | Earned Runs: 2 | Hits: 8 | ERA: 1.42 | Opp. AVG: .174
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
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)