Dates: 4/25 – 5/2
It was a rough week for the Cincinnati Reds in many ways, from losing a starter to blowing leads and struggling players. Our previous players of the week list was populated by standout players such as Devin Mesoraco, Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, Billy Hamilton, Jonathan Broxton, Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon. This week’s list only sees three of the seven returning to the list.
There wasn’t much to celebrate over the course of the last week, both offensively and defensively as the Reds’ record was indicative of their production.
Much of the blame for Cincinnati’s offensive woes have been focused in the direction of Cozart, with many calling for him to be replaced (including ourselves). However, Cozart seemed to turn a corner over the last week of games as he led the team in hitting.
Games: 6 | ABs: 21 | Hits: 6 | Runs: 2 | RBI: 0 | SB: 0 | AVG: .333 | OBP: .391 | SLG: .476 | OPS: .867
Since his 0-12 start to the season, Hamilton has found his groove. However, the injury he sustained during the opening game of the Brewers’ series could have a lasting impact going forward.
Games: 5 | ABs: 16 | Hits: 5 | Runs: 3 | HR: 1 | RBI: 1 | SB: 2 | Strikeouts: 0 | AVG: .313 | OBP: .353 | SLG: .500 | OPS: .853
The statistic that stands out the most in Hamilton’s line is the amount of strikeouts over those five games — zero. When Hamilton hits the ball on the ground, he is batting .314 on the season. If he can put the ball in play, he will be dangerous.
Making the most of his playing time, Heisey was everything the Reds’ needed over the past week. He provided clutch hits and reached base nearly 50 percent of the time. However, on the flip side, he also struck out in exactly half of his at bats.
Games: 4 | ABs: 10 | Hits: 4 | Runs: 1 | RBI: 1 | SB: 1 | AVG: .400 | OBP: .455 | SLG: .400 | OPS: .855
Judging Frazier’s success this week comes from his production with runners on base, where he came through for the Reds.
Games: 5 | ABs: 19 | Hits: 5 | Runs: 1 | HR: 1 | RBI: 5 | SB: 1 | AVG: .263 | OBP: .333 | SLG: .526 | OPS: .860
Cueto has been masterful all season long, and that didn’t change over the past week. He leads the Reds’ starters in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, hits allowed, opponent batting average, WHIP and complete games. With Latos on the disabled list, the importance of Cueto has never been higher, and he has met all expectations exceedingly well.
INN: 8 | Runs: 0 | Hits: 3 | ERA: 0.00 | Opp. AVG: .115
As Robb Hoff pointed out, Broxton has been perfection this season since coming off of the disabled list. Not only has he gone 5-5 in save opportunities, Broxton also has yet to allow a single run score — and that trend continued over this past week.
INN: 2 | Runs: 0 | Hits: 0 | ERA: 0.00 | Opp. AVG: .000 | Saves: 1
Second on the team in appearances (10) and third in ERA (0.77) on the season, Sam LeCure has been essential to provide consistency to the struggling Reds’ bullpen.
INN: 2 | Runs: 0 | Hits: 2 | ERA: 0.00 | Opp. AVG: .250
Who’s Not Hot:
Known as quite the streaky hitter, Bruce is accustomed to occasional droughts at the plate, and his last week was exactly that. The season so far has been quite the struggle for Bruce (.216 average and striking out in 32 percent of his at bats), and that continued the past week as he struck out in 55.5 percent of his at bats. However, with that being said, Bruce continues to walk at a career high rate (.358 OBP).
Games: 6 | ABs: 18 | Hits: 2 | Runs: 3 | RBI: 0 | SB: 1 | BB: 7 | Strikeouts: 10 | AVG: .111 | OBP: .360 | SLG: .111 | OPS: .471
Without beating a dead horse, the struggles for Phillips continue.
Games: 5 | ABs: 19 | Hits: 3 | Runs: 1 | RBI: 2 | SB: 0 | AVG: .158 | OBP: .150 | SLG: .158 | OPS: .308
Games: 6 | ABs: 18 | Hits: 3 | Runs: 2 | RBI: 2 | BB: 8 | AVG: .167 | OBP: .423 | SLG: .333 | OPS: .756
INN: .2 | Runs: 4 (2 ER) | Hits: 4 | ERA: 27.00 | Opp. AVG: .571