Because they sure as hell don’t have any offense.

The Reds’ pitching staff, especially Johnny Cueto, Aaron Harang, and the front end of the bullpen, has somehow kept Cincinnati in the thick of it, just 1.5 games off the pace in the NL Central, despite the fact that pretty much the entire team is hitting .200 or below.

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Sucking it - Phillips is batting .174

Indeed, an incredible five starters are below the Mendoza Line – C Ramon Hernandez (.175), 2B Brandon Phillips (.174), 3B Edwin Encarnacion (.159), SS Alex Gonzalez (.111), and LF Jerry Hairston Jr. (.179).  Hairston’s platoon partner Chris Dickerson is barely any better, at .214, and even team star Jay Bruce had to go 2-4 last night to raise his average to .238.

Outside of Joey Votto this team is pretty much praying for errors or hit-by-pitches when they are at bat, because their team OBP is a lowly .317.  It’s not even like they can get some runs back with the long-ball, having hit only 9 dingers so far.

It’s still early, but the Reds’ offense is looking pretty toothless, at 28th in the majors in runs scored. And even though some of these guys are bound to improve, its not as if any of these guys are really all that good to begin with, and this is basically the same team that was 23rd in runs last year.  So just waiting for these guys to revert to career norms is not going to cut it.

With their pitching the Reds have a legitimate chance to stay in contention this year, but they have to find some way to get some more big bats in there, and soon.  This is a team that could have really benefitted from signing a guy like Adam Dunn to a short-term deal.  If only he actually liked to play baseball, am I right?

2 Responses to “Good thing the Cincinnati Reds have good pitching…”

  1. BravesFan says:

    So which two teams are worse offensively (statistically) than the Reds? B/c that’s quite a feat…

  2. They have started off very poorly but there are some decent hitters in this lineup. Votto and Bruce are two really nice looking young power hitters. I think they will both have good seasons. Bruce won’t hit as many home runs as Dunn but he’s a huge defensive upgrade. I definitely think they made the right decision by letting Dunn go. Encarnacion should hit and Dickerson might not be that bad either.

    You mention that they might revert to career norms but most of these guys are young enough that it wouldn’t be unexpected for them to surpass what they’ve done in the past. I wouldn’t be surprised if this team finishes 3rd in the NL Central. Their offense has gotten off to a very slow start but they just finished a 10 game road trip at 7-3. Their lineup isn’t a murderer’s row but it’s not the Giants either.

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