3 games: .462/.462/1.154, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Here you see the production from Jay Bruce since sitting down to chat with us. Clearly this is no coincidence. Hopefully Bruce is in the early stages of one of his hot streaks. If he can provide one of those "NL Player of the Month" kind of hot streaks, the Reds will lock up the division sooner rather than later, which could be huge. The Reds have some pitchers on pace to eclipse their career highs for innings pitched. Clinching the division would allow Dusty to give players some much needed rest.
5 innings pitched, 4.5 Earned Runs
This is what Homer Bailey has averaged over his last 4 starts. In his 5 starts prior to this rough patch, Bailey averaged 7.2 IP and 1.2 earned runs per start. It's possible that Homer is starting to fatigue. It's also possible that he's simply had a few bad starts. His fastball seems to have just as much zip as ever, so I tend to think this is simply a slump of sorts. Still, if anyone ever needed a Red Reporter Bump, Bailey qualifies.
NL Cy Young?
Here you see the top 4 NL pitchers in terms of WAR (Stephen Strasburg excluded, likely to be shut down). You can make a strong case for any of the pitchers listed here. Cueto leads in the "traditional" stats like wins and ERA, while he lags behind in the more advanced metrics. Still, I think the fact that he pitches half of his games at GABP should be considered.
The slash lines for Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier for the season. It's be discussed elsewhere, but the production from these two has been outstanding. Both Frazier and Ludwick are flirting with a .900 OPS, which is about 150 points higher than anyone realistically expected.
Sam Miller at Baseball Prospectus has done some extensive research and has determined that Billy Hamilton would be worth approximately 0.11 wins if he were called up in September as a pinch runner exclusively. It may not sound like much, but given the assumption that Hamilton would not receive a single plate appearance or play defense, any contribution to win total from base running alone is impressive. Miller ends his piece with this thought:
No, a pinch-running Billy Hamilton isn’t likely to win multiple games for the Reds in the span of a month, no matter how smartly he is deployed. But, finally, there’s this: 0.11 wins sure isn’t nothing, if it’s the right 0.11 win.