Thursday, Sep 27, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
TV: FSO-HD, FSWI-HD; RADIO: WLW, WTMJ; WEB: MLB.tv, Gameday Audio, Gameday
Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.
My approach to these games is about the same as it was to spring training - as long as no one gets hurt, then all's well. Having Dusty and Ryan Ludwick back is one of the few things of consequence the Reds can do before the playoffs. It's always possible there are players who are getting rusty and players who are overdoing it, but it's pure speculation.
If you're looking for something to worry about though, it's the bats. Toward the beginning of the month, it seemed like the Reds had hit a crop of pitchers that were either decent or didn't have much of a book out. There was also some unlucky runner-stranding and batted-ball nonsense. It's looking more like a team-wide slump as the page turns on September.
The team is hitting a little bit worse than it did in April. There are a number of ways to interpret that, but the most charitable is that we've been here before a it isn't a big deal. Offenses have down months. Sometimes they happen at the beginnings and ends of seasons. August was the Reds' best month at the plate, so we're not looking at long pattern of decline.
The 1990 Reds' offense didn't storm into the playoffs like it did into the season: they had their two best months at the plate during the first half. And that team's name was the 1990 World Series Champions.
|Aroldis Chapman||5.2 IP, 103 pitches
||69.2 IP, 1165 pitches|
|Jonathan Broxton||11.0 IP, 176 pitches
||55.2 IP, 895 pitches|
|Sean Marshall||8.1 IP, 137 pitches
||58.1 IP, 976 pitches|
|Jose Arredondo||6.0 IP, 109 pitches
||59 IP, 1048 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||8.1 IP, 135 pitches
||55.2, 912 pitches|
|Alfredo Simon||5.0 IP, 103 pitches||59.0 IP, 972 pitches|
|6.2 IP, 123 pitches
||63.2 IP (AAA+MLB)|
|6.1 IP, 108 pitches
||57.2 IP (MLB+AAA)|