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Reds Offense By Lineup Position, or, How Worthless Can Your 1- and 2-hole Hitters Be?

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I appear to have come down with the flu.  Not sure of the letter/number combination of the disease, but it's definitely put me in an unpleasant state.  Since misery loves company, I decided to show you just how bad the Reds 1 and 2 hitters have been this season.  Here's the Reds numbers by batting position:

Split PA BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS sOPS+
Batting 1st 667 39 122 .247 .293 .328 .621 65
Batting 2nd 645 51 98 .237 .301 .360 .661 74
Batting 3rd 634 73 121 .276 .365 .479 .844 102
Batting 4th 617 41 92 .271 .328 .443 .771 87
Batting 5th 609 62 111 .245 .328 .409 .738 88
Batting 6th 596 61 119 .235 .317 .410 .727 89
Batting 7th 587 54 97 .259 .331 .425 .756 108
Batting 8th 564 54 91 .211 .297 .281 .578 65
Batting 9th 546 29 149 .187 .238 .299 .537 88
Bat1-2,non-P 1312 90 220 .242 .297 .343 .640 70
Bat3-6,non-P 2455 237 442 .257 .335 .436 .771 92
Bat7-9,non-P 1384 130 244 .238 .317 .366 .683 95
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/14/2009.

 

As you can see, the Reds top 2 hitters in the order, the two players that are guaranteed to get the most at bats in a game, are batting worse than the 7-9 hitters.  And ridiculously, the Reds' lead-off hitters have just 10 more walks than the 9th spot in the order, in 121 more plate appearances.  It's an embarrassment.

We've only compared them to their own teammates so far, too.  Look how bad they are in comparison to the league:

Rk PA BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS sOPS+
1 COL 1350 132 285 .267 .342 .453 .795 109
2 WSN 1337 117 191 .302 .373 .412 .785 108
3 PHI 1340 106 148 .275 .335 .443 .778 105
4 ARI 1347 113 195 .278 .341 .431 .773 104
5 ATL 1348 112 190 .279 .346 .425 .771 104
6 MIL 1321 114 223 .274 .342 .417 .759 100
7 NYM 1326 129 152 .285 .357 .391 .747 99
8 STL 1319 99 190 .279 .336 .408 .743 97
9 CHC 1325 119 227 .261 .336 .405 .741 96
10 LAD 1373 107 173 .278 .341 .394 .735 95
11 FLA 1360 124 250 .277 .347 .388 .734 95
12 PIT 1285 102 223 .269 .330 .401 .731 93
13 HOU 1302 96 203 .280 .338 .389 .728 93
14 SDP 1321 118 176 .260 .332 .368 .701 86
15 SFG 1300 83 231 .253 .308 .363 .671 78
16 CIN 1312 90 220 .242 .297 .343 .640 70
TOT 21266 1761 3277 .272 .338 .402 .740 96
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/14/2009.

 

They are 30 OPS points behind the Giants, who are terrible in the 1and 2 spots in the order.  It's ridiculously unfathomable how bad the Reds are in these two spots.  If there is a question about what needs to be fixed about the offense for 2010, it should start and end with those two spots in the order.  Of all of the failures of this team, this one is the most glaring.