Some teenagers and young adults strive to adhere to today’s popular trends.
There is a trend developing among the Reds outfielders. A trend in which no player wants to follow. It’s the trend of “lack of production”. It has been prominent since the beginning of June. The trio of Jonny Gomes, Drew Stubbs (who has been temporarily replaced by Chris Heisey) and Jay Bruce are guilty by association. I know Stubbs played the role of hero today (along with Nick Masset), but it has been an extremely rare occurrence for an outfielder to do such.
I was thinking something along these lines for a post when Thom Brennaman brought it even mre to light during yesterday’s telecast. Don’t get me started with the number crunching…Too late.
So, take the trio of the “accused”. Here’s their individual numbers since June (including today’s game):
- Gomes: .245 BA, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 46 K, 9 BB
- Stubbs: .232 BA, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 59 K, 12 BB
- Bruce: .242 BA, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 59 K, 13 BB
- Total (no BA): 16 HR, 73 RBI, 163 K, 34 BB
- Average: .240 BA, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 55 K, 11 BB
That’s for 2+ months. Look at the “Average” line, and then look at this line for a total of all three guys that have manned the duties of catcher (Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan and CorkyMiller):
- Total: .250 BA, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 41 K, 11 BB
A little more productive with less whiffs.
This alone tells you about where the bulk of the production is coming from. Until the last handful of games, we all know the Reds have had problems with the leadoff spot. The production is almost strictly coming from spots 2-4. In other words, if Cincinnati is going to win the division and make a deep playoff run, the outfield, as a whole, must step up its production.
No, I’m not trying to put a damper on winning the first two games of the series against the Cubs. Winning at Wrigley is always a bonus. Just need the Marlins to help out a bit.