Bats Rack: Is There Hope?

After a 5-2 win Tuesday night, the Louisville Bats currently stand at 13.5 GB of Columbus in the West Division. Most likely, there’s no chance for the Bats to win their 4th consecutive division championship. Luckily, the Bats are only 6.0 GB of wild card leading Lehigh Valley–whom they have a four game series with August 24-27. A few observations of the last month:

The Bats cannot seem to keep this team together. They have not gone 7 consecutive days without at least having one transaction. Over the last two weeks, the Bats have lost Yonder Alonso, Dave Sappelt, and Todd Frazier, and are sure to lose Devin Mesoraco by September.

I had never heard of Denis Phipps before he got to Louisville. This dude is an awesome athlete. He has a cannon for an arm and from the little bit that I’ve seen, he can hit. He was named the Reds Minor League Player of the Month for July. If he keeps up this rate, he could very well be the 2012 Spring Training version of Dave Sappelt.

The Bats bullpen picked up its 33rd save of the season Tuesday night. Problem is, they’ve blown 19 this year–including two straight on the road in Pawtucket. For those who love stats, that’s a 63.5% save percentage. And for those who don’t know, a 63.5% save percentage is, in one word, ATROCIOUS.

Matt Maloney has looked really good while on rehab. In five games since July 20, Matt is 2-0 and in 23 IP has given up just 7 runs on 19 hits while walking 3 and striking out 19. I’ve always said Matt (and Sam LeCure) is better as a starter, not a reliever. Unfortunately, not too sure the Reds are seeing it that way.

When the Bats return home Friday, they will be in the midst of 16 straight games against division opponents. If the season trend holds up, the Bats have a good chance of making the playoff. They are a solid 26-16 against division opponents, including 10-5 against Toledo, who they play Wednesday and Thursday.

Hopefully, the Bats can get a winning streak going so they can make the playoff for the fourth consecutive season. Look for updates in the near future, Reds fans.

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