A high-level look at the week that was for the good guys…
8/20/12 – 8/26/12
Runs: 31-40 (-9)
Standings: 1st in NL Central
Race: Lost 2.5 games on Cardinals; gained 1.5 games on Pirates
Pitcher of the Week (determined by highest Game Score): Bronson Arroyo (72) – the Reds’ junkballer had the Phillies fooled all night on Wednesday, needing barely more than 80 pitches to get through 8 innings. Only hard hit ball was Domonic Brown’s homerun in the 5th. All told Arroyo pitched 8, giving up 3 hits and no walks, striking out 4, and allowing just 2 runs, one of which was the dinky basehit in the 9th that ended up scoring under Aroldis Chapman’s watch, thanks to a couple more dinky hits.
The Difference Maker: The little things – as I mentioned in a tweet Saturday, the Reds were coming off back to back games where they had a greater than 92% win probability, and lost. From a first place team with a dynamite bullpen, this was somewhat alarming. The bullpen had an off week, fueled in part by a .410 BABIP, which of course we shouldn’t expect to continue (season average is .298).
In an overall non-stellar week, the other two losses were awfully ugly. We haven’t seen too many of those this year, and we all expect to see JoeyMVP back in the lineup this weekend, so no need to sound any alarms at this point. Let’s just get to Arizona and Houston and right that ship.
(Note: wOBA from Fangraphs, Game Score from Baseball-Reference)
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