A high-level look at the week that was for the good guys (let’s leave today’s rainy affair for next week)…
8/27/12 – 9/2/12
Runs: 29-14 (+15)
Standings: 1st in NL Central
Race: gained 3.5 games on Cardinals; gained 3 games on Pirates
Player of the Week (regular with highest wOBA): Chris Heisey (.650) - Heisey started 3 games last week, playing the hero in the series finale against the Diamondbacks, in which Reds bats were silent for six innings before cranking four homeruns in the final third of the game, including Heisey’s game-tying, two-run shot. The Reds’ fourth outfielder finished the week 7 for 14 with 2 homeruns, 6 runs, 6 RBI, and a stolen base.
Pitcher of the Week (determined by highest Game Score): Homer Bailey (80) - ironically, the best performance from a Reds starter came in the one game they lost. Bailey dominated the Astros AAA-lineup, with 8 innings, 3 hits, 9 strikeouts, and 1 walk. His one mistake was a Jason Maxwell homerun in the 4th inning.
The Difference Maker: Last week I noted that the Reds needed to go into Arizona and Houston and take care of business, and that’s exactly what they did, with the lone slip up being a weird one on Saturday that easily could have gone the other way, especially if Brandon Phillips was in his rightful position.
How’d they do it? Take a look at that “runs” line at the top… 14 runs allowed over 6 games. Granted, these weren’t the NL’s most potent offenses, but Reds pitching was stellar, with 46 strikeouts in just under 54 innings. Hopefully the staff can stay fresh as reinforcements arrived from Louisville over the weekend, and the Reds enjoy a handful of off days during September.
(Note: wOBA from Fangraphs, Game Score from Baseball-Reference)
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