A high-level look at the week that was for the good guys…
9/24/12 – 9/30/12
Record: 4-2 (for the third week in a row)
Runs: 13-16 (-3)
Standings: 1st in NL Central; tied with Nationals for #1 seed
Race: gained 0.5 games on Nationals
Player of the Week (regular with highest wOBA)
Joey Votto (.526) – Joey Votto continues to be the on-base machine we know and love, avoiding an out 62.5% of the time this week. We’ve yet to see a homerun, but he did belt 3 doubles, and knocked in nearly a quarter of the Reds paltry 13 runs.
Pitcher of the Week (highest Game Score)
Homer Bailey (96) – A no-brainer here… Bailey’s no-hitter Friday night tied for the third-highest game score of 2012, behind only the perfect games of Matt Cain (101) and Felix Hernandez (99). Bailey was truly dominant, striking out 10 batters and walking only 1. Man do I hope his recent performance carries into October.
The Difference Maker
I’m running out of things to say here. The Reds clinched more than a week ago. They continue to win two thirds of their games. Homer Bailey tossed the first Reds no-hitter in 24 years. Even the local football teams came home with a win this weekend.
I won’t mention that the offense still isn’t right, scoring only 13 runs in 6 games this week. We can only enjoy what has been an incredible season and hope that a few hot streaks begin before this Saturday.
Also, you may notice that this week’s BRM Week In Review is a bit abbreviated. I am currently sitting in a Long Island hotel room, packing up to head back to Chi-town. Please expect a BRMWIR of more appropriate playoff-length next Monday.
(Note: wOBA from Fangraphs, Game Score rankings from ESPN)
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