Aug. 29, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 Trends: Bruce Bashful in Clutch, Choo Scoring Runs, Frazier on Fire

Two series against potential October powerhouses, two series victories. At 4-2, the Reds have looked impressive so far, yeah? Because we’re just over 3% through the season, let’s make some glaring observations.

  • The acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo was supposed to supplement an offense that struggled from its lack of base runners and runs scored.  The new table-setter has an OBP of .516, so it should come as no surprise that he’s leading the team in runs scored. With people on base in front of Joey, this team is infinitely better.
  • Speaking of Joey Votto, he’s struggled a bit off the block – .238 and one RBI; however, he’s already tied for first in MLB for walks, with Albert Pujols.
  • Jay Bruce continues to struggle in the clutch. In just eight plate appearances with two outs and RISP, he’s gone 0-8 with five
    strikeouts. His batting average in this pivotal situation has sunk to .190. If Bruce is to ever make the next step, his numbers in the clutch have to improve. He can be electric in every other facet of the game, but when the pressure mounts and the stakes get high, Bruce starts hacking hard than George Hotz did Sony.
  • Todd Frazier leads the NL in batting average. Take a screen shot for the album.
  • Reds starting pitching has secured three wins and sports a collective ERA of 3.35.

Nothing ground-breaking here, just useful trends to keep an eye on.

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