You’ll hear it over the next two days. You heard it last night. You’ve probably head it for about a week now.
- “Can’t head into the playoffs on a five-game skid. This team has no momentum heading into Tuesday.”
- “Where’s the offense?”
- “Can’t win with Baker as the manager.”
So that last one was been floating around Cincinnati for a lot longer time than the others.
About those bats. The general feeling is that the Reds offense has been inconsistent this season. Look here…
For the regular season, Cincy scored 5 or more runs in 68 games. In those games, their record was 58-10. In 54 games where the Good Guys scored 2 or less, the record was 10-44.
5 is the real magic number, huh?
As we approach tomorrow night’s wild card game, we’ll throw out some numbers as they relate to different aspects of the game. Today, let’s look at some offensive numbers.
Here’s how the Good Guys have fared in their careers against the Pirates and at PNC Park
Don’t act surprised that Joey Votto has had success against the Pirates…or almost any team for that matter.
As for how the Reds fare against Francisco Liriano…
A little grim-looking? Granted not every player on this list will be active for tomorrow night’s tussle. The Reds’ three main offensive weapons are Choo, Votto and Bruce – all lefty bats. All are at .200 or lower when facing Liraino. In Bruce’s case, it’s, well, nothing.
Would be a nice time for a bat or two that has had a little success against Liriano to snap out of a funk, and have one of the previously mentioned trio get to the Bucs lefty..
I can make it look even grimmer…
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These are the stats for Reds bats when facing a left-handed pitcher on the road. And for this season, Liriano is no normal lefty when he’s at home. What may shock some is that among players with significant playing time, Jay Bruce is tops in this category.
The pitching will get a look as well, but in a different post. For tomorrow night’s game, we’ll look more at starter Johnny Cueto and the most likely members of the Reds pitching staff to make the roster.