The Cincinnati Reds offense in the months of April and May was, to be perfectly honest, one of the worst in the league. Despite playing in a run friendly environment the Reds had only outscored one team in the National League through May and that was the San Diego Padres. That timeframe also saw offensive staples Jay Bruce, Joey Votto and Devin Mesoraco all spends weeks on the disabled list, leaving the Reds without their ideal line up for long stretches.
In June everyone has been back, and while Joey Votto has stated he probably won’t be completely healthy this season, he is back in the lineup and healthier than he was earlier in the season. After scoring just 188 runs over the first two months of the season, the lineup has gone out and scored 135 so far in the month of June and there is still a game left to be played.
Things have turned around. Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco have continued their torrid starts to the year with another strong month. Jay Bruce however is right there with Frazier though, leading the team as both have a .927 OPS on the month with nearly identical averages, on-base percentages and slugging percentages. Ryan Ludwick has really flipped the script for the month, hitting .309/.356/.509 in 18 games. Billy Hamilton has continued to improve and he has hit .330 and slugged .509 on the month while stealing 14 bases.
While the team probably envisioned things a little bit differently at the start of the year in terms of how individual players have performed, the cumulative performance of the parts in June is probably what they had hoped for when they decided to stick with this roster back in December, adding just backup parts to compliment the bench rather than make a big move to add a starting player from outside of the organization. They were relying on rookie Billy Hamilton stepping up, and he has done more than just step up, he has thrived. They were relying on Devin Mesoraco taking his first real opportunity as a starter, and like Hamilton, he has done more than that and has been one of the best catchers in the game in the first half of the season.
Will the Cincinnati Reds revived and healthy offense be able to keep up the pace they have been on in June for the rest of the season? If they are, this team could make a very serious run as they have the pitching to make things happen and if you put runs on the board for the pitchers, the wins are going to come in droves like we have seen in June as the team has gone 18-9.