The All Star Break is here and the Reds are in fourth place. Even worse, they have a losing record at 45-47. Of course the good news is, they’re only four games back of first place. The Cardinals and Brewers are tied for first and then the surprising Pirates sit just one game back of them. I’d say the Pirates won’t have the staying power but I’m pretty sure that’s what a lot of people were saying about the Reds last year.
Best pitcher goes to the sophomore Mike Leake. He leads the teams in wins (8) and ERA (4.28) but he has to get more consistent. He’ll shut a team out for six innings one day then give up four or five the next time out. Of course the Reds have one of the worst pitching staffs this year in the National League so being the best of a mediocre staff shouldn’t make anyone happy. They’ve given up a bunch of home runs and they’ve walked a lot of guys and if the Reds are going to make a move, they need to turn around their pitching staff woes quickly.
Best hitter is Joey Votto but a close second is Jay Bruce who seems to be coming into his own. Votto has a .945 OPS and while Bruce is well behind him at .852, he has the 21 home runs.
Enjoy the break everyone. Hopefully the Reds can kick things off strong against the Cardinals when they return from the break.