Reds lineup vs. the Mets

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Bruce 9
Heisey 7
Francisco 5
Mesoraco 2
Janish 4
Volquez 1

*Brandon Phillips exited Tuesday’s game with a strained left quad when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. Not a coincidence perhaps was that average sat at an even .300 for the season. If Phillips does not get into the game and bat, he will be the first Reds 2B to bat .300 since Bret Boone batted .318 in the strike-shortened 1994 season.

*On six times in Reds franchise history have teammates notched both 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. It’s in reach for Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Votto has 29 homers and 103 RBIs. Bruce has 32 homers and 97 RBIs. Last night, Bruce’s homer in the first inning gave the 24-year-old 100 for his career. He is the third youngest in club history to reach 100 homers — behind Johnny Bench (23 yrs, 161 days on 5/17/71) and Frank Robinson (23 yrs, 230 days on 4/18/59).

*This was mentioned in my game story late last night but worthy of a repeat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bronson Arroyo is only the second pitcher in history to allow at least 40 homers with fewer than 50 walks in a season. Robin Roberts, a Hall of Famer, did it in both 1956 and ‘57. Arroyo has 45 walks and 46 homers allowed.


Did a little figuring today. Here is the teams record when each starter has started the game….
Cueto 16-8 66.66%
Leake 15-11 57.69%
Bailey 12-10 54.54%
Lecure 2-2 50.00%
Arroyo 15-17 46.88%
Volquez 8-11 42.10%
Wood 7-11 38.88%
Willis 4-9 30.76%
Maloney 0-2 0.00%
Reineke 0-1 0.00%


Interesting compilation. Excluding LeCure, who is better off in the pen, five of the top six on this list ought, in my mind, be targeted as the starting five going into next year, but here is some statistical backing for that hunch.

You either move Bailey or Arroyo and put Chapman in there. You have to at least try him there. Would make no sense to never give him the chance.

It’s what they seem intent on doing, but I wouldn’t. I don’t think he has the makeup to be an effective starter. In any event, even if he is groomed for that role, I doubt he will be doing it in the bigs out of spring training.

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