The Reds have finished April with a disappointing 12-17 record, thanks to offensive struggles. However, stellar pitching as kept the Reds alive in the NL Central, albeit a solid seven games behind first-place.
After an opening day victory over the Pirates, the Redlegs proceeded to lose eight games in a row. At 1-8, the Reds had the worst record in Major League Baseball. Thankfully the actual worst team in MLB, the Miami Marlins, came to play a three-game series at Great American BallPark. A three-game sweep is what the doctor ordered for Cincy. This has helped start a trend of better baseball for the Reds. However, last place in the NL Central is nothing to celebrate.
NL Central Division
The Good: Pitching
As as team: 254.2 IP, 3.39 ERA (1st NL/4th MLB) 1.26 WHIP, 8 Saves, 12 wins, 9.5 K per 9 (3rd NL), 3.6 BB per 9
Cincinnati’s Top Five Pitchers (Based on a modified ERA stat known as FIP, or Fielding Independent Pitching)
Relief Pitcher: Robert Stephenson- 2-0, 2.45 ERA
Starting Pitcher: Sonny Gray- 3.64 ERA
Relief Pitcher: David Hernandez- 14 K, 13.1 IP
Starting Pitcher: Luis Castillo- 3-1, 1.45 ERA (Leads MLB) 2.0 WAR (Leads All MLB Pitchers, 4th in MLB)
Relief Pitcher: Wandy Peralta- 0.96 ERA
The Bad: Hitting
As a team: .212 AVG (30th MLB), .286 OBP (27th), .380 SLG (25th MLB), .667 OPS (26th MLB)
Top Five Hitters (Based on on-base plus slugging (OPS)):
Derek Dietrich: 5 HR, 14 RBI, .860 OPS, .537 SLG
Eugenio Suarez: 7 HR, 16 RBI, .812 OPS
Jesse Winker: 8 HR, 13 RBI, .511 SLG
Joey Votto: 15 Walks, .355 OBP
Jose Iglesias: .304 AVG
Note: Reds played two games in late March, which are included in these “April” Statistics.