John Erardi again attempts to educate the public in today’s article in the Enquirer:
Amazing the amount of attention paid to the fact that the Reds were 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position in the recently completed three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Granted, a hit or two more in those situations and the Reds probably would have left town having won two of three, instead of only one.
But the Cubs weren’t exactly gangbusters in the three games with runners in scoring position (4-for-27).
The biggest problem with the Reds is not that they went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
The biggest problem with the Reds is that they put only 20 men on base total – for all three games.
Granted, the Cubs put only nine more men on base.
Those nine additional base runners in a three-game series might not seem like a lot.
But they are.
Three extra runners per game is exactly the margin of difference between the Cubs and the Reds this year.
Going into Friday’s games, the Cubs had 2,432 plate appearances in 127 games with runners on base – an average of about 19 per game. The Reds had 2,081 plate appearances with runners on base in 128 games, or about 16 per game.
Those three extra runners per game add up over the course of the season.
That’s the Reds offensive problems this season in a nutshell.
The Cubs lead the league easily in runs scored (681); they average 5.4 runs per game with a league-leading on-base average of .358.
The Reds rank 13th in runs per game with 4.2, with a miserable .318 on-base average. They rank fourth in the league in home runs with 148, just ahead of the Cubs’ 146.
The biggest culprit in the Reds averaging 1.2 fewer runs per game than the Cubs is that the Reds are 40 points behind the Cubs in getting men on base.
The rest of the article highlights how the Reds biggest problem is getting runners on base, not hitting with runners in scoring position.
Erardi again shows why he’s the best ssportswriter in the area.