The Cincinnati Reds had their best pitching month of the year (as measured by ERA and WHIP) in the month of July. The starting rotation had their second best month of 2010 in July (10-7, 3.43 ERA) behind their extremely impressive May (15-4, 3.18 ERA.) The bullpen turned things around in July with their best month of the season.

The Reds had the best bullpen ERA (2.52) in the National League in July and the 2nd best ERA in all of baseball behind the Oakland A’s 2.36 bullpen ERA. Among other pitching statistical categories, the bullpen was

–2nd in MLB in opponent batting average (.184)
–2nd in MLB in opponent OPS (.595)
–3rd in the NL and MLB in WHIP (1.107)

The bullpen’s success was led in large part by 13.2 innings of scoreless baseball from Logan Ondrusek and the resurgence of Nick Masset (just 1 run allowed in 14 innings)

Player ERA G IP H BB SO WHIP Opp AVG Opp OPS
Logan Ondrusek 0.00 12 13.2 3 5 10 0.59 0.070 0.236
Carlos Fisher 0.00 2 4.2 3 0 5 0.64 0.188 0.438
Nick Masset 0.64 15 14 9 7 14 1.14 0.184 0.510
Arthur Rhodes 3.24 13 8.1 7 2 6 1.08 0.226 0.802
Francisco Cordero 3.27 11 11 7 10 8 1.55 0.179 0.655
Jordan Smith 3.55 11 12.2 13 3 5 1.26 0.265 0.729
Bill Bray 4.50 10 8 6 4 10 1.25 0.200 0.727
Micah Owings 13.50 3 2.2 1 3 6 1.50 0.111 0.829

Not to be outdone, the Reds rotation also had a very good month. They posted the 6th best July ERA (3.43) and the third best July WHIP (1.161) in the majors.

Player ERA G IP H BB SO WHIP Opp AVG Opp OPS
Johnny Cueto 2.01 5 31.1 29 13 18 1.34 0.252 0.696
Travis Wood 2.87 6 37.2 26 10 33 0.96 0.190 0.553
Bronson Arroyo 3.02 6 41.2 27 10 19 0.89 0.185 0.572
Matt Maloney 3.09 2 11.2 11 2 4 1.11 0.244 0.647
Mike Leake 4.56 4 25.2 29 5 14 1.33 0.296 0.854
Edinson Volquez 8.25 3 12 14 10 16 2.00 0.286 0.968