How about a quick snapshot of what the Reds have been doing since the All-Star break, while we’re waiting for an update on Homer Bailey’s arm?

  • The Reds have played 40 games in the second half of the season, which represents about 1/4 of the full year. Their record in those games: 23-17. Over the course of a full season, that pace would result in a 93-69 record.
  • Let’s get this one out of the way, since we’ve already discussed it ad nauseum. Joey Votto has been awesome in the second half. As of today: .431/.529/.686, .496 wOBA, 213 wRC+, 2.5 WAR. All of those numbers except SLG and WAR are the best in the entire majors. Votto’s slugging percentage is second only to Minnesota’s Brian Dozier. His WAR is 4th-best in baseball.
  • It looks like Votto is going to hit over .400 for the second consecutive month. The last player to accomplish that in back-to-back months was our old friend Josh Hamilton back in 2010. No Red has ever done it, and only one Red has been able to post two separate months in the same season with a .400+ batting average: Vada Pinson back in 1961.

  • Four Reds’ hitters have accumulated more than 1 win above replacement so far in the second half. Votto is at 2.5, as I already noted. Second on the team: Billy Hamilton, with 1.8 WAR. Brandon Phillips (1.2) and Eugenio Suarez (1.1) are next on the list.
  • Reds hitters who have been below replacement value in the second half: Ramon Cabrera (-0.4 WAR), Tyler Holt (-0.2), Ivan DeJesus Jr. (-0.1), Kyle Waldrop (-0.1), and Tony Renda (-0.1). But at least Holt can pitch, right?
  • Billy Hamilton’s line, in 39 games (173 plate appearances): .299/.372/.344, 31 stolen bases, 28 runs scored.
  • Second best offensive player in the second half? You won’t be surprised to hear that it is Brandon Phillips. BP has hit .351/.379/.500, .377 wOBA, 134 wRC+. Each of those numbers ranks second behind Votto, unless…
  • …unless you include Jose Peraza in this calculation. Peraza has only appeared in 14 games in the second half (53 plate appearances). His line: .373.396/.549, .405 wOBA, 153 wRC+. Peraza has been worth 0.4 WAR; in 30 games, Zack Cozart has been worth 0.5 since the All-Star break.
  • Joey Votto has scored more runs than any other Red in the second half, with 34. Billy Hamilton (28) is second. The Reds have scored 207 as a team, while allowing 164.
  • Eugenio Suarez: .298/.367/.482, .364 wOBA, 125 wRC+ over 40 games. I still think that, by the end of the season, we’re going to look up and find that Suarez has made real strides offensively and defensively (see below) this season. He’s still young, and without a doubt should be a part of this team’s future plans.
  • In case you’re wondering, All-Star Adam Duvall is hitting .236/.336/.465, .342 wOBA, 110 wRC+, with 6 homers. That’s probably more in line with what we can expect from Duvall, as opposed to his first half numbers, and it’s kind of a somewhat almost acceptable stat line, frankly.
  • Let’s compare Duvall’s line to Scott Schebler’s, since they look so similar: .253/.323/.483, .341 wOBA, 110 wRC+, 6 HR. Eerily similar, no? For what it’s worth, Schebler has the same number of homers as Duvall, but Duvall has 53 more plate appearances.
  • Second half home run leaders: Votto and Jay Bruce (7), Duvall and Schebler (6).
  • Let’s move on to the pitchers. Two Reds hurlers are at or above 1.0 WAR in the second half: Anthony DeSclafani (1.3 WAR), Dan Straily (1.0).
  • On the other end of the spectrum: Ross Ohlendorf (-0.5 WAR), Josh Smith (-0.3), John Lamb (-0.2 in his one second half appearance), Tim Adleman (-0.2), Jumbo Diaz (-0.1).
  • Why is Ross Ohlendorf still hanging around this rebuild? Best of luck to the guy, we loved your awesome windup and delivery, but it’s time for the Reds to move on.
  • These sample sizes are even smaller than the ones we looked at for the hitters, but who cares? Anthony DeSclafani is awesome: 5-2, 3.41 ERA, 3.44 FIP, 58 innings. Future #2 guy in the Reds rotation.
  • But in a lot of ways, Tony Disco hasn’t been anywhere in the same neighborhood as the best Reds pitcher in the second half. How about Dan Straily: 6-0, 1.98 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 50 innings. Straily isn’t slowing down at all, is he?
  • Brandon Finnegan: 4-2, 3.30 ERA, 4.96 FIP, 46.1 IP. More than acceptable for a 23 year-old.
  • You won’t be surprised to see this: Michael Lorenzen (2-0, 2.11 ERA, 3.01 FIP, 21.1 IP) and Raisel Iglesias (0-0, 1.19 ERA, 2.49 FIP, 22.2 IP) have been good. Iglesias is just amazing. Please, please, please, let Raisel’s shoulder hold up to the strains of starting next year…
  • Oh, Cody Reed: 0-3, 6.26 ERA, 5.06 FIP, 23 innings pitched. Better luck in September, and next year.
  • Tyler Holt: 1 inning pitched, 0.00 ERA, 3.15 FIP, 0.00 K/9.
  • I can’t find just second half numbers, so let’s see who has been the five best fielders on the Reds during the season, using FanGraphs’ catch-all defense stat (Defensive Runs Above Average): in order, Hamilton (15.6), Cozart (14.2), Tucker Barnhart (8.5), Suarez (4.2), Phillips (3.3). How many of you thought you’d ever see Suarez on that list? Especially above BP?
  • As a team, the Reds are hitting .276./.343/.432 in the second half, with a .332 wOBA and a 105 wRC+. That’ll work.
  • Reds’ starting pitchers in the second half: 18-11, 4.03 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 216.2 innings pitched.
  • Reds’ relievers during that same span: 5-6, 3.58 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 9 saves, 140.2 innings pitched.
  • Since the All-Star break, Redleg Nation has recorded 7 episodes of the podcast. Go listen to the latest one!
  • Okay, that’s just a little snapshot of where we are at the moment, and it’s enough for right now. It has been a fun second half so far. Let’s hope that continues.