The Cincinnati Reds got exactly what they needed on Monday night in Coors Field. The offense busted out of whatever funk they’ve been in as they pounded out 18 hits and 13 runs while striking out just three times in a blowout 13-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (27-33)
13 18 1
Colorado Rockies (21-38)
3 9 0
W: Abbott (4-5) L: Feltner (1-5)
Box Score | Game Thread

Colorado didn’t take much time before getting to Andrew Abbott. Brendan Rodgers doubled with one out and then scored on a single by Elehuris Montero. Cincinnati would tie the game up in the top of the 2nd inning after back-to-back singles from Spencer Steer and Jake Fraley put runners on the corners. Tyler Stephenson grounded into a double play, but Steer scored from third on the play.

The Reds would play add on in the 3rd inning when Elly De La Cruz doubled in Will Benson to make it 2-1. Jeimer Candelario then followed up with a 423-foot homer that made it 4-1. The Rockies got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning when Brendan Rodgers hit a long home run of his own to make it 4-2. They weren’t finished there, though. A walk was followed up by two singles to make it 4-3 before a strikeout ended the inning.

Coors Field is going to Coors Field, though. Cincinnati got singles from Tyler Stephenson and Jonathan India in the 4th and then both would come around to score on a triple by Will Benson. TJ Friedl capped off the inning with an RBI single that extended the Reds lead to 7-3.

While Andrew Abbott settled in, Ryan Feltner did not. Jeimer Candelario led off the 5th with a double off of the base of the wall in left field and scored on a ground out later in the inning. The Reds went back to work in the 6th when Nick Martini doubled to start the frame and then scored on a sacrifice fly. Spencer Steer would cap off the inning with an RBI single that plated two more runs and pushed the lead to 11-3.

After six innings of 3-run baseball from Andrew Abbott, the Reds turned to Brent Suter for the 7th inning. He would work around a 1-out double to keep Cincinnati’s lead at eight runs.

In the 8th inning the Reds got the raw end of the deal on a blown call. With runners on the corners, Elly De La Cruz hit a ball where he did not even attempt to run the bases on. Colorado turned a double play to end the inning. The replay clearly showed the ball hit De La Cruz in the foot, which is why he didn’t run – it was a foul ball. But the umpires got together than ruled it didn’t hit him and apparently you can’t challenge the call, so the inning was over on a double play that happened on a ground ball that was foul. Fortunately the Reds were up by eight runs at that point.

Brent Suter returned for his second inning of work. Like his previous inning he gave up a 1-out hit, but also like that inning he worked around the baserunner to keep the Rockies at three runs on the day. Cincinnati padded their lead in the 9th when Tyler Stephenson got a green light on 3-0 against Angel Chivilli, a 21-year-old making his big league debut, and hit a 2-run homer to make it 13-3.

With a 10-run lead, the Reds sent Justin Wilson to the mound fresh off of the injured list. He would hit the first batter of the inning, but he rebounded with a grounder to short that turned into a double play. Another grounder to shortstop ended the game and sealed the victory.

Key Moment of the Game

Will Benson’s 2-run triple in the 4th that turned a 1-run game into a 3-run game.

Notes Worth Noting

Cincinnati had 10 players come to the plate in the game and each of them had at least one hit. Six players had at least two hits.

The Reds didn’t draw a single walk in the game but also only struck out three times.

The Reds have now won seven of their last ten games. Only two other teams in the division played on Monday, but both the Brewers and Cardinals lost. Cincinnati gained ground on everyone in the division with their win.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs Colorado Rockies

Tuesday June 4th, 8:40pm ET

Frankie Montas (4-2, 4.60 ERA) vs Ty Blach (2-2, 4.15 ERA)

64 Responses

  1. JayTheRed

    Nice to see. Hopefully they didn’t use all their hits in the first game. Reds could sweep this series, but I’ll be happy with 2 or 3 wins.

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  2. LDS

    You have to take advantage when playing bad teams. Tonight the Reds did. Sweep Colorado and put pressure on Milwaukee. It’s not as much fun as sweeping th3 Dodgers but it’ll help in th3 standings.

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    • jmb

      If you haven’t noticed, the Reds are a bad team. A bad team “exploded” offensively against a worse team. The good thing is that Candelario and India are padding their numbers. The Dodgers could use both.

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      • Melvin

        We’ve had a nice stretch recently going 7 -3 in the last ten. Unfortunately Krall will most likely use that as an excuse to stay in his “comfortable seat” and not seek help. Hope I’m wrong.

      • Tom Reeves

        The reds can’t be a bad team with the quality of starting pitching this team has.

      • Earmbrister

        Tom, you couldn’t have said it better. This team’s starting pitching alone makes it a middle of the pack team. Fan sentiment has grown overly negative.

        The bats should come around in time. It defies the laws of probability that mostly the entire lineup would be in a slump at the same time. If you had asked me before the season started, I would’ve expected a sophomore slump from EDLC and he has been decent. I wasn’t worried about the rest of last year’s rookies. Of course, the McLain injury was huge as he was the player I was most confident in. However, it’s a long season and hopefully CES and Marte get back into the lineup and start producing along with Freidl. After a terrible start, Candelario’s bat has come to life. I expected more from Tyler Stephenson, Benson and Steer but they have the ability to contribute more. I’m not ready to give up on any of them individually, but will a player trade come just to shake up the dugout?

      • LDS

        @jmb, I agree, they exploded against a very bad team. Then again, they’ve lost to some pretty bad teams as well. So, unlike the Reds’ sycophants here and in the fawning media, I don’t think it means all that much either. The team still is missing key pieces, and they still have the Bell problem. And no matter how much lipstick one smears on a pig, it’s still a pig.

      • Dewey Roberts

        The Reds trimmed $50 million or more from their payroll by getting rid of their best players. Then they turned around and spent $50 million on 3 players that are not star caliber. One great player would have been better than three so so players. Oh well.

      • Chris

        Just curious. A bad team exploded against a worse team. Okay fine, I see your logic, but how do you square that when this so-called bad team swept the Dodgers, you know, a good team? The fact is, the Reds are a very good team that had a horrific month. Arguably the best starting staff in baseball depending on what metrics you are looking at. By the way, the NL Champ Phillies had almost the identical record in 2022 after May, with a lesser starting staff; how’d that turn out for them, an equally bad team. Seven out of the last ten for this BAD team. LOL

  3. CFD3000

    A good start to the series. Now that they’ve run the projected mid-season gauntlet and have a slightly easier stretch they need to gain some ground on .500 and the rest of the division. With Lodolo and Friedl back, Marte headed to his rehab assignment and back soon and presumably CES on the mend things are looking a bit better. So long as the starting pitching continues to be healthy I remain moderately optimistic. I know, don’t go too crazy. Go Reds!

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    • Rednat

      I had in my mind when the season started that if the reds were 40-40 when Marte returned, we would have a shot at the playoffs. Maybe we can get there. A sweep in colorado would help!

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    • DW

      I’m with you CFD. And Stephenson, Steer, and Candelario seem to be heating up a bit. A lot of adversity with injuries and sickness this season. Hopefully all that is in the rearview mirror.

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    • Votto4life

      In 2021, I remember everyone talking about how the Reds had the division in the bag because they had the easiest schedule in baseball in September.

      Last season, we were told the Reds had the easiest schedule in baseball in August and September. Once again, they finished outside the money.

      So, when I read the Reds are now going into the soft part of their schedule, I just cringe.

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      • VaRedsFan

        It is cringe worthy indeed. The Dodgers just had an easy part of their schedule, but got swept by the Reds.

        Baseball is not played by looking at the teams on a calendar.
        It’s played 1AB at a time and 1 game at a time.

  4. CallowayPost

    As much as I have to say about this win…the only thing I’ll say is how great it was to actually hear the crack of the bats all night.

    We squared up the ball all night.

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    • Pharmer85

      And only 3 Ks, none by Elly or Benson. Gotta like that.

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  5. Mauired

    5 very winnable games left this week. Rockies aren’t a MLB team. Cubs are looking pretty average this year.

    As bad as Reds have been they are not even close to being dead. There’s a just not very many good teams in NL this year but a lot of mediocre ones. Reds are two games out of the playoffs. Division really isn’t that important. Last year not one division winner participated in the World Series.

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  6. DW

    Nothing like a trip to Coors Field to get the offense going. Hopefully it is a confidence booster and some momentum can be built.

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    • TR

      With the extra room of Coors Field, the offense there has often gone against the Reds over the years. And I hope the Reds can avoid the difficulty of scoring a run or two in the next game after a blowout win.

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  7. Tom Reeves

    The Reds have a +3 run diff with an xW/L of 30-30. All the one-run games – which are always going to be toss ups – the team lost are depressing the record. Slowly but surely this team is regressing to its mean, which is probably a .500 team with all the injuries and suspension. But as this team fights its way back into contention, it’s building grit and resiliency.

    Remember, the strongest steels are forged in the fires of a dumpster.

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  8. Klugo

    Those BAs are finally starting to creep up to respectable levels. Maybe the worst is behind us and the water will start to level out.

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  9. kypodman

    Interesting team tidbit outside of the offensive explosion last night, the Reds have now won 6 straight opening game of a series and 7 of the last 8. I wonder if this is closing in on a record or not. Just a curios tidbit for everyone!

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  10. Redsgettingbetter

    I think it’s so important carrying this game offense on the rest of the series because the Rockies are good hitters at Coors so we can expect they will score some runs. The Reds trend to cool off after this kind of breakouts this season… Hope Montas will be that pitcher on the first two outings and remember when he said would go to win 20 games on himself this year…

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    • JayTheRed

      I’d be happy if he gets to 15 wins personally. Wins and Loses are a bad stat for pitchers now days. Most guys are lucky if they go 6 innings anymore. Sure, miss Complete games and Shutouts. I do like to see lopsided games too especially when the Reds are on the winning side of it.

      Haven’t really read anywhere on here about this game but, Abbott gave a nice effort even though he wasn’t at his best.

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  11. old-school

    Good to see the Reds up and down through the order put some nice swings on the ball. Abbott battled. Looks like Suter said the way to pitch in Coors is East/West around the zone and not North/south or least go a little higher North with the FB. It worked.

    Reds back to 6 under .500 but incredibly only 2 games behind the Cubs for 2nd place with 2 against the Rockies to come and then a big???? 4 game home stand with the Cubs. Now is moving time for the season if the Reds want to climb back in things.

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    • JayTheRed

      I was pretty surprised how many pitches on both sides were called strikes on the higher end of the zone. A few I was like wow huge zone tonight.

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  12. Indy Red Man

    CES, Marte, and Williamson on the way. Hopefully the bats are coming around and the rotation is healthy. It feels like the first positive signs all season. We still need help in the back of the pen. Who feels good about Sims/Diaz? Our record in 1 run games is only slightly flukey. When you have 2 guys thrown out needlessly every game and give up runs late then you lose

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    • BK

      For all the SB, our base running seems overly aggressive as we give up a lot of outs.

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  13. SultanofSwaff

    First game all year I could change the channel because the game was well in hand in our favor. Not to count chickens, but this is a sweep-able series as we miss the Rockies two best starters. It would be nice to come home within spitting distance of .500 versus a Cubs team we can all agree are no better than the Reds.

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  14. Mark Moore

    Apparently Jobu made the trip and the Mile-High air agreed with him. Let’s hope he can sober up for tonight’s contest.

    I stayed up a bit too late and saw all but TySteve’s blast. No regrets. Good to see a bunch of small ball as well.

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  15. LarkinPhillips

    I fell asleep when the game was 8-3 or so. Nice to see them continue to pile on though.

    I did notice in the box score that Hurtubuise entered late for Friedl. Was that strategic rest (hopefully) or did something happen to Friedl?

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    • Mark Moore

      Thrall/Cowboy noted it was probably for some rest. Nothing happened that I saw.

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  16. old-school

    Rockies going with a lefty today. I would imagine Fairchild and Espinal in the lineup and the overload of lefties in Fraley, Benson, Martini all sitting. Hopefully Stephenson hits today and tomorrow so Maile might get the start at Catcher with the lefty going tonight.

    I’ve never got a Bell lineup correct but i will try again with the lefty going.

    India 2b
    Elly SS
    Steer LF
    Stephenson DH
    Candy 1b
    Friedl CF
    Fairchild RF
    Espinal 3b
    Maile C

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    • The Duke

      I don’t think they are going to move Candelario out of the 3 hole, he has a near 1.000 OPS in his 11 games there so far.

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      • LarkinPhillips

        I don’t know if Candy should move or who, but having Steer and Stephenson behind Elly would make a lot of sense as bringing in a lefty to switch Elly to Right handed (his weaker side) would then make a lefty face Steer and Stephenson rather than turning Candy around and then having Fraley behind him to face a lefty as we have seen happen a few times.

        Contrary to modern analytics, lineups do matter and help put your players in a better position to have a chance to succeed.

      • MBS

        @Larkin, I would never let EDLC have a LHB ahead or behind him. An ideal lineup for me with our current roster would be.

        General Lineup 70% of the time

        1 Friedl (CF) 2 Steer (1B) 3 EDLC (SS)
        4 Steph (C) 5 Candy (3B) 6 Indy (2B)
        7 Fraley (DH) 8 Fair (LF) 9 Ben (RF)

        VS LHP, 20 % of the time
        (Rotation Espy in)

        1 Friedl (CF) 2 Steer (1B) 3 EDLC (SS)
        4 Steph (C) 5 Candy (3B) 6 Indy (DH)
        7 Fair (LF) 8 Espy (2B) 9 Ben (RF)

        VS RHP, 10 % of the time
        (Rotating in Maile, Martini, Hurt)

        1 Friedl (CF) 2 Steer (2B) 3 EDLC (SS)
        4 Candy (3B) 5 Martini (1B) 6 Fraley (DH)
        7 Ben (RF) 8 Maile (C) 9 Hurtubise (LF)

        These are general, as everyone will need a day off. The key would be to give enough playing time to the bench, but the bulk to the starters. Also to keep key bats in key places in the lineup.

    • LarkinPhillips

      MLB should have a game where you try to predict the lineup that Bell will use that day. My guess verse a lefty today is same lineup and positions with Fairchild leading off and India hitting behind Candy.

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  17. Jason T.

    Great to have TJ back. He brings intangibles to the lineup that seem to spark some offense. Great to see the bats last night and a team effort at that. If Benson and Elly can get going that will be big.
    Stephenson, Candy, India, Steer all playing better recently is also huge. As we continue to get players back over the next weeks as well that will only help.
    AA pitched with a lot of grit and moxie. A huge pitch count after 3 innings and he really dug deep to give us 6 quality innings. Our pitching has been good to great this season overall.
    Definitely winnable games coming up and would love to see us contune the hitting.

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    • JB

      Agree on Abbott. Like a prize fighter Coors field punched him in the face a few times early but he regrouped and came back strong. Just a gutsy outing by Abbott.

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  18. docmike

    I just assumed that our hitters have just been terrible this year, but it turns out that is not the case. 6 of our 9 position players are above average for their position, and another is right at average. Our starters’ OPS compared to league averages:

    EDLC = .746 (MLB average for SS .724, Elly is 10th among qualified shortstops)
    Steer = .754 (MLB average for LF .702, Steer is 8th among qualified LF’s)
    TySteve = .748 (MLB average for C is .672, Tyler would be 7th if he had enough AB’s)
    Candy = .739 (MLB average for 3B .710, Candy is 10th among qualified 3B)
    Benson = .735 (MLB average for CF is .672, Will is 7th among qualified CF)
    Fraley = .713 (MLB average for RF is .711, Jake would be 12th if he had enough AB’s)
    India = .686 (MLB average for 2B is .670, India is 13th among qualified 2B)

    Based on those numbers, our lineup maybe hasn’t been as bad as we thought. Of course, we have had a pair of black holes in the lineup all year, mainly at 1B and DH. CES (.513 OPS), Espinal (.546) Martini (.596) Maile (.525), and Ford (.411) have all been horrendous.

    Still, offense is WAY down across MLB this year. The average OPS is a paltry .698, so our lineup doesn’t look nearly as bad when you look at the numbers league-wide.

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    • SultanofSwaff

      Good stuff. I think it speaks to how good pitching is nowadays.

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    • Votto4life

      And yet the Reds are in last place, 9 games behind the Brewers and 6 games under .500

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    • VaRedsFan

      I think this just shows that you have to have 3-4 great (top 1-3) position players if you really want to be winners.
      Mediocrity is just what it sounds like.
      I think the hitters will get better, but getting to be a top 3 guy might not be in the cards this year.

      Their starting pitching has been their calling card so far this year. They need all star hitters to get to the next level.

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    • Dave

      Try repeating that exercise with OPS+. The Reds play in one of the better hitting parks in MLB. When they are middle of the pack in runs scored (which they aren’t, but a hot week could get them there), they are actually a very poor offense. On the bright side, that means their starting pitching is even better than it looks at first glance.

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    • Rednat

      Yes baseball is in a terrible dead ball era. Pitching way to dominant. Will the league intervene?

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  19. LarkinPhillips

    One of my least favorite things about platooning multiple positions is a day like today where you are coming off a good day, but now face a lefty so half the lineup will be different players and in different positions in the order. Just seems hard to get in a good rhythm like that to me.

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    • Jim Walker

      +500. Presuming Friedl and Fairchild both start tonight, it will be interesting to see who bats lead off and who plays CF (and will the same person do both)?

      Friedl has a +.400 career OBP vs LHP; and, Fairchild’s OBP vs LHP this year is also .400+. It might make sense to bat them at 1 and 2 with EDLC dropped down to say 6th.

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      • wkuchad

        I’m guessing we’ll see Dunn start tonight.

      • wkuchad

        Since we brought him up on the same day we’re facing a lefty.

      • Jim Walker

        @WKUChad>>Perhaps something is going on with injuries that Bell will reveal at his pregame?

        Otherwise, Dunn’s arrival may be to set them with an RH bat in the DH spot vs an LHP. Probably Steer or Candy at DH with Espinal at 3B and Friedl, Fairchild, and Dunn in the OF.

      • Jim Walker

        But long term, I hope Dunn is not up to play just against LHP. If he is going to be playing on a more regular basis, as they say “something has to give” somewhere.

      • wkuchad

        Agree long term. Right now, we just need someone (hopefully a few) to hit with an OPS north of .800. Last, we had that with six of our regular starters. This year, nada.

  20. Jimmy

    Good pitching keeps you in games and good hitting gets you the win. We have had the pitching, but got snakebit this year on the hitters injury/suspension. Losing 1st, 3rd and 6th batters for first half was bound to hurt (Friedl, McCLain, Marte) – talent matters. Also in baseball you don’t fight the streak. Hitters are starting to hit & now have won 7 of 10.
    What I’m saying is they have a chance!

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  21. docmike

    Looks like my post generated some good discussion so far. Some other musings:

    I didn’t mean to imply that our team offense has been good. Despite most of our starters being above average, the Reds team OPS is still just .673, which ranks 24th out of 30 teams. Those guys at the bottom (CES, Espinal, Martini, Maile, Ford, etc) are really weighing things down for he team as a whole.

    The Reds lineup doesn’t really have any superstars right now. It’s a bunch of guys who are pretty good, with a few who have been REALLY bad.

    It also shows the difference between large market teams like the Yankees and Dodgers, and small markets like the Reds and Pirates. We just don’t have the depth to survive a spate of injuries (McLain, Friedl), suspensions (Marte), or just flat-out poor performance (CES). The Reds have simply had too many at-bats from guys that should be in Louisville this year.

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    • wkuchad

      your last paragraph says it all, and I completely agree

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    • Votto4life

      Milwaukee is a small market team. Cleveland is a small market team. Kansas City and Minnesota are small market teams. All are over .500

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      • wkuchad

        That’s great, but it doesn’t address his point.

        “We just don’t have the depth to survive a spate of injuries (McLain, Friedl), suspensions (Marte), or just flat-out poor performance (CES).”

  22. docmike

    Someone above mentioned using OPS+ instead of OPS. It does make some difference, but not a large one. Here are the same guys I listed above:

    EDLC = 112 OPS+
    Steer = 115
    TySteve = 112
    Candy = 108
    Benson = 108
    Fraley = 104
    India = 98

    So according to that, most of the Reds starters are still generally doing pretty well. That’s 6 guys at an OPS+ of 104 or higher, with another slightly below 100. Fairchild is also sitting at a 99, too.

    Then you have the anchors:

    CES = 45
    Espinal = 56
    Martini = 68
    Maile = 52

    Those 4 guys have contribued a lot of poor at-bats, which have canceled out any of the good from the other starters. Then, check out these numbers:

    Mike Ford = OPS+ of 16 (60 at-bats)
    Bubba Thompson = OPS+ of negative 22 (18 at-bats)

    Woof.

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    • MBS

      Good breakdown. I’d expect Friedl will join the 100+ OPS+ group soon. That would give us 9 batters who are 98OPS+ or higher. That’s a good thing, but the problem is we don’t have any standouts.

      2023

      Benson 130 OPS +
      McLain 129
      Marte 120
      Steer 119
      Friedl 118

      Last year we had 5 guys who were higher in OPS+ than our top guy this season. We need several guys to really pick it up.

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      • docmike

        Yeah, no having any all-star level hitters makes it harder to overcome the black holes with OPS’s below .600, and we have plenty of those guys.

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