Know Your Foe #32: Rockies Welcome Votto-less Reds

ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 5: Reliever Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds sits in the dugout prior to playing against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on September 5 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Reds 4-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Right as the 2012 season was about to begin, the Reds successfully locked up their MVP 1B, Joey Votto, to a 10-year, $225M extension that will pretty much guarantee that Votto will remain with the Reds until he's 40. Votto made it a point this season to not let anyone regret such a mammoth commitment, and up until his injury, was absolutely killing the baseball. Check out Votto's line from this season:


Joey Votto

#19 / First Base / Cincinnati Reds

6-3

220

L

R

Sep 10, 1983


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2012 - Joey Votto 86 298 52 102 36 0 14 49 66 65 5 3 .342 .465 .604



Those numbers are superstar numbers. Those are MVP numbers. In fact, Votto's 36 doubles are leading the NL. His 66 walks, .465 OBP, and 1.069 OPS are also best in the NL. Votto hasn't played since 7/15 after undergoing knee surgery to repair torn cartilage. In his last game before the surgery, Votto went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double.

In his absence, Todd Frazier and Miguel Cairo have taken over 1B duties, and haven't been doing a very good job of it.

That said, the rest of the team has definitely been picking up the slack. Despite Frazier's poor batting numbers while playing 1B, over the past 30 days, Frazier, along with Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, and Chris Heisey have all been doing a fine job, each posting a wRC+ over 130 (meaning they have been at least 30% above league average during that timespan, with a 100 wRC+ being league average). Phillips, over that timeframe, has been batting nearly .340 while Ryan Ludwick has crushed 6 bombs.

Much as I would like to keep praising the Reds' offense and drooling over Joey Votto (I mean really, isn't this how we all felt when Todd Helton was in his mid-to-late 20s?), I would be remiss if I didn't speak about how much the Reds' pitching staff has done their part over the past month.

Fun fact #1: No member of the Reds pitching staff has an ERA above 4.00 in the past 30 days.

Fun fact #2: Only 2 members of the Reds staff have a FIP over 4.00, and only 3 above 3.50.

Fun fact #3: Reds starters are averaging at LEAST 6 innings a start.

Fun fact #4: This guy


Aroldis Chapman

#54 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds

6-4

195

L

L

Feb 28, 1988


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Aroldis Chapman 4-4 44 0 0 0 19 4 47.2 20 9 8 3 14 90 1.51 .71



90 strikeouts in 48 innings is just stupidly good. Over the past 30 days? 13 games, 12 innings, 11 saves, 0 runs, 3 walks, 29 punchouts. That's a strikeout rate of 21.16 per 9 innings. Those numbers aren't even real. The man has a FIP of nearly -1. Yes, negative 1. Let's hope Colorado can turn the fortunes of the rotation around so we don't have to see Chapman at any point where it might count.

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, July 27, 6:40PM MT

Bronson Arroyo vs Drew Pomeranz

Saturday, July 28, 6:10PM MT

Johnny Cueto vs Christian Friedrich

Sunday, July 29, 1:10PM MT

Mat Latos vs Jonathan Sanchez


Batting

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
Esmil Rogers 17 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
Derek Lowe 20 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Josh Tomlin 16 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .400 .400 .400
Shin-Soo Choo 93 364 65 108 32 2 12 39 43 87 10 5 .297 .382 .495
Michael Brantley 96 372 42 109 28 4 4 46 31 39 11 6 .293 .347 .422
Asdrubal Cabrera 90 361 48 101 22 1 12 44 35 63 2 3 .280 .349 .446
Jason Kipnis 97 378 56 105 13 3 11 55 41 63 21 4 .278 .350 .415
Lonnie Chisenhall 24 72 10 20 2 1 3 9 1 8 2 1 .278 .297 .458
Lou Marson 39 106 19 29 6 2 0 8 17 26 3 0 .274 .376 .368
Juan Diaz 5 15 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .267 .353 .267
Jeanmar Gomez 14 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Jose Lopez 56 185 15 46 13 0 4 28 6 32 0 0 .249 .268 .384
Carlos Santana 83 286 38 68 18 0 8 38 58 68 2 3 .238 .365 .385
Jack Hannahan 61 183 12 43 9 0 4 23 18 42 0 2 .235 .302 .350
Johnny Damon 60 194 25 45 6 2 4 18 17 26 4 0 .232 .294 .345
Casey Kotchman 88 300 36 69 10 0 10 38 19 34 3 0 .230 .291 .363
Travis Hafner 56 187 20 43 6 2 10 29 30 39 0 0 .230 .352 .444
Shelley Duncan 63 175 27 39 9 0 9 24 26 43 1 2 .223 .322 .429
Luke Carlin 4 14 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 .214 .214 .286
Jason Donald 18 48 5 9 1 0 0 4 3 17 3 0 .188 .226 .208
Matt LaPorta 3 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .182 .182 .182
Aaron Cunningham 72 97 5 17 4 0 1 7 9 25 0 3 .175 .245 .247
Ubaldo Jimenez 20 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Justin Masterson 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brent Lillibridge 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Dan Wheeler 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Rafael Perez 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jairo Asencio 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Tony Sipp 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Smith 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Cody Allen 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nick Hagadone 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Zach McAllister 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Scott Barnes 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Accardo 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Vinnie Pestano 44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Chris Perez 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

Pitching

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Cody Allen 0-0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3.1 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.00 .90
Vinnie Pestano 3-0 44 0 0 0 0 1 43.0 26 7 7 2 16 53 1.47 .98
Esmil Rogers 1-0 17 0 0 0 0 0 21.2 13 7 6 4 5 25 2.49 .83
Chris Perez 0-2 40 0 0 0 29 2 38.1 31 12 12 2 8 44 2.82 1.02
Joe Smith 7-2 44 0 0 0 0 2 43.0 33 16 15 3 15 31 3.14 1.12
Zach McAllister 4-2 10 10 0 0 0 0 62.1 61 32 22 7 16 59 3.18 1.24
Rafael Perez 1-0 8 0 0 0 0 0 7.2 5 3 3 1 4 4 3.52 1.17
Jeremy Accardo 0-0 23 0 0 0 0 0 29.1 27 13 12 3 12 25 3.68 1.33
Justin Masterson 7-8 21 21 1 0 0 0 133.1 127 66 61 9 56 105 4.12 1.37
Ubaldo Jimenez 8-9 20 20 0 0 0 0 116.0 117 67 64 17 69 88 4.97 1.60
Derek Lowe 8-9 20 20 1 1 0 0 116.2 148 72 66 8 43 40 5.09 1.64
Jeanmar Gomez 4-7 14 13 0 0 0 0 73.0 75 48 42 10 26 35 5.18 1.38
Josh Tomlin 5-7 16 15 0 0 0 0 91.0 104 55 54 14 21 51 5.34 1.37
Tony Sipp 0-2 40 0 0 0 1 0 32.0 28 20 19 6 15 37 5.34 1.34
Jairo Asencio 1-1 18 0 0 0 0 0 25.2 27 17 17 4 8 21 5.96 1.36
Nick Hagadone 1-0 27 0 0 0 1 1 25.1 26 18 18 4 15 26 6.39 1.62
Scott Barnes 0-0 7 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 12 9 9 1 7 10 8.10 1.90
Dan Wheeler 0-0 13 0 0 0 0 0 12.1 17 12 12 3 7 2 8.76 1.95


Cincinnati Reds Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mat Latos ankle 07/24/2012

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Joey Votto knee 07/16/2012

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryan Madson elbow 03/24/2012
Nick Masset shoulder 03/26/2012

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