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)

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.

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

11 Responses

  1. David

    This is why I couldn’t understand why Jocketty thought the greatest need at the deadline was a bullpen arm. Certainly Rhodes, Masset, and Cordero have been used with great regularity, but that’s going to continue no matter who you have. Your best bullpen arms are going to pitch the most.

  2. Steve

    Very interesting. Thanks for assembling this.

    The biggest surprise to me was how close the statistics were between Cordero and Rhodes in July.

    I wonder how much better Mike Leake’s statistics would be in the first 90 pitches or so of each start.

    • renbutler

      The biggest surprise to me was how close the statistics were between Cordero and Rhodes in July.

      That’s because Cordero’s occasional bad games always seem to overshadow his stretches of solid appearances around here.

  3. RiverCity Redleg

    @Steve: I don’t know the numbers, but I agree that Leake’s ERA is a tad misleading. He has run into some bad luck in the later innings. It seems the bullpen always lets in his inherited runners. And he had a couple of games he pitched brilliantly, but was left in one too many innings, like at Philly when he had a 6 run lead and came out in the ninth and gave up 3 or 4 runs.

  4. Bill Lack

    Big one to me is Cordero 18 baserunners in 11 innings, Rhodes 9 baserunners in 8 1/3… I’m just shocked at how lights out Ondrusek has been…what a story, almost released last spring…

  5. BJ Ruble

    I would have to think after the next couple of starts if Volquez is not any better than he has been, that he should get moved to the pen to make room for Bailey (if he pitches well in rehab).

    I love seeing Logan pitching so well, great guy and I think he is a good pitcher for GABP. He keeps the ball down and pounds the lower part of the zone.

    The biggest surprise of all to me is Jordan Smith. He has been much better than I thought he would be at this point of his career. I guess it was a great decision to put him on the 40 man and protect him last year.

  6. BJ Ruble

    Also, with as good a the pen has been, Dusty needs to make sure they pull Leake before he gets into the trouble that makes his numbers so misleading.

    • DZak1904

      No, that’s because reliever ERA is pretty meaningless. There’s a HUGE difference between the WHIPs.

      That’s only true when it comes to middle relief because they inherit runners. Thus a reliever could let 10 inherited runners score but still have an ERA of 0.00 and not be very useful. But Cordero comes in just about every time with no runners on base. His job is to keep them from scoring, and therefore ERA can be more useful when it comes to closers.

  7. hoosierdad

    @DZak1904: To me, the 2 most important numbers for relievers are:

    1) how many inherited runners did he allow to score
    2) how many of his own guys he put on base scored?

    After that, who really cares about his K to BB ratio? The bottom line is did he get the job done. If the batters put EVERY pitch he throws into play only to get thrown out, the guy had done his job. I know, over simplified, but this game really isn’t that difficult. Score more runs than you let the other team score and you win every time.