- With the Reds 5-3 win over the Astros yesterday, the Reds now have 82 wins guaranteeing them a .500+ season for the 67th time since their first season in 1882 when they went 55-25.
- No NL team has hit more homers on the road this season than the Pittsburgh Pirates who have slammed 88.
- Since the All-Star break, the Giants have the highest NL team batting average at .271.
- The Reds lead the NL with a .274 average leading off an inning.
- The Marlins have the worst average in the NL with runners on base (.241).
- The Reds have the best team ERA in the NL away from home with 3.26.
- The Padres pitchers have the best batting average against batters in the NL leading off an inning at just .230.
- No NL team has allowed fewer 1st inning runs than the Nationals starters who have permitted just 53.
- No NL staff has allowed fewer two-out runs than the Dodgers who have permitted just 176.
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Todd Frazier scuffled as a utility man in 2011 and began this year in the minors, but the 26-year-old has turned into a key offensive cog for the Reds. Aside from auditioning for a spot on The Avengers by hitting a no-hands homer performing Heimlich heroics, Frazier has a 141 OPS+ that ranks second on the club behind Joey Votto.
Pitchers are quickly learning the perils of throwing Frazier a fastball. Five of his seven home runs have come against heaters, and he has one of the 15 highest slugging percentages in the NL against the pitch:
Highest slugging percentage vs. fastballs among NL batters
Frazier became the Reds' regular third baseman when Scott Rolen went on the DL with pain in his oft-troublesome left shoulder. Rolen, whose poor hitting since 2011 is due largely to his decline against fastballs (he's slugging .343 versus heat since then), is expected to be activated as soon as today.
But don't fear, Reds fans. Considering his versatility (he has played every infield position in the majors, plus left field), the poor production of Cincy's left fielders (a collective .681 OPS) and Rolen's tenuous health, Frazier should continue to see regular ABs. Even Dusty Baker wouldn't bench a guy who can do this, right?
Joey Votto hit three home runs against the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, the last one a walk-off grand slam versus Henry Rodriguez. All three homers came on pitches in very different parts of the strike zone.
Here's a look at Votto's ISO heat map prior to Sunday's outburst, beginning in 2010:
The first home run Votto hit came on an Edwin Jackson fastball that sat right in the middle of the zone:
With two outs and the bases loaded in the 9th and the Reds trailing by one run, Votto launched this 2-2 fastball from Henry Rodriguez over the center field wall. Unlike the first HR which was right in the middle of the zone, or the second HR which was low in the zone, this pitch was fairly high. However, it was still an area that Votto has done well in. On pitches up, Votto has a .272 batting average and .485 slugging percentage, and this ninth inning homer was his 13th on a high pitch since 2010.