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July Stats Up for Resurgent Reds

The Cincinnati Reds enjoyed their best month of the SP78 campaign in July, going 17-11 and finishing the month in fourth place in the NL West, 3½ games ahead of the fifth-place Astros, but no closer to the division-leading Dodgers than they were on June 30th, when they were 16½ games back. In head-to-head match-ups, the Reds went 10-2 against the Mets and Expos of the NL East, but sadly will face neither team in August; instead, they’ll meet up with the red-hot Padres and Pirates—who are a combined 10-2 against Cincinnati in SP78—a total of 13 times that month.

Individually, third baseman Pete Rose was tied for the National League lead in hits for July with 45, and his .378 average for the season ranks him among the NL batting leaders. Bullpen ace Doug Bair led relief pitchers with nine saves and 16 mound appearances, good for a 0.68 ERA for the month and a 1.35 mark for the year, while reliever Pedro Borbon went 3-0 in ten games (and this despite a 4.63 ERA over those ten games). On the negative side, catcher Johnny Bench had four passed balls in July—including three in one game—to bring his season total to nine, the most he’s had in one year since he fumbled that same amount back in 1970.

Also, the new stolen base/caught stealing stat box, which shows separate SB and CS totals for each player, is now available on all Reds stat pages (including July), as well as those for the Braves and Cubs. Click here to see all Cincinnati statistics for July, and when doing so keep in mind that some stats—such as league leaders, award winners, and team batting and pitching rankings—will not be available until all team stats for the month have been finalized.

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Sparky Revamps Reds Lineup

cin-sparky-anderson-portraitWith the Reds on the verge of extinction from the NL West divisional race, 15½ games back of the front-running Dodgers, manager Sparky Anderson has decided to do what, according to a comment he made following Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Padres, “what I should’ve flippin’ done back in June, instead of panicking,” and restore the Reds lineup to its classic Big Red Machine starting eight of 1976 (with Dan Driessen at first base in place of Tony Perez, now with the Expos). This lineup will go into effect on Monday, when the Reds travel to Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates, and will continue as the everyday lineup for the remainder of the SP78 season.

“I began making changes after that doubleheader loss to Montreal,” said Anderson, referring to a demoralizing twinbill sweep at the hands of the Expos early in May, “and I think that’s where our troubles began. I take full responsibility for sending us into this tailspin, and hopefully this change will pull us out of it.”

According to Anderson, the batting order will be written as follows: Rose (3B), Morgan (2B), Griffey (RF), Foster (LF), Bench (C), Driessen (1B), Concepcion (SS), and Geronimo (CF). Also, the Reds have recalled pitcher Bill Bonham from AAA Indianapolis to help their beleaguered starting rotation; he’ll make his first start Tuesday night against Don Robinson, in the second game of the 3-game set at Three Rivers Stadium.

Added Sparky, “I gave it a shot, and Rick, Champ, Junior, and the rest of the guys did admirable work filling in…but let’s see what the Machine can do now at full strength.”

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