The hidden reason behind the Reds' over streak
The Cincinnati Reds' over streak continues. They are now quietly riding a seven-game over trend into tonight's game on the road in Philadelphia after a 12-5 loss to the Phillies Monday night and a 5-4 win Tuesday night.
Hitting is definitely one reason for the streak - Cincy has scored 38 runs over those seven games. But there might be another you've overlooked: defense.
Cincy committed three errors Sunday, giving the club a total of nine over its past five games previous to Monday's game. They managed to commit no errors in Monday's loss but second baseman Brandon Phillips committed his fourth error of the season in Tuesday's game. The 10 errors over the past seven games have helped lead to 43 runs against in that time frame. That means their past seven games have seen a total of 76 runs. The combined over/under set by oddsmakers during that period was 55 runs.
“Is there stink on the field?” Reds manager Dusty Baker was reported as saying in the Cincinnati Enquirer
after Sunday’s 5-4 win. “You don’t want to stress it so much that you put too much pressure on the situation and make it worse. It’s a fine line.”
The Reds began a 4-game series in Philadelphia on Monday. The total is set at 8.5 for Wednesday's game.