#REDS “FIRST-HALF” TALE OF THE TAPE

The season’s unofficial second-half begins tonight with the Reds kicking off a 3-game series against the Yankees (47-47) in the Bronx.

Cincinnati starts play tonight at 51-44, in third place, 1.5 games off the pace in the National League Central.  The Reds trail second place St. Louis by a half game.

In the Wild Card standings, the Reds are currently in 4th place, 1.0 game off the lead.

The Reds will send to the Yankee Stadium mound this weekend Mike Leake (tonight), Alfredo Simon (Saturday) and Johnny Cueto (Sunday) to face RHP David Phelps (tonight), RHP Brandon McCarthy (Saturday) and RHP Hiroki Kuroda (Sunday).  New York has gone 8-14 since June 21.

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With 51 wins, the Reds are the 12th team in franchise history to collect 50 victories at the All-Star break.

Last season, the Reds were 53-42 at the break.  When play resumed, they won 6 of 10 and finished with a 37-30 “second-half” mark.

In 2012, the Reds won 3 straight leading into the break and 22 of 25 after.  They finished with a 50-27 post-ASG record.

In 2010, the Reds were 49-41 at the break, 42-30 after.  They won 15 times in 22 games after the Mid-Summer Classic.

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Here’s where the Reds stack up among their colleagues in the National League…

BATTING
Runs, 8th, 377
Hits, 9th, 794
Doubles, 6th, 174
Home Runs, T7th, 81
Walks, 10th, 260
Strikeouts, 11th, 732
Batting Average, 8th, .249
On-Base Pct., 10th, .309
Slugging Pct., 6th, .386
Pitches Faced, 10th, 13,504
Grounded Into DP, 13th, 54
Extra Base-Hits, 6th, 266
Go Ahead RBI, 2nd, 96
Game Winning RBI, T4th, 49
Stolen Bases, 2nd, 81
Total Bases, 7th, 1,233
Left On Base, 10th, 632
Times On Base, 12th, 1,085
OPS (On-Base Pct. + Slugging), 8th, .695
Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 10th, .296
Ground Balls, T11th, 1,100
Fly Balls, 11th, 737
Runs Per Game, 8th, 3.97
Opponents Runs Per Game, 6th (fewest), 3.67

PITCHING
Saves, T4th, 28
Save Opportunities, T3rd, 42
Shutouts, T6th, 8
Innings Pitched, 10th (6th fewest), 855.0
Hits, 14th (2nd fewest), 746 (Giants, 745)
Runs, 12th (4th fewest), 349
Earned Runs, 9th, 329
Home Runs, 4th, 94
Walks, 6th, 286
Strikeouts, 5th, 764
ERA, 7th, 3.46
Opponents Batting Average, 1st (best), .234
Opponents OPS, T5th, .678
Opponents Batting Avg. On Balls In Play, 1st (best), .277
Pitches Thrown, 13th (3rd fewest), 13,513
Stolen Bases Against, 13th, 33
Base Runners Allowed, 12th, 1,065
Extra Base-Hits, 7th, 260
Hits Allowed Per 9.0 Innings, 1st (best), 7.85
Walks + Hits per Innings Pitched, 4th, 1.21

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