The Reds are 16-5 since the first day of May. 16-5.
That run of success continued on Saturday evening at Great American Ball Park as Homer Bailey went six strong innings and Aroldis Chapman earned his 12th save in an easy 5-2 defeat of the visiting Cubs.
Bailey now owns a 3.08 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 63/18 K/BB ratio through 64 1/3 innings (10 starts) this season. He had a great 2012 and looks ready to take another big step forward here in 2013. Chapman has a 2.74 ERA and has fanned 39 batters in 23 innings. He’s 12-for-14 in save opportunities thus far.
The Cardinals are on a 16-6 run of their own this month and are still sitting at the top of the National League Central standings, but only by a half-game. And they have to get through Clayton Kershaw this afternoon.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5
Indians 4, Red Sox 7
Angels 7, Royals 0
Rockies 5, Giants 6 (10 innings)
Twins 3, Tigers 2
Pirates 5, Brewers 2
Cubs 2, Reds 5
Yankees 4, Rays 3 (11 innings)
Marlins 1, White Sox 2
Athletics 11, Astros 5
Cardinals 3, Dodgers 5
Phillies 5, Nationals 3
Braves 6, Mets 0
Rangers 5, Mariners 2
Padres 10, Diamondbacks 4
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are among the teams that have contacted the Reds about outfielder Jay Bruce. The Mariners enter play Wednesday 51-48, six games out of first place in the AL West and 4.5 games out of the second AL Wild Card slot. Adding an impact bat like Bruce could help in their effort to reach the postseason.
Norichika Aoki and Seth Smith have handled the bulk of the playing time in left field. While Smith has hit well, Aoki has not. Bruce came into Wednesday’s game against the Giants batting .271/.324/.567 with 24 home runs and a league-best 78 RBI.
Bruce can become a free agent after the season if his controlling team declines his $13 million club option for the 2017 season by paying him a $1 million buyout. If he’s traded mid-season, his new team won’t be able to make him a qualifying offer, so the club option may be more enticing than it looks at first glance.
A third-inning two-run home run by Adam Rosales off of R.A. Dickey put the Padres up 2-0, but it also helped the Padres tie a National League record. The Padres have homered in 25 consecutive games, matching the 1998 Braves, the 1994 Tigers, and the 1941 Yankees. The major league record is 27, set by the 2002 Rangers.
The Padres hit three in total on Wednesday in an 8-4 victory against the Blue Jays. One of those dingers was an eighth-inning solo shot by rookie Alex Dickerson, who has now homered in four consecutive games himself. The one he hit on Monday is worth watching, as it got into the upper deck at the Rogers Centre.
As the Padres recently traded Melvin Upton, Jr. to the Jays, Dickerson is likely going to see regular playing time. That’s especially true if he keeps hitting like this.