A few numbers:
During the five-game losing skid, the Reds have struck out 54 times (WAY more than any other team in the majors over the past five games). They have 30 hits in the five games.
In his last 27 at-bats, Drew Stubbs has struck out 10 times. Joey Votto has struck out 8 times in his last 22 at-bats, Wladimir Balentien has struck out 7 times in his last 18 at-bats, Jonny Gomes has 7 Ks in 19 at-bats and Darnell McDonald has 7 Ks in 15 at-bats.
The Reds left 22 on base … this afternoon!
In seven games against Colorado this season, the Reds scored a total of 17 runs. In their past seven games against the Cubs, they’ve done a little better – 23 runs. In the past 14 games in which the Reds have faced the Rockies or the Cubs, they’re 1-13. (The “1″ was Justin Lehr’s complete-game shutout.) The Reds have scored more than 4 runs in 1 of those 14 games (and oddly, it wasn’t even their 1 win).
Since winning 2 of 3 at Wrigley in April, the Reds have lost 4 in a row there.
Before the current skid started, the Reds had actually won 7 consecutive road games.