Reds leading way with .300 hitters

Reds leading way with .300 hitters

CINCINNATI -- Fifteen National League regulars entered Saturday hitting .300 or better. As the league's top run-producing team, Cincinnati boasted more than a quarter of them.

Third baseman Scott Rolen (.313), second baseman Brandon Phillips (.311), left fielder Jonny Gomes (.307) and first baseman Joey Votto (.302) each rank among the league leaders in batting. The Rockies are the only other NL team to have more than one regular with a .300 average, as they have two.

With the heart of the Reds' lineup consistently hitting and producing runs, it's no surprise that the club led the NL in hitting, runs, hits, total bases, home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage heading into Sunday's game.

"How many good at-bats can your team put together against a starting pitcher?" Rolen said. "A starting pitcher that's gotta work for the first eight outs, how many more outs can he get? When you start getting guys on base and start getting guys in scoring position, where's the ball going? You're not giving up outs, you're not giving free outs -- swinging at bad pitches, popping up, rolling over."

Last season, Votto (.322) was the only Reds player to finish with an average above .300. Phillips was second at .276.