Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Cincinnati Reds, they did just that.
The Reds are now 3-22 and nothing is going right for them.
Injuries have taken their toll on the team, the fans are frustrated with the ownership group, and the team president upset fans with a controversial comment.
The Reds seem to be in self-destruct mode right now, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan points out a few key problems with the team.
They have scored the fewest runs in the National League and even if they doubled that, they would still have scored fewer runs than they have allowed.
Plus, their team ERA sits at 6.90, which is a full two runs worse than the next worst team.
Passan also has a theory for why things are going so poorly on the banks of the Ohio River.
The Cincinnati Reds are now 3-22.
They have scored an NL-worst 79 runs. If they doubled that, it would still be fewer runs than they've allowed, 166.
Their 6.90 ERA is a full two runs worse than the next-worst team. Not nice at all.
This is tanking at its absolute ugliest.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 5, 2022
Despite injuries taking their toll, the Reds really did this to themselves.
There’s a word for that.
Something the players worked so hard to try and curb when negotiating during the lockout and something that looked like had been curbed when a new deal was struck, still hasn’t stopped.
Teams are still openly tanking, and the Reds are the clearest example of that.
This team clearly isn’t trying to win, and the front office has successfully alienated the fanbase.
The Reds are in no position to contend, and the front office looks worse by the day as the Reds keep on losing.