The Cincinnati Reds are bad at baseball.
There is no other way around it: they are, plain and simple, the worst team in MLB.
It’s sad that one of the most traditional franchises in the league has owners that just don’t want to compete.
As a result, the end product is not a good one: fans who want to go to home games will do it knowing that the Reds are 3-19 to open the season.
Their pitching is bad, their offense is worse, and there also injuries to crucial players.
It’s not a good time to be a Reds fan.
“The Reds have an OPS+ of 63. No American or National League team has ever finished a season that low. The Reds have an ERA+ of 72. No American or National League team in the last 100 years has finished a season that low,” Codify Baseball tweeted.
The Reds have an OPS+ of 63. No American or National League team has ever finished a season that low.
The Reds have an ERA+ of 72. No American or National League team in the last 100 years has finished a season that low.
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) May 3, 2022
The Reds Are Atrocious
ERA+ and OPS+ are adjusted forms of ERA and OPS, respectively.
According to the league’s official page, “ERA+ takes a player’s ERA and normalizes it across the entire league. It accounts for external factors like ballparks and opponents.”
The same happens with OPS.
These adjusted stats are a good way of knowing whether a team is good or bad at hitting or pitching without having to account for pitcher or hitter-friendly ballparks.
Any number under 100 is below-average, and any number higher than 100 is above-average.
As you can see, the Reds are atrocious at the plate and on the mound, with well-below average numbers across the board.
Fans deserve better than cheap owners who threw away the season before it even started.
It’s sad that they won’t see a competitive team on the field in the foreseeable future.