The Cincinnati Reds went from a team that didn’t belong in MLB to a mediocre one recently.
That’s some progress, at least, considering how bad they looked in the season’s first few weeks.
They remain, however, a very bad baseball team, perhaps one of the worst in the league.
By virtue of their awful 3-22 start, they still hold MLB’s worst record, at 12-29.
Three teams are similarly bad: the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals with a 14-27 record, and the Washington Nationals at 14-29.
The Reds’ offense had recently started to produce at least something, especially in home games.
But they couldn’t string together a hot streak.
“Reds offense has scored 4+ runs in 11 straight home games, tied for the 6th longest streak in franchise history (since 1901), and their longest since 2018. Sadly, they are just 5-6 in those 11 games,” statistician Joel Luckhaupt tweeted.
Reds offense has scored 4+ runs in 11 straight home games, tied for the 6th longest streak in franchise history (since 1901), and their longest since 2018.
Sadly, they are just 5-6 in those 11 games.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 24, 2022
The Reds’ Nightmare Season Continues
It’s sad that in most of those 11 games their pitching could simply not contain opposing offenses.
At home, the Reds have a 5-10 record: bad, but perhaps not scandalous.
On the road, however, they are awful, at 7-19.
In true talent and with everybody healthy, they are probably not the worst team in baseball, but they haven’t been able to show they have what it takes to consistently win ballgames.
The 2022 campaign is simply not their year, for many reasons and circumstances that go beyond the field.
It’s nice to know that their offense can at least put together some quality at-bats.
As incredible as it sounds, if the Reds catch fire, they can still dream about a postseason spot in theory because it’s very early.
On the field, however, they don’t have enough talent to make such an improbable comeback.