It’s been a very tough go of things for the Cincinnati Reds this year.
After a miserable 3-22 start, they found themselves in last place in the National League Central division and with the worst record in all of baseball.
Things have picked up a little for them, but they still find themselves at the bottom of the heap.
Even so, there might be a little hope for them to turn things around a bit and get themselves some momentum.
One Reds insider points out that the team has 14 of their next 17 games against teams who are currently below the .500 mark.
Reds play 15 of their next 17 games at home (they've played the fewest home games in baseball so far).
14 of their next 17 games are against teams that currently have a losing record (only 3 teams have fewer games against teams under .500).
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 23, 2022
A Chance For Redemption?
While the Reds are not a team you look at and think of as a contender after their fire sale, there is still a chance for things to improve a bit.
It’s not like this is a team that is completely devoid of talent.
They also have one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in Luis Castillo.
Perhaps with this next stretch of games against teams who are below .500, they can regain a little momentum and get themselves a little closer to the .500 mark.
This is a team that finished 83-79 a year ago and would have made the postseason if the new rule about a sixth team per league making it were in effect.
It won’t turn them into a clear contender by any stretch of the imagination, but they could at least get themselves near the .500 mark and become a sleeper team.
Not that there’s much hope for them, but a stretch against bad teams can always help rejuvenate your team.