After finishing over .500 for consecutive seasons and reaching the postseason in 2020, the Reds’ window appears to be shutting fast, as they find themselves in a position to tear down and start over.
The Reds have not won a playoff game since 2012, and haven’t won a playoff series since 1995, and Reds insider Brandon Saho put things into perspective on Twitter when talking about the Reds’ previous rebuild, one that produced only two winning seasons and one postseason appearance, which only came to be because of the expanded format in 2020.
The Reds are officially rebuilding again. The 2014-2019 rebuild resulted in 2 winning seasons and 0 playoff wins. Reds haven’t won a postseason series since 1995. Joey Votto may never see a playoff win. It’s a business, but winning championships has to be a priority one day.
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) March 13, 2022
A Dark Future Awaits
Things look pretty bleak for Cincinnati at the moment.
The fact that Joey Votto, who has been around since 2007, hasn’t had much of a chance to taste the glory of the postseason is quite unnerving if you’re a Reds fan.
Votto has been one of the best players in the league since his arrival and is going through the same thing Mike Trout has been with the Los Angeles Angels, not having an opportunity to shine on the October stage.
The Reds won 83 games in 2021, which would have netted them a spot in the postseason had the format been 12 teams as it is now after the new CBA went into effect.
They reached the postseason in 2020 when the postseason was expanded to 16 teams as a result of COVID-19 shortening the regular season but lost two straight games to the Atlanta Braves in the Wild Card round and were eliminated after not scoring a single run in the series.
It looks like it’s going to take some time for the Reds to get back to winning.