During the weekend, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Night to Remember. The start of the 2012 season for the Cincinnati Reds has to be named the weeks to forget. No fan could be happy with a 4 and 6 record or with the way the Reds are playing right now. Up until game number 10, April 15th, there had been minimal hitting, too many strike-outs, poor bullpen performance and bad managerial moves all around.
I am going to focus on the hitting woes in this blog. It has been a very long time since the Cincinnati Reds have put up such futile numbers on offense. Actually, you have to go back 11 years before the Titanic made its eventful maiden voyage to find a Reds team that is hitting this poorly. Up until the series finale with the Washington Nationals, the Reds had scored only 23 runs in the 9 games they played to start the season. That is the fewest runs during that number of games since 1901. That was not a mistake – 1901. It has gotten so bad that the Reds are averaging only a fraction over 1 run per 9 innings played during the last 6 games. I don’t care who your pitching staff is, you are not going to win with those kinds of numbers. Actually, I am amazed that they have won 4 games considering the futility of the offense so far.
Only the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres the have lower team ERAs than do the Cincinnati Reds. Going into Sunday’s game they were boasting a whopping .191 average. They only have one everyday player hitting above .290 right now, Zack Cozart. As of Sunday in the series with the Nationals, they were an anemic 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position.
Is it time to ring the alarm bell? To shout “ice berg, right ahead!”?
I don’t think so. The Cincinnati Reds are getting decent starting pitching. They are leading the lead in fielding. In fact, until Sunday, they had gone 6 straight games without an error. Plus, the law of averages would tell us that thier team average will come up to .260 or so, soon.
I say it had better, or the season will sink faster than the Titanic, and we will be in for a very, very long year as fans of the Cincinnati Reds.