The last few games have been awful for the Cincinnati Reds. Their offense might look great one day and terrible the next. The same goes for their pitching; it’s great one day and terrible the next day.
Against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend, the Reds gave up 13-plus runs twice, causing them to lose the series. The pitching was indescribably bad this past series, and the offense wasn’t much better. In the second game of the series, the team scored eight runs, that’s pretty good, but that was the first time in seven games where they have scored more than four runs.
It’s a tough time to be a Reds fan right now. Yes, they are 11 games over the .500 mark and would make the playoffs if the season ended today, but they are frustrating to watch right now.
Let’s be honest, guys like Corky Miller, Zack Cozart, Jack Hannahan and Chris Heisey are easy outs right now; they are all going through slumps. A team will struggle to win when half of their lineup is destined to go 1-for-4 at best.
The Reds must be impatiently awaiting the return of Ryan Ludwick because the team needs an offensive spark, and no one on the team is providing them with that right now. Ludwick could definitely help the team; last year he hit .275, had 26 home runs and knocked in 80 runs. He obviously won’t be able to put up jaw-dropping stats with a short season ahead of him, but he should be able to make the team better; they can’t get much worse right now.
The Reds need a spark. They need things to start clicking. If they can’t get things clicking, then the rest of the season will be tough to watch.
Coop Ledford is a Cincinnati Reds writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoopLed