By Percy Chao on April 16, 2014
The Cincinnati Reds have started off slowly in 2014, playing to a losing record in the early parts of the season. With their struggles at the end of last season ending with a beatdown against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game, the Reds have had a serious losing streak going back to last year. However, it is still early in the season and the small sample size means that many overreactions are being made about the team.
The Reds have struggled with closing out games in the ninth inning, specifically with the dramatic walk-off grand slam by Ike Davis of the New York Mets. But with Aroldis Chapman out with injury, it is expected that the Reds will find things difficult until Chapman comes back eventually.
The offensive production is down for a team that scored the third-most runs in the NL last season. With Billy Hamilton in place of Shin-Soo Choo, the lineup is otherwise the same as last season, so the results should eventually be just as good as last year.
The injury to Mat Latos appears to be minor. The Reds hope to get him back to bolster the rotation in May.
Homer Bailey has struggled thus far, but two of those starts were against the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the best teams in the NL. His velocity and pitching mechanics look normal though, so we can expect Bailey to bounce back quickly.
The Reds have been unlucky this season with regards to one-run games, losing a majority of them. I don't expect this to continue to be a trend the whole year.
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