The Cincinnati Reds have been around for a long time, with a storied history and legacy that dates back to the origins of professional baseball. There has been some measure of greatness personified by the likes of the Big Red Machine and the Ernie Lombardi Reds’ prior to World War II.
There have also been some duds, like the 1982 Reds who were the only 100-loss team in franchise history, and the Ken Griffey Jr. era Reds who compiled five of the highest 20 season loss totals (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008) in team history.
Now, there are the 2014 Reds, who while not quite historically bad yet, have the makings of one of the biggest disappointments in Reds’ history given the resurgence of success that the team has had over the past five years.
The biggest problem for the 2014 is an offense that is just abysmal and extremely hard to watch. Their collective futility at the plate is about as bad as any Reds’ team ever. In fact, the .237 team batting average for the 2014 Reds is the fourth-worst in team history since 1882.
Not only are the 2014 Reds inept at hitting their way on base, they are also inept at reaching base at all. The 2014 Reds have the eighth-worst on-base percentage (.299) in franchise history since 1882. And when it comes to figuring out ways to score, the 2014 Reds are a daily demonstration of incompetence: the 3.47 runs per game average ranks 11th-worst all-time in Reds history.
Despite the historic low the 2014 Reds’ offense has reached, the team nevertheless remains within shouting distance of a postseason run. Starting pitching and defense have had a lot to do with that, but it will take a veritable explosion of offense for the Reds to really make any noise in 2014 other than groans of disgust from fans watching one of the worst offenses in team history fail miserably at the plate.