The 2014 Cincinnati Reds‘ offense is among the worst in the team’s storied history since 1882. If the season were to end today, the Reds’ current team batting average of .241 would be the ninth-worst in franchise history. Their OBP of .301 would be 11th-worst, and their 3.73 runs per game would rank 16th-worst ever.
Yet it looked for awhile like the Reds would overcome a terrible start offensively to finish the rest of the season with a flurry, but not so.
Less than two months ago on June 10, the Reds’ offense was at a low point — fourth-worst in team history BA at .237, eighth-worst in OBP at .299 and 11th-worst in runs per game with 3.47. The Reds did improve, but have since slid back into what they really are — a poor hitting team.
The short-lived flurry of the Reds’ offense heading into the All-Star break was enough to delude Reds brass into thinking that the team could whittle away the trade deadline without acquiring a proven major-league hitter, even though the team knew both Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto would be out for more than a month at least.
Unless the Reds scramble for a meaningful waiver-claim trade, the team and its fans are stuck with a bunch of underachieving, undisciplined duds and will suffer the consequences by squandering their once promising 2014 season.
The 2014 Reds won’t finish as bad record-wise as the 1982 Reds, which is the only team in Reds’ history to finish with more than 100 losses, but they are in the running to match that hapless 1982 team on offense by becoming the second-worst scoring, 162-game team in franchise history.