It’s bad enough that the Cincinnati Reds lost nine straight games and had the worst record in the major leagues in the first two weeks of the season, but the numbers paint an even uglier picture.
The Reds, who started Friday with a 2-11 record, were outplayed 59-18 during their losing streak. You’ve never held a lead at the end of an inning. They hit .167 and the pitching staff holds a 6.93 ERA.
Expectations for the Reds were lowered as they traded several of their veteran players during the off-season. Then they were plagued by a string of injuries with 13 leading MLB players on the injured list. Add in a team-wide slump at the plate and a rough start on the mound and it adds up to a disastrous start.
“It sucks,” said Kyle Farmer. “I know how the fans in Cincinnati feel. We obviously feel the same way. We just have to go back to basics and keep working.”
Joey Votto:Joey Votto compares attacking start to dancing: ‘I’m just slightly out of step’
Reds schedule:Cincinnati Reds end ’embarrassing’ West Coast road trip with shutout loss to Padres
Reds Injuries:Lucas Sims will join the Reds’ bullpen on Friday; Luis Castillo starts rehab
Here are some key numbers during the Reds’ losing streak
1. Aramis Garcia is the only Reds hitter to hit during the .275 losing streak. He’s 3-for-9 at the plate.
3. There are three pitchers who have under-4.00 ERAs during losing streaks: reliever Alexis Diaz (.00, 5 1/3 innings), Jeff Hoffman (2.35, 7 2/3 innings), and Justin Wilson ( 3.38, 2 2/3 innings). ). Hunter Greene has the lowest ERA among starting pitchers at 4.35 in his last nine games and has thrown 10 1/3 innings at that stretch.
5. The Reds had five players who played in the Reds’ 10-5 loss to the Cleveland Guardians to begin their losing streak who are no longer in the active 28-man roster. Jonathan India (thigh strain), Tyler Stephenson (concussion), Mike Moustakas (bicep strain), Tyler Naquin (illness) and Daniel Duarte (elbow swelling) were all on the IL at the end of the west coast road trip.
14 Tommy Pham hit consecutive days of solo homers in the first inning against the Padres, his former team. Manny Machado responded with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the first inning in both games to regain the lead. The Reds led for a total of 14 minutes throughout the losing streak.
According to The Athletic’s Jayson Stark, it’s the first time the déjà vu moment has happened in two consecutive first innings in baseball history. The only other example of this, according to Baseball-Reference research, was July 24-25, 2000, when Tim Salmon hit a homer in the top of the fourth inning and Gabe Kapler responded with a homer in the bottom half of the inning.
Tommy Pham on Luke Voit:“Dirty as (expletive)”: Tommy Pham, Reds upset over Luke Voit’s injury to Tyler Stephenson
Joey Votto:Joey Votto on Citizenship: “It felt like a natural progression. You feel at home here.”
Adding the weirdness, Pham homer both plays on a sinker on the second pitch of his at-bat. Machado scored both games from a substitution.
17 The Reds have totaled 17 RBIs during their losing streak, which is just two more RBIs than Cleveland’s José Ramírez at the same stretch. Ramírez drove nine runs in his two games against the Reds, hitting a grand slam from reliever Daniel Duarte and a two-run homer from Nick Lodolo.
30 According to Sports Info Solutions, no infield defense has turned fewer balls into outs than the Reds this season. The Reds have turned groundballs and bunts into outs at a rate of 70%, which ranks 30th among all teams. San Diego has converted 87% of the league’s best groundballs into outs.
47 During the losing streak, the Reds have netted 47 goals, the lowest since April 11 with Houston. The Reds are the only National League team with fewer than 57 goals in the same span, and Colorado leads the majors with 91 goals.
According to Stats Perform, they are the first team since 1901 to lose nine games and score seven goals or fewer in each game.
81 The Reds have not held a lead at the end of a full inning since their 6-3 win in Atlanta on April 10, an 81-inning streak. According to Bally Sports Ohio, it’s the longest streak without a lead after the home team has finished the inning since 1945, when the Reds lost 13 straight games Aug. 5-15. The 1945 team scored three runs or fewer in 10 of their 13 games during the losing streak.
2017 It’s the Reds’ longest losing streak in five years. They lost nine games in a row from June 9-18, 2017. The Reds have not lost 10 straight games since an 11-game losing streak on May 16–27, 2016.