This was not the best week to be a Reds baseball fan. Since the last Reds Report on KSR Cincinnati has won exactly zero games. Now I know what you might be thinking. That’s okay, dropping one or two games isn’t a big deal. However, this is baseball and teams basically play every day. The Reds went 0-7 for the week.
Please read the entire recap, but if you want a quick summary of this week Michael Scott says it well.
Your Reds Report for this week…
1. As mentioned above the Reds finished the week 0-7, and now find themselves all alone at the bottom of the NL Central. Not only that, they have the second worst record in the National League. We can find a silver lining here, can’t we?
The Reds are really starting to close the gap on the 2017 #1 pick! pic.twitter.com/ipF43mZF8q
– Nick Kirby (@Nicholaspkirby) May 22, 2016
There it is…
2. As we noted last week a major part of the problem for Cincinnati has been the bullpen. Let’s check in and see how they’re doing. What do you think Matt?
I would consider voting for Trump if he would build a wall to keep the Reds Bullpen out of Great American Ball Park
– Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 21, 2016
As of today Reds relievers have the worst ERA in baseball (5.58), have allowed the most earned runs (235), and given up the most home runs (75). The reasons for pessimism are legitimate.
3. No one built a wall, but the Reds did make several changes to the bullpen. On Saturday the Reds sent Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson down to Louisville. Steve Delabar was “designated for assignment.” With those moves the Reds suddenly had three open spots in the bullpen. Reds beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans broke down the transactions.
4. On Sunday the Reds announced who would be called up from the minors to try and help the sputtering pitching staff. Cincinnati announced they were promoting Dayan Diaz, A.J. Morris, and Josh Smith. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com discussed the story of Diaz, who was signed by the Astros as a 16 year old. Over the course of eleven years he endured two elbow surgeries, but finally made his major league debut on Sunday. He pitched one inning and gave up one hit.
5. Can we find one .gif from this week to sum up the Reds bullpen so far?
– Aaron Woods (@1410Aaron) May 21, 2016
To be fair the bullpen did close the week with seven scoreless innings. It didn’t matter. Outside of Dan Straily on Friday the starters didn’t fare much better.
6. Over the past few weeks it looked like All-Star first basemen Joey Votto was making strides in the right direction. He has easily been one of the best hitters in baseball, but he’s underperformed up to this point. His struggles continued this week, and over his last seven games he’s hit .160/.276/.360. The bullpen’s struggles were somewhat expected given the personnel, but no one could have predicted this start to the season for Votto.
On Saturday Votto came to the plate with the bases loaded twice. In both instances he made the final out of the inning. In the words of Reds play-by-play man Marty Brennaman, “Votto left so many people on base today he could populate a small village.”
Reds beat writer Zach Buchanan broke down Votto’s struggles at the plate.
At least his troll game has been on point this season.
7. If you’re looking for the offensive MVP of the week look no further than Jay Bruce. Over the past 7 games Bruce has been the Reds best player at the plate. This week he hit .417/.483/.708 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, and 4 BB. He also made a little bit of history on Wednesday night when he set the record for the most home runs hit at Great American Ball Park. It was his 127th home run at home.
8. Reds left fielder Adam Duvall is also worthy of some praise. Coming in to the season, left field was one of the biggest question marks on Cincinnati’s roster. Duvall has solidified his name in the lineup by being one of the Reds most productive hitters, and one of the best defensive left fielders in baseball.
While things didn’t work out for the Reds on Sunday, Duvall still did his part…
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 22, 2016
9. While there wasn’t much to cheer about for the major league club, the Reds did have an impressive minor league performance this week. Three pitchers for Cincinnati’s Double A team in Pensacola combined for a 7 inning no hitter on Friday. Jackson Stevens, Matt Magill, and Carlos Gonzalez pulled off the feat.
The game was part of a double header, and in the minor leagues teams only play 7 inning games under those circumstances. Check out the game recap courtesy of C. Trent Rosecrans.
10. If you’ve ever watched the Little League World Series you’ve likely seen 11-13 year olds throw pitches from 50-70 mph. On Sunday Alfredo Simon, a major league starter, threw a pitch 54 mph. Yes, he does this intentionally, and no this isn’t the first time he’s done it.
Behold…the eephus pitch.
– Jefferson De Coo (@JeffersonDeCoo) May 22, 2016
The Reds and their seven game losing streak head to Los Angeles tomorrow to take on the Dodgers in a three game series. In game one LA will send likely the best starting pitcher in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, to the mound. Later in the week things will get a bit easier as Cincinnati heads to Milwaukee for a three game set with the Brewers.
Any good news to leave us with?
Eugenio Suarez’s 10 K are the most ever by a #Reds hitter in a 3-game series.
– Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 22, 2016
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