They have just dropped their second straight series (both on road) to their arch-rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Trending is a strange word. Merriam-Webster defines it as a “line of general direction or movement, a prevailing tendency or inclination, or the general //movement over time of a statistically detectable change.”
You can look on Twitter at any given time and it will let you know what, or who is trending. Jay Bruce took a few verbal shots at his Twitter detractors recently so he was probably trending then. My friend and Senior Editor, Steve Engbloom just posted a very good piece on that here today.
I will tell you what is trending with our beloved Reds. Failure to win away from home, that is what is trending.
During this road trip, which resumes tomorrow in Ivywood, the Reds are 2-5 and have averaged but two runs per outing. They were one-hit by the Nationals in consecutive games. This will not put another divisional trophy in the glass case sir.
If this trend continues and the Reds drop road games in this same trajectory, they shall end the season with a road record of 19 up and 62 down. Is there any logical reason that should make us think it will not continue? The Law of Averages doesn’t work for me. Murphy’s Law may not be scientific, but seems more realistic. If it/ can go wrong, it will, and at the most inopportune time.
The Reds have lost some key players to the DL but so have the Yankees. In fact the Yanks now have 9 men on the shelf pushing hard toward a collective value of $100M, and yet they are one road game over .500, seven overall.
As one should expect with a record like that, Cincy is one of the worst offensive road teams in the NL. In BA the Reds trail everybody save the Chicago Cubs with a Mendoza-esque .215. They rank 11th out of 15 squads with 41 runs scored. Only eight HRs out of town places them ahead of just the ‘thin ‘n crispy’ Miami Marlins. In OPS they trail everybody but the Cubbies. Do you want to know where they are excelling so far? BA for road Pinch Hitters. With a very nice .311 clip they are behind just the Phillies.
What is the Left Coast trip going to be like this year?
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