Over the last three weeks, Sunday has been a brutal day for our beloved Redlegs.
After blowing a 2-1 lead in Philadelphia, then following that game by blowing a 4-0 lead against the Chicago Cubs, they let another one get away yesterday.
The Reds got off to a very nice start, scoring four first inning runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds couldn’t add to their big lead, and it ended up costing them.
The day seemed like another Reds win until a Pedro Alvarez home run off of Mat Latos. The Pirates would continue to chip away at the Reds and kept putting pressure on the Reds pitchers while their bullpen kept the Reds from crossing the plate for 10 innings.
Cincinnati couldn’t recover from that and then the Pirates again put pressure on the Reds in the eleventh inning to score the game winning run, continuing a bad streak of terrible Sunday matinée baseball.
After today’s game, the Reds now are 6-4 on Sunday games. How does their Sunday compare to every other day of the week? Lets break it down, why don’t we.
Monday: 7-2. Notable wins vs St. Louis on April 8th and April 29th, and last weeks big Memorial Day victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Tuesday: 5-3. Two rough losses to St.L, a suspended game where they beat the Phillies 1-0 the next afternoon.
Thursday: 3-2. Remember the back-to-back 1-hitters in Washington? The first was on a Thursday, but so was the series clincher against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the 11-1 rout of the Miami Marlins.
Friday: 5-4. A nice 15-0 whooping on the Washington Nationals is the Reds Friday night highlight. Other than that, just a few pedestrian wins and some close losses.
On Saturday, the Reds are the opposite of Sunday. Currently riding a five game win streak on Saturday with wins over the Cubs (twice), the Brewers, the Phillies, and the Pirates. Also during this Saturday run, the Reds have outscored opponents 36-13.
Maybe it’s just coincidental that Sundays haven’t gone the Reds way, sure. Baseball is a game of streaks and trends, and looking at this month’s Sunday schedule of St. Louis, Milwaukee, Arizona, and Texas, they may need to start changing that trend around.