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In a Manner of Speaking, 4 is Reds "Magic Number"


This isn’t how we would normally use the term “magic number”. In this case, it is in reference to the Reds and their ability, or in some cases, lack thereof, to produce runs. Joel Luckhaupt uncovered this…

Does it seem like the Reds have scored 4 or more runs on 61 games? Honestly, they have. And in those games, the Good Guys own a record of 49-12. The most runs they have scored in a loss is 7, back on April 17 when they dropped a 10-7 decision to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Surely you remember that game.

There was a follow-up tweet from Joel…

I think we can all surmise that this isn’t winning baseball, but just to show it in black and white, the Reds record in these 21 games is 2-19. One game was the continuation of a suspended game against the Philadelphia Phillies in which Jay Bruce hit a walk-off single. The other was when the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs on that mammoth shot off the bat of Todd Frazier.

And if you’re thinking of this team as a playoff or even World Series contending team, 21 may be too many. Such is life…

Let’s do some simple math here. Take the 61 games of 4+ runs and the 21 games of 1 or no runs and the total is 82 games. The Redlegs’ record in those 82: 51-31.

The Reds have played a total of 107 games thus far into the season, leaving 25 games in which the Good Guys have scored either 2 or 3 runs. In these 25 contest, Cincy is 8-17. So we can see this all together…

4+ runs: 49-12
2 or 3 runs: 8-17
1 or fewer: 2-19

That makes for their current record of 59-48.

But all is certainly not lost even though time is getting short. There’s this…

The Cards are still in first place, so this is good, right?

Um, maybe not. I also saw this…

Maybe this streak will end soon, too.

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  • GeorgeStGeorge

    Well, at least for the next three games, the Reds can’t lose when the Cardinals do…