Cincinnati Reds: Three players who will benefit from postponed games

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 07: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds walks back to the dugout after striking out (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 07: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds walks back to the dugout after striking out (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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An exterior view of Great American Ball Park the venue for the Cincinnati Reds
CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 15: An exterior view of Great American Ball Park the venue for the Cincinnati Reds(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

A few Reds needed some time away from the game.

While Reds Country certainly isn’t happy that their favorite team is missing games, this could be very beneficial to a few players. The final two games of the series between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed after one of the Reds players tested positive for COVID-19. Who might be helped from this brief break from the field?

The Reds have started the season 9-11. While that mark is better than we’ve seen the past two seasons, it’s not going to be enough during a pandemic shortened-season to make the type of the impact in the standings that most fans foresaw. While the team’s starting pitching has been fantastic, the hitting has left a lot to the imagination.

Sure, Nick Castellanos set the world on fire during the first few weeks of the season, but even the Reds big free agent acquisition has cooled off of late. However, a new leader in the lineup has emerged, as there may not be a hitter who’s more locked-in than Jesse Winker. The time away certainly won’t help Winker, who’s hitting .650/.720/.1.500 over the past seven games.

But, the brief interruption in Cincinnati’s schedule may be just what the doctor ordered for some of the team’s struggling players. As hot as Winker has been over the past several games, some other players have been equally as cold. Let’s look at three players on the roster who may benefit from the postponement of the final two games of the series.