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3 overreactions to the first month of the Reds season

Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25) during the first inning.
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell (25) during the first inning. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds (3-19) are off to their worst start in franchise history. For such a storied franchise, this is about as close to rock bottom as it gets.

The team is in shambles. The Reds have seen more players hit the IL than any other team in baseball, no pitcher has provided a quality start to date, and the team's ownership has taken to insulting the fanbase. This is not good.

But let's stop with all the Chicken Little talk for a minute. The sky isn't falling, not yet anyway. Granted things are bad, but maybe once the Reds return to full strength and has a chance to gel we'll get to see the team we all expected prior to the horrendous start.

The easiest thing to do is overreact when things go bad. Goodness knows I'm prone to do that. So let's look at three overreactions following the first month of the season.

1. The Reds should fire David Bell.

Okay, hold your horses! This one is making the rounds on social media, and it's time we put an end to it right now. Say it with me, "This is not David Bell's fault."

I know that Bell has made questionable "on-field" decisions in the past, but even the most casual Reds fan should be able to take one look at the roster and realize that Cincinnati's manager is doing the best he can with what he has.

David Bell is currently without Jonathan India, Tyler Stephenson, Luis Castillo, Mike Minor, and Tejay Antone. It's going to be hard for any manager to compete when his starting second baseman, starting catcher, two starting pitchers, and best reliever are all sidelined with injury.

I didn't even mention Jose Barrero, who many believe will supplant Kyle Farmer at shortstop by the end of the season. Donovan Solano and Jake Fraley, both of whom are expected to form a solid lefty/ righty platoon this season, are also on the IL.

If the Cincinnati Reds are still limping along once the team is back to full-strength, then I think it's fair to question whether or not David Bell is right man to lead this team into the future. But it's debatable that the best manager in would be able to squeeze more than six wins out of the current Reds roster.