Reds close out a painfully historic season vs. the Cubs
By Scott Boyken
Reds Country, history is being made. Granted, in the worst possible way, but historic nonetheless. It was the week that wasn't for the Redlegs, however, in all honestly, it's been the season that wasn't for the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds (60-99) went 0-6 last week and have dropped nine of their last 10 games to put the club at the brink of only their second 100-loss campaign in the franchise's long history. How bad have the last couple of weeks been? Abysmal may be too kind of a description.
Cincinnati has gone 10 straight contests scoring three runs or less. The last time they dented the plate more than a trio of times was in a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on September 21st.
The Reds are on the brink of 100 losses in 2022.
Additionally, coupled with the Pittsburgh Pirates victory yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds are now tied with the Bucs for last place and are on the verge of finishing in the basement of the National League Central for the first time since the 2018 season.
One loss over the next three days and the 2022 club will join the 1982 Reds as the only teams in Cincinnati history to cross the 100-loss threshold. If you're looking for a ray of sunshine, I have one for you. The 1982 Reds, who went 61-101, followed a 1981 club that posted the best record in baseball during the strike-shortened season. So there's that.
Here's hoping no current Reds pitcher is mentioned in the same breath as Mario Soto. Let me explain. The former Reds pitching great was tagged with the loss when the 1982 club reached triple digits in the loss column following a 4-2 defeat to the Houston Astros on October 2, 1982. Nonetheless, Soto compiled a remarkable 7.6 bWAR for that historically inept squad.