Hot-hitting Alejo Lopez and the Reds look to pillage and plunder the visiting Pirates
By Scott Boyken
The loss yesterday in the rubber match of the weekend series finale in Milwaukee guaranteed the Cincinnati Reds (56-82) of their first losing season since the 2019 campaign.
After leading the Reds to consecutive winning seasons, for the first time since the 2012 and 2013 seasons, manager David Bell was saddled with his second losing campaign as he nears the conclusion of his fourth year as the Reds' skipper.
How long has it been since the Reds were able to string three consecutive winning seasons together? You have to go back nearly 40 years to the 1985 Redlegs, led by manager Pete Rose, who started a streak of four winning campaigns in a row through the 1988 season.
The Reds have dominated the Pirates at Great American Ball Park.
Unfortunately, Cincinnati seems destined for its eighth 90-loss campaign since the turn of the century. However, with seven more victories, the Reds will avoid their second 100-loss season in franchise history as the 1982 team will continue to hold that dubious distinction.
The good news is the Reds should make some headway towards victory number 63 this week as the dreadful Pittsburgh Pirates (51-88) arrive in the Queen City. Pittsburgh has dropped eight of their last 10 and are a miserable 12-34 since the All-Star break.
Entering play today, the Bucs occupy the basement of the National League Central and trail the Reds by 5.5 games in the race for fourth place in the division. Pittsburgh has undoubtedly earned its ugly record. As play began yesterday, they ranked last in the senior circuit in batting average, and on-base percentage, while residing second from the bottom in slugging.
Over the last decade, the Reds have dominated the Pirates at Great American Ball Park sporting a 58-38 advantage. Cincinnati owns a 7-5 mark against the Pirates this season, and are looking to win the season series for a third consecutive campaign.