Reds' NL Central rival suffers boneheaded injury showing things can always be worse

When will these guys learn?

Chicago Cubs pitcher Colten Brewer
Chicago Cubs pitcher Colten Brewer / Quinn Harris/GettyImages

The Cincinnati Reds fanbase has been on a bit of roller coaster ride this season. This past week was one of the best examples of the highs and lows of the Reds' 2024 campaign.

The Reds went into the Bronx and absolutely owned the New York Yankees. The Reds looked unstoppable, both at the plate and on the mound. The bats came to life and the trio of Graham Ashcraft, Andrew Abbott, and Frankie Montas handled their business on the mound. Cincinnati emerged with a pair of one-run victories and left the Big Apple with an 8-4 win in the series finale.

But the Redlegs returned home last weekend and laid an egg against the Detroit Tigers. In what many throughout the Queen City saw as an easy series win for the Reds turned into a sweep at the hands of the Tigers. Reds Country is at a loss for how to quantify this year's team. Watching the Reds' 2024 season unfold has been — in a word — confounding.

The Cubs' Colten Brewer injured his hand doing what?

And while basking in the misery of another isn't always the best way to handle one's own frustrations, when you're talking about the Chicago Cubs, it's always warranted. Cubs' reliever Colten Brewer landed on the 60-day IL over the weekend after incurring one of the biggest boneheaded injuries you'll ever see.

The Cubs were embarrassed by the lowly Los Angeles Angels on Saturday by a score of 7-0. After Kyle Hendricks was removed following the second inning, Brewer took over on the mound to open the top of the third. The right-hander did not have a good day. Brewer exited before the inning came to a close after allowing three runs on two hits.

Two of those runs were unearned (sort of). Brewer's errant throw to led to Angels' outfielder Taylor Ward advancing to third base an eventually scoring. Cubs' manager Craig Counsell finally had to lift Brewer after he hit Angels' first baseman Nolan Schanuel with his 37th pitch of the inning.

Reds fans will get a chuckle out of the Cubs' misery

Upon returning to the dugout, Brewer apparently decided to take out his frustration on the wall and punched it with his left hand. Brewer suffered a fracture and was placed on the IL, likely ending his 2024 campaign.

Chicago is currently occupying the NL Central basement after shelling out the largest contract ever in order to lure Counsell away from the Milwaukee Brewers, and are on the verge of being sellers at the MLB trade deadline. So while things may look bleak at the moment, Reds fans, remember it can always be worse — you could be a Cubs fan.

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