As it currently stands after the series with the Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds are 26-30. Dead last in the NL Central and 6 games out of first place. They’ve had all kinds of struggles from offensive efficiency and overall player health to closing out series and completing a sweep. From the outside looking in, it looks like it is just another typical Reds’ season. But don’t let their current record fool you.
The Reds have dug themselves in a hole offensively that is going to be very difficult to get out of. They place near the bottom of the National League when it comes to total runs scored. But here is where it get interesting. Take a look at the NL standings:
Notice anything interesting? The Reds are actually ranked first in something. They are at the top of the leaderboard for runs allowed in the NL and third for the entire MLB. The defense has been their saving grace and after all, defense wins championships.
Something that should also grab your attention is the run differential. As of now, the Reds sit at +36. Not sure how scoring 36 more runs than they’ve given up translates to a losing record. That could only mean that when the Reds win, they win big and when they lose, it is by a small margin. Close games just aren’t going their way. But that could all very quickly change.
The pitching has been great, the overall defense has been phenomenal. All that is left for the Reds to get some kind of spark on offense. Once they get Scooter Gennett back from injury and Votto gets back to 100%, they could string together some wins and put themselves in serious contention for the Wildcard spot. After all, the Reds are only 4 games back at the moment.
In the meantime, a couple more 3 home run games from Dietrich would be nice.