How Cincinnati Reds' Struggles Compare to Previous Years and Other Contending Teams

The Reds' eight-game losing streak has put them in a familiar spot.
May 8, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds outfielder Will Benson (30) reacts after a play
May 8, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds outfielder Will Benson (30) reacts after a play / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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The Cincinnati Reds eight-game losing streak has put them at 16-21 six weeks into the 2024 season. This stretch of losing has zapped any enthusiasm from Reds country.

Let's put their current struggles in perspective.

We expected the Reds to contend this season. They are still very much capable of doing that, as long as they don’t dig themselves into too deep of a hole to overcome. If you are of the opinion they may have already done this, let’s consider where they are now in relation to where they’ve been at this point in previous seasons.

The Reds had this exact same record at this point last year. Granted, the roster was still in flux at that point, but really is the roster completely set for this year’s Reds? Even still, the Reds were in a playoff spot at one point last year and were only eliminated on the second-to-last day of the season. While it seems as though some games have slipped away from the Reds, so far, there is still plenty of time for them to rebound.

The 2022 season was a loss, and one of the worst in franchise history, so we won’t dig into that. The Reds came close, again, to the playoffs in 2021 and were under-.500 after 37 games. Granted, they were 18-19, but they hadn’t yet found their groove. Baseball is unlike any other sport in that a team can get into deep grooves, both good and bad.

A comparison of a different team, yet similar scenario, would be this year’s Minnesota Twins. On April 21, they were 7-13 with a team batting average of .195 and averaged 3.4 runs per game. In the 17 games since then, Minnesota is 15-2, hitting .292 as a team, and averaging 6.6 runs per game.

The Reds' lineup appears to be breaking out of its collective slump over the past two games. As annoying as eight losses in a row have been, they had enough talent to go on a similar run to the Twins. Doing so will put them right back into the position they want to be in this season.

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Jeff has hosted the only daily podcast covering the Cincinnati Reds since 2018. He’s been a life long fan of the Reds. He was at Clinchmas and the 2015 Home Run Derby. He is also the channel manager that supports all MLB podcasts on the Locked On Podcast Network. Jeff has extensive media experience as he covered college basketball and volleyball for Tennessee State and college softball for Mercer University.