Postmortem: Cincinnati Reds

62-100. It’s only the second 100 loss season in Reds history. The other was in 1982. 1982 was the official end of the Big Red Machine—Johnny Bench’s last season, Tom Seaver’s last in the Queen City. 2022? Well, they ended six straight years of losing seasons in 2020 and made the playoffs in the COVID-shortened season. In 2021 they went 83-79. Then there was a lockout, and then the Reds owner held a fire sale, completely dismantling a team that appeared to be on the upswing. Reds fans were justifiably irate, some demanding the owner sell the team. The Reds started 3-22, only better than the 2-23 1988 Orioles through 25 games. Joey Votto regressed badly. The Reds had exactly zero batters who both played 100 games and had at least a 100 OPS+. Their pitching staff had the third worst team ERA. The 100 losses tied them for worst in the division with the Pirates.

The Reds need everything, but I do not expect much except the front office hoping lots of young, inexperienced players suddenly have break through seasons in 2023.

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