Reds Disappointing After All-Star Break in 10 Game Homestand

After the All-Star break and before the 10 game home-stand, the Reds (46-50) were only 4 games under .500 and had the opportunity to improve their record above .500.

Cincinnati began their home-stand with a four game series against the hot New York Mets – the Mets had currently the best run of any team in MLB with an 8 game winning streak before facing the Reds. In the first game of the series, the Reds had an 8-6 lead that they blew in the 9th inning, allowing the Mets to score 4 runs on their route to a 10-6 victory as well as their biggest comeback of the season. In the second game, the Reds played better using a minimal rally to score 4 runs in the 5th inning to win 5-2. In the third game, the Reds won pretty convincingly with a 7-2 victory. The last game of the series, the Reds lost 7-5 in 10 innings on Encarcion’s throwing error. In essence, they should have swept the Mets and been at .500 with a 50-50 record, but the blown save in the 9th of the first game and Encarcion’s throwing error in the last game of the series was crucial points of the Reds splitting the series with the Mets.

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In the next three games of the home-stand, the San Diego Padres had a 6 game losing streak heading into Cincinnati. The Reds had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and San Diego had never came back to win after being down eight innings all season, until they played the Reds and rallied to score 3 runs in the 9th inning for a 6-4 win to snap their 6 game losing streak. That was another disappointing blown save and loss for the Reds. The next two games Cincinnati won 4-3 on Keppinger’s run-scoring double in the 11th inning, and the final game of the series a 9-5 pounding, with the highlight of the game Dunn batting 2-of-4 hitting a grand slam and an RBI single. Overall, not bad winning 2 of 3 against San Diego, but again Cincinnati should have swept San Diego.

The Reds had done so-so in the homestand before wrapping up the last 3 games of the home-stand against the Colorado Rockies. The Reds just had a meltdown and were swept in 3 games to the Rockies with scores of 7-2, 5-1, and an embarrassing 11-0 shutout to close out their 10 game home-stand. I don’t understand how the Reds did decent in their first 7 games against New York and San Diego, even though they blew a few games, although they were close and stuck with both New York and San Diego in the games they lost, but I can’t believe they played so poorly against Colorado.

The Reds finished their homestand winning only 4 of 10 games. Now Cincinnati is in a midst of a 6 game road stand with 3 game series against the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. The Astros beat the Reds 5-4 and 6-2 to jump ahead of the Reds for 4th place in the NL Central, while Cincinnati has now lost five games in a row and the Pittsburgh Pirates have moved up to fifth place to be a half-game ahead of the last place Reds.

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