Adding to a famous line from Field of Dreams sums it up for the Cincinnati Reds. If they can build a reliable pitching staff fans will come, but this isn’t the movies.
On offense the Reds are still a relatively fine ball club. The pitching though continues to be the main problem for them. Those woes continue to be so highly visible that these statements feel like old news. That is the ultimate sign of how big this issue is for the Reds and their future. The reality that it keeps coming back to their pitching.
The Reds pitching staff keeps putting the Reds in difficult positions to squirm out of. The Reds last two series are key indicators of this. Where big pitching missteps cost the Reds what could’ve been at least two wins. As the Reds lost on Wednesday night in wild yet mediocre fashion. With a wild pitch to end the game as the Chicago Cubs beat the Reds 7-6.
In a game where the Reds homered their way back into the ballgame. After trailing late by five runs, after another rough start from Homer Bailey. The Reds fought their way back with three homers in the seventh and eighth innings. One from Phillip Ervin, his first in the Major Leagues, with others from Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall. In the end, things fell apart for the Reds in the bottom of the ninth.
The pitching problems feed into two other problems for the Reds. Both of them could have an effect for the Reds financially. After all the Reds are trying to run a business here. The first issue is that their pitching is still costing them several games. The second relates again to that quote from Field of Dreams mentioned earlier.
What the Reds have built so far with their record hasn’t brought folks flocking to Great American Ball Park. Earlier in this decade the Reds were setting attendance records at GABP. Now they rank among Major League Baseball’s five worst teams in terms of attendance. There’s bound to be a couple of other reasons why this is the case. However, when it comes to sports, people really like to see the winners.
The Reds clearly still have some work to do in their rebuilding project. They’ve made some improvements over the last couple of months, mostly with hitting. However, if they can make their pitching more reliable, this Reds team could be contenders soon. The problem is how the Reds go about achieving that. Changing up their warm up routine might be one way; letting Bryan Price or other coaches go may be another.
Whatever the solution is, if the Reds find it they could quickly be in much better shape.