Midway through August the Cincinnati Reds seem to be reverting back to familiar form. Coming after a their best two months of the season in June and July. Leaving Reds fans wondering what’s going wrong?
Record-wise the Reds are 4-10 so far in the month of August. They had a 15-11 record in June and a 13-11 record in July. So far, those are the only two months this season where the Reds had a winning month-to-month record. The Reds have won back-to-back games just once this month. That happened against the Arizona Diamondbacks this past weekend. In the only series so far in August that the Reds have won.
One sign of the Reds recent struggles is seen in interleague play. In the Reds most recent series, they were swept in three games by the Cleveland Indians. The Reds began August with a loss to the Detroit Tigers. In a two game series that the Tigers swept. This is all part of a recent funk against American League teams.
Earlier this season the Reds played some of their best baseball against American League teams. At the end of June, Cincinnati had a 6-1 interleague record. The Reds will end August with a 10-8 interleague record. At worst Cincinnati could finish the season with a 10-10 interleague record. With their last two interleague games happening in late September against the Kansas City Royals.
Another indicator of the Reds struggles in August is runs scored and given up. The Reds have scored 46 runs so far in August. Meanwhile, they’ve given up 75 runs this month. In eight of the fourteen games played so far in August the Reds gave up six runs or more. In two of those games they gave up ten runs.
The Reds scoring and defensive struggles are a double-edged sword. In the four games the Reds have won this month everything’s running smoothly. In three of those four games opponents were limited to one run or less. While scoring six runs or more in three out of the four winning games. In the ten losing games of August so far nothing is running smoothly for the Reds. With the Reds getting blown out in half of their losing games in August.
The Reds are increasingly looking like the team they were before Memorial Day. The energy they had after Memorial Day is rapidly fading. One can point to multiple reasons playing a role in this regression. Such as the Adam Duvall trade, one can point to the bullpen, one can point to Joey Votto being in a funk among others. Going forward, the Cincinnati Reds now face a new challenge. Regaining the momentum they had earlier this summer.