This is the first time since 1968 that the Reds finished dead last in the NL in ERA.
Kind of telling when you see that the Rockies above your team in the pitching column.
In the 124 seasons since the Reds reappered in the American Association this is the worst staff ERA ever for a Reds team against the league, it’s the 3rd year in a row with a plus 5 ERA… a dubious feat that is nothing to be prideful of, the only other two times the Reds had a plus 5 ERA was in 1930 and 1894, which also happen to be the the 2 biggest offensive years in the history of the game.
One pitcher cannot fix this mess, nor can two, nor 3… I’m thinkng burn it down and salt the ground at this point.
3 years of plus 5 ERA is pitiful. It’s the domain of loser teams like the freaking Phillies/Browns/A’s from the depression era, it should be a paradigm moment for anyone out there who actually thought the pitching was fixed.
It’s the poor pitching legacy of the Bowden regime, plus the cowering in the corner, business as usual approach from the current front office that enabled this to snowball and run out of control.
It’s a nightmare to watch a world class offense be backed up (mostly) by a legendary staff of have- nots and never will be’s
It’s sadder than a Bread tune at an 8th grade dance.
ERA YEAR ERA ERA 1 Reds 1894 5.99 -.67 2 Reds 2004 5.21 -.90 Reds 2005 5.16 -.94 3 Reds 2003 5.09 -.80 4 Reds 1930 5.08 -.11 5 Reds 1895 4.81 -.03 6 Reds 2001 4.78 -.42 7 Reds 1953 4.63 -.35 8 Reds 1957 4.62 -.75 9 Reds 1893 4.55 0.11 10 Reds 1993 4.51 -.47 RUNS YEAR R 1 Reds 1894 1085 2 Reds 2004 907 3 Reds 2003 886 Reds 2005 882 4 Reds 1886 865 5 Reds 1930 860 6 Reds 1895 854 7 Reds 2001 850 8 Reds 1901 818 9 Reds 1893 814 10 Reds 1934 801
Brian first met the greatest game in Detroit in 1968, that team played in a league called the “American League”…. but I digress.
Later after a family move he started a dalliance with the Cincinnati Reds, who perchance were in the midst of their greatest era. It was a romance that was greater than many could hope to be.
After barely stomaching the strike of 1981 Brian headed West but never forgot the Reds, and even despite being surrounded by Giants and A’s fans who tried to entice him with things both Green and Orange he found himself wondering what was up with Kal Daniels and was that kid from Moeller ever going to make us forget Davey.
A long time member of SABR and a baseball history junkie he currently lives in Portland and can be followed at @baseballminutia