As the Reds continue to sink further into the abyss, no player has been more emblematic of the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current struggles than leftfielder Adam Duvall. Duvall is tied for the team lead in home runs (5), but otherwise the season has been a disaster. Coming into MondayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game against New York, he was hitting .161/.240/.366 in 33 games with a 65 OPS+ (100 is average). By one measure, Duvall has been one of the five worst hitters in the National League this season:
All of these hitters arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t bad players, of course. ChicagoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Anthony Rizzo is a perennial All-Star and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not really the fourth-worst hitter in the league, unless the bad back that he claims he suffered from a Cincinnati hotel bed is worse than anyone imagined. But Rizzo, Duvall, and everyone else on this chart has been really bad this season. Terrible, even.
Most nights, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been difficult to watch Duvall struggle like this.
I’ll go ahead and reveal my conclusion, though it won’t surprise any of you (especially if you read the headline above): It’s time for Adam Duvall to be the Reds’ fourth outfielder.
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