The Cincinnati Reds have lost six series in a row. And on Tuesday night they lost the opener to of another series to one of the worst teams in baseball, falling 6-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. That loss, combined with an extra-innings win by the St. Louis Cardinals put the Reds in 3rd place in the National League Central and a half-game back of the Cardinals in the second wild card spot.
“A little bit, yes,” said Mike Moustakas when asked if it was hard for frustration not to be seeping in right now. “Obviously we’ve got some games we need to win. But the one thing this team’s been great at all year is coming out the next day ready to paly baseball. We’re very good at putting tonight’s loss behind us and coming out tomorrow ready to go. We’re going to go ahead and go to sleep and wake up tomorrow ready to go, ready to get after it.”
“We know what we need to do,” Moustakas said after the loss on Tuesday. “As baseball players, as professionals, we know what we have to do to go out there and find ways to win. Maybe tomorrow someone’s got to drop down a sacrifice bunt, get a guy over. Every game right now we’ve got to go out there and start winning baseball games at all costs. The great thing, though, is tomorrow is a new day. Go out there, find a way to win tomorrow and see what happens.”
Time is running out to do what is needed. The Reds are 4-10 in the last two weeks. They’ve had an opportunity to put distance between themselves and the rest of the wild card teams but have instead fallen flat on their faces – saved only by the fact that the Mets, Phillies, and Padres have also gone through their own brutal stretches, all the while the St. Louis Cardinals have gone 6-1 in the last week to overtake the 2nd spot in the race.
“We absolutely know this is going to turn,” said manager David Bell after the loss. “We came back in that game tonight. I have no doubt because I know our players, I know our team. Not to say it’s easy, we have to turn this around and we know that. I’m completely confident and feel it turning and it’s going to happen.”
There are 17 games remaining. Many of those games are against very bad teams, but the Reds haven’t exactly been beating anyone lately, much less the teams that they should. If it doesn’t turn around immediately, it’s going to be too late.