As a huge fan of the Cincinnati Reds, the 2012 season has had a very odd feel to it. Coming in, the Reds looked like mega-contenders in the National League Central. The lineup and offense looked solid with a couple of minor holes and the pitching looked like it was set to be a strength. Though the season is very young after only 11 games, I am starting to feel like the 2012 season may be cursed.
Somebody is putting some Major League mystical voodoo on my beloved Reds. If you don't believe me, then consider the following as evidence:
The Reds have only two starting hitters above The Mendoza Line
This blows my mind. As of April 17, the Reds have two regular offensive starters that have averages above .200. Zack Cozart and Joey Votto are the only ones. Devin Mesoraco and Wilson Valdez are slightly above the Mendoza line, but they are not regular starters.
This is the same lineup that everyone expected to blow up the National League like last year. The only possible explanation for a team batting average being so horrid is a curse. I say it is voodoo.
Jay Bruce is third among starters with a .189 average people. It has to be a curse.
Bronson Arroyo has given up no home runs in two starts and still has not won
Bronson Arroyo gave up a record 46 home runs in 2011. Bronson Arroyo has always been a magnet for giving up taters. So far in 2012, Arroyo has been lights out. He has given up no home runs, one walk and four earned runs in two starts. In exchange for this unusual change of pace, Arroyo has nothing to show for it. The Reds did at least win his first start against the Marlins.
As a matter of fact, this is more about the Reds pitching in general. They have been stellar so far and the Reds are still losing. It seems like we are in Bizzaro World or something.
Todd Frazier led the Reds in all major offensive categories in Spring Training...and got sent down
Okay, so this one is less about voodoo and more about Dusty Baker dropping the ball. How in the world do you take your hottest hitter in Spring Training and send him down to the minors? It is not as though the bench did not need Frazier's flexibility and fire. The kid is a spark plug for the line up and always has been. This move certainly contributed to the Reds downfall thus far in 2012.
Though a curse might be a bit over the top, it is certainly as good a reason as I can come up with for the woes they are facing so far. Fortunately, the season is very young and the Reds will come out of this funk. Frazier is now up with the big club and the offense has got to get better. If the pitching stays anywhere near the level they are at now, the Reds will be back in it in no time flat.
*Southern is a huge Cincinnati Reds fan and has followed them since the days of Bench, Rose and the Big Red Machine.
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