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Cincinnati Reds tank with 3-22 record, worst in MLB history

Cincinnati Reds tank with 3-22 record, worst in MLB history

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May 06
SW Creative
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The Cincinnati Reds have started the 2022 season tying the worst record in MLB history.

Following a 10-5 loss on Thursday to the Milwaukee Brewers, their ninth in a row, their record now stands at 3-22.

The last team to open the league season 3-22 was the Detroit Tigers in 2003.

In addition to its 3-22 record, the Reds have scored an NL-worst 79 runs. If they double that, it would still be fewer runs than they’ve allowed, 166. Also, their 6.90 ERA is a full two runs worse than the next-worst team.

This is tanking at its absolute ugliest.

- Jeff Passan

They might not be the Worst

With their 3-22 record, their winning percentage is only .120. It is only slightly better than the league’s worst record held by the Cleveland Spiders. In 1899, the Spiders had 20 wins, 134 losses, and had a winning percentage of .130.

30th

Reds starting pitchers have a 6.15 ERA, which ranks them 30th in the league.

Not Much Hope For The Future

At this rate, the Reds are on their way to the worst opening record in an MLB season. The new draft lottery rules make things worse because even if they break a new low, they would be further in line from the No. 1 pick in next year’s MLB Draft. It’s because the new rules state that the odds for the top selection are at 16.5 percent maximum. This is  an unfortunate twist of fate, considering the Reds won their opener against the defending champions Atlanta Braves.

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