The Reds just completed one of the worst Aprils in MLB history


Saturday night in Colorado’s Coors Field, the Reds lost, 4-3. Given that the Rockies are usually really difficult in your home and it was a one-run video game, generally this would not be the kind of outcome that would gather a group some suspicious protection. This was the last day of April, nevertheless, and the endpoints of monthly are a natural time to do some glancing around the league. 

As we look, we see the Reds at 3-18, the worst record in baseball. It’s not even truly close, as everybody else has at least 6 wins. 

No, we require to look outdoors 2022 to discover groups that were as bad in April as these Reds which list isn’t long, either. 

In an April calendar that is at least 2/3 loaded with video games, the worst group is a simple and apparent one. Remember that Sports Illustrated cover from 1988 with Billy Ripken holding a bat versus his forehead in the dugout? It stated, just, “0-18.” That 1988 Orioles group would really begin 0-21 prior to lastly winning a video game and ended up April at a scary 1-22. 

The 2003 Tigers were the worst group given that the 1962 growth Mets went 40-120. That Tigers group was 43-119 when the season mercifully ended for them. They went 3-21 in April. 

By record alone, those are the only 2 groups in April baseball history we can state were absolutely even worse than the 2022 Reds. Here are some numbers from historically-bad April groups (March is looped in when the season began that month). Via Stathead search: 

  • There are 16 groups that formerly lost precisely 18 video games, like the 2022 Reds, in April. They all won a minimum of 5 video games and 14 of them won a minimum of 6. 
  • Eight groups lost precisely 19. All of them won a minimum of 5 video games and simply among them was 5-19. That’s a .208 winning portion. The 2022 Reds are sitting at .143. 
  • Seven groups lost precisely 20 video games in April. Six of those won a minimum of 7 video games. The 1969 Astros went 4-20. That’s still a .167 winning portion, which tops these Reds. 
  • Three groups lost 21. The 2019 Marlins went 8-21. The 2018 Royals went 7-21. Then there are the abovementioned 2004 Tigers, who were even worse than the 2022 Reds. 
  • Three groups are connected for the most losses ever in April (and March, when relevant). The 2014 Diamondbacks went 9-22. The 2018 Reds were 7-22. I believe we can all see rather quickly those 2 groups were winning at a greater rate than 3-18. That leaves those 1988 Orioles. 

So, once again, with a sample of a minimum of 3 weeks of baseball prior to we got to May, we can pin down 2 groups that had an even worse initial month to a season than than the 2022 Cincinnati Reds. That’s it. 

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