Cincinnati Reds fans haven’t had a great 2022 season.
The team holds the worst record in baseball and has had an 11-game long losing streak.
They even followed the 11-game losing streak with a nine-game losing streak.
At least they were compatible with defeat.
However, the last three series show a Reds side rounding the corner for 2022.
What have they done in their last three series?
Reds are 6-2 since May 6
Going into their third game tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds are on a 6-2 streak.
Luis Castillo is back in the Reds line-up, and their attack has worked well.
The biggest (and really the only) reason to tune into the Reds game is the return of Luis Castillo. The right-hander has electric stuff and will be a trade play at the deadline. It’s nice to see him back in competition.
— Sam F (@discussbaseball) May 9, 2022
Although their throw wasn’t the best, their offense bailed them out at least once when they struggled.
However, the three teams the Reds have faced could show whether this run is legit or just pure luck.
The Brewers are the only team to face the Reds in the last eight games over 0.500
Two of their series were against the lowly Pirates, while one series was against the NL Central leaders Milwaukee Brewers.
However, they won the series against the Brewers 2-1.
So there could be something to Cincinnati’s win lately.
But we may not know for sure until they face another proven team.
In the meantime, the Reds can take advantage of the teams they are winning against and will face in the coming days.
The Reds can enjoy the next games of the series
Cincinnati can build on the momentum it has in its next three series.
They have two games with the Guardians, three with the Blue Jays and finish with four at home against the Cubs.
Rivalry play in the state could give Cincinnati fuel to win the two-game series.
While the Blue Jays are a better team, they’ve been struggling lately and could fold against Cincinnati.
the more the blue jays struggle the more it shows that the pitching of the leagues has adjusted and is pitching the blue jays differently but the batters are not adjusting to it and until they adjust they will continue to struggle unless their pitching gives them 5 batting pitches
— Orisawesome (@orisawesome) May 14, 2022
The last team, the Chicago Cubs, has some issues to deal with.
Those issues give the Reds the perfect chance to win at least two games if the Cubs aren’t back on track.
However, after those three series, Cincinnati faces tougher teams.
But the Reds could have some good news for their tougher run of games.
Joey Votto could return during the Blue Jays series
The Reds’ best first baseman has been out with a COVID-related health issue since May 3.
However, the Reds currently have him on rehab assignment with their minor league Triple-A team.
– Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 14, 2022
But he could be back in time for the Blue Jays series later next week.
The question will become whether the Reds want him at first base or as a designated hitter.
Prior to landing on the COVID injured roster, he had a .122 batting average and just three RBIs for the season.
Colin Moran has replaced Votto and has posted some impressive appearances during the Reds’ current streak.
While Votto could replace Moran initially when he returns, he might be better suited as a DH.
However, no matter where the Reds place him, he is a leader they can use for their toughest games in 2022.