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Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 12:24 PM
CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds have reached rare territory in the baseball history book — and not the kind of place you want to tread for long — with a 2-12 start.
It’s the worst beginning for the Reds since 1931 when they were also 2-12. That team lost five more games before winning its third game.
“It’s not fun,” said Reds manager Bryan Price on Sunday before the finale of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. “It’s not comfortable. It always turns; it will turn. When you’re in it, you feel, ‘When is it going to turn?’ You get impatient. We’re all impatient and frustrated, but inevitably, it will turn.”
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Only 18 teams in Major League Baseball history have started worse than 2-12. That doesn’t count teams from the early days of baseball that had a tie in their first 14 games.
The Reds are 2-12. Here's the list of teams in baseball history that have started worse than 2-12. There's only four from the last 30 years. pic.twitter.com/j8aM5wlYQr— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) April 15, 2018
Four teams have started 0-14, including the 1997 Chicago Cubs and the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, who set a record with the worst start in baseball history (0-21).
Fourteen teams have started 1-13, the most recent example being the 2003 Detroit Tigers, who finished the season 43-119 and with the worst winning percentage (.265) of the past 50 years.
The Reds are the 34th team to start 2-12. The 2015 Milwaukee Brewers were the last team to start 2-12. They finished 68-94. The Brewers fell to 2-13 that season — the last three losses in that start coming against the Reds — before beating the Reds 4-2 in Milwaukee on April 23. They fired manager Ron Roenicke after 25 games that season. The Brewers were 7-18 at that point.
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Three teams that have started 2-12 have finished the season with a winning record. The 1916 New York Giants started 2-12 and finished 86-66. The 1996 Boston Red Sox started 2-12 and finished 85-77. The 1951 New York Giants started 2-12 and finished 98-59. Eleven teams that started 2-12 or worse lost 100 or more games.
Price talked Saturday after the seventh defeat in a row, a 6-1 loss to the Cardinals, about the importance of continuing to show spirit and heart during this tough stretch and expanded on that thought Sunday.