Reds complete one of the worst April in MLB history with three wins in 21 games

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On Saturday night at Coors Field in Colorado, the Reds lost 4-3. Given that the Rockies are usually very difficult at home and it was a one-run game, normally this would not be the kind of result that would give the a team a dubious coverage. This was the last day of April, however, and the end points of each month are a natural time to take a look at the league.

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

No, we need to look outside of 2022 to find teams that were as bad in April as these Reds and that list isn’t too long either.

On an April calendar with at least 2/3 full games, the worst team is an easy and obvious one. Remember that 1988 Sports Illustrated cover with Billy Ripken holding a bat against his forehead on the bench? It simply said “0-18”. That 1988 Orioles team would start 0-21 before finally winning a game and ending April with a horrible 1-22.

The 2003 Tigers were the worst team since the Mets’ 1962 expansion, with 40 wins and 120 losses. That Tigers team was 43-119 when the season ended mercifully for them. They went 3-21 in April.

Just for the record, these are the only two teams in baseball history in April that we can say were definitely worse than the 2022 Reds. Here are some historically bad team numbers from April (March is in loop when the season started that month ). Via the Stathead search:

  • There are 16 teams that previously lost exactly 18 games, like the 2022 Reds in April. All have won at least five games and 14 of them have won at least six.
  • Eight teams lost exactly 19. All of them won at least five games and only one of them was 5-19. That’s a win percentage of 0.208. The 2022 Reds are sitting at 0.143.
  • Seven teams lost exactly 20 games in April. Six of them won at least seven games. The 1969 Astros went 4-20. That’s still a 0.167 win percentage, which beats these Reds.
  • Three teams lost 21. The 2019 Marlins went 8-21. The 2018 Royals went 7-21. Then there are the aforementioned 2004 Tigers, which were worse than the 2022 Reds.
  • Three teams are tied for the most losses in April (and March, where applicable). The 2014 Diamondbacks went 9-22. The 2018 Reds went 7-22. I think we can all see quite easily that these two teams were winning at a higher rate than 3-18. That leaves those 1988 Orioles.

Then again, with a sample of at least three weeks of baseball before we get to May, we can identify two teams that had a worse introductory month to a season than the 2022 Cincinnati Reds. That’s it.

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