MLBits: The Reds Are Down Bad, Pujols Pitches an Inning, Fanning Through a Rebuild, Reyes Shut Down, More

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MLBits: The Reds Are Down Bad, Pujols Pitches an Inning, Fanning Through a Rebuild, Reyes Shut Down, More

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We’re already half-way through the month of May! Can you believe it? The season is going by so fast, and the lockout feels like a distant memory at this point. Thank goodness they came together on a deal in time — just a stray thought I had.

The Most Reds Thing Ever

I feel like the Reds have made their way into every MLBits that I’ve written this season, and never for anything good. Indeed, their miserable season continues, this time with another unfortunate addition to the history books after the Reds threw a combined no-hitter … and lost to the Pirates on Sunday.

The Reds became the sixth team in MLB history to throw a no-hitter and lose the game. If you didn’t catch it yet, here’s a look at the sequence that led to the Pirates taking a 1-0 lead in the eighth inning on Sunday:

Reds fans are not having fun watching their favorite baseball time right now, but at least they’re making the best of it. Or, at the very least, just making a few bucks off it:

Albert Pujols Makes His Pitching Debut

With a 15-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning, the St. Louis Cardinals called Albert Pujols to get them three outs, making Pujols the second oldest major leaguer to make his pitching debut since 1901.

Naturally, the internet had some fun with the future Hall of Famer throwing 47 mph lob tosses at the San Francisco Giants. The Pitching Ninja mashed up Pujols’ pitch with a 105 mph fastball by teammate Jordan Hicks:

Albert Pujols gave up a hit to Evan Longoria, who promptly asked Pujols for the ball! Pujols obliged and tossed it into the Giants dugout:

Pujols got the three outs that the Cardinals needed to wrap the game up but not before surrendering four runs on three hits putting his freshly minted lifetime ERA at a crips 36.00, where it will probably stay for good.

Fans Open Up About Rooting Through a Rebuild

“My money seems to be going to the owner and not reinvested into the team. Hard to create a loyal fan base in this environment,” he wrote. “The old school fans will come back at the drop of a hat when the team starts winning again, but I think they’ve failed to grow with the young fanbase.”

That’s the sentiment from a scorned Baltimore Orioles fan, and he’s not alone. Hannah Keyser put together an excellent story on the struggles of being a fan of a rebuilding team with tons of great feedback from the fans themselves. Keyser spoke with fans of the Orioles, A’s, Pirates, and Reds for the story, and you can feel the helplessness in their responses.

Odds and Ends …

•   It seems that the Cardinals will be without Alex Reyes for a while. After experiencing soreness in his shoulder after starting a throwing program this week, Reyes, who hasn’t pitched yet this season, will be shut down again and seek a second opinion on his shoulder:

•   On today’s installment of “So You Think You Can Hit Against a Major League Pitcher?” …

•   Oof!

•   Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina now have 203 victories as a battery in St. Louis:

•   With Lucas Giolito still on the COVID-IL, Johnny Cueto will make his first start of the season for the White Sox tonight in Kansas City. Cueto won a World Series as a member of the Royals in 2015 and spent last season with the San Francisco Giants.

•   The Yankees sit atop Ben Verlander and MLB dot com’s latest power rankings:

•   That’s some pretty historical company:



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.