There’s at least one consistent thing that could be said about the Cincinnati Reds. It’s that they’re swinging from week to week in a rather inconsistent way.

One minute the Cincinnati Reds are on a hot streak. The next minute that streak is as cold as an iceberg. Case and point the last two series the Reds had against the San Francisco Giants. When the Giants came to visit Cincinnati nearly two weeks ago; the Reds we’re on a roll. That roll slowed down to a near halt over weekend when the Reds went out west.

The Reds went into that four game series in San Francisco with an 18-15 record. The Reds were one game above a .500 record going into their series against the Chicago Cubs. The Reds have swung from rally to swoon throughout the season. This was seen throughout the month of April and we’re seeing it now. As a result one might wonder how this is happening.

The Reds outlook for the season looks uncertain partly due to their pitching. The hot and cold moments that are characteristic of the Reds season so far. With pitchers shuffled down to the Minor Leagues and others being brought up. With pitchers like Cody Reed, Rookie Davis and Amir Garrett being sent to the minors over the last few days. There’s even the occasional injury concern like Tim Adleman’s back on Sunday.

Pitching isn’t the sole factor in the Reds slide over the last week. However, it’s one of significant note in the last week. The Reds offense also struggled to get needed runs. After a hot stretch of performances at the beginning of May. In the last four games they were simply outmatched by their opponents.

There’s one bottom line lesson to take from this Reds season so far. Simply take the Reds success with a cautionary grain of salt. Especially considering we’re not even past Memorial Day yet. The Reds still look like a team that might finish better than they did last year. However, it’s hard to measure because of their record from week to week.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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