Zack Cozart Games Over .500


Jun 27, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (2) celebrates with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Reds took another one on the chin yesterday afternoon, losing to the San Diego Padres, 3-0, while picking up only three hits.   The loss leaves the Reds just two games over .500 at 43-41.  Two days before that, they were coming off an improbable four-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants and stood FIVE games over even.  From five over to two over in 48 hours.  *sigh*

Of all the guys who have ever worn number 2 for the Reds, no one exemplifies their current situation quite like shortstop Zack Cozart.   Since his debut in 2011, Cozart’s OPS+ has fallen steadily, from .811 to .588 this year.    Sometimes, it seems, Cozart couldn’t even buy a hit in the Beatles section of iTunes.

Sorry for the negativity, but man, those Padres games were rough.  To his credit, Cozart did go 2-for-8 in San Diego, so there’s that.   Hmmm …  two hits.   Uniform number 2.

Yeah, Cozart is our Mr. Number 2.