Sometimes, certain MLB teams don’t have everything working on a given day, which usually results in them taking a loss.
However, more than one team in a single division experienced that on Thursday.
In fact, every team in the National League Central lost on Thursday, continuing a trend from Wednesday.
The Cincinnati Reds had the day off, but the Pittsburgh Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals all took losses.
Milwaukee and Pittsburgh each lost their fourth consecutive game, while the Cubs lost their third straight.
The Cardinals have now lost six in a row.
On Twitter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today took note of a recent trend that has been occurring within the division.
There should be a whole lot of hands volunteering to play in the NL Central when MLB expands.
The five NL Central teams all lost again today, and have now lost a combined 18 consecutive games.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 4, 2023
With Thursday’s losses, the NL Central as a whole has lost 18 consecutive games.
This division was expected to be the weakest in all of baseball at the start of the 2023 season.
However, the Cardinals were expected to win the division.
Either way, the division as a whole is not performing up to par.
While the Pirates appear to be coming back down to Earth, the Brewers and Cubs have fallen on hard times, much like the Cardinals.
The Reds have been playing a little better than expected, but they now find themselves at 13-18, 6.5 games back from first place.
It’s safe to say that even though the division was not expected to be too competitive, the NL Central is still vastly underperforming.
Perhaps a new day will help the division reset and start anew.