Thursday night was a big night for the Louisville Bats. Elly De La Cruz hit a baseball to Canada (don’t take my word for it, you can take the word of the Syracuse Mets announcer) and the Bats won 5-3 in 10 innings. The win moved Louisville to 24-23 on the season. Not bad after falling to 2-11 after a 9-game losing streak in mid-April.
But the being over .500 for Louisville this season isn’t just some fun little thing for 2023, no. The last time the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate was over the .500 mark was 2,494 days ago (and there were 782 games played). Louisville was 53-52 on July 27th, 2016. They lost the next day, falling to .500. At no point in any season moving forward did they ever get back over the .500 mark. Every opening day game was lost between 2017 and 2023 – they weren’t even able to get above .500 with a win to start a season.
While all of that is bad enough, it’s not even as if the Bats put themselves in position to get above the .500 mark along the way. Not including the day they fell to 53-53 in 2016, they never got back to .500 that season. In 2017 the team reached the .500 mark three times, with the final time being on April 15th. During the 2018 season they also reached the .500 mark twice and the final time it happened that season was on April 11th. In 2019 they reached .500 twice, with the final time being on April 13th. There was no season in 2020. In both 2021 and 2022 the team never reached the .500 mark. This season the Bats reached the .500 mark three times before breaking through on Thursday night. They played 781 games between July 27th of 2016 and May 25th of 2023 and were only at the .500 mark 10 times.
While that stretch and that stat is absolutely unfathomable, it’s only a little bit worse than the fact that the Louisville Bats haven’t had a winning season since 2011.
Elly De La Cruz…..
Above you saw me reference the home run that Elly De La Cruz hit. We’ll here it is, and just listen to the words from the Syracuse Mets broadcaster.
Do you think he’s impressed? He sounds impressed. And really, he should be. That ball was estimated at 450 feet by Hawkeye and it came off of the bat at 117.7 MPH. With the two walks in the game that went along with it, De La Cruz is now hitting .329/.449/.709 with seven doubles, a triple, seven home runs, 17 walks, and 21 strikeouts in 98 plate appearances during May.