The Reds took care of business yesterday in a big way. 12 to 2 is 12 to 2. And it was on the road against a playoff caliber team in San Diego. Now it is pretty much inevitable that this team will be celebrating within the next couple of days. The magic number has been reduced to 1. It has been 15 years Cincinnati. And I will admit, it is about time!
Sure, not many people saw this magical year coming to fruition in 2010. Most thought we still were “a year away.” Well most were wrong. This team is led by arguably the best player in the game, in Joey Votto (your NL MVP). A group of young guns in the outfield. A savvy veteran at 3rd base. A flashy veteran at 2nd base. And a group of young arms.
Does this team have what it takes to roll deep into the playoffs? I honestly do not know. But I do know that since the Wild Card began in 1995, 4 Wild Card teams have won the whole thing. So nothing is impossible. Though the odds are stacked high against the young Redlegs. This team has struggled as of late. Since August 23rd, they have been very human, going 15 and 17. This is not a good sign. Brandon Phillips has been quoted as saying, “Clinching is on everybody’s mind. We’re not focused. We’re trying to hurry up and get it over with (CBS Sports).”
The Reds have had bullpen struggles in the form of Coco Cordero, Arthur Rhodes, and even Chapman has looked somewhat human at times. They do not have any big time starters that they can depend on to take care of business in the playoffs. Bronson Arroyo is your Game 1 starter. This team is an enigma. Boy I wish the team that we had in June through the middle of August was able to come back for the playoffs.
Fat chance. But I guess that is why they say there is a big difference between September/October baseball and June baseball.
The Reds just have to pray they can avoid the Phillies by ending up with a better record than the NL West winner. Playing the Phillies right away could end a city’s dreams real fast.
Just one game away from playoff baseball. How far can they go? Nobody knows.
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