Apr 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

Come On, Reds Fans - Series With Cardinals Just Not That Important

It took one inning in game four of the entire 162 game season for some Reds fans to decide they were already finished with Homer Bailey. Three homeruns with two outs and a four spot for the Bad Guys later, Homer Bailey assumes the role of the rotation’s Black Sheep. He now becomes the third pitcher in as many games to receive such an honor.

Apr 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pitching coach Bryan Price talks to Bailey and catcher Hanigan during the 1st inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ballpark. (Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE)

It’s going to take an absurd amount of patience and common sense, but some Reds fans need to turn the volume down. Cincinnati used to be a smart baseball town. Twenty years of disappointment and October futility later, that assertion needs to be revisited. When I see Twitter blowing up because Homer Bailey allowed four two-out runs in the first against the World Series Champions, my eyes uncontrollably roll.

People. We aren’t even 1% through this season, and in that .024 of the season, we’ve had Latos’ ability questioned, the longevity of Bronson examined, and Homer Bailey simply dismissed. Some Reds fans are to baseball what Morris Claiborne is to the Wonderlic. If you’re this worked up and skeptical at 2-2, you aren’t going to make it past the All Star Break.

We all want to beat the Cardinals because they’re rivals of our Reds. I get that. But beating the Cardinals isn’t what’s going to win this division. It’s great to beat the team you know will be competeting with you for the division all year, but St. Louis isn’t where the NL Central is won – the ~50 games against the Pirates, Cubs and Astros are far more important. The beauty of baseball is that you don’t have to beat the best to advance to the post season – see 2010. The work the Reds do against the teams they should beat is far more important than this rivalry.

The Reds went 9-6 against the Cardinals last year. Who had the better 2011 – the Reds or Cardinals?

Everything is magnified during these series. I guess that’s to be expected. But it’s time to settle in, folks. Opening Day is in the books, the weekend was great. Now it’s just an endless stream of baseball games. Every day. The Reds lost 7-1 last night. The score will be 0-0 tonight a little after 7 pm. Mike Leake gets a shot now.

Knee-jerk reactions and baseball should be segregated. They shouldn’t be allowed in the same room.  If you’re reading this and nodding your head in agreement, then chances are last evening’s loss bothered you no more than having to get up and go to work this morning.


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