Does Series Loss Now Have Reds Looking in Rear View Mirror?

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2013 wasn’t supposed to go in this direction. Another series loss to the division rival St. Louis Cardinals, and some residents of Redsland must be wondering what happened. What about being “all in”? What about all the “unfinished business”? What about all the expectations?

Expectation is the root of all heartache. – William Shakespeare

How much are you aching?

Not sure we’ve reached the exact point to which ol’ Bill refers to here. Dropping another two of three to the Cards can surely cast some doubt on those expectations. And then, one question undoubtedly follows…

Were the expectations for 2013 too high?

I didn’t believe so. I thought some pieces were certainly in place for this club. It became a matter of having other pieces perform according to, well, expectations. Still believe this Reds team can go places in 2013. I know others might not believe as such at the moment, if at all.

Over the next week, here’s what the Pirates, Cards and Reds have on their respective schedules.

PIT: MIA (3) at PNC, COL (3) at Coors Field
STL: LAD (4) at Busch, CHC (3) at Busch
CIN: OAK (2) at GABP, SDP (3) at GABP

Yes, the Reds have two days off this upcoming week: tomorrow and Thursday.

Oh, that rear view mirror?

In dropping those two of three to the Cards, the Good Guys still hold a grasp on the NL’s second wild card spot. Is that now in a bit of a precarious position? After today’s numbing loss – or drubbing, if you prefer – Cincinnati holds a 4.5 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks for that #2 WC position. Looks like that will remain at 4.5 games as the Red Sox are handling the Snakes today.

Another big series could be lurking when Arizona visits GABP for four games in a couple of weeks. Time to shift the focus and/or expectations? Well, if you are one that is doing that…

ARI: TB (2) at Chase, NYM (3) at Chase

Hope that rear view never becomes a side mirror.

Topics: Cincinnati Reds, MLB, NL Central

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  • JD Rentz

    I think the “sentiment” by the general Twitter-based following is that the Reds may (or may not) have that 2nd Wild Card spot BUT won’t win a one-game Play-In Game vs either the Cardinals OR Pirates (most likely winner of the 1st WC and home field advantage). However, if I recall, didn’t the St. Louis Cardinals get last year’s 2nd WC, beat the Atlanta Braves ON THE ROAD, then beat the Washington Nationals ON THE ROAD, before finally succumbing to the SF Giants AT HOME (in the NLCS, no less)?!? Yes, the 2013 Reds MAY NOT BE the 2012 Cardinals … they might actually be *better* and simply going through a rough patch. Get Ludwick back in the heart of the lineup, solidify a tired bullpen, and talk to me again by September 1st … we’ll see what’s happened by then.

    • johnvrouse

      The 2012 Cardinals had 1 thing this Reds team don’t have, and that is heart… Ive been a Reds fan all my life, and this has been the biggest disappointing team, ive ever seen.. The talent is there, the drive to win is not.. I have to respectfully disagree with ur comment that this team may be better that the 2012 Cards.. That team actually could produce when they had runners on…. These Reds haven’t figured out how 2 do that in the last 3 seasons..

      • Tyler Grote

        Talent > heart every, single day.

  • Tyler Grote

    What’s also remarkable about the Reds’ fanbase is that the record against +.500 teams is only a topic of conversation here, while the Cards are just 20-25 against them.

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