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redram
09-10-2006, 07:31 PM
I am telling you folks the Cards have big issues, esp with no izzy. We can still catch these guys if we can just take care of winning. The division may be easier to get than the WC. We moved back in front of Houston today, beat the Pades next week and who knows.

HumnHilghtFreel
09-10-2006, 07:36 PM
I'm not giving up on them till the math tells me to.

George Anderson
09-10-2006, 07:46 PM
If we can own the Cubs for the seven games we have yet to play them and go .500 against the rest, then just about anythings possible!!!

Bottom line I like the remaining schedule we have compared to the Cards!!

Falls City Beer
09-10-2006, 07:48 PM
This is the Reds' last stand right here against San Diego. If they cough up a hairball at home against the Pads' judy offense, they ought to go soak their heads.

They should pretend each game is an elimination game against them.

OnBaseMachine
09-10-2006, 07:58 PM
Cards lost 9-7. Reds move to 4.5 games back of the Cards.

RedFanAlways1966
09-10-2006, 08:02 PM
This is the Reds' last stand right here against San Diego. If they cough up a hairball at home against the Pads' judy offense, they ought to go soak their heads.

They should pretend each game is an elimination game against them.

I agree that the Pads offense is nothing impressive. However, the REDS (non-impressive?) offense needs to score more than 1-run in a game to expect a positive result... only 1R in two of the three games at SD last week. UGH!

Falls City Beer
09-10-2006, 08:11 PM
I agree that the Pads offense is nothing impressive. However, the REDS (non-impressive?) offense needs to score more than 1-run in a game to expect a positive result... only 1R in two of the three games at SD last week. UGH!

The Pads' pitching is very tough; I don't expect the offense to go nuts on their pitching, and Jerry should manage his pitching staff accordingly. Which means a very short leash for struggling starters.

mth123
09-10-2006, 08:12 PM
Watching SF vs SD now. I find myself rooting for a big game from Mr. Bonds. Ain't life strange?

RedFanAlways1966
09-10-2006, 08:18 PM
The Pads' pitching is very tough; I don't expect the offense to go nuts on their pitching, and Jerry should manage his pitching staff accordingly. Which means a very short leash for struggling starters.

Yep. The REDS did get 2 QS in that 3-gamer at SD. Defense played a huge role in runs by the SD offense as well. Four errors in the series that led to 3 unearned runs (11 runs total for SD). Something that we have gotten used to this year, but do not need against a weak-hitting/strong-pitching team like SD.

jhiller21
09-11-2006, 12:11 AM
I feel more confident in winning the division than the wild card. The Cards are looking weak this late in the season, and if we can win every series from here on out, I think we've got a shot.

Of course if we make it to the playoffs, we're toast against the Mets, but just making it would mean a lot.

Dom Heffner
09-11-2006, 12:59 AM
The Cards have problems, none of which have to do with losing Isringhausen.

He has been terrible much of the year, an example of how manager insistence on having a "closer" can be detrimental to a team.

guttle11
09-11-2006, 01:05 AM
I feel more confident in winning the division than the wild card. The Cards are looking weak this late in the season, and if we can win every series from here on out, I think we've got a shot.

Of course if we make it to the playoffs, we're toast against the Mets, but just making it would mean a lot.

I'll take my shot with the WC. A sweep of the Fathers and we're half a game out, assuming Philly and FLA don't sweep as well.

Always Red
09-11-2006, 12:05 PM
It might actually be tougher to get the wild card at this point; the Reds are 4 1/2 behind the Cards, and only 3 1/2 behind the wild card, but with four other teams in front of the Reds. Usually at least half of them are winning, the other half losing- makes it tough to make up ground on all of them.

Sure wish we were playing the Cardinals here at the end of the year...

cumberlandreds
09-11-2006, 12:22 PM
The Cards are the the the fighter trying to hang on in the 15th round. Just stagerring,clutching and avoiding the other fighter. If the Reds had five or six games left with the Cards I would give them a good chance. But they don't and it will be a monumental effort by the Reds to get either playof spot. Need to win something like 15 of 19. Just too big a hill to climb.

RANDY IN INDY
09-11-2006, 01:56 PM
Thing is, a short Reds winning streak combined with a short Cardinals losing streak and it is close and a battle to the finish. Leads can slip away fast.

Kc61
09-11-2006, 02:07 PM
Actually, Cards and Astros both have tougher schedule than Reds. Cards play Hous, SD, SF. (Cards also have a lot of games with Milwaukee.) Astros play Stl, Phil, Atl. (Houston and Reds do play each other.)

At this point, hard to be confident that Reds can string a bunch of wins together. Also, Reds play a lot of road games. But they play the Cubs a lot and, if they can dominate those games, they could make it interesting (at least more interesting than it has been lately).

(Wouldn't it be odd after all this if Houston wins the division?)

justincredible
09-11-2006, 02:10 PM
I'll be attending 4 of the Cubs games (Sat. @ Wrigley and next Fri-Sun @ GABP). The Reds are 2-0 when I have attended this year and were 5-1 when I attended last year. Hopefully its a good sign and they will win all of them. They always seem to do well when I go. I think I've only been to 4 losses is about 25 or so games.

paulrichjr
09-11-2006, 03:32 PM
I'll be attending 4 of the Cubs games (Sat. @ Wrigley and next Fri-Sun @ GABP). The Reds are 2-0 when I have attended this year and were 5-1 when I attended last year. Hopefully its a good sign and they will win all of them. They always seem to do well when I go. I think I've only been to 4 losses is about 25 or so games.


Your name says it all.

My two boys have almost never seen the Reds win (the only time was Opening Day 2005). It is sad because they are big Reds fans and we go at least once a year and most of the time twice. I envy you.

durl
09-11-2006, 04:02 PM
The Reds are definitely still within striking distance of the playoffs. I can't help but believe that the offense will get it's act in gear and start winning these ball games.

The Cards want to make this interesting, don't they? I have a hard time seeing them blowing a 5-game lead in September, but didn't the Reds climb from 5 games back to catch them in a short span in July or August?