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Kc61
08-17-2012, 11:08 AM
I thought down the stretch it might be nice to have a thread before each series discussing the Reds' upcoming series, and also checking in on the Cards and Bucs. I don't plan to start each one necessarily, anyone can do so, but I'll kick this one off and let's see if folks want to continue.

Reds play four with the Cubs at Cincy. Three scheduled games are Arroyo, Cueto, Latos against Travis Wood, Samardzija, and Volstad. Doubleheader game on Saturday likely Redmond for Reds (from AAA) against To Be Announced for the Cubs.

Reds are up 6 over Bucs, 7 over Cards. The two teams play each other now at St. Louis with McDonald v. Westbrook, Bedard v. Lynn, Karstens v. Garcia.

Cubs coming off home series with Astros, Cubs won 2 of 3. Reds are 6-3 against Cubs so far. Pirates are 4-5 with Cards so far.

mdccclxix
08-17-2012, 11:10 AM
Dreaming of a Pirates sweep of St. Louis and Reds winning 3 of 4...

Kc61
08-17-2012, 11:11 AM
Dreaming of a Pirates sweep of St. Louis and Reds winning 3 of 4...

I'm dreaming that the Cards take two of three from the Pirates and the Reds sweep the Cubs.

We have different dreams. Look at the Pirates September schedule before you plan too many dreams of them winning in August.

mdccclxix
08-17-2012, 11:16 AM
I don't know, the Cards 9.5 back sounds really cool...

How about this, a 1-1 split with a rainout Sunday in St. Louis?

Kc61
08-17-2012, 11:25 AM
I don't know, the Cards 9.5 back sounds really cool...

How about this, a 1-1 split with a rainout Sunday in St. Louis?

Sorry, my position is non-negotiable.

Cards will get theirs when they play seven with the Nats (four in DC) and seven on the coast (four in LA).

Tom Servo
08-17-2012, 01:32 PM
I'm with mdccclxix, I want as much distance from the Cardinals as possible. I think we can fend off the Pirates.

757690
08-17-2012, 01:49 PM
I just want the Reds to keep winning. That happens and no need to care about the Pirates and Cardinals.

cumberlandreds
08-17-2012, 02:24 PM
The Reds still need to beat up on the bad teams. They need to win at a minimum 3 of 4 this weekend. It would keep them at a good pace and also keep momentum going into a very tough 10 game stretch. Also winning this weekend will extend the lead since the Pirates play the Cards three games. Even though this a series against a bad team it's a very important series for the season. I wish that wasn't a doubleheader on Saturday. It seems most doubleheaders are split no matter who you play.

SirFelixCat
08-17-2012, 02:29 PM
Hoping for 3 of 4. And as long as one of the teams (Pitt/StL) don't sweep, I don't care how that plays out.

As an aside, how comfortable and confident in this team have we all become when you have one of the very best players on the planet still on the shelf, yet we all hope/expect to win every series that the boys play. Kinda novel and nice, eh?

vaticanplum
08-17-2012, 03:50 PM
The Reds still need to beat up on the bad teams. They need to win at a minimum 3 of 4 this weekend. It would keep them at a good pace and also keep momentum going into a very tough 10 game stretch. Also winning this weekend will extend the lead since the Pirates play the Cards three games. Even though this a series against a bad team it's a very important series for the season. I wish that wasn't a doubleheader on Saturday. It seems most doubleheaders are split no matter who you play.

The doubleheader worries me too. I hope nothing surprisingly awful happens this weekend. Since we're all split on whether we want the Cards or the Pirates to take that series, let's just focus on our team beating up on the Cubs. The Reds are much more in control of their destiny than the other two, which has a positive spin as long as the Reds keep it that way. If they drop two or three this weekend, I'm going to be much more upset than anything that can happen in Pittsburgh.

Vottomatic
08-17-2012, 04:07 PM
I'm hoping the Cards and Bucs beat up on eachother, gain no ground, as the Reds sweep the Cubs.

traderumor
08-17-2012, 04:33 PM
While I predict 3 of 4 for the good guys, I will not be upset if it's just a split at this stage.

As for the Pirates and Cards, it is more a tussle for the WC realistically. Of course, there's always the unlikely historic streak scenario that either of those teams catch fire and the Reds tank, but most likely these two are vying for that last WC spot. Of course, if neither plays well, you might see SF sneak in there.

One thing to remember about the boogeyman (Cards), between last year and this, they made over the bullpen last year and had a better rotation. This year, they will have to bludgeon teams with their offense and hope the pitching can hold. I just don't think they made the dramatic improvements that greatly aided their run last year, which was the bullpen makeover that turned an ugly stepsister into a supermodel seemingly overnite.

One thing's for sure: I want no part of that ignorant Wild Card one game playoff scenario after a year of hard fighting. More ignorance from the office of the Commissioner, setting up a really unfair situation if there is a wide disparity in records in the WC game. Imagine an 85-87 win team playing a 92-95 win team and it coming down to one game for a playoff series. Idiotic.

REDREAD
08-17-2012, 04:42 PM
I'm with mdccclxix, I want as much distance from the Cardinals as possible. I think we can fend off the Pirates.

Yep, I think the Cards are going to overcome the Pirates in the standings.
I want a big buffer against the Cards making another late season miracle charge.. Ideally, I'd like the Cards to miss out on the wildcard as well (would rather the Reds face Atl/Pitt wildcard winner, assuming the Reds hypothetically had to eventually play the wildcard team).

HeatherC1212
08-17-2012, 05:12 PM
I just want the Reds to keep winning. That happens and no need to care about the Pirates and Cardinals.

This is where I'm at too. I am hoping for the Reds to win at least 3 out of 4 versus the Cubbies this weekend (preferably with two of them coming on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon when I'll be in attendance). ;)

Chip R
08-17-2012, 05:35 PM
I expect nothing less than a sweep.