Re: Take a deep breath... Remember we're still in first
The Mets are the consensus class of the NL. The Reds just took the Mets into extra innings before losing the rubber match of the season series (4 games to 3) with them.
If this was October and the Reds had just lost a playoff series 4 games to 3 like they lost today, I would be very upset. However seeing as how the Reds are still at least a game up in the WC and trail the Cardinals by 4 in the division (the same Cardinals against whom the Reds currently stand 5-2 this year), I am hopefull rather than angry.
What I hope is that the Reds quit playing to the level of their opposition and instead go out and jump all over the Brewers, Astros, Cubs, Pirates etc. the rest of the season and manage at least a split aganst the Dodgers, Pads, and Giants plus split the remaining games with the Cards. They have shown they are capable of doing this. If they do it, they should make the playoffs.
As for folds, yes the Reds could fold. However, they are now 3 to 6 weeks deeper into the season and still in contention than they were when they pulled el foldo acts in the last 5 years. There is new ownership, new management, and a lot of the roster has been turned over. Thus I see no reason to suspect (expect) a fold just because the team is the Reds and they have folded a couple times in the recent past. To date this year's team seems to have a lot more in common with the 1999 team than those teams that folded early in the current century. Let's hope they are still in contention and turn out to have just a game more to their favor relative to the competition than that '99 team did in the last week of September.
Last edited by jnwohio; 07-21-2006 at 01:23 AM.