Re: The REDS will prove themselves once again Thursday Afternoon.
The Reds were on top of the NL before this last weekend, now running into the week, and now they are starting to drop. There was a lot of talk that "the reds can lose these series, after this all losing teams for the rest of the season, the division is as good as locked" etc. etc. The post season tickets went on sale. Add to that that thr Rockies have a much better home record then a road record. (the reds have stayed fairly close to an even split home/away records) I think there is some self fullfilling prophecy going on here. As long as the Cards keep losing there is nothing to worry about. But........Dusty knows!! Dusty I think IS worried. These are the quality of teams we will face in the post season. Maybe the "must win"-ness of the post season will be the change, maybe the some rest, maybe something but it MUST be something. Because this kind of ball will not cut it.
Nothing breeds success like success. So maybe the Reds will get some wins and then the expectation will be to win. Teams/people often live up to or down to expectations. So, if expectations and need were low going into this road trip is is no wonder the Reds have blown it. When they get home that expectation better change and they NEED to WIN the division or else we might as well watch football during the post season.