Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
They had to expect Halladay to be dominating. Not to this degree, but they had to expect him to shut them down. If they let today's game stick in their psyches, then they shouldn't have bothered showing up for the playoffs.
The Reds have responded well to an adverse situation all season. They were swept by the Cardinals and people started to hand the central crown to the Redbirds, and the Reds reeled off 17 out of 21 wins to take control of first.
The Reds were swept by the Phillies in this same ballpark right before the all-star break, and everybody expected the wheels to come flying off. They didn't.
Friday will be do-or-die. If the Reds don't show up Friday, Philly will clinch no later than Tuesday when Halladay faces us again in Cincinnati.