Re: BELIEVE: Keys to Game 5
The key is not getting behind early. If the Reds get behind by two or more runs this game is over. Their bats will tighten up and the outcome won't be good. It's all on Latos early in the game. He can't let the Giants get off to quick start.
The Reds haven't had a decisive game in the playoffs since 1975. This will be the 4th one I have witnessed. They had two of them in 1972. Game five of the 72 playoffs when JB hit a game tying HR in the 9th and won it on a wild pitch later in the inning. Then game 7 of the 72 playoffs in which they lost 3-2 mainly because of a great catch by Joe Rudi.
They lost game 5 of 73 Playoffs to the Mets. Lost decisively too, IIRC. Something like 7-2 and were never in the game. Game 7 of the 75 World Series and all that surrounded it has been talked about many times before on RZ. So I won't rehash that.
You also can throw in the 1999 play in game too. We all know what happened in that one. Anyway just enjoy the game and hope for the best.
Reds Fan Since 1971