Originally Posted by reds700
I don't know what I would think right now if I was a cards fan. They have clearly looked like the best team in the division and really haven't gone through a rough stretch, yet they are still only 2.5 games up in the division.
The reds have been pretty average so far, while playing a tough schedule. The Cards schedule hasn't been easy but has not been as tough as the Reds schedule so far. When you combine the inevitable Cards rough stretch with a Reds hot stretch, you would think that lead will evaporate quickly. Add in the Reds only having one series left in St. Louis, with the Cards having to travel to Cincy three times, and you have to like where the Reds are right now.
Based solely on the eye test the Cards look like the best team in the division, but when you analyze the numbers you would almost rather be in the Reds position.
The Cards schedule hasn't been as tough as the Reds? Are you sure about that. The Cardinals have only played 12 home games and there strength of schedule thus far has been the 3rd highest in MLB. The Reds? 21st in SOS. See link if you don't believe. I'd say the Cards made it through their toughest month of the year quite well. I would say they are loving their position right now.