Originally Posted by RedTeamGo!
The reds have smoked the Cubs all season and the Cardinals lost 2 of 3 to the cubs. How do you explain that? Are the Brewers the measuring stick?
The Cards lost two of three around August 9, then later in the month beat the Cubs two of three in Chicago.
But after all that, near the end of August, the Cards are up 2.5 games on the Reds. The Pirates are up 3. These are good ballclubs. The Reds aren't going to pass them losing to the Brewers in Cincy.
Where I disagree is that at this point, late in the season with the Reds in third, I don't think playing "solid" .550 ball is going to do the trick. I don't think a loss is "no big deal" at this stage. The Reds have to play very, very well to win this division. Losses to bad teams at home have a significant cost at this stage.
The Brewers are not just sub-.500, they are sixteen under, the Reds are 2-3 against them in the last week. I just don't think this kind of record is going to allow the Reds to win the division. Just don't think it's good enough.