Originally Posted by RedlegJake
I was bitterly disappointed in Homer's game last night. When one of your "aces" gets beat by the wrong Kris Davis and the Brewers at home and lose ground as the Cards beat the Braves and the Pirates beat the Giants...it was like seeing this season in a microcosm of one game. Every time they gain a bit of ground they promptly lose it back. They don't let themselves get buried 6 or 7 back - they get hot and pull close but then they go back to lose one win one or two lose one. They get an injured player back for a week or two then lose them again or lose someone else. It's been a snakebit season in a lot of ways but despite the inference of some that they aren't that deep they keep within a couple games despite the spate of injuries that keep occurring. It's fun/It's frustrating/It's a freakin' darn rollercoaster ride emotionally. I map out these schedule threads with the solemn intent of a general planning battle strategy, looking for single days of advantage where the Reds might gain a single game of ground. Problem is - they confound me by gaining where I see a loss and losing where I see a gain! I am going to call this the "Summer of Tums"
Yeah, the Reds are my "1A" team, A's are "1B"....and Giants "2". As hard as the Giants have fallen this year, was HOPING they might suck it up and help the Reds out with the Pirates, but no such luck, Pirates are going to sweep.
As for Reds and A's, very similar in that both teams can just never seem to get on those nice win-12-of-15 tears. Seems like their 'Last 10' in the standings are always 6-4, 5-5. Fortunately for the Reds, by default they'll get one of the w/c slots because the NL is just so weak this year.
But for as much as the Reds sputter, A's a bit worse and they're at the start of a brutal 13-game stretch, after which winning the NL West will be out of the question, and they'll be in a dogfight with 5-6 other teams for a w/c.