Re: It's moving time
The team has played medioce ball for the last half season going 39-36 since June 1st. The team has three series wins all season against +.500 teams. Fortunately mediocre is all that appears necessary to secure an NL wildcard berth this season. Not sure why that's controversial. I would have expected better, but it's good enough to be in the division hunt.
Fortunately St Lewie is only 39-35 in the same stretch (Pit 42-32) and the rest of the serious NL contenders (Giants, Nats and DBacks) have largely fallen apart over the same period. ONly the Dodgers and Braves have been crushing it over the last ~75-80 games.
74-57 given the injuries is a bit disappointing after 35-21, but all in all an acceptable position. They've got a chance to win the division going into the last month with a wildcard all but secured given the weak NL field. Not a great season and certainly not the one we expected, but fortunately no one wants to run and hide with the division.
Looking into the crystal ball, I think the Reds catch the Pirates over the last week but can't quite catch the Cardinals.