Originally Posted by New York Red
The problem didn't start with the Brewers series. The Reds have lost 5 or 6 consecutive series to teams with sub-.500 records. That's not a fluke. That's a team that isn't stepping up when they need to.
I would consider it beyond yours or mine ability to explain it, but I certainly do not know how a team controls this "stepping up" thing in MLB baseball that a vocal minority want them to accomplish. Maybe Dusty should make them do laps after ugly losses like yesterday. And Arroyo has to do 20 extra for walking the bases loaded. And he doesn't get his hot dog and juice box after the game.
As others pointed out, the story line of the team was "beating up on bad teams, can't beat good teams, maybe they aren't that good." Now, they need to "step it up against bad teams" because they are suddenly beating the good teams and struggling against the sub .500 teams. If I'm confused, I'm sure the team is as well. But I bet looking at that .500 plateau and making predictions is the start of bad rationalizing.