Originally Posted by Sea Ray
Expectations, yeah. But after 162 games it's about results and the Reds didn't earn much. I'd be much more nervous if I was the team that was at home and finished 4 games in front--something that I worked all season long to achieve--only to lose it all in one game. That's pressure
Reds should feel much more pressure. Who knows, it's up to the personalities, but Reds should.
They blew a two game lead last year in the NLDS. They were swept in 2010. They were favorites to win the division this season and finished third.
Pirates are a great story even if they lose tonight after all the winning seasons. They will say, well, one game, we're back, and go for a victory dance.
The one thing that may help the Reds is playing on the road. Team doesn't seem to respond to home field pressure games that often. It may let the Reds concentrate on baseball rather than other distractions.