Re: Under circumstances, Reds played great until final 2 weeks
Can't say that I'm at all surprised, I even predicted the final score when I was talking with my boys about the game when I picked them up from school. I knew the Reds wouldn't hit Liriano.
The Reds just didn't consistently hit well this year, had trouble with StL and Pit all season, and losing 5 straight at the end doesn't help, no matter how much people want to argue "those games didn't matter." You still want to play well, and getting SWEPT in YOUR PARK by the team you're going to see in the play-in game just doesn't bode well.
And about this play-in game...man is it stupid. If you're going to add a second wildcard, then at least give both teams a shot at playing a home game. It should be a best-of-3. That said, I still don't think the Reds would've beat the Bucs in a 3-gamer, but just making the point that the 1-game play-in is lame.