And though many of the circumstances are entirely different, just think back to the 2011 season. On Sept. 5 of that year, the Cardinals were 8.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for a WC. Myself nor anyone else that I knew (MANY of those folks being Cardinals fans themselves) had ANY faith whatsoever that the Cards would make the playoffs. Of course, we now know how that all played out. The Braves went on a downward spiral, the Cards got pretty hot and literally, during the Braves final game of the season (and subsequent loss), the Cards squeaked in by the hair of their chinny-chin-chins. In the AL, the Rays almost miraculously won their final game while the Red Sox lost and squeaked in themselves. That final day of the regular season was one of the most exciting and almost unbelievable nights of baseball I have personally witnessed.
I remember, once I realized that the Reds were not going to make the post-season that year, thinking "I just hope we end up with a better record than the Cards at years end". Well, not only did the Cards VERY, VERY narrowly MAKE the dang PS, they WON THE WS! And did it in a, yet again, almost miraculous fashion. I will NEVER forget that game 6 vs. the Rangers and the Cards seemingly miraculously pulling out the victory.
Yes, I know all of the above has little to nothing to do with the Reds (or really any other team) currently/this season. I just mention all of the above to point out that this can truly be a strange, strange game at times and that really, until the proverbial fat lady sings, very little in baseball is out of the realm of possibility, so to speak.
So for all of yous whom are currently suffering from a bit of the doom & glooms, turn those frowns around and keep those chins up. Still a long ways to go in this race & I still have plenty of faith in my Reds at this point.