Momentum right now is in the Reds favor. Reds are 7-3 so far this month. Cardinals are 6-6. Pirates are 5-6 this month. The schedule easing up a bit and getting Hanigan, Broxton and Ludwick back is all great timing.
Looking ahead, these are the last six series of the year:
3 vs. Cubs, 3 at Milwaukee, 3 at Houston, 3 at Pittsburgh, 3 vs Mets, 3 vs. Pittsburgh
That's an easy 18 games. If the Reds can keep their head above water the last half of August, I love our chances down the stretch. I think to begin the season, everyone figured the Reds would go on a tear at some point. September would be the absolute best time for that to happen, and the easy schedule the latter half of the month makes that entirely possible.
Either way, I'm feeling much more optimistic about this season than I was two weeks ago.