Jack Eliot: I'm a World Series MVP!
Skip: That was four years ago, Jack. Last season, you hit .235.
Jack Eliot: LAST SEASON, I led this team in ninth-inning doubles in the month of August!
---Mr. Baseball 1992
Why not? Certainly not because I'm any smarter or more prescient than anyone else. And probably not because I'm more a lifelong or loyal fan than anyone else here. The big reason is where I'm based. And, here in DC, the 2013 Nationals have lacked chemistry, work-ethic and drive like few teams you'll ever see. So, natural for me to always be keeping half an eye on the Nats and one and half eyes on the Reds during the year. No comparison at any point this year; not in slightest.
Reds & Nats, 2013 LCS. Take2 (9/13) Reds but no Nats
Feeling better, but we're coming up on another Milwaukee series. Oy vey. Why can't we dominate that team?
Falls City Beer (09-08-2013)
Do I feel better now? No, but then again, I never really felt bad to begin with.
On August 4th, the Reds were 6.5 games out of first place. Since that time, the Reds have gone 20-12 (.625) and climbed to within 1.5 games of the division lead. During that time frame, the Reds have outperformed both Pittsburgh (15-16) and St. Louis (18-15). I firmly believe that the division title is ripe for the taking, as I think the Pirates will continue to falter and that St. Louis will continue their descent back down to earth. As a result of that, I believe that the Reds will again be the NL Central Champions this season. It's going to be an exciting September as everything plays out. No doubt about it.
One thing I've said all season: momentum is going to be critical in this division in September. I think the Pirates are a solid team and I didn't expect them to choke, I still don't, but I did think they were peaking early as far as momentum goes. The misuse of their pitching staff top to bottom wasn't going to help that either.
I expected both the Reds and Cardinals to peak later. That's the cardinals' MO, and I saw the Reds as a talented team that just needed time to pull it all together. And I thought a late-season push would be good for them as opposed to being clear-cut, long-expected division winners. Honestly the Cardinals are still my pick to win the division. 2010 excepted, I just never trust the Cardinals in September. It's nice to see them crumble against the Reds though. The Reds also have more downtime the next few weeks than either the Cardinals and Pirates (they've played more games to date), so that's good.
One thing I've been saying for about a week: the next three series are critical for the Reds. If they dominate the Cubs, Brewers, and Astros, they might become the division frontrunner. If not, momentum gets away from them and they position themselves very poorly for the playoffs, both literally and mentally. It seems silly to say about such anemic teams, but the next nine games may prove the make-or-break chunk of the season for the Reds.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
Looks like the Cards will sweep these Bucs. Just hitting them at will! 5-0 in the 3rd
I'm feeling better than I did in 2005; however I feel about the same as I did a couple of weeks ago -- I was relishing a pennant race then and am living it now.
Win the Division
RANDY IN INDY (09-08-2013)
What's wrong with experiencing the ups and downs of a ballclub? Isn't that what it's all about?
Pay attention to the open sky
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."