The 90 team was 5 games up with six games left, going into that San Diego home series. They clinched when the Dodgers lost two in a row to the Giants so technically they "backed in". I'm sure that team wanted to clinch in front of their fans, but under the circumstances i doubt they had it floored. At that point they were getting ready for Pittsburgh.
Last year actually felt a bit like 1990 to me during the regular season. They had the monster stretch, it just wasn't at the beginning, and they coasted to the division title pretty easily. I just hope that wasn't their best chance at a World Series with this group.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
The only way the 2013 could compare is to win the World Series. Other than that not much to compare between the two.
Reds Fan Since 1971
If Twitter and Redszone existed in 1990, people's heads would be exploding when that 11 game lead got down to 3.5 on 9/21. Heck, how many chicken littles were saying the Nats were going to catch us when they got it down to 4 with, what, 12 to play? I used to listen to Extra Innings after the games most nights (hey I was 12, I didn't know better) and I remember the natives getting a little restless.
Although things may have gotten scary at times, the 1990 Reds went wire to wire. I remember because that's when I learned that expression. How many days did the Reds spend in first place this season?
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
Votto OPSed 889 last year's postseason, despite recovering from a bad knee.
Ludwick OPSed 1.062 last year's postseason.
Bruce 890 OPS last postseason
Phillips 985 OPS.
Arroyo stepped up big.
There's your core of vets/leaders not wilting in the postseason last year.
The key is going to be Homer, Latos, and the bullpen.
The offense is really going to be fine, IMO. Probably not as good as last year's postseason, as the opposition's pitching is good, but we have a nice defense and good offense. The entire question is going to be.. Can the Reds pitching staff match the opposition?
And Dusty is an old school manager
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!
Falls City Beer (09-26-2013)
This team has shown no ability to string together streaks of dominance. It could start now. Hamilton's a great unknown after all. But I wouldn't bet on it. About the best outcome I can see is a trip to the NLCS. Which would be fine. Great in fact.
No similarities to 1990. I had no doubts that club would win the World Series. I lack confidence this team will win one game.
I've got a good feeling about this team IF they get past the coin flip game. They've had adversity all season and always bounced back.
I hate the one game play in. Should be best of 3 at minimum.
Rounding third and heading for home...
Always Red (09-29-2013)