The Reds so far have been working pitchers to death and making offense look easy.
The danger in that is that we all know that it isn't easy. In fact, scoring runs is one of the hardest things to do in the game of baseball. And what an offense like Cincinnati's can do is create a weird type of relativism in a portion of the fan base.
It can create the expectation that seven runs a game has somehow become the standard for measuring this offense. Yet this club isn't going to 1,100 runs this season (seven a game would get 1,134). In fact, it's not going to score 1,000 runs this season and it's highly unlikely to score 900, which would be a franchise record.
So when the Reds score four or less runs, expect to hear that the bats are failing and that the offense needs to be fixed. If the Reds run into a good pitcher who shuts them down, expect to hear that the Reds aren't built to handle good pitching. Of course, that's an insane point to make. By definition no offense handles good pitching well. That's how you become a good pitcher, by consistently shutting down the other team.
This offense is a joy to watch, but no team gets to score at will. It will have off days. It will run into tough pitchers. There will be days where it can only deliver three or four runs and those will be games a team needs to win on a regular basis if it wants to be a legimate contender.
We saw last year how a good number of folks can build up false expectations about this offense and then use that to lambaste what is in fact the team's strength. My suggestion is that people instead appreciate how brutally destructive this offense can be because we won't always have it this good (scoring-wise) in the future.