Some of you will probably think this is totally idiotic and useless, so I apologize in advance for wasting your time if you're not interested. A year or two ago, Edskin posted about how he breaks the season up into 10 game segments, which I had always done as well. But I'm sort of a golf nut, so I took it a step further.
There are 162 games in a season, and 18 holes on a golf course. If you divide 162 by 18, you get 9. That means that every nine games the Reds play is the equivalent of one hole of golf. Next, we need to establish par. If you watch a tournament, even par isn't going to be good enough to win, but it will probably have you on the leaderboard on Sunday and you'll probably cash a nice check. In baseball terms, I figured that number to be about 90 wins...not going to be enough to make the playoffs, but probably going to have you in the chase through most of September and probably keep your fans relatively happy. So, if 90 wins is "par", we just divide 90 by our 18 holes and get 5. That means if the Reds go 5-4 over a nine game stretch, they get a par.
After 9 games this year, the Reds were 6-3. Since 5-4 is a par, 6 wins is a birdie. Over the next 9, we went 5-4. So, birdie on #1, par on #2. So far, we're 4-0 on the 3rd hole, so birdie is certainly within reach. I figure five or six under (95 or 96 wins) may be enough to get a wild card, so two under through three holes would be phenomenal. More than anything, I like breaking the season down like this because it keeps me from getting too upset during losing streaks (or too excited during winning streaks).
Again, I apologize to anyone who thinks this is totally stupid. If anyone actually likes it, I'll come back every 9 games and update our scorecard. I keep one posted on my cubicle at work so I can track it all year. Some of the guys I work with are golfers too and have started referring to Reds games in golf terminology. We have fun with it, so I thought I'd share with the biggest group of Reds fans I know.