I wonder how dramatic the change in atmosphere has been in the clubhouse this year? I'd have to think that the players stood up and took notice that the team is not paying lip service to trying to win. They mean it, they back it up with not words, but actions.
Krivsky called out the 16 games before the trading deadline as an important stretch and they didn't want to let those games get away by waiting for a trade at the deadline.
A quick look at the schedule shows COL, NYM, MIL, HOU, & MIL again as those 16 games, all teams in the wild card race, or in the case of the Mets, a division leader.
So far so good, the Reds come out of the gate winning 4 straight. If the Reds can hang around for another 6-8 games, I think the Reds make another deal or two to make a solid run at the playoffs this season.