I don't know why but this trip has been concerning me for the last 2 months. So many good Reds teams have gone out there to die in years past. The 4 games in SF, 3 in LA and 3 in SD - all against teams who desperately need to beat the Reds for their own postseason hopes - are downright scary. The 4 against the Giants are particularly important. It seems, historically for the Reds at least, that series in SF can quickly spiral out of control with a loss in the first game.
The Reds certainly haven't had one of these all-California trips this late in the season since they were in the NL West. And even though SD and SF still visit Cincinnati, much could be decided on this trip. 3-7 would be a disaster. I would do backflips for a 6-4 record. And I'd even take 5-5.
So while the next two games vs. HOU are of utmost importance, the 10-game trip to the Golden State is like the elephant standing in the room.