The Reds haven't finished with a .500 season since 2000. Five losing seasons has taken a real toll on the Reds, and on the fans attitudes about baseball. As many of you have noted, when the season began, we would have been fairly happy at the propect of a .500 winning record.
Currently we are 69-71, with 22 games left. If we go 12-10, we finish at .500. We have 7 left with Pittsburgh, 7 with the Cubs, 3 with the Padres, 2 with Houston, and 3 with the Marlins. So 16 out of 22 games are against teams with a losing record. This team really should be able to win 12 of those, if they don't completely quit on us.
Last year the Reds really packed up early and played terribly in September. It seems to me that how a team plays when they are down is a test of character. Are they competitors or quitters? We shall see in the next 3 weeks.