It's April 28th and the Reds find themselves 5.5 games back heading into St Louis and the end of a very forgettable month. Perhaps a silver lining for some is that, still, they're only 4 under .500.
Despite getting out of the gates nicely, I don't think the Cardinals have staying power concerning the division race. If the Cards can start well but probably not be a factor, surely that gives us hope that the Reds poor start doesn't mean they can't be a factor.
That said, looking at the standings, there are some hard questions to face. Is it reasonable to expect the Reds to be 6 games better than Chicago the rest of the way (the season began with me thinking the Cubs were something like 9 games better talent wise)?
If the Cubs are to falter, is it reasonable to expect the Reds to be 5 games better than the Brewers for the rest of the season?
Anything can happen but in a season which began with the general feeling that everything has to go right for the Reds to be playing meaningful baseball in September, they've dug themselves a substantial hole that perhaps seems smaller than it really is if looking at their month from the perspective that they're only 4 games under .500.
The Reds have a tremendous amount of work to do and IMHO, some significant personnel changes need to made in order to give them a chance (free Bruce for starters).
April may be "early" but the Reds season is already in critical condition.
Thoughts, comments, debate?????