I got to wondering how other Reds teams fared after a 5-8 start. I just looked at some of our seasons where we played in the post-season (and I infamous near miss). We started out 5-8 in 1961, 1972, 1995 and 1999. Of course, the cautionary tale of the 1999 season is that losing any one particular game can have considerable consequences. Had the '99 team one just one more game somewhere in the season, the fateful playoff game would have been unnecessary.
The point is, teams have righted themselves and played well enough to see the post-season. I haven't reviewed the full seasons mentioned above to see where the ebbs and flows were, but it is good to be reminded that a bad start like we've had, isn't fatal to playing more in October.