With today's loss, the next two games could be potential turning points to the season. Lose the next two games, and I fear this could be 2006 all over again. In 2006, the Reds peaked at 36-24, and then quickly lost a bunch of games in a row to fall back to .500 by late June. The Reds simply cannot get swept, they have to find a way to win at least one of these games the next two days. I realize that if they do get swept, it's still not even a third of the way through the season, but avoiding a sweep would go a long way in not repeating the slide that happened in '06. (Which by the way, a sweep to the Cards was part of the losing streak that brought them back to .500).
Is this another 1999 team? I'd like to think so, but I doubt it. Is this another 2006 season? I really hope not. My hope is that the starting pitching is good enough to avoid long losing streaks and keep them above the .500 mark. If they can do this, and avoid a bunch of injuries, they'll stay in the hunt, and anything can happen. My guess is that they'll finish somewhere around their last winning season - 2000, where they won 85 games. Will this be good enough to make the playoffs?