I had to call it a night at about the seventh inning last night to be at work today...early. All things considered, and I mean all things, the most disappointing thing about the team last night was seeing them make so many critical mental mistakes. Heisey trying to field a ball barehanded that ended up advancing the runner another base. There was no excuse for that. Edmonds over running 2nd base and getting thrown out to end an inning. The circus that began with Gomes throwing the ball over the Hernandez head at the plate and the ensuing disaster that followed, Pujols scoring from first base. Gomes defense aside, the team was not playing smart at all.
Whitey Herzog made a statement while doing an interview in Cooperstown that was very interesting, like him or not. Asked about the Reds/Cards race, he stated that (and I'm praphrasing here) about mid August the Cardinals would start to pull away. He stated that the Reds players would wake up one morning and realize they're in a pennant race with six weeks to go and that they would begin faltering due to a lack of playoff experience and because they have not been exposed to the pressures of down the stretch games that determine winners and losers. I would never question Whitey's baseball sense, the guy was good. Is he right? The next six or seven weeks will provide the answer. Watching the game last night his words kept coming to mind.
Having witnessed last night's debacle, I'm hoping the Reds can avoid the sweep today to gain some measure of confidence back after last night. You simply can't beat yourself at this stage of the season. Again, the Reds were not sharp mentally. This can't happen again if the expectation is to beat the Cardinals and make it to the playoffs. Hoping for a win today to put them back on top, alone.