Not too long ago, it was suggested here that the Reds had one of the "easiest" schedules after the All-Star break. I commented that I don't put much credence in strength of schedule in baseball. After all, even the best teams usually lose one out of every three.

Prior to recent series against the Dodgers and D-backs, in particular, the Reds Live pregame show stressed how the Reds were catching these teams "at the right time." We see how that's gone.

My question here is do the Reds have focus issues or are the series listed below "just baseball?" It certainly appears that better the opponent, the better the Reds play. (See series against NYY, ATL, SF, STL.)

D-Backs: Losers of 9 of their last 12, have won 2 out of 3 vs. Reds

Indians: Losers of 7 out of 11, sweep Reds

Tigers: Losers of 7 of 10, took 2 of 3 from Reds

Twins: Losers of 11 out of 17, took 2 out of 3 from Reds

Dodgers: Losers of 12 out of 15, took 2 out of 3 from Reds