I believe it is. Not for the Reds, but for the Cards. If the Cards sweep they will be on their way, confidence fully restored. The hapless Matheney did it again in that 19 inning game, yanking Craig and Freeze early for pinch runners that did not run and needing Wainwright to pinch hit in extras. And they say he will learn....when?
But the starting pitching cant be messed with as Garcia is back, and throwing like the old Garcia. Also, the incredible sucking man, Tyler Greene was finally shipped out by the GM to keep MM from useing him any more.
The Cards only weak spot is now the starter Lynn. He will probably give up a bunch 'o runs tonite, but if the Cards bust out another 13 spot it won't matter. The final 2 games will be very tough.
We are going to have a VERY tough race to the finish, with neither team wanting to have to play that crazy one game WC thingy! Are the Pirates out of it? Yes. They have been scuttled. The Cards/Reds finnish 1 and 2 as predicted.