It's performing worse than normal as a direct result of pressure.
The Reds lose 3 in a row sometimes. In fact, they are more likely to do so against another playoff calibre team.
That doesn't mean they necessarily choke. As a team can lose 3 games very easily by performing at an equal level of their norm.
Everything is different in the playoffs. Losing three in a row after being up 2-0 in a 5 game series is choking when done in the playoffs. Not being able to win one game out of three at home is choking. If the Reds lose this series, they choked, no ifs, ands or buts about it.
"Man, the pitch looks fast, even in slow motion." Thom Brennaman on Chapman's fastball.
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