The Reds lost a series today, lets be honest its a series I thought they would win, you thought they would win and the whole team thought they would win. On Paper it looked really, really good.
Games aren’t won on paper they are won on the field.
Lets take a look at some things shall we?
Last years team on June 6th? 31-24
This years team? 36-24
This team is winning games, they are winning games early in the season that in years past we lose. Yes we had a couple of heart breaking losses in the last week but you have to see the big picture. This team is in a fight, a fight to win the Central and a fight for the best record in baseball. This team has the cards in town for a 3 game series and will go into this series 2.5 games back. You have to figure you’re going to get Leake, Latos and Arroyo in this series, 2 of these guys have been pitching their balls off. Yes I just said that and Arroyo just came off an outting where he pitched out of his mind against the Rockies. I also would not be shocked to see Arroyo pushed a day and Cingrani brought in for one of these (or early next week).
BP is supposedly coming back this weekend as well. Basically what I am saying is there is no reason to panic. Yes todays loss suuuuuucked. I mean really, really sucked. But you have to see the big picture not just the little speck of paint. This team is playing overall very good baseball, they’re winning at a better clip than they were last year at this point and just for the heck of it lets look at the next few series.
Reds Vs Card for 3 here at GABP, Reds Vs Cubs for 4 @ GABP North, Reds Vs Brew Crew for 3 here at GABP, Reds Vs Pirate for 4 here. Those are series that can make a huge difference in the division standings just based on 7 games agains the Pirates and Cards alone! I dont freak out easily, but honestly check back with me after those 4 series. One way or another this team will have changed their season when those series are over.
This team will have ups and downs, every team does. The 75 Reds lost to the Padres 11-2, the 76 Reds lost to the Phillies 15-5, the 90 team lost 10-1 then 6-1 then 3-2 to the Giants on June 4-6. Every team even champions will have those games that they don’t look like champions. What will matter for this team will be the last game it plays this year, whether that game be in early october or in early november its too soon to tell.
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By the way if thats not enough to cheer you up after yesterdays loss and give you hope I present BABY PICTURES!