The path ahead is simple. The Reds and Pirates are on the verge of playing one another four times over the next five days. The team that wins two of the first three will get the luxury of hosting the fourth (and most important game) at home. So a case can be made that these first three games are extremely important but a case can also be made that they are meaningless and only the final game is important.
Chad and I had a conversation about this yesterday. Since game four of this stretch (The Coin Toss Wild Card Game) is the only one you really HAVE to win, how would you like these next three to play out. I think we all agree having home field advantage is important and want the Wild Card game to be played in GABP. But what if the Reds sweep these next 3 games? Would you like the Reds’ chances at winning four straight games against Pittsburgh? What if the Reds get swept by Pittsburgh in these three games in Cincinnati? Would you like the Reds chances rolling into Pittsburgh knowing that the Pirates will be attempting to win four straight? The law of averages usually catches up to you at sometime. How would you like to see this three game, regular season series play out?
Oh the fun of post-season baseball. It is time for the final series of the season to conclude the 162-game marathon before the final spring begins. Discuss the game here, Reds fans. GO REDS!