W: A. Griffin (6-6)
L: H. Bailey (4-6)
Boy, my tomatoes are just doing great. They’re really coming in. We got some extra plants this year and I’m really glad because we are going to have sauce all winter … What’s that? … I’m supposed to talk about the Reds GAME not my red VEGETABLES. That’s crazy there was nothing good about this game.
Homer and the Bats
The Reds are slumping right now, there’s no doubt about that. It’s been rough to watch them play lately, and I certainly hope they turn it around.
But there is no reason to panic. I pointed out in the comments and on Twitter that the Reds had a bad stretch at exactly this time last year. Also, they would be leading 4 of the other 5 divisions and 1/2 a game back in the 5th (one game back now). Third place doesn’t feel good, but this is a good team and I do believe they’ll rebound. Could I be wrong? Of course, but optimism is way more fun than pessimism. And this game’s supposed to be fun (expletive). So let’s have some fun out there.
A lot of hay has been made about the Reds record versus winning teams. I look a lot of stuff up here and I’ve looked this up before, so I’m not going to do it again. You can go use Baseball-Reference if you want. A winning record against winning teams doesn’t mean anything in the playoffs. The playoffs are a crapshoot. What matters is getting there. The Reds need to play better to do that, and I think they will.
Onto Texas now. Texas, you may remember, swept the Cards. Let’s hope the Reds get a better result.
Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.