The Reds kick off a pretty important series tonight with the Diamondbacks at home at Great American Ballpark. This is not a make or break series by any means but it is still important. The Diamondbacks are next in line to overtake the Reds for the final wild card spot in the National League, but sit 5 games behind the Redlegs for that spot. A series win by the Reds would put the D-backs 6 or more games back. However, if the Reds lose the series or get swept, the D-backs could climb to within a game of the Reds when this series concludes. That is why it is pretty important for the Reds to at least manage a split.
But at this point, the Reds should not be eyeing splits of series to keep Arizona back. They should be targeting the division and catching both the Pirates and Cardinals. A win tonight prevents the club from losing ground. The Reds finally combined a good pitching performance with solid hitting yesterday and hopefully that will set them up for another good game tonight. Discuss the game here fellow Reds fans!