Do you like playoff games? Because today the Reds guaranteed themselves at least three of them. Not bad for a team that played .500 ball for the first two months of the season, went another two months without Joey Votto, and lost their closer for the year before the season even started.
In other news, the Reds are close to clinching their second division title in the last three years–probably in Cincinnati this weekend. Perhaps you heard about that. Of course this is big news, but I don’t think it’s jump-up-and-down-go-crazy-folks big news like it was in 2010.
When they won the division in 2010, it was their first division title since 1995. When you go 15 years without winning the division, you’re allowed to go crazy. But this year is different. This year the Reds were expected to win the division. The Reds strengthened their team in the off-season while the Cardinals and Brewers lost key parts to what made them successful in 2011. The little run of success that the Pirates had this season was cute and all, but I don’t think anybody thought they’d still be a threat at the end of the season.
So, today you can be proud of your team for making the playoffs, and in the next few days you can be proud of them for winning the division, but there’s still a lot of work to do.
It’s Probably Gonna Happen (Maybe)