Pain Lies on the Riverside
I avoided Twitter like the plague this weekend. You know, because of the idiots. These series against the Cardinals tend to bring out the worst in people, so I’d prefer to pretend that it didn’t happen.
But the games — those I paid attention to. Well, I turned off Friday’s game pretty early for obvious reasons.
How important was these series? In terms of the entire season, I don’t think it was all that important. While you obviously don’t want the division leader to increase their lead over you (at any point in the season), there are enough games left that whatever hole the Reds found themselves in, there was plenty of time to dig themselves out of it. And I certainly don’t think that the Cardinals are going to end up winning 155 games this season, or whatever ridiculous pace they’re currently on.
In terms of the three games that happened over the weekend, I think it was pretty damn important to at least show that you can hang with the best team in baseball. The Reds proved that they can’t.
Friday’s game was a blowout. Saturday’s game was a well-pitched, well-played game. Sunday showed just how average the Reds’ bullpen has become. When all is said and done, the Reds are only a game further back than they were before the Cardinals series started, but it feels worse than that.
The Cardinals are a very good baseball team (if you can’t admit that, you’re kidding yourself), and this series was clearly a case of the men against the boys. The Reds are supposed to be better than this. They’re supposed to be able to beat the good teams. They’re supposed to be able to hold leads. Right now, they’re not.
Again, this is not the end of the world. It will be the end of the world if the Reds get swept by the Cubs in this four-game series, though.