Well here we are. No more scoreboard watching. Seven out of the next ten games for the Cincinnati Reds will be against the rival St. Louis Cardinals. The Cards sit 2.5 games ahead of the Reds in the standings.
If the Reds can win 5 out of 7, they should end up right there with the Cardinals at the top of the NL Central.
But do you really believe the Reds can do that? After all, more often than not, when these two teams clash, the Cardinals (to put it bluntly) kick the goddamn shit out of the Reds.
The first three games will be in St. Louis August 26-28.
Your pitching matchups: Mike Leake (11-5, 3.12) vs lefty Tyler Lyons (2-4, 5.09) on Monday, Mat Latos (13-4, 2.93) vs Joe Kelly (5-3, 3.01) on Tuesday, and then Homer Bailey (8-10, 3.71) vs fuckin’ Adam Wainwright (15-7, 2.58) on Wednesday.
Since 2000, the Cardinals are 69-37 at home against the Reds.
You’ve gotta feel like the Reds need to take two out of three this week down there…otherwise the distance between the two teams will grow…and there’s only about a month left. Plus, if the Reds struggle in this series, that will put more pressure on them next week at home when they play that four-game set against St. Louis.
Either way, here’s the deal: If you want to win the NL Central and not have to play in that one-game elimination wild card scenario, you better start by beating the daggum Cardinals. Enough of this bullshit with the losing to the Cardinals and Pirates but beating up on the Cubs. BEAT THE TEAMS AHEAD OF YOU. Show them that you have big balls. Otherwise, the mental side of things will continue to stay as they are…and as it stands, in order to get to the NLCS this year, you’ll have to beat either the Cardinals or Pirates or both of them to make that happen.
Can the Reds make a statement this week? If I were a betting man, I’d say no. I’d put my money on the Cards taking two of three. But hey, it’s baseball–maybe the Reds can shock us all and sweep those assholes.