Yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds lost a tough game to the St. Louis Cardinals. Had the Reds won, they would have been only 1.5 games back out of first place, but they lost, pushing them to 3.5 games back. If you’re a Reds fan and logged onto Twitter, after looking at your Twitter feed, you would have thought the Reds were just eliminated from playoff contention.
A lot of Cincinnati Reds’ fans were understandably frustrated with lasts night’s loss, I think we all were, but there is absolutely no reason to panic.
The Reds have 30 more games left this season — that’s plenty of time to pick up 3.5 games. They do have a tough schedule ahead even after this current series is over — they still are not done with the Cardinals. Later on, they will have to play the Los Angeles Dodgers, and they also have to play two series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The schedule will be tough, but if the Reds cannot beat the other good teams in the NL Central, they don’t deserve to win the division. Of course, the Reds could just coast and win about 15 more games and just settle for the second Wild Card spot; but if they don’t avoid either Pittsburgh or at St. Louis in a one-game playoff, their chances would not be good.
If the Cincinnati Reds want to win the NL Central for the second year in a row, they will pretty much need to play their best baseball of the season. They cannot afford to lose games to sub-.500 teams, and they also can’t afford to be dominated by good teams like the Cardinals.