Well into the latter part of the opening game of the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals key series, the Reds were looking pretty good. They had a nice lead and were showing no signs of giving that lead up. Suddenly with a few quick events that went the Cardinals’ way, they were down by three and lost the game in dramatic fashion. Worse than that, they failed to gain a game on the Cardinals and a half game on the Pittsburgh Pirates. To make it up they need to win the next two.
That might present a little bit of a problem for them. First of all the Cardinals are playing very good baseball right now. They smell the playoffs just off the horizon and want the ability to avoid that pesky wildcard playoff game in which anything can happen. The Reds want that too of course but their chances might well hinge on the next two games. They need them both to make the proper gains. The problem there is that one of those games will be pitched by Adam Wainwright.
Basically, things aren’t getting easier for the Reds. Johnny Cueto is still a little away from returning so they have to do the hard work on their own. Though they have a good grasp on the second N.L. wildcard slot, they really want to avoid that wildcard playoff game as well. They should do their level best to forget about what happened on Monday and get to work grinding out a win against this very tough to beat Cardinals team. Right now they are playing as well as anyone but the Reds are plenty good enough to beat them. They just have to go out and do it.