We all know what happens when a Major League Baseball team clinches a spot in the MLB postseason. They pop champagne and guzzle bears and all wake up with huge hangovers the next morning. Most of all the team relaxes a little. It would be inhuman not to. Even though the Cincinnati Reds didn’t spew the champagne, they still are susceptible to the tendency to relax. They still could reach the division lead before the end of the season but they are only being human by taking their foot off the gas, so to speak, after guaranteeing themselves a spot.
They had better get that foot ready to stomp back down though because the Pittsburgh Pirates are coming to town and planning to carry a gigantic load of momentum straight through the Reds home stadium. Meanwhile the Reds have lost to weak games in a row to the New York Mets. No disrespect to the Mets but I think we all know the Reds weren’t as fired up for the last two games of that series.
It really isn’t a huge thing as long as they can find a load of momentum of their own between now and when the big series starts on Friday night. Even though the Pirates and the Reds could technically reach the St. Louis Cardinals, it is a pretty safe bet that neither team will sweep the three-game set. That means the three games will only be a tune-up for the biggest one game of the postseason for each team; the Wildcard playoff game.
Whichever team carries more momentum into that game is likely to be the one that comes out on top. With that in mind the Reds need to go find something to make them all angry and focused before Friday. Hopefully a little video and a stadium full of rowdy fans will do the trick but it would have been so much better if they swept the Mets before this series.