John Fay has this interesting piece in this morning’s Enquirer, entitled, “The Team Believes; Should We?”
Sure, they can.
There’s no reason to think otherwise.
That’s my short answer to the rhetorical question we’re trying to answer today, which is: “Can the Reds stay in the race for the playoffs for the long haul, or will they be looking up from fifth place by the Fourth of July?”
My short answer, again, is yeah, sure. Why not?
But that is not to say they definitely will. In 2004, the Reds went into June 21/2 games in front in the National League Central at 32-21. They ended up 76-86.
To avoid a similar collapse, things must continue to line up as they have so far. The Reds have to avoid further injuries. They have to continue to get the quality pitching they’ve been getting.
The fast start has done a lot of good things. Chief among them is the change of attitude in the clubhouse after five years of steady losing.
“I really like the team chemistry,” Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said.
The Reds now believe they can win.
It’s a reasonable question, after what we’ve seen over the last five years. Can the Reds hang in the race? Should we believe?
What do you think?