I know everyone is frustrated by the extremely poor play of our beloved Reds the last couple of weeks, but let’s put on the (Pete) Rose-colored glasses for a moment. Here are two items that should make you feel better about the Redlegs:

1. The Reds are still only a game and a half out of first, in third place. That is almost impossible to believe. (What’s interesting is that everyone in the NL Central is within five games of first place.)

2. The Reds have been bad for almost a decade, but we can always be happy that we aren’t the Royals. Check out Joe Posnanski’s post here about the futility of tonight’s opponent. Wow.

Things could be much, much worse!