In Chad’s May 20 edition of the Titanic Struggle, he reminded us of two historic collapses by the Reds over the past six years.  One of those losses was a 10-9 loss to the Brewers in which the Reds were up 9-0 after the top of the fourth inning.  After that loss, the Reds record dropped to 12-9 on the season and were just a game back of first place at that early point in the season.  After that loss, the Reds would drop their next three games to Houston and go 3-4 over their next seven games.  The team would recover later on, however, improving all the way to 34-22 on June 6 and reaching their high mark of the season at twelve games over .500. That team would eventually struggle, dropping back to .500 on July 26 (50-50) and ending the year ten games below .500 at 76-86.

The following season, the Reds suffered another 10-9 loss, this time to the Cardinals in what many of us considered the worst loss we had ever witnessed.  The Reds led 9-3 heading into the 9th inning before the Cardinals plated seven runs in the top of the 9th inning for the win. After the loss, the Reds dropped to 10-15 on the season, then went on to drop their next three contests, and five of their next seven.  The Reds would go on to go 9-15 in their next 24 games, ultimately finishing that season 73-89.

So what does that mean for this year’s club after that terrible loss to Atlanta last week?  This year’s club has responded by winning two of three against Cleveland and three of four against Pittsburgh.  Unlike those other two clubs, the Reds have a winning record in their next seven games and, at least on the surface, appear to be a different ballclub. 

But if you are like me, after seeing how the 2004 Reds were able to stretch their record to 12 over .500, I will not be convinced that this year’s Reds team is any different until we FINISH a season in contention.