It’s the road trip that we’ve all been dreading: a nine-game swing through Arizona, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. How many times has a trip out west scuttled any hopes for our beloved Redlegs? Mark Sheldon looks at a few facts and figures today:

Over the last five seasons, the Reds have a 16-35 (.314) record on the West Coast. The road to Chavez Ravine — aka Dodger Stadium — has been a big boulevard of broken dreams. The Reds haven’t won a game there since I’ve covered the team. That translates to 0-12 (!!) at Los Angeles, with the last win coming on July 28, 2005 when LHP Brandon Claussen earned the victory.

On Aug. 24 2006, the Reds started a West Coast swing through SF, LA and SD. when the trip started, they were tied for first place. When the 2-8 trip was over, they were six games back.

Go read the rest; good stuff, as always, from Mark.

Okay, what do you think? How will the Reds fare on this road trip?

I’m not making predictions — yet — but I think the Reds need a 5-4 road trip to feel good about where they are. I’m hoping for better — 6-3, anyone? — but I will be satisfied with 5-4.