Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….rntitanic-copy

FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Oakland 5

W: A. Griffin  (6-6)
L: H. Bailey  (4-6)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
Boy, my tomatoes are just doing great. They’re really coming in. We got some extra plants this year and I’m really glad because we are going to have sauce all winter … What’s that? … I’m supposed to talk about the Reds GAME not my red VEGETABLES. That’s crazy there was nothing good about this game.

NEGATIVES
Homer and the Bats

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS

The Reds are slumping right now, there’s no doubt about that. It’s been rough to watch them play lately, and I certainly hope they turn it around.

But there is no reason to panic. I pointed out in the comments and on Twitter that the Reds had a bad stretch at exactly this time last year. Also, they would be leading 4 of the other 5 divisions and 1/2 a game back in the 5th (one game back now). Third place doesn’t feel good, but this is a good team and I do believe they’ll rebound. Could I be wrong? Of course, but optimism is way more fun than pessimism. And this game’s supposed to be fun (expletive). So let’s have some fun out there.

A lot of hay has been made about the Reds record versus winning teams. I look a lot of stuff up here and I’ve looked this up before, so I’m not going to do it again. You can go use Baseball-Reference if you want. A winning record against winning teams doesn’t mean anything in the playoffs. The playoffs are a crapshoot. What matters is getting there. The Reds need to play better to do that, and I think they will.

Onto Texas now. Texas, you may remember, swept the Cards. Let’s hope the Reds get a better result.