This is one point in the season where the Reds have to take care of business. Over the next 7 days, they play six games against the Padres and Astros, two teams that if you had asked me before the season, I would have said the Reds were definitely better than. That doesn't mean I'm right, but I do think it is safe to say that when all is said and done, neither of these teams will be challenging for the playoffs. The Reds likely won't either, but if they have any dreams of being there at the end, they have to put away teams in the bottom half of the league.
The Padres are hot right now. They've won six in a row after sweeping the Diamondbacks and Giants in consecutive series at home. They've done it mainly with pitching. They've allowed the second-fewest runs in the NL so far, but they've had the fifth worst offense. Some of that is their park, so the Reds can't take them lightly offensively, but they aren't nearly the threat at the plate that the Dodgers are.
The Reds have decided to pitch Bronson Arroyo tonight instead of Johnny Cueto. Cueto will go tomorrow afternoon. Not sure if this an attempt to keep Arroyo off the day game or give Cueto another day of rest. Whatever the reasoning, hopefully it will work.
Two out of three from the Dodgers is very good, but the Reds really need to not erase that good by laying a big egg over the next week. Two more series wins would be a nice way to keep the momentum going.