I honestly don't know what to say about the last three games that hasn't already been said. They are three tough losses that if they had happened spread out over the season, probably wouldn't be as jarring, but given that they were consecutive, it really does suck. There are a couple of positives though. For one, in games one and three, the team really battled. They came back to tie it up in the 9th on Thursday, and while getting to extra innings didn't help any, it wouldn't have been any better to just roll over and take the loss earlier. Last night, Travis Wood single-handedly kept the Reds in the game despite the dominance from Halladay. Coming off of the disaster from Friday night, that was a big of a performance from a starting pitcher that we've seen in Cincinnati in a long time.
The good news is that we're about to start a lengthy All-Star Break. This is especially good news for the walking wounded who hopefully will be able to get a couple of days to recuperate. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like one of those guys will be Scott Rolen, who is headed to the All-Star Game despite missing the last couple of games with a sore back. I'm happy for Rolen and do not begrudge him for wanting to accept what is a big honor, but I sure hope he takes it easy out on the west coast and comes back ready to play.
After last night's 1-0 showdown, I expect today to be a slugfest. Hopefully no more extra inning games and hopefully we'll end the first half on a good note!