This is going to sound cocky - and I don't intend it to, but oh well - it feels weird when the Reds lose. They've been playing so well lately that losing feels so out of place. Since the sweep by St. Louis, the Reds have gone 10-4, but even before then they were playing well. They've won 19 of their last 28 games, a stretch that has seen them go from one game back to four games up. And now it is weird that after a decade of losing, individual losses here and there seem unnatural. I guess that means that I truly believe in this team. Hopefully they won't let me down now.
On paper, this pitching match-up looks like a cinch for the Reds, but I will be in attendance today and I haven't had a whole lot of success the last few times I've been to the game. They've lost four in a row when I've been in attendance, but that's just some regression at work as they were 8-1 for me prior to that. Hopefully they'll get back to winning today. It feels like forever since I've seen them win in person.
Travis Wood struggled the last time out, but I don't expect the same today. The funny thing about Wood is that despite making 10 starts in the big leagues, this will be only his second start at GABP. His only other home start was a 1-0 loss to Aaron Cook on July 18th. Since then he has made 6 straight starts on the road, mainly because he missed the last home stand while he was in the minor leagues as the Reds manipulated the roster a bit.
It'll be interesting to see if Dusty goes for the series win today or mails it in for a Sunday afternoon, though with all of the injuries, he may not have much choice as to who plays. Today's game closes out the season series with the Cubs. Let's see the Reds end it in style!