With all of the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming series with the Cardinals, it could be easy for the Reds to look past the Cubs and fall on their face. Yes, Chicago's season has turned into a disaster. Yes, they've won just 2 of their last 10 games. Yes, the Reds have won 10 straight 3-game series. You still have to play the games and win them.
The Reds have gone 12-7 since the All-Star Break (.631 winning pct.). If they continue that pace for the remainder of the year, they'll be a 94-win team. I don't think there is any chance they'll continue that pace, but it's fun to think about this team winning 94 games, isn't it?
Over his last 4 starts against the Cubs, Bronson Arroyo has allowed 3 earned runs in 26.1 innings pitched (1.03 ERA). Outside of a disastrous start against the Nationals, he's also been very good for the Reds since the start of June, posting a 3.17 ERA, even when you include that Nats start. I say it just about every time he pitches - I don't know how he does it, but damnit if Arroyo doesn't seem to get the job done just about every time he goes out there.
Just keep winnings series and they'll do alright. Two of three. Two of three. Let that be your mantra. Except against the Cards. Sweep those bastards!