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The last few weeks have seen the Cincinnati Reds lose each of Jonathan India, Jake Fraley, Joey Votto, and Matt McLain to injury. We watched as Nick Lodolo ran into a setback that will likely end his season for good, and even though Hunter Greene has made it back to action, that action has been just about as bad as it could possibly be.
The result has been a disastrous August, one that has seen the Reds drop from 1st place in the National League Central to a nearly insurmountable 7 games back of Milwaukee, their latest skid sending them now 1.5 games back of the final Wild Card spot.
They sit just 68-65 with their next 9 games all against fellow ‘contenders’ in San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. At this point, the question of whether they can sneak into the playoffs at all has been replaced by whether they can simply reach the finish line without any more serious injuries.
That begs the question of how to qualify the play we’ve seen from them this season, and whether wins and losses will end up mattering at all.
What say you - would the Reds finishing with more wins than losses be considered a successful season after all they’ve been through?
Let us know!