Momentum in Milwaukee?
Give the Reds and manager Dusty Baker some credit for being humble about the postseason stuff. They, especially Baker, don’t talk much about it and won’t until there is an official clinch.
The Reds aren’t playing lately like a team about to clinch. It’s a crew that really needs some momentum after being 7-11 so far this month. They are 1-3-1 through four series this month.
Much of this can be attributed to having some key players banged up (ie: Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips) and a stretch of 20-straight games without a day off (one is coming Thursday).
Although Baker will try to rest guys selectively, you can expect the Reds to want to keep their collective feet on the gas to the end of the regular season.
Getting some sort of home field advantage via a No. 1 or 2 seed will be paramount.
Right now if the season ended today, the Reds would take on the Wild Card leading Braves. Correction — the Reds would face the Phillies. They are tied for the NL’s second-best record with the Giants, which holds the tiebreaker. Here is a breakdown of the current postseason scenarios.
If the Reds faced the best record holding Phillies, they’d get H2O trifecta of Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt.
Some notes –
*Reds starting pitchers have a 2.92 ERA over the last 11 games. No one has allowed more than three earned runs in a start during that stretch.
*The Brewers pitching staff is one of the Majors’ worst at 27th out of 30 teams. It is 14th in the NL.
*Joey Votto is batting .371 (13-for-35) during his nine-game hitting streak. His season high streak is 10 games.
*Jonny Gomes has 12 RBIs in 17 games this month.
*Drew Stubbs is hitting .370 with four homers in his last 13 games.
Monday lineup vs. MIL
*This would be a good chance for Phillips to escape his funk. He is 7-for-17 (.412) lifetime vs. Brewers starter Chris Capuano.
*It rained just before I drove to Miller Park and temperatures aren’t all that appealing. I’m betting that the roof will be closed tonight. It’s current shut as the field is being prepped for BP.
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