Tough road trip ahead
After the Reds wrap up the series with the Pirates, they begin a road trip to Arizona, Oakland and Texas.
“It’s a big road trip. We have to really push these next few days – today and the next three – before the off day [Monday],” Reds manager Dusty Baker said Thursday morning. “Everybody we’re playing is either in first place or second place – Arizona, Oakland and Texas.”
The D-Backs lead the NL West while the A’s have a two-game lead entering today over the Rangers.
It was pointed out that the Reds have been criticized for their lack of success this season vs. teams with winning records. Cincinnati entered today 33-12 against sub. 500 clubs and 11-17 against over .500 clubs.
“So? We’re killing everybody else. Isn’t it the same?” Baker said. “Plus, how many games have we played these guys [the Pirates], 11 times? We’ve played St. Louis nine times.
“People are always looking for something negative. I deal on the positive. You can find the negative in anything. What if we were losing to the bad teams and beating the good teams? I’d really be negative. I think we’re doing pretty good to not be at full force. We’re not doing great but our guys are doing better than a lot of teams.”