Reds 4 1/2 games back
The Reds are behind three teams in the NL Central and came out of the All-Star break ice cold. Yet here they are, just 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Brewers with a 56-55 record with 51 games remaining after a 7-3 win over the Marlins. The Reds took three of four in the series, their first series victory after the All-Star break.
Many fans, at least the ones who commented on this blog and on my Twitter feed, weren’t happy the Reds didn’t swing a trade at the deadline on Thursday. Some wanted the team to sell. But at 4 1/2 games out in the division and with the NL Wild Card still very much in play, it’s still too early to count Cincinnati out.
I used this in my game story, but Reds pitcher Mike Leake has definitely been the most vocal in wanting the team to make moves to help. Leake had this to say today.
“We had a chance to take all four, at least we got out of here with three out of of our, that’s always a good job,” Leake said. “It’s much better than coming out of here 2-2. We’re still in this. We’ve still got a chance, if we put ourselves in a good position and Walt [Jocketty] in a good position, I feel like he’ll put his cards in this year. It’s up to the players and up to us whether we want to bear down and make it a good year or if we want to kind of throw it in.”
The team is headed to Cleveland, but I am not. I will be off for about a week. There will be no blog Monday or Tuesday but Manny Randhawa will handle it for the rest of the week.