The Cincinnati Reds have an opportunity on their hands as their season draws near the end. They have a chance to end the season on a few high notes.
Sure, things look bleak for the Reds as they hit the season’s homestretch. The Reds still face the possibility of finishing last in the NL Central. They will certainly finish the season with a losing record. Making it four consecutive losing seasons for the Cincinnati Reds. Even if they win the rest of their games, the Reds would finish the season four games under .500.
However, the Reds have the possibility of having a better season than last year. The Reds are 66-85 going into game two of their home series against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. If the Reds win three more games, they will finish more wins than they had last year. Five of the Reds remaining 11 games are at home, where the Reds have a winning record (39-37) at the moment. With that in mind, it seems unlikely that the Reds won’t get three more wins this season.
Granted, those eleven games come against formidable opponents. All of these opponents have a chance to make it to the postseason. Along with the Cardinals, the Reds will still face the Boston Red Sox in their final home series this weekend. The Red Sox are currently hold a three game lead in the American League’s East Division. Then the Reds finish the season on the road against two contending divisional rivals.
Starting with the Milwaukee Brewers, currently a game behind the Colorado Rockies in the National League’s Wildcard hunt. After three games in Milwaukee, the Reds will finish the season in Chicago. Facing the current NL Central leading Chicago Cubs in a three game series. Currently the Cubs have the 3.5 game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. The Reds have the chance to be spoilers against the Cardinals, Red Sox, Brewers and Cubs.
Meanwhile, some of the Reds big stars have unique opportunities ahead of them down the homestretch. With two more home runs, Zack Cozart would put this Reds team in the record books for a good reason. If Cozart gets two more home runs before the season ends, he would be the sixth Red to hit 25 or more homers this season. Making this team only the second in Major League Baseball history to achieve that distinction. Another Reds star making news is Billy Hamilton, the MLB stolen base leader was activated from the disabled list earlier today.
All of this presents the Reds with the chance to end this season on good terms. Giving the team something to rally around, adding some meaning to their last few games.