Yes, that was an optimistic headline. No, it’s not something that has a snowball’s chance in hell of happening, but it’s fun to dream sometimes. Also, it’s fun to play with small sample sizes.
The Reds won their second game in a row of yesterday. That’s 2-0 since the halfway point. You know what that means? They’re going to finish the year with a 117-45 record. There’s no way that doesn’t net them first place!
Bronson Arroyo actually pitched well, and the offense scored tons of runs. That’s usually how you win ball games, and the Reds did, no thanks to a couple errors.
The game also marked a dubious honor: it was the Reds first winning road trip this year (just barely at 5-4). Even worse, it was only the second winning road trip since all the way back to June 2006. Man, this team has sucked. But things are different now! This totally isn’t like how they started of the first half of the season well only to fall of a cliff. No, not at all.