No one predicted the Reds to be here, not even me. I thought they would be better but not there yet. Everyone thought they didn’t have the offense to go along with their pitching. They weren’t experienced enough. They didn’t have a star.
Well they had enough offense. Cabrera, Rolen, Rhodes, and later “The Bruce Whisperer” Edmonds led the way. Joey Votto was a star and will win the NL MVP award. Aroldis Chapman provided a September boost and Bronson Arroyo was as steady as they come.
I am 19 years old, and at times over the last 10 years or so it seemed like the Reds would never make the playoffs in my lifetime. They did and they have drawn the Phillies who are widely seen as the best team in the National League.
The pressure is on Philadelphia, not Cincinnati. And it is very important that the Reds realize this. Dusty Baker will probably remind them of this as they go out before the raucus crowd in Philadelphia. If the Reds can get game one, then the pressure will really be on the Phillies, and a lot of pressure would be taken off the Reds to be the Reds killer Roy Oswalt.
They have played Roy Halladay well this year. They beat him once, and Travis Wood took a prefect game into the 9th inning this year as he squared off against Halladay. The Reds would go on to lose that game but not until the 11th inning.
So if the Reds can get one or two in Philadelphia, they will be able to come ome to Cincinnati with a chance to finish off the series. The Cincinnati fans will be fired up for something they havent had in 15 years.
The Reds may be a long shot to actually pull it off, but man, IM FIRED UP!!
Go Reds! Beat the Phillies!