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We’re In A Hole! We’re Just Going To Have To Dig Ourselves Out!

Posted by Matt on July 19, 2007

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After spending the first half of the season being down on the Cincinnati Reds I decided that the post-All Star Break schedule would be a “new season” and I would look for details to get excited about, all while a quote by Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumb rang true about where the Reds are right now:

“Well, it’s not gonna do us any good sitting here whining about it. We’re in a hole! We’re just going to have to dig ourselves out! ” -Lloyd Christmas

I couldn’t have said it better myself and, at least for now, it seems like the Reds are trying to do just that. The Redlegs went in to Atlanta, Georgia and, thanks to a game-winning two-run single by Brandon Phillips in a 5-4 victory during a 15-inning marathon yesterday afternoon, took three straight from the Braves to notch just their second sweep of the year and their first on the road of the season. All of this against a very competitive Braves squad that is only 2.5-games back of the division-leading New York Mets in the National League East.

However, more impressive than the three game sweep of Atlanta on the Braves’ home turf is the fact that the Reds are now tied with the Houston Astros in the National League Central and, by virtue of some tiebreaker I’ll never understand (it isn’t head-to-head, the Reds are 4-8 against the ‘Stros this season), the Reds appear above the Houston Astros in the N.L. Central standings on both Reds.com and Baseball-Reference.com. For the first time in a long time, the Reds are no longer the sole bottom-feeders of the Central Division and this, my friends, is a triumph in itself.

Hopefully the Reds heads Lloyd’s advice for the rest of this season and continue to “dig themselves out.”

– At 4-3 on the current road trip, Cincinnati continues the National League East swing by heading to Florida tonight to start a four game weekend series with the Marlins, a team just shy of being a .500 ball club. Matt Belisle takes the hill against Sergio Mitre in Game 1 of the series and first pitch is at 7:05PM EST.

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