Thursday, August 31, 2006

The bereft coast

The west coast road trip that had Reds nation wiping the sweat from its collective brow has proved to be worse than even the harbringers of doom among them could've imagined.

The Reds, who begin a three-game series in San Diego on Friday, are 1-6 on the trip.

After beating the Giants in the first game of a three-game series at AT&T Park to move into a virtual tie with the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central Division, the Reds have dropped six consecutive games.

They are now 4 1/2 games behind in the division, 1 1/2 games back in the Wild Card, and have a .500 record (67-67) for the first time since the second game of the season.

“It's a cliche, but we’ve got to play one game at a time and not get caught up in trying to win 15 of 17 or something like that," said Reds manager Jerry Narron. "You’ve got to win one to get it started.”

Best news for the Reds:

They're still in the National League where even the most mediocre of clubs has a chance at the postseason.

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