And So It Begins…

StephenCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2009

CHICAGO - JULY 26: Edwin Encarnacion #28 of the Cincinnati Reds tosses his bat in the air after swinging and missing a pitch by Rich Harden of the Chicago Cubs on July 26, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Reds 5-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Well, it had already begun, I’m just late to the party.

Of course, if you’re a Reds' fan you know that I’m referring to the annual swan dive into the NL Central standings. The Reds are now 7.5 games out of first place and are nine games under .500. That’s what happens when you lose eight out of your last 10 games.

It’s now safe to say the Reds won’t be buyers at the trade deadline. At least I hope not. At least I think I hope not. 

It’s no surprise the Dodgers were the ones to push the Reds’ roller coaster back downhill - it happens every year. If I were a Dodgers' fan, I’d buy my Dodgers vs. Reds tickets in advance every year.

And nothing makes me more sick than being swept by the Cubs. However, what’s worse than being swept by the Cubs is being swept by these Cubs who can’t hit. How’s that for a commentary on the state of the Reds? Even when Aaron Harang hits a home run they can’t pull off a win. 

Like I’ve said before, I haven’t been in the know on the baseball news or been keeping up with the attitudes out there in Reds Nation, so I don’t know how anyone else feels about this club or this season. However, I’m about ready to close the books on this one and chalk it up to nine years without winning.

Sorry folks, I’m losing heart.