The Reds First Baseman Joey Votto had probably the phrase of the season in a post game press conference. The Reds had just beat the Minnesota Twins when Votto gave us a quote to put on a new T-shirt, “I think we are a (bleeping) nightmare, and everyone knows that”. This blew up quickly on social media, and Reds fans had about four days to enjoy it before the Reds offense disappeared like some type of magic trick. This wasn’t nearly as fun to watch.
There is a reason we all believed the seven time All-Star First Baseman. They won 10 of their last 12 games to end the regular season and just snuck into the playoffs despite being just under .500 before their winning spree. They had just an 8% chance to make the playoffs but they made it and had all the momentum and looked like for once that even the baseball gods had their back. They thought.
The Atlanta Braves topped the Cincinnati Reds Thursday in the second game of a three game series in the playoffs.
A curse is how most Cincinnati sports fans would describe it. Many years filled with disappointment, yet they all came into this postseason feeling like they were the next team to make it all the way considering how they were playing at the end of the regular season. The Reds were record breaking! In the wrong way. The Reds offense broke the record for most consecutive innings failing to score a run in the Postseason, previously held by the 1920 New York Giants at 20 innings. The Reds went 22 innings without scoring.
The underdog story of the Cincinnati Reds may be over after this Thursday afternoon but the momentum going into the next season is real. If the Reds can somehow find a way to sign back Ace pitcher Trevor Bauer, they will be a favorite for next season. This won’t be the last you see of this young talented team in the Playoffs.