You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Time running out for Reds in pursuit of Cards, Pirates


By most measures, the 7-3 homestand the Reds finished Wednesday would have to be considered a success. In the one way that matters most, however, it wasn’t the grand achievement it could have been.

The Reds (83-64) moved only a half game closer to first place in that 10-day span. They were 3½ games back of St. Louis and Pittsburgh through Sept. 1. Through Wednesday, they were three games behind the first-place Cardinals and two back of the Pirates. That’s after beating the Cardinals three out of four games, sweeping the Dodgers and losing two of three to the Cubs.

“I think you looked at our schedule here in September and you saw that first series against the Cardinals and then the Dodgers, if you said we’d be 7-3 going on the road, I think everybody would be happy,” catcher Devin Mesoraco said. “We’ve been playing some good ball. It’s just a matter of consistently doing it day in and day out.”

Time is running out. The Reds begin a nine-game road trip tonight with stops in Milwaukee, Houston and Pittsburgh and then close with six games at home against the Mets and Pirates. Fifteen games remain to make one last push for the Central Division championship or the top wild card spot.

According to Baseball Prospectus, the Reds have a 10-percent chance of winning the division, an 88 percent chance of winning one of the wild cards and a 98 percent chance of winning one or the other.

The Reds (83-64) are 9-7 against the Brewers. Milwaukee has had the advantage of late, though, winning two of the last three series. St. Louis is 12-3 against the Brewers. Pittsburgh is 12-7.

“We need to play good ball,” Mesoraco said. “We need to turn up the intensity every day, show up every day, go out there and beat some teams. We’ve had some trouble with Milwaukee the last couple series, so we owe them one. We need to prove what kind of team we actually are.”

Most Reds fans would agree the Reds are maddeningly inconsistent. But they actually have a slightly better record (37-28) since the end of June than the Cardinals (36-28) and Pirates (33-31).

“We’re in a good position regardless of what happens,” manager Dusty Baker said, “but we want to be in the best position we can be in.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Raiders, Davis look to keep roll going vs. Oakland
Raiders, Davis look to keep roll going vs. Oakland

When Wright State takes on Oakland today at the Nutter Center, the Raiders will be hoping for a completely different performance from the first time the two teams met when the Grizzlies scored an 81-62 triumph in the Dec. 29 league opener. Fortunately for WSU, it has a player who is experienced in staging completely different...
College Basketball Preview: Oakland at Wright State
College Basketball Preview: Oakland at Wright State

Who: Oakland (15-5, 5-2) at Wright State (13-7, 4-3) When: 2 p.m. Sunday TV: ESPN3 Radio: 106.5-FM Series: Wright State leads 8-7, but Oakland has won five of the last six. Coaches: Scott Nagy is 13-7 at Wright State and 423-247 in 22 seasons overall. Greg Kampe, who is one of four active coaches with more than 500 wins at the same school, is 573-420...
High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime
High School Results for 1/20: Stivers boys win in overtime

The Stivers boys basketball team ended the game with five unanswered points to edge Belmont 54-51 in overtime on Friday night. Tony Boddie led the way with 23 points and Trevon Ellis added nine, including the tying basket and go-ahead free throw in OT. Miles Clark hit a pair of foul shots with two seconds to play that iced the game for Stivers (8-6)...
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win
Springfield celebrates Davis’ birthday with win

It may have been Danny Davis’ birthday on Friday night, but he did the gift giving. Davis gave Springfield fans a performance to remember in the Wildcats’ 70-64 win over Fairmont. He scored 26 points, including a dunk in the last minute to help secure the victory. But as important as his scoring was, Springfield coach Isaiah Carson said...
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville
H.S. basketball: Catholic Central throttles Cedarville

By the end of the first quarter Friday night, the net Catholic Central was shooting through might have been hot to the touch. Seven 3-pointers and 29 points created a lot of friction. When it was time to cool off at the quarter break the Irish had a 25-point lead on the way to a 68-41 Ohio Heritage Conference victory over Cedarville. “That&rsquo...
More Stories