Blue Crew

Would you be surprised if the Reds knock that magic number down in Milwaukee while the Cardinals flounder in Pittsburgh? With Monday’s win, the Reds improved to 8-1 against the Brewers this season. Joey Votto is hitting .457 against Milwaukee in 2010; Scott Rolen is hitting .480 against the Brewers. But the Reds haven’t won a series on the road since they swept the Diamondbacks and then took two of three from the Dodgers (just before losing two of three to the Giants).

The Reds’ struggles against teams with winning records continue to be mentioned often. In the AP game story, it was again pointed out: the Reds moved to 56-27 against teams below .500. They are 29-39 against those with winning records.

But the fact of the matter remains: it doesn’t matter how the Reds have gotten to 85-66, they have – particularly by beating the teams in their division who aren’t the Cardinals. Especially on the road! Do you know what the Reds’ road record is against the Brewers, Astros, Pirates and Cubs SINCE they unexpectedly got swept in Pittsburgh at the beginning of the season? Since then, they’ve gone 20-6 on the road against those four division rivals.

Also:

• The Reds have won 10 of the past 12 games in which Joey Votto has homered.

• Votto quietly extended his hitting streak to 10, the second 10-game hitting streak he’s had in the past 30 days (he had a 10-game streak from Aug. 21 to Aug. 31).

• Chris Carpenter is 1-4 in his past 6 starts (with that one win coming against the Reds on Sept. 5). Adam Wainwright is 2-5 in his past 7 starts. So much for that amazing 1-2 punch when you really needed it.

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