… that if you have tickets to Tuesday’s game against the Astros, you could be on hand not only for the big Reds TweetUp but also for the big clinch. Yes, the magic number is 1, and yes, we know the Cardinals play Monday. But they play the only MLB team with 100 losses, and they play them at home. The Cardinals are 7-5 against the Buccos this season, and they’re 3-0 at Busch Stadium against them.
Obviously it’s tough to call any game the Cardinals play a “gimme,” but if they do manage to down the Pirates on Monday, it’s doubtful that they could lose on Tuesday before the Reds get a chance to win. The first pitch for Reds-Astros is at 7:10 p.m. EST. Pirates-Cardinals doesn’t get under way until 8:15 p.m. EST on Tuesday. So the Reds should get a chance to win – and clinch in front of the home crowd – before the Cardinals get a chance to lose.
And remember, if you’re among the growing number of Reds fans who would rather not see our team face the Phillies in the NLDS, you’re rooting for one of the teams in the NL West to win the wild card. If the Braves win the wild card, the Phillies wouldn’t face them because they’re in the same division. So go Giants/Padres unless you’re just ready to bring on the Phillies to start the postseason.