I hate to call today's game in S.D. a must win, but it kinda is. The Reds were riding high after a winning home stand and sweep of the D'backs. Heading into the off day, they were tied for first. They had a lead last night in the 7th with Harang on the hill. So far, the Reds were 16-0 when leading after 5 innings. (That shows you how well the bullpen has pitched.) A string of week hits and a walk, and the Reds were behind 5-3, finally losing by that score.
They have Peavy tomorrow (although he hasn't been super great this year) and that makes today's game a must win. They simply can't get swept by the Pads. Win today and they guarantee a winning west coast trip. Lose today, and they're looking at losing all of their momentum heading into a big homestand with the Phils, Indians, and the 'Stros. Win today and the fans are on Stubhub buying tickets. Lose today, and the fans will be rumbling, "told you so; let's wait and see."