In the 2010 regular season, the Cincinnati Reds committed only 72 errors over the course of 162 games. Good defense and a strong lineup were the forces that propelled the team to the NL Central crown, yet both of those have let them down in their first two post season games.
The bats came up short in Game One, where they could not muster a single hit against a near perfect Roy Halladay. But their woes would only begin there. Tonight, in front of a raucous Citizens Bank Park crowd, the Reds committed four errors and essentially gave away a game they looked to be in total control of. With Cuban defector (and world renound playa hater) Aroldis Chapman on the mound in relief, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce did what can only be described as butchering the living shit out of a ball that was hit his way by Jimmy Rollins. The play sent the Reds into a tail spin from which they never recovered, losing the game 7-4 and putting themselves in the unenviable position of having to win the next three from the Phils.
Although this Reds team has undeniable talent, it appears they simply are not ready for the postseason. Is it the intense playoff atmosphere they have been exposed to playing in Philadelphia in front of a packed house? Maybe its simply a lack of experience that has hurt this team. It's hard to pinpoint a single reason, but it is pretty clear, so far in this series they have not been the same team that led the NL in fielding percentage and runs scored in the regular season.
And as Phils fans, hey, we'll take the win any way we can get it. This is the golden age of Phillies baseball we are witnessing. If it takes Jay Bruce getting destroyed in every newspaper in America tomorrow, then so be it. This team will march on and when the NLCS gets under way this will seem a distant memory.