InFANity.

I have decided that being a Reds fan is dangerous to one’s health. You’re so high and giddy one moment and so down and depressed the next, that it just can’t be healthy for one’s psyche. Even the time in between sheer giddiness and the doldrums is spent developing ulcers thanks to a broken bullpen and shoddy defense.

Today is the perfect example. The Reds are down 6-4 in the top of the 9th against Milwaukee, and score three times to come back and take the lead thanks to clutch hits by Adam Dunn and Junior. Elation! Moments later, Todd Coffey has given up four consecutive hits without recording an out, and the game is over. Milwaukee wins, 8-7. Utter and absolute dejection.

After Friday night’s improbable, amazing, beautifully fantastic come-from-behind win against the Indians, the Reds have turned around and dropped three straight. Not only do we suffer these incredible mood swings from inning to inning, we have to suffer through them game to game, day to day, as well.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade my fandom for anything – I’ve often called Cincinnati Reds baseball "the non-human love of my life" – but I think we are all just a little bit insane. (Ok, perhaps I more than most, but that’s a discussion for another day…) Here we are, midway through the season, and the weaknesses we expected to find are plain for all to see – relief pitching, defense, relief pitching, defense (it’s become something like a mantra). Still, somehow someway, here we are, second in the NL Central, 1 1/2 games back, and the NL Wild Card. I have no idea what is going to happen from here on out – it seems to me that the bullpen will probably remain much like it is right now, but at the same time, it looks like July is going to be a big offensive month. See: Adam Dunn. If Arroyo and Harang can continue to pitch well, and one or two of out other starters can pick up some slack…

So what do we do? I’m not giving up the Reds, and I’m not giving up on the Reds… I guess strained nerves, those **** ulcers, and extreme mood swings are just par for the course. We just have to get over the difficult losses as quickly as possible, and hope and pray that Krivsky can pull together something before the end of the season that will give us a better ‘pen without sacrificing too much of a potentially bright future.

As ever, go Redlegs.

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