Despite being ten games over the .500 mark, playing their best baseball in ten years, and being in the playoff race this late in the season for the first time since the Clinton Administration, the Cincinnati Reds still find time to hit the snooze bar at the wrong time.

What is it about Sunday that has this team spooked or jinxed?

It’s like their personal Bermuda Triangle.

The Reds have posted a 6-8 mark on Sundays this year and have been shutout six times on this perplexing day of the week (they have been shutout a total of twelve times this season), including the last three.

Not having your best stuff on a certain day happens to most teams, but not on the same day for the vast majority of the year.

These are just a few of the momentum killers that continue to pile up.

I hate to be a doom and gloom guy, but with the Redlegs in prime position to possibly win the division and/or receive a playoff berth, you have to find a way to win some of the time on Sunday.

St. Louis is hitting their stride and is preparing to put some space between them and the rest of the division, which means Cincinnati must will their way to victory on most of the Sunday games for the rest of the season.

The more Sunday games that slip through the Reds fingers, the more work they will have to do to keep pace with the Cards, let alone the wild-card race.

And the wild-card race has no less than eight teams with a legit shot depending on how they play the over the next two months.

With just six games head-to-head left with St. Louis, Cincinnati needs to prove themselves to the rest of the National League that they deserve to belong.

Deciding to eat a sundae rather then play on Sunday is not going to cut it.

I trust the Reds will get out of this weekend slump and will continue to pursue what has been missing for a decade, but Cincinnati’s front office needs to do their part as well.

I don’t want to lose the great young talent the Reds have, but if improving the playoff chances this year means losing a couple of them, I’m all for it.

Alas, that is if the front office gets in gear because that trade deadline is too close for comfort and nothing has taken place.

The Reds need some assistance, and it better be more than just a smile and a swift pat on the back. Sundays are for winning pennant races, not watching your good fortune go by the wayside.

That goes for both the Reds and their so-called “baseball people.”

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