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Impact Players

Nobody questions the fact that the Reds have been “out of it” for quite some time. Nothing is more of a drag then having your team be out of the playoff picture going into September, and that’s what Reds fans have had to deal with for quite some time now.

But that doesn’t mean that the 2004 Cincinnati Reds can’t have an impact on the playoff races. They’ve won four in a row, and they’re Red hot (pun intended). They’ve scored 21 runs in their last two games, and came back against one of the best closers in the game, John Smoltz, on Wednesday. Once they finish up their series against the Pirates this afternoon, they head to Wrigley, to face the Cubs in a four game series.

Now unless you live in a barn with no TV and no radio, you know the Cubs are knee deep in a race for the Wild Card. They hold a thin half game lead over the Giants, and at this point, it’s even up for both teams.

So I’m going to shout out from the mountain tops, “Reds, make an impact. Beat the Cubs!!!!!”

Also of note, the Reds have had some great individual performances of late. Austin Kearns went crazy on Saturday, going four for five with a homerun and five RBIs. He bumped up his batting average 16 points in that game alone. Kearns is a vital cog next year, and we need him back. Go Austin!!

And yesterday, it was catcher Jason LaRue pushing home four runs.

And last but not lease, Adam Dunn now stands at 183 strikeouts. He didn’t play yesterday, and I seriously hope they don’t shut him down just because he’s going to break an inconsequential record. For Adam, it will be the first of many records he breaks, so what’s the big deal. Plus I want to see him hit some other inconsquential milestones, like 100 runs and 100 RBIs. 45 homers would be nice as well.

So don’t forget, go REDS!!!! Beat those Cubs.

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