September 02, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris (20) walks off the mound in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
That headline may be a stretch, but how else do you explain the home run binge the Reds have been on against the Astros this season? They hit, what, 15 home runs in 12 games? Jay Bruce hit six of his 29 homers this season against Astros pitching?
I guess that's why they have the best record in the National League and why the Astros have the worst.
Still, Houston was a hairs' breadth away from taking two out of three from the Reds and winning two-thirds as many games in September as they did in all of July. Or a quarter of the games that they've won since July 1. Or any other manner of statistic on how bad they have been the past two months.
But, they didn't win, because Xavier Cedeno threw a pitch Jay Bruce guessed on and hit to the moon. Then, things got worse and worse that inning for more relievers until the lead was gone and the inning was over.
Did it matter that Fernando Martinez got picked off at third base right before Tyler Greene hit that home run? Nahh. What about Brian Bogusevic getting thrown out trying to steal third? Probably wouldn't have stopped that collapse, either, huh?
That's the thing with bad teams. There are plenty of reasons why they lose games. In this instance, it was an ill-timed pitch to a good left-handed hitter and a few baserunning mistakes. That's all it took to erase a well-played game and turn a series win into a series loss.
Oh, well. On to other things in September. This month will just fly by, right?