With three games left in the 2013 regular season, one thing is for sure and that is that the Cincinnati Reds are no longer in contention to win the National League Central division and will have to settle for one of the two wildcard spots after a crushing 1-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Mets.
Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka held the Reds to just four hits on the afternoon.
"We've just got to figure out a way to get that big hit, especially with two outs," manager Dusty Baker said. "That's so very important. Most of the time, whoever gets the most two-out hits wins. Going to the playoffs, there will be a number of these situations. We just have to remain confident and remain calm, and just believe you can do it."
"Go in that clubhouse and you'll see those guys are down," Baker said. "But they're not out. It's OK to be down. Like my dad always told me, 'It's OK to be down, just don't stay down.'"
In just three games against New York, the offense managed just five runs. With the biggest series of the season, a three game stint against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Reds will look to erase the one game deficit they have to take the top wildcard spot from the Pirates.
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