A stretch of games against three of baseball's worst teams would seem to be just what the Cincinnati Reds need to all but lock down a playoff spot.
The Reds, however, just dropped two of three to the NL Central cellar dwellers, and have had problems lately against the division's fourth-place team.
Cincinnati hopes to shake its struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers as it opens its final road trip of the season Friday night.
After opening a 10-game homestand by taking six of seven from St. Louis and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Reds (83-64) suffered a bit of a letdown by losing back-to-back games to the Chicago Cubs before winning Wednesday's series finale 6-0.
"We needed it big-time," manager Dusty Baker told the Reds' official website. "We hated to let the Cubs get out of here with two, but it would have been worse with three."
Washington took full advantage of Cincinnati's slight struggles, pulling within 5 12 games for the NL's second wild-card spot.
The Reds would appear ...