Simply put, the Reds need a spark right now to inject some life in an otherwise lifeless-looking team. After watching their last handful of games, four of which have resulted in tough defeats, it has become clearly evident that the Reds are in desperate need of an off day or at least some time to recharge their batteries for the final month of the season.
In fairness, Cincinnati was dealt no favor in regards to scheduling. The Reds wrap up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days when they partake in the series finale with the Cardinals on Wednesday evening. They receive a much-needed off day on Thursday before heading to Colorado for a three-game slate against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Aside from Thursday's off day, the weary Reds may soon receive even more help, as the rosters around the league are set to expand to 40 players on Sunday. This means a slew of younger players are on their way to help revitalize a Reds club that is clearly tired, beaten, and bruised.