CINCINNATI (AP) -- Manager Dusty Baker has trouble even thinking about next year.
"I don't know, man," he said, after the Cincinnati Reds' season ended with a collapse. "I'm kinda numb in this situation."
Pretty much summed up the season. A team that had been able to overcome so many setbacks couldn't get that one last comeback to make it something really special.
A 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday knocked the NL Central champions out of the playoffs far earlier than expected. The Reds won 97 games and their second division title in three years, but couldn't get that elusive home playoff victory to move on.
Make it 17 years now since the Reds have won a postseason game at home.
"It was disheartening to have my club go through this," the 63-year-old manager said.
The Reds went through a lot, and handled all of it well until the final three home games in the playoffs. They became the first NL team to win the first two in a best-of-five division series and fail to move ...