This is my favorite time of year. As pennant races wind down, inevitably the magic numbers begin to show up in the standings. My beloved Reds, completely unaccustomed to having a magic number next to their name, currently have a magic number of 17. The magic number does normally show up in papers until it gets down to 20.
The Reds lead was up to 8 games about a week ago. It got back down to 5, but now stands at 6 after a Reds win and Cards loss last night. I guess I can take the suspense as long as the Cardinals don’t get a magic number next to their name.