What we've witnessed at Great American Ball Park over three days is the difference between a fourth place team in the NL Central and a first place team in the NL West.

And that first place team in the NL West happens to be the best team in the National League ... the "Senior Circuit."

The Cincinnati Reds are mired in mediocrity because they can't hit consistently, especially with runners on base and with runners in scoring position.

The Giants are the best team in the NL because they do almost everything well. Their defense could improve, but man, they pitch AND hit.

Unfazed by an 8-3 Reds' victory on Tuesday night, the Giants barked back with a 3-2 win on Wednesday night ... and they're using Reds starter Mike Leake as a punching bag in a Thursday matinee.

It's 5-1 Giants in the seventh inning ... and it's over because the Reds NEVER. COME. BACK.

This is so typical of the Reds. They beat St. Louis in the first of three at home, then tank the next two. They beat the Giants in the first of three at home, then tank the next two.

See a pattern here?

Reds fans are frustrated, upset and angry. Can I hear the magic words? FIRE SALE!