Where things stand
Greetings from Houston, where I am still wrapping my head around the fact that the Reds and Astros will meet in an Interleague series of three games.
After the outcomes at Milwaukee and vs. the Cubs, a sweep of worst record in baseball Houston would seem rather paramount, no? Maybe not paramount, but certainly needed.
Here are where the Reds are in terms of the postseason hunt.
84-66, Third place and 3.5 games out of first place in NL Central behind STL & PIT. 12 games remain for the Reds.
CIN is 4.5 games up on WAS for the second NL Wild Card spot. The magic number for the Reds to clinch is 9.
If the season ended today:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh on Monday, September 30 to determine the NL Central champion (the teams have the same W-L record but Pittsburgh won the season series, 10-9), then:
NL Wild Card: Cincinnati at Wild Card #1 (PIT/STL)
NL Division Series ‘A’: NL Wild Card winner (CIN/PIT/STL) at Atlanta
NL Division Series ‘B’: LA Dodgers at NL Central champion (PIT/STL)