Where things stand, 9/23
Here are how the postseason scenarios are shaping up for the Reds heading into Monday night:
Cincinnati can clinch a playoff spot if they beat New York AND St. Louis beats Washington. BOTH outcomes must occur for Cincinnati to clinch outright.
Pittsburgh can also clinch a playoff spot if they beat Chicago AND St. Louis beats Washington. Just like above, BOTH outcomes must occur for Pittsburgh to clinch outright.
If the season ended today:
NL Wild Card: Reds vs. Pirates (home field TBD since both clubs have the same record and their season series is tied 8-8 with three games to play)
NL Division Series ‘A’: NL Wild Card winner (CIN/PIT) at Atlanta
NL Division Series ‘B’: LA Dodgers at St. Louis
ADDENDUM: clinching a playoff spot tonight does not stop the postseason chase. The Reds and Pirates are still 2 games behind the first-place Cardinals. The NL Central title is attainable…tough…but attainable. Of course, getting a home Wild Card game is very possible with 6 games remaining.