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First off, let me apologize to everyone who visits this site. I understand a lot has happened in the world of baseball since I dropped off the planet, but I’m back, and while “The Tenth Inning” is no more (at least for the rest of this year), you can expect a few more articles and posts coming from me as fall returns, football and hockey start, and baseball roars towards the postseason. And with that, welcome back, thanks for sticking around, and on to baseball!
With the Reds capturing another victory Tuesday night, it has become apparent that they could be, in fact, for real. Indeed, they do have a certain quality – one specific characteristic – that I believe ensures they will, in fact, make the playoffs. Because every team that does this makes the playoffs. The caveat is, however, that these teams usually don’t go far once they get to the postseason, because once they get there this specific quality doesn’t matter one bit.
The Cincinnati Reds are very good at beating BAD baseball teams.
Want proof? Here’s their record against all of the teams they played this season:
In all, they have played 8 teams with a record ABOVE .500. They have a winning record against 4 of them (Oak, LAD, Fla, and Col) and they still have one series left with Colorado. They have played 10 teams that are .500 or worse, and they have a winning record against EIGHT of them. That’s right, EIGHT. Only Kansas City and Seattle have managed to post a winning record against the Reds as a losing team, and they only played one series apiece.
Record vs. above .500 = 23-29
The problem? Well the Reds are one of the top six teams in the NL. They have a losing record against the other five (Atlanta, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, San Diego, and San Francisco). That is a classic “we made the playoffs by winning the games we were supposed to win” team. They typically don’t advance very far in the postseason.
Sure, Reds fans have a lot to be happy about, and Great American Ballpark will likely see its first ever postseason game if this trend continues. Just don’t expect a parade in early November this year. Now, as for next year…
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