The Cincinnati Reds have secured their spot in the MLB playoffs.
With Friday’s 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati became the sixth National League team to secure a post-season berth after the 2020 season, joining the Dodgers, Padres, Braves, Cubs and Marlins who also won on Friday evening. It is the first time since 2013 that Cincinnati has passed the postseason.
Cincinnati entered the season as a popular sleeper. After rebuilding for the past half a decade, the parts seemed ready for a breakthrough season after ace-right-hander Trevor Bauer was acquired in 2019 and thug Mike Moustakas signed in the off-season.
On September 12th, things didn’t look so promising. At this point in time, the Reds were between 20 and 26 years old and represented almost in retrospect in the overall ranking. Since then, they have played 10-2 against the Cardinals, Brewers and Phillies.
The American League field is fixed
The Houston Astros finished last in the American League late Friday night thanks to the Dodgers 9-5 win over the Angels. The field of eight are the Rays, Aces, Twins, Yankees, Indians, White Sox, the Jays and Astros.
There are still many seeding questions to be answered in the AL. In fact, the Central Division can still be won.
Countdown to magic numbers