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Power Ranking Importance of Cincinnati Reds Players Needed to Win a Ring
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Entering the final month of the season, the Cincinnati Reds will be relying on Drew Stubbs and other players to step up as the team chases a World Series title in the 2012 Major League Baseball playoffs.

Cincinnati is the first team in baseball to 82 wins in 2012, and the team has clinched its second winning season in 12 years.

In 2010, the Reds were swept in the National League Division Series by the Philadelphia Phillies. The team is looking to make some noise this time around.

Joey Votto is set to return from the disabled list after being out since mid-July, but the team played better than expected during his absence. Without its first baseman, the team went 32-15 and grabbed a 9.5-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

No team currently has a bigger division lead than Cincinnati, so the Reds are getting ready for a playoff run. While pitching has been the team's strength this season, the offense will need to step up in order to advance past the first round of the postseason.

 

*All stats are from MLB.com

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