Manager Dusty Baker dealt with adversity all season and will now have some tough choices to make before the postseason begins. Injuries decimated this team, but Baker found a way to put together a lineup every night.
The Reds have a great pitching staff and an extremely athletic lineup. This team is stronger than it was in 2010, and there were not many weaknesses this season.
Most of the roster is set, so there will not be many positions up for grabs for the postseason roster. Relievers are auditioning for a spot on the roster with every appearance. Bench players are trying to take advantage of every plate appearance to prove they deserve to play in October.
Now that the team has clinched the NL Central, it can begin to set itself up for the playoffs. The rotation is beginning to shape up, and the lineup is beginning to get healthy.
Cincinnati (92-61) trails the Washington Nationals by one game for the top seed in the National League, but the Nationals own the tiebreaker over the Reds because of the head-to-head results. The San Francisco Giants trail the Reds by three games for the No. 2 seed, so it will be interesting to see how each team wants to play down the stretch.
So what should Reds fans expect to see in October?
*Stats are from ESPN.com