How Cincinnati Reds Match Up Against Every Potential NL Playoff Opponent

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How Cincinnati Reds Match Up Against Every Potential NL Playoff Opponent
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After a terrific week against playoff teams, the Cincinnati Reds look like they may be ready to make a deep run in the 2013 MLB playoffs.

The Reds went a combined 6-1 at home against the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams currently sit atop their respective divisions, and the Dodgers have been baseball's best team for a while now. The lone loss came in 16 innings against the Cardinals.

Going into September, it looked like the Reds would be a Wild Card team and might have trouble getting out of the one-game playoff. Now it looks like the team has turned the corner and become a legitimate World Series threat.

Pitching wins championships, and the NL is loaded with great arms. Four of the top five earned run averages in baseball are NL teams.

The Reds are 82-63 and 2 games back in the NL Central. They have clinched a winning season, but they are focusing on winning the division.

Cincinnati got healthy in August, which explains why the team is on such a tear. Manager Dusty Baker has gotten great pitching and timely hitting, so keep an eye on the Reds. 

Let's check out how the team stacks up against its potential playoff opponents.

 

*All statistics are courtesy of MLB.com entering play on 9/9/2013

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