Although they will win the NL Wild Card game, the season will end in the NLDS for the Reds.
Cincinnati will face the Braves in the first round and it will be a close series. However, the Reds bullpen is what is going to cost them the series.
The Reds and Braves match up at the plate and in the rotation for the most part. I'd take Mat Latos (14-6, 3.23 ERA) over any of the Braves' starters, but after that, it's all Atlanta.
Homer Bailey, Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake are all talented pitchers, but the Braves' trio of Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Kris Medlen are better.
Add in the fact that the Braves have the best bullpen in all of baseball (2.46 ERA), while Cincinnati is almost a run higher (3.41).
When you have a lockdown bullpen, it isolates the potential Billy Hamilton could have to change the game late. Even with his speed, he's not going to get all the way around the bases on two stolen bases and a wild pitch.
The Reds have a lot at the plate in Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Shin-Soo Choo and Brandon Phillips. But the Braves counter with Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann. While it's true they may strike out more, the fact remains the Braves hit the long ball more as well.
And the bullpen doesn't give home runs for the Braves. In fact, they've given up an MLB-low 27 long balls, while the Reds bullpen has given up 53.
It's going to come down to the bullpens and the Braves have the clear advantage.