Reason 1: Offensive Production
Led by Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, the Cincinnati Reds have been one of the highest-scoring teams in baseball this season. They rank third in the National League in runs scored. Cincinnati brings a lot of power to the plate, as five of its players have at least 18 home runs on the year.
Reason 2: Dusty Baker
Since taking over the Reds in 2008, Dusty Baker has been able to get the most out of his players. He has been a key component of the Reds' transition from a cellar dweller to a perennial playoff contender and boasts 20 years of National League managerial experience, including a World Series appearance. Baker will likely have a number of key decisions to make this postseason, and based on his track record, they can be confident that he will make the right call.
Reason 3: Billy Hamilton
There may not be a bigger X-factor or more exciting player in this season's playoffs than Billy Hamilton. The team will surely find a spot for him on its playoff roster after he has gone 13-for-13 in stolen-base attempts since being called up.
Letting a Reds player get on base late in a close game will be a huge issue for opponents, because it means that Hamilton could come in to pinch run. He has done this multiple times over the past three weeks and proceeded to swipe second and later score on many occasions. Additionally, he gets in the head of opposing pitchers. This type of weapon is one that could propel the Reds to victory this postseason.