After playing 120 games this season, the Cincinnati Reds currently sit at an even 60-60 on the year. Most Reds fans probably expected more from this team to begin the season, but there are still reasons to be optimistic about a playoff appearance.
Injuries have hit the Reds hard this season, but the Reds have managed to stay afloat in the tough NL Central. With 42 games remaining, Cincinnati is just 5.5 games back in the division and 3.5 games back in the wild-card race.
The additional wild-card spot has really given more teams hope to gain a postseason berth. Another good thing for the Reds is they control their own destiny. Most of their remaining games are against the teams battling for playoff spots.
Having an ace like Johnny Cueto also gives them the luxury of an almost guaranteed win every five games. Let's take a look at the reasons why Reds fans should not give up hope just yet.