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The Cincinnati Reds are in the playoffs – what's next is hard to say because it's 2020

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 9/26/2020 John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
a baseball player holding a bat on a field: Sep 25, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas (9) celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports © Jesse Johnson, Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Sep 25, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas (9) celebrates after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

We know this much: The Cincinnati Reds are in the postseason for the first time since 2013. What comes next is harder to say.

But the Reds are convinced that there is a lot more to go. Joey Votto, the only holdover from the Reds last playoff team thinks this team is better than the 2010 to ’13 version of the Reds.

“I like this team more,” Votto said. “And I really liked those teams. But I think we’re a (blanking) nightmare and everybody knows it.”

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The Reds won 10 of 12 to get the playoff spot.

“We feel like we built we built momentum at the right time,” Michael Lorenzen, the winning pitcher in the clincher. “Teams have built momentum going into the playoff are a dangerous team, so we have a lot to prove and a team that has a lot to prove as a dangerous team. We’re excited about it.”

The Reds clinched a playoff spot with a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, coupled with losses by the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. The Phillies lost to the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-4. The Brewers split a doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning Game 1, 3-0, and losing Game 2,  9-1.

The Reds needed to win in Minnesota and a loss by both Philadelphia and Milwaukee to clinch.  

Right now, the Reds are in the top National League Wild Card spot. That gets them the seventh seed. If that holds, they will go to Atlanta for a three-game series with the second-seeded Atlanta Braves.

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But the Reds are in a virtual tie with the Cardinals for second place in the NL Central. The Reds have two games remaining against the Twins. The Cards have two games remaining against the Brewers. They could also play one or two makeup games in Detroit against the Tigers on Monday – if those games affect the playoff berths.  

The second-place team in the NL Central will get the fifth or sixth seed. The sixth seed will play the Cubs in Chicago. The fifth seed will play the Padres in San Diego.

The Reds were 4-6 against the Cubs this year.

Clinching on Friday allows the Reds to set their rotation for a playoff series. They could use Trevor Bauer for Game 1, Sonny Gray for Game 2 and Luis Castillo for Game 3. 

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