Cincinnati Reds Clinch Playoff Berth
The Cincinnati Reds are playoff bound for consecutive seasons for the first time since 1975-76. That is the last time that the Reds won back to back to World Series Titles, as the Big Red Machine. The Reds defeated the Mets in 10 innings on Monday night keeping them tied with the Pirates, and two games back of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 4-3 and with that win the Reds clinched a playoff berth. The last five games mean everything as it could determine the division, and more importantly who gets home field for the Wild Card Game.
The Reds and Pirates will face off three more times the last weekend of the season. Whoever wins the series gets home field on October 1st for the Wild Card Game. Home field will be huge in that one game as the teams will most likely have to use their number one pitchers in the last weekend. That will leave it up to the number two or three starter for the win or go home game. The Pirates will be in the playoffs for the first time since 1992, so it will be especially loud in Pittsburgh if the game ends up there. The Reds will need to do anything possible to keep that from happening.