| Cincinnati Enquirer
The Cincinnati Reds missed an opportunity to move up to the No. 5 seed in the National League playoffs after their 7-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, but they received a bit of good news.
The Reds will not have to face the 42-win Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-three Wild Card Series next week. The San Francisco Giants lost to the San Diego Padres, guaranteeing the Reds can finish no lower than the No. 7 seed.
As teams enter the final day of the regular season, the Reds could face the No. 2 seed Atlanta Braves, the No. 3 seed Chicago Cubs or No. 4 seed San Diego Padres in the first round of the postseason.
Here’s a look at the NL playoff standings after Saturday’s games:
- Los Angeles Dodgers, 42-17
- Atlanta, 35-24
- Chicago Cubs, 33-26
- San Diego, 36-23
- St. Louis, 29-28
- Miami, 30-29
- Cincinnati, 30-29
- Milwaukee, 29-30
- San Francisco, 29-30
- Philadelphia, 28-31
St. Louis and Milwaukee, who will play each other Sunday, have yet to clinch. The Giants are tied with the Brewers for the final wild-card spot with an identical 29-30 record, but the Brewers own the tiebreaker. If the Cardinals lose Sunday and the Giants win, the Cardinals will play a make-up doubleheader in Detroit on Monday.
Here are the games that will affect the Reds’ seeding Sunday:
• No. 5 seed – If Miami wins OR St. Louis wins, the Reds will be eliminated from the fifth seed, no matter their result Sunday. The Reds lose tiebreakers to Miami (intradivision record) and St. Louis (winning percentage, head-to-head record).
With a Reds win and losses by both teams Sunday, the Reds would move up to the fifth seed and travel to San Diego in the first round.
• No. 6 seed – If Miami wins Sunday, the highest the Reds can finish is the sixth seed with a win AND a St. Louis loss. The Reds would have to pass the Cardinals for second place in the NL Central to move up to the sixth seed.
The Reds could potentially take the sixth seed with a loss Sunday. The Cardinals would have to lose Sunday and then lose both games of their make-up doubleheader Monday, which would eliminate them from the playoffs.
The No. 6 seed will travel to Chicago to play the Cubs.
• No. 7 seed – If the Cardinals win on Sunday, the Reds will remain the No. 7 seed, no matter the result of their own game. The Cardinals would finish second in the NL Central and the Reds would take the top Wild Card spot.
If the standings remain the same as Sunday morning, the Reds will travel to Atlanta.