Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/11/11
The Cincinnati Reds really got a bum deal this year. Sure maybe that is not why they wound up 79-83 and 17 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers, but the fact remains the same. The Reds play in the only six team division in baseball, and even though this division did place two teams in the playoffs (in fact those two teams are playing in the NLCS as we speak) the team in the National League Central play at a huge disadvantage. For the Reds, who wound up playing more Inter-league games then their divisional rivals, and had to play two series against the very hot Cleveland Indians really got the short end of the stick. They went 42-37 against the teams in their division, but just 6-12 in inter-league play including a 1-5 run against them Indians. It is not why the finished so far back, but it certainly played a part in it. The Reds offense scored 735 runs on 1,438 hits. The team batting average was .256 and that was good enough for just seventh best in their league. However, they ...
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