Cincinnati Reds: Five bold predictions for the MLB Playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after clinching a wild card spot in the postseason. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after clinching a wild card spot in the postseason. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after clinching a wild card spot in the postseason.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 25: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after clinching a wild card spot in the postseason. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

The Reds return to the MLB Playoffs for the first time since 2013.

What a finish to the 2020 season for the Cincinnati Reds. This team overcame all the odds and head off to Atlanta to face the Braves in the Wild Card Series which begins on Wednesday at noon. Cincinnati finished the season 31-29, after being left for dead to begin the month of September. The Reds enter the MLB Playoffs as one of the hottest teams in baseball.

Cincinnati is white-hot, having won 11 of their last 14 games. The Reds are rolling at just the right time and send their ace, and likely NL Cy Young Award winner, Trevor Bauer to the hill on Wednesday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves. Bauer leads the National League in ERA (1.73), complete games (2) and WHIP (0.79).

The Braves are certainly good enough to win the National League, as Atlanta finished with the second-best record (35-26) in the NL. The Braves are heading to the MLB Playoffs for the third consecutive year and are led by the likes of Freddie Freeman, Marcell Ozuna, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies.

It won’t be easy, but the Cincinnati Reds certainly have a chance versus the Atlanta Braves, and for that matter, every other team in the National League. As Reds Country braces for what they hope will be a month filled with exciting postseason baseball, what are five bold predictions for the playoff-bound Reds?