The Cincinnati Reds are faced with the challenging obstacle of reaching their hopes of playing in the 2021 MLB Playoffs. With just 11 games remaining and three games out of the final NL Wild Card game position, do the Reds have any hope of making the ultimate comeback?
The Reds have not had an ideal September for a team looking to clinch the last playoff berth in the National League. The team currently sits with a record of 7-1 in September, and during that stretch, they have accounted for six series losses. The team has been gifted with a lighter schedule than other teams vying for that final playoff spot, but they can’t seem to capitalize.
The surging St. Louis Cardinals have continued to dominate the month of September, including two series wins over Cincinnati. The Reds now stare down a three-game deficit to make the epic comeback for the final playoff spot. The time for urgency has long passed, but the Reds can still make the magical run.
The Reds remaining schedule makes a playoff run possible.
With the second-most manageable schedule remaining, the Cincinnati Reds have to win each series to play meaningful baseball in October. The team will finish a three-game series with the Pirates on Wednesday before playing their final series of the 2021 season at Great American Ball Park against the Washington Nationals this weekend.
The Redlegs will then cap off the 2021 season with a two-game set in the Windy City against the Chicago White Sox, followed by a three-game finale in the Steel City against those pesky Pittsburgh Pirates.
Taking a look at the Cardinals, the team the Cincinnati continues to chase, the Redbirds have the ninth-most difficult schedule remaining in all of baseball. With six games left against the Brewers, many Reds fans will be keeping a close eye on those games and possibly even join the Brew Crew for support.
The task is daunting, but after the come from behind victory on Monday night, these Reds have not stopped believing, and neither should you. There are 11 games left to make playoff dreams come true.
This team has to fight every night to reach the playoff finish line. The team can only control what is in front of them. But with a bit of help, the playoff dream could become a reality. Go Redlegs, and if I have to say it, go Brewers!