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3 reasons why the Reds will not lose 100 games in 2022

Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jose Barrero (2) warms up.
Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jose Barrero (2) warms up. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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2. The Reds have a much softer schedule in September.

The Cincinnati Reds were doomed from the get-go in 2022. Despite all the trades that eliminated any chance of this year's Reds team competing, the schedule makers did Cincinnati no favors with the gauntlet of opponents David Bell's group had to face during the month of April.

The Reds didn't win their first series of the season until a May visit from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but a big reason for that was the daunting task of facing the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cleveland Guardians out of the gate. The only non-playoff contender Cincinnati faced in April was the Colorado Rockies.

In September, the Reds will face a bevy of non-playoff contenders. Not only does Cincinnati have two more games against the Washington Nationals this weekend, but 16 of their 28 games during the month of September are against teams with a losing record. In fact, 21 of the team's final 33 games of the season are against non-playoff contenders.

Every game matters, and just because a team is not in the playoff hunt doesn't mean that they also don't have something to play for. But there's no murder's row of opponents lining up to play the Cincinnati Reds over the final month-plus of the 2022 season. The softer schedule makes avoiding 100 losses possible.

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