Reds fans should be rooting for these NL East adversaries this week.
The Atlanta Braves are well on their way to the best record in the National League this season. Brian Snitker's club has already won 100 games and is very close to locking up the No. 1 overall seed in the NL.
But beating the Cubs this week could greatly help Cincinnati in the NL Wild Card chase. The Braves play host to Chicago for three games early this week and will send Bryce Elder to the mound on Tuesday.
How the Braves rotation shakes out after that is anyone's guess, but having pitched on Sunday, Spencer Strider is likley a no-go for the series. The Cubs are 2-1 versus the Braves this season, and currently represent one of two teams that have a winning record against Atlanta. Perhaps the Braves can change that this week.
The New York Mets are sending Joey Lucchesi, Kodai Senga, and David Peterson to the hill against the Miami Marlins this week. The Mets are 7-3 versus the Marlins this season. The Reds could certainly use a Brewers-esque dominance from Buck Showalter and the Mets this week.
At the end of the day, if the Cincinnati Reds don't win at least 4-of-5 this week it's not going to matter. While the Reds need help, they also need to take care of what's in front of them.