The Cincinnati Reds have had a good season and looked like they were going to put up a fight in the hunt for the NL Central for a while. The Milwaukee Brewers ended up pulling away and clinching the division crown, but the Reds still have a chance to make the playoffs via the Wild Card.
The Reds are currently the second team out, and they are 1.5 games back of the Miami Marlins, who are in possession of the final spot. The Reds have just two games remaining this season, and they are all on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals. They need some help to get into the postseason, but their chances are still alive.
Game 1 of the Reds-Cardinals series took place on Friday night, and Cincinnati released the lineup for the game on Twitter. As the Reds push for the postseason, Joey Votto was not in the lineup. He has been battling a shoulder injury and spent some time this season in the minor leagues on a rehab assignment. As the season is dwindling down, it is unclear if we will see him out on the field for the Reds again this season.
While Cincinnati is 1.5 games back of the Marlins, they are also tied with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are playing the Brewers to close out the season, and the Marlins are playing the Pirates. Reds fans will be big fans of those two teams as they will need them to pull out some wins to give Cincinnati a shot at the playoffs.