The oldest professional team in baseball with a club history that stretches back to 1869, the Cincinnati Reds are certainly no strangers to the postseason, having won five World Series titles over the years.
A stalwart of the National League, the Reds have made senior circuit their home since 1890. Currently a part of the National League Central Division, the 2012 Reds are once again a club capable of postseason glory.
Here is a profile of the club:
Official Name: Cincinnati Reds 1890-1953, and 1958-current
Previous Team Names: Cincinnati Red Stockings (1881-1889), Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958)
World Series Titles: 5 ( 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990)
Pennants: 10 (1882, 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1990)
Playoff Appearances: 13 ( 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1990, 1995, 2010)
Current Ballpark: Great American Ballpark
Ballpark Capacity: 42,319
Ballpark Dimensions: Left (328 ft), Left-Center (379 ft), Center (404 ft), Right-Center (370 ft), Right (325 ft)
First Hit at Great American Ballpark: Ken Griffey Jr. (March, 2003)
Career Batting Average: .332 (Cy Seymour)
Career Home runs: 389 (Johnny Bench)
Career Runs Batted in: 1376 (Johnny Bench)
Career Hits: 3,358 (Pete Rose)
Career Wins: 179 (Eppa Rixey)
Players to Watch this PostseasonIf the Reds are to make an impact in the postseason, they will need some of their top players to deliver.
Among the players to watch this postseason will be:
Joey Votto: Though bothered by injuries this season, for which he has spent time on the 15-day disabled list, Joey Votto still remains the Reds' best hitter. A .342 hitter with 14 home runs this season in just 86 games, Votto hits even better at home (.359 with 10 home runs) and his bat will be needed for a postseason run. Out since July 15, Votto is starting to hit again in preparation for making a comeback this season. Only 28, the first baseman should be in the midst of his prime years.
Jay Bruce: A 25-year-old with prodigious power, Bruce has hit 26 home runs and driving in 79 runs in 122 games this season. At this pace, Bruce may finish the season in the 30-100 club for the first time in his career. A two time All-Star who has brief postseason experience, Bruce hit a home run in the 2010 playoffs.
Aroldis Chapman: A flame-throwing left-hander, Chapman is an unhittable strikeout machine, currently sporting a minuscule 1.31 ERA and 112 strikeouts in only 62 inning of work. As the Reds' closer, Chapman will certainly be a key player to watch and can be a major factor over a short playoff series.
Johnny Cueto: Finally living up to his potential, Cueto has been the Cincinnati's ace this season. With a 16-6 record and a 2.47 ERA, Cueto is bound to merit Cy Young consideration in 2012. Though he pitched well in the 2010 playoffs, the Dominican pitcher was on the losing end of a Cole Hamels shutout in his only start.
About this writer: A resident of Orlando, FL, the writer has been a fan of the Cincinnati Reds since the team lost the 1972 World Series. Among his all-time favorite players are Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Frank Robinson, Barry Larkin and Joey Votto.
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