The three division winners in each league make it, along with the second-place team and two Wild Card teams. Entering Monday, the Reds were tied with the New York Mets for the second National League Wild Card spot and a half-game out of second place in NL Central. So a mediocre start can easily be overcome in the wacky world that is Major Leauge Baseball 2020.
You are the Cincinnati Reds, a baseball club finally committed to winning baseball games, but one that’s having a very hard time doing so. And while there have been a few sinister subplots that have casually eaten away at the foundations of a club that, this winter, looked nearly impeccable, relief pitching has been the one fatal flaw so obvious it continues to slap you like you’re silly. There have been injuries, for one.
It was just the second hit DeSclafani allowed in his excellent start Saturday. Hiura drew a walk in the first inning and flew out to center in the fourth. Righties in general, it’s trying stuff, heaters in, sliders away,” DeSclafani said.