We’ve long assumed the Braves would play the Nats if they advance past the Wild Card playoff game. Maybe not. The Reds are now just 1-1/2 games behind Washington for the NL’s best record. I’m not sure who I’d rather play.
The Braves were 1-5 against the Reds this season, but all those games were played in May. Their ace, Johnny Cueto, has pitched himself out of Cy Young contention by allowing 14 ER (in 15 IP) over his last three starts. Closer Aroldis Chapman has complained of shoulder soreness and has pitched only twice in the last two weeks, allowing 3 runs and walking 3 in those appearances.
Mat Latos has pitched better in the second half, but Huddy can take him. And I’d like my chances with Minor facing Homer Bailey or Bronson Arroyo.
Cincy is a good team, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not a clear-cut favorite. Like the Nats, they can be beaten.