The Cincinnati Reds win on Sunday put them back to their season high-water mark for games over .500 (they were last 12 games over back on July 7.) The Reds have peaked at exactly 12 games over .500 in two different seasons this past decade. The difference from those other Reds teams was that they peaked on June 8th (the 2006 Reds) and June 6th (the 2004 Reds.)
The Reds are currently in 2nd place in the NL Central Division, yet they once led the division by as many as 3 games ahead of the Cardinals on July 8th. They’ve only had a lead larger than 3 games one time since their 14.5 game lead in 1995. The 2002 Reds briefly held a 5 game lead in the division on May 18th of that year.
No Reds team in the last 15 years except the 1995, 1999, and 2010 Reds have had winning records in 3 consecutive months.
For the first time in over a decade, the Reds have put together 4 consecutive winning months. The 1999 Reds had a losing April but had a winning record the final five months of their season. The 1995 Reds won each month from May through August, but finished the year with a losing record in September.
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