What if the 2012 Reds had won game five against San Francisco?

The 2012 Cincinnati Reds won 97 games, most since the Big Red Machine teams of the 70s. But despite winning the Central Division by nine games, they drew the 94-win Giants in the NLDS, falling in five games to the eventual World Champions. But what if Mat Latos had led the Reds to a Game 5 win and they went on to face the Cardinals team that had just upset the 98-win Nationals?
Jesse Winker (Photo: Doug Gray)

Winker slams three homers in Reds’ 9-4 win over Milwaukee

As a Great American Ball Park crowd of 17,234 chanted "M-V-P, M-V-P," Jesse Winker took an eighth-inning curtain call following his third homer of the game. It capped a 4-for-4 game with a walk and three homers (all solo shots), leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 9-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Winker is in the midst of the finest offensive season of his four-year major league career, improving his average to .356 with 11 homers and 26 RBI.