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.

Friday Good Vibrations turn to Saturday Song Sung Blue: Indians 9, Reds 2

Last night's good vibes did not carry over for the Cincinnati Reds, who were pounded by the Cleveland Indians, 9-1, today. As wonderful as the Friday Wade Miley no-hitter felt from a Reds fan standpoint, today's steamrolling by the light-hitting Indians brings up some questions that this team will need to consider if they truly hope to contend.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – April 26, 2021

The Cincinnati Reds hope to break their seven-game losing streak tonight in a 10:10 p.m. start against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Before you surrender to the notion that this is shaping up as a no-win situation, keep in mind that the Dodgers have lost five of their last seven. After their 13-2 start, L.A. has come back to earth a bit. Cody Bellinger is injured and out of the lineup. As you'll see below, Manager Dave Roberts' lineup tonight is not exactly Murderer's Row.
Luis Castillo (Photo: Doug Gray)

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, April 13, 2021

At 7-3, the Cincinnati Reds are a game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers and have the chance to finish this early West Coast road trip at .500 or better. Tonight they try to win their second straight contest against the San Francisco Giants in a game that begins at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time at Oracle Park.

Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants, April 12, 2021

Cincinnati Reds players and fans hope the team will get back on the winning track in the first game of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park, beginning at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time. The six-game winning streak came to a rather harsh end over the weekend, with the Reds losing the final two games in Phoenix by a combined score of 15-3. Cincinnati in recent years has not done well on the West Coast, and a quick rebound would be a very positive step for a team whose collective identity is still being determined.