Sorry, Baseball Fans: Cincinnati Reds Won't See Postseason Action This Year

Great American Ball Park once again will be empty this fall.

Great American Ball Park won't see any postseason action from the Cincinnati Reds this year. - Photo: Francisco Huerta Jr.
Photo: Francisco Huerta Jr.
Great American Ball Park won't see any postseason action from the Cincinnati Reds this year.

For Cincinnati Reds fans, the heartbreak is palpable.

The Reds were eliminated from the 2021 postseason Tuesday when the team lost to the Chicago White Sox, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers. Going into last night, the Cards' magic number (the combination of wins and losses the Cardinals and Reds needed to happen) for the final National League Wild Card slot was one, and the Reds' 7-1 loss to the Sox cemented the outcome.

The Cardinals — who Cincinnati fans view as the Reds' biggest rival, according to a study by a Northern Kentucky University professor — won its 17th straight game, setting a franchise record.

The Reds had given fans some surprising hope for playoff action this year, with Joey Votto's 34-homer season and his inching closer to Reds legend Johnny Bench on the franchise leaderboard for dingers.

Reds fans were craving a quality postseason berth, something they hadn't truly seen in years. During the COVID-shortened 2020 season, the Reds made it to the Wild Card playoffs but lost the first round to the Atlanta Braves without scoring at all. Before that, the Reds hadn't been to the postseason since 2013.

The Cincinnati Reds go into the team's final four games with an 82-76 record for 2021, good for .519. The season-ending game will be against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

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