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It Only Took Two Losses to put Cincinnati Reds in Third in NL Central

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When it comes to the luck of the draw, the Cincinnati Reds might be feeling a little snake bit right about now. The way they have played this 2013 season would be enough to put them in first place in almost any other division in Major League Baseball. They would have a multiple game lead in a couple of those divisions. They aren’t in just any division however. They are stuck in the National League Central with the just-as-good Pittsburgh Pirates and best team in baseball St. Louis Cardinals.

They are 13 games over .500 for the season. The Reds have 44 wins and are in third place 3.5 games out of first place. Can you imagine the frustration at that? I guess it is situations like that where the Wildcard really comes into play as a big deal. Even so there seem to be no guarantees in the NL Central as it only took a couple of losses for the Reds to drop to third place. Talk about a competitive division; wow.

The troubling news for the Reds right now is that they now face Patrick Corbin, the new ace of the Arizona Diamondbacks who is 9-0 for the season with a tiny little ERA. Sunday’s game will see them oppose Randall Delgado who was very impressive in his season debut. The short version of that is that the Reds had better get their bats ready to do battle. If they don’t play their best baseball they could turn around and have lost three or four in a row. That would be something unacceptable in the division they are stuck in.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.