Since 1901, the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs have played 2,066 games, and the Cubs have won two more of those games than the Reds. That parity has vanished since 2010. The Reds are 51-21 against the Cubs during that span. The .714 winning percentage for the Reds against the Cubs is even higher than the .667 advantage the Reds have enjoyed over the Houston Astros.
Last year, the 90-72 Reds were 14-5 against the Cubs. Had the Cubs beat the Reds more than the other way around, the 86-76 Washington Nationals would have been the second NL Wild Card team instead of the Reds.
In 2012, the 97-65 Reds won the NL Central. Their record against the Cubs was 12-4. The Reds won the division by nine games over the St. Louis Cardinals, but had the Cubs turned the tables on the Reds in 2012 and finished 12-4 instead, the division race would’ve been a much tighter one. The Reds were the same 12-4 against the Cubs in 2010. The 91-71 Reds won the division by five games over the Cardinals, but had the Cubs split the games with the Reds, the division race would’ve been much closer.
While the Reds have enjoyed some regular season success since 2010, the Cubs have been a disaster. The 2012 Cubs was the first in franchise history since 1966 to reach the century mark in losses. The Cubs have suffered four straight losing seasons that saw them place fifth every year in the division, and 2013 doesn’t look like it will be any different.
The first of the Reds-Cubs three-game series at Great American Ballpark was rained out on Monday night, but if history is any indicator, the Reds will be looking forward to facing the Cubs as soon as they get the chance.