If the Cincinnati Reds want to host the NL Wild Card play-in game, they are going to have plays a hell of lot better than they did against Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets.
Dice-K won his third consecutive start and the Mets topped Mat Latos and the Reds, 1-0, enabling the New Yorkers to take two-of-three from the Reds in Cincy.
With the loss, the Reds were mathematically eliminated from winning the division title.
First place finishes for the Reds
|1919||NL||96||44||0||.686||1st of 8||Won WS (5-3)||Pat Moran (96-44)|
|1939||NL||97||57||2||.630||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-0)||Bill McKechnie (97-57)|
|1940||NL||100||53||2||.654||1st of 8||Won WS (4-3)||Bill McKechnie (100-53)|
|1961||NL||93||61||0||.604||1st of 8||Lost WS (4-1)||Fred Hutchinson (93-61)|
|1970||NL West||102||60||0||.630||1st of 6||Lost WS (4-1)||Sparky Anderson (102-60)|
|1972||NL West||95||59||0||.617||1st of 6||Lost WS (4-3)||Sparky Anderson (95-59)|
|1973||NL West||99||63||0||.611||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-2)||Sparky Anderson (99-63)|
|1975||NL West||108||54||0||.667||1st of 6||Won WS (4-3)||Sparky Anderson (108-54)|
|1976||NL West||102||60||0||.630||1st of 6||Won WS (4-0)||Sparky Anderson (102-60)|
|1979||NL West||90||71||0||.559||1st of 6||Lost NLCS (3-0)||John McNamara (90-71)|
|1981||NL West||66||42||0||.611||1st of 6||John McNamara (66-42)|
|1990||NL West||91||71||0||.562||1st of 6||Won WS (4-0)||Lou Piniella (91-71)|
|1994||NL Central||66||48||1||.579||1st of 5||Davey Johnson (66-48)|
|1995||NL Central||85||59||0||.590||1st of 5||Lost NLCS (4-0)||Davey Johnson (85-59)|
|2010||NL Central||91||71||0||.562||1st of 6||Lost LDS (3-0)||Dusty Baker (91-71)|
|2012||NL Central||97||65||0||.599||1st of 6||Lost LDS (3-2)||Dusty Baker (97-65)|