Originally Posted by CardsFanBob
I'd be shocked if these two teams don't go back and forth all year. They're two of the very best in baseball because of their starting pitching. It's just a shame that both are in the same division. It's also a shame that it's taken this year for people to finally pay attention to the Central. Despite having a few true bottom feeders lately (Cubs & Astros), it's been one of the best divisions year in and year out. There's a reason why we've had the wild card virtually every year.
Starting pitching is exactly why I think the Reds will eventually distance themselves. I think our starting pitching is more sustainable. I don't think we'll win by 9 games again, but maybe more like 3-5.
Then again this thing could be neck and neck the whole way to the end, which certainly wouldn't bother me from an entertainment standpoint. However the possibility of a 100 win team not in the playoffs because they lost ONE GAME at the end of the season would be quite a travesty. To me that is a giant flaw with the new 2nd wild card team.