Originally Posted by Tom Servo
What do the Astros and Cubs have to do with not closing out the series with the Giants? There's no bonus points for record against good teams, everything is reset in the playoffs. The Reds were better than the Giants in the first two games, the Giants were better in the last two, and the Reds inability in Game 3 to get another run of off Ryan Vogelsong or the Giants bullpen still haunts me. And the Astros and Cubs have nothing to do with that.
I think it's pretty obvious. Ask yourself how meaningful it was for the Reds to have won 97 games in a division with the Astros/Cubs playing them 36 times or so.
Then ask yourself whether that regular season victory level was reflected in their playoff performance against a much better team.