The Reds may be one of the top three teams, but not where it counts -- in the W/L column. They need to focus on this in making decisions for next year.
As for the unbalanced schedule, I dislike it. I think playing 18 or 19 games against any single team is ridiculous. (Last year this was a big benefit to the Reds, but still I dislike it.) I also think there are too many differences in schedule among teams in the same division.