Does anybody have any insights on how the intradivisional schedule gets formulated?
Looks to me like the Reds and Cubs will play 18 times split right down the middle home and home. The other NL Central teams the Reds play 15 or 16 times and the home/ away offsets are 9/6 or 9/7 with the Reds having the 9 home games with a couple (Houston and Milwuakee) and 9 road games with the other two (StLouis and Pittsburgh).
The Reds will see the entire Central division before the end of April. In April and also again in September except for one 3 game series each month all games will be within the division. All of June will be out of division except 5 games with the Cards. This all seems somewhat different.
And one final quirk. The Reds and Astros face each other 12 times before the end of May then don't meet again until the final week of the season.