Interesting numbers. Kind of makes me feel like the Reds really aren't far off competing for the division next season when you look at it this way:
NL Central Records vs. East & Central Division
St. Louis (62-47)
What's more, is versus the Central only...
St. Louis (45-31)
So against each other, Cincinnati competed with the division rather well this year. It's very possible they could wind up with the best record in divisional play. In fact, if they win out, they will in fact do just that.
So where the Reds did not get it done this year:
vs. NL West
St. Louis (19-15)
Basically it was that and a 3-game advantage for the Cardinals over most of the Central in Interleague play and you have their division championship.
They all count. But when you look at that division record in isolation, it sure does tell me the Reds can't be far off.
I can't reiterate how much I hope they find a shortstop. I truly believe that's the last missing piece from fielding a very competitive club next year (at least on paper).