The Cards won 88 games so if we add up all the games play vs teams with 88 or more wins not counting the 7 H2H games with the Nats and Reds which Washington won 5-2 its.
34 games for the Reds
43 games for the Nats
While we got 6 with the Indians they got 6 with Baltimore and then 3 more with Tampa and 18 with the Braves while we got 15 with Cards who won 6 less games.
2012 Strength of Schedule
There's being a Reds fan and being a homer, I'm not a homer and can clearly see what team was better and its the team that had the better H2H Record while playing more top teams and had the better overall record in a better division while have more key guys missing games.
The best team won it all in impressive fashion.
The best team in baseball wouldn't lose 3 straight at home needing just 1 win to end their season.
The Giants were 6-2 on the road in the playoffs. Down 0-2 in best of 5....WIN Down 3-1 to the defending world champs....WIN
7 straight wins to seal the postseason.
The best team in baseball was clearly the Giants....backs against the wall in ridiculous fashion and never flinched.
And they proved the 4th and 5th starters were way more important than 2 middle relief/long men
The reds were definitely the best team in 2012. They were not the best collection of talent but they were without a doubt the best team. You can bash all you want on stubbs and cozart for not being great hitters but they play up the middle. Traditionalists will always tell you that the most important component to catcher, short stop, second base, or center field is defense. And you got great defense out of both of them. This years reds team is not unlike the '05 cardinals that won 100 games. Great team but not the best collection of talent. And nothing proves that more than guys like luddy and frazier stepping up in a big way when votto went down.
Any of these teams coulda won the WS, I think its as wide open of a playoff we have ever had. Oakland and Baltimore were probably the only 2 teams that were a clear notch below the rest.
But the reds, yanks, nats, tigers, giants, cards, braves were about as equal as it gets in terms of WS chances.
The giants just happened to play the best this time around.
If they played this exact playoff format 100x I think the distribution of winners would be very balanced.
the Giants wanted it more.. Sadly it doesnt matter the Reds won 97 games.. they didnt bring a World Series Trophy home..The Giants stepped up starting with the Reds, then down 3-1 to the Cards and beat them.. then stopped a Detroit offense to win the World Series.. the Giants got Pence and Scutaro to bolster their lack of offense. the Reds stood pat with theirs.. Guess who wanted it more??
Did people not watch the Nats all year?
Nats were good. Still don't think they were as good as the reds. If ryan zimmerman's shoulder wasn't messed up and he didn't have the yips id agree with you. Also, they chose to shut down strasburg which made them worse.
no idea what an h2h record is. Actually the top 4 teams in the nl central this year were better than the top 4 in the nl east. And why are you talking about strength of schedule? this is baseball. This isn't college basketball. Soon you'll have an RPI for baseball teams. The reds had a ton more experience, and so maybe that means the reds are a more durable team. Also washington had to fight alot longer at the end of the season. Cincinnati didn't even have to play the last month. And there lineup is amazingly over-rated. Their most fearsome hitter is Adam Laroche. That isn't very daunting.