While the Cincinnati Reds are still below .500 with a 34-35 record, their recent win streak has put them squarely in the Wild-Card picture, as well as the National League Central division.
The Reds have won five games in a row, which as of this moment, is the longest current win streak in the league. On top of that, they are 8-2 in their last 10 games.
With their recent success, the Reds are now just 1.5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League Central division, while also just 2.5 games behind the final Wild-Card spot.
During their five-game win streak, the Reds are averaging 5.8 runs per game. They have exceeded their season average of 4.7 runs per game, which has been the biggest reason for their win streak.
On top of their improving offense, the Reds’ pitching has been improving as well. They are allowing just 3.8 runs per game during their win streak.
Considering their pitching ranks 27th in team ERA at 4.96 and overall on the season, they are allowing about 4.9 earned runs per game, seeing a team not score more than four runs during this stretch is a big improvement.
Given the recent improvement from the Reds, they are +9000 to win the World Series and +4500 to claim the National League and +450 to win the National League Central division.
When compared to the Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers are heading in the complete opposite direction.
The Brewers have currently lost six games in a row and are now 34-34 on the season.
With this losing streak, they are now 1.0 games back in the National League Central division to the Pirates. As for the Wild-Card race, the Brewers are 2.0 games behind the final spot.
During their losing streak, the Brewers’ offense has been inconsistent, averaging just 3.2 runs per game. This is worse than their season average of 4.02 runs per game, an offense that already ranks 26th in the league is now struggling even more.
As for their pitching, the Brewers are allowing 5.33 runs per game during their six-game slide, also far worse than their normal average of 4.04 runs allowed per game.
Considering they rank 12th in team ERA at 4.12, allowing as many runs as they have been is not normal.
Despite their current losing streak, the Brewers are +3300 to win the World Series and +1700 to claim the National League title.
The San Francisco Giants are another team who have been mediocre for most of the season, but who are finally starting to look like a playoff contender.
The Giants have won four games in a row, and while they trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by five games in the National League West division, they currently hold the third and final Wild-Card spot for the moment.
During the Giants win streak, they are averaging 9.0 runs per game. Considering their offense normally averages 4.77 runs per game, this has been the spark for their recent success.
Their pitching has been just as good over this stretch, allowing 3.5 runs per game.
Though they were already the ninth best team in the league with a team ERA of 3.93, while allowing an average of 3.88 earned runs per game, so the fact that they haven’t allowed much recently is about normal.
With the Giants improving recently they are now +3000 to win the World Series, +1500 win the National League and +120 to make the playoffs.