Cincinnati hoping to avoid slide
The Reds are looking down at teams that everyone figured would smoke them before, after and during dinner.
Run differential: The news is better here than it was last year, but it's still not promising. After 46 games in 2003, the Reds were down 238-284. This year, they're dead-even at 216-216. In other words, they're in over their heads again but nowhere near as deep as they were last year. Based on runs scored and runs allowed, here's how the N.L. Central standings would look:
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