The win pushes the Reds to 29-28 this season. They are currently in contention for 7th place in the NL’s eight-team playoff squad and are now a few percentage points away from catching the Cardinals for second place in NL Central. After winning the rubber game against Milwaukee, the Reds will be gone on Thursday before closing the regular season with a three-game road streak against the Twins.
As for Bauer, such dominance over three days off in a vitally important game put him in a particularly confident frame of mind regarding the still developing NL Cy Young race:
Bauer’s work for 2020 is indeed impressive. After smothering Milwaukee on Wednesday night, Bauer now has a 1.73 ERA in the NL lead, and he’s the only NL pitcher to hit 100 strikeouts for the season so far. In addition, Bauer sits third in the NL in innings, and has registered nine quality starts in 11 trips to the mound. Names like Jacob deGrom, Yu Darvish, Dinelson Lamet, Corbin Burnes, and Max Fried remain in the discussion, but at the moment it’s hard to say that Bauer is anything but the clear leader of the hardware. For Bauer, that would be an opportune triumph, as he’s heading for free agency this offseason.
Specifically, Bauer’s eight executives against the Brewers dramatically improved the Reds’ chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 2013.