Where Reds stand in playoff race with 18 games left

Reds are off Monday and start a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday

The struggles continue for the Cincinnati Reds, who remain in contention for the second wild card only because the San Diego Padres have their own problems.

The Reds (75-69) lost 2-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and lost the series 2-1. It was the sixth straight series loss for the Reds, who are 3-7 in September. The Reds are off Monday and return to action at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Padres (74-68) lost 8-0 as they were swept in a three-game series by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cardinals (73-69) now trail the Reds and Padres by one game. The Philadelphia Phillies (72-71) are 2½ games back.

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According to FanGraphs.com, the Reds have a 40 percent chance of winning the wild card. The Padres have a 38 percent chance. The Cardinals have a 12 percent chance.

The Reds have 18 games remaining and will play 13 games against teams with losing records. The Padres have 20 games to play and have no more games against teams with losing records. The Cardinals also have 20 games left and have 10 games against winning teams, including three against the Padres.

Here’s how their schedules compare:

• Reds: Sept. 14-16, at Pittsburgh Pirates (52-91); Sept. 17-19, vs. Dodgers (91-53); Sept. 20-22, vs. Pirates; Sept. 23-26, vs. Washington Nationals (59-84); Sept. 28-29, at Chicago White Sox (82-61); Oct. 1-3, at Pirates.

• Padres: Sept. 13-16, at San Francisco Giants (93-50); Sept. 17-19, at Cardinals; Sept. 21-23, vs. Giants; Sept. 24-26, vs. Atlanta Braves (76-66); Sept. 28-30, at Dodgers; Oct. 1-3, at Giants.

• Cardinals: Sept. 13-15, at New York Mets (71-72); Sept. 17-19, vs. Padres; Sept. 20-23, at Milwaukee Brewers (89-55); Sept. 24-26, at Chicago Cubs (65-79); Sept. 28-30, vs. Milwaukee; Oct. 1-3, vs. Cubs.

The winner of the second wild-card will play on the road against the Giants or Dodgers, whoever doesn’t win the West Division, on Oct. 6. That game will air on TBS.

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