Reds' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 16, 2012

Reds' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 16, 2012

Reds' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 16, 2012
MIAMI -- Cincinnati lost its second in a row to the Marlins, 6-4, Saturday night as Johnny Cueto's September struggles continued.

In three outings, Cueto has surrendered 16 runs on 26 hits in just 15 1/3 innings.

The Reds currently sit 11 games in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central, and their magic number to clinch the division improved to six with the Cardinals' 4-3 loss to the Dodgers.

Mat Latos, who graduated from nearby Coconut Creek High School and attended Broward Community College, looks to avoid the sweep. The 24-year-old right-hander is 7-2 with a 2.56 ERA in his past 15 starts.

Today's key games to watch (all times ET)

Cardinals (Wainwright 13-13) at Dodgers (Fife, 0-1), 4:10 p.m. Preview >

If the postseason started today ...

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best AL record vs. Third-best AL record | Best AL record at Wild Card winner

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Wild Card: Second Wild Card at First Wild Card
Division Series: Second-best NL record vs. Third-best NL record | Best NL record at Wild Card winner

Postseason Bracket »

Postseason 101

Magic numbers
To calculate a team's magic number, take the number of games it has remaining and add one. Then subtract the difference in the number of losses between that team and its closest pursuer.

Tiebreaker scenarios
A tiebreaker game will be played to determine a division winner, even if the tied clubs are assured of participating in the postseason. If a division championship tiebreaker is necessary, the head-to-head record between the clubs will determine home-field advantage. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.

If two clubs are tied for the two Wild Card berths, home-field advantage will be determined by the head-to-head record between the clubs. If the head-to-head record is tied, then the division record will be the next tiebreaker.

Tiebreaker rules »

2012 postseason schedule
Wild Card playoff games: Oct. 5
Division Series: Oct. 6-12
AL Championship Series: Oct. 13-21
NL Championship Series: Oct. 14-22
World Series: Oct. 24-Nov. 1

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.