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Reds stayed pat, paid for it in playoffs

Wednesday - 10/2/2013, 4:10pm  ET

JOE KAY
AP Baseball Writer

The Reds kept their lineup virtually intact in the offseason, hoping it was ready for a push deep into the playoffs. They didn't add anything at midseason, thinking they were still fine.

They paid for those decisions in another playoff flameout.

A 6-2 loss at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game on Tuesday night marked a third straight quick exit from the playoffs for a team that's learned how to win 90 games but can't translate that success to the postseason.

The offense was the biggest problem during a six-game losing streak that ended the season. They need to add a right-handed hitter after getting little out of their left fielders with Ryan Ludwick hurt.

The also could lose leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo, who had a one-year deal.


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