On the strength of becoming the first team in history to sweep San Francisco in a four-game series at AT&T Park, the Reds have now won five straight, eight out of nine, and 14 of their last 18 games.
Their recent surge has catapulted them into sole possession of second place in the division with a record of 43-38. Although they still remain 6.5 games back of Milwaukee, the Reds are currently tied with Washington and St. Louis for the second Wild Card spot.
It goes without saying, really, but Bryan Price's club is playing its best baseball of the season right now. Subsequently, this also means the Reds are soaring in the recently released power rankings.
Both ESPN and Sports Illustrated released their batches of power rankings on Monday. In ESPN's version, the Reds climbed three spots over last week to No. 12, but they did well to jump five slots to No. 10 in Sports Illustrated's rankings.