We have heard all the story lines coming out of the National League.
Between the hoopla of the Pittsburgh Pirates being back in the postseason for the first time since 1992 and everything that surrounds the Los Angeles Dodgers, you'd think those two teams had already bypassed the first few rounds and were the only teams battling in the NL.
There is one team, though, that is getting next to no attention and it's one that could be the most dangerous entering October.
The Cincinnati Reds have flown under the radar all season. They've barely been a factor in the NL Central and were as many as six games back in the division as late as Aug. 10.
Now in their defense, we've all known since they took three of four from Arizona from Aug.19-22 that they'd likely at least be one of the two wild card teams in the NL.
Unlike any other sport, baseball's regular season is a marathon, not a sprint.
Reds manager Dusty Baker knows that as well as anyone. The Reds may have taken their foot off the gas in June and July, but they are playing as well as anyone heading into the playoffs.
And to boot, they may have the two biggest difference makers in this year's postseason - closer Aroldis Chapman and speedster Billy Hamilton.
Of course, you can kill any Chapman argument by pointing out the fact that recent champions haven't needed a dominant closer. That may be the case, but having one certainly does help.
If you don't believe it, pay attention to how the baseball world is paying its respect and saying goodbye to Mariano Rivera.
Now Chapman is certainly not even in the same stratosphere as Rivera, but he is the best closer in baseball right now. Yes, Atlanta, I'd take Chapman over Craig Kimbrel in a nanosecond. And Chapman is getting better as the season has gone one and is pitching to a stingy 0.96 ERA with five saves in September.
You think the Dodgers want any part of Chapman come playoff time? The Cuban lefty struck out the heart of their order - Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez - to close out a win a few weeks back with fastballs regularly touching triple digits.
Then there's Hamilton. It seems as if we've heard about his exploits forever. Well, he hasn't disappointed since making his big league debut back on Sept. 4, as he has stolen 13 bases in 14 games. And, oh by the way, he's also 6-for-14 at the plate with nine runs scored.
Never was it more apparent how dangerous Hamilton could be than in his first major league start back on Sept. 18 against Houston when he went 3-for-4 with four stolen bases. Two of those stolen bases came on pitchouts!
Now the thing that hurts the Reds here is that they will likely be playing in the wild card game next Tuesday against Pittsburgh. This weekend's series in Cincinnati will probably determine the site of that game.
Anything can happen in a one-game playoff. It's essentially a tossup. But, this is a Reds team that won't be overwhelmed by the moment. Anyone think last season's stunning NLDS loss to San Francisco still doesn't resonate with players like Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto?
It's hard to imagine the Pirates getting past them, regardless of where they are playing.
We do know this, though. If the Reds need a run late in the game and get a runner on, you better believe Hamilton will be on third in the blink of an eye. And then it's Chapman time.
Good luck to the rest of the National League.