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"If the Indians want to defend themselves, they can stay in-state to do so. The Reds’ Opening Day payroll has moved from $95 million two years ago to $127 million, and the team is in last place, despite playing better ball than the Indians have. Prospectus’s Adjusted Standings pegs the Reds as a 20-18 team to date, accounting for their underlying performance and schedule. The Indians have, by comparison, been a 15-21 squad. I’m not saying we should award playoff berths based on these numbers, but there’s a real case that for the first time in a while, the Reds are the best team in Ohio."