Cincinnati Reds 2019 Predictions

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Updated: March 8, 2019
Cincinnati Reds

 

 By: Cincinnati Reds Expert Writer

 Glen Chapman (@napalmcheng)

 

Here Are Your 2019 Cincinnati Reds

The oldest professional baseball team turns 150 this year and the Cincinnati Reds made major moves to inaugurate their sesquicentennial season. Their first need was the starting rotation. After winning 90 games in 2013 the past four seasonshave seen them lose more than 90 mostly because of a youngpitching staff. That’s no longer the case. Joining Luis Castillo and likely Anthony DeSclafani will be Tanner Roark from the Nationals, Sonny Gray from the Yankees, and Alex Wood via a huge trade from the Dodgers. The improved pitching staff includes two-way player Michael Lorenzen and closer Raisel Iglesias.

One of the most active teams in the offseason, the Reds traded away Homer Bailey to the Dodgers in return for Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Wood. Gone from the lineup is non-tendered Billy Hamilton, possibly replaced by the Reds’ number one prospect, Nick Senzel. This adds to an already tough batting order that includes Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, and Scooter Gennett. The meat of the order just got a whole lot meatier which in hitter friendly Great American Ballpark will result in Puig licking his chops not to mention his bat.

All these changes are followed by a revamped coaching staff led by first year manager and Cincinnati native David Bell. Bell is pedigreed from two former Reds players including his grandfather Gus and his father Buddy, both of whom surprisingly enough, played with Pete Rose. A very aggressive offseason acquiring players and coaches mixed with a few prospects and existing talent has created quite a buzz around a very competitive NL Central. This being the last season for Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman, the Reds are a dark horse candidate for a Wild Card as October approaches. If anything, they will be a lot of fun to watch.

 

Glen Chapman, EdD
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