Reds:

Are in the middle of rebuilding but there are a few things to like.  Votto is one of the best players in all of baseball. Votto posted a ridiculous .408/.490/.668 line with 15 homers and 55 RBI after the All-Star break.

Let’s look at the lineup….

Projected Lineup

Player POS AB HR RBI AVG
1 Billy Hamilton  OF 455 4 27 0.248
2 Jose Peraza  2B 431 4 35 0.285
3 Joey Votto  1B 538 27 86 0.316
4 Adam Duvall OF 550 33 98 0.236
5 Scott Schebler  OF 485 19 68 0.274
6 Zack Cozart  SS 505 15 54 0.246
7 Eugenio Suarez  3B 548 19 67 0.255
8 Devin Mesoraco  C 265 11 37 0.230

This lineup has some sneaky value.  Hamilton the fastest player in MLB and a great defender leads off,  Peraza should be a solid 2nd hitter and if these speedsters can get on base with Votto on deck things could get interesting.  Duvall hitting cleanup should get plenty of RBI opportunities and should see some great pitches that Votto won’t see.  Bottom 4-5 of the lineup doesn’t strike much fear but Mesoraco and Suarez are good hitters that I could see having big seasons.

Lineup is sneaky good.

Rotation, eh….

Projected Rotation

Player IP W L ERA
1 Brandon Finnegan  175 7 13 4.42
2 Robert Stephenson  115 4 9 4.77
3 Scott Feldman  112 6 7 4.18
4 Cody Reed  108 4 8 4.25
5 Amir Garrett  83 4 5 4.12
6 Tim Adleman  75 3 5 4.32
7 Anthony DeSclafani  89 5 5 3.84
8 Homer Bailey  74 3 5 4.38

I really can’t tell you what this rotation is going to consist of but this rotation is shaky to say the least.  No true ace, nobody you would bet EV money on to have an ERA under 3.8.   I do like Iglesias but he is already having back issues and he might be the closer.   Him and Storen would make an interesting 8-9 inning guys and Cigrani vs LHP is interesting. I think the BP will be much improved from last season but not enough to make too much depth.

I am thinking overs will be good considering the ballpark they play at, the lineup construction and rotation woes.  The bottom of the lineup might hurt over chances.
This team won’t do anything obviously but they have some guys coming in like Stephenson and Garrett.    Think they are at least a year away and 2 SP’s away.

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