2014 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview
The Reds came so close at the end of the season in 2013, but fell in the wild card playoff game to the Pirates. This year they’ll try to unseat the Cardinals on top of the NL Central, but it will be an uphill battle. All eyes will be on Billy Hamilton this year after he shined in September by hitting .368 and stealing 13 bases. Hamilton stole 155 bases in 2012 between A and AA. If the Reds can get through the plethora of injuries they’re starting the season with (Chapman, Broxton, Latos, Schumaker) they should win around 90 games in 2014.
The Reds signed Homer Bailey to a long-term deal, and when all the pieces are put into the puzzle they look like one of the best teams in baseball. If they can battle through injuries and make a run in the summer, expect this team to be fighting for a playoff spot.
2012 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview
A third-place finish in the Central hasn’t stopped many analysts from thinking the Reds are the team to beat in the division, especially with the departure of Albert Pujols to the American League. Joey Votto leads the Reds offense as one of the most prolific hitters in baseball. Votto won the 2010 NL MVP and led the league in doubles, walks and on-base percentage in 2011. The Canadian-born slugger also plays excellent defense at first base and was rewarded his first Gold Glove in 2011 for his efforts. The big move of the offseason in Cincinnati was a trade that sent four players, including Edison Volquez, to the Padres in exchange for Mat Latos. The 24-year old has a career 3.37 ERA over 2 ½ season and has held opposing batters to a .226 average. Latos will be the only new face that includes Johnny Cueto, Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey. Aroldis Chapman was fighting for a spot in the rotation but with closer Ryan Madson already out for the season due to injury, Chapman could find himself back in the bullpen. If Scott Rolen and the rest of the Reds can escape Madson’s fate, there’s no doubt they will be contenders for the division title. Cincy opens the season on April 5 at the Great American Ballpark, where Ramon Hernandez hit a 3-run HR with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to win 7-6 on opening day.
2011 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview
The Cincinnati Reds were one of the biggest surprises of last season. Led by a strong contingent of young players, the upstart Reds captured the NL Central crown and entered the postseason for the first time since 1995. With much of the same team coming back, a return to the playoffs is well within reach for the Dusty Baker-led squad. The Reds were among the leaders in most offensive categories in 2010, and that was thanks in large part to the production of Joey Votto. The relatively unknown Votto put together an MVP season with a .324 average and 37 home runs, and the first baseman should do more of the same this year. Joining Votto is Jay Bruce, one of the most talked about young players in the league, and Brandon Phillips, a solid second baseman who is reliable in the field and at the plate. Add to that veteran infielders Scott Rolen and Edgar Renteria, and the Reds have a solid core. Pitching should be strong for the Reds once again in 2011. Johnny Cueto and Bronson Arroyo are both reliable starters who put together solid campaigns last year. Cueto returned from a sub-par 2009 to win 12 games, while Arroyo had one of his best years in winning 17. Though their starting rotation is solid, the strength of the Reds' staff is their bullpen. Francisco Cordero had an 40 saves last season, and hard-throwing youngster Aroldis Chaplin can blow it by anyone.
2010 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview
Cincinnati Reds fans bemoan the fact that their team has been called "up-and-coming" for years now. But with young talent filling most of the lineup card for the 2010 season, a playoff run could be more likely than some people think. Even as their young hitters continually show that they can play with the best Major League Baseball has to offer, Cincinnati Reds fans have this throbbing feeling that the best is still yet to come. While Brandon Phillips has already made a name for himself as one of the League's top, and most electrifying, second basemen, many believe that the young stud, first baseman Joey Votto, is preparing to align himself with the game's elite as he pounds the ball out of the park this season. After hitting 25 home runs in an injury-shortened 2009 season, Votto will lead this year's Reds, with a little help from fellow slugger Jay Bruce and speedster Drew Stubbs. But maybe the most anticipated storyline of the year will be the performance of highly-touted rookie pitcher Aroldis Chapman. The young gun has been absolutely dominant in the minor leagues, and fans will be sure to pack the stands when the Cuban prospect gets the call-up.
2009 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview
The Cincinnati Reds could be very fun to watch in 2009. The Reds have a talented roster and a proven manager. Former Cubs Manager Dusty Baker takes over in Cincinnati. Baker will call upon Reds Micah Owings, Bronson Arroyo and Jerry Hairston Jr to lead Cincy. If Reds fans get expected production out of their roster, then watch out for the Cincinnati Reds to make a lot of noise in the NL Central.
2008 Cincinnati Reds Season Preview
The Cincinnati Reds are embarking on an exciting and important season this year as Reds fans hope their team will pull out of the doldrums of the last few seasons and regain their stature as a playoff contender. With new ownership, a new GM, and a new manager in Dusty Baker, the Reds hope to turn things around in dramatic fashion and clinch their first division title since 1995. Reds fans will fill Great American Ballpark this season to see what all the changes bring and whether Cincinnati can again become the “Big Red Machine”.