National League Centeral Previews: Reds

Today’s Focus: Cincinnati Reds

2010 Record 91-71, 1st Place NL Central. Lost to Phillies in NLDS

The same Cincinnati Reds that brought you the NL Central Championship last year are back with no major changes to its core of talented players.  The pitching staff is anchored by the 1-2-3 punch Bronson Arroyo, Johnny Cueto, and Edison Volquez.  Former 1st round pick, Homer Bailey, finally showed some consistency last year and will get a chance to win one of the final spots in the rotation this spring.  The bullpen took a hit with Arthur Rhodes departure, but hard throwing uber prospect Aroldis Chapman will likely take his take his spot, and could wind up as the team’s closer

NL MVP Joey Votto leads a stacked infield that also features Gold Glovers Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen.  The Reds lost SS Orlando Cabrera but brought in another veteran, Edgar Renteria, to split time Paul Janish.  Cincinnati also has a very capable outfield consisting of youngsters Jay Bruce & Drew Stubs, as well as veteran Jonny Gomes.

Notable Losses:  Aaron Harang, Orlando Cabrera, Arthur Rhodes, Micah Owings, Laynce Nix,
Notable Pickups: Edgar Renteria, Jeremy Hermida, Fred Lewis

The pitching staff looks a little better this year with Aaron Harrang out of the picture, and the offense should perform at least as well, if not better, than they did last year.  The Reds will make another run at the division championship but they’re going to have some tough competition from the Brewers.

Prediction: 90-70, 2nd Place NL Central

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