Reds Looking to Take Next Step, Contend for World Series in 2013
Cincinnati Reds made significant progress as an organization last
season, winning the NL Central and falling in the playoffs to eventual
World Series champion San Francisco. However, the Reds showed they were
not satisfied with mere progress as they set out to bolster their
roster, most notably with outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland
should strengthen the outfield of the Reds, but Jay Bruce, the 26 year
old two-time All-Star who hit 34 HRs with 99 RBIs last season is the
emerging pitching staff with only one starter, Bronson Arroyo, over the
age of 27, the Reds should have some stellar pitching to rely on as
they seek to repeat as NL Central champs.
Cueto, a Cy Young candidate who went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA, is the best
of the bunch with Mat Latos also coming on strong. The aging Arroyo has
also been consistently reliable.
The Reds also boast one of the league’s better bullpens anchored by Aroldis Chapman, among baseball’s top closers.
baseman Brandon Phillips was the team’s MVP last season, hitting .281
with 18 HR and 77 RBI. He also boasts a stellar glove and versatility in
the batting order though he will bat second, behind Choo.
is also hoping for a better year from first baseman Joey Votto who was
sidelined with injury for much of last year and then struggled to regain
form. The star player batted a stellar .337, but only hit 14 home runs
and batted in 56 runs which is well below his typical production level.
Frazier, who finished third in NL Rookie of the Year voting, should
also continue improvement from his .273, 19 HR, and 67 RBI season.
the Reds should be improved from their stellar season last year, and
they could prove to be a serious World Series contender. A youthful ball
club, a lot could depend on the development of those young players and
whether they can continue to live up to lofty expectations for manager