I suppose if you’re going to use one word to describe the first half of the season for the Cincinnati Reds, it would have to be disappointing. Of course, that comes with all the expectations that were heaped on this team before 2013 even started.
The off-season acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo led to much of the anticipation. Over the past three seasons, the Reds were haunted by the lead-off spot. It simply wasn’t producing. When the Choo deal was announced, the Reds fanbase was in hysterics. There were two sides to this (when isn’t there?)
The majority hoped that having Choo atop the lineup would make for more runs. There was the other side where Drew Stubbs, despite the whiffs and groans from some of the Reds faithful, had developed a following in Cincinnati.
Choo has played well, no question. Some have stated they’d like to see hm stick around for another season.
The starting rotation was the same after yet another attempt to insert Aroldis Chapman as one of the starting five, but resulted in Chappy manning the backend of the bullpen.
The bench was viewed as upgraded with the signings of Jack Hannahan and Cesar Izturis. (Let’s be honest here, Izturis will rarely, if ever, win anyone over with his bat.) The bullpen was also pretty much in tact. It was one of the best pens of 2012.