Cincinnati Reds: Five bold predictions for the MLB Playoffs

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after clinching a wild card spot in the postseason. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: The Cincinnati Reds celebrate after clinching a wild card spot in the postseason. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Anthony DeSclafani #28 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 08: Anthony DeSclafani #28 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the second inning (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

2. Anthony DeSclafani is left off the Reds playoff roster.

The Cincinnati Reds will only need three starters in the Wild Card Series, and if they advance, likely will only need four in the NLDS. I have to squint pretty hard in order to see Anthony DeScalfani being part of the Reds 2020 postseason roster.

We asked the question about a week ago; did DeScalfani start his final game for the Reds? The right-hander is a free agent this winter and his lack of consistency this season does not merit a contract extension. DeSclafani has worked out of the Reds bullpen twice this season and allowed four hits and three earned runs over four innings of work.

As far as starting pitchers go beyond the Wild Card Series, David Bell could turn to Tyler Mahle as his No. 4 starter, and, if needed, Wade Miley or Michael Lorenzen could be the team’s No. 5 starter in the NLDS, NLCS or World Series. Anthony DeSclafani may be the odd-man out when the playoff roster is revealed.

If it is indeed Disco’s last ride with the Reds, it has certainly been a tumultuous one. After staying healthy last season, many fans, myself included, expected DeScalfani to be a key member of this year’s starting rotation. But alas, it was not to be, and it’s highly probable that Disco will be watching the MLB Playoffs from his couch.