Well, we're off and running. How we lookin', Reds Country? Honestly, given all that has transpired in the Queen City this offseason, the fact that the Cincinnati Reds are sitting at .500 after the first four games of the 2022 season is pretty impressive.
The Reds looked very good on Thursday night in Atlanta and performed quite well on Sunday afternoon as well. The team's one-run losses on Friday and Saturday were disappointing, but the Redlegs showed a great deal of fight during both contests.
Of course, the easiest thing to do at the beginning of the season is to overreact. If a Reds player fails to meet fan expectations, the Cincinnati faithful are bound to call for said player to be benched for the rest of the season. There's also the other side of the coin that would see the fanbase ready to erect a statue outside GABP for a player who happened to luck into a game-winning home run.
So, with 158 games remaining in the 2022 season, what do you think of your Cincinnati Reds? Are you ready to boldly proclaim that the Redlegs will take home the NL Central crown? Is there a player who's well on his way to winning the NL MVP? Let's look at the three biggest overreactions after the Reds opening weekend series split with the Braves.
1. Reds pitcher Hunter Greene will win the NL Rookie of the Year.
After watching Hunter Greene's performance from Sunday afternoon, you thought about the possibility of the Cincinnati Reds having back-to-back NL Rookie of the Year Award-winners. Jonathan India took home the honors last season, and Greene is certainly in the mix to take home the trophy in 2022.
The last time a National League team saw back-to-back Rookie of the Year winners wasn't that long ago. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won the award in 2016 and Cody Bellinger was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 2017.
On the American League side of things, it was Bobby Crosby winning the award in 2004, and Huston Street followed that up with a 1.72 ERA and 23 saves in 2005. Street bested then New York Yankees infielder Robinson Cano for the AL Rookie of the Year that season.
Greene was dominant at times on Sunday afternoon. The former first-round pick racked up seven strikeouts and routinely hit triple-digits on the radar gun. Even more impressive might have been Greene's breaking ball and his changeup.
But just hold your horses when it comes to proclaiming Hunter Greene as the odds-on favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Pittsburgh Pirates' Oneil Cruz, when he finally debuts in the big leagues, is likely to put up terrific numbers for the Bucs in 2022. There's also Joey Bart, Seiya Suzuki, C.J. Abrams, and Greene's teammate Nick Lodolo.
Yes, Hunter Greene was very impressive on Sunday afternoon, but he also got touched up a bit by the Atlanta hitters. Greene allowed two balls to leave the yard, and that could be something to keep an eye on throughout the season.