Every year the debate rages in prior to Opening Day about the most likely players to take home MLB's most prestigious postseason awards. Last year, were it not for one misguided voter, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India would have been the unanimous choice to take home the National League Rookie of the Year.
Both Joey Votto and Nick Castellanos received MVP votes, but ultimately, the award went to Bryce Harper. No one on the Cincinnati pitching staff received any votes for the NL Cy Young which was handed out to Corbin Burnes.
As we embark on the 2022 season, we hear names like Austin Riley, Mookie Betts, and Ronald Acuña Jr., but I haven't yet heard a whisper of any Reds players in the mix for a postseason award. Let's change that line of thinking, shall we? Which three Cincinnati Reds are most likely to take home a postseason award this season?
Joey Votto is the Reds player most likely to win NL MVP.
He's already got one, and he should have two. Joey Votto's resurgence in 2021 has led to the belief that the 38-year-old has some gas left in the tank. I'd wager that's a good assumption, and I sure as heck wouldn't bet against Votto heading into 2022.
Let's not forget that the 2010 NL MVP missed about month with a broken thumb, and it took the six-time All-Star some time to get back in the swing of things. But once Votto got going, there was no stopping the Reds first baseman from flat-out assaulting baseballs in 2021.
Votto finished tied for 16th in the NL MVP vote last season despite ranking fifth amid all vote-getters in OPS (.938) and RBIs (99). Votto was also tied for second among those receiving vote with 36 home runs in 2021.
We all know who Joey Votto's competition is. The likes of Ronald Acuña Jr., Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr., and the reigning MVP Bryce Harper will all be in the mix for the 2022 National League Most Value Player Award. It seems like an uphill climb for Votto to even find his way into the conversation, but as we found out last season, Votto Still Bangs!