Reds LHP Nick Lodolo will begin the 2024 season in the big leagues
This seems rather academic, but a small chance exists that Nick Lodolo could begin the 2024 season at Triple-A. However, it seems unlikely. With arguably the best pitch-mix within the Cincinnati Reds organization, Lodolo should not only be among the five starters to break camp with the team, but could be under consideration to be the Opening Day starter.
Fans forget how good Lodolo actually is. His injury-plagued 2023 campaign was the big reason why. The left-hander started just seven games, and looked pretty bad even when he was on the mound.
Lodolo gave up a ton of hits last season. One has to assume to the lower-leg injury he suffered was the biggest reason for Lodolo's shortcomings. If he's fully heatly heading into Goodyear, Lodolo will likely assume his rightful spot atop the Reds rotation.
Last spring, there was a great debate among the Cincinnati faithful about whether or not Lodolo would beat out Hunter Greene for the Opening Day nod. In the end, Greene got the ball for Game 1 of 162, but Lodolo was the Reds' starting pitcher for Game 2.
Nick Lodolo just needs to stay on the field, and the results will come. If he's not healthy once spring training rolls around, the Cincinnati Reds have options. But Reds fans should look for the left-handed hurler to be one of the team's best starting pitchers in 2024.