3. Joey Votto will lead the Reds in RBIs during the 2022 season.
Joey Votto almost led the Cincinnati Reds in both home runs and runs batted in last season and the former NL MVP fell just one RBIs short of 100. I think we'll see the same fire in Votto's eyes this season that we saw in 2021. If that same version of Joey Votto is present in 2022, opposing pitchers better duck and cover.
Votto is the most accomplished hitter on the Reds, there's no denying that. But after two, and arguably three, subpar seasons, the fanbase was beginning to wonder if Votto's bestt days were behind him. Boy, did he make all of us look foolish.
Votto proved that he still bangs and went on a tear last season, nearly setting the Major League Baseball record for the most consecutive games with a home run. I hope we see the same power in Votto's bat this season, but without the heavy-hitters like Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker in the lineup, I'm not sure how opposing pitchers are going to deal with Votto. Will he get anything to hit?
That's where Tyler Stephenson comes in. Look for Votto to be slotted either third or fourth in the Cincinnati Reds batting order with Tommy Pham hitting ahead of him and Stephenson hitting behind him. With Jonathan India setting the table, and maybe even Nick Senzel getting in the action, Votto should have plenty of opportunities to drive in runs.
Tyler Stephenson is another player to watch. With Tucker Barnhart now in Detroit, expect to see Stephenson on the field for 140-plus games in 2022. Mike Moustakas is another big bat who can drive in runs, but I've got to see it to believe it when it comes to Moose this season.