2 NL Central teams Reds fans should fear and 1 who is a fraud

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Reds fans should fear the Cardinals in 2023.

Ugh, they're still good, Reds fans. The St. Louis Cardinals, who boasted two potential MVPs in 2022, are back and perhaps even better. One of those two players, Paul Goldschmidt, took home the award while his teammate Nolan Arenado finished in third place.

There is a deep-seated enmity that exists between fans of the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals. Is it envy? Perhaps. But whatever it is, you'll find no love lost between the Cincinnati faithful and the Cards.

While it's bad enough that St. Louis has Goldschmidt and Arenado back for another season, the Cardinals went out and signed free agent catcher Willson Contreras to a massive contract during the offseason.

The trio of Tommy Edman, Lars Nootbar, and Tyler O'Neill just seem to come up big when called upon, and the Cardinals have a new face that Reds Country will soon learn to hate. St. Louis' top prospect, Jordan Walker, looks like an absolute stud.

Jack Fleherty is expected to return to the mound after struggling with injuries in 2022. The Cardinals rotation also consists of Steven Matz, Miles Mikolas, and the ageless wonder Adam Wainwright.

Sorry, Reds fans, but it's going to be another season of misery almost every single time Cincinnati battles the St. Louis Cardinals. While Reds fans may be underestimating the Milwaukee Brewers, no one is sleeping on the Cardinals.