2 truths and 1 lie about the Cincinnati Reds season so far

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) gestures.
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jonathan India (6) gestures. / Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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Have you ever played the game Two Truths and A Lie? Typically, played amongst friends, each person will reveal three statements. Two of what's said is factual, while another is purely fabricated.

Some folks may be waking up a week into the 2023 season and see that the Cincinnati Reds have a winning record. Believe it or not, that's true. Cincinnati went 3-2 to begin their 2023 campaign and two rainouts have forced the Reds next series to start a day late. The Reds will play the Philadelphia Phillies beginning on Friday.

But, while it's true that Cincinnati has looked better than expected out of the gate, there's surely a lie that being covered up somewhere, right? Let's look at two truths and a lie about the Reds season thus far.

Reds truth: The starting rotation is the strength of this year's team.

The starting rotation will be the strength of this year's Cincinnati Reds team. To be more precise, the top three starters will be the strength of this this team. Success in 2023 will be defined by how well the trio of Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft perform.

Greene was inefficient in his first start and removed after just 83 pitches. But the flamethrower still recorded eight punch outs in 3.1 innings of work. To put it another way, eight of the 10 outs that Greene recorded were via the strikeout.

Lodolo slugged it out in the first inning of his start last week but was able to rebound nicely. The lefty looked solid and went five innings while striking out nine batters. Lodolo has the opportunity to be the best pitcher of the three.

Ashcraft had been overlooked almost all spring despite pitching quite well. Most of the attention was focused on the two former first-round draft picks. But Ashcraft was dominant in his first start and could be a dark horse candidate to become an All-Star in 2023.

The backend of the rotation will be shaky. At the moment, with Luke Weaver rehabbing in Triple-A, manager David Bell has turned to Connor Overton and Luis Cessa. Overton got hit hard in his first start while Cessa looked quite good. There are plenty of young pitchers down on the farm who'll be looking to make an impact this season as well.