The 2023 Cincinnati Reds have absolutely blown through the expectations set upon them during the offseason. The Reds entered spring coming off a 100-loss campaign for the just the second time in team history.
Before last season, multiple media outlets had the Reds projected to win between 70 and 80 games. But the early-season trades of Jesse Winker, Sonny Gray, and Eugenio Suarez, along with the midseason deals that shipped out Tyler Mahle and Luis Castillo sunk the Reds chances in 2022.
The Reds have already tied their mark for wins from a year ago after securing their 62nd victory of the season on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds went 62-100 in 2022.
How many games did the Reds win in 2022?
Before 2022, the last time the Cincinnati Reds had lost 100 games in a season, the team was still a member of the National League West Division. According to CBC Sports, the Reds were expected to be just slightly better this season, winning 66 games.
Entering play on Wednesday, the Reds sit at 62-59, are 3.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central Division, and just one game of the final NL Wild Card spot.
Not only will the Reds not lose 100 games this year, but they are likely to smash through their projected win total before the month is out. The incredible production from the Reds first-year players is a key reason why.
Despite having two of their top starters on the IL for over two months, Spencer Steer, Andrew Abbott, Matt McLain, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Elly De La Cruz have helped carry the Reds to a winning record midway through the month of August.
Following 100 losses in 2022, expectations were low to begin the 2023 season. But the Cincinnati Reds are making a statement and may well be playing baseball in October for the first time since 2020.