5. Reds duo of Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce recorded 100 RBI in 2013.
Rather than just give the honors to one of the two players who eclipsed 100 RBI in 2013, let's give some accolades to both Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce. In what would be the last season in which the Cincinnati Reds were competitive until 2020, both Phillips and Bruce recorded triple-digit RBI.
After a successful season in 2012 that included a disappointing finish, expectations were high for the Reds headed into 2013. Unfortunately, the Reds were bounced from the postseason in the Wild Card Game and haven't returned to the postseason during a 162-game season since.
But the lack of team success can in no way be attributed to Phillips or Bruce. Phillips went to the All-Star Game that season, though with a final slash line of .262/.329/.478, Bruce could have easily been given the nod as well. That season, Bruce hit 30 home runs and recorded 109 RBI.
As for Phillips, the uber-talented second baseman took home his fourth-career Gold Glove Award while making his third All-Star appearance. Phillips was only five RBI behind Bruce for the team-lead and finished the 2013 season with 103 runs batted in.
It would seem as though no one on the current Cincinnati Reds roster will eclipse 100 RBI this season. However, heading into next season with the likes of Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, and Christian Encarnacion-Strand, the Reds may have multiple players with 100-plus RBI in 2024.