2. NL Central Power Rankings: Cincinnati Reds (82-80)
The Cincinnati Reds have to feel pretty good entering the offseason. After coming within an eyelash of making it o the MLB Postseason, the Redlegs have laid the foundation for what could be a very good 2024 campaign.
The Reds did most of their damage in 2023 with rookies. Andrew Abbott and Brandon Williamson helped to anchor the starting rotation, while Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Elly De La Cruz, Spencer Steer, Noelvi Marte, and Matt McLain look like fixutres in the Cincinnati lineup for years to come.
The Reds received little from their leaders in 2023. Jonathan India had an up-and down season and was sidelined by injury during the second-half of the season. Tyler Stephenson had his worse performance to date, and it appears as though Reds Coutry has seen the last of Joey Votto.
Injuries crippled the Reds in 2023. Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft, all of whom were expected to lead the charge for the Reds this past season, spent more time on the IL than they did on the field.
The Reds bullpen played above expectations, but it would be foolish to expect that type of performance once again in 2024. Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Nick Krall will be a busy man this offseason with an eye on improving the team heading into next season.