Says John Erardi:

The Reds brass can spin the new “speed and defense” theme any way they want, but it’s very difficult to conceive of a scenario in which the Reds — as presently constituted — can score sufficiently more runs than their pitching-and-defense allows, in order to contend for a postseason spot.

Indeed. Not to mention that I’m not at all convinced that the defense is going to be much better anyway.