Hey, the Reds are good again. This is fun! TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re finally playing like the team I told you to expect. Go ahead and start printing those playoff tickets, am I right?
OK, maybe we should pump the brakes on that talk, but CincinnatiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent stretch of good play (24-19 over the last six weeks) has given us reason for optimism, if nothing else. These days it isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite so difficult to imagine a 2019 Reds team that is vastly improved, and even in the mix for a playoff spot.
Last week, I laid out my blueprint for precisely how the Reds could get back to being competitive by next April. One of my seven easy steps to success was this one:
Find a shortstop and/or a center fielder before Opening Day 2019. If (Nick) Senzel or (Eugenio) Suarez canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t play shortstop, the Reds really need to seek trades for either an everyday CF or SS. Cincinnati simply needs more production out of one or both of those positions than theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re currently getting. If Suarez/Senzel can handle short, perhaps the Reds can live with (Billy) Hamilton (or even (Jose) Peraza) in center field until (Taylor) Trammell is ready to take over. And the club needs to give Trammell every opportunity to prove he can be a big league center fielder sooner rather than later.
One whole week later, I still believe this is true. But what if the Reds donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to go out and find a center fielder? What if they already have one here in Cincinnati, right under our collective noses?
Read the entire piece here and let me know what you think!