Well, the Major League Baseball season is going to be delayed a little bit. No one know for how long that will last at this point, but the plan is to eventually play baseball this season. A few days before the delay was announced, the folks over at Sports Illustrated got together and tried to predict how all of the teams in baseball would perform. And when it came to the National League Central it was much like what we’ve seen from other outlets: A very close race. The Cubs, Reds, Cardinals, and Brewers were all separated by one game from the team ahead of them – each winning between 83 and 86 games.
The Cincinnati Reds are predicted for a second place finish, one game back of the Chicago Cubs, with an 85-77 record. Here’s what the blurb on the Reds says:
The Reds already had a formidable rotation, and they went on a major spending spree to round out their roster. The payoff could be their first playoff berth since ’13.
Hopes are high for the Reds. As noted, they went out and spent to try and leave the roster without any weaknesses. They added a starting pitcher to give them more depth to one of the rotations that was already the best in the league. They went out and added two middle-of-the-order bats by picking up Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos. The Reds made an attempt to add to the bullpen by picking up Pedro Strop with the hopes that he can return to his pre-2019 form.
After last season, those are exactly the kinds of moves that the Cincinnati Reds needed to make. It’s very likely that the talent level of the team in 2019 was better than their record was at the end of the season. But even if that was the case – they were still not contenders. They needed to add talent to the team that was returning if, at least on paper, they were going to move into that “contender” status. They did just that. And now, unfortunately, we wait.
But, if there’s going to be any sort of silver lining as it relates to Cincinnati Reds baseball and this delayed start to the season, it gives players like Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suarez extra time to recover from their shoulder surgeries that was pushing their return dates right up to the start of the season. The Reds are counting on both of those guys to contribute in big ways for 2020. Even if the season is only delayed by the current “two weeks”, that could be enough time to have both guys fully ready to go for the season.