The Cincinnati Reds will win the National League Central for the first time since 2012. At least those are the words from Jon Morosi of MLB Network this morning.
“The Reds have one of the top two rotations in the entire sport,” said Morosi. “I believe they’re going to win the National League Central this year. Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, Trevor Bauer all together in the same rotation for a full season. Castellanos, Moustakas joining the lineup. Saurez and Votto already there. I love the Cincinnati Reds here in 2020. I look for the Cardinals to finish in second and claim a wild card.”
Prediction: The @Reds win their first NL Central title since 2012, as I agree with @Curtcasali’s assessment of their first-rate starting rotation. The @Cardinals claim one of the NL Wild Cards, as @DCarls_06 makes a big impact in STL. @MLBNetwork @MLB pic.twitter.com/5Bam0DyPsZ
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 21, 2020
There you have it. The expert has spoken and the Cincinnati Reds marketing department should start designing postseason material right now. It’s not too surprising that one would pick the Reds to win the division – most places do have them as the smallest of favorites to win the National League Central, but it’s a close race with the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers all seemingly neck-and-neck in the projections and predictions no matter where you look.
Nick Lodolo and Jose De Leon to start against Detroit
The Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers will get together tonight and tomorrow to play two exhibition games before Opening Day gets here on Friday evening. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reported last night that the two exhibition games would be started by Nick Lodolo, the Cincinnati Reds #2 overall prospect, and Jose De Leon. Lodolo, a left-handed pitcher in his second year as a professional, takes the mound tonight. Jose De Leon will grace the mound with his gorgeous mustache and outstanding change up on Wednesday for Cincinnati. Trevor Bauer, who is scheduled to start the third game of the season on Sunday against Detroit, will stay on schedule by throwing today at Prasco Park.